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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

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Valentina Garcia-Gerdes


Education Sector

Valentina Garcia-Gerdes is filled with passion for children, nature, cultural diversity and community. Her family immigrated to the United States from Venezuela in 1980 and she spent her younger years in Bloomington, Indiana and Eden Prairie, Minnesota before moving to Colorado in 1996 to attend Western Colorado University in Gunnison.

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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


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

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Alex Bratschie

Health Sector

Alexandra Bratschie is a local Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience who loves to call the mountains of Colorado her home. She received her Master of Science from Georgetown University, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins and her undergraduate degree in Integrative Physiology and Women’s Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. +++ read more


Chayanne Chavez

Youth Sector


I’m in 10th 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. 


Steele McClinton

Youth Sector

I was born and raised in the Vail Valley. I am a senior 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.  


Rylee Sharkey

Youth Sector

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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

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Jocelyn Solis

Family Sector

Jocelyn Solis lives in Gypsum and is a proud parent of three children in preschool through middle school who attend St. Clare. Jocelyn has lived in the Valley since she was 10 years old. She is interested in mental health and addiction supports and increasing engagement of her Latino peers. Jocelyn has been an active member of St. Clare parish and has helped start a Spanish addiction support groups which now meets three times per week.

Rylee Sharkey is a Junior at Eagle Valley High School. She loves to be involved and is a Captain of the Eagle Valley Girls Rugby Team, a state competitor on the Alpine Ski Team, President of the Green Team, and in the Theater program. In addition, she is enrolled in Pathways in Technology Early College High School through the Eagle County School District. She is on track to graduate next year with an Associate's Degree of Science with an emphasis on Environmental Sustainability through Colorado Mountain College. +++ 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


Anna Glass

 Youth Sector

Anna Glass is a junior at Battle Mountain High School and lives in Edwards with her parents, younger sister, and 2 dogs. Anna plays volleyball, basketball, and soccer for Battle Mountain, as well as plays volleyball for a local club volleyball team. Between activities, Anna works as a busser at Bob’s Place in Avon. In her free time, Anna enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading, hiking, and baking. +++ read more


Tom Pohl

Community Sector

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Dustin Oakley

Law Enforcement Sector

Dustin Oakley has been in Law Enforcement for 3 years in Colorado and 1 Year in North Idaho. He was a security officer in a middle school in Colorado Springs for 3 years. He enjoys all things outdoors; camping, hiking. He also played sports all throughout high school. While Deputy Oakley has been with Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, he has found his niche in traffic safety. He is an instructor in 3 topics for the Sheriff’s Office and is working on his 4th. He has recently stepped into the role of School Resource Officer for Eagle County Schools in 2021. 

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Craig Westering

Law Enforcement Sector

Craig Westering has been in law enforcement since 2005. Like many Vail Valley transplants, he came for “just a year” and has been here for 23 years and counting. Craig earned his bachelor’s in education and youth ministry in Chicago. A friend encouraged Craig to pursue a law enforcement career at that time, with the promise of merging his passion for helping people and his innate ability to see the best in everyone, even at their worst. Craig found his niche, serving the Vail Police Department for the last 15 years. “It’s a family,” he says of the police force. “And being in a smaller area allows us to build strong relationships with the community. It makes Officers more approachable.” Craig recently began employment with the Eagle Police Department in December of 2021.


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.


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