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Glen Canyon Institute

Dedicated to the restoration of Glen Canyon and a free flowing Colorado River.


Eric Balken – Executive Director

Eric grew up in Salt Lake City, falling in love with Utah's mountains, rivers, and deserts at a young age. As a teenager, he volunteered for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, gaining experience in public land surveys, cataloguing organizational records, and grassroots organizing. Eric has a degree in Environmental Studies and Geography and is credited with founding Students for Water Conservation at the University of Utah. He has worked for GCI since 2006. (EMAIL)

Michael Kellett – Special Projects Coordinator

Michael is involved with GCI programs as well as with operations and fundraising efforts. He co-founded the New England conservation organization RESTORE: The North Woods in 1992. He developed the proposal for a new Maine Woods National Park, directed campaigns to list the Atlantic salmon and Canada lynx as endangered species, and oversaw programs to protect the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, White Mountain National Forest, and other public lands. Previously, as the Northeast regional director and Michigan representative of The Wilderness Society, he helped to pass the Michigan Wilderness Act of 1987 as well as legislation establishing Grand Island National Recreation Area and authorizing the four-state Northern Forest Lands Study. He has visited more than 230 National Park System units in 46 states and territories. He has worked for GCI since 2006. (EMAIL)

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Simon Williams – Web Development

Simon is responsible for the GCI website, internet communications, and computer equipment. He has been a consultant on web page design, website and email maintenance, and computer systems coordination for many years. Simon is studying computer science at the University of Utah. He has worked for GCI since 2006. (EMAIL)

Jack Stauss – Office Manager and Outreach Coordinator

Jack grew up in rural Vermont. He moved to Utah in 2008 and fell in love with its open space and community. His passion for the red rock and Glen Canyon comes from years of higher education and experiential learning. Recently he finished his graduate work at the University of Utah in Environmental Humanities. He studied the interaction between humans and the natural world and how we can work to build a more sustainable future. He is excited to bring this skillset to Glen Canyon Institute. In his free time Jack likes to ski, camp, and rock climb. (EMAIL