High Country Region

Counties:  Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, Pitkin, Summit 

Cities:  Aspen, Frisco, Idaho Springs, Leadville, Vail

The High Country Council remains committed to supporting the region’s middle school youth. In 2019, the Council recommended multi-year grants totaling $1 million to five organizations supporting at-risk middle school youth in the region. The organizations are: Mountain Youth Network (Clear Creek County), Mountain Youth (Eagle County), Full Circle of Lake County (Lake County); Aspen Family Connections (Pitkin County), and the Summit Pre-Collegiate Program (Summit County).

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Meet Our Regional Council Members

Dave Palenchar was raised in southern California and first came to Colorado to attend the United States Air Force Academy. After a career in the Air Force, he returned to Colorado and joined the El Pomar program staff. In 2007, Dave was recognized as the Colorado Springs Business Citizen of the Year by the (then) Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. He retired as El Pomar’s Chief Operating Officer in 2013.

He currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Broadmoor World Arena and the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts, Chairman of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, President of the Air Force Academy Foundation and is a Board Member for the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Hall of Fame.

Dave Palenchar

Trustee, El Pomar Foundation

Katie Baldassar is the Executive Director of Lake County Build a Generation, an agency working to build a movement for community health and well-being in Lake County, Colorado. In this role, she has helped lead large-scale community planning efforts, including Youth Master Plan, Senior Master Plan, and Public Health Improvement Plan. She has also supported the launch of initiatives such as Get Outdoors Leadville!, Resilient Lake County, and the Lake County Intermediate School Playground remodel. She believes that health is more than health care, and in the ability of communities such as Lake County to change the way we approach health by identifying what is working—and changing what isn’t. Katie recently retired from the Lake County School Board after serving for nearly seven years, including one term as President. Katie also enjoys trail running, cross-country skiing, and spending time with her daughters Isabella and Molly, and husband Andy.

Katie Baldassar

Executive Director, Lake County Build a Generation

Kristi Ferraro is a real estate and business lawyer with her own practice in Avon, Colorado. Kristi serves on the Board of Excellence Committee of the Vail Valley Foundation. Kristi was a Board Member of the Vail Mountain School from 2010 to 2017. She was elected to the Avon Town Council in 2004 and 2008, and served as Mayor Pro Tem of Avon from 2010 to 2012. Kristi has previously served on the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, the Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority and Bravo! Vail. Kristi also served as Chairman of the Board of the Early Childhood Learning Center and as President of the Pitkin County Bar Association.

Kristi graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor's degree in business and from the University of California Berkeley with a juris doctor.

Kristi Ferraro

Attorney, Kristi Ferraro, LLC

Millie Hamner is Senior Policy Director at Keystone Policy Center. She joined Keystone after serving as a Colorado State Representative from 2011-2018. During this time period, she earned statewide respect for her bipartisan chairmanship of the House Education Committee and the Joint Budget Committee. As one of the prime sponsors of the original READ Act in 2012 and, as a leader in the implementation of the education vision work with the ELC in 2017, Millie is uniquely poised to provide leadership for the next steps of these critical efforts. Millie’s work in public education in Colorado from 1978-2011 as a teacher, school and district leader, and superintendent of schools provides the experiential background needed to engage communities and stakeholders in the development of a world-class education system. Millie earned a doctorate in education leadership from the University of Denver in 1996. She also holds a master's and a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.

Millie Hamner

Senior Policy Director, Keystone Policy Center

Tim Mauck served two terms as Clear Creek County Commissioner from 2010 - 2019. As commissioner, he focused on health care, enhancing Clear Creek's recreation and tourism, and working to bring about sensible transportation improvements along the Interstate 70 Mountain Corridor.

A Denver native, Tim received a bachelor's in political science from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and has worked in various capacities of federal, state and local governments.

Tim is passionate about the outdoors and spends his free time hunting and angling, and serving as Chair of the Clear Creek Greenway Authority working to develop a recreational trail to the Continental Divide.
He currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.

Tim Mauck

Deputy Director, Colorado Department of Natural Resources

Christine Scanlan is President and CEO of the Keystone Policy Center, a nonprofit organization which over the past 40 years, has built a portfolio of substantive work in energy, environment, education, health, and agriculture. Keystone has accomplished this work with a series of complementary approaches that reflect the diverse strategies utilized in leadership and successful issue resolution.

Christine joined the Keystone Policy Center from her role as Director of Legislative Affairs and Strategic Initiatives and Senior Education Policy Advisor to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. Prior to her senior staff role in the Governor’s Office, Christine was a Colorado State Representative for House District 56 and served in leadership as Majority Whip.

In earlier years, Christine had previously been at Keystone as Senior Vice President and COO. Christine has extensive public policy experience as a seasoned facilitator, negotiator and policy expert and is a respected leader in finding policy solutions through collaborative dialogue to complicated issues of urgency and import. Christine received both her MA Nonprofit Management and BA History from Regis University, Denver, Colorado.

Christine Scanlan

President and CEO, Keystone Policy Center

Tamara Tormohlen has served as Executive Director of Aspen Community Foundation (ACF) since 2005 having joined the organization in 2001. Aspen Community Foundation is in its 40th year of building philanthropy and supporting nonprofits in the Aspen to Parachute region, which encompasses Pitkin, west Eagle, and Garfield counties. ACF currently holds $44 million in assets and in 2020 distributed $14 million in grants through its COVID relief funds, donor advised funds, community grantmaking program, scholarships, and other funds.

In 2012 Tormohlen launched the Aspen to Parachute Cradle to Career Initiative, which gathers nonprofits, schools, governments, civic groups, businesses and philanthropy to implement collaborative and innovative ways of working together to measurably increase youth success across our region. The Initiative has made strides in increasing preschool participation and in helping students create pathways after high school.

Tormohlen lives in Carbondale with her husband. She currently serves on the High Country Council of the El Pomar Foundation and on the Board of Philanthropy Colorado.

Tamara Tormohlen

Executive Director, Aspen Community Foundation

Senior Staff, High Country Regional Council

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Maureen Lawrence

Senior Vice President & General Counsel, El Pomar Foundation

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Adelita Aguirre

Program Director, El Pomar Foundation

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Reilly Torres

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation