DIRECTORS AND STAFF

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Anne Slaughter Andrew, Chair of the Board

Former U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica

Bridgitt Evans, Former Chair

Co-Founder & President, VIA Art Fund

Dan Tishman, Vice-Chair

Tishman Construction

Tully Friedman, Vice-Chair

Chairman, Friedman, Fleischer & Lowe

Joanne Brown, Former Chair

Business Owner

Bobby Stein

President of the Regency Group

Richard Betts

Owner, ASAP Accounting & Payroll Services

Dan Jansen, Treasurer

NEXTLAW Labs

Kim Fulton

Founder, Chicktime Smalltown

Kevin Holbrook

Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty

Paul Major (ex-officio)

President & CEO, Telluride Foundation

Karen Conway

Architect

Jesse Johnson, Secretary

Co-Founder, Telluride Venture Accelerator

Ed Barlow, Former Co-Chairman

Whitcom Partners

Arnie Chavkin

Founder, Chang Chavkin Scholars

Chris Pucillo

Principal, Solus Alternative Asset Management

Danny Craft

President, Alpine Bank

Freddy Bensch

Founder, SweetWater Brewing Company

Freddy Bensch

Founder, SweetWater Brewing Company

Lynne Beck

Retired Finance Director, Town of Telluride

Mark Dalton, Former Co-Chairman

Tudor Investments

Megan McManemin

Philanthropist

J. Tomilson Hill

Two Sigma

Tricia Maxon

Director of Consumer Banking and Digital Engagement, NBH Bank

Ximena Rebolledo León

Latino Advocacy Committee

Brian O'Neill

Broker, Telluride Properties

DeeDee Decker

Rancher

Carl Ferenbach

High Meadows Foundation

DeLanie Young

Mayor, Town of Telluride

Laila Benitez

Mayor, Town of Mountain Village

Sara Bachman

Attorney

Kris Holstrom

San Miguel County Commissioner

Sage Martin

MountainFilm

Mandy Miller

Midwest Mental Health

Kim Fulton

Founder, Chicktime Smalltown

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

STAFF

Jason Corzine, President & CEO / jason@telluridefoundation.org

Jason brings over 25 years of experience leading high-impact organizations, including the National Park Foundation and The Trust for Public Land.

Just prior to joining the Telluride Foundation in 2022, Jason served as Vice President of The National Park Foundation where he helped manage and guide strategies around protecting and preserving resources at America’s more than 400 national parks. He is passionate about protecting and sustaining close-to-home quality of life opportunities for rural communities as well as honoring and amplifying diverse constituents within those communities.

Jason brings to his work extensive experience negotiating complex community-based projects and is an able communicator, a skill honed from years of working with a wide variety of philanthropic donors, community leaders, local, state, and federal officials. Jason holds a BS in Biology & Chemistry from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He earned his MS in Environmental Science from the University of Texas.

Jason was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas and prior to relocating to Telluride, Jason and his wife, Jennifer, raised three kids in Denver. His other priorities in life involve maintaining healthy skiing and fishing habits while trying to keep his streak of visiting every Major League Ballpark alive.

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Katie Singer, Development Manager / katie@telluridefoundation.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

April Montgomery, VP Programs / april@telluridefoundation.org

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

Susie Schaefer, Finance Director / susie@telluridefoundation.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.

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Elaine Demas, VP Initiatives/ elaine@telluridefoundation.org

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!

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Valene Baskfield, Mgr, Chang-Chavkin Scholars/ valene@telluridefoundation.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

Karen Byrom, Financial Controller/ karen@telluridefoundation.org

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

Nicholas SirLouis, Americorp Vista Volunteer/ vista@telluridefoundation.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

David Bruce, Rose Architectural Fellow ’20-’22 & Project Lead, Rural Homes/ david@telluridefoundation.org

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.

Paul Major

After serving as the President and CEO of the Telluride Foundation since its inception in 2000; in 2022, Paul transitioned to leading the Telluride Foundation’s supported organization Paradox Community Trust and its workforce housing initiative Rural Homes.

Prior to the Telluride Foundation, Paul worked as the Director of Business Development for Booth Creek Ski Holdings six resorts. Paul’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. Paul 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.

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