State Council

The State Council Members for the Colorado Mountain Club

glenn Barr

Chair (Pikes Peak Group)

Glenn has been a CMC member since 2014, and a Pikes Peak Group Council member since 2015.  After a long stint as a Boy Scout leader, Glenn moved his passion for the outdoors to the CMC where he serves as an instructor and trip leader.  After completing the Basic Mountaineering and High Altitude Mountaineering classes, he still likes to backpack to remote destinations to explore the Colorado wilderness year-round.  Glenn's goal for the State Council is to increase the communication and coordination between the Groups, Board, and Committees.  This will help ensure the experience and concerns of local groups and members inform problem-solving and decision making as the CMC continues to deliver on its strategic vision while moving towards 2025.


Carrie simon

vice chair (Boulder Group)

Carrie Simon joined CMC 2007 to learn some new rock climbing skills. The graduation climb was indelible and she will cherish those first memories of CMC camaraderie for life. She spent a lot of time climbing with her new friends, then decided to join the local chapter council as the marketing chair. In addition, Carrie is a trip leader, international trip leader, instructor.


don carpenter

secretary (northern colorado group)

Don first joined CMC in 1975 when he took the Basic Mountaineering School and was impressed with the attention to detail and safety in recreating in the mountains. After a long stint in the Chicago area as a research scientist in the food industry he longed to return to Colorado and rejoined CMC 16 years ago. He has held various positions on the Northern Colorado Group Council as Program Director, Group Chair, and  most recently as State Council Representative. In addition to involvement in trail building and maintenance he leads hiking, snowshoe and cross-country ski trips for the club and instructs in the cross-country ski and beginning snowshoe workshops. His recent goal is to see the State Council become a more active and important part of the State CMC. 


jeff flax

CMC board liason 

Mr. Flax is active with the CMC serving as the President of State Board of Directors. He is the former director of the Denver Group’s Wilderness First Aid course, instructor in the Backcountry Ski Touring School, and leads hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and biking trips for the club.  He is also past chair of the Denver Group Council.  Jeff is the principal of Jeff Flax and Associates, LLC, a Golden-based litigation technology consulting firm.


sandy heise

state council member (Denver Group)

Sandy first joined the CMC in 1994. She graduated from the Boulder Group’s Hiking Program, Basic Mountaineering School (BMS), Rock Leading School (RLS), and Advanced Mountaineering School (AMS). She has also taken shorter CMC courses in self-rescue, advanced anchor building, and backcountry skiing. Sandy has served as a Senior instructor for Boulder BMS, an Assistant instructor for AMS, a trip leader, and committee member (Safety and BMS committees).

After moving down to the San Juan Mountains, she joined the CMC’s San Juan Group (no longer operating) but eventually moved back to the Front Range and switched to the Denver Group. She is currently serving on the Denver Group Council and is a BPX (backpacking) trip leader. Sandy has co-authored two Falcon Guides (“Hiking Colorado, 4th Edition”; “Best Hikes Near Denver and Boulder, 2nd Edition”) and authored a new CMC Press book (“Colorado Waterfall Hikes”).


brenda leach

state council member (Western slope group)

Brenda has been a CMC member for 27+ years. Brenda had been very active in the Boulder Group while living in the Front Range. She volunteered as an A/B hikes and rock climbing trip leader, Basic Rock School senior instructor, Rock Leading School assistant instructor and the Spring/Summer/Fall School Director. In 2008, Brenda served as the Boulder Group Chair. In 2013, Brenda was presented with the CMC's Blaurock "Silver Piton" Award. Brenda and her husband retired and moved to the Western Slope in 2018 where she is now the Western Slope Group Chair. Brenda enjoys rock climbing, hiking, camping, gardening, traveling and house remodeling.


terry mccanne

state council member (El Pueblo Group)

Terry was born and raised in Colorado and has been a member and leader of the CMC since 1977. Terry taught 4th or 5th grade in Pueblo for 34 years and retired in 2021.  He completed his last 14er in 1998. Traveling is one of his passions and has been to all 50 states, New Zealand, and with his wife of 35 years, China, and many of the countries of Europe.  He was the chair of the El Pueblo Group in the early 80s and hopes to increase the membership of the group to levels of decades past.


Carol kurt

state council member (Roaring Fork Group)

Carol joined the CMC in 1971 when she married her husband who was a member of the Denver Group. She became very active in the CMC when they transferred their membership to the Aspen Group(now the Roaring Fork Group) after moving away from Denver in 1978. She moved full time to Aspen in 1999 when she retired from the business world. She was the chair of the Aspen Group for 20 years and served on the CMC board for 2 terms and  now now serves on the CMC Foundation. She has climbed all of the 14ers...some multiple times and loves leading trips for the Roaring Fork Group. They usually host a winter ski and a summer picnic at their Ashcroft cabin and lead a winter hut trip every year. She put on a couple of Basic Mountaineering Courses for her group when she was chair plus took the leadership and wilderness first aid courses. She led Adventure Travel llama supported trips in Utah and Wyoming. She loves that CMC works on conservation and safety in the mountains. She is also a Master Naturalist with the White River Forest Conservancy and teaches some courses for them and for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies...especially on tundra and adaptations of flora and fauna there.


candace winkle

state council member (Gore Range Group)

Candace received her M.S. in Geology in Wisconsin, then moved to Colorado to work and play in the mountains.  When the oil business tanked in the 80’s, she redirected her career to IT project management.  Always enthusiastic about the outdoors, she discovered and joined the CMC in 2004 and within a few years started leading trips for the Denver Group.  In her quest for Colorado’s highest 100 peaks, she led mostly peak-bagging day and backpack trips - so many that the CMC recognized her with an award.  In 2009 she moved to Summit County and later transferred to the Gore Range Group, where she currently leads hiking, backpacking, snowshoe and various types of ski trips.  She loves traveling and finding new places for her activities.  Other volunteer work includes past director and president positions on her local water district and HOA Boards.