Meet the Leaders of RFL Academy 2021


Amy Schuster

Program Assistant and Secretary of Board with Valley Life for All; part-time Floral Clerk at City Market Amy graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a degree in sociology and a minor in social work. Amy has recently enjoyed volunteering at the Commons of Hilltop assisted living facility in Grand [...]


Andrew Treat

Andrew Treat is the Aircraft Rescue Captain at the Sardy Field Fire Department at Aspen/Pitkin County Airport. Andrew graduated from East Greenwich High School in 2007 and has attended the Rhode Island Fire Academy.  He has been in the fire service since he was 18 years old and has [...]


Ben West

Associate Broker with Integrated Mountain Properties.  Ben graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies. Ben is currently on the Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Glenwood Springs, a position that he started earlier this year.  Ben is excited to integrate [...]


Chris Betts

Project Manager; Shaw Construction Chris graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a degree in Construction Management.  Chris has been an active member of the Associated Builders and Contractors in Colorado which participates in numerous community improvement programs.  RFL appealed to Chris because he has a constant [...]


David Schnieder

David Schneider is the Operations Manager for the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport.  David graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Public Policy and Public Service – Emergency Management and Homeland Security.  David has always been interested in finding ways each day to be better than he was the [...]


Emily Borkovec

Physician Assistant with Mountain Family Health Centers in Basalt Born and raised in rural Iowa.  Emily graduated from Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN in 2009 with a B.S. in Biology and Clinical Laboratory Science.  Obtained Physician Assistant training/certificate at Red Rocks Community College along with a Master of [...]


Eric Mitchell

Restaurant Manager for Aspen Skiing Company Eric Mitchell has enjoyed leadership opportunities throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Prior to operating on-mountain restaurants for the Aspen Skiing Company, he was Director/General Manager for True Nature Healing Arts and General Manager of Phat Thai. Eric earned his Bachelor of Science in [...]


Gardner Morrow

Rental/Retail General Manager Highlands & Buttermilk with Aspen Skiing Company. Gardner received a degree in Sociology from Colorado State University. He spends most of his spare time mountain biking, doing trail work with RFMBA and coaching youth soccer. RFL intrigued Gardner as a way to improve himself and continue [...]


Greg Boyd

Airport Facilities Manager, Pitkin County Airport Greg graduated from LoEllen Park Secondary School and attended Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology with a degree in Business Administration/Marketing and Environmental Protection Technologies.  I am interested in RFL to broaden my skill sets as a Leader in my organization and [...]


Hank Hays

Senior Property Manager with The Romero Group Hank graduated from New England College in New Hampshire with a degree in Business. He enjoys coaching for the Basalt Middle School basketball and baseball teams.  Hank is looking forward to improving his communication skills which is why Roaring Fork Leadership interested [...]


Jason Winokur

 Director of Programs & Operations at the Aspen Science Center Before relocating to the Roaring Fork Valley Jason was a professional scientist at the University of Colorado Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research for 7 years, investigating greenhouse gases in modern climate change. Prior to his professional research career, [...]


Jennifer Diamond

Dispatch Supervisor with the Pitkin County Regional Emergency Dispatch Center Jennifer graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Northern Colorado. Retired Deputy Coroner from Pitkin County.  Jennifer enjoys doing community outreach to elementary children educating them on what to expect should they ever have [...]


Jennifer Mitchley

Procurement and Accounting Specialist at Aspen Airport in Pitkin County Jennifer graduated with a degree in Business Management in California with a strong emphasis in Accounting. Jennifer does not currently participate in any programs or volunteering, but as time affords, integrating herself into the community is a goal. Roaring [...]


Jessica Gracia

Electrical Engineer with KLOK Group Jessica graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with degrees in Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering. Jessica moved to the Roaring Fork Valley with her partner and two young children in the Fall of 2019. Jessica recently completed the training to become a [...]


Jonathan Feldman

Assistant Vice President – Alpine Bank Jonathan graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Finance. He stands as a Board Member for Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, Pitkin County Finance Committee, and Pitkin County Election Commission.  Many people have told me that RFL is a very rewarding experience [...]


Josh Axler

Josh Axler is the General Manager at Ragged Mountain Sports in Carbondale He Has been in the Roaring Fork Valley since 2014. Josh grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona where he took a less traditional route through high school. Through an online homeschooling program, two Outward Bound Courses, and some [...]


Julie Gillespie

Senior Operations Assistant for the City of Aspen Being employed through the City of Aspen has allowed me to become more involved with community-based events, the most recent being the 5 month Citizen’s Academy program that is offered. As a staff member with the City, this program allowed me [...]


Kristina Johnson

Communications Supervisor at Holy Cross Energy Kirsten attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado with a B.S. Degree in Journalism, Specialty in Advertising and Art History. She volunteers with Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, Eagle, Colorado As an avid horse lover (but never having the means to actually own and [...]


Liesel Hadfield

Supervisor for the Pitkin County Regional Emergency Dispatch Center Liesel graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in International Business and Spanish. She is intertwined in the running an outdoor community as well as public safety in this valley; you’ll often find her volunteering for races and other outdoor [...]


Mackenzie Carroll

PR Director at rygr (Carbondale-based PR agency rooted in the outdoor and active lifestyle industries). She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a B.S. in news-editorial journalism in 2011 and moved to Aspen in 2014. Mackenzie served on the Spring Board from 2017-2019 and is eager to [...]


Michael Koscielski

Operational Leader with Bedrock Financial Health Michael graduated in 2011 from the University of Dayton with degrees in Economics and Finance. He enjoys volunteering in the recovery community, including organizing events and sharing information with those in need. After watching the profound impact RFL had on someone in his [...]


Michelle Skagen

Youth Coordinator at the Aspen Chapel and contract educator for World Leadership School. Michelle studied Sociology at the University of Colorado in Boulder, then obtained a post-graduate degree in Social Studies Education through the Roaring Fork Teacher Education Project, which was a CU-Boulder education program that examined social justice [...]


Misty Richardson

Senior Controller at The Romero Group Misty graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Psychology, and from Colorado Mountain College with a degree in Business Administration. Roaring Fork Leadership is appealing to Misty for personal growth and development. Misty is looking forward to gaining valuable [...]


Ritchie Zah

Detective with Aspen Police Ritchie graduated from the Juilliard School with his Bachelor’s and Masters in Violin Performance. Ritchie is a volunteer firefighter with the Aspen Fire Protection District. Ritchie was interested in RFL because of its inspirations and local ties within our community. Ritchie is looking forward to [...]


Tyler Newton

Implementation Coordinator at PubWorks/Tracker Software Corp. Tyler graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Economics. A Carbondale native, serves on the Snowmass Village Community Outreach Board and has served as Board President of the Aspen Cycling Club (2016-2018). Wanting to continue his personal and professional growth is [...]


Zach Wilcher

Police Officer with Snowmass Village Police Department Zach graduated from the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy in May of 2017. Zach enjoys mountaineering, rock climbing, and rafting. Wanting to take his career to new heights and aiming to better himself in general, Roaring Fork Leadership was an opportunity that [...]