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1702, 2019

Marcus Thackston, RFL Academy 2019

By |February 17th, 2019|Categories: In the News|

Where are you originally from? Born in Marin County, California. Lived there till I was 5. Grew up in Evergreen, Colorado. What brought you to the Roaring Fork Valley and how long have you been here? Community brought me to the valley. I loved how much people cared, how everyone was encouraging and supportive, and how many different types of people call Carbondale home. I wanted to put down roots somewhere and [...]

1402, 2019

Rachel Hadley, Owner Manifest Communications, RFL Spark Program Director, & Board Member

By |February 14th, 2019|Categories: In the News|

What brought you to the Roaring Fork Valley and how long have you been here? The amazing mountain lifestyle. Moved here in 2010. What was your most interesting or unusual job? Picking apples at an orchard in New Zealand. Why did you apply to be in RFL? I am an entrepreneur so am always looking for ways to develop personally and professionally. How has RFL impacted your life? That’s a big question for it [...]

1102, 2019

Meg Plumb, RFL Academy 2019

By |February 11th, 2019|Categories: In the News|

Where are you originally from? Annapolis, Maryland What brought you to the Roaring Fork Valley and how long have you been here? My job with Design Workshop brought me to the valley and I’ve been here 3.5 years. What was your most interesting or unusual job? My most interesting job was working at Philmont Scout Ranch for 9 seasons. One summer I led a living history homesteading camp complete with an [...]

602, 2019

Kate Henion, RFL Academy 2019

By |February 6th, 2019|Categories: In the News|

Where are you originally from?  Beacon Falls, CT What brought you to the Roaring Fork Valley and how long have you been here? I’ve been here for 5 years. I came out to the Roaring Fork Valley immediately after finishing up undergrad to work for the Glenwood Adventure Company. What was your most interesting or unusual job? I worked for my uncle's auto and marine upholstery shop for one summer -- [...]

2901, 2019

Kim Wells, RFL Academy 2019

By |January 29th, 2019|Categories: In the News|

Where are you originally from? Denver. What brought you to the Roaring Fork Valley and how long have you been here? My husband was born and raised here and we moved here together in 2005 after college and a couple of years in Alaska. What was your most interesting or unusual job?  My most interesting job was working as a vet tech / veterinary assistant.  One particular case I helped [...]

2501, 2019

Katie Carlsen, RFL Mastermind Spring 2019

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: In the News|

Where are you originally from? Greenville, SC What brought you to the Roaring Fork Valley and how long have you been here? After dating long-distance, I moved to Carbondale to be with my now-husband.  I’ve lived here for just over a year.  What was your most interesting or unusual job? I worked on an organic farm as a field hand and then also helped my friend start her cold pressed juice [...]

2401, 2019

Alex Ewers, RFL Academy 2019

By |January 24th, 2019|Categories: In the News|

Where are you originally from? Tomball, Texas? What brought you to the Roaring Fork Valley and how long have you been here? Adventure of course. After starting my career in Houston, my wife and I were eager to get back to a place that allows us to do the things we enjoy. What was your most interesting or unusual job? I originally came to Colorado as a raft guide and one of my [...]

2101, 2019

Wendy Huber, RFL Academy 2019

By |January 21st, 2019|Categories: In the News|

Where are you originally from? I was born in Massachusetts but raised in Texas. What brought you to the Roaring Fork Valley and how long have you been here? Moved here in 2016 to serve as priest at St Barnabas Episcopal Church and added two additional churches: St Johns New Castle and All Saints Battlement Mesa. The mountains, the rivers, the trout, the snow, the community, the pizza, the sunshine, the pace, [...]

2101, 2019

Raquel Flinker, RFL Academy 2019

By |January 21st, 2019|Categories: In the News|

Where are you originally from? Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.   What brought you to the Roaring Fork Valley and how long have you been here? My now fiancé brought me to the Valley. I have been here for 2 and a half years What was your most interesting or unusual job? Building water cisterns in the arid northeast of Brazil. Why did you apply to be in RFL? Connect to [...]

2101, 2019

Paige Aube, RFL Academy 2019

By |January 21st, 2019|Categories: In the News|

Where are you originally from? Austin, Minn. What brought you to the Roaring Fork Valley and how long have you been here? I was offered employment opportunities with Aspen Valley Hospital, and had heard great things about this area. What was your most interesting or unusual job?My role now. It is very interesting and challenges me to grow. Why did you apply to be in RFL? To acquire the tools to overcome [...]

2412, 2018

Lawrence Bond, RFL Academy 2019

By |December 24th, 2018|Categories: In the News|

Where are you originally from?  Macon Georgia What brought you to the Roaring Fork Valley and how long have you been here?  I moved here to be a ski bum after college for a year. What was your most interesting or unusual job?  Working at RFTA certainly qualifies as Unusual. Why did you apply to be in RFL?  I had never been educated or practiced being a leader, and wanted to learn some best [...]

1712, 2018

Erin Earley, RFL Academy 2019

By |December 17th, 2018|Categories: In the News|

Where are you originally from? Connecticut and Maine. What brought you to the Roaring Fork Valley and how long have you been here? I've been spending summers in Colorado since I was 16 and always knew I wanted to live here. I officially moved here 12 years ago to work on a ranch and to help my sister raise her two kids. What was your most interesting or unusual job? I worked one summer as a carpenter's [...]

1312, 2018

Andrew Vick: The Myers Roberts Collective, Director of Marketing

By |December 13th, 2018|Categories: In the News|

Where are you originally from? Denver, CO What brought you to the Roaring Fork Valley and how long have you been here? I wanted to live in the mountains, avoid I-70, so moved up here in 2004. What was your most interesting or unusual job? Teaching Powder Pandas for 7 years after trying to sign my daughter up 2 months too late. Hadn't taught skiing before 😉 Why did you apply [...]

1012, 2018

John Stelzriede, RFL Academy 2019

By |December 10th, 2018|Categories: In the News|

Where are you originally from? Essentially Carbondale. I moved here in the 7th grade. What brought you to the Roaring Fork Valley? My father moved here to work for Colorado Mountain College. What was your most interesting or unusual job? I worked for Life Cycles in Carbondale putting together new bicycles.  Why did you apply to RFL? I participated in a similar leadership class in Glenwood Springs about 20 years ago. That was a great experience that gave [...]

2611, 2018

Kelly Brockett, RFL Academy 2019

By |November 26th, 2018|Categories: In the News|

Where are you originally from? Indiana. What brought you to the Roaring Fork Valley and how long have you been here? Came out to visit a friend and moved out a few months later. Have been here 10 and a half years now. What was your most interesting or unusual job? During college I worked in a factory during the summers. We made glass windshields for cars. It was good [...]

2111, 2018

Brian Westerlind, RFL Academy 2019

By |November 21st, 2018|Categories: In the News|

Where are you originally from? Born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley, 4th generation! My great grandpa came to Aspen and started Alpine Construction, ran by my grandfather for years. My grandmother ran Jills Carpets for years as well. What brought you to the Roaring Fork Valley and how long have you been here? After leaving to pursue medicine for a decade in Iowa, I returned to the Valley [...]

2011, 2018

Ben Anderson: City of Aspen Planner, Board Member

By |November 20th, 2018|Categories: In the News|

What brought you to the Roaring Fork Valley and how long have you been here? After a long career as a high school social studies teacher in Flagstaff, Arizona, I switched gears and went back to graduate school for a masters’ degree in urban planning.  A job with the City of Aspen materialized and we moved to the RFV in June of 2016. What was your most interesting or unusual job? [...]

1911, 2018

Karen McConnell, RFL Academy 2019

By |November 19th, 2018|Categories: In the News|

Where are you originally from? South central Kansas - three miles from the Oklahoma border. What brought you to the Roaring Fork Valley and how long have you been here? Love of the mountains, the climate, and great lifelong family friends. I have been in the valley for over 2o years. What was your most interesting or unusual job? I worked at a law office in Kansas where I was the [...]

1610, 2018

Bryan Ward: Entrepreneur, Coach, and Board Member

By |October 16th, 2018|Categories: In the News|

What brought you to the Roaring Fork Valley and how long have you been here? After spending 17 years’ flip-flopping back and forth between Boulder and London I was ready for a change so in April of 2017 I moved to Carbondale. What do you currently do professionally? My background is in IT but I’ve always been interested in entrepreneurism so when I moved to Carbondale and I started my [...]

102, 2018

Faces of Leadership: Tom Dodd, 2016 Colorado Principal of the Year

By |February 1st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

2016 Colorado Principal of the Year and 2017 National Principal of the Year Tom went through RFL, he was the vice principal of Aspen High School. He wanted to participate in RFL to get the opportunity to be able to get to know other class members with a similar commitment to improving the Aspen community and the greater Roaring Fork Valley. He left the Roaring Fork Valley in 2005 to [...]

2901, 2018

EverGreen ZeroWaste (owned by RFL Alumni Alyssa Reindel) named 2017 Carbondale Chamber Business of the Year

By |January 29th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

EverGreen ZeroWaste is grateful and honored to be named 2017 Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year! Congratulations also to Carbondale Clay Center, who won Non-Profit Chamber Business of the Year, and is also a composting EverGreen ZeroWaste! An enormous thank you to all the people and businesses that have supported their cause over the years and believe in their joint efforts in composting and more progressive waste diversion. They couldn't have done [...]

2401, 2018

RFL Alumni Sarah Johnson to Lead Colorado’s Environmental Education Professional Association

By |January 24th, 2018|Categories: In the News|

Johnson selected as new board president for Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education Denver, Colorado (January 23, 2018) - Sarah R. Johnson of Wild Rose Education in Carbondale, Colorado recently was selected by the nationally recognized Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education(CAEE) to serve as President of their Board of Directors. Johnson has served on the Board since 2015. CAEE is the professional association for environmental education in Colorado whose mission is to advance environmental education [...]

101, 2018

Kevin Jordan (RFL Alumni) provides one tip a day for the entire month of January. 

By |January 1st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM). As a member of the LSSM Leadership Team and an ambassador for skiing and snowboarding, Kevin Jordan (RFL Alumni) posted one tip a day for the entire month of January. Kevin Jordan is an Examiner with the Professional Ski Instructors of America-Rocky Mountain Division and writes for 32 Degrees: The Journal of Snowsports Instruction and the NSAA Journal. #rflleadingtheway Check out [...]

1411, 2017

Faces of Leadership – Geneva Moore

By |November 14th, 2017|Categories: In the News|

To the Top of Mt. Kilimanjaro Geneva Moore, Class of 2008, COO, Project Sanctuary Geneva (Templeton) Moore was inspired to participate in RFL by the positive impact it had on the lives of its participants and by her noticing how much more involved its participants were in the community. After her participation in RFL, she joined the boards of Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers and the Aspen Cycling Club. She has [...]

2109, 2017

5028 – Making a Longtime Dream a Reality

By |September 21st, 2017|Categories: In the News|

Angilina Taylor was part of the RFL graduating class of 2016. She joined RFL not quite knowing what to expect but knowing she had some lofty goals she wanted to reach and the program sounded like just the motivation she was looking for. Being new to the valley she entered the program with a few goals in mind, to make connections with fellow classmates both socially and professionally, expand her [...]

306, 2016

Congratulations, Dwayne Romero (RFL Class of 2000), joins the Aspen Board of Education!

By |June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Congratulations, Dwayne Romero (RFL Class of 2000), joins the Aspen Board of Education! Dwayne Romero will join the Aspen Board of Education as the fifth member in the wake of former board treasurer Bob Glah’s midterm resignation. The board came to its decision during a special board meeting Friday morning. On Thursday, the board conducted its final interview with the three prospective candidates during a Q&A panel. During the interview, [...]

205, 2016

Congratulations, Sam Meyer (RFL Class of 2014)! Promoted to Vice President

By |May 2nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Construction firm announces promotion Article date: Mar 29 2016 Sam Meyer has been promoted to vice president of the Grand Junction office for Shaw Construction and will be responsible for the overall leadership and direction of projects in Western Colorado. Meyer previously worked as a project manager and project executive and also managed the Wyoming branch for several years. He brings to his duties experience in commercial and civic projects as [...]

104, 2016

Congratulations! Jessica Garrow (RFL Class of 2009) named City of Aspen Director of Community Development Department

By |April 1st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

City Manager Steve Barwick didn’t have to look far to find the next director of the Community Development Department. Barwick announced Tuesday the promotion of long range planner Jessica Garrow, 33, to run the department, which includes the city’s building, historic preservation, and planning and zoning offices. The position attracted 40 applicants, leading to the selection of four finalists. Two of them, however, dropped out, leaving Garrow and Sheryl Bower, [...]

2803, 2016

Samuel Baucum (RFL Class of 2015) is now a Principal at Bluegreen

By |March 28th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Congratulations, Samuel Baucum (RFL Class of 2015) is now a Principal at Bluegreen. Since joining the studio in 2012, Sam’s detailed expertise and innovative design vision have contributed to the successful realization of numerous projects ranging from a high-end residential garden in Telluride to the successful remodel of Aspen’s Rubey Park Transit Center. From elegant details to technical ingenuity, Sam’s design work has, and continues to blur the boundaries of [...]

2403, 2016

RFL Coach & Alumni, Mary Russell, “dares greatly’ by diving into Italian forest preschool

By |March 24th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

A former Carbondale teacher is embarking on a new adventure in Italy — teaching at a forest preschool. Mary Russell, who taught science at Carbondale Middle School from 2007 to 2011, is now living in Rapallo, Italy, and spends all day outdoors teaching eight children from ages 3-5. “A forest preschool is a school that’s focused in the outdoors,” Russell said. “It’s about connecting children to nature and spending as [...]

1603, 2016

What do successful grads think you should study?

By |March 16th, 2016|Categories: University News|

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1503, 2016

Former student discusses success in the fashion industry

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: University News|

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1503, 2016

How do you best prepare for university?

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: University News|

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2902, 2016

Amber Daniel Wissing honored as 2015 Athena Young Professional

By |February 29th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Athena Young Professional Award was handed to active community volunteer and Glenwood native Amber Daniels Wissing. (RFL Class of 2016 Participant) “I don’t know that what I do is all that special, I’m just following in my father’s footsteps and owe a lot of what I learned to him,” Vanderhoof said of his dad, Glenwood Industrial/Independent Bank founder and former mayor Don Vanderhoof. Amber Daniels Wissing recently spearheaded a new [...]

2602, 2016

Weekly What If’s

By |February 26th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

What are the Weekly What If’s? FREE Short practical messages designed to inspire your actions around Healthy Living and Business Practices. They are originated and produced by 23 year veteran RFCCL speaker, trainer and facilitator Greg Cortopassi. Each week we post a 2 minute sound-byte distilled from Greg’s 35 years as a professional educator. Each message is designed to stimulate your thinking to activate Healthy Living and Conscious Leadership Practices. [...]

1801, 2016

Grand Ave. Sweets Selects Palm-Porter as “Sweet Person”

By |January 18th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Grand Ave. Sweets in Glenwood Springs and the Mammoth would like to recognize Andrea Palm-Porter as the Sweet Person for the month of January. Listen now.  “It is really cool to be the Sweet Person of the Month,” Palm-Porter said. Andrea is the Executive Director of Roaring Fork Leadership and was nominated by Marianne Virgili of the Glenwood Springs Chamber and Resort Association. “I think she is an extremely exuberant [...]

610, 2015

RFL Alumni and Author, Evan Zislis, kicks off ClutterFree Revolution Book Tour – October 14

By |October 6th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

RFCCL (Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership) is recognizing its alumni on October 14th, hosted by Duncan Clauss (RFL Class of 2011) at Aspen Brewing Company from 5:30P til 7P. Evan Zislis (RFL Class of 2014 and author), kicks off his book tour "ClutterFree Revolution," will be speaking and available to autograph his new print edition book. Event sponsored by: The City of Aspen, Barry Crook, Aspen Words, and Moms [...]

909, 2015

Congratulations Dana Wood (RFL Alumni) for being elected to Rifle City Council!

By |September 9th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

Candidates elected to the council include: Annick Pruett, Joe Elliott, Ed Green, Theresa Hamilton and Dana Wood. The election could be historic in that it will be the first time in the city’s history that four women will serve on council at the same time — a point that Wood noted. “It’s an exciting day,” she said. Read more.

309, 2015

Alyssa Reindel (RFL Class of 2015) makes Motherlode Zero Waste!

By |September 3rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

 Motherlode has hired Alyssa Reindel (RFL Class of 2015 Graduate) of Evergreen Events to make sure they comply with the zero waste initiatives. “Setting this up, you are honoring the host city but also you are encouraging people to take this home with them,” said Alyssa Reindel.  “So hopefully it’s the ripple effect that spreads.” Read More from aspenpublicradio.org

1808, 2015

Genna Moe​, RFL Class of 2015 Graduate, new executive director of The Wyly Art Center

By |August 18th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Wyly Art Center in Basalt has hired Genna Moe as its new executive director, the nonprofit announced Monday. Moe replaces Kelly Alford, who has left to concentrate on her graphic-design business, at the helm of the nonprofit. Moe was selected through a national search conducted by the Wyly’s board of directors and the Aspen Leadership Group. She is leaving her post as audience services manager at the Wheeler Opera [...]

1407, 2015

Submit your Civic Project Idea Today!

By |July 14th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

Each year the class is divided into 5-6 teams, and each team takes on a civic project. The purpose of these projects are: To provide a laboratory for participants to practice new ways of being a leader and gain insights on the impact they have on a team and other participants, and take-on person goals of leadership transformation To develop a sense of personal efficacy – “I can change things” [...]

306, 2015

Bert Myrin wins council runoff in ‘an avalanche’

By |June 3rd, 2015|Categories: In the News|

by Madeleine Osberger, Special to the Aspen Daily News Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Printer-friendly version Email this Story Myrin’s 65.6 percent of vote hands Ireland his first electoral loss Bert Myrin is the newest member of Aspen City Council, after handily winning Tuesday’s runoff election with more than 65 percent of the vote. Myrin bested former mayor Mick Ireland, 1,305 to 684, according to results provided by city clerk Linda [...]

1505, 2015

Garfield County awards RFL $10,000

By |May 15th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

Garfield County awarded RFL $10,000 towards it's 2015/2016 program. Funds were requested to help with: Scholarship Fund Enhance our Community Confluence program (build out the web portal needed to “match the volunteer with the volunteer opportunity”) Create/implement a sustainable alumni civic discourse (CoLab) program or (speaker fees, venue, lodging, food for participants, administrative time, marketing) Provide Emotional Intelligence Assessments (EQi) to current program participants and expand that to the Board [...]

104, 2015

Accepting Application for the Class of 2016 – Deadline May 31, 2015

By |April 1st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

It is more critical than ever to have the skills you need to be an effective leader- whether it be at work, home or in the community.  Roaring Fork Leadership provides you access to skills that employers are looking for: critical thinking, collaboration, and engaging diverse perspectives. Click on Apply Now for details.  Also, check out what our graduates say about the program by clicking on About Us. Roaring Fork Leadership provides [...]

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