Board of Directors
Dan Tishman, ChairVice-Chairman, AECOM
Bridgitt Evans, Vice-ChairCo-Founder & President, VIA Art Fund
Tully Friedman, Vice-ChairChairman of Friedman, Fleischer & Lowe
Joanne Brown, Former ChairPrivate Investor
Mike ArmstrongFormer Chairman & CEO of AT&T
Richard BettsOwner, ASAP Accounting & Payroll Services
Dan JansenMayor, Town of Mountain Village
Bunny FreidusCommunity Member
Carol ArmstrongFounder of the Neil Armstrong Scholarship Fund
Kevin HolbrookBroker, Peaks Real Estate Realty
Paul Major (ex-officio)President & CEO, Telluride Foundation
Anne AndrewFormer U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica
Jesse JohnsonCo-Founder of the Telluride Venture Accelerator
Susan Saint JamesActress, Special Olympics Board Member
Ed Barlow, Former Co-ChairmanSenior Partner, Whitcom Partners
Davis Fansler, Vice-ChairmanHealthcare Consultant
Ron Allred, Founding Co-ChairmanDeveloper
Lynne BeckFinance Director, Town of Telluride
Mark Dalton, Former Co-ChairmanCEO of Tudor Investments
Joan MaySan Miguel County Commissioner
Megan McManeminCommunity Member
Adam MaxManaging Partner, The Jordan Company
J. Tomilson HillVice Chairman, Blackstone
Tricia MaxonRegional President, Community Banks of Colorado
Ximena Carolina LeonLatino Advocacy Committee
Brian O'NeillBroker, Telluride Properties
DeeDee DeckerCommunity Member
Carl FerenbachHigh Meadows Foundation
Edward SheridanPrivate Investor
Sean MurphyMayor, Town of Telluride
Laila BenitezMayor, Mountain Village
In Memoriam Neil Armstrong, Richard Holbrooke,
H. Norman Schwarzkopf (Founding Co-Chairman)
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, Programs Director / email@example.com
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, Donor & Strategic Initiatives Director / firstname.lastname@example.org
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, Finance Director / email@example.com
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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 / 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!
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.