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 Carbondale had been calling my name for a long time, and I finally made the move.

What was your most interesting or unusual job? My most interesting job was an Internship I did in Santiago, Chile as the Marketing Assisstant for Santiago Adventures. I also had the opportunity during this job to write a business plan for a snowcat skiing and mountain biking lodge in the Andes. Designing, building and launching a snowcat skiing/mountain biking adventure eco-lodge is a dream and goal of mine, and I hope to bring it to fruition in the near future.

Why did you apply to be in RFL? I applied to RFL because I wanted to challenge myself, be more active in my community, and learn more effectively how to work with members of my community to create impactful, lasting positive change.

What is your definition of success? Success to me means being accountable to yourself, your community, and achieving your personal goals, whatever they may be.

What are you most proud of in the last year? My forward motion on my plan to get an ecolodge off the ground, coalescing a team around that vision, developing a business plan and pitch deck for investors and being ready to present to investors when that day arrives. I have developed a plan to build one here in the valley, and feel I am nearing finding and securing partnership with investors to bring it to reality. If there is anyone who would like to learn more, please reach out to me.

What do regret not doing in the last year? Turning down a multi-day rafting trip down the Rogue River with some friends last September.

What’s something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before? A multi-day hut to hut, hut trips through the Elk or Sawatch Ranges with a group of friends.

Anything you would like to share so far about your RFL experience? It has been great. The new friends I have made, the expansion of my network in the valley, the support I feel in the program and the positive impact it has had on my life. It has challenged me to be a leader, expanded my capabilities as an organizer and increased my awareness of the need to give back to the communities that support us.

What’s the best advice you ever heard? Respond, don’t react.