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 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

Mike Bordogna lives in Leadville and is Executive Director of the Lake County Economic Development Corporation. Previously, he served two terms as Lake County Commissioner. He serves on several volunteer boards and has focused on addressing victims’ rights, bringing public transportation, solar power, and recreation facilities to Lake County.

Mike holds a degree in business and Japanese from the College of Charleston, a master’s degree of arts in multicultural education from Eastern University, and studied at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in their executive education program.

Mike Bordogna

Executive Director, Lake County Economic Development Corporation

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 member of the board of trustees 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 of Science in Business and from the University of California Berkeley with a juris doctor.

Kristi Ferraro

Attorney, Kristi Ferraro, LLC

Dr. Millie Hamner is currently the State Representative for House District 61 representing Lake, Summit, Pitkin, Delta and Gunnison counties. Prior to being elected to the Colorado 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.

The Honorable Millie Hamner

Colorado State Representative, District #61

Jim Morgan is the General Manager for Resort Operations for Swift Communications, a publisher of newspapers, magazines and websites, in seven states including Colorado. He is active on several volunteer and industry boards including the Colorado Press Association and Sync2 Media. In 2015, he was named Colorado Newspaper Person of the Year.

Jim received a Bachelor of Arts in communication and political science from James Madison University and attended graduate school at the University of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom as a Rotary Foundation Scholar.

Jim Morgan

General Manager, Colorado Mountain News Media

As President and Chief Operating Officer, 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 37th 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:
719-577-5750
lbellingham@elpomar.org

Lori Bellingham

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

Contact Rettie:
719-577-7032
rduke@elpomar.org

Rettie Duke

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation

Contact Haley:
719-577-7012
hballenger@elpomar.org

Haley Ballenger

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation