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Catherine Allen was officially appointed as the newest member of the Valles Caldera Trust, board of trustees.
She is the fifth trustee appointed by President Barack Obama and joins Kent Salazar and Karyn Stockdale, who were also appointed by the Obama administration.
“The Valles Caldera is a national treasure and must be respected as such,” said Allen, who served on President Obama’s Economic Development and Small Business Committee during the first Administration. “I am honored and excited to become a part of the effort to ensure the preserve’s well-being for generations to come.”
By statute, each board of trustee position is assigned with a specific expertise needed to guide the management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve (preserve). Allen assumes the board position, which requires a trustee active and experienced in financial management. She succeeds Ed Tinsley whose board position remained vacant since his term expired in January 2011.
“I am impressed with what has been accomplished in such a relatively short period of time with limited resources,” added Allen, who recently toured the preserve. “I see so much potential to enhance the Valles Caldera experience for all who visit the preserve.”
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