President’s Advisory Council
A bold-thinking group of strategic advisors committed to guiding Colorado Mountain College to even greater heights
The Colorado Mountain College President’s Advisory Council is a national group of volunteer advisors with distinguished and diverse backgrounds. While the President’s Advisory Council has no formal authority, members are nominated and selected based on their ability to offer counsel, generate big ideas, and extend influence, connections, strategic thinking, resources, and passion to support the college and its president.
The council meets annually at a CMC location and occasionally by conference or video call. Periodic meetings with the CMC president may also be arranged as needed and desired.
Former CMC Foundation Board Member and the late Carbondale philanthropist Jim Calaway founded the CMC President’s Advisory Council (previously called the Board of Overseers). His vision was to launch and sustain a prominent, selective, and influential group of strategic advisors who care about and support CMC’s mission, and to establish a thought-provoking, dynamic forum to help guide the college and advance its innovation and excellence.
Bruce Allbright is the founder of Fresno, California-based Allbright Cotton and the managing partner of Jacalitos Pistachios in Coalinga, California, along with numerous other business and investment interests across the nation.
He and his wife Leslie have five children—four boys who live in California and a daughter currently deployed in the Middle East—and have lived in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, since semi-retiring in 2010.
Allbright has served on numerous not-for-profit boards and professional boards in Fresno, California and Steamboat Springs, including serving as chair of Valley Children’s Hospital (California) and the Fresno Art Museum. He has recently ended his term on the board of Colorado Mountain College Foundation, where he served as Treasurer. CMC Steamboat’s Allbright Auditorium is named in recognition of their family support.
The Allbrights have a deep interest in U.S. and world history, and enjoy children, fly fishing, skiing, dogs, horses, travel, philanthropy, and aviation.
Enis Alldredge Jr. is a retired senior vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. During the last 20 years of his career, he led the payments system division and was responsible for payment activities in the seven-state 10th Federal Reserve District. Prior to his last assignment, he was the managing officer of the Denver office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
During his career, he participated in many Federal Reserve system activities, including being chosen to lecture to managers at the People’s Bank of China. As a member of the bank’s management committee, he interacted with many private sector directors from a wide range of industries and occupations during his career.
Enis is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. He also completed the Executive Program in Organizational Change at Stanford University. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, he spent five years as an officer in the U.S. Army, including an assignment in Korea. In Kansas City, he served as president of Inroads, Inc., a minority development organization, and served on its national board. He also served as president of the American Institute of Banking.
Since his move to the Roaring Fork Valley, Enis has served both as president of the Aspen Glen Homeowners Association and chairman of the Aspen Glen Club. He is also a member of the Sunset Rotary Club. Enis is an admirer of Colorado Mountain College having taken several of its noncredit courses.
Amy Margerum Berg is president of The Better Angels Society, a nonprofit supporting the work of documentarian Ken Burns and other filmmakers.
Amy served as executive vice president of operations and development at the Aspen Institute from 2000-2016. Under her purview, the Aspen Institute grew from assets of $50 million to assets of over $250 million. She successfully oversaw a $115 million capital campaign, which generated funding for scholarships and special initiatives. She spearheaded the revitalization and renovation of the Aspen Meadows campus.
She served as the city manager for the City of Aspen, Colorado, from 1990-2000. As the chief executive officer for the city, which operates under a council/manager form of government, she was responsible for a $45 million annual budget and over 220 employees. She is credited for moving the city from a financial deficit to one of Colorado’s strongest financial municipalities. Under her leadership, the City of Aspen implemented an innovative performance-based management system that monitors the results of governmental services and rewards employees accordingly.
Amy also worked as Planning Director for Aspen and Pitkin County and oversaw long range planning in Santa Barbara County, Ca. Prior to that she worked for the Santa Barbara County Energy Division, a public/private partnership and consulted on the Coastal Plan for the City of Carmel.
She holds a degree in Planning from University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters in Marine Policy from the University of Washington. Amy lives in Jacksonville, Florida, and Aspen, Colorado, with her husband, Gilchrist Baker Berg.
Katherine “Kathy” Sharp Borgen has lived in Colorado for more than 50 years. She divides her time between Denver and Vail and participates in community, state, and national activities. She is married to Bjorn Borgen, a native of Norway, and has a large family, all of whom live in Colorado. She spends the summers in Norway where her family is active in business and sports.
Kathy believes that she was fortunate in her parents, both of whom were geologists (her father a professor at Barnard College and Columbia University). Their influence gave her a lifelong appreciation for education and the planet on which we live. At Smith College, she received her Bachelor of Arts in an interdepartmental major, bacteriology/chemistry. After college, she worked as a research assistant at both Harvard Medical School and the University of Colorado Medical Center. She loves science, and has kept up with its developments. Feeling the need to broaden her perspective on the world, she entered the Iliff School of Theology (Denver) and in 2000 received a Master of Arts in theology with a concentration in women in religion. Her master’s thesis was on “Women for Social Change – Religious Perspectives on the Environment.”
Over the years, she has served on boards that complement her science and theology interests both centered on the planet Earth, particularly the preservation of its ecosystems and the need to introduce people to them, through various forms of education. At present, she sits on the Walking Mountains Science Center as trustee emerita and former board chair; the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens as former vice chair; the Iliff Eco-Justice Center; and the Advisory Board of the Smith College Center for Environmental, Ecological Design and Sustainability. Former board service includes: Rachel’s Network (board chair), a nationwide group of women philanthropists active in environmental funding and women’s empowerment (named after Rachel Carson); Colorado Chapter of The Nature Conservancy; the Eagle Valley Land Trust; and the Iliff School of Theology. She also sits on the Borgen Family Foundation Board, which concentrates on funding education, humanitarian, and environmental entities. The Foundation has generously supported CMC’s Mountain Futures Fund and other college priorities.
Paul D. Bushong Jr. is an advocate of education and a longtime resident of the Roaring Fork Valley. A retired petroleum engineer, he moved to Carbondale from Houston, Texas. Lately, he has devoted his time to promoting the education of the Valley’s students. In 2014, he established the Fast Forward Scholarship with the Aspen Community Foundation to support local graduating high school students seeking a certificate or associate degree in a skilled trade.
In 2018, Paul chose to significantly expand his Fast Forward Scholarship by partnering with the Colorado Mountain College Foundation. The Fast Forward at Colorado Mountain College Scholarship supports residents of any age in the Roaring Fork Valley who are “new traditional” and seek to alter their lives by pursuing career and technical training in careers that require post-high school training. Since its inception, the Fast Forward Scholarship program has enabled dozens of area residents to become certified as medical assistants, nurses, auto mechanics, among other skilled trades. Paul is a member of the CMC Foundation’s Davenport Legacy Society, including the CMC Foundation in his estate plans.
Paul also sponsors an annual 12-day study tour to the New Orleans WWII Museum and the battlefields of Normandy, France, for a dozen high school sophomores and juniors. A Korean War veteran, he is passionate about teaching kids the history of America’s role in world affairs. The local community benefits through a requirement that the students present what they’ve learned to other classes and local groups.
Connie Calaway earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. She attended the Vienna Akademie für Musik in Vienna, Austria, and the University of Washington. Connie performed and recorded as soloist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein Conducting (recorded on Columbia Records), Westminster Choir, Rice University Chamber Players, and the Houston Symphony. She toured with the Robert Shaw Chorale and performed and produced for Young Audiences of America.
She founded Houston’s 100 Women and the Texas Institute for Arts in Education, in partnership with the Lincoln Center Institute in New York City. Connie was vice chair for the 1988 Presidential Victory Fund of the Democratic National Committee. She was a delegate to the Arias Peace Process in Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala. She has served on the boards of Houston Friends of Music, Houston Grand Opera, Westminster Choir College at Ryder University, and National Alliance for Arts Advocates.
A resident of Carbondale, Colorado, Connie has served as chair of the Colorado Mountain College Foundation Board and chair for River Bridge. She served on Colorado Governor Bill Owens’ Commission for Science and Technology and on the Board of Governors for Colorado State University.
In addition to providing years of support to CMC students through the Calaway Scholars program, The James C. and Connie L. Calaway Academic Building opened in 1998 on CMC’s Spring Valley campus. Connie and Jim also are included as members of the CMC Foundation’s Davenport Legacy Society.
John is a nationally renowned nature photographer, publisher, teacher, and environmentalist. He is the photographer of more than 40 coffee table, guide, and children’s books, all about Colorado. He might be best known for creating Colorado’s best-selling book ever, “Colorado: 1870-2000,” which juxtaposes historic photographer William Henry Jackson’s images of the 19th century landscape with those of today.
John has worked tirelessly to promote the protection of Colorado’s open space and wildlands. His photography has influenced people and legislation, earning him recognition including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award, the University of Denver’s Daniel L. Ritchie Award, the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Colorado, and an honorary bachelor’s degree in sustainability studies from Colorado Mountain College. He was an original Governor’s appointed member of the lottery-related board of Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), and speaks to thousands of people each year to rally support for timely land-use and environmental issues.
He lives in Summit County, Colorado, and teaches photography workshops to adults and children.
Russell “Russ” George most recently completed five years as president of Colorado Northwestern Community College. CNCC serves the northwestern region of Colorado providing higher education opportunities to Rangely and Craig, where the main campuses are located, and to Meeker and South Routt County. CNCC is a member institution of the Colorado Community College System.
Prior to CNCC, Russ served as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation. Preceding CDOT, he was the executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. In this role, he was a member of Great Outdoors Colorado, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, and the Colorado Ground Water Commission.
Russ also served as the director of the Colorado Division of Wildlife, now known as Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Russ had previously been elected four times to the Colorado House of Representatives. The district included Moffat, Garfield, Rio Blanco, and Pitkin counties in western Colorado. In his fourth term he was elected by his peers to serve as Speaker of the House.
In his early career, Russ practiced law in Rifle with the law firm of Stuver & George. He was admitted to the Colorado bar in 1972 and the Montana bar in 1975. Russ is a graduate of Rifle High School, Colorado State University, and Harvard Law School.
Current public service includes serving by governor appointment as Director of Compact Negotiations on the Colorado Interbasin Compact Committee.
Russ and his wife Neal reside in Rifle, Colorado.
Scott Gilbert recently retired from the position of president of Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley, after 15 years leading Habitat in the extended valley - developing the organization from an all-volunteer operation to a staff of 50. He oversaw and led the exponential growth of Habitat’s ReStore to one of the best (and ten largest) in the country. He re-focused the affiliate's efforts on also building homes for essential workers in the community, especially teachers.
Scott has done a range of advertising/marketing consulting, speaking, and training across the country. In Colorado, he consulted on projects with the chancellor for the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus as well as re-branding for the University of Denver’s chancellor. He has served as an adjunct professor at CMC, teaching an advertising class in CMC’s Bachelor of Science in Business & Administration program in Glenwood Springs. His volunteer activities center on the Pre-Collegiate mentoring program (a partnership of CMC, CU Boulder, and the Roaring Fork School District) as a board member and mentor. He also served on the boards of the Colorado Rocky Mountain School and the Chadwick School.
Prior to Habitat, Scott had a successful career in the advertising industry as co-CEO for Saatchi & Saatchi’s flagship New York office with over 500 employees. He focused on building the culture of the organization. Scott also served on the 12-person Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide Executive Board. Prior to that, as founder of the subsidiary’s ad agency, Team One, he was instrumental in launching Lexus and in building the Lexus brand for 10 years. He was selected as “Leader of the Year” by the Los Angeles Advertising Agencies Association in 2000 and 2001. Prior to entering the advertising field, Scott taught, coached, and served on the administration as head of The Middle School of Greens Farms Academy in Westport, Connecticut.
Rich Glasier has held four high-level executive positions throughout his business career. In 1967, Rich prepared for corporate work by earning a bachelor’s degree in economics from Cornell College, where today he serves on the college’s board. He received an MBA in finance from Southern Methodist University in 1968.
He began his business career at NCR Corporation, where he was the director of corporate planning and analysis from 1969 to 1978, when Rich became corporation vice president and controller at Ramada Inn, Inc.
In 1985, Rich’s 17-year association with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line began. As executive vice president and chief financial officer, Rich was part of an executive team that grew the company from a small privately-owned cruise line to a large, multinational public corporation with 24 ships worth $12 billion.
Following his work with Royal Caribbean, from 2002 to 2005 Rich became president, CFO, and board member with the Argosy Gaming Company, a NYSE company with six casinos and 6,000 employees that generated more than $1 billion of revenue annually.
Rich is involved in several community organizations. He is a Rotarian and is part of the Executive Service Corps, which provides consulting services to regional nonprofit organizations. He also sits on the board of Carnival Cruise Line – a Fortune 100 company – where he serves as the audit committee chairman. Long-time donors of the CMC Foundation’s scholarship and nursing program, Rich served as a member of the CMC Foundation Board from 2009 to 2015, chairing its audit committee and serving on the finance and investment committee. He and his wife Holly are members of the Foundation’s Davenport Legacy Society, including the CMC Foundation in their estate plans.
Rich is retired and living with his wife in Carbondale, Colorado. He enjoys skiing, biking, golf, travel, and time with family.
Mark C. Gould is chairman of Gould Construction, Inc. (GCI), in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, a fully integrated heavy construction and site development general contractor providing construction services within the state of Colorado. GCI's office is located in Glenwood Springs. Depending on the season, GCI employs more than 150 tradesmen and women. Construction services provided by GCI include all elements of infrastructure including bridge construction, utility and excavation work, and residential site development.
Mark has also served as a trustee on the Valley View Hospital Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2010 (chairman from 2005 to 2007); education chairman of the YPO Western Area Conference in 2002; chairman of the Colorado Chapter of YPO from 2000 to 2001; and a member of the Colorado Mountain College Foundation Board from 1996 to 2001 and 2009 to 2013.
Walter Isaacson (honorary) is a professor of history at Tulane University and an advisory partner at Perella Weinberg, a financial services firm based in New York City. He is the past CEO of the Aspen Institute, where he is now a Distinguished Fellow. He has authored numerous books including “Leonardo da Vinci” (2017), “The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution” (2014), “Steve Jobs” (2011), “Einstein: His Life and Universe” (2007), “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life” (2003), and “Kissinger: A Biography” (1992), and coauthored “The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made” (1986).
Walter is a native of New Orleans, LA, and graduate of Harvard College and of Pembroke College of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He began his career at The Sunday Times of London and then the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He joined Time magazine in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor, and editor of digital media before becoming the magazine’s 14th editor in 1996. He became chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003.
He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of the Arts, and the American Philosophical Society. He serves on the board of United Airlines, the New Orleans City Planning Commission, the New Orleans Tri-centennial Commission, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Society of American Historians, the U.S. Defense Department Innovation Board, the Carnegie Institution for Science, and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.
Walter and his wife Cathy are long-time supporters of Colorado Mountain College, funding student scholarships and making various gifts to the Isaacson School of Communications, Arts, and Media, which bears his name.
Ann Korologos, the owner of Ann Korologos Gallery in Basalt, Colorado, is a longtime resident of the Roaring Fork Valley and a passionate art collector. Ann has been a government leader, nonprofit executive, and business professional for many years, serving as U.S. Secretary of Labor and Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior under President Reagan.
She serves on the boards of directors of many blue-chip U.S. corporations, including Michael Kors, Harman International, Host Hotels & Resorts, and Kellogg Company. She is also chairman emeritus of the board of trustees of the Aspen Institute and the RAND Corporation, and is former chairman of the board of trustees of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado.
Cristal Logan, Vice President, Aspen Community Programs and Engagement at the Aspen Institute is responsible for creating and overseeing year-round public programs for the Aspen community. During her 21-year tenure at the Institute, Cristal has expanded the number of community events exponentially. The Aspen Community Programs hosts a variety of events including the McCloskey Speaker Series, the Hurst Lecture Series, the Murdock Mind Body Spirit Series, the Hurst Student Seminars for Middle School, and High School Students; Great Books and Great Decisions Discussion Series’, Teen Socrates, Sharing Shakespeare, as well as a host of diverse offerings throughout the years.
Under Cristal’s leadership, the Aspen Community Programs hosts over 60 program days each year for local residents, visitors, and teens. Cristal also oversees the newly launched Hurst Community Initiative which expands the Community Forum on local issues, hosts the Hurst Leadership Seminar for local officials, connects the Institute’s policy program solutions with local issues, and will expand public programming throughout the region. As Vice President, Cristal oversees the Aspen Institute’s significant Art Collection, and handles external affairs for the Aspen office.
Prior to joining the Institute in 1999, Cristal worked in Administration at Aspen Valley Hospital; and in Finance at the Aspen Skiing Company. A fourth-generation resident of the Roaring Fork Valley, Cristal has been a committed member of the community by serving on the board of the Aspen Hall of Fame, participating as a member of Leadership Aspen Class of 2000, and as one of the inaugural members of the Aspen Community Foundation Spring Board.
She is Chair of the Board of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association and serves on the Colorado Mountain College President's Advisory Council. In 2017, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association honored Cristal with the prestigious Molly Campbell Service Award. The annual award recognizes an Aspen local who embodies Molly’s commitment to community service and leadership in the community.
Cristal is married to Mark Logan, principal at Cadence Brand Marketing, and they have a wonderful son.
James Mejia was recently named chief executive officer of Denver Film, the non-profit cultural institution that produces the award-winning Denver Film Festival, Film on the Rocks at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, and year-round film programming and education at the Sie Film Center.
Over the course of his 25-year career in Denver, Mejia’s accomplishments and community focus have positioned him as one of the city’s most recognized and respected business and civic leaders.
He joins Denver Film following nine years of operating his own business and political consulting firm, as well as the past three years serving as managing partner of Pan American Business where he helped diverse organizations access new markets across Colorado. He has also served as a regular on-air political expert for Denver’s NBC affiliate, 9News.
Earlier in his career, Mejia was recruited by former Denver Mayors John Hickenlooper and Wellington Webb, to lead and manage some of the city’s most important, complex and challenging agencies and capital projects. He served as the founding President/CEO of the nationally-recognized Denver Preschool Program, as well as Project Manager for the $425 million bond project to build the Denver Justice Center.
Mejia has also served as manager for the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation; Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade; Executive Director for the Agency for Human Rights and Community Relations; as well as President/COO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. His 2011 Mayoral run ended with Mejia in third place among the 10 candidates in what was Denver’s closest Mayoral race in history.
A lifelong volunteer and community servant, Mejia was the first Latino elected citywide to serve a four-year role as At-Large Member of the Denver Public Schools Board of Education. In addition, he has received numerous honors for his service and leadership on board and committees for some of the region’s most prominent organizations, foundations and charitable causes.
The ninth of 13 children born to educators David and Ophelia Mejia, he graduated from Denver’s East High School before going on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, a Master’s in Business Administration from Arizona State University, where he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma national honor society, and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he studied policy issues at the municipal, state and federal levels.
Tyler Moebius is a 5-time entrepreneur and winner of the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. His last start-up founded in Munich, Germany grew to a 700-person company with 28 offices in 12 countries. His passion lies in leading and developing people or next generation tribes that design and develop disruptive technology platforms that connect conscious companies with consciousness consumers across the IoT.
When his head is not in the digital ethos, his heart is grounded with his partner Oriana and 4 children on their small biodynamic farm at the base of Mt. Sopris near Carbondale where, with the help of the Waldorf School community, they are raising conscious global leaders who wonder at beauty and stand guard over truth. In addition to CMC, he advocates for these organizations: Conscious Capitalism, Blockchain, COVENTURE and Lead With Love.
Tyler is currently the CEO and Chairman of SmartMedia Technologies, his newest venture, based out of Carbondale, CO. He is an avid telemark skier, mountain biker and whitewater enthusiast and can be spotted on many of the mountains and rivers in the Aspen and Roaring Fork Valleys.
Carrie Morgridge serves as the Vice President and Chief Disruptor of The Morgridge Family Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to invest in leaders and organizations that are reimagining solutions to some of today’s greatest challenges. Carrie is the award-winning author of Every Gift Matters – How Your Passion Can Change the World. Her second book, The Spirit of the Trail, was released in May 2018.
Carrie and her husband John created Student Support Foundation, a national organization that inspires youth philanthropy. For the past decade they have celebrated and advanced the educator profession by creating mindSpark Learning. mindSpark Learning is focused on empowering educators to tackle the most challenging conditions in their schools through Design Thinking and other strategies.
Carrie speaks internationally to education advocacy forums, at poverty alleviation conferences, and many convenings that are philanthropically focused. She divides her time between Montana, Colorado and Florida. She and John have two adult children who reside in Denver, Colorado.
Carrie and John are avid athletes. In fact, they mountain biked across the country on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route covering 2,774 miles from Canada to Mexico in 46 days. Carrie has completed ten Ironman competitions.
CMC Aspen’s Morgridge Academic Center was named in honor of the extraordinary generosity provided by the Morgridge Family Foundation and that of Carrie and John Morgridge, to that campus in 2001. The Morgridges again honored the college with a naming gift in 2018, this time to establish Morgridge Commons adjacent to CMC’s headquarters in Glenwood Springs.
Steven J Phillips, M.D., a UNOS certified heart transplant surgeon, is a graduate of Hobart College and Tufts Medical School.
He co-founded what became the Iowa Heart Center, Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa Heart Center employs 60 physician, all specializing in cardiovascular medicine and surgery (1974-99).
Dr. Phillips retired from clinical practice in 1999 to take a senior position at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda Maryland (1999-2001 and 2006-2015). He is currently Chief Medical Officer for NurishMe, a dietary supplement company located in Del Mar, California.
He has approximately 135 peer reviewed medical publications, has been granted 6 patents, and was a medical advisor to Dr. Michael E. DeBakey. He pioneered techniques for emergency coronary bypass surgery for evolving heart attacks and designed a surgical procedure for infants with a type of congenital heart disease which reduced the operative mortality from 30% to zero.
Dr. Phillips served twice in Vietnam from 1968-70 and remained a reservist and retired as an LTC, 1993. He co-founded Colorado’s Western Slope Veterans Coalition. He is married to Susan Zeff Phillips, has 5 children, nine grandchildren, and splits his time between Coronado, California and Aspen, Colorado.
Gino Rossetti founded Rossetti Architects, a Detroit-based global architectural firm, in 1969, leading it for 40 years. He and his wife Donna left the firm in the capable hands of their son Matt and moved to the Roaring Fork Valley. Immediately, the Rossettis became involved in their community. Besides Gino’s participation on the CMC Foundation Board, the Rossettis also provide a student scholarship each year to attend the Isaacson School of Communication, Arts and Media at CMC and are members of the CMC Foundation’s Davenport Legacy Society through their inclusion of CMC in their estate plans.
Gino brought his 50+ years as an architect to CMC’s latest capital project, serving as an expert advisor on the design of Spring Valley’s newest buildings: the J. Robert Young Alpine Ascent Center, the Outdoor Leadership Center and Fieldhouse and the renovated Student Commons.
Gino subscribes to and believes in a philosophy of architecture, which embraces three axioms – hard work, good taste, and common sense. All three must be present to create excellence of design. The same can be said about Gino’s belief in the impact of education. Besides his support of higher education at Colorado Mountain College, he volunteers as a design coach with YouthEntity, a Carbondale-based organization, giving high school students real-world learning experiences in the field of design.
A registered architect in Michigan and 40 other states, Gino is a registered planner in New Jersey and is certified with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He has received several honors from the American Institute of Architects and the Michigan Society of Architects. His firm designs professional sports stadiums, arenas, entertainment venues, institutions, and commercial buildings, often integrating his buildings into a carefully designed overall master plan. Gino received a bachelor’s of architecture from the University of Detroit, and studied design at the University of Michigan.
Carole Segal is co-founder of Crate and Barrel and founder and former CEO of Foodstuffs Inc.
She is chair of the Rush University Board of Governors and a trustee of Rush University Medical Center, trustee emerita of Bates College, trustee emerita of the Illinois Institute of Technology, co-chair of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, and a Lincoln Park Zoo Board member.
She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and is on the Board of Visitors of the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University.
Carole and the Segal Family Foundation helped launch Colorado Mountain College’s Fund Sueños program.
Marian Smith is a lifelong resident of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. During an era when women rarely led companies or communities, by example Marian paved the way for women in leadership positions and encouraged other women to follow in her footsteps. In the more than 125-year history of Garfield County and Glenwood Springs, Marian was the first female Glenwood Springs City Council member and the only female mayor to date. She was also the first of only two female Garfield County commissioners. Additionally, Marian served as the first woman on the boards and in leadership positions for organizations in fields such as soil conservation, mine reclamation, and other areas not normally governed by women at that time. Each of Marian’s endeavors involved leading by example and encouraging women of all ages to be involved in public service and politics at all levels.
Marian’s career was professional community service. Within that field, she was a recognized statewide leader who received many honors, appointments, and recognitions. Marian served on numerous boards and commissions that impacted the environmental, economic, and social health of the county and city. She was appointed by the governor to several of these boards and served in leadership positions on many of them.
A few examples of her service include: Mt. Sopris Soil Conservation Service Board; Big Country Resource Conservation and Development Area Board; Colorado Geological Survey Board; Minerals, Energy, and Geology Political Advisory Board; Territorial Daughters of Colorado; Colorado Justice Assistance Grant Board; Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority Board; Club 20; Colorado Air Quality Commission; and Colorado Natural Hazards Mitigation Council. Marian is also a donor to various local community nonprofit organizations.
Jon Warnick (Chairman) is a retired vice president of quality and customer satisfaction at Nortel Networks. Prior to Nortel, Jon worked for IBM and took early retirement as the Asia director of quality. He holds degrees in engineering and business from the University of Colorado and MBA and law degrees from the University of Denver. While Jon was working at IBM, he and his family lived in Tokyo for four years, during which time he traveled extensively throughout Asia. After retiring from IBM, Jon joined Nortel. When Nortel opened their World Trade operations in London, he and his family moved to London for four years while Jon traveled in Asia, Europe, Canada, and the U.S. In 1998, Jon took early retirement from Nortel and he and his family returned home to Colorado.
Jon was a member of the Colorado Mountain College Foundation Board from 2008 to 2014 and served as board chair from 2012 to 2015. He and his wife Connie are long-time scholarship donors and members of the CMC Foundation’s Davenport Legacy Society.
He is also active in the Roaring Fork region and serves on the Valley View Hospital Foundation Board, was past president of the Roaring Fork Water and Sanitation District, was an ambassador for the Aspen Skiing Company, and was president of the Aspen Glen Homeowners Association. He also stays involved with the University of Colorado and University of Denver. Jon is an avid skier, road biker and golfer. He regularly takes classes at CMC and enjoys interfacing with other students, faculty, and staff.
Joseph A. Yob is a seasoned corporate executive. He was a member of the team that started Discover Card in 1985, progressing through the ranks. Joe retired in 2001 as executive vice president of operations for Discover Card and a member of its management committee. He is still active serving on the board of directors of the Discover Card Bank.
Having spent 30 years working for Sears and its affiliates, Dean Witter and Discover Card, he was part of the transition team in 1997 when Dean Witter and Discover Card merged with Morgan Stanley.
Joe has been married to his spouse, Joyce, for more than 50 years. The Yobs were both born and raised in Raton, New Mexico. He attended the University of Arizona in Tucson and earned a bachelor’s degree in business. Joe and Joyce have three children and four grandchildren. Upon his retirement, the Yobs moved to Breckenridge to enjoy the mountains. They both are avid skiers and golfers, and love to travel. In addition to their home in Breckenridge they spend time in their other home in Santa Barbara, California.
Joe is a former member of the Colorado Mountain College Foundation, also serving as the board chair. He was a member of the advisory board of the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. He served on the board of CASA of the Continental Divide, a social service agency serving Summit, Eagle, Lake, and Clear Creek counties, providing advocates for children who have suffered child abuse. He previously was board chair for OMNI youth services in the Chicago area, an organization that focuses on youth at risk.
Robert (Bob) Young is the chairman and founder of Alpine Bank of Colorado. Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Bob graduated from Wichita State University in 1961 and went to work for the FDIC as an assistant bank examiner. Bob moved to Denver in 1965 and served as executive vice president of FirstBank of Colorado, directly supervising subsidiary banks, including FirstBank of Vail, which he opened in 1968. During his time with FirstBank, Bob completed the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin and served on FirstBank’s board of directors until 1997.
In 1973, Bob and his friend and investor, Bill Vollbracht, began what is now known as Alpine Bank in Carbondale, Colorado. The bank has since grown into an organization that operates 40 locations in Denver, Boulder, and many resort communities in western Colorado, and serves a total of nearly 150,000 customers. Since founding Alpine Bank, Bob has emphasized philanthropy and community involvement. In addition to the hundreds of CMC students who have received the Alpine Bank Latino/Hispanic Scholarships that Bob started in 1996, future CMC students will benefit from a legacy gift he has established as well as a lead gift he pledged to name the J. Robert Young Alpine Ascent Center at CMC’s Spring Valley Campus. Bob served on the Colorado Mountain College Foundation Board from 1999 to 2004.
In 1988, Colorado Governor Roy Romer appointed Bob to serve as chairman of the Colorado State Banking Board. He served on that board for more than 17 years, having been reappointed numerous times by both Democrat and Republican governors. He stepped down in 2007. Bob served as chairman of the Iliff School of Theology Board of Trustees for many years. He was named Colorado’s Outstanding Philanthropist in 1995. In 2006, Bob received the Athena Award from the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association for his support of women's causes and women in the workforce. This is an international award and less than five percent of its recipients are men.
Bob was recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008 as a result of being named a 2008 Benefactor of the Year by the Council for Resource Development. Wichita State University, his alma mater, bestowed Bob with their highest honor, the WSU Achievement Award in 2015. In 2019, Club 20, a western Colorado political organization, recognized Bob’s numerous contributions to the Western Slope with the John D. Vanderhoof Award.
Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser serves as president and CEO of Colorado Mountain College, a public institution with eleven campuses serving 12,000 square miles of the central Rocky Mountains. Hauser has held leadership roles at the Kauffman Foundation, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the Daniels Fund. While at Daniels, she was a loaned executive advising Denver’s mayor on a citywide college scholarship program and assisting the Metro Denver Sports Commission on an initiative to attract top-tier sporting events, including the Olympic Games. She co-chaired the 2012 Women’s Final Four.
Hauser’s background includes teaching, research and legislative staff roles as well as positions with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and the University of Arizona, her undergraduate alma mater. She earned her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of Business.
She is currently a governor’s appointee to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission, a member of the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and Vail Valley Foundation boards of directors, and a member of El Pomar Foundation’s Northwest Regional Council. Hauser serves nationally on the board of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank Economic Advisory Council. She is past president of the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA).
Hauser’s prior board service includes American Rivers, the Vail Valley Partnership, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and its Foundation, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, the Metro Denver Sports Commission, Visit Denver, and the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter. Two prior gubernatorial appointments were to Colorado’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Care Reform and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. She has been recognized as the 9News Leader of the Year and one of the Fifty for the Future of Colorado.
An outdoorswoman and athlete, Hauser has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, climbed to the Mt. Everest base camp, held the proud title of “swamper” while working many summers for Hatch River Expeditions in Grand Canyon National Park, and is nearing completion of Colorado’s “14ers.” She and her husband enjoy skiing, hiking, boating, biking, and exploring the Rocky Mountain West and remote places around the world.
A lasting legacy: James C. Calaway, Chairman Emeritus and Founder (Posthumous), President’s Advisory Council
The late Jim Calaway (1931-2018) was a philanthropist and businessman who resided in Carbondale, Colorado with his wife Connie. He served as the chair of the Aspen Institute’s Society of Fellows before he became a trustee in 1997. In 2000, he was selected as a lifetime trustee and later served as chairman of the Lifetime Trustees of the Aspen Institute. Jim was in the oil and gas exploration business for more than 40 years and retired as chairman of Edge Petroleum in the late 1980s. He then partnered with his sons in building wind farms in several states to generate renewable energy and in producing lithium in Argentina.
After his retirement, Jim set his sights on philanthropy and fundraising for civic groups and nonprofit organizations both locally in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley and nationwide. He served as a regent of the University of Corpus Christi, a trustee of Antioch College, and a board member of the Colorado Mountain College Foundation. At Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley at Glenwood Springs, the James C. and Connie L. Calaway Academic Building, which houses a theater and a number of classrooms, is a testament to the Calaways and their dedication to and support of CMC (Connie chaired the CMC Foundation Board from 1999 to 2002). In 2012, Jim founded the Colorado Mountain College President’s Advisory Council (previously called the Board of Overseers), a volunteer board of advisors to the college’s president.
Jim served as treasurer for the American Civil Liberties Union on the national level and was a lifetime member of the NAACP. He co-founded the Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) shelter that has taken in, cared for, and adopted out more than 12,000 homeless dogs and cats. Jim received two presidential appointments during the Carter administration, to the National Petroleum Council and as commissioner of Presidential Scholars.