Who We Are

Molly Murfee, Executive Director

I first began my love affair with nature climbing high into the gargantuan magnolia tree my great-grandmother planted in Southern Arkansas.  Early on I learned that nature was a place of solace and   retreat.  I took these roots with me when I began pursuing my outdoor careers and education. After receiving my Master of Arts degree in literature, with a focus on Nature Writing, for many years I served as an instructor and guide on backpacking and climbing trips with organizations and institutions from Outward Bound and Alaska Wildland Adventures to Colorado College and Colorado State University.  I then became a faculty with the Audubon Expedition Institute, an experientially based Bachelor’s and Master’s program offering degrees in Environmental Studies and Environmental Education where I taught from the Bahamas to Mexico. Upon settling in to Crested Butte in 2002, I became a freelance writer publishing articles in magazines such as Crested Butte Magazine, Mountain Gazettte, and Powder. Writing is a passion I still pursue today, often focusing on the wild places that surround me.  Since 2005 I have served as the Executive Director of 1%.

Glo Cunningham

I have been involved in open space in the Gunnison Valley for over 20 years. I was the Chair of the Founding Advisory Committee for the Crested Butte Land Trust and became a Board Member in the first six months. I worked on the Crested Butte Land Trust Board for 14 years, including serving as President when 1% for Open Space was founded and have been on the Board for 1% ever since. Currently I serve as the Executive Director of the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum, which is a participating 1% business.



Beverly Griffith

I served as an elected member of the Austin City Council and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Capital Area Metropolitan Transit Authority. I have been an ardent supporter of parks and open space efforts, serving as chair of the Austin Parks and Recreation Board, co-founder and trustee of Austin Parks Foundation, and trustee of the Texas Recreation and Parks Society. My efforts contributed significantly to the successful passage of a $20 million bond proposition for open space. I also initiated a successful $41.5 million bond proposal to acquire parks and greenways inAustin. I am or have been a trustee or advisor for various organizations including the University of Texas School of Social Work, Austin Lyric Opera, the United Way, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. My career also includes five and one half years as a Vice President of Austin’s largest bank. In Crested Butte, I am co-chair of Stewardship for Union Congregational Church, am a member of the Development Committee for the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, and am on the Colorado Advisory Council of The Trust for Public Land. In addition to 1% for Open Space, I serve on the Board of the Public Policy Forum. My husband, Balie, and I were named Volunteers of the Year by the Crested Butte Mountain Theater.

Karen Janssen

I have made Crested Butte my home since 1988. I have been involved with 1% for Open Space since 2001, when I served as the Executive Director for several years before joining the Board of Directors in 2005. I also am on the Board of Directors of the Crested Butte Land Trust, as well as volunteer for numerous other local non-profit organizations. I teach music and Spanish to children of all ages with Munchkin’s Music and am a 1% for Open Space business participant, and am an avid Nordic skier, hiker and musician, amongst other pursuits. Basically, I just love to get outdoors and appreciate all the open space 1% has worked hard to preserve!


Doug Kroft

I personally believe we can draw a direct line between open space and the enhancement of human values and property values. 1% for Open Space helps our property owners preserve the value of their property, and their investment in real estate. As the Broker / Owner of Red Lady Realty, we have been participating members of 1% for Open Space since the beginning. My relationship with the outdoors began by growing up on a ranch in western South Dakota. I earned a B.S. degree from Dickinson State University in North Dakota and a Master’s Degree from the University of Montana at Missoula. The next twelve years I spent teaching for a Department of Defense Dependent School system. Though this, I lived and worked in numerous countries including Korea, Germany, Belgium, England, Bahrain, and Holland. My love of the mountains, ranch work and our Western heritage developed my strong environmental ethic and a firm belief in open space. Having been a resident of Crested Butte since 1977 I enjoy skiing and snowboarding in the winter, and pursuing my life-long love of horses and trail riding in the summer.

Pete Nichols

I love to hike, bike and fish, but it is not for me that I serve on the board of 1% for Open Space. As a father and community member I do it for the future of our valley. I belive we need to retain our ring of access to open spaces and maintain our trailheads to the nearly two million acres of national forest land surrounding us. I was born in Denver and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota before earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Arizona State University. I found the Gunnison Valley in 1994 and promptly relocated. I was a part owner of the Bacchanale Restaurant in downtown Crested Butte from 1995 through 2012, and we were a contributing member and collector for 1% for Open Space since the program’s inception in 1997. I have served on the board since 2004.

 Heli Mae Peterson

I moved to Crested Butte in 1982 from the East Bay area of California. There I learned how condensed a city can be and how important open space is for a community. Natural spaces give me joy. To be in open space and have it be completely undisturbed is amazing – there are not many places like this in the lower 48. This is why the business I co-own, Donitas, has been a 1% for Open Space participant since the beginning. It is the easiest way to contribute to this important cause. I love skiing and biking, and we are so lucky to have trails like the Lower Loop, Lupine Trail and Rec Path right out our back door. I feel proud that 1% has been a substantial contributor in making those projects happen.

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