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Board Of Directors

Thomas Pohl

President 

Legal Sector

Tom is a Partner with the law firm of Pohl & Pohl, P.C. He opened a law office for the firm in Eagle County in 2007 and has since focused his practice in the areas of estate planning, elder law, estate administration, business, and real estate law. Prior to practicing as an attorney, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Colorado with an emphasis in finance and marketing, worked as loan officer with a regional Colorado bank in the Vail Valley, and

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Katie Jarnot

Vice President

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
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Jen Coulson
Treasurer

Business Sector 

Jennifer currently serves as a Realtor for Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties. She has a full-time career in real estate sales and is managing director of the Coldwell Banker office in Vail Village. Born and raised in Kansas City, Jennifer moved to the valley permanently in January of 2001. Jennifer graduated from SMU in Dallas, in 1996, but couldn't stay away from the mountains for long. She now lives in the valley with her two daughters, both born in Vail, Brecklyn and Balianna. Family is one of the most important things to Jennifer.

Korrine Winstead

Secretary

Substance Abuse Sector

Korrine is a Probation Officer for the 5th Judicial District overseeing Eagle County youth and the Senate Bill 94 program for Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake and Summit Counties. Korrine graduated with a degree in Social Work from Colorado State University and has worked with at-risk youth throughout her career. Korrine grew up in Northern Colorado and moved to the Vail Valley 16 years ago. She lives in Eagle with her husband and two daughters. Volunteering is a passion of hers and

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Craig Bettis

Law Enforcement Sector

Vail Police Commander Craig Bettis is a public safety and operational leader with 18 years of law enforcement experience and 13 years of tactical experience. During Craig’s law enforcement career he has worked as a Patrol Officer, Investigator, DEA Task Force Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Investigations Sergeant and, in 2009, was promoted to Commander overseeing all operational and investigative staffing. Craig has a long history of tactical policing with

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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 

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Michelle Dibos

Government Sector

Michelle is the Community Engagement Director for Eagle Valley Behavioral Health. She is a human services professional with ample experience providing responsive services and programs that help enhance the lives of vulnerable populations, with a specific focus on the Latinx community. Most recently, Michelle worked in Eagle County Human Services managing Early Head Start and other whole-family and early childhood programs aimed at helping clients achieve self-sufficiency, empowerment and healthy family dynamics. 

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Riley Dudley

Valley's Voice

Riley is a student at Eagle Valley High School, where he’s an active member of the community and school. He participates in cross country, speech and debate, DADD (Devils Against Destructive Decisions) club, and sits on both the school and the school district’s accountability boards. He's part of Children’s Global Alliance, where he's gone on a service trip to Nicaragua and he's getting ready to go on one to Morocco. He also sits on the Colorado Youth Advisory Council and

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Gail Flesher

Gail is retired after working as a corporate and environmental lawyer in New York City at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, where she also worked as a pro-bono lawyer and board member for several not-for-profits. She graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and received her law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She moved to Edwards in 2011 with her family and is enjoying being an active volunteer with several local and national political, community and

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Greta Grems

Valley's Voice

Greta attends Vail Christian High School. As a Saint, Greta loves being a part of the volleyball and the soccer teams. More extracurricular activities she is a part of include the following: Student Council, the Drama Department and Yearbook Committee. Greta is excited to be a member of both Valley's Voice and the Board of Directors for Mountain Youth. She finds this to be a great opportunity to share her ideas on how to improve the lives of her peers in her community.

Beckett Hyde
Valley's Voice

Beckett is a junior at Battle Mountain High School. He is passionate about artificial intelligence and youth activism and is working on a TEDxYouth talk about how "Anyone Can Build With Artificial Intelligence." In addition, he is partnering with Project We Care Colorado to create an online mental-health educational resource for crisis situations. When he has that rare spare moment, he enjoys reading, running, and writing code. He joined Mountain Youth to bring a pragmatic voice to
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Davis Krueger

Valley's Voice

Davis Krueger attends Battle Mountain High School. He's a member of the cross country, Nordic and track teams at Battle Mountain. He enjoys living in the Vail Valley so that he can do the things he loves like mountain biking, fly-fishing and hunting. He's also involved in Student Council, Best Buddies, TEDxYouth, and went to Honduras with Schools For Children of the World last summer to build a school in a underprivileged community. He's on Valley’s Voice to make his voice, as youth, heard and

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Mindy Larson

Religious Sector

Mindy assumed the role of principal at Vail Christian High School in July 2017, after serving as Vail Christian’s Dean of Students, Guidance Counselor and Science Department Chair. She began her teaching career as a high school school biology and chemistry teacher, first in North Dakota then in Eagle County where she has taught for more than 15 years. During her years in education, Mindy has enjoyed working with students in a variety of capacities both inside and outside the classroom. She 

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Tracy Miller

Media Sector

Tracy has been a long-time media host, reporter and contributor, presently working with the Vail Daily. She is also the owner and chef of Colorful Cooking, and is passionate about healthy eating and living a healthy lifestyle. Tracy is raising two children in Eagle.

Chris Rieder

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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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

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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.

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 daughter, Tori, with his wife, Olga. 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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