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 since 2001.

Within the DG she has completed a variety of schools and serves as an instructor, or assistant instructor in the following schools: Avalanche Terrain Avoidance, AIARE, 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; chaired the Annual Dinner committee for a number of years; Co-Chaired the 2012 Centennial Annual Dinner Committee; Chaired the Centennial Celebration Fest in Buena Vista July 21, 2012; was content editor of MHM for five years. Currently she serves on the CMC State Board.

Robert Collins, Active Denver Group A, B, and C hike and snowshoe leader; Founder and Past-Chair Denver Group Bobcats; Past-Treasurer Denver Group Council,  Chair, 2016 Denver Group Leader Appreciation Night; and attorney.

Brad Cotten, ATA School Teacher

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.

Patrick McKinley, Immediate Past Trip Leader School Director Pat McKinley is a leader & WTS Instructor.  His term began in December 2012.

Durrie Monsma -  Newsletter Editor

Kevin Schaal – Trip Leader School Director

Nancy Stevenson – Safety /Director

Tracie Sawade – Trip Leader Certification Coordinator.  Nancy is also a leader and WTS  Instructor, has a professional background in Leadership & Management.  She joined the committee in August 2013.

Mark Wolf – Assistant Safety Director













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