Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors
and Staff

Board of Directors

Dan Tishman, Chair
Vice-Chairman, AECOM

Bridgitt Evans, Vice-Chair
Co-Founder & President, VIA Art Fund

Tully Friedman, Vice-Chair
Chairman of Friedman, Fleischer & Lowe

Joanne Brown, Former Chair
Private Investor

Mike Armstrong
Former Chairman & CEO of AT&T

Richard Betts
Owner, ASAP Accounting & Payroll Services

Dan Jansen
Mayor, Town of Mountain Village

Bunny Freidus
Community Member

Carol Armstrong
Founder of the Neil Armstrong Scholarship Fund

Kevin Holbrook
Broker, Peaks Real Estate Realty

Paul Major (ex-officio)
President & CEO, Telluride Foundation

Karen Conway

Anne Andrew
Former U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica

Jesse Johnson
Co-Founder of the Telluride Venture Accelerator

Susan Saint James
Actress, Special Olympics Board Member

Ed Barlow, Former Co-Chairman
Senior Partner, Whitcom Partners

Davis Fansler, Vice-Chairman
Healthcare Consultant

Ron Allred, Founding Co-Chairman

Lynne Beck
Finance Director, Town of Telluride

Mark Dalton, Former Co-Chairman
CEO of Tudor Investments

Joan May
San Miguel County Commissioner

Megan McManemin
Community Member

Adam Max
Managing Partner, The Jordan Company

J. Tomilson Hill
Vice Chairman, Blackstone

Tricia Maxon
Regional President, Community Banks of Colorado

Ximena Carolina Leon
Latino Advocacy Committee

Brian O'Neill
Broker, Telluride Properties

DeeDee Decker
Community Member

Carl Ferenbach
High Meadows Foundation

Edward Sheridan
Private Investor

Sean Murphy
Mayor, Town of Telluride

Laila Benitez
Mayor, Mountain Village

In Memoriam Neil Armstrong, Richard Holbrooke,
H. Norman Schwarzkopf (Founding Co-Chairman)

Paul Major
Paul Major, President & CEO /

Paul Major has served as the President and CEO of the Telluride Foundation since its inception in June 2000. Major leads the Foundation's multi-million dollar development, grantmaking, capacity building and initiative efforts.

Prior to the Telluride Foundation, Major worked as the Director of Business Development for Booth Creek Ski Holdings six resorts. Major's ski industry experience began in 1984 with the U.S. Ski Team in Park City, UT. He served as the Vice President of Athletics and Alpine Olympic ski coach, directing and managing all athletic aspects of the 6 Olympic sports of the U.S. Ski Team including 200 athletes, 60 staff and 50,000 members. Major is a board member of the Colorado Association of Funders, Bright Futures for Early Childhood and Families, Mobile Accord and the Council on Foundation Community Foundation Leadership Team and chairs the Technology Task Force.

Major holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder and studies towards a master in Mechanical Engineering. Major lives in Telluride, Colorado with his wife, Lois Whitesel Major, J.D., where they raised their three, now adult children, Victor, Naomi and Malcolm.

Katie Singer
Katie Singer, Development Manager /

Katie Singer joined the Telluride Foundation team in 2007 as the Development Manager where she is in charge of events, donor relations, marketing and public relations. Singer also works with the CEO on fundraising efforts.

Prior to the Telluride Foundation, Singer was the Communications Manager at Telluride Ski and Golf and served in Guest Service management roles at the Franz Klammer Lodge. Singer is originally from Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Communications in 1997.

Singer lives in Telluride with her young children Ryann and Max.

April Montgomery
April Montgomery, Programs Director /

April has worked as the Programs Director for the Telluride Foundation for nine years, where she helps to manage their nonprofit building capacity efforts, grant program and initiatives. From 2001 to 2009, April had a consulting business, where she provided nonprofit and government organizations with grant writing, legal, project management, strategic planning and land use planning assistance. April was a planner and the Open Space & Recreation Director for San Miguel County from 1991 to 1999. She has a BA degree in Government from the University of Virginia and received her law degree from the University of Virginia in 1989; she is currently a member of the Colorado Bar.

Erika Lapsys
Erika Lapsys, Donor & Strategic Initiatives Director /

Erika Lapsys joins the Telluride Foundation after a diverse professional history that includes developing programs for the Navajo Nation Community College in Arizona, living and working with children rescued from the streets in Lithuania, and managing an eighty patient dialysis clinic in downtown Denver. Originally from Chicago, Erika holds a B.A. in History & Chemistry from Duke University, an M.S. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MBA from the University of Denver.

Erika is thrilled to join the Telluride Foundation team as Donor and Strategic Initiatives Director. She brings nine years' experience in resource and program development, marketing, and donor relations with organizations such as Mercy Housing, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Share Our Strength, and the University of Denver. She has worked on global sustainability projects for Newmont Mining in Ghana and microfinance projects for Deutsche Bank in Uganda and Kenya. She is passionate about her family and community and can usually be found playing outside, training horses, or reading a good book.

Susie Schaefer
Susie Schaefer, Finance Director /

Susie Schaefer joined the Telluride Foundation as the Finance Director in June 2000. She is responsible for all aspect of managing finance including accounting policies and procedures, financial reporting and cash management.

Marc Nager
Marc Nager /

Raised in Mammoth Lakes, CA. Entrepreneur. Community Builder. Thrill Seeker. Built and scaled Startup Weekend to over 130 countries which helped create tens of thousands of companies and jobs. Marc was the CEO of UP Global, the parent company for Startup America, Startup Weekend, Startup Digest, Startup Next, and Startup Week for 6 years. In 2015, merged with Techstars and became Chief Community Officer. Currently EIR at Techstars and devoting his full-time efforts to his local community as Managing Director of Telluride Venture Accelerator and VP Innovation at Telluride Foundation. Interested in helping lead conversations around the future of work, entrepreneurship as a form of diplomacy and economic development, and proving that entrepreneurship will be one of the most uniting and fundamental forces driving our world forward in the future.

Elaine Demas
Elaine Demas /

Elaine arrived in Telluride in 1990 with her husband Damon. Her professional career began at the Peaks Hotel and Spa where she served first as the hotel’s Director of Management Information Systems and then as Director of Conference Services. In 2000 she founded Telluride Experience (a Destination Management Company) where, in addition to organizing corporate and social events, she served as Program Director for the Telluride Wine festival (2002- 2005) as well as founded the Telluride Yoga Festival serving as it’s Program Director from 2007 – 2011. In addition to her professional endeavors, Elaine has raised two children in the Telluride community. She has also been active volunteering her time on the R-1 School District’s Accountability Committee, the Telluride Academy Board of Directors and to this day remains a Board Director of the Just For Kids Foundation. Elaine served as Executive Director of Telluride Academy, Telluride’s premier youth development organization serving over 900 local and visiting students annually from 2010 until joining the Telluride Foundation in May of 2017. Her personal passions in the winter months are Nordic and tele-mark skiing. In the summer months you will find her on local hiking and mountain biking trails… year round its yoga, food and wine!

Carla Reams
Carla Reams /

Carla Reams has contracted with the Foundation to act as the Project Manager for Skillful, a program designed to connect rural job seekers and incumbent workers employed in declining industries, to local emerging industries. Prior to working with the Telluride Foundation, Reams served as the Manager of Human Resources for San Miguel Power Association or in an Executive role at SMPA since 1997. In May 2018, Reams completed a Management Internship Program through the National Rural Electric Association with the University of Wisconsin, - Madison. The program guides participants through all facets of the electric utility industry, including the many changes occurring around the nation. Reams has multi-faceted experience from accounting, to leadership development, policy and grant writing, to cultural development and strategic planning. Reams attended Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO and has pursued more education through the University of Phoenix. She has a passion for working with people. She also enjoys singing, writing poetry and song lyrics, and gathering cows on the mountain with her horses and border collies. She resides in Nucla, Colorado with her husband, Bart, and three children, Cael, Rynn and Corbyn.


Our donors are the heart of the Telluride Foundation - and as such, at the heart of our regional community. Their generosity and commitment allow the Foundation to do its work, to support and nurture, to champion and advocate for the Telluride regional community. For this we are sincerely appreciative.


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