DIRECTORS AND STAFF
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dan Tishman, Chair
Bridgitt Evans, Vice-Chair
Co-Founder & President, VIA Art Fund
Tully Friedman, Vice-Chair
Chairman, Friedman, Fleischer & Lowe
Joanne Brown, Former Chair
President of the Regency Group
Owner, ASAP Accounting & Payroll Services
Dan Jansen, Treasurer
Founder, Chicktime Smalltown
Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty
Paul Major (ex-officio)
President & CEO, Telluride Foundation
Anne Slaughter Andrew
Former U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica
Jesse Johnson, Secretary
Co-Founder, Telluride Venture Accelerator
Ed Barlow, Former Co-Chairman
Founder, Chang Chavkin Scholars
Founder, SweetWater Brewing Company
Retired Finance Director, Town of Telluride
Mark Dalton, Former Co-Chairman
J. Tomilson Hill
Director of Consumer Banking and Digital Engagement, NBH Bank
Ximena Rebolledo León
Latino Advocacy Committee
Broker, Telluride Properties
High Meadows Foundation
Mayor, Town of Telluride
Mayor, Town of Mountain Village
San Miguel County Commissioner
In Memoriam Neil Armstrong, Richard Holbrooke, H. Norman Schwarzkopf (Founding Co-Chairman), Adam Max, Anne Herrick
Paul Major, President & CEO / email@example.com
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, Development Manager / firstname.lastname@example.org
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, VP Programs / email@example.com
April is our Vice President of Programs. She has been with the Foundation since 2000 managing our nonprofit building capacity efforts, grant program and initiatives. Prior to joining the Foundation, 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. She 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.
Susie Schaefer, Finance Director / firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Elaine Demas, VP Initiatives/ email@example.com
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!
Valene Baskfield, Mgr, Chang-Chavkin Scholars/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Prior to her work with The Chang Chavkin Scholars Program, an initiative of the Telluride Foundation, Valene worked for 21 years as a school social worker and school guidance counselor in a variety of roles including college counselor, academic advisor, mental health counselor, and health and wellness coordinator. Valene is also a licensed clinical social worker and has provided services for Hospice, Denver Family Court and the Department of Health and Human Services. Valene and her husband John are raising their two boys, Jack and Isaac, in Ridgway, CO.
Karen Byrom, Financial Controller/ email@example.com
Karen Byrom joins the Telluride Foundation as Financial Controller after 18 years of banking in Telluride, CO. Most recently, she was the Community President and Business Banking Center Manager at Community Banks of Colorado and previously a Commercial Lender with Vectra Bank. Karen enjoys working with the community and local kids to make Telluride a better place. She is an active Rotary member, leading the Dictionary distribution for the literacy initiative for the past 8 years. She is a past Telluride Youth Soccer Club board member and Telluride Accountability co-Chair. Karen moved to Telluride following a joint Mathematics and Physics B.S. degree from Middlebury College and fell in love with Telluride. She has lived “down valley” for the past 30 years with her husband, Cedric, and raised 2 girls. Karen loves hiking, boating, skiing and anything that involves the outdoors and family.
Nicholas SirLouis, Americorp Vista Volunteer/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Arriving in July 2021 as our Strong Neighbors Coordinator Americorps VISTA, Nicolas works closely with local community endowment groups to advance food security initiatives and assist in the creation of a trails system in southwest Colorado’s West End.
Nicholas spent the majority of his life growing up in Lexington, Kentucky before attending the University of Cincinnati, where he worked for the Office of Sustainability and earned degrees and certificates in Biological Sciences, Environmental Studies, and Urban Planning. He has a love for foraging, medicinal botany, writing, gardening, soccer, and helping communities become more resilient in any way possible. Nicholas currently lives in Norwood, Colorado.
David Bruce, Rose Architectural Fellow ’20-’22 & Project Lead, Rural Homes/ email@example.com
David joined Telluride Foundation in the fall of 2020 to manage our Rural Housing Initiative. David is a recent graduate of a joint degree in Architecture and Environmental Management (M.Arch/M.E.M) at Yale University. In 2019, he worked with Peruvian Architects, Barclay Crousse Arquitectos on a competition winning proposal for a center for water management in the Sacred Valley of Peru.
David grew up in small town New Hampshire. He joins us through Enterprise Community Partners‘ Rose Fellowship, a program that matches early career designers with community organizations working to tackle pressing questions of equitable housing and healthy communities.