Judy Scherpelz - President
“In nature I find the inspiration to work toward a better world. I hope that the RMRP will open the eyes of those who meet us and inspire them to look within and be the difference!”
Raised in a rural suburb of the Chicago area, Judy gained an appreciation for wildlife by realizing how fleeting and precious it is in some areas. She grew up camping and hiking with her family in Illinois and Wisconsin.
She attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, receiving a B.A. in Biology. She then attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, living on a state wildlife area on the northern edge of the Ozarks, with wild turkey and grouse and loons outside her window. She spent most of her graduate student life in the cypress swamps of southeastern Missouri, studying wood ducks in the flooded hardwood bottomlands.
After completing her graduate studies, she moved to Colorado in 1979, and had a variety of work experiences with state and federal agencies and environmental consulting firms, conducting wildlife surveys, developing literature surveys, writing environmental impact statements, and working as a technical editor.
She was hired as the first Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program in 1987, with the charge to guide the organization through the transition from a student club into a community organization, developing a volunteer program, community education program, and fund raising strategy. Judy’s leadership has taken the program from a small student club to the leading raptor rehabilitation and education facility in the region. She enjoys teaching about all aspects of raptor biology and behavior.
She has one son, Adam. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and exploring the fiber arts through weaving and knitting.
Awards -Distinguished Alumni Award, Luther College, 2000
- B.A., Biology, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
- M.S., Wildlife Biology, concentration in Bird Behavior, University of Missouri, Columbia
- CDOW Wildlife Rehabilitation Certificate
Rick Snow - Secretary
With a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Juris Doctorate from California Western University, Rick is a highly experienced corporate attorney. He spent 34 years in various corporate legal positions in the high-tech industry and for 14 years served as VP-General Counsel and Secretary of J.D. Edwards & Company, the third largest software company in the U.S. In 2002, the Colorado Mountain College system awarded to Rick its first annual Circle of Excellence Award as Colorado High-Technology Executive of the Year.
In his retirement, Rick has been associated with Colorado State University, teaching corporate law and ethics in the university’s MBA program and serving on the Board of the School of Business. In 2006, he joined Fort Collins-based Citadel Advisory Group, a boutique investment banking company, as legal director. Rick and his wife Helen Petrak have been supporting the RMRP since 2004. Rick has served on the Board of Directors of RMRP since 2008.
Dyanne Willow has an M.S. in Pure Mathematics from Northern Illinois University and has taught at colleges in Michigan, Illinois, and Colorado. She obtained her real estate license in 2010 and has worked at RE/MAX since 2011.
Upon moving to Fort Collins in 1999, Dyanne discovered the RMRP booth at New West Fest and fell in love. She signed up for the next orientation with her daughter a month later and never looked back. After volunteering at the RMRP for 12 years and taking on a vast variety of volunteer duties from rescuing raptors in distress to training new volunteers and creating training videos, Dyanne's job as a realtor started consuming her volunteer time, so she had to cut back to just being on the board at the RMRP.
Dyanne has two children. Her daughter attends the CSU College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and will graduate in 2018 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Dyanne's son graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder in May 2015 and works at the Bank of Colorado.