Executive Director: Andrea Palm-Porter
As the Executive Director of Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership (RFCCL), Andrea Palm-Porter is instrumental in guiding the non-profit to expand beyond its core leadership educational program to provide meaningful opportunities to practice and apply what has been learned for the betterment of our communities.
“My experience guiding organizations into new markets and finding new opportunities is directly transferable to the challenges facing RFL as they broaden their mission,” says Palm-Porter. “Leadership is a way of life, and a way to be fully engaged in everything you do.”
Palm-Porter’s career trajectory is impressive, with over 25 years’ experience driving strategic growth through strong leadership and relationships. She’s has worked in a multi-million dollar media organization, retail industry, and currently in the non-profit & leadership industry as the Executive Director of Roaring Fork Leadership. She attended the University of Eau Claire in Business Administration with an emphasis on Marketing – including a leadership curriculum. She is known for being able to grow revenue, be innovative, develop relationships, facilitate, define and drive product development, create awareness and execute projects with ease. A graduate and former board member of the Vail Leadership Institute, alumnus of the American Leadership Forum, and an Alumnus of the RFL Academy, Andrea is passionate about leadership as her personal mission is building a community of leaders. As she puts it, “A community of skilled & thoughtful leaders is a thriving & innovative community.”
She’s lived in the Colorado mountains since 1997 and is a mother to four: Tucker (15), Tessa (14), Brody (12) and Ruby Belle (11). She is dedicated to raising them to be amazing human beings with profound lasting relationships that will serve them throughout their lifetime. Andrea stands for contributing to a world of workability, compassion, and discovery. During her free time she enjoys being outside on her bike or on a mountain — skiing down or skinning up it.
She gives back to her community in many ways through her involvement with her children and their school.
Other Community Involvements, Certifications & Trainings:
- EQi 2.0 and EQ 360 Certified (Emotional Intelligence Assessments, Coaching & Training)
- What Motivates Me – Certified Trainer
- Awarded Young Athena 2008, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association
- Valley View Hospital Foundation Board Member
- Member, Glenwood Springs Rotary ’98-01, ’06-10
- Glenwood Springs Chamber Ambassador ’97-01
- Chairperson, Olympic Torch Barrier Selection Committee for the City of GWS 2001
- Buddy Werner Volunteer/Coach ’98-00
- Coach, Colorado Rocky Mountain School Alpine Ski Team ’01
- Graduate, Leadership Vail Valley November ’01–February ’02
- Member, Vail/Eagle Valley Rotary ’01–’06
- Board Member, Vail/Eagle Valley Rotary Foundation ’02-06
- Alumni Committee Chair, Vail Leadership Institute
- Vail Leadership Institute “Inside Out Leadership Program” – Fall ’01
- American Leadership Fellow ’04-’05
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
- Crucial Conversations Training
- Communication Skills Training
- Mastering Performance Training
- Facilitation Training
Favorite quote ” Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.” Les Brown
RFL Spark Program Director: Rachel Hadley
Rachel Hadley is a natural born leader. Growing up she was always the ‘ring-leader’ of her friend groups, took to student government roles in school and has been the driving force of her own small business for more than ten years. After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder, she entered the marketing and advertising industry where she catapulted to strategic project leader – orchestrating projects, facilitating workshops, and bringing brands to life. With a deep value for personal and professional development, she quickly learned leadership was her true passion and life’s work. After graduating from the RFL Academy is 2015, she became an educator for a national organization that focuses on leadership workshops for girls, Girls Leadership. This ignited her passion for supporting youth which brought her to RFL to propose launching a youth program under their umbrella. A year later the RLF Spark is in full-swing with exponential growth opportunities.
Long ago, Rachel began as a traffic coordinator at a graphic design shop in Boulder, CO where she quickly learned the ropes. She catapulted to account executive and creative project manager in a couple other Front Range firms, but quickly decided working for behemoth high-tech and financial organizations was for the birds. After a solo journey around the world, she is back at it, but working with small, entrepreneurial organizations that are attempting to make a difference in some way, shape or form. Her passion for helping the “small fish” fulfill their professional dreams fuels her fire for creative thinking, group facilitation, and relationship building.
Other Community Involvements:
- Volunteer mountain bike coach for the Aspen High School
- Board member of The Roaring Fork Leadership