Please tell us a little bit about yourself:
I have lived in the Eagle River Valley since 1993 and have been an Avon resident since 1998. I am married to my best friend Amber and we have a son Henry (age 17). I have worked in the financial services industry for nearly 30 years and earned an MBA from the University of Denver. I am a former Avon Town Council member and have served our community in elected and appointed boards for over two decades.
Why do you want to join the ECPS Board of Directors?
I want to join as I bring a unique perspective to ECPS as a non-medical professional. Recruiting efforts for ECPS first responders has become increasingly difficult due to the ongoing housing challenges and shortages most business face here in Eagle County. Our vitally important ambulance district professionals are not immune to these housing challenges. If we intend to employ well qualified first responders and allow them to build a career and family in Eagle County, we need to immediately address these critical housing issues Addressing housing issues and promoting EMS as a career is a priority of mine. I am also interested in ensuring our ambulance district remains financially healthy while at the same time continues to maintain and grow the community paramedic program despite insurance reimbursement challenges.
What are some of your prior board leadership experiences?
I have a strong record of board governance and experiences. In December, I wrapped up eight years of public service as an elected Council Member on Avon’s Town Council. Prior to my two terms on Avon Town Council, I served on Avon’s Planning and Zoning commission for seven years. As an affordable housing advocate, I served on the Home Buyers Assistance Committee which supports the Eagle County Loan Fund. I have also served on the Eagle County Economic Advisory Council, was on Avon’s Finance and Health/Recreation committees and have served on the Vail Realtor Board, a pre-school Board and HOA Board. These experiences have given me firsthand knowledge and ideas to contribute to the ECPS Board on day one.
What skills, connections, resources and expertise do you have to offer to our organization?
I have a unique skillset and background to contribute to the organization. I bring a combination of financial expertise, government finance and housing policy experience. As a banker with three decades of experience, I bring my financial acumen to the table. I have a proven ability to work with key partners such as the Eagle County Commissioners and other elected government boards in the county and can further enhance those partnerships and bring forth new strategies.
I have a strong sense for fiscal stewardship of your tax dollars, have a pragmatic approach, and will focus on the long-term viability of the ambulance district. I strongly believe in engaging in robust, respectful conversations, increasing transparency, a public process, and being a guardian of your taxpayer dollars.
My goal is to ensure our ambulance district will be well run and continue to be a desirable place to work. Serving on any board can be challenging and our community deserves leadership with diversified experience and the ability to understand the complex budget, business and legal issues. I bring all of those skills. I humbly ask for your support and vote on May 2.
What are your hobbies and interests?
I spend my free time in the outdoors mountain biking, hiking, and skiing. I also volunteer every year for the Birds of Prey/Downhill on Talon Crew.