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. Served two three-year terms  on the CMC State Board.  Remains passionate about the Club and continues to serve on Risk Management Safety & Schools Committee and Website/Systems Committee.

Brad Cotten

Brad Cotten, Avalanche Terrain Avoidance (ATA) Director, Leader, AIARE Level 1 Assistant, Knot Tying School Instructor. He has been an active member of the CMC since 2011 and a life long outdoors man, and Naturalist. He studied Field Botany, Zoology and Ecology in school before being commissioned in the Navy. Brad has been an avid backpacker since joining the boy scouts. Brad started Technical rock climbing in the early 1970’s and taught rock climbing for California State University at Fullerton for many years, He has put up many in Joshua Tree and climbed in the Mojave Desert, Angeles Crest, Serra Nevada, Olympic, Cascades, Tetons, Colorado and Canadian Rockies. Brad works as a, cowboy, printer, botanist, EMT-P, Naval Flight Officer, Red Cross disaster planner and currently as a flight ground instructor.

Jeff Damp, SALT (Support Aid for Leader Training) coordinator

Jeff was an active CMC member in the 90’s and rejoined in 2013.  He is a retired geologist. He has hiked in Kashmir, Alps, Patagonia, Iceland, and many states.  He was a climber for many years and did routes in the Tetons, Cascades, Canadian Rockies, Yosemite, CO, Gunks (NY), and NH.  Jeff has been involved in search and rescue both in the Tetons, and in NH, where he worked for the Appalachian Mtn. Club.  Jeff loves to ski.  As a Bobcats Section leader of the Denver Group, he leads B and C hikes and backcountry ski trips. Jeff began his three-year term as a member of DS&L in 2018 and currently is the SALT (Support Aid for Leader Training) coordinator.

Tom Hartzell

Tom Hartzell has been an active CMC member since moving to Boulder in 2011. He is a Senior WTS Instructor; an Instructor Leader for the Trip Leader School; and also instructs in the Wilderness Survival School and Intro To Hiking Safety class.  He enjoys hiking to the high lakes.  His favorite hiking spots are in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Sue Henley, Acting Secretary, Leader

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.

Sarah Maurer

Sarah has been an active CMC member since 2013 and a trip leader since 2015.  She has served as an assistant instructor for the CMC’s Wilderness Trekking School, Basic Mountaineering School, and Alpine Scrambling Course. Her current hiking interests include climbing the Colorado 14ers and the 3000-meter volcanoes of Java and 7000-meter Peak Lenin in Kyrgyzstan. When she’s not outdoors, she works  as a marketing writer, an outdoor blogger, and a fitness coach specializing in hikers and mountaineers.  Sarah began her three-year term as a member of DS&L in 2018 and currently supports the Trip Leader School.

Durrie Monsma, Newsletter Editor

Durrie is a retired attorney, newspaper publisher, and Coast Guard Reserve Captain who rejoined CMC in 2013.  He has hiked in Nepal, New Zealand, Bhutan, Ecuador, Peru, Scotland, Alaska, California, and other states.  Durrie began his three-year DS&L term in 2017 and leads B and C hikes and snowshoe trips for the Bobcats section of the Denver Group.  He enjoys a variety of fitness activities and serves on the nonprofit boards of the Colorado Independent and a foundation that serves needy employees and retirees of the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers.  Durrie is amazed by the expertise and variety of backgrounds of his fellow CMC members and learns something from them on every trip.

Tom O’Connor, Leader, Trip Leader Certification Coordinator

Tom has been a CMC member since 2012 and a trip leader since 2017. He retired from the energy industry in 2013. Tom’s main hiking interests are finishing the Colorado 14ers and challenging himself on high peaks around the world including Africa, Russia, Ecuador and Argentina. It all began in the White Mountains of NH where he still hikes every summer.
Tom began his three year term on the DS&L in 2018 and is currently Trip Leader Certification Coordinator.

Kevin Schaal , Trip Leader School Director

Kevin joined CMC in 2000 and has completed a variety of schools including WTS, BMS, a cross country ski school, Trip Leader School, Avalanche Terrain Avoidance and AIARE Level 1.  He served on Denver Group Council from 2013-2016 and was Secretary for most of his term.  He chaired the Annual Dinner one year.  Following his term on Council, he accepted a request to join DS&L.  His primary function within DS&L is serving as the Director of Trip Leader School.  Kevin was an assistant instructor for WTS in the Spring of 2017.  Kevin is active with the Bobcats Section and leads about one trip per month mostly for the Bobcats.

Mark Wolf, Director of Safety

Mark joined the club in late 1998. He has been a leader since 2001, and is currently an Instructor Leader and the Director of Safety for the Denver Safety and Leadership Committee.  He is a former physician.