2021-2022 Board of Directors

Leslie Knutson

Board Chair

Serving since 2010

Leslie Knutson moved to Steamboat in 1982 and began a long career in Resort Property Management.  She is currently the co-founder and CEO of a business that has licensed patents to remediate and recycle coal combustion by-products. She has served as Chair of the Development Committee for 7 years, serves on the Executive Committee and Community Benefit Task Force.

Leslie enjoys traveling, water skiing, and backcountry skiing with friends and her dog Zoe. She has a very active 19-year old who attends UND and enjoys all things outdoors and hockey.

Marsh Gooding

Chair-Elect

Serving since 2017

Marsh was fortunate enough to grow up in Steamboat where he spent most of his time at Howelsen Hill. He has served on the Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation Board since 2017,  is chair of the Finance & Audit Committee, and serves on the Executive Committee.

When he’s not working as Director of Business Development at Zola Windows you can find him in the backcountry bowhunting elk or skiing with his lovely wife and two daughters.

 

Alice Klauzer

Secretary

Serving since 2007

Alice is well known from her role as vice president of business and community development at Alpine Bank from which she retired in July of 2020.  She continues to be active in the community and serves on the Foundation Board as Secretary as is a member of both Development and Executive Committees.

She enjoys spending time with her husband Randall and her dogs Emmy and Zoey.

Bere NeasBere Neas

Treasurer

Serving since 2013

Born and bred in Steamboat, Bere worked in banking for 30 plus years, before continuing his parents’ legacy at the hospital by serving on the board of the  Foundation since 2013 where he also currently serves as Board Treasurer. His father (Irlan) was a Trustee of the hospital for approximately 29 yrs. and his mother (Jean) was a volunteer for over 40 yrs.

He enjoys fly fishing, archery hunting and spending time with his wife Donna.

Steve Sehnert

Past Chair

Serving since 2013

Steve is a retired CFO who moved to Steamboat Springs in 2013 with his wife Carol to be with his daughter and her family here. He has been on the Foundation Board for 7 years and recently completed his two-year term as Board Chair.  He is also a member of the Executive Committee. He enjoys golf and skiing and has served as President of the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs and for the Tree Haus Homeowner’s Association.

He keeps busy living the dream here in Steamboat!

Brad Meeks

Serving since 2015

Dr. Meeks has been in Steamboat Springs since 2011 when he became the superintendent of the Steamboat Springs School District Re-2. He has assumed several leadership roles in the state, including serving on the board of the Colorado Association of Superintendents and Senior Administrators and previously on the Colorado High School Activities Association Advisory Committee. He has also served as the Colorado representative on the governing board of the American Association of School Administrators and was an active coach to middle and high school athletes for football, basketball, and track & field. In the local Steamboat Springs community, he currently serves on the boards of both the Steamboat Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation.

Les WoonogLes Wong

Serving since 2018

Les spent almost 30 years in Operation management roles with major corporations, including AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Cadbury’s, and VF Corp/Smartwool. During the last few years, Les had the opportunity to focus his efforts on serving the Routt County community through work in a non-profit organization and serving on local boards, including his current role on the Foundation Board.

Les and his wife Cindy raised two children in the Steamboat community and enjoy visiting them in their new homes on the West & East coasts. They both enjoy the beautiful outdoors and local activities that are available to all of us in the Yampa Valley.

 

Jim Moylan

Serving since 2011

After moving to Steamboat Springs from Chicago in 2003, Jim became a vital part of the community. When not practicing Securities and Commodity Futures Litigation, he serves on a variety of local Boards and Committees. He is a member of the Foundation Board where he currently serves as Chair for the Governance and Nominating Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee.

Mark Fitzgerald

Serving since 2018

Mark moved to Steamboat Springs with his wife Dana (Pediatrics of Steamboat Springs) in 2006, working remotely for IBM before moving onto Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation for 5 years. He also founded, ran, and sold his interest in Butcherknife Brewing Company. He currently serves on the Development Committee, is Chair of the YVMC Community Benefit Task Force, and serves on the Executive Committee.

He and Dana have two children, Caroline and James both born in Steamboat and taking advantage of the wonderful public school system and community activities.

Jim MoylanKathy Elliott

Serving since 2017

Kathy has been in Steamboat for 27 years and is raising 2 active kids with her husband Brian. Kathy has spent her entire career in the skiing industry with Christy Sports. She has served on the Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundations board since 2017 and is Chair of the Foundations Development Committee.

When not working or with her family, look for Kathy on the running trails, on the ski slopes or cruising Routt County on her road bike.

Brett Allison

Serving since 2018

After spending 26 years in the Denver area, Brett and his wife Joanna moved to Steamboat for the quality of life it provides. They opened the Allison Agency LLC – Allstate Insurance in town in July of 2017 and Brett opened a second office, Goosehead Insurance, in December of 2020.

He is the proud father of two children, Connor and Elizabeth, who live in the Front Range. Brett currently serves on the board of the Foundation as well as its Development Committee.  He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs board and is the President of his homeowners association.

Kelly Latterman

Serving since 2018

Kelly Latterman serves as District Director for Routt County at Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain.  In addition to her role with Junior Achievement, she enjoys her work as President of the Steamboat Springs Board of Education, volunteering with Howelsen Hill Ski Patrol, and as a Director with the Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation. She also resides on the board of Trustees for YVMC.  Her passion for health care services stems from her own childhood experience as a trauma patient. She advocates for access to the hospital’s high-quality community health services because, without local life-saving services, she would not be here to serve her community today.

Heidi Mendisco

Serving since 2021

Heidi is a Wyoming native who relocated to Hayden in December 2016 from Denver with her husband and three children. Heidi has a passion for working in the disabilities field. After relocating, Heidi worked with LiftUp of Routt County and then joined Yampa Valley Autism as the Operations Director. Heidi sits on the Horizons Human Rights Committee ensuring the rights of the individuals in services are upheld. She is also the President of the West Routt Housing Authority Board in Hayden and worked to develop the Hayden School Initiative which is a local parent support group within the Hayden School District.

When she is not volunteering she enjoys spending time on their hobby farm with her husband and children.

Kara Stoller

Serving since 2021

Kara Stoller serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center. Kara is currently the Chief Executive Officer for the Steamboat Springs Chamber.  In addition to her commitment to UCHealth, Kara also serves as a member of Ski Town USA Rotary, Northwest Colorado Broadband board member, First Impression Council member, Steamboat Mountain Village board member, and Women United member.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from West Virginia University.

Geoff Petis

Serving since 2021

Geoff has been actively involved in the Steamboat volunteer community since moving here in 2014. He has served as the president/chairperson of the Young Professionals Network, Lions Club, the Northwestern Colorado Bar Association, Petis Law Community Foundation, and the Steamboat Springs Chamber.

When he’s not volunteering, you can find him helping people buy and sell their real estate dreams; traveling with his lovely wife, Lisel; or chasing around his energetic toddler, Penelope.

Erica SiemersErica Siemers

Regional Executive Director – UCHealth Foundations

Erica is a Pennsylvania native who came west to attend Colorado College—and never left. She loves traveling and exploring the outdoors on foot and by bike. When not otherwise in motion, you can find her watching a movie or reading about science or history. She shares her home with husband Art and Labradoodle brothers Barley and Cody.

Karen Schneider

Executive Director

Serving since 2011

Karen moved to Steamboat from Manhattan in early 2000 to fulfill her lifelong dream of living in a ski resort. She is a perfect example of the Yampa Valley Curse as she visited here several times throughout her life and loved not only the mountain, but the community. She worked for Ski Corp in various roles for 16 years with her most recent position as the Director of Sales for Resort and Hotel. She has been on several local boards and served on the Foundation Board for four years prior to accepting the position as Executive Director in November of 2016.

Karen is married to Jim and they have a daughter, Emily. The family loves to ski, sail, travel and spend time with family and friends.

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