Historic Routt County Staff, Board of Directors, and Advisors

HRC’s Board and Staff work hard to connect you with the resources you need to achieve your own historic preservation objectives. Board members have the vision and insight to make sure Historic Routt County continues in a sustainable direction, and staff is well-equipped with the skills and tools necessary to partner with you.

Craig Townsend

Craig carries an appreciation for history and its integrity stemming from his own family’s heritage as homesteaders of western Kansas. Craig understands that the history of Routt County is unique in its own right and looks forward to working to ensure it is captured and preserved for generations to come. Craig offers the HRC board a couple of unique perspectives through his extensive world travel from his service and leadership in the Navy as well as working as former Director of Development for a national commercial real estate development company.   Craig lives north of Steamboat with his wife Ranada and works as a Land Broker with Mason & Morse Ranch Company.

Board President

Tegan Ebbert

Tegan Ebbert resides in West Routt County and has been in the area since 2014. The history of Routt County has been a major point of interest for Tegan as it is very different than the history of her home state of Wisconsin. Tegan lives on a small hobby farm with her husband and young son where they enjoy learning about animal husbandry, gardening, and canning the fruit from their small orchard. She also serves on the board for the West Routt Cemetery District and volunteers as a Routt County Master Gardener. Tegan works as a Land Use Planner for Routt County and holds a degree in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.

Tegan's favorite historic place in Routt County is the Pagoda Cemetery located near the Williams Fork River off of County Road 29, a stone’s throw from the Moffat County line. Pagoda was a small community dating back to the late 1800’s that once contained a general store (now located at the Wyman Museum in Moffat County), post office, and several homesteads. Modern day burials still happen in the small cemetery alongside historic gravesites, many of which are lovingly maintained by decedents of the original homesteaders. The site sits on a hill overlooking the Williams Fork River valley and it sometimes feels like one of the last remaining untouched parts of Routt County in its exceedingly serene and picturesque character.

Board of Directors

Tyler Gibbs

Tyler Gibbs is the former Steamboat Springs Planning Director and former Urban Design Director for the City of Denver.  He oversaw historic preservation programs in both cities.

As a licensed architect and practicing urban design consultant, Tyler has a passion for the built environment and the landscapes we share as a community. He loves exploring cities, large and small, around the world and seeing how they reflect the history of their cultures over time.  Tyler has been a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation since his first college architectural history class.

Vice President

Gates Gooding

Gates Gooding is a real estate developer and entrepreneur with a long family history in the Yampa Valley.  His interest in celebrating our community's heritage and the historic buildings and places that remain of it is complemented by his career experience studying and planning for landscape and urban change.  He is excited to explore how smart historic preservation might play an important role in creating a more vibrant future.

Board of Directors

Chris Imbler

Chris Imbler is an experienced real estate professional with a background in development and residential construction. Chris is the current Vice President of Soda Mountain Construction + Design, a Steamboat-based custom home builder. Prior to that, he was an Analyst at Four Points Funding, a real estate investment firm focused on Colorado's Western Slope.

Chris got his start in historic preservation working on the Yampa Valley Electrical Association redevelopment project (910 Yampa St), which was the winner of a Colorado Preservation Inc. State Honor Award. Following that experience, he founded Colorado Historic Advisory, a tax credit consultation firm assisting developers pursue Historic Register Nominations and Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits.

You will find Chris on the local mountain biking and ski trails where he earned his nickname, "Turbo".


Holly Kirkpatrick

Like many, Holly moved to Steamboat Springs for “just one winter” in 2006. After spending a few summers here as well, Holly fell in love with the history of the Yampa Valley and its agricultural roots. Hailing from western North Carolina, historic places and homesteads have always been of interest to her. Some of her fondest childhood memories are exploring historic places, like Cataloochee Valley and the Cradle of Forestry, deep in the Smoky Mountains.

Holly now works as the Public Information & External Affairs Manager at the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District. In addition to educating the public about pressing water issues in the Yampa Valley and across the West, Holly hopes to help educate residents and visitors alike on the cultural heritage of the Valley. She believes that historic preservation plays an important role in maintaining the unique western feel of the place she now calls home.

Board of Directors

John Major

John Major is the Reference Librarian for Bud Werner Memorial Library and former board member for the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists.  His work in archives and special collections in Denver sparked his passion for the preservation of our documented heritage--a passion now applied to the built environment of Routt County. John feels the collective memory of our community should be actively preserved and made accessible to residents and visitors alike--both on and off the page.


Heather Noyes

Heather moved to Steamboat in 1983 where the landscapes and historic structures of Routt County instilled in her a love of the land and passion for stewardship. As owner of StudioCPG, a landscape architecture and planning firm located in Denver, Heather has provided design consulting services to municipalities and public agencies throughout the country on issues associated with the preservation and management of treasured public lands, including current work for the National Western Center and the National Park Service. Heather serves on the Board of Trustees for Historic Denver and joined Historic Routt County’s Board of Trustees in 2020. Heather’s most cherished places in Routt County are the front porch of Crossan’s Market, The Antlers and the rolling hay fields of South Routt County.

Board of Directors

Kathy Cline

"I've been involved with the local non-profit community for over twenty years, and I recognize the importance of taking care of not only our residents and visitors, but also our unique natural and historic resources. I truly appreciate the interest and valuable help from others in the community to preserve our sense of place and history through conservation of our open land resources and historic preservation of our unique buildings, for “once they are gone, they are gone forever…'"

Kathy is the former Finance Director at Yampa Valley Land Trust. Kathy first came to the Yampa Valley from Michigan in 1975. Drawn back by the natural beauty and western heritage of the area, she returned in 1978 to call the Yampa Valley her home. With a background in economics and finance, Kathy has taught at Colorado Mountain College and worked in accounting in the hospitality and non-profit industries.

Emeritus Director

Arianthé Stettner

Arianthé has lived in Routt County since 1971.  Her interest in historic preservation began when she and her husband Paul rehabilitated their once abandoned 1912 log home on Yellow Jacket Pass, near Stagecoach Reservoir.  She cofounded Historic Routt County (HRC) in the 1990s and has been involved in many different ways with HRC ever since. After retiring from a career as a nationally known textile artist, Stettner served multiple terms on the Steamboat Springs City Council, and was President of the statewide nonprofit organization Colorado Preservation Inc. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Historic Preservation from Goucher College in 2011.

Emeritus Director

Meg Tully

Meg’s career path for the past 25 years has been nonprofit management. She has worked for organizations of all shapes and sizes and has performed just about every role one can have within a nonprofit. Meg was the interim Executive Director of the International Erosion Control Association, a large global trade association whose members deal with soil erosion and most recently, she was the Executive Director of the Routt County Council on Aging (RCCOA). She’s still a member of the RCCOA team, where she writes and manages the grant program and assists in the kitchen.

A few years ago, Meg started Nonprofit Know How, Inc., which draws upon her nonprofit expertise to provide services of all types to nonprofits. In addition to RCCOA, clients include Court Sports for Life Foundation and now Historic Routt County (HRC). Meg has unique insider knowledge of HRC, as she served as Executive Director for four years until 2017. “I’m so excited to fill this role for HRC, as I’ve always loved the organization and the people that make things happen for HRC. I’m eager to work with people I worked with in the past, to re-kindle friendships and to continue progressing with projects that Emily has so capably led. I’m honored to help HRC transition into the next chapter,” she said.

In her spare time, Meg enjoys tennis, yoga, camping, hiking, mountain climbing, writing and ice cream.

Special Projects

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