Our Board of Directors



Ian Boelts

Ian was born in Tucson and raised in Oro Valley, Arizona. He grew up exploring the Sonoran desert and fostered a love for nature at an early age. After having graduated high school from Ironwood Ridge in 2011, he moved to Boston to receive his Bachelors degree in Music Business and Management from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. In 2015, after an internship in North Hollywood to finish out his degree, he made his way back to Tucson where he is currently working to advance his career while also serving as President of All Creeds Brotherhood.



Mark Middlestadt

Mark and his wife moved to the Tucson area from New Jersey at the end of 2015 following a 29-year-career as a news executive with The Associated Press and before that as editor of an award-winning newspaper in Iowa. They fell in love with Sanctuary Cove while attending an Easter sunrise service and became members. Mark was elected to serve on the board of the non-profit that owns and operates the retreat. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and received post-graduate education in nonprofit management and fundraising from New York University. He served nearly 10 years as executive director of an association of U.S. newspaper and online editors and its fundraising arm.



Robert Mayer



E. Hardy Smith

E. Hardy Smith is a Tucson lawyer and mediator who, for three decades, has lived and raised his family in the shadow of Safford Peak as a neighbor of Sanctuary Cove.  In that time, he has seen many changes to the surrounding community and difficult challenges to maintaining the beauty and tranquility of the Cove and its environs, including Saguaro National Park.  Hardy joined the Board to help preserve the Cove as “a still place in a turning world” for future generations of his family and the community.



Rev. Don Chatfield, Ph.D.

Don is an interfaith minister who serves as executive director at the Osage Forest of Peace, a retreat center near Tulsa.  Don fell in love with Sanctuary Cove during the 28 years he lived in Tucson.  During his time in Arizona, he served as the Community Development Director for the Town of Oro Valley, the Chief Operating Officer at the Sonoran Institute, and Executive Director of The Primavera Foundation.  Don is a member of the Advisory Council of the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles, a member of the board of directors of the Sand Springs, Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Sand Springs Economic Development Authority.



Jackson Boelts

Jackson Boelts has been an artist, educator, designer for over 30 years and in that time he has won over 400 awards for his work. He has exhibited work in Moscow, Mexico City, Berlin, Warszawa, Chile, and numerous locations nationally. He is a Professor of Art at the University of Arizona, he has been a  Visiting Artist at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and has taught watercolor and drawing in Orvieto, Italy.




Although I never meant to end up in Arizona, I have now lived within the Sonoran Desert boundary for over a decade and never plan to leave.  Why would I when there are Ocotillos for days?  Firmly believing in the adage that it’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re a local, I plan to keep it local here in Tucson and do all I can to help protect the subtle beauty of the Sonoran Desert so that all who inhabit it can flourish in the years to come.



Craig Lecroy

Craig is a professor in the School of Social Work with Arizona State University’s Tucson campus. He actively supports various environmental groups including the Nature Conservatory and the Arizona Water and Land Trust. 



Annie Bunker

Annie Bunker arrived to Tucson in the early 1980’s and had the most fortunate opportunity, while hiking the Cove grounds, to meet and become close with Sanctuary Cove Founder, Elmer Staggs and lifetime Board member, George Drosch. She and her husband, Chuck Koesters, were caretakers of the Cove for more than two decades. Together with the ACB Board, they were instrumental and physical forces in the building of: the guest cottage, the front of chapel gathering space, the Labyrinth, the Cove front entry and installing the new well. Annie and Chuck raised their two sons, Cooper and Wrenn, at the Cove. Annie and her family will forever be committed to carrying on Elmer’s vision of Sanctuary Cove, as a place for quiet reflection away from the noise of life. 

Jenny Gutterson


Bio coming soon

Wrenn Bunker-Koesters


Board Members


Board of Directors

Ian Boelts, President

Mark Mittelstadt, Secretary 

Robert Mayer , Treasurer (not pictured)

Jackson Boelts  

Annie Bunker

Don Chatfield

Jenny Gutterson (not pictured)

Craig Lecroy 

E. Hardy Smith 

Sarah Whelan

Wrenn Bunker-Koesters