Board of Directors

Tom Zeiner

Tom Zeiner

President

Tom Zeiner is a professional geologist and amateur botanist. An interest in tracking wildflower blooms began in 2002 on Green Mountain in Jefferson County. That has now led to work with Project BudBurst, which seeks to document changes in bloom times with the help of citizen scientists. Tom is a Colorado Native Plant Master and enjoys explaining all about the local flora and geology to anyone who’s bold enough to hike, bike, or run with him. He and his wife, Kim, settled on Crested Butte for a retirement home after realizing it’s the best place in the state for rocks, flowers and people. Tom joined the Wildflower Festival’s Board of Directors in September 2014.

Crested Butte Festival Guide

Beth Schumacher

Vice President

Beth joined the Board in 2013 and has been a resident in the Gunnison Valley for the past fifteen years, and during that time she has fallen in love with our surrounding wilderness.  Beth enjoys working with plants, identifying flowers, hiking and loves skiing in the winter. She also volunteers with the local EMS service and is a Colorado Master Gardener.

Bill Peatross

Bill Peatross

Bill has been hiking the back country around Crested Butte for almost three decades. He is a lawyer licensed in Louisiana and Colorado and has been named as one of Louisiana’s “Super Lawyers”. Bill has volunteered with the Wildflower Festival for a number of years and he was named to the Board in September 2014. He has been a second home owner in the valley for over twenty years and also serves on the Board of the Mountain Heritage Museum and the Advisory Board of the CrestedButteCenter for the Arts. In addition to hiking, Bill enjoys gardening, cooking and running (having completed 40 marathons).

Tom Roll 2

Tom Roll

Tom and his wife, Dawn, came to Crested Butte on their honeymoon 27 years ago and fell in love with the town, the people and the beauty of the valley. Returning often over the years the love grew and Tom and Dawn now live in Crested Butte part-time. The wildflowers in particular make Crested Butte a paradise and, like so many others, Tom loves to be outdoors playing in them. His hobbies include music, photography, mountain biking, hiking and skiing. Recently appointed to the board Tom hopes to use his 35 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner to help the Festival in whatever way he can.

Tom Grant

Tom Grant

Tom is very excited to join the Festival’s BOD, as one of his goals is to raise awareness of native plants and get people involved in conservation efforts. He sees the Festival as an amazing way to connect people to nature in a fun and informal setting. He is currently serving as the Coordinator for the Wet Meadow Restoration Project in Gunnison, which focuses on improving and restoring wet meadow habitats in the upland ecosystems of the Gunnison Basin. Tom has a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Colorado and a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Denver. He brings extensive experience working with non-profits, including ten years of employment in the Research and Conservation Department of Denver Botanic Gardens.

Peggy Langewisch

 Peggy Langewisch

Peggy has been visiting since the early 90’s and living full-time in the Gunnison valley since 2000. She began her career at a large management consulting company before founding a consulting partnership focused on strategy development and implementation. After enjoying extensive travel for work, she now relishesstaying home and hiking, biking, and skiing. Peggy joined the Wildflower Festival Board in 2017 and appreciates the opportunity to contribute to sharing and preserving the beauty that surrounds us.

Susan Holappa

Photo and Bio coming soon.