High Country Region

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

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

At the start of 2013, The High Country Regional Council partnered with El Pomar’s Youth Development Project to identify the regional assets and needs within its five-county area. From the information presented to the High Country Regional Council in March 2013, the Council was in favor of supporting Lake County and the community of Leadville. Based on a 2010 risk assessment and information gathered from the Colorado Department of Education, Lake County falls behind its regional peers in terms of positive youth outcomes for kids, CSAP and graduation scores as well as the prevalence of alcohol and substance abuse. A community-wide collaborative spearheaded by Lake County Build a Generation is dedicated to building a healthier community for Lake County youth and families. The organization recently wrapped up a two-year process of developing priority goals for their Leadville-Lake County Youth Master Plan.

Grant Highlight The High Country Council supports the work of the Youth Master Plan Steering Committee and the launch and implementation phase of the plan within Lake County. The High Country Council granted $75,000 for the launch phase at the Statewide Council Meeting, and pledged an additional $300,000 over three years to assist in growth and implementation.
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Meet Our Regional Council Members

Dave Palenchar is El Pomar’s trustee focusing on special projects. He retired as Chief Operating Officer at El Pomar in 2013. Dave formerly served as a pilot in the Air Force and a political science and international relations faculty member at the Air Force Academy. Dave is president and CEO of the Broadmoor World Arena and the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts. Dave serves as chairman of the board for the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, president of the Air Force Academy Foundation, and is on the boards of Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Hall of Fame.

Dave Palenchar

Trustee, El Pomar Foundation

Mike Bordogna lives in Leadville, Colorado, and recently completed his second term as a Lake County Commissioner after working for many years as a high school and middle school teacher. He serves on several volunteer boards and has focused on bringing public transportation, solar power, recreation facilities, and water rights to Lake County. Mike received a degree in Business and Japanese from the College of Charleston and a master’s degree of arts in multicultural education from Eastern University.

Mike Bordogna

Community Leader

Kristi is a real estate and business lawyer with her own practice in Avon, Colorado. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in business and the University of California Berkeley with a J.D. in 1988. Kristi has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Vail Mountain School since 2010. 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 Ferraro

Attorney, Kristi Ferraro, LLC

Dr. Millie Hamner is currently the state representative for House District 61 representing Eagle, Lake, and Summit Counties. Prior to being elected to the state legislature, Millie enjoyed a 35-year career as a public school educator serving in the capacities of elementary and middle school teacher, school and district leadership, and most recently, Superintendent of Schools in Summit County. Millie has lived and worked in Colorado since 1978 and earned her doctorate in education leadership from the University of Denver in 1996.

The Honorable Millie Hamner

Colorado State Representative, District #61

Jim Morgan is the general manager of Resort Operations for Swift Communications in Colorado, Nevada, and California. Jim is the past president of United Way in Minnesota and Alabama. He won the Associated Press’ Hal Boyle Award for column writing. Jim received a bachelor of arts in communication and political science from James Madison University. He attended graduate school at the University of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom. In 2015 he was named Colorado Newspaper Person of the Year.

Jim Morgan

General Manager, Colorado Mountain News Media

As President and CEO, Christine is responsible for the overall management and policy work of The Keystone Center. Christine is a well-respected leader in education policy and a seasoned facilitator with a vast amount of public policy experience, both statewide and nationally. As a state representative from 2008-2012, Christine carried the Governor’s landmark education reform bill, SB-191, which ushered in a complete redesign and realignment to Colorado’s education system.

Christine Scanlan

President and CEO, The Keystone Center

Tamara Tormohlen has served as Executive Director of Aspen Community Foundation since 2005 having joined the organization in 2001. Aspen Community Foundation is in its 36th year of building philanthropy and supporting nonprofits in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys, an 80-mile corridor connected by 12 communities from Aspen to Parachute, Colorado. Tamara is responsible for the recent launch of the Cradle to Career Initiative. She lives in Carbondale and serves on the board of Theatre Aspen.

Tamara Tormohlen

Executive Director, Aspen Community Foundation

Senior Staff, High Country Regional Council

Contact Lori:

Lori Bellingham

Director of Communications and Deputy Director of Regional Partnerships, El Pomar Foundation

Contact Rettie:

Rettie Duke

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation