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

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

Kim Fulton

Founder, Chicktime Smalltown

Freddy Bensch

Founder, SweetWater Brewing Company

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.

Katie Singer

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.

Elaine Demas

Elaine Demas, VP Initiatives/ elaine@telluridefoundation.org

Elaine arrived in Telluride in 1990. 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 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. In addition to her professional endeavors, Elaine and her husband, Damon have raised two children in the Telluride community. Elaine served as Executive Director of Telluride Academy, serving over 900 local and visiting students annually from 2010 until joining the Telluride Foundation in May of 2017. She serves as the Foundation’s Vice President of Initiatives.

Valene

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.

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.

Bonnie Watson

Bonnie Watson, Managing Director, Telluride Venture Network / bonnie@tellurideventurenetwork.com

Bonnie Watson joined the Foundation in December of 2018 as the Telluride Venture Network’s Capital and Transaction Advisor helping regional startup companies and small businesses secure capital. Today, Bonnie is the Managing Director of TVN managing their mentor network, bootcamps, regional loan fund and venture fund. A Colorado native, Bonnie graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a B.A. in Finance and later received a Master’s degree in Finance from Colorado State University.

Previously, Watson worked in the finance industry as a portfolio lender and taught finance at Colorado Mesa University. Bonnie and her husband Brian are the proud parents of Eva Watson, born on July 8, 2022.

Annemarie Jodlowski

Annemarie Jodlowski, Network Manager / annemarie@tellurideventurenetwork.com

Annemarie Jodlowski joined the Foundation in 2021 and serves as Telluride Venture Network’s Network Manager. She brings with her marketing, brand management and business development experience from Baxter Healthcare, Unilever, and Alpine Lodging/Telluride.com. Annemarie holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Most recently she served as the Marketing Manager at Tri-County Health Network, leading the communication and outreach strategy. Annemarie moved to Telluride in 2004 after stints in Tokyo, London and Chicago. While juggling three rambunctious children she participated as a board member of the Telluride Ski Ranches HOA and the Telluride AIDS Benefit. She also served as a Co-Chair of the Telluride School District Accountability Committee and led fundraising efforts for the Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club.

Antonio Rodriguez

Antonio Rodriguez, Entrepreneur-in-Residence / antonio@tellurideventurenetwork.com

Antonio Rodrigues joined the Foundation in 2022 as Telluride Venture Network’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence and leads TVN’s Cómo construir un negocio, a business development program for Latinx entrepreneurs. Antonio is a first-generation immigrant and a resident of the Western Slope since 1999. He has been active in civic engagement since 2005 volunteering for the Hispanic Affairs Project, participating in advocacy and leadership training, and serving as a DJ at KVNF to help disseminate relevant news for the Hispanic community. Antonio is a certified Community and Medical Interpreter and has been providing interpretation and translation services on the Western Slope since 2018.