The Vail Valley Foundation has raised quality of life in the Vail Valley through exceptional education programming, international athletic events, world-class artistic programming, and renowned performing arts venues since its inception in 1981.
To provide leadership in arts, athletics, and education, and address community needs to enhance our Valley as a place to live, work, and visit.
An extraordinary mountain community with quality of life for all.
President Gerald R. Ford was among those who helped create the organization as a way to unify the volunteer spirit and ‘big-idea’ mentality that helped the area mark its place on the international map. The Vail Valley Foundation has been an integral aspect of local life, culture, sport and education ever since.
Ford urged the organization to always fulfill its mission, but also to find areas of need in the community, and bring together individuals, businesses, and governments to meet those needs. In 2020, as the community faced challenges from COVID, the VVF led the creation of the $1.2 million VVF Community Fund, and also initiated the creation of the Private Sector Task Forces to help provide unity in the community as the organization navigated the pandemic and its effects.
This “problem solving” nature of the Vail Valley Foundation, and its aspirations to bring international-scale events, performing arts, and exceptional education offerings dates back to its earliest days.
In 1982, the Foundation’s offices moved from the lodge adjacent to the Beaver Creek Information Center to The Charter at Beaver Creek, before moving to Vail during the summer of 1986. The Foundation then made the move to Avon, in December of 1995, headquartering in the WestStar Bank building before making the move across the street to the current location on the third floor of the White River Center. The Foundation’s organizational leaders have also changed over the years, with original president John Horan-Kates being succeeded by Bob Knous, Peter O’Neil, John Garnsey, and Ceil Folz before the current President Mike Imhof took the helm in November of 2015.
Education for local families and students has always been a key component of the Vail Valley Foundation mission. The organization’s educational efforts, operating under a separate 501c3, are known as “YouthPower365” and the organization serves more than 3,000 youth and their families each year by providing education enrichment during out-of-school time (afterschool and summer) throughout a young person’s life: from preschool on the mobile “Magic Bus”, into K-12 afterschool and summerschool programming, to college-and-career readiness. VVF’s extensive education arm merged with The Youth Foundation in January of 2011 to become YouthPower365.
The VVF also hosted the AEI World Forum, together with President and Ms. Ford, from 1982 – 2006. In 2019 the Vail Valley Foundation’s YouthPower365 hosted the PwrHrs Rural Afterschool Education Conference, bringing more than 250 rural educators to Beaver Creek for a three-day conference in November.
Early in its history, the organization led the creation of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, raising the money to complete the structure and open in the summer of 1987. Gerald R. Ford, Bob Hope, their families, and the national Marine Corps Band performed at the Grand Opening Ceremony, and Willie Nelson was the venue’s first big act to play later that summer. Since its earliest days, the venue has served as the main home for Bravo! Vail Music Festival signature performances, the Vail Dance Festival, and Tuesday night Hot Summer Nights free concerts. The venue also hosts a full season of headliner rock concerts, comedy, and more. Major acts and artists have been hosted at the venue in partnership with AEG Presents since 2018.
The VVF has led several subsequent capital campaigns for the venue, and leads the care, maintenance, and programming for the venue on behalf of the community.
In the mid-1980s, the VVF led the bid process to win the right to host the 1989 Alpine World Ski Championships, the first in Colorado since Aspen hosted in 1950. The VVF also led the way to host the 1999 and 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships. Beginning in 1997, the organization has served as the lead of the LOC (Local Organizing Committee) for the Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup, which host the best men’s ski racers in the world each December in Beaver Creek on the world-famous Birds of Prey course. The event typically hosts Downhill, Super-G, and Giant Slalom races, and occasional other events as well including Slalom or Super Combined (Slalom and Downhill).
In 2008, the VVF purchased the GoPro Mountain Games to ensure the signature event remained headquartered in Vail. The event, which had grown quickly since its inception in 2002, flourished under VVF leadership. The event features whitewater kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, road biking, trail running, concerts, arts and many other mountain competitions to create the “best all-around mountain weekend available anywhere in the world” under tagline of “athletes, art, music, and mountains.” The Vail Valley Foundation purchased the event from Untraditional Marketing in 2008, and operated its first event in 2009. In 2013, GoPro became the title sponsor of the event, which has grown to host more than 30 different events in 9 categories, and welcomes more than 80,000 spectators and millions of global marketing impressions each year.
A winter version of the Mountain Games, known simply as the “Winter Mountain Games,” were hosted in 2012-13, and again in 2022.
Historically, the VVF has led other major sporting and celebrity events, including the American Ski Classic, the Honda Session snowboard competition, the 1994 and 2001 UCI World Mountain Biking Championships, and several pro cycling events.
The Vail Dance Festival began as an opportunity to host the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in 1989, during a time when Russia/US relations were at an historical height of tension. The sharing of art and culture helped bridge the divide between the two nations, and the one-time visit quickly became an annual event.
Soon afterward, the event was named the “Vail International Dance Festival,” and it welcomed dance from cultures around the world, quickly rising to become one of the premiere events of its kind.
In 2006, former New York City Ballet principal dancer Damian Woetzel took the helm as Artistic Director. Woetzel led the Festival in new directions, helping it become the premiere Dance event in the world that it is know as today. In 2018 the event simplified its name to “Vail Dance Festival.”
The Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek Village opened to the public in 1998. The 530-seat theater was envisioned to create an influx of culture and community to Beaver Creek, and throughout its history has brought a wide array of music, dance, theater, youth programming, and community events to the Rocky Mountain Region.
The Vail Valley Foundation took over management of the VPAC in 2001. Together with strong support from the Beaver Creek community, the venue has flourished in the arts as well as financially, ever since.
Carlos Gardea is a self-made business owner originally from Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico. He came to the valley 1997 and worked in the hotel industry before ...READ MORE
Carlos Gardea is a self-made business owner originally from Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico. He came to the valley 1997 and worked in the hotel industry before getting into construction in 2003. He started his own business, JR Master Painting, in 2011, and has since branched out into several construction trades. He provides direct financial support and guidance to as many as 50 families a year, volunteers and contributes to YouthPower365s COPA Soccer as well as Vail Valley Soccer Club. Carlos says his secret to success is that he, “smiles all the time,” and he has built a reputation for reliability in the construction industry.
Carlos joined the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors in 2021, with a focus on YouthPower365 events, programs, and activities. He hopes that his work with the board will help encourage young people to choose the right path, stay in school, and build a brighter future for themselves. He and his wife live in Eagle County, and have three children who attend local schools. He is also an accomplished chef, providing Mexican BBQ for many local quinceaneras.
Since 2013, Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser has served as president and CEO of Colorado Mountain College, a public institution enrolling nearly 20,000 students annually at ...READ MORE
Since 2013, Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser has served as president and CEO of Colorado Mountain College, a public institution enrolling nearly 20,000 students annually at 11 campuses in the central Rocky Mountains. Previous to CMC, Hauser held leadership roles at the Kauffman Foundation, Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Daniels Fund. While at Daniels, she was a loaned executive advising Denver’s mayor on a citywide college scholarship program and assisting the Metro Denver Sports Commission on an initiative to attract top-tier sporting events, including the Olympic Games. She co-chaired the 2012 Women’s Final Four.
Hauser is currently a governor’s appointee to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission and a member of the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) board and El Pomar Foundation Northwest Regional Council. At the national level, she serves on the American Council on Education Board of Directors and the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank Economic Advisory Council, and is past president of the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA).
Hauser’s prior board service includes American Rivers, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Vail Valley Partnership, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and its foundation, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, Metro Denver Sports Commission, American Red Cross Mile High Chapter and Visit Denver. Two previous gubernatorial appointments were to Colorado’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Care Reform and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. She has been recognized as the 9News Leader of the Year and one of the Fifty for the Future of Colorado.
Hauser’s background includes teaching assignments at UCLA, the University of Denver and Colorado State University. She has held research and legislative staff roles as well as positions with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and the University of Arizona, her undergraduate alma mater. She earned her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of Business.
An avid outdoorswoman and athlete, Hauser has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro (raising funds for the NSPA), climbed to the Mt. Everest base camp and held the proud title of “swamper” while working many summers for Hatch River Expeditions in the Grand Canyon, near her beloved hometown of Flagstaff, Arizona. She and her husband enjoy skiing, hiking, boating, biking and exploring the Rocky Mountain West and remote places around the world.
Charlene Chen joined the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors in 2018. She moved to Vail in 2013 with her family from New York City ...READ MORE
Charlene Chen joined the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors in 2018. She moved to Vail in 2013 with her family from New York City where she had previously worked in finance.
Originally from New Jersey, she studied economics and art history at Stanford and has an MBA from Wharton. She worked in public finance at Smith Barney before business school and institutional European equities sales at Deutsche Bank after business school. She is also actively involved in the finance, strategy, and endowment committees at Vail Mountain School.
Cheryl Jensen and her husband Bill moved to the Vail Valley in 1999 after living in Lake Tahoe and Breckenridge. Cheryl is the President/Founder of ...READ MORE
Cheryl Jensen and her husband Bill moved to the Vail Valley in 1999 after living in Lake Tahoe and Breckenridge. Cheryl is the President/Founder of Vail Veterans Program which began in 2004 as an adaptive winter ski program for a small group of wounded warriors and has grown to host a wide range of therapeutic Colorado-based programs serving more than 3,000 injured military service members and their families.
Cheryl also founded and serves as the Executive Director of Sharing Warmth Around the Globe, a program of the National Ski Areas Association that ships gently used resort uniforms to people in need. To date, Sharing Warmth has provided over 300,000 winter coats to a world-wide population in need.
Cheryl served as a founding member of the Shaw Outreach Team which was responsible for raising the funds to plan, build and furnish Jack’s Place, an on-site residential complex located at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.
Cheryl has been recognized with numerous awards through the years which include the Ernie Bender Volunteer of the Year from the Vail Valley Foundation, two Civilian Service Awards from the Secretary of Defense and Chief of Staff of the Army, the Women’s Outstanding Work Award from Women’s Foundation of Colorado, the Chairman’s Award from the Vail Valley Partnership and in 2019 the Women in Industry award from the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
Cheryl enjoys golf, hiking, cycling, skiing, and adventure travel.
Chair of the Board
Chris Jarnot is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Vail Valley Foundation. He was appointed to the position on July 1, 2022. Chris was ...READ MORE
Chair of the Board
Chris Jarnot is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Vail Valley Foundation. He was appointed to the position on July 1, 2022.
Chris was raised in the Vail Valley, and held numerous positions with Vail Resorts from1985 to 2020. He began as a seasonal employee in guest services at Beaver Creek, and later was Director of Advertising and Direct Marketing, Director of Reservations, Vice President of Marketing for Vail and Beaver Creek, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Vail Mountain.
In 2016 Chris became Executive Vice President, Mountain Division, for Vail Resorts where he oversaw Vail Resorts’ mountain resort businesses in Colorado, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone; plus Afton Alps, Minnesota; Mount Brighton, Michigan; Wilmot Mountain, Wisconsin and Perisher, Australia, until retiring in 2020.
A graduate of the University of Colorado in Tourism Management, Chris has served on the Board of Directors of the Vail Valley Foundation since 2001, and he also serves on the Board of Directors of Vail Health (formerly the Vail Valley Medical Center). He is married with three children.
Chris Romer serves as President & CEO of Vail Valley Partnership (VVP). Vail Valley Partnership is the regional chamber of commerce representing Vail Valley, Colorado. ...READ MORE
Chris Romer serves as President & CEO of Vail Valley Partnership (VVP). Vail Valley Partnership is the regional chamber of commerce representing Vail Valley, Colorado. VVP provides leadership and vision to enhance commerce and economic vitality of the Vail Valley. VVP was named “Chamber of the Year” by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives in 2016 and in 2020.
In his role, Romer leads the Partnership team to help positively impact the community via various economic development, tourism development, and chamber programming endeavors. Romer is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management (IOM) program, is an Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) by the Western Chamber of Commerce Executives, has been named a “Top 25 Mind in Hospitality Sales, Marketing, and Revenue Management” by Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International and is a past recipient of “Chamber Executive of the Year” by the Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives.
VVP runs numerous programs – including EGE Air Alliance, Vail Valley Economic Development, and Mountain Healthcare Coalition, among others – and has received the following recognition during Romer’s tenure: “Chamber Innovation Grand Prize Winner” by ChamberMaster (2017); Chamber Innovation Honorable Mention (2019); “Core Competency Award” from Western Association of Chamber Executives (2016 & 2020); “Chamber of the Year” winner (2016 & 2020) and finalist (2015) by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives; “Special Achievement Award” from Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives (2015); “Platinum Choice Award” winner from Smart Meetings (2015); “Top Destination Marketing Organization” by Colorado Meetings & Events magazine (2019, 2017, 2013, 2011); “Pinnacle Award” winner as Outstanding Destination Support Organization by Successful Meetings Magazine (2010, 2009).
Romer dedicates time to a variety of boards including the Western Association of Chamber Executives, Colorado Mountain College, Colorado Tourism Office, Tourism Industry Association of Colorado, Colorado Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, and Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives. Romer has also served as a Governor appointee to the Brand Colorado Council, the Colorado Tourism & Outdoor Recreation Key Industry Steering Network, and the COVID Recovery Task Force.
Romer resides in EagleVail, Colorado with his wife (Stacey) and daughter (Kylah), and their golden retriever (Cayman).
Daniel L. Pennington serves as the President of the Vail Health Foundation and joined the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors in 2019. Prior to Vail ...READ MORE
Daniel L. Pennington serves as the President of the Vail Health Foundation and joined the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors in 2019.
Prior to Vail Health, Dan served as the Chief Philanthropy Officer at Via Christi Health, the largest provider in Kansas, and prior to that was a senior development professional at Mayo Clinic. Before joining Mayo Clinic, Dan was the Principal and Senior Consultant of his own fundraising consulting firm, Pennington & Company, Inc. based in Lawrence, Kansas.
Dan earned his BS in Journalism from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at The University of Kansas in 1989. He completed his MA in Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University School of Philanthropy (formerly The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University) in 2013. He is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) from The American College of Financial Services.
Dan has always acted on his belief in the importance of giving back to the profession and his community. He has served as an active member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers (NACCDO) and NonProfit Connect (formerly The Greater Kansas City Council on Philanthropy) where he served on the Board. Dan was also a mentor with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Douglas County, and a board member of Douglas County CASA and Douglas County Citizen Review Board Juvenile Offenders Project. He has been active in his local churches having served as a member of the Endowment Board, Membership Committee and chairing the Pastor Search Committee. Dan has been a board member for the Lawrence Schools Foundation and was a parent volunteer at his children’s schools in Rochester. Dan was a member of the Leadership Lawrence Class of 2003.
Dan is married to Pamela Pennington, who works with special needs children in the public school system. They have three daughters, Crosby, Nell and Alden.
David graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management in 1994. Early in his career, David worked in Miami, ...READ MORE
David graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management in 1994. Early in his career, David worked in Miami, Washington DC and Atlanta, where he honed his construction management skills before moving to the Vail Valley where his wife Alex grew up. He is currently the President of Shaeffer Hyde Construction, which he joined in 2007.
Through his company, David is participating in the CareerWise Colorado Apprenticeship Program in collaboration with the Eagle County School District, Vail Valley Partnership, Colorado Mountain College and YouthPower365. The program offers a pathway for high school students to obtain hands-on training for good paying jobs in the community. David is also involved with the Walking Mountains Science Center’s Actively Green Program, and oversaw his company’s Actively Green Certification in 2018. The program is responsible for significant reductions in water consumption, energy use, CO2 emissions and overall waste diverted to the landfill by local businesses.
In his spare time, David is a youth basketball coach, enjoys skiing, playing guitar and mountain biking. David and Alex have two sons who are currently attending Battle Mountain High School.
Dave Salvin is a board member and co-chair of the finance and investment committee of Vail Mountain School, and a member of the Eagle County ...READ MORE
Dave Salvin is a board member and co-chair of the finance and investment committee of Vail Mountain School, and a member of the Eagle County Schools finance committee.
Prior to moving to the Vail Valley, Dave was a senior managing director and partner of Bankers Trust Company, which is now part of Deutsche Bank; chairman and CEO of worldwide software provider IQ Financial Systems; and executive director of business development for public radio station WNYC in New York. He received a B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. Dave is a CFA® charter-holder and an instructor at the Beaver Creek ski school.
Donna Lynne, DrPH, is the Chief Operating Officer of Columbia University Medical Center and the CEO of Columbia Doctors. Donna also serves as the University’s ...READ MORE
Donna Lynne, DrPH, is the Chief Operating Officer of Columbia University Medical Center and the CEO of Columbia Doctors. Donna also serves as the University’s COVID-19 Director. Until January 2019, she was Colorado’s 49th Lieutenant Governor and Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to assuming her roles in Colorado state government, Dr. Lynne served as the executive vice president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and as group president responsible for its Colorado, Pacific Northwest and Hawaii regions – overseeing an $8 billion budget, 1.4 million members and 16,000 employees. She participated in numerous boards and commissions during her time at Kaiser Permanente, including the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Public Schools Foundation Board, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and many others.
She has been recognized as one of the top women business leaders in Denver and one of the top 25 Women in Healthcare in the nation. Dr. Lynne also spent 20 years working in various positions in New York City government including First Deputy Commissioner at the Office of Labor Relations, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations, and Senior Vice President of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from University of New Hampshire, a Masters of Public Administration from George Washington University, and a Doctor of Public Health from Columbia University. In 2014, Dr. Lynne received an honorary doctorate of public service from the University of Denver, and in 2017 an honorary bachelor of science degree in nursing from Colorado Mountain College. She has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University since 2005. She resides in New York and enjoys activities such as climbing all of Colorado’s fourteeners, participating in Ride the Rockies and going on ski challenges around the world.
Board Executive Committee Member
Ellen Moritz grew up in Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota, obtaining degrees in Business Economics, Economics and German. She moved to Vail from ...READ MORE
Board Executive Committee Member
Ellen Moritz grew up in Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota, obtaining degrees in Business Economics, Economics and German. She moved to Vail from Minnesota in January 1990 to begin working for FirstBank. Ellen started in the management training program with FirstBank and is currently the President of FirstBank’s Eagle County market.
During her years in the Vail Valley, Ellen has also been involved in many nonprofit groups, including chairing the Audit committee of the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors. She is also Treasurer of Walking Mountains Science Center, an organization providing science education to children and adults in the community.
Ellen is also a member of the scholarship committee for St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School, a member of the Board of Directors of Vail Health, and serves on the banker advisory board for the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has also served as the Treasurer of the Vail Valley Charitable Fund and a board member for the Family Learning Center.
Ellen is married to Jean-Claude Moritz and they have three sons, Sebastian, Alec and Theo. Her hobbies include running, skiing, reading, hiking and watching all of her sons’ sporting events.
Fred M. Tresca is a CPA who also serves as the Co-founder, Principal and Managing Director of Branta II LLC and affiliates; Co-founder and Manager ...READ MORE
Fred M. Tresca is a CPA who also serves as the Co-founder, Principal and Managing Director of Branta II LLC and affiliates; Co-founder and Manager of AIX Energy LLC; and Member and Managing Director of The Aberdeen Organization LLC. He is married to Deborah J. Tresca and they have two boys, Blake and Clayton.
He was also Lead Financial Advisor to the Republic of Kazakhstan on the formation of the Caspian Consortium (owner of Kashagan Field, the largest oil discovery in 25 years), and Lead Financial Advisor to the Republic of Kazakhstan on the privatization of the Kumkol, Kenkiyak and Zhanazhol Oil Fields (the largest privatization in Central Asia).
Fred is the author of “FrontierExploration” – A book on 35 emerging oil economies with analysis on the economy, oil and gas exploration and taxation.
Fred is a member or former member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, International Tax Forum of Houston, International Association of Drilling Contractors and International Association of Petroleum Negotiators.
Fred has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Vail Valley Foundation since 2013.
Gary Woodworth moved from San Diego to the Vail Valley in 1980 and has been with the Gallegos Corporation for 30 years. He worked his ...READ MORE
Gary Woodworth moved from San Diego to the Vail Valley in 1980 and has been with the Gallegos Corporation for 30 years. He worked his way to President/CEO and Partner, starting his tenure at Gallegos running one division, then moving to overseeing multiple operating units, before becoming Chief Operating Officer. Other Board of Directors affiliations include HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley, as well as the Vail Valley Partnership.
Gary has served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors since 2016 and is a member of its education committee.
Gary and his wife Dacia enjoy time on their small ranch south of Gypsum, high country horseback riding and time with family.
Hap Stein is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Regency Centers, where he has served since the company’s initial public offering in 1993 and as ...READ MORE
Hap Stein is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Regency Centers, where he has served since the company’s initial public offering in 1993 and as Chairman since 1999. He served as President of Regency’s predecessor real estate division beginning in 1981 and as a vice president from 1976 to 1981.
Under Hap’s leadership, Regency Centers has become the preeminent national shopping center company widely recognized for owning, operating and developing high-quality grocery-anchored centers located in most major U.S. markets.
Hap is an authority in the commercial real estate industry, serving as 2008 Chairman of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). He holds or has held leadership positions with NAREIT, the Urban Land Institute and the Real Estate Roundtable, as well as board positions with FRP Holdings, and his alma mater Washington and Lee University.
Hap volunteers and financially supports numerous charitable organizations including Teach for America. He serves on the Jacksonville Civic Council and has co-chaired United Way fundraising.
Hap holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University and a Master of Business Administration from Dartmouth College.
He has been a member of the Vail Valley Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2015.
Jill Seaman Plancher is a volunteer attorney with Connecticut Legal Services in Stamford, Connecticut. As a volunteer attorney in the family law unit of legal ...READ MORE
Jill Seaman Plancher is a volunteer attorney with Connecticut Legal Services in Stamford, Connecticut. As a volunteer attorney in the family law unit of legal services for the past 20 plus years, Jill has worked with hundreds of women and children to provide safety, stability and freedom from abusive relationships. In this capacity, Jill serves as a legal advisor to the Domestic Abuse Services program of the YWCA in Greenwich where she sits on the Leadership Council.
For the past 16 years, Jill has accepted appointments to serve as Guardian Ad Litem and Attorney for Minor Children in contested custody matters before the Stamford Superior Court and Regional Family Trial Docket. In 2011, Jill received the Fairfield County Bar Association’s Liberty Bell Award and the Connecticut Law Tribune’s pro bono award. In 2012, Jill received the Connecticut Bar Association’s Charles Parker Legal Services Award for her commitment to access to justice for all persons.
Early in her legal career, Jill served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Indianapolis, Indiana where she prosecuted health care fraud, corporate fraud, violent crimes, and public corruption. Jill was also an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office where she worked in the appeals bureau. Immediately following her graduation from Harvard Law School in 1988, Jill was a Federal law clerk for the Honorable Robert E. Keeton.
In addition to her Harvard Law education, Jill holds BA from the University of Pennsylvania in International Relations. Jill is married to Dr. Kevin D. Plancher, an orthopedic surgeon, who in 1993-1994 was an Orthopedic Fellow at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic. It was during that year that Jill and Kevin fell in love with the Vail Valley and added to their family by delivering their second child Jamie at the Vail Valley Medical Center.
Jill and Kevin have owned a home in Beaver Creek since 1994 and have enjoyed summer and winter family vacations in the Vail Valley. Jill and Kevin are members of the Beaver Creek Club and Kevin is an avid tennis player. Jill has been a member of the Dance Committee for the Vail Dance Festival and she and Kevin have been generous donors to the VVF.
Jill and Kevin’s children, Brian and wife Annie, Jamie and Megan are avid skiers and call the Vail Valley their happy place.
Board Executive Committee Member
Johannes Faessler is originally from Bavaria, where he was born and raised in the hospitality industry. He came to the USA to attend the University of ...READ MORE
Board Executive Committee Member
Johannes Faessler is originally from Bavaria, where he was born and raised in the hospitality industry. He came to the USA to attend the University of Denver and in the mid-1980s, soon after completing university, took over the family business: Sonnenalp Properties in Vail.
At the time, the Sonnenalp had 37 rooms and one restaurant, but Johannes soon acquired the Kiandra and Talisman lodges and incorporated those properties into the Sonnenalp. Several years later, Johannes and his wife Rosana took the bold step to completely remodel existing facilities and spent two years rebuilding a new hotel into what we all know and enjoy today.
Sonnenalp Properties, Inc., now consists of the Sonnenalp Resort and Spa of Vail, the Swiss Hotel and Spa, Sonnenalp Property Management, The Bully Ranch, The Swiss Chalet and the Sonnenalp Club in Singletree (Edwards), all of which are consistently ranked as some of the top properties and restaurants in the world.
Johannes is also an accomplished skier, an Ironman triathlete, and has been a longtime supporter, volunteer and sponsor of not only the Vail Valley Foundation but a myriad of other local organizations in Eagle County.
He has been a Vail Valley Foundation Board Member since 2008, is the Chairman of the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors’ Development Committee, and also serves on the Executive Committee. Johannes and Rosana have two children: Sebastian and Francesca.
Board Executive Committee Member
John M. Arnold has served on the Board of Directors for the Vail Valley Foundation since 2015. He also serves on the Boards of Directors ...READ MORE
Board Executive Committee Member
John M. Arnold has served on the Board of Directors for the Vail Valley Foundation since 2015. He also serves on the Boards of Directors for the Penn State Council on Philanthropy, Penn State Smeal School of Business Board of Visitors, the Captive Investors Fund, and is Chairman of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Storage Tank Advisory Board.
John attended Grove City College and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business in 1985. He attended Pennsylvania State University and earned his M.B.A. and graduated in 1987 with a degree in Finance.
In 1992, John became President of Petroleum Products Corp. and became Chairman in 1995. The company was very successfully sold in April 2015 to Boston based Arclight Capital. John continues to be the Chairman, C.E.O., and owner of PPC Lubricants, Inc., which in 2016 was named Shell’s No. 1 lubricant distributor in the United States.
The Vail Valley has always been a big part of Kaia Borgen Moritz’s life, from growing up ski racing in Vail to moving permanently to ...READ MORE
The Vail Valley has always been a big part of Kaia Borgen Moritz’s life, from growing up ski racing in Vail to moving permanently to the valley in 2003. She has served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors since 2015.
Kaia graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Science in Art History and Environmental Science and has a Masters in Business Administration, Finance, from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business.
She has worked as an Assistant Buyer for Gorsuch, Ltd., an Investor Services and Financial Analyst for Founders Asset Management, and a Business Consultant for Arthur Andersen. She is a Trustee at the Borgen Family Foundation, and along with her work at the Vail Valley Foundation, also serves on the Board of Directors of Vail Mountain School, and Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. Her husband Misha was born and raised in Vail, and together with their children, they enjoy travel to Kaia’s ancestral home of Norway, surfing and skiing.
Board Executive Committee Member
Originally from New York, Ken Schanzer has become well known for a variety of activities in television, sporting and political arenas. Ken helped bring Notre ...READ MORE
Board Executive Committee Member
Originally from New York, Ken Schanzer has become well known for a variety of activities in television, sporting and political arenas. Ken helped bring Notre Dame football to NBC in 1991 and later was named President of NBC Sports on June 18, 1998, where he played a key role in creating the NBC Sunday Night Football television package. From 1992-95 he was President and CEO of The Baseball Network, and previous to that he played key roles at NBC including as a Legislative Representative and as Executive Vice President of NBC Sports.
Ken first visited the Vail Valley in 1971 and made his permanent home in Beaver Creek after stepping down as President of NBC Sports in 2011. Since that time he has served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors, as well as the Board of Directors of the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. He has been a strong supporter of Guardian Scholars as well as Bravo! Vail, has served as Chair of the Broadcast Committee for the 2015 Alpine World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek and is an adjunct professor in the Mendoza School of Business at Notre Dame. He’s a graduate of Colgate University and the Columbia Law School.
Ken is married to Lisa Schanzer and is the father of Thomas, Lindsay, and Peter.
Kristin Tang has been coming to the Vail Valley since early childhood and made it her full-time home in 1997. During that time she has ...READ MORE
Kristin Tang has been coming to the Vail Valley since early childhood and made it her full-time home in 1997. During that time she has been involved in every aspect of life in Eagle County, including working as a kindergarten teacher at Vail Mountain School, owning and directing Gore Range Montessori, and contributing to nonprofits and organizations throughout the Valley.
Kristin joined the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors in 2015. She is also active with the Walking Mountains Science Center, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, Skating Club of Vail, and she sits on the Board of Directors of Vail Mountain School.
Kristy Woolfolk joined the Vail Valley Foundation Board in 2018. She and her husband Bill moved to the Valley in 2012, splitting their time between ...READ MORE
Kristy Woolfolk joined the Vail Valley Foundation Board in 2018. She and her husband Bill moved to the Valley in 2012, splitting their time between Beaver Creek and Chicago. Before this they were frequent visitors at her family’s long-time Beaver Creek home.
Kristy serves as the President of the Frechette Family Foundation. She is passionate about Philanthropy and has been active in many Chicago charitable organizations, including Sarah’s Circle, Heartland Alliance and Reading Is Fundamental, to name a few.
In the Vail Valley Kristy currently serves on the Roundup River Ranch Board of Directors and as co-Chair of the Roundup River Ranch Advisory Council. In addition she is also a member of Elon University’s President’s Advisory Council.
Kristy and Bill have two adult sons, Tucker and Spencer. They are currently transitioning from Chicago, their second home, to Scottsdale, Arizona.
Linn was born and raised in Colorado and has lived in the Vail area for 26 years. She is married to Gary Brooks, a local ...READ MORE
Linn was born and raised in Colorado and has lived in the Vail area for 26 years. She is married to Gary Brooks, a local land development engineer, and has 3 daughters.
Linn has a B.A. in Geology from Colorado College and completed graduate work in Civil Engineering at Colorado State University and in Engineering Management at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Linn recently retired as the General Manager of the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District; formerly overseeing the organization’s operations and administration, in addition to building and maintaining strong relationships with various local, regional and statewide partners on the District’s behalf. Under her leadership, the District became a strong voice for the Western Slope on water issues. The District remains committed to protecting water quality and quantity for the benefit of the District’s customers and environment, while also ensuring the area’s recreational amenities remain viable.
Throughout her career, Linn worked broadly with local governments and private partners on new development and re-development of local communities, water-related environmental issues, regional and statewide water planning and supply issues, and state legislative issues. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Water Congress.
Margie Gart has served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors since 2011. She is also the former Director of Philanthropy at Rose Community ...READ MORE
Margie Gart has served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors since 2011. She is also the former Director of Philanthropy at Rose Community Foundation, where she worked with individuals, families and groups to structure their philanthropy for impact. She has served on the boards of The Kent Denver School, Rose Community Foundation, Women’s Foundation of Colorado (chair, 2014), and RAFT.
She received an A.B. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Margie and her husband Tom live in Denver and have been part-time residents of Vail since 1985. They have three grown children who enjoy visiting the Valley.
Melina Valsecia-Monreal has lived in Eagle Valley for 15 years after coming for three seasons. Melina is very enthusiastic, self-motivated and passionate. She is a ...READ MORE
Melina Valsecia-Monreal has lived in Eagle Valley for 15 years after coming for three seasons. Melina is very enthusiastic, self-motivated and passionate. She is a Bilingual Certified Health Education Specialist with a Masters of Public Health bringing her expertise in working with families with young children and adult education. Melina is a leader in the community advocating for the overall health and well-being of people and providing excellence in customer services. Married to Alejandro and with two young kids, Melina recently accepted a leading role as Executive Director of Eagle Valley Community Foundation after successfully running the Mobile Intercultural Resource Alliance or MIRA Bus. She likes to spend time with her two boys while enjoying the outdoors, skiing, hiking and more.
President, Vail Valley Foundation
Mike Imhof began his career at the Vail Valley Foundation in 2007 serving as the organization’s Vice President, Operations and Sales, and then as its ...READ MORE
President, Vail Valley Foundation
Mike Imhof began his career at the Vail Valley Foundation in 2007 serving as the organization’s Vice President, Operations and Sales, and then as its Senior Vice President, Operations, Sales and Development.
Mike became the organization’s fifth President and CEO in fall 2015. Prior to the Vail Valley Foundation, Mike worked for Vail Resorts, Inc., as Director, Strategic Alliance overseeing ticket sales, season pass sales, licensing, trademarks and strategic partnerships. Before moving to the valley in 1998 and joining Vail Resorts, Mike was National Sales Director of Tactilitics, Inc., a medical device company based in Boulder, Colorado.
Mike is originally from Tacoma, Washington and graduated from Regis University in Denver with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Communications. He serves on the Board of Directors for Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, the Vail Valley Foundation and the Vail Valley Partnership, and he and his wife Ellen, in addition to their support of Vail Valley Foundation activities, are also active with the Eagle Valley Family Assistance Fund, St. Clare of Assisi School, St. Patrick’s Church, Vail Christian High School and the Vail Veterans Program. Mike and Ellen live in Wolcott with their two sons, Michael and Miles.
Mike is a Partner at Bain Capital Ventures and was the Co-Managing Partner from 2000-2018. He has been at Bain Capital since 1991 and has ...READ MORE
Mike is a Partner at Bain Capital Ventures and was the Co-Managing Partner from 2000-2018. He has been at Bain Capital since 1991 and has invested in numerous companies, from start-up through $1 billion in revenue, across multiple sectors. He has been the chief financial officer of a $70 million loan processing company and president of a $100 million software company. Prior to Bain Capital, Mike was a consultant at Bain & Company.
Mike focuses on investments in application software and SaaS companies across multiple sectors, including healthcare, insurance, real estate, travel and entertainment, auto, education and human resources.
Mike’s experience across many different stages and business models provides a perspective that can be a great sounding board for CEOs as they build their businesses. Mike enjoys working on strategic business issues with his companies, as well as management team building. He has been involved with many add-on acquisitions and equity and debt financings, and is an active board member from idea conception through $1 billion in revenue.
Mike earned a degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College. He has been on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston for 25 years and has coached hundreds of kids in lacrosse and soccer from grades two through eight.
Board Executive Committee Member
Mike and Mary Sue Shannon arrived in Vail in 1985 and immediately became involved in the arts, and cultural and athletic programs that are now ...READ MORE
Board Executive Committee Member
Mike and Mary Sue Shannon arrived in Vail in 1985 and immediately became involved in the arts, and cultural and athletic programs that are now mainstays of the community. They have generously supported valued Vail Valley Foundation programs like the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Success at Six and the World Alpine Ski Championships over the years
Mike Shannon has been on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors since 1985 and he and Mary Sue were named Vail Valley Citizens of the Year in 2016. Along with their work via the Vail Valley Foundation Mary Sue and Mike have been committed to philanthropy in healthcare. They both serve on the Mayo Clinic Global Advisory Council and support its Center for Regenerative Medicine. They were also instrumental in establishing regenerative medicine research in Vail through the Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI). Mike serves as Chairman of the Board for Vail Health and is on the Executive Committee of SPRI. Both Shannons have been instrumental in supporting the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the Walking Mountains Science Center, the Castle Peak Senior Center, Cornerstone Friends of Vail, St. Patrick’s Church and many other local organizations.
As strong advocates of early childhood education and the involvement of parents in a child’s cognitive, social and emotional development, the Shannons also focus on their deep-rooted education philanthropy in part by supporting the Foundation’s YouthPower 365.
Mike is the Chairman of KSL Capital Partners, headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The Shannons’ immediate family includes son Tim Shannon and daughter-in-law Susanna Johnson Shannon, granddaughter Mary Adair and grandson George, who live in Denver; their daughter Kelly Shannon, who lives in Denver, and daughter Kerry Shannon-Pearson and son-law Robbie Pearson, and grandson Arthur of Darien, Connecticut.
Nadia Guerriero currently serves as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Beaver Creek Resort, home to the Vail Valley Foundation’s annual Bird of ...READ MORE
Nadia Guerriero currently serves as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Beaver Creek Resort, home to the Vail Valley Foundation’s annual Bird of Prey World Cup ski races. Previously, Guerriero served as Vice President and General Manager of Northstar California Resort, where she worked for more than a decade first starting off as the Director of Events and Conference Services in 2007.
Guerriero has a passion for the outdoors. She learned to cross country ski, hike and camp at a young age with her family growing up in Colorado. Guerriero left Colorado in 2000 to further her athlete management career and spent three years in Southern California before landing in Reno, Nevada for the past 15 years.
Guerriero is thrilled to be living back in Colorado and loves to spend her free time with her young daughter and husband paddle boarding, skiing, bike riding and practicing yoga.
Nick is a Partner with McKinsey and helped to open their office in Denver in 2014. He’s been in Colorado for 13 years although he’s ...READ MORE
Nick is a Partner with McKinsey and helped to open their office in Denver in 2014. He’s been in Colorado for 13 years although he’s originally from South Carolina. He is a Partner in McKinsey’s Energy Practice and leads the Firm’s North American Implementation Practice, a practice of 300+ consultants that helps clients successfully translate their strategies from powerpoint slides to realized financial impact.
Nick, his wife Lissie and three daughters moved full time to the Valley in 2020 and he’s been excited to get involved with the VVF since landing here.
He joined the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors on July 1, 2022.
Paul was born in Denver, graduated from Chapman University in California with a major in business administration and a minor in journalism. After college, Paul ...READ MORE
Paul was born in Denver, graduated from Chapman University in California with a major in business administration and a minor in journalism. After college, Paul helped start an aviation service company at John Wayne Orange County Airport. In the process, Paul earned his private pilot license and instrument airplane rating, as well as an aerobatics certificate.
Paul fulfilled a life-long dream when he moved to the Vail Valley in 1993. He worked at the Vail Beaver Creek Jet Center from 1993 to 1998 where he served a brief time as General Manager of La Quinta Air Service in Palm Springs. When the Vail Valley Jet Center was formed in 1998, Paul was named the General Manager. In 2005 Paul was promoted to President and in 2011 he was named President/CEO. Paul has been active in the community through his church and the airport. He is a member of several aviation organizations and serves on the Board of Governors for the Vail Valley Partnership. Recently Paul was hired by Signature Aviation and currently serves as President/GM of the Vail Valley Jet Center.
Paul and his wife Lisa love Eagle County and the great outdoors. They live life to the fullest and have four daughters, three grandchildren and a pack of cocker spaniels.
Sam Bronfman has sat on the Board of the Vail Valley Foundation since 2017. He is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Bacchus Capital Management and is ...READ MORE
Sam Bronfman has sat on the Board of the Vail Valley Foundation since 2017. He is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Bacchus Capital Management and is actively involved in the management of the Bacchus portfolio wineries. Prior to founding Bacchus, Sam was a Director of Seagram, successfully led Seagram Chateau and Estates Wines Co. (the premium wine division of the Seagram Company) and served as the Chairman of Diageo Global Wines.
In the Vail Valley, Sam is actively involved in supporting and donating to the Eagle Valley Land Trust, Vail Performing Arts Academy, and Walking Mountains Science Center, where his wife Kelly is on the Board of Directors. He is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Vail Health and is on the Board of Directors of the Vail Health Foundation.
Formerly, Sam was Chairman of the Board of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California and now sits on its Executive Committee, and for ten years was on the Deerfield Academy Board of Trustees. Sam has also been the Chairman of the Northern California Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization and Chairman of the California Wine Institute.
Sam also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Colorado College, where his daughter Annie currently attends and his daughter Dana is a graduate. Sam graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College. He was an Editor of the Williams Record and earned varsity letters in tennis and basketball.
Sarah Millett grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Dartmouth College where she majored in Economics and German. After several years working as an analyst for the ...READ MORE
Sarah Millett grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Dartmouth College where she majored in Economics and German. After several years working as an analyst for the banking and financial sectors, Sarah pursued her passion for teaching and earned a Master of Arts in Education from Simmons College in Boston.
In 2005, Sarah and her husband, Peter Millett, M.D., and their four children relocated from Boston to the Vail Valley when Peter accepted a position with the Steadman Clinic. Since that time, Sarah has opened and operated a small business in the valley and has been actively involved in serving many nonprofit organizations.
Along with her work on the Board of Directors of the Vail Valley Foundation where she has been particularly active with YouthPower365, Sarah has been active with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Catholic Charities and St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School in Edwards. Sarah also serves on the Advisory Board of Bravo! Vail and serves on the leadership council for Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.
Sarah joined the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors in 2016.
Board Executive Committee Member
Steve Coyer and his wife, Amy, moved to the Vail Valley full-time in 1999 and have never regretted it for one second. Soon after arrival ...READ MORE
Board Executive Committee Member
Steve Coyer and his wife, Amy, moved to the Vail Valley full-time in 1999 and have never regretted it for one second. Soon after arrival he became involved in the launching of the First Tee chapter of Eagle County in 2007, managed by YouthPower365 (then known as The Youth Foundation). Steve became chair of the organization in 2011 and was instrumental in executing its merger with the Vail Valley Foundation in 2011.
Steve has been actively involved as a Vail Valley Foundation Board Member and Education Committee Member and is now Chair of that committee. He holds a B.A. with distinction and honor in economics from the University of Michigan and has an M.A. from the Harvard Business School.
The Coyers have a wide variety of philanthropical interests. They contribute to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Walking Mountain Science Center, and Steve sits on the Board of Directors of the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District. They are also major benefactors to the new STEM Science and Engineering Center at Steve’s alma mater, University of Detroit High School, where he proudly accepted the Alumnus of the Year award in 2013.
Board Executive Committee Member
Susan Campbell grew up in a family that loved ballet; she and her sister danced, her mother designed costumes, and her father played character roles ...READ MORE
Board Executive Committee Member
Susan Campbell grew up in a family that loved ballet; she and her sister danced, her mother designed costumes, and her father played character roles while becoming a tenured singer with the San Francisco Opera. She choreographed her first ballet at 9 and continued dancing and choreographing for many years.
Susan received her BA in Business/Accounting from San Francisco State University and worked as a CPA for Deloitte in Aberdeen, London, San Francisco and Boston. She also audited hotels for Sheraton and worked for the City of Carrolton in Texas before retiring to raise her three children.
She has continued to be an avid dance supporter of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Ballet, the Royal Ballet in London, the San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet’s New Combinations Fund and the Vail Dance Festival as the family relocated. She has been a member of the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors since 2014.
Although her main residence is in New York City, her family’s center has long been Beaver Creek where they discovered their love of skiing and mountain biking. She first attended the Vail Dance Festival 10 years ago and was so impressed she immediately got involved. It was simply the best collection of dance she’s ever seen anywhere in the world with a focus on original choreography that was truly exciting. She is grateful to have the opportunity to exercise her lifelong passion for dance with the Vail Dance Festival.
Originally from Chicago, Tina is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Her passion for skiing first brought her to the Vail Valley ...READ MORE
Originally from Chicago, Tina is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Her passion for skiing first brought her to the Vail Valley in 1993, beginning a professional career and 25+ years of service to the community, including a 12-year career with the Vail Valley Foundation. Formerly the VVF’s Vice President of Development, she oversaw fundraising for the organization’s athletic, cultural, and educational endeavors, including both the 1999 and 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships, as well as two capital campaigns for the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.
Tina is a broker with Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate. She lives in Wildridge with her husband Steve, Operations Manager for Eagle County Paramedic Services, and their twin daughters, Lauren and Sophie, who attend Battle Mountain High School and Vail Mountain School, respectively. In her free time, Tina enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and hiking with her dog. She loves to take advantage of the many cultural and athletic opportunities the VVF has to offer. She also serves on the Board of the Vail Health Foundation, and on Eagle Valley Behavioral Health’s ‘It Takes a Valley’ Campaign Committee.
Will Cook is the president and chief executive officer of Vail Health, a nonprofit community health care system with 12 locations across Eagle and Summit ...READ MORE
Will Cook is the president and chief executive officer of Vail Health, a nonprofit community health care system with 12 locations across Eagle and Summit counties. With a 56-bed hospital, level III trauma center, urgent care clinics, cancer center, cardiovascular services, surgery, childbirth, physical therapy, internal medicine, endocrinology and more, Vail Health is the world’s most modern mountain health care system.
Previously, Mr. Cook served as the president and chief executive officer of University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), the only academic medical center in Colorado. Mr. Cook joined University of Colorado Hospital in September 2015 and was responsible for advancing patient care, innovation and research at UCH and was responsible for the Metro-Denver region.
Prior to UCH, Mr. Cook worked at UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center), an academic medical center with 21 hospitals, 3,400 employed physicians and more than 60,000 employees. He served as senior vice president of UPMC’s Health Services Division, chief operating officer of Physician Services, and president of UPMC Mercy. While at UPMC, Mr. Cook held several leadership roles, including vice president of operations at Magee Women’s Hospital of UPMC, as well as vice president of transplant and ambulatory care at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside.
The early part of Mr. Cook’s career was spent with Johns Hopkins Health System, where he held several positions, including director of operations at Johns Hopkins International Medical Center in Singapore.
Mr. Cook received a Master’s degree in Health Administration from Washington University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University. He also completed a two-year fellowship in Health Care Administration at Johns Hopkins Health System. He is a skilled leader at building partnerships, including with physicians and staff at all levels. He also has a broad base of operational health care experience in outpatient and inpatient services.
Mr. Cook enjoys spending time outdoors and exploring the Colorado landscape with his wife, Sarah, and two daughters, Sadie and Sofia.
Al Hubbard co-founded EA companies in 1977 and serves as its Chairman. Starting with no capital, Mr. Hubbard and his partner acquired and grew a ...READ MORE
Al Hubbard co-founded EA companies in 1977 and serves as its Chairman. Starting with no capital, Mr. Hubbard and his partner acquired and grew a number of small businesses in specialty chemicals, aircraft engine components, hotel amenities, light fixtures, medical equipment, gluten-free baked goods, women’s apparel and most recently a camper van rental company.
In addition to his work at EA companies, Mr. Hubbard served in the White House in two different administrations. During the George H. W. Bush administration, Mr. Hubbard was Executive Director of the President’s Council on Competitiveness and Deputy Chief of Staff to Vice President Dan Quayle. During the George W. Bush Administration, Mr. Hubbard was Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of The National Economic Council.
Mr. Hubbard has also served on a number of nonprofit and for-profit boards including Anthem Corporation and Simon Property Group. Mr. Hubbard has devoted most of his civic activities and philanthropy to reforming K-12 education and higher education, and currently serves on the boards of Hoosiers for Quality Education, The Indiana Commission on Higher Education, The Lumina Foundation and ExcelinEd.
Mr. Hubbard earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, his MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School, and his B.A., cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.
Mr. Hubbard and his wife, Kathy, reside in Indianapolis and have three grown children. Mr. Hubbard was born and raised in Jackson, TN.
Health Coach (Ale Cortes Coach) and Founding President of the Axtel Foundation. She considers that contributing to society makes her a more empathetic human being and ...READ MORE
Health Coach (Ale Cortes Coach) and Founding President of the Axtel Foundation.
She considers that contributing to society makes her a more empathetic human being and invites her to be co-responsible with her community. She feels the responsibility of returning some of the generosity that life has given her.
She has spent the last 15 years promoting philanthropy through the Axtel Foundation, supporting capacity building projects for the marginalized urban communities of the country, seeking to transform the way of thinking and acting of civil society organizations; supporting them in generating proposals with sustenance and encouraging them to measure their impact.
From 2006 to 2016 Fundación Axtel promoted Corporate Volunteering, creating a communication bridge between the AXTEL Community and the community. “The valuable participation of hundreds of collaborators who have shared their time, knowledge and heart to support different programs is a treasure that we consider very valuable.”
In these 15 years, Fundación Axtel has benefited more than 550,000 people through more than 250 projects in 39 cities in the country.
It has fundamentally promoted social synergies through the promotion of 9 new social institutions that today benefit the community, among which are SUMARSE, Causas.org, Vía Educación, Sattva ONG, Potencia Joven (Young Power), Boys Hope Girls Hope, and the Citizen Educational Alliance for Nuevo León, among others.
Member of the Board of Directors of Alianza Educativa Ciudadana por NL. An initiative to improve school infrastructure, mentoring and support to school principals. This model is operated in 100 public schools.
Since 2013, she has chaired the Potencia Joven Council, an initiative that seeks to lead children who are on the street to start a life project together with their family, it seeks to strengthen the mother-child bond.
Since 2005 she has been part of the Administrative Council of the Nuevo Amanecer Institute, A.B.P.; She has been a member of the Board of Pro Superación Familiar Neoleonesa, A.C. since 2005; As of 2008, she has been a member of the Board of Directors of Boys Hope Girls Hope Monterrey, A.B.P. In addition, she has been a member, since 2008, of the Board of Trustees of the Luis Elizondo Prize of Tec de Monterrey, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Polytechnic High School of the University of Monterrey since 2006. In 2013, she was elected member of the Board of Directors of the Casa Paterna La Gran Familia, AC. In 2016, she joins the University of NL foundation as an advisor.
Alejandra Cortés de Milmo has a B.A. Degree in Marketing from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (I.T.E.S.M.). She has a Digital Design Diploma from The Art Institute of Pittsburg. She has a Master of Science in Health Coaching from the International Health Coach University. She is currently part of the team at the Tec Salud Zambrano Hellion Hospital to bring a Functional Medicine approach to the community.
Alejandra has been a member of the Vail community since 2009 and she is grateful for the opportunity to serve.
Board Executive Committee Member
Alexia D. Jurschak was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University, and worked in the insurance industry with ...READ MORE
Board Executive Committee Member
Alexia D. Jurschak was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University, and worked in the insurance industry with Special Risk Services, Inc. in London, Marsh & McLennan, and CNA Insurance before making her home in Beaver Creek., Colorado.
Alexia has always been active in her community, including work in New York with the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, the Harvey School, the Town of Bedford, the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility (where she served in the women’s education program), and the Community Center of Northern Westchester.
She currently serves on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors, is the Vilar Performing Arts Center Committee Chair, and chairs the Beaver Creek Club Governance Board. Her active work in the community also includes work with the Vail Veterans Program, the Eagle Valley Family Assistance Fund and the Beaver Creek Property Owners Association Board of Directors.
Andy Arnold grew up in Laramie, Wyoming and graduated from the University of Wyoming. He has worked in Colorado and California in management consulting and ...READ MORE
Andy Arnold grew up in Laramie, Wyoming and graduated from the University of Wyoming. He has worked in Colorado and California in management consulting and has been in private equity for the last 20 years.
Andy and his wife, Ann Newman, have lived in Vail for 30 years. Andy has been active in K-12 education serving on the Eagle County Board of Education for eight years; the Vail Valley Foundation’s YouthPower365 Committee; and the Advisory Board of Colorado Succeeds – an education advocacy organization of executives representing major Colorado companies. Since 2011, Andy has served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board.
Board Executive Committee Member
Ann Becher Smead served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Vail Valley Foundation from Jan 1., 2017 to July 1, 2022. She ...READ MORE
Board Executive Committee Member
Ann Becher Smead served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Vail Valley Foundation from Jan 1., 2017 to July 1, 2022. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Vail Valley Foundation since 2004 and has been involved with organization and YouthPower365 programming since the early 1990s.
Ann graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics and Statistics. She soon joined IBM as a systems engineer, then continued into a real estate career that culminated with her elevation to Partner in a large Portland, Oregon commercial real estate management and development company. She subsequently joined Kaiser Aerospace & Electronics Corporation, where she managed their diverse real estate portfolio.
Ann received her CCIM and IREM designations and became an instructor for these training organizations, teaching financial management courses. She taught in Eastern Europe shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, assisting with the transition from communism to free-market capitalism and democracy.
Along with her work at the Vail Valley Foundation, Ann serves on Engineering Advisory Board for the College of Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has previously served as a Board member of Vail Mountain School and Vail Health (formerly the Vail Valley Medical Center).
Ann has also established scholarship programs actively supporting students ranging from pre-school through Ph.D. studies. She also continues her work in financial management, leading several privately held LLP’s/LLC’s.
Anne-Marie Keane is a mother, former Fortune 500 Executive, and active board member and community volunteer living in Vail. All four of her children attended ...READ MORE
Anne-Marie Keane is a mother, former Fortune 500 Executive, and active board member and community volunteer living in Vail. All four of her children attended Vail Mountain School and are competitive ski racers. She is Chair of the Vail Mountain School Board of Trustees and the founding director of Vail Women Elect, a local group that has raised over $180,000 to support women candidates running for political office in Colorado and nationally.
Prior to moving to Vail in 2009, Ms. Keane held a number of executive positions in marketing, merchandising, operations and strategy in both the US and Europe during her 17-year tenure with Staples, The Office Superstore. While at Staples, Ms. Keane chaired the National Office Products Industry Charitable Campaign, raising $6 million in 2006 to benefit City of Hope and the fight against cancer.
Prior to Staples, Ms. Keane was a strategy consultant at Monitor Company. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Suma Cum Laude from Dartmouth, and has her Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She is a founder and former president of the Harvard Business School Network of Women Alumnae. She continues to support people and organizations that support the success and achievement of women.
Board Executive Committee Member
William J Hybl Jr. “B.J.” is President and COO of Griffis/Blessing, Inc. Griffis/Blessing, Inc. is a real estate investment and services firm founded in 1985 ...READ MORE
Board Executive Committee Member
William J Hybl Jr. “B.J.” is President and COO of Griffis/Blessing, Inc. Griffis/Blessing, Inc. is a real estate investment and services firm founded in 1985 and based in Colorado Springs. From 1993-1997 he was a Missile Launch Officer, Captain, for the United States Air Force, and from 1990-1992 he was active in work with the United States Olympic Committee, U.S.A. Cycling, and Ski Broadmoor.
He has been a member of the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors since 2015.
B.J. has a Masters of Business Administration from Regis University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College, where he majored in Political Science. B.J. is married to Kristel Hybl and has two teenage children Jack, and Emma.
Board Executive Committee Member
Beth Howard has been with Vail Resorts since she was a college intern at Beaver Creek in 1985. The experience sparked a successful 30-plus-year career ...READ MORE
Board Executive Committee Member
Beth Howard has been with Vail Resorts since she was a college intern at Beaver Creek in 1985. The experience sparked a successful 30-plus-year career with the company, where she is now Chief Operating Officer at Beaver Creek Resort, home to the Vail Valley Foundation’s annual Birds of Prey World Cup ski races.
Beth also served as Restaurant Manager in Vail, Director of Food & Beverage at Beaver Creek, Vice President of Mountain Dining & Clubs for Vail Resorts Corporate, and Vice President & General Manager at Northstar, California in Lake Tahoe, before taking on her current role in 2016.
Along with serving on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors, Beth volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army, and Boy Scouts of America. She also graduated with honors from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Food & Nutrition and Business.
Donna M. Giordano is Managing Partner of Valley Airpark, LLC, and is also co-owner of G.F Foods, D and D Foods, Titan Foods, and Shasta ...READ MORE
Donna M. Giordano is Managing Partner of Valley Airpark, LLC, and is also co-owner of G.F Foods, D and D Foods, Titan Foods, and Shasta Foods. She was also President of SMLA, Inc, a property management and building company.
Donna has been coming to Vail Valley since 1981 and has lived in Vail permanently since 2001. Her children live in Wyoming and Maryland, where she frequently visits.
Donna has served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors since 2001 and has been instrumental in the work to build and grow the Vail Dance Festival as well as the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. She has also served on the Bravo! Vail Board of Directors, the Washington-Virginia Ronald McDonald Board of Directors, and the Blue Ridge School Board of Directors. Along with these activities, she has also been very active with the Vail Veterans Program and other nonprofits in the Valley.
Doug Rippeto is the founder and President of The Compass Group, a real estate investment company in Dallas, Texas. For the past four decades and ...READ MORE
Doug Rippeto is the founder and President of The Compass Group, a real estate investment company in Dallas, Texas. For the past four decades and more, Compass has been primarily involved in the acquisition, structuring, sale and management of garden apartment properties. During that time, Compass organized more than 50 apartment partnerships, mostly in Texas and Oklahoma.
Early in 2000, Doug became the lead investor with Juniper Investment Group, a Houston company founded by his oldest son, Jay, to purchase and manage apartment projects. Juniper currently has about 10,000 units in five states and Doug’s youngest son, Jeremy, is also a partner in Juniper.
Doug served on the Board of Directors and Development Committee of the Vail Valley Foundation for 13 years (2004-2017). He currently is a Life Trustee.
Doug also served for 12 years as Chairman of the Board for the Vail Valley Foundation’s Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. He served as Vice Chairman of Finance for the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head, raising $6 million for the construction of the new club. Doug is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and is now a member of the Dallas chapter of World Pres Org. He has three grown children and six grandchildren.
Elaine Kelton served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors from 1989 to 2004. In 1967 she built the Ramshorn Lodge in Vail, owning ...READ MORE
Elaine Kelton served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors from 1989 to 2004. In 1967 she built the Ramshorn Lodge in Vail, owning and operating the lodge until 1984. She is currently the president of the Kelton Group, and sits on the Board of Directors for Colorado Mountain College and Bright by Three; is on the El Pomar Foundation Trustee Council; and was on the founding boards of the Shaw Regional Cancer Center, the Vail Symposium and the Vail Institute.
Kelton came to Vail via New York City, by way of Jackson Hole, in 1964. Adventurous enough to skydive competitively, play hockey (less competitively), and start several successful businesses in Vail and beyond, Elaine has supported all of the Vail Valley Foundation’s endeavors in arts, athletics, and education. In particular, she enjoys the dialogue with high school students during the scholarship interview process for YouthPower365’s Dollars for Scholars programming.
Eric Resnick is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of KSL Capital Partners, LLC (www.kslcapital.com), a leading private equity firm with $7.5 billion of equity capital ...READ MORE
Eric Resnick is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of KSL Capital Partners, LLC (www.kslcapital.com), a leading private equity firm with $7.5 billion of equity capital commitments raised since 2005, and a 20-year track record of making investments exclusively in travel and leisure businesses. He is actively involved in managing the fund’s business including fundraising, acquisitions, and asset management.
Prior to KSL Capital Partners, he co-founded and was Chief Financial Officer of KSL Resorts, a resort management company that managed Grand Wailea Resort and Spa, Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, La Quinta Resort and Club, La Costa Resort and Spa, and the Hotel del Coronado. Prior to forming KSL Resorts, he was Chief Financial Officer of a predecessor company, KSL Recreation, an investment and operating company partnered with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR), joining the company in 2001.
From 1996 to January, 2001 he was a senior executive with Vail Resorts, where he served as Vice President, Strategic Planning and Investor Relations, and Treasurer. Prior to Vail Resorts, he was a consultant with McKinsey and Company.
Eric currently serves on the Board of Directors of U.S. Ski and Snowboard and is Vice President of the Board of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Foundation. He is also a Life Trustee of the Vail Valley Foundation (since 2008) and Vail Mountain School. Eric is a member of The Real Estate Roundtable and the University Council of Cornell University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in mathematics and economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Cornell University. He is married with three children and resides in Vail and Denver, Colorado.
George N. Gillett Jr., is founder and chairman of Booth Creek Management Corporation (BCMC), which provides management services to the Gillett Family’s diverse business interests, ...READ MORE
George N. Gillett Jr., is founder and chairman of Booth Creek Management Corporation (BCMC), which provides management services to the Gillett Family’s diverse business interests, including fresh and organic foods, financial services, recreation, leisure, media, entertainment, professional sports teams and automotive dealerships. Over time, he has acquired more than 200 businesses in myriad business sectors.
George started his career in marketing and management consulting, initially with McKinsey & Company. A sports enthusiast since childhood, by the late 1960s George was business manager and minority partner of the Miami Dolphins. He then became partner, owner and CEO of the Harlem Globetrotters and later established Globetrotter Communications, a national radio group. In the 1970s, George entered the meat packing business with Packerland Packing Co., in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and formed Gillett Broadcasting, which became a significant owner of network-affiliated television stations in major U.S. markets. Later, George acquired interests in other food businesses, including Corporate Brands Food America, Iowa Beef Processors and Swift & Company; Coleman Natural Foods, one of the world’s leading producers of natural and organic proteins; and Wheat Montana, a forerunner in the realm of top quality, farm fresh specialty grains.
In 1985, George acquired Vail Associates, as owner and operator of the ski resorts in Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado. George launched a massive installation of high-speed detachable chairlifts which transformed the industry and moved Vail and Beaver Creek Resort to the top of SKI and Skiing and SNOW Country Magazines as premier resorts in North America for most of the mid-eighties and into the ‘90s. While there, George made customer-driven research and guest service his continuing business platform for years to come. Gillett led the company in hosting major international alpine ski racing events, winning the bid for the 1989 World Alpine Ski Championships and later repeating with the epic 1999 and 2015 events making it the only North American resort holding the prestigious and globally watched event three times.
Gillett has owned the Montreal Canadiens National Hockey League team, and the Bell Center arena in Montreal as well as being a 50 percent owner of the Liverpool English Premier League Football Club. In August 2007, he acquired the NASCAR team formerly known as Evernham Motorsports, to form Gillett Evernham Motorsports. In January 2009, Gillett Evernham Motorsports and Petty Holdings merged to form Richard Petty Motorsports, which Gillett was a partner in until November 2010.
George serves as chairman and director of most of the companies included in the Gillett family interests and is a former member of the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee of the NHL. George’s community service involvement included membership on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Vail Valley Foundation. He is a past Chairman of the Board of the Denver Grand Prix Foundation, a member of the Leadership Council of the United States Olympic Committee, was a director of the U.S Ski and Snowboard Association for 17 years and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Steadman Philippon Research Institute-a World renown orthopaedic research institute based in Vail, Colorado. He has been inducted into the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame and in 2008 Sports Media Canada named George Sports Executive of the Year.
George and his wife Rose reside in Vail, Colorado. They have three adult sons and seven grandchildren.
Life Trustee, Chairman Emeritus
Harry Frampton served as chairman of the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors for 35 years before moving to Life Trustee status at the end ...READ MORE
Life Trustee, Chairman Emeritus
Harry Frampton served as chairman of the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors for 35 years before moving to Life Trustee status at the end of 2016. He is a member of the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame, the Colorado Business Hall of Fame and a recent inductee into the International Ski Hall of Fame. He is also the founder and managing partner of East West Partners, a resort development company; and Slifer Smith Frampton, a real estate brokerage firm in the Vail Valley.
John Garnsey was an early – and vibrant – addition to the Vail Valley when he arrived in the early 70s from New Hampshire, where, ...READ MORE
John Garnsey was an early – and vibrant – addition to the Vail Valley when he arrived in the early 70s from New Hampshire, where, following college, he worked for Waterville Valley Resort.
He was hired by Vail Associates to help overhaul its ski race program and spent a decade climbing up the mountain operations ranks.
In 1984 he joined the Vail Valley Foundation, held various leadership positions, played a significant role in the 1989 Alpine World Ski Championships, and eventually served as the Vail Valley Foundation’s president from 1991 to 1999.
Following the 1999 Vail/Beaver Creek Alpine World Ski Championships, John returned to his Vail Resorts roots as Beaver Creek’s Chief Operating Officer, and then on to the position of Co-President of Vail Resorts’ Mountain Division. He capped off his career with Vail Resorts as President of global mountain development and retired from Vail Resorts in 2015.
John was instrumental in bringing the world to Vail and Beaver Creek through all three of the Valley’s Alpine World Ski Championships (1989, 1999 and 2015), and has always remained close to the Vail Valley Foundation where he is a Life Trustee member. John is a Colorado Ski Hall Of Fame Inductee, serves on the Board of Trustees for the US Ski Team and remains very involved with several local, Eagle County organizations. John and his wife Vicky live in Eagle, Colorado, and have two children, Mac and Keegan; and two grandchildren.
Judy Berkowitz and her husband Howard have been supporters of the Vail Valley Foundation since its inception. Their love for the art of dance and ...READ MORE
Judy Berkowitz and her husband Howard have been supporters of the Vail Valley Foundation since its inception. Their love for the art of dance and generous support have enabled the Vail Dance Festival to grow into the critically-acclaimed Festival it is today.
Judy is a Life Trustee of the Vail Valley Foundation, where she served as Chairperson of the Dance Festival committee until 2018. She and Howard are also long-time members of the Friends of Vail program.
In New York, Judy is an Emeritus Member of Rockefeller University, a Board Member of the New-York Historical Society, and chairs The Center for Educational Innovation – Public Education Association.
Marlene and John Boll married in 1954. Marlene trained as a dancer and was a member of the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes in New ...READ MORE
Marlene and John Boll married in 1954. Marlene trained as a dancer and was a member of the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes in New York City. She maintains her love and strong interest in the performing arts as a Life Trustee of the Vail Valley Foundation, and by supporting Bravo! Vail Music Festival and the Michigan Opera Theatre. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors for the Fontbonne Auxiliary of St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan and chaired its annual White Christmas Ball as well as the Jubilee Ball for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Marlene served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors from 1994-2015. Her contributions to the community were numerous, and in particular, she was instrumental in the creation and subsequent flourishing of the Vail Dance Festival and the Vilar Performing Arts Center.
Marlene and John have three children and nine grandchildren. They currently split time between residences in Key Largo, Florida; Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan; and Beaver Creek, Colorado.
Martha “Marty” Head first visited Vail in 1964 and made Vail her home in 1968. Since that time she has been very active in the ...READ MORE
Martha “Marty” Head first visited Vail in 1964 and made Vail her home in 1968. Since that time she has been very active in the community and in philanthropy in general, including her role on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors, where she served from 1987 to 2017. She has also served on the Board of Trustees of the US Ski Team, and the Board of Directors of Bravo! Vail and St. Mary of the Woods College.
Marty received four degrees from St. Mary of the Woods in chemistry, biology, history and literature. She worked for Have Pharmaceuticals, and together with Jack Fritzlen owned CMI Corporation.
She has long been a pillar of the Vail Valley community and has been very active with non-profits in and outside the community including the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center, Johns Hopkins University and the Wilmer Eye Clinic.
Michael E. Herman has served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors since 2011. His notable career includes time as president of the Kauffman ...READ MORE
Michael E. Herman has served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors since 2011. His notable career includes time as president of the Kauffman Foundation, which supports entrepreneurship and education, and he has also served as president of the Kansas City Royals baseball team.
Mr. Herman was a founding partner of Dryden Company, a private investment banking firm in New York, having previously worked at Laird, Inc. and Marion Labs. He served as chairman of the board of Tanabe-Marion Labs, Inc. and is a former member of the Board of Directors of Marion Labs, Nordic Labs, Cerner, Inc., Santarus, Inc., and New Enterprise Associates (NEA).
He is currently a board member St Luke’s MBNI Advisory Board, Senomyx Inc., the University of Chicago, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He earned his bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Masters in Business Administration from University of Chicago.
He and his wife, Karen May Kuivinen, were married in May, 1966. They have two children.
Peter May has been President and a Founding Partner of Trian since November 2005. Mr. May serves as the non-executive Vice Chairman of The Wendy’s ...READ MORE
Peter May has been President and a Founding Partner of Trian since November 2005. Mr. May serves as the non-executive Vice Chairman of The Wendy’s Company. From May 2008 through May 2017, Mr. May served as a director of Tiffany & Co. From April 1993 through June 2007, Mr. May served as President, Chief Operating Officer and a director of Triarc Companies, Inc., which during that period of time owned Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. and the Snapple Beverage Group, as well as other consumer and industrial businesses.
Mr. May was President and Chief Operating Officer and a director of Triangle Industries, Inc. from 1983 until December 1988, the largest packaging company in the world and a Fortune 100 industrial company, when that company was acquired by Pechiney, S.A., a leading international metals and packaging company.
Mr. May is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Mount Sinai Health System in New York, where he led the turnaround of this major academic health center from serious financial difficulties to what is today one of the most profitable and fastest growing academic medical centers in the United States. In addition, Mr. May is a Trustee of The University of Chicago and a Life Member of the Advisory Council of The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Mr. May is also the Vice Chairman of the New York Philharmonic, a Director of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, a Trustee of the New-York Historical Society and a partner of the Partnership for New York City, as well as the past Chairman of the UJA Federation’s “Operation Exodus” campaign, and an honorary member of the Board of Trustees of The 92nd Street Y. He is Chairman of the Board of The Leni and Peter May Family Foundation.
Mr. May received Artium Baccalaureus and Masters in Business Administration degrees from The University of Chicago and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). Mr. May also holds an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University.
He served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors from 1996-2016.
Rod Slifer and his wife, Beth, have a strong commitment to community leadership and have been economic drivers for tourism in Colorado for more than ...READ MORE
Rod Slifer and his wife, Beth, have a strong commitment to community leadership and have been economic drivers for tourism in Colorado for more than 50 years. Rod, the first-ever realtor in Vail, has become a major force in Vail’s evolution from ski area to world-renown resort. Beth Slifer is the founder of Slifer Designs Interior Design & Retail in Edwards.
Rod is a Colorado native, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Colorado. He arrived in Vail in 1962 and has been an invaluable part of the community ever since. In 1989, he merged Slifer & Company with Harry Frampton, former president of Vail Associates and past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Vail Valley Foundation, and with Mark Smith, former Chairman of the Board of YouthPower365 (then known as the Youth Foundation). Today, Slifer Smith & Frampton is the Vail Valley’s largest and most prolific real estate brokerage.
Rod served as a member of the Vail Town Council for 16 years and the mayor of Vail for 11 years. He is a founding director of Alpine Banks of Colorado, director of Colorado Open Lands, and is one of the founders of the University of Colorado Real Estate Center and Real Estate Foundation. Slifer was also an early member of the Eagle County and Vail Planning Commissions and Recreation District. In recognition of his dedication to the Vail Valley, Rod Slifer has been named Vail Business Person of the Year and one of Vail’s 10 most influential citizens.
Together, Rod and Beth were named Vail Valley Citizens of the Year in 2009. Rod served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors since 1985, and became a Life Trustee on July 1, 2022.
Sheika Gramshammer is the descendent of an old Austrian innkeeping family. She and her husband, Pepi, came to Vail as an internationally known ski racer. ...READ MORE
Sheika Gramshammer is the descendent of an old Austrian innkeeping family. She and her husband, Pepi, came to Vail as an internationally known ski racer. They established and have since operated the Hotel-Gasthof Gramshammer in Vail Village since 1964.
Pepi Gramshammer was one of the fastest men on the professional ski racing circuit in the early 1960s, and was an instructor at Sun Valley, Idaho. He was lured to Vail in 1962 by Dick Hauserman, Bob Parker and Morrie Shepard. During a quick tour of the ski area, he had to hike from the bottom to the top of a bowl, which took some time, even for a young, ultra-fit ski racer. That’s when the Forever run got its name, and Parker hung Pepi with the nickname “Forever.”
Pepi and Sheika have been instrumental in the creation of the town of Vail and all of its institutions, and they remain active members of the community to this day. Pepi served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors from 1985-2015, while Sheika has served since 2004 and continues to serve.
Stanley S. Shuman is Senior Advisor to Allen & Company LLC, investment bankers, where he has been associated since 1961. He has served as a ...READ MORE
Stanley S. Shuman is Senior Advisor to Allen & Company LLC, investment bankers, where he has been associated since 1961. He has served as a director of numerous private and public companies including News Corporation for over 30 years.
Mr. Shuman is also the Chairman of the Advisory Committee and a Member of the Board of Advisors of Palamon Capital Partners, a London-based pan-European private equity fund. Mr. Shuman is a Trustee of The Markle Foundation; a Trustee of Carnegie Hall; a Life Trustee of Thirteen/WNET; Chairman of The Marc Haas Foundation; Trustee Emeritus of The National Public Radio Foundation; and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and The Economic Club of New York.
Appointed by President Clinton in 1995, Mr. Shuman served on the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB) until 2001. From 1977 to 1997 he was a member of the (Emergency) Financial Control Board for New York City. Mr. Shuman is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Business School. He is also Trustee Emeritus of Phillips Academy, Andover.
He has served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors since 1998.
Steve Haber has been active and involved in sports and the sporting world throughout his life. In high school, he attended Forest Hills, where he ...READ MORE
Steve Haber has been active and involved in sports and the sporting world throughout his life. In high school, he attended Forest Hills, where he likes to say he, “…majored in ‘sports.’” A certified ski instructor since 1964, Haber first taught in Stowe, Vt., and then Vail, and quickly became known as one of Vail’s early pioneers. After several years in Vail he founded the well-known BOLLE Eyewear, which was one of only a very few ski product companies to ever go public. Along with Bill Nolan, Haber is also the co-founder of HaberVision, a goggles and safety glasses company. Heavily influenced by President and Mrs. Ford, Haber joined the Vail Valley Foundation board of directors in 1989 and remains a life trustee today.
Stew Turley retired as chairman of Eckerd Corporation in 1997, where he had worked since 1966, including serving as president and chief executive officer beginning ...READ MORE
Stew Turley retired as chairman of Eckerd Corporation in 1997, where he had worked since 1966, including serving as president and chief executive officer beginning in 1974. Before joining Eckerd Corporation, Stew worked at Crown, Cork, & Seal Company, a top worldwide producer of consumer packaging.
Stew has served on several corporate boards, including Barnett Bank of Florida, Sprint Corporation, Springs Industries, Inc., MarineMax, Inc. and WCI Communities.
Stew also serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Vail Valley Foundation where he served from 2001-2018, as well as the Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc. and the US Ski Team Foundation.
Stew is a member of the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Corporate Leadership Award from the National Council on Aging. He also received the Robert B. Begley Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from Florida A&M University and Webber College.
Stew is a graduate of the University of Kentucky-Lexington and Rollins College. He and his wife Linda live in Clearwater, Florida, and Beaver Creek. They have four grown daughters and eight grandchildren.
Tim Finchem is perhaps best known for his role as the PGA TOUR Commissioner from 1994-2016, but he has become equally well-known in the Vail ...READ MORE
Tim Finchem is perhaps best known for his role as the PGA TOUR Commissioner from 1994-2016, but he has become equally well-known in the Vail Valley for his role as a philanthropist and supporter of organizations within and beyond the area, including the Vail Valley Foundation, The First Tee, the University of Richmond, and Teach for America.
Finchem first visited the Vail Valley in 1977 and built a home in Eagle County 15 years ago. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia Law School, and a B.A. from the University of Richmond, where he currently sits on the Board of Directors.
Along with his role at the PGA TOUR, Finchem has served in the White House under President Carter as Deputy Advisor to the President in the Office of Economic Affairs, as a Carter-Mondale Presidential Campaign Staff Director, as President of Beckel, Finchem, Torricelli, and Associates, and as a partner in Croshaw, Finchem & Williams.
He has been on the Board of Directors of the Vail Valley Foundation since 2004.
William J. Hybl is Executive Chairman of El Pomar Foundation, after serving 30 years as Chairman and CEO. In 2008, Hybl was confirmed by the United ...READ MORE
William J. Hybl is Executive Chairman of El Pomar Foundation, after serving 30 years as Chairman and CEO. In 2008, Hybl was confirmed by the United States Senate as Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Public Diplomacy, a position he was appointed to by President George W. Bush. He was reappointed by President Barack Obama on June 2, 2011, and currently serves as Vice Chairman. He also serves as Chairman of the U.S. Olympic Endowment. Hybl is President Emeritus of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). He served twice as President when he led the United States Olympic Team Delegations at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France, and the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. In 1998, he again led the U.S. Team at the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, and in 2000, at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. He was a member of the International Olympic Committee from 2000-2002. Hybl has also been engaged in a variety of public service activities. He is Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (Senior).
In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Hybl as U.S. Representative to the 56th General Assembly of the United Nations. In addition, Hybl was Chairman of the Board of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) from 2003-2009 and currently serves as Chairman Emeritus. He was named Citizen of the West by the National Western Stock Show of Denver in 2003.
Hybl is a Graduate of Colorado College and earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Colorado School of Law. He was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1972 and was Special Counsel to President Ronald Regan in 1981. He is married to Kathleen Horrigan and they have two sons, B.J. and Kyle; and six grandchildren.
Adam Aron is Former CEO of Vail Resorts, Starwood Hotels, Norwegian Cruise Line, and the Philadelphia 76ers. He served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board ...READ MORE
Adam Aron is Former CEO of Vail Resorts, Starwood Hotels, Norwegian Cruise Line, and the Philadelphia 76ers. He served on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors from 1996-2006.
Andy Daly has led a distinguished career in the Colorado ski industry starting as a ski patrolman in Aspen in 1970 and later as CEO ...READ MORE
Andy Daly has led a distinguished career in the Colorado ski industry starting as a ski patrolman in Aspen in 1970 and later as CEO of Copper Mountain, owner of Eldora, Vail Associates CEO, President of Vail Resorts and currently an owner of Powderhorn. He was inducted into the Colorado Snow Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.
Daly has a life long legacy of serving the community including serving as Vail’s Mayor for two terms. In addition, Daly serves on the US Ski Team Board Emeritus, and the Boards of Vail Health, Steadman-Philippon Research Foundation, University of Denver Daniels School Executive Advisory and the Vail Valley Foundation.
Daly earned a BS from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and an MBA from the University of Denver Daniels School of Business.
Ardent supporters of the arts in New York City and Denver, Betsy Wiegers and her husband, George, are also extraordinarily generous in the Vail Valley ...READ MORE
Ardent supporters of the arts in New York City and Denver, Betsy Wiegers and her husband, George, are also extraordinarily generous in the Vail Valley – in particular to the Vail Valley Foundation’s Vail Dance Festival and YouthPower365. They also contribute to Bravo! Vail, where she is a former trustee of that organization.
Betsy has served on the Board of Directors of the Vail Valley Foundation since 2007 and sits on the Vail Dance Festival committee. George is the founder and creator of the University of Colorado Depression Center at the Anschutz Medical Center in Denver and is also a founder of the Deisseroth Laboratory for Brain Research at Stanford University.
Their philanthropy outside of Colorado includes support of the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, American Ballet Theatre and the New York Historical Society. In Denver, they support the Denver Art Museum, and also contributed to the Liebeskind wing at the museum.
William “Bill” Esrey retired as Chairman and CEO of Sprint Corporation in 2003, having led Sprint as CEO for nearly two decades. Upon his retirement ...READ MORE
William “Bill” Esrey retired as Chairman and CEO of Sprint Corporation in 2003, having led Sprint as CEO for nearly two decades. Upon his retirement from Sprint, he was elected Chairman Emeritus of the company’s Board. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Vail Valley Foundation since 2000.
From November 2003 until its sale in July 2004, he served as Chairman of Japan Telecom, one of the leaders in the telecom industry in Japan. From May 2009 Esrey to 2015, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors for Spectra Energy Corporation. He previously has served as a director of a number of boards including Equitable Life Assurance, Sprint, Duke Energy, Exxon Mobile, Spectra Energy, Japan telecom, and General Mills, Inc.
Bill has received numerous other leadership awards in his business and charitable activities, including being named in 1997 as Business Week’s list of top 25 business executives in the world.
He graduated from Denison University in 1961, with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and earned a Master’s Degree from the Harvard Business School in 1964. In that same year, he married Julie Campbell. They now have two grown sons and five grandchildren. Bill is an active sportsman and enjoys golf, skiing and horseback riding, and resides primarily in Vail. He and his family also enjoy spending time on their Colorado ranch as well as at their home in Santa Barbara, California.
Bjorn Erik Borgen and his family have been Vail locals since 1966, and Bjorn was a member of the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors ...READ MORE
Bjorn Erik Borgen and his family have been Vail locals since 1966, and Bjorn was a member of the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors from 1994-2015.
If there is a person who epitomizes the phrase, “Realizing the American Dream,” it is family patriarch, Bjorn Erik Borgen. As a child, Borgen’s family lost their home and all of their possessions due to a 5-year occupation by the Nazis during WWII. As a 12-year-old, Bjorn emigrated from Norway to the small town of Strum, Wisconsin, where he learned English and flourished under the individualized attention and opportunities available to him through the local public schools. He received a scholarship to attend the University of Wisconsin, later completed his MBA at Harvard Business School and went on to a very successful career in entrepreneurship and investment.
Bjorn and his wife, Kathy, have been married since 1964 and have three children, Kaia, Randi and Jon-Erik; and 10 grandchildren. The entire Borgen family makes charitable giving a priority, and they have been active in supporting organizations like Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, U.S. Ski & Snowboard, The Eagle Valley Land Trust, Walking Mountain Science Center and more.
In 1981, several visionaries including President Gerald R. Ford initiated the idea of creating a foundation in the Vail Valley as a way to unify the volunteer spirit and ‘big-idea’ mentality that helped the valley mark its place on the international map. Ever since, the Vail Valley Foundation (“VVF”) has been a significant part of what makes Eagle County such a special place, and an integral aspect of life in our valley providing arts, culture, sport and education, and showcasing our important work done locally to a global audience. We wish to continue our charitable work with our donors, strategic partners and other stakeholders to raise and deploy funds for the benefit of the people who visit and live here. Our strategic plan helps ensure that by 2022, the VVF is positioned for vibrant and sustainable execution of our mission and visions in Eagle County through the coming decades.
Our strategic plan covers all projects, events, programs and venues of the VVF and is organized into four areas: Arts & Culture, Athletics, Education and Organizational Excellence. Each of these areas has an overarching goal and objective, which is implemented by a variety of strategies and tactics. We wish to express our sincere thanks to our staff and board for their time, insights and efforts in creating this plan.