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
Former Chairman & CEO, AT&T
Owner, ASAP Accounting & Payroll Services
Dan Jansen, Treasurer
Founder, Neil Armstrong Scholars Fund
Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty
Paul Major (ex-officio)
President & CEO, Telluride Foundation
Former U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica
Jesse Johnson, Secretary
Co-Founder, Telluride Venture Accelerator
Ed Barlow, Former Co-Chairman
Founder, Chang Chavkin Scholars
Ron Allred, Founding Co-Chairman
Retired Finance Director, Town of Telluride
Mark Dalton, Former Co-Chairman
Managing Partner, The Jordan Company
J. Tomilson Hill
Regional President, Community Banks of Colorado
Ximena Carolina Leon
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)
Paul Major, President & CEO / firstname.lastname@example.org
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 / email@example.com
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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, Director Programs/ email@example.com
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 / 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.
Ashley Nager, Director TVA / email@example.com
Ashley Nager is the Program Director of Telluride Venture Accelerator(TVA). Prior to TVA, she was the HR Director for UP Global (the company behind Startup Weekend, Startup Digest, Startup Week and Startup NEXT). She was one of the earliest team members and has done everything back office to help the team grow to 5 international offices located around the world. In her five years at UP Global, they reached over 200,000 entrepreneurs, hosted more than 3,000 events across 130 countries and helped thousands of companies get their start including getting into top tier accelerators around the world. Ashley brings vast experience in startup community creation as well as a very interconnected entrepreneurial network from around the world. Her home town is Seattle, Washington where she attended the University of Washington. She currently lives in Telluride full time with her husband, Marc, as well as her 6-year-old Australian Cattle Dog, Dax. Please feel free to reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Sheamus Croke, Americorp Vista/ email@example.com
Sheamus was born and raised in Telluride and attended University of Colorado Boulder, where he received a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs with a Minor in Spanish. After college, Sheamus worked in management and the service industry in order to fund his passion for the outdoors and travel, eventually spending 6 months in South America. Shortly after his return to the U.S., Sheamus sought out the opportunity to give back to his local community through meaningful and engaging work. He is delighted to join the Telluride Foundation as the Strong Neighbors Initiative Coordinator, in which he will have the chance to create positive change in Telluride’s neighboring communities. Furthermore, he is excited to learn and grow as a professional by working with the long list of experienced mentors that the Telluride Foundation and its partners have to offer.