Officers, Board Members, and Staff

Here are the folks who are responsible for the big-picture issues facing RMOWP, as well as the folks who take care of the day-to-day details. The term expiration is in parenthesis and occurs on May 31 of that year. Newly elected officers and directors assume their responsibilities on June1.


President, Linda Haehnle, Aurora, CO (2025)

Linda has been a member since attending RMOWP’s Photo Workshop in 2012. She highlights her love of travel with her photography. She was the Vice-President for 4 years.

Vice-President, Steve Cochrane, Rangely, CO (2025)

Although Steve describes himself as a self-taught photographer, he has mastered the practice and offers photography workshops, and he guides. His interests also include travel, hiking and backpacking.

Secretary, Kent Taylor, Richardson, TX (2024)

Originally from Southern Illinois, Kent currently lives with his wife Laura in Richardson, Texas, north of Dallas. They have two children, Kelsey (married) and Kyle (junior in high school). For the past 20+ years, Kent has worked as a hospital chaplain. He loves nature photography, road trips, building projects, and watching son Kyle play baseball.


Treasurer, Maryann Gaug, Silverthorne, CO (since 2014)

A native of Denver, Colorado, Maryann didn’t really start hiking in earnest until college. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Gonzaga University and a M.S. in Computer Science from University of Colorado Boulder.  After joining the Colorado Mountain Club and Rocky Flats Mountaineering Group, Maryann spent more time in her beloved mountains hiking, backpacking, backcountry skiing, and exploring. She worked in computer programming and systems management for 20 years.  After joining RMOWP and discovering that a guide book publisher was looking for someone to author a Colorado hiking guide, she jumped on the opportunity. Writing the guidebook included not only hiking the trails, but drawing the maps (later simplified by using a GPS), taking photos, and doing the research for area information and all the details of finding the trailhead, and the left and right turns and vistas along the trails. Her Falcon guides include Hiking Colorado (three editions), Hiking Colorado’s Summit County Area, Best Hikes near Denver and Boulder, Best Easy Day Hikes Vail, and Best Hikes near Breckenridge and Vail.  Maryann’s interests include hiking, camping, skiing, writing, photography, and the Colorado Rockies. Maryann won Best of Show Photography in 2022.

Virginia & Roxanne
Virginia with her beloved Roxanne

Immediate Past-President, Virginia Parker, The Woodlands, TX (2019-23)

Virginia is an accomplished freelance writer and lecturer, artist and photographer, with a passion for nature photography and writing. She travels the country with her husband David to take photos and gather fodder for her writing. Virginia joined RMOWP in 2012 and writes a regular column for our newsletter.

Board members

Nice catch, Ron!

Ron Belak, Evergreen, CO (2024)

Longtime member (since 1996) Ron Belak is a freelance writer and photographer with interests in fly fishing, backpacking, hiking, and skiing. He’s published numerous articles on fly fishing and other outdoor sports in such magazines as Colorado OutdoorsFly FishermanAmerican Angler, and Colorado Expression. Ron’s books Fly Fishing Colorado’s Backcountry and The Fishing Guide to 800 High Lakes in Colorado took RMOWP’s Best of Show Writing awards in 2019 and 2021, respectively.

Debbie Holte, Taos, NM (2024)

A writer, lecturer and teacher, Debbie joined RMOWP in 2020. Her interests also include photography, and she describes herself as an outdoor enthusiast. Debbie professionally designs websites and optimizes search engines.

Frank Zurey

Frank Zurey, Golden, CO (2025)

A freelance photographer specializing in wildlife, wildflowers and scenics, Frank attended RMOWP’s photo workshop in 2001 and became a member. He has been in charge of RMOWP’s annual contest for many years and is a former board member. He enjoys traveling for his photography and garnered Best of Show Photography in 2019 and 2020.

Richard Youngblood, Katy, TX (2025)

A photography teacher for 38 years, Richard has been a member since attending the 2005 photo workshop. In addition to photography, he enjoys camping, hiking, back-packing, and woodworking.

Dan Bernskoetter, Lohman, MO (2026)

Dan is a volunteer naturalist for the Missouri Department of Conservation who enjoys fishing, hunting, hiking and farming. He has been a RMOWP member since 2015 and is a former board member.

Al Perry, Herriman, UT (2026)

A long-time member since 2005, Al led the RMOWP photo workshops in 2006 and 2007 and won best of show, photograph in RMOWP’s annual competitions in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2014. He also won best of show, written works for his book in 2014.

Paid Staff

Don Laine © 2017 Kent Taylor

Executive Director, newsletter editor, conference chair, Don Laine, El Prado, NM

A native of Long Island, NY, Don escaped the East Coast for the mountains of northern New Mexico in 1970, fresh out of college with a degree in psychology. He spent over 20 years in radio and newspaper journalism before turning to travel writing and photography. Don and wife Barb have authored numerous travel guides, including Frommer’s National Parks of the American West, Best Short Hikes in Arizona, New Mexico & Arizona State Parks, and Little-Known Southwest. His interests include hiking, RV camping, photography, wildlife viewing, classic cars, old movies, and real beer.