Board Of Directors


Katie Jarnot


Education Sector

Katie Jarnot currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Eagle County Schools. Previously she was the principal at Eagle Valley Middle School. Although she spent the majority of her adult life in New England, Katie grew up in the valley, having graduated from Battle Mountain High School. Katie has served in public education for nearly 20 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in English, theater, and education from Rockford University, a master’s degree+++ read more


Chris Rieder

Vice President

Health Sector

Chris is the Program Director of Mind Springs Health in Eagle County.  He grew up near Chicago and went on to attend Colorado State University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in 2004. Chris spent a couple years as a snowboard instructor and whitewater raft guide in the Eagle River Valley, before continuing his education at the University of Denver. There he received his Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology and became a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  He has

+++ read more


James Wilkins


Business Sector

James is the CFO and Director of Finance for Eagle River Water and Sanitation District. He joined the District in March of 2015. Prior to working with the District, James worked in investment and commercial banking for 17 years. He has lived and worked in Eagle County since 1999, and has a son, Santiago, and daughterTori. ,  He holds a B.A. in economics with a minor in finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as a certificate from the Graduate School of Banking

+++ read more


Andrej Birjulin

Civic/Volunteer Sector

Andrej is sole proprietor of Confluence Research and Training, LLC and was previously director of research and evaluation at Eagle County Schools. He provides consulting services in the areas of K-12 education, economics and tourism, youth development, health and prevention, informal learning, marketing, and environmental design. He is currently working on projects with the Vail Valley Partnership, Eagle County Schools, SOS Outreach, the Town of Vail, the Colorado 

+++ read more


Kristi Grems


Mental Health Sector

Kristi Grems is a licensed professional counselor and licensed addiction counselor whom worked in community mental health for 12 years.  During this time, she worked with children, adults, couples and families with a diverse range of mental health diagnosis and held the position of Program Director at Mind Spring Health.    In 2018, Kristi transitioned from community mental health counseling to be honored to work with individuals and families with a cancer diagnosis at the Shaw Cancer Center  +++ read more

britney chavez.jpg

Britney Chavez

Youth Sector

Britney has provided youth insight to Mountain Youth’s many programs for several years. She attends Battle Mountain High School and finds passion in helping others and giving back to her community. She is a member of STUCCO, TEXxYouth@Vail and Valley’s Voice. She enjoys trying new things and spending time with her family. Britney is very excited to be involved in Valley’s Voice and the Mountain Youth executive board. Britney is thrilled to share her voice and be able to contribute. 


Rudy Boock

Youth Sector

Rudy Boock joined Mountain Youth in 2019 to work on a Youth Master Plan project to create a youth center. He is a junior at Battle Mountain High School and a part of Battle Mountain's Speech and Debate team and environmental club. He is passionate about social change and giving back to the community. He loves to paint, hike, and ski. He is currently the project leader on the Valley's Voice passion project "Extended Sexual Education." This passion project meets monthly with a professional to provide comprehensive, ongoing, and engaging sex education for Eagle Valley’s youth.


Chayanne Chavez

Youth Sector


I’m in 9th grade at Battle Mountain High School. Some of my hobbies and interests are hanging out with my friends and family, writing, learning about history, and travel. I’m motivated to be involved in the community because our community is forever changing and it can really affect the people that live there. I think it’s important if the people whom the changes affected had an opinion of if that was a change that needed to happen. +++ read more


Steele McClinton

Youth Sector

I was born and raised in the Vail Valley. I am a sophomore at VCHS, and play volleyball, basketball, and soccer, and am a part of the theater department. I am a member of the Student Council and also a member of the B.I.O.N.I.C.(Believe It Or Not, I Care) team. I am excited to be involved in Mountain Youth to provide a voice for youth in our community, to be more involved in my community, and to learn from other board members. Hobbies I enjoy are drawing, singing, and hiking.  

Abby Wiens.jpeg

Abby Wiens

Education Sector

I moved to Colorado in 1998 and have enjoyed living in small mountain towns ever since.  I was a Middle School Art teacher for 13 years in Gunnison and the Vail Valley.  I pursued my Principal License when I realized that my passion and dedication for public education could reach a greater impact in an administrative role. This is my third year as Assistant Principal for Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum.  I am very passionate about my work as an administrator in helping create a positive school culture in which all students feel a sense +++ read more


Joey Staufer

Law Enforcement Sector

Town of Eagle Chief of Police Joey Staufer has been in law enforcement since 1997. He served the Colorado communities of Dillon and Breckenridge before transferring to the Town of Eagle as a mid-level manager, followed by a promotion to the Town’s Chief of Police in December 2014. Joey has a BS in criminal justice/sociology, graduate work in criminal justice, and holds additional certificates of accredited specialized training.  As a native of our Eagle River Valley, Joey graduated Battle Mountain

+++ read more


Amy VanWel
Youth-Serving Sector

Amy Vanwel has served as principal at Berry Creek Middle School in Edwards since 2011, and was a teacher and assistant principal at Summit Middle School for 11 years prior. Amy earned a BA in Education at Michigan State University and an MA in Educational Leadership & Administration at Adams State University. She has two sons.


Kevin Armitage

Business Sector

Kevin is the Director of Residential Construction Lending for NBH Bank, a Bank Holding company that operates retail banks in five states in including in Colorado as Community Banks of Colorado.  Kevin has spent his entire banking career in Eagle County beginning in 1999.  Kevin obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from Miami University in Ohio and graduated from The Graduate +++ read more


Megan Vogt
Mental Health & LGBTQ Sector

Megan opened Megan Vogt Counseling in 2019 with a special focus on mental health for adolescent, LGBTQ+, and maternal populations. Prior to starting her private practice, Megan was the school-based mental health counselor for Mind Springs Health. The Colorado native has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University and her Bachelors in English Literature and Women's Studies from Colorado State University. Beyond the office,  +++ read more


Joel Barndt

Business Sector

Joel Barndt is a Vice President with FirstBank in Eagle County. He moved to Vail in 2014 after graduating from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT with his B.S. in Business Management and minors in Economics and Organizational Leadership. He is currently attending the Graduate School of Banking on the campus of the University of Wisconsin. He has previously served as a board member for the Red Ribbon Project and is currently working as a volunteer coach for the Vail Valley Eagles Basketball Club.