ben johnston, president

Ben is an associate member Balcomb & Green, P.C. His practice has a primary focus on business, real estate, and personal injury disputes. Before joining Balcomb & Green, Ben spent four years with a global-law-firm in Kansas City managing commercial and products liability litigation in various state and federal courts. He also spent time in New York City working at a global-law-firm where he handled mergers & acquisitions and counseled clients on corporate governance, securities laws, and financial regulations. Ben developed criminal trial experience while working as a prosecuting attorney for the City of St. Louis and gained extensive appellate knowledge while clerking for the Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court.



Ryan was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 2011 and the Washington Bar in 2012.  He began his career at Beattie, Chadwick & Houpt in 2011 before returning to his native Seattle for a short stint as an Assistant Attorney General in the Natural Resources Division of the Washington State Office of the Attorney General.  Ryan returned to the Roaring Fork Valley and Beattie, Chadwick & Houpt in 2014 and focuses his practice on water rights, real property, and civil litigation.  Ryan is graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and Seattle University School of Law.  Ryan has been published in the University of Denver Water Law Review, the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, and the Colorado Lawyer.  Ryan has also volunteered his time with the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Special Committee on Young Lawyers, and he is a 2015 graduate of Roaring Fork Leadership.  When not working, Ryan can usually be found spending time with his wife and young children, hopefully doing something outside.


haley carmer, Treasurer

Haley is an associate attorney Garfield & Hecht, P.C. in the firm's Glenwood Springs office where she is active in the firm’s municipal, water, real estate, and civil litigation groups. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a BA in environmental studies and later from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law with her J.D. Haley has been admitted in Colorado since 2014. She grew up in Glenwood Springs and was happy to secure gainful employment in her home town right out of law school. When not practicing law, Haley enjoys running, hiking, skiing, and all manner of outdoor activities.

Sarah NordGaard, Secretary


Elizabeth Ann Granado, Board of Governors Representative

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Angela is a partner of Hays & Strode Law, P.C., where she specializes in domestic relations law. Angela was admitted to the Colorado bar in 2009 after attending law school at the University of Colorado. She began her legal career in insurance defense litigation at Baldwin Morgan and Rider, P.C. In 2012, she returned to her hometown of Rifle, Colorado to enjoy the quality of life and outdoor splendor of the western slope. Angela also serves as Vice President of the City of Rifle Visitor Improvement Fund board, and previously served as President of the Board for Girls on the Run Western Colorado. In her free time, Angela enjoys spending time with her husband and young son, yoga, and mountain biking.