Committees & Task Force

Committees & Task Forces

Committees are an important part of the administration of the Master Association and Metropolitan District. Some are limited in the number of members; others are open to as many residents as are interested in volunteering. In addition, the Boards appoint a Task Force when they determine that a special topic warrants. A Committee is ongoing and serves to advise the Boards, and in specific tasks, act on behalf of the Boards. A Task Force is formed to work on a defined project. For the current schedule of committee and task force meetings, see the Community Calendar.


The Master Association Architectural Committee carries the responsibility of “how Ken-Caryl Ranch looks.” Everything from colors of exterior paint on individual homes to signage – and the myriad details in between – helps to create the community that we all call home. Members of the Committee are dedicated volunteers who are appointed by the KCRMA Board of Directors. To learn more about the Architectural Committee, see Article VIII of the Master Declaration. The Community Administrator is the staff liaison for this Committee. Meeting schedule – 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, 7:30 a.m. at the Ranch House.

For more information contact Victoria DeSair at 303-979-1876 ext. 122 or victoriad@kcranch.org.

Committee members:

  • Wade Cummings
  • Brian Daigle (Consultant)
  • Darby Heckel
  • Matt O’Brien
  • David Wray

Non-Voting Members:

  • Victoria DeSair (MA Staff Representative)
  • Chris Schroeder (MA Board Representative)
  • Brian Yowell (MA Staff Representative)

The Brannon Gearhart Park Task Force reviewed the current condition of Brannon Gearhart Park and made short- and long-term recommendations to the Master Association Board regarding the future of its infrastructure and amenities. The Task Force presented its findings at the Aug. 18, 2020 MA Board Meeting.

For questions, contact Victoria DeSair at victoriad@kcranch.org or 303-979-1876, ext. 122.
Brannon Gearhart Park

This joint Master Association and Metropolitan District Committee assumed responsibility from the KC2020 Task Force for developing a long-range Community Master Plan, monitoring the implementation of the plan and ensuring regular updates at least annually. In 2021, the Committee will be working with a contractor to develop a community-wide survey to collect updated data about community demographics, preferred activities, and satisfaction level with our facilities, services, and amenities. Meetings are scheduled on an as needed basis and will be listed on the Community Calendar.

For questions, contact Kristen Peterka at kristenp@kcranch.org or 303-979-1876, ext. 108.

Committee members:

  • Chris Bolling
  • Chris Figge
  • John Hamilton
  • Meg Hollingsworth
  • Karen Lamar
  • Brian Lee
  • Benjamin Metzger
  • Kristin Potts
  • Rilla Reinsma

Non-Voting Members:

  • Gerry Bauer (MA Board Representative)
  • Mike Miro (MD Board Representative)
  • Kristen Peterka (MA Staff Representative)

The Community Collaboration Workgroup was formed to create financial stability for our community and to facilitate predictable delivery of goods and services to the Ken-Caryl Ranch community. The group takes direction from the community. The group is made up of two members of the Master Association Board, two members of the Metropolitan District Board, the Master Association Executive Director and the Metropolitan District Manager. See the presentation below for additional information.

KCR community

The Master Association Covenant Control Committee is established “To uphold the governing documents of the Ken-Caryl Ranch Master Association and to ensure enforcement in a fair and timely manner.” Members of the Covenant Control Committee are dedicated homeowners living in various neighborhoods of Ken-Caryl Ranch and volunteering their time and energy. To accomplish this mission, the Covenant Control Committee conducts hearings with and for property owners who are not in compliance with the above. The Community Administrator is the staff liaison for this committee. Meeting schedule – 3rd Wednesday of each month, 4:30 p.m. at the Ranch House.

For questions, contact Victoria DeSair at victoriad@kcranch.org or 303-979-1876, ext. 122.

Committee members:

  • Mary Francavilla
  • Joe Rubino
  • Cheryl Schaal
  • Bob Siegel
  • Dan Wills

Non-Voting Members:

  • Tom Bratschun (MA Board Representative)
  • Victoria DeSair (MA Staff Representative)
  • Brian Yowell (MA Staff Representative)

The Dog Park Task Force shall be a joint task force with the Master Association and the Metropolitan District. The Task Force shall work to develop a feasibility report for a dog park in Ken-Caryl Ranch. The desire is for the report to include analysis of multiple locations for a dog park. Locations may include those that will be master planned in the near future (Community Park and Tract B of the new land development) as well as other sites in Ken-Caryl Ranch.

The Task Force will be conducting a great deal of research to present to the Boards to use as part of future planning efforts for existing and new spaces. Specifically, the Task Force will develop a feasibility report including the following:

  • Location options
  • Ownership considerations
  • Overall advantages and disadvantages including neighbor and community support or opposition
  • Maintenance components, issues, and challenges
  • Initial development and ongoing maintenance funding options
  • The Task Force shall be comprised of three to five members of the community and staff representatives from both organizations. The Boards intend to create a balanced group with members representing a variety of perspectives on dog parks.
  • Potential members shall apply and be appointed by both Boards at their respective May meetings.
  • All meetings will be held in open session.
  • The Task Force will bring important planning information to the Board for consideration, but no formal action can be taken. The members will conduct research and sub-Task Force work outside of normal meetings.
  • The Task Force will meet for approximately three months and present information back to the Boards at the September 2022 Joint Study Session.
  • The Task Force will be disbanded upon presentation of the information to the Boards.

Task Force members:

  • Betsy Bellissimo
  • Jimmy Land
  • Wes Morris
  • Christie Morton
  • Erinn Philpot
  • Joanne Russum

Non-Voting Members:

  • Gerry Bauer (MA Board Representative)
  • Lauri Lehan-Milano (MD Board Representative)
  • Victoria DeSair (MA Staff Representative)
  • Traci Wieland (MD Staff Representative)

The purpose of the Master Association Election Committee is to administer the annual election of the Master Association Board members.

Committee members:

  • Chris Figge
  • Bruce Heise
  • Rita Saunders
  • Dan Wills
  • Scotty Martin (MA Board Representative, Non-Voting Member)
election committee

The 2018 Ken Caryl Equestrian Center Task Force (KCEC Task Force) was charged with reviewing the current policies and programs listed below and asked to develop recommendations for any updates that would be presented to the Master Association Board of Directors.


The Fence Task Force will address fencing inconsistencies and appearance on Ken-Caryl Ranch and develop recommendations for improvements to community perimeter fencing that borders major roads, greenbelts, open space, and other areas as needed.

Review the current fencing ownership and maintenance status, including staining, for all fencing that borders Ken Caryl Ave., Continental Divide Rd., Chatfield Ave., Simms St., and Valley
Parkway, as well as greenbelts, open space, and other areas as needed.

  • Draft a proposal with recommendations.
  • Solicit community input and consider the feedback as part of the proposal
  • The proposal should address inconsistencies with respect to the maintenance and
    replacement responsibilities.
  • Explore additional fence designs and materials, with consideration given to Firewise
  • Comprised of no less than 3 and no more than 7 volunteer residents.
  • Members will be appointed by the Master Association Boards of Directors.
  • Staff representatives from the Master Association and Metropolitan District (as needed).
  • Representative from the Master Association Board.
  • Representative from the Architectural Committee.
  • Task Force has no decision-making authority. They will make recommendations, and decisions will be made by the Master Association Board.
  • Members of the Task Force shall determine the meeting schedule and appoint a Chairman.
  • Submit timely, approved Task Force meeting minutes.
  • All meetings will be held in open session, with members of the Association encouraged to attend and participate.
  • Submit a proposal to the Master Association Board by September 2022.
  • The Task Force will be disbanded upon presentation of the proposal to the Master Association Board.

The Firewise Committee promotes wildfire awareness and encourages resident action to reduce community wildfire risk. The program capitalizes on a community’s spirit, its resolve, and its willingness to take responsibility for mitigating the risks of wildfire in Ken-Caryl. The Ken-Caryl Firewise Committee meets 4-6 times per year and participates in 2-4 events per year.

For more information, contact Victoria DeSair at victoriad@kcranch.org or 303-979-1876 ext. 122.

Committee members:

  • Karyn Abraham
  • John Fosholt
  • Daniel Hatlestad
  • Keith McMillan
  • Donovan Puffer
  • Todd Ruffner

Non-Voting Members:

  • Victoria DeSair (MA Staff Representative)
  • Chris Schroeder (MA Board Representative)

The purpose of the Historical Society is to promote awareness of and appreciation for the historical aspects of the Ranch. There are numerous sites located throughout the Ranch with historical significance that are available to the residents of the Ranch for use and enjoyment. The committee shall seek to protect and preserve the sites, as well as to make them more accessible and usable to the residents of the Ranch. Our website has a full section on the History of Ken-Caryl Ranch.  The Historical Society meets every other month on the second Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Ranch House. See the Community Calendar for the meeting schedule.

If you are interested in joining the Historical Society, contact Jim Antes at jandmantes@comcast.net.

Committee members:

  • Jim Antes (Co-chair)
  • Mary Antes
  • Pat Badolato
  • Vinny Badolato
  • Stephanie Berg
  • David Brown
  • Dotty Burdick
  • Lois Claggett
  • Marilyn Elrod
  • Mary Everson
  • Annemarie Frisz
  • Lori Kraft
  • Steve Kraft
  • Ellen McClurkin
  • Leslie Miller
  • Marilyn Norris
  • Linda Omdahl
  • Elizabeth Pearson
  • Mark Rieger
  • Jane Saul
  • Valerie Walling (Co-chair)
  • Jack Warner

Non-Voting Members:

  • Victoria DeSair (MA Staff Representative)
  • Scotty Martin (MA Board Representative)

The function of the Master Association Open Space Committee is to make recommendations to the Ken-Caryl Ranch Master Association Board of Directors for the management and maintenance of the over 4,800 acres of Open Space owned by the Master Association. Meeting schedule – 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m. at Dakota Lodge or virtual meetings. Please check the Community Calendar for specific meeting dates.

For questions or more information about the Open Space Committee,
contact Sean Warren at seanw@kcranch.org or 303-979-1876, ext. 463.

Committee Members:

  • Gerald Bauer
  • Colin Crotty
  • Sean Devin (Secretary)
  • Brad Goulding (Vice Chair)
  • Jenny Kozlowski
  • Mariah Maifarth
  • Lauri Osborne (Chair)

Non-Voting Members:

  • Vinny Badolato, Historical Society Representative
  • Tom Bratschun, MA Board Representative
  • Tracy Soukup, Trail Club Representative
  • Kayla Kirkpatrick, MD Board Liaison
  • Sean Warren, MA Open Space Manager
Summit View Trail photo single track short

The Metropolitan District Board developed a South Hogback Open Space Task Force to explore possible land management options for the South Hogback Open Space. The group will assist in determining preliminary viability of options that could then be vetted by a larger community group and the Board. Task Force objectives are:

  • The viability of land designation options which could include a land trust conversation easement, a Jefferson County Open Space easement, or a Jefferson County Open Space reverter, among others.
  • The feasibility of ways to highlight the unique historical, cultural, and biological features of the South Hogback Open Space, as inspired by the Sumac Hill Farm Overlook Conservation Easement on the Highline Canal Trail, or other examples.
  • The feasibility of pursuing county, state, or federal grants or private funding to finance some or all of the cost of any efforts to enact any improvements to the South Hogback Open Space.
For questions or more information about the South Hogback Open Space Task Force, contact Traci Wieland at traciw@kcranch.org or 303-979-1876, ext. 136.

Task Force Members:

  • Jim Antes
  • Bruce Heise
  • Joe Levy, MD Board Representative
  • Bob Toll
  • Valerie Walling
  • Sean Warren, KCRMA Open Space Manager
  • Traci Wieland, MD District Manager