Meet the Leaders of RFL Academy 2022

2021-09-11T13:33:07-06:00

Adriano Minniti

Assistant Sergeant with Aspen Police Department Adriano graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Adventure Education from Prescott College and now uses it to help facilitate the climbing program for the Aspen Middle School 8th Grade Outdoor Education program! He joined RFL to improve his leadership skills as he [...]

2021-09-11T13:39:03-06:00

Annie Pool

Financial Analyst with the City of Aspen Annie was born and raised in Aspen and has long enjoyed the plethora of outdoor activities the Roaring Fork Valley has to offer, especially hiking and mountain biking. At the same time, she loves traveling and experiencing new places and cultures. Annie [...]

2021-09-28T12:02:50-06:00

Becca Holland

Associate Social Media Director with Backbone Media Becca grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley and graduated from Basalt High School. Her involvement in the community has encompassed everything from volunteering with groups like Girl Scouts and the National Honor Society to coaching a youth soccer team. She is [...]

2021-09-28T12:33:04-06:00

Benjamin Niefeld

Project Manager, Landscape Architect with Design Workshop, Inc. Benjamin graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelors's Degree in Landscape Architecture. He is passionate about nature, design, construction, and people. He's been heavily involved with the American Society of Landscape Architects, taking on leadership positions within the Section and [...]

2021-09-28T16:55:27-06:00

Cathey Massey

Contract Manager with Medtronic Cathey grew up in Colorado and got her MBA at the University of Pheonix. She has been involved with Medtronic ASPIRE , a women in leadership program, for 6 years (serving as the Vice-Chair and Chair). She's been nominated twice for Women in Leadership! Cathey [...]

2021-09-13T12:43:14-06:00

Cole Langford

Utility Billing Supervisor with City of Aspen Cole received a degree in Economics from Colorado State University. He loves spending his time outdoors, specifically moving quickly through the mountains (cycling, mountain biking, and skiing are his top 3 sports). He is most excited to seek growth that's applicable to [...]

2021-09-13T12:58:03-06:00

Debra Bullock

Property Manager with The Romero Group Debra has a degree in Retail Management and has also received her certification as an Expanded Duties Dental Assistant and as a Personal Fitness Trainer and Nutritional Specialist. She enjoys many outdoor sports (like rafting and snowshoeing) and is passionate about personal development [...]

2021-09-28T17:14:10-06:00

Drew Slocum

Director of Development with Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation Drew attended the University of Georgia, graduating with a degree in Finance. Not long after joining the workforce, he was one of the youngest designees (at 28) in the country that held a CFP designation. Before moving to Colorado, he was [...]

2021-09-13T15:01:51-06:00

Feras Abdallah

Property Manager/Landscape Architect with Design Workshop Feras attended Ohio State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. He was the class representative and commencement speaker, and also received awards for digital innovation and leadership. His hobbies include plant/animal/fungi lover, digital illustration, ecological resilience, and more. He [...]

2021-09-15T17:01:20-06:00

Ignacio Murillo

Maintenance Supervisor with The Romero Group Ignacio has lived in the valley for 39 years. He became interested in RFL Academy in order to become a better leader. He's most interested in developing his communication and speaking skills, as well as learn decision-making techniques. In his free time, Ignacio enjoys [...]

2021-09-15T17:03:02-06:00

Jeffrey Barnhill

Planner I with City of Aspen  Jeffrey received a master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University. He recognizes that his career and professional life are just at the beginning and is interested in establishing a strong foundation to grow. That's why he became interested in RFL, [...]

2021-09-15T17:15:29-06:00

Jessa Lee Stover

Sales Manager with East West Hospitality  Jessa graduated from Enerun Colleges in Manila, Phillippines with a Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management specializing in Hotel Adminstration. She enjoys songwriting and is passionate about music and art. She partners with an organization in Manila that facilitates campus outreach and [...]

2021-09-27T20:24:59-06:00

K. Darling

Volunteer with The Orchard K. Darling has volunteered with many schools throughout the Valley as a 4-H leader, assistant leader, and as a speaker, presenting on anti-bullying and giving inspirational talks about overcoming adversity. K. Darling joined RFL so that she could improve her self-confidence when [...]

2021-09-15T17:24:23-06:00

Katie Ralston

Development Manager with Aspen Music Festival and School Katie is a professional violinist and violin teacher in the Roaring Fork Valley through the Aspen Music Festival and School's Beginning Strings program and the Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra. She is also an avid marathoner and trail runner. After talking with [...]

2021-09-17T15:33:23-06:00

Keli Kirkpatrick

Child Welfare Supervisor with Pitkin County Adult and Family Services Keli attended CU-Boulder for her undergraduate degree and Adams State University for her Master's degree in Counseling. Professionally, she enjoys working with complicated family systems as a child welfare supervisor and holding group meetings. In her free time, Keli [...]

2021-09-15T17:40:56-06:00

Kent Wilson

Senior Vice President with Alpine Bank Kent went to Glenwood Springs High School, the University of Northern Colorado, and graduated with honors from the Graduate School of Banking at CU Boulder. He is on the board of LIFT-UP, Habitat for Humanity, Take a Minute, and Red Mountain Cross. He [...]

2021-09-17T15:32:09-06:00

Maggie McHugh

Design Engineer with Roaring Fork Engineering Maggie received her Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado - Boulder with a research focus in environmental fluid mechanics. She is an outdoor enthusiast and also enjoys volunteering for small community events. Maggie is always looking for ways [...]

2021-09-17T13:56:31-06:00

Maria Duenas

Food Coordinator with Valley View Hospital Maria loves being a part of the community and finds meaning in helping others. She became interested in RFL Academy as a way to learn and grow as a leader and is particularly interested in learning the values of being a great leader, [...]

2021-09-11T13:21:24-06:00

Maribel Obreque

Business Manager with The Arc of the Central Mountains Maribel grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley and is currently pursuing a business degree with an emphasis in nonprofit management. She has been appointed by Governor Polis to the Board of Directors of the Colorado Charter School Institute. [...]

2021-09-17T14:22:57-06:00

Mark Loertscher

Facilities with Pitkin County Airport Mark is a 3-time state champion for wrestling and went on one year to win the national championship. From there he was then selected, and participated, in the World Wrestling Championship in Mexico. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, and mechanics. He is a volunteer [...]

2021-09-17T14:30:21-06:00

Meg Kernahan

Senior Affiliate Manager with Backbone Media Meg attended the University of Washington in Seattle where she studied Environmental Science. She moved to Carbondale after living in New Zealand for 10 months and traveling to Southeast Asia.  meg first learned about RFL Academy from alumni coworkers who raved about the [...]

2021-09-17T15:30:58-06:00

Michael Braudis

Aspen-Sopris Ranger with USDA Forest Service Michael studied Environmental Education at Unity College and went on to work with the Forest Service. It was there he received professional recognition for his work mitigating the impacts of the Mountain Bark Beetle Epidemic - he enjoys seeing the fruits of his [...]

2021-09-17T15:07:30-06:00

Michael Whiddon

Accounting Manager with Holy Cross Energy Michael received his MBA from the University of Phoenix. He volunteers as a treasurer for a local charity and recently began facilitating a high school scholarship program. Michael became interested in RFL Academy as a way to better himself so that he can [...]

2021-09-17T15:29:47-06:00

Pamela Brigham

Senior Association Accountant with The Romero Group Pamela has a Bachelor's in Business Administration and a Colorado real estate license. She moved to Aspen, from Brazil, for the outdoors and for a better, healthier quality of life. She is looking forward to embracing new challenges and opportunities. Her co-workers [...]

2021-09-17T15:23:19-06:00

Rachel Schmidt

Program Coordinator and Marketing Associate with English in Action Rachel graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Textile & Apparel Design. She enjoys ultimate frisbee, skiing, hiking, and other outdoor pursuits. She is also a volunteer for English in Action.  Rachel is looking forward to meeting [...]

2021-09-17T15:44:09-06:00

Renee Espinoza

Business Support Technician with City of Aspen Renee graduated from Aspen High School and attended CU-Boulder for Hospitality Management and Tourism. She enjoys hiking, long walks with her baby, camping, and road-tripping. She has recently been helping as a translator for many of the municipalities in the valley to [...]

2021-09-13T12:44:54-06:00

Rochelle Norwood

Co-Owner and GM at The Redstone General Store Rochelle is passionate about leadership and became interested in RFL so that she could step more into her natural leadership role. She is most looking forward to gaining work/life balance and being able to promote wellbeing, cohesion, and motivation in [...]

2021-09-13T14:37:46-06:00

Ross Valentino

Airport Operations Security Supervisor with Pitkin County Ross graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He enjoyed fly fishing, rowing, hiking, exploring new areas, and learning new skills. Ross is interested in participating in RFL Academy to learn from other local leaders and develop [...]

2021-09-17T15:51:26-06:00

Sabrina van Doorn

Assistant General Manager with Aspen Alps Sabrina has a Dental Hygiene Bachelor's Degree and a Hospitality Management Degree. She enjoys biking, skiing, baking, and hanging out with her kids. She was a part of her companies Health Link and enjoyed learning how to help employees with their wellness. At [...]

2021-09-18T11:47:11-06:00

Sandra Centofante

Economic Assistance Supervisor with Pitkin County Human Services Sandra attended Colorado Mountain College and has spent time volunteering for 9 Health Fair with Valley View Hospital and has assisted with several coat drives in the valley. Sandra first became interested in RFL Academy after noticing her fellow colleagues, that [...]

2021-09-18T12:03:42-06:00

Taylor Miller

Marketing/Experience Coordinator with Koru Ltd Taylor received her BA from Colorado Mountain College in Sustainability Studies and spends each summer volunteering with Mountain Fair. She enjoys many outdoor activities (such as skiing, river SUP, and hiking) and is passionate about showing up for the people in her life. Taylor [...]

2021-09-18T12:16:59-06:00

Tracy Forristall

Seniors District Tax Accountant with The Romero Group Tracy grew up on a wheat farm and drove a tractor. She then went on to receive her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, CPA. Now, she is a Mom & Grandmother and enjoys pilates, road biking, [...]

2021-09-18T12:25:02-06:00

Tyler Yocum

Airport Operations Security Supervisor with Aspen/Pitkin County Airport Tyler went to the Metropolitan State University of Denver and received a degree in Aerospace Operations with a focus on Airport Management. He enjoys backpacking, climbing, traveling, and paddleboarding. Tyler became interested in RFL Academy so that he could develop professional [...]

2021-09-18T12:31:51-06:00

Will Meyer

Project Engineer with Shaw Construction Will attended the University of San Diego and received his degree in Mechanical Engineering. He enjoys mountaineering, tennis, the outdoors, card games, and more. The Civic Project portion of RFL Academy is what drew Will to the program. He is eager to engage with [...]

2021-09-18T12:37:24-06:00

Zeph Williams

Construction Manager with Koru Ltd Zeph went to Grand Junction High School and began working for a General Contracting firm shortly after. He loves backpacking, rafting, skateboarding with his dog, hiking with his family, and practicing sign language with his daughter. He is a volunteer board member for the [...]