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. Based on a 2010 risk assessment and information gathered from the Colorado Department of Education, Lake County fell 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. The 2013 Lake County Youth Master Plan (YMP) was a project of Lake County Human Services (LCHS) and the Council provided a seed grant to LCHS for its completion. Following the completion of the plan the Council provided initial funds to hire a coordinator for implementation of the YMP. Subsequently, Lake County Build a Generation (LCBAG), a continuing program of LCHS, became the backbone organization for implementation of the Youth Master Plan. Since 2013, the Council has focused its support towards this community-wide collaborative spearheaded by LCBAG. Four years later, LCBAG has submitted an application for its own 501c3 status.
After implementing this successful multi-year grant with LCBAG, the Council began transitioning to a new focus area in 2017: out of school time programming for underserved youth.The strategy is to engage elementary and middle school age children and encourage postsecondary education. The goal is to achieve increased tendency to remain in school, educational success, and employment in the region.
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.
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.
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.
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
As President and CEO, Christine is responsible for the overall management and policy work of the Keystone Policy Center. Her primary responsibilities include developing new policy and program work, fundraising, and working with the senior management team and Board of Trustees on the overall operations and management of the organization. Christine is a well-respected leader in education policy and a seasoned facilitator with extensive public policy experience at the state and national levels. Her work includes broad-based and widely respected projects, including the Colorado Oil and Gas Task Force’s work from 2014 to 2015 finding collaborative ways to balance oil and gas development — one of the most important economic drivers in Colorado — and private mineral right holders’ interests with local residents, public health officials, and conservationists’ concerns. Christine also has led projects aimed at helping states better prepare teachers for success in the classroom, the Licensing Educators for Academic Development (LEAD) Compact, and worked with the states of Massachusetts and Louisiana on teacher licensure and preparation.
President and CEO, Keystone Policy 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 38th 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 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. She lives in Basalt.
Executive Director, Aspen Community Foundation
Senior Staff, High Country Regional Council
719-577-7024 email@example.com Kaitlin Johnson
Associate Vice President of Regional Partnerships, El Pomar Foundation
719-577-7012 firstname.lastname@example.org Haley Ballenger
Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation
719-577-7033 email@example.com Andrew Schwartz