Denver Safety & Leadership Committee


The Committee is chartered by the CMC Denver Group Council, as authorized in the Bylaws of the CMC Denver Group, and operates under the CMC State Board Manual, Constitution and Operating Policies.

Charter for Safety and Leadership



The Denver Safety & Leadership Committee (also known as DS&L) carries out Denver Group responsibilities as delegated by the Denver Council. DS&L is responsible for managing Denver trip leaders with safety for all Denver Members.

DS&L meets every third Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the AMC. All Denver club members are welcome to attend and observe. Visitors who wish to address the committee are requested to register before the meeting begins, providing the chair with visitor’s written name, member #, contact info and topic. Time permitting, unscheduled speakers will normally be given three minutes to address the committee.

Denver Group Safety and Leadership Policies and Procedures 2014

Archived Minutes of Monthly Meetings

Safety and Leadership Accomplishments


The Committee chair is appointed by the Denver Council chair, and Committee members are appointed by the Committee chair. All Committee appointments are confirmed by the Denver Group Council. Committee members are among Denver Group’s most highly trained and experienced trip leaders and safety professionals.

Subcommittees are appointed by the committee chair, without confirmation of the Council. Subcommittees may be standing committees, advisory committees, or temporary task forces with a one-time project. 


Linda Lawson, Committee Chair

Linda Lawson has been a member of DG CMC for 11 years.  Prior to retirement she was a CPA and worked in the Energy Sector for about 25 years during which she was an officer of the corporation for 15 years.  She served on the Board of  Directors of an oil and gas exploration company traded on the New York Stock Exchange for 7 years and on the Women’s Board of Advisors to an international law firm for four years.

Within the DG she has completed a variety of schools and serves as an instructor or assistant instructor in the following schools: GPS, Avalanche Terrain Avoidance, Wilderness Trekking School, and Wilderness First Aid.  She served on the Denver Group Council 2006 – 2011 and held the position of Chair for a two year term 2008-2010.  She has chaired the Annual Dinner committee for a number of years and now Co-Chairs the 2012 Annual Dinner Committee with Sherry Richardson.  In addition, Linda is Chair of the Centennial Celebration Fest in Buena Vista July 21, 2012. Currently she also is content editor of the Mile High Newsletter and was elected to the CMC State Board where she serves on the Finance Committee and two Task Forces.


Patrick McKinley, Trip Leader School Director

Pat McKinley is a leader & WTS Instructor.  His term began in December 2012.


Sue Henley, Secretary

Sue joined CMC in 2005 and is an active trip leader for A, B and C hikes, snowshoe, ski tour and road bike trips. She has completed WTS, WFA, WSS, AAS and TLS. She is also a certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and retired manager of a hospital department where she developed departmental safety standards and investigated incidents. Sue is also a Red Cross Shelter Manager, Disaster Team Member and instructor. She is a member of the National Parks Recreation Association and has worked in Crater Lake, Shenandoah and Yellowstone National Parks. Sue has served in several capacities as a CMC volunteer including CMC Publishing, Gift Shop, Museum Docent and RMOTHG.


Terry Ploski, Accident Investigator

Terry Ploski is Safety Director who has both a legal and medical background.  Terry joined the committee in February 2013. Terry is a leader and WTS Instructor.


Tracie Sawade

Tracie Sawade, a leader and WTS Assistant Instructor, has a professional background in Leadership & Management.  She joined the committee in August 2013.


Nancy Stevenson, Accident Investigator


Robert Collins


Brad Cotten, ATA School Teacher


Jonathan Dunder, Trip Leader Certification Coordinator





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