Bret Roller, Executive Director
Bret is a graduate of Colorado State University (CSU) with a B.S. in natural resources management. His interest in the outdoors started when he was a small boy. At age ten he began shooting, by age twelve was riding his bicycle twenty miles from home on fishing adventures, and by age sixteen he purchased his first firearm. His parents were not hunters, but Bret had a strong desire to become a hunter, to become a part of our country’s conservation heritage. Bret’s career in the outdoors started at CSU where he led backpacking trips for students. Eventually, Bret traveled and worked in Alaska – an event that changed his life and solidified his love for the outdoors.
Bret served as first mate aboard a research vessel, guided ocean and river fishing trips, led sea kayak trips, provided visitors with interpretive information on Alaska’s flora and fauna, and worked on Alaska’s North Slope oil pipeline. In addition to teaching about the outdoors, Bret works as a natural resource consultant, providing forest management expertise and baseline documentation for conservation easement donations. As a young boy fishing, as a young man hunting and as a professional outdoor instructor, Bret’s entire life has been spent in the outdoors. Bret is a member of the National Rifle Association, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Colorado Forestry Association, Safari Club International, and served as a board member of the Indian Hills Fire and Rescue Department. He lives in Indian Hills with his wife and co-founder of WAEI, Susanne Roller, their daughters Brooke and Dalton, and their son, Bridger.