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 – previously known as the CMC Board of Overseers – is a national group of voluntary advisors with distinguished and diverse backgrounds. Members are nominated and selected based on their ability to offer counsel, generate ideas, extend influence, make connections, strategize, utilize resources and share a passion to support the college and its president.
The late Jim Calaway, a former CMC Foundation board member and Carbondale philanthropist, founded the council in 2012. Jim’s vision was to establish a thought-provoking, dynamic forum to help guide the college to further excellence. The council meets annually in person with additional periodic one-on-one meetings with the CMC president.
Bruce Allbright is the founder of Allbright Cotton, a Fresno, California-based company and is also the managing partner of Jacalitos Pistachios in Coalinga, California. Bruce has numerous other business and investment interests across the country as well.
Bruce has served on numerous nonprofit and professional boards in Fresno and Steamboat Springs, including serving as chair of Valley Children’s Hospital in Fresno and the Fresno Art Museum. He has recently ended his term on the CMC Foundation board, where he served as treasurer. CMC Steamboat’s Allbright Auditorium is named in recognition of the Allbright family’s support.
Bruce and his wife Leslie have lived in Steamboat Springs since semi-retiring in 2010. They have five children ¬– four boys who live in California and a daughter currently deployed in the Middle East. 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 is a retired senior vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, where for 20 years he led the payments system division and was responsible for payment activities in the seven-state 10th Federal Reserve District.
During his career, Enis participated in many Federal Reserve system activities. Prior to his last assignment, he was the managing officer of the Denver office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, including being chosen to lecture to managers at the People’s Bank of China.
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.
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.
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 the president of The Better Angels Society, a nonprofit organization supporting the work of documentarian Ken Burns and other filmmakers telling the stories of American history.
From 2000 to 2016, Amy served as executive vice president of operations and development at the Aspen Institute. Under her purview, the institute grew from $50 million in assets to over $250 million. She successfully oversaw a $115 million capital campaign, which generated funding for scholarships and special initiatives and spearheaded the revitalization and renovation of the Aspen Meadows campus.
From 1990 to 2000, Amy served as the city manager for the City of Aspen, where 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. She also worked as planning director for Aspen and Pitkin County. In California, Amy oversaw long range planning in Santa Barbara County and worked for the Santa Barbara County Energy Division, a public/private partnership where she 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 master’s in marine policy from the University of Washington. Amy lives in Jacksonville, Florida and Aspen with her husband Gilchrist Baker Berg.
Katherine “Kathy” Sharp Borgen has lived in Colorado for over 50 years where she divides her time between Denver and Vail.
Over the years, she has served on numerous boards that complement her science and theology interests. In Vail, she is trustee emerita and former board chair with Walking Mountains Science Center. She is also a former vice chair at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and the Iliff Eco-Justice Center, and is on the Smith College Center for Environmental, Ecological Design and Sustainability Advisory board. Additional former board service includes chair of Rachel’s Network, a nationwide group of women philanthropists active in environmental funding and women’s empowerment named after Rachel Carson; the 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.
Kathy received her bachelor’s degree at Smith College in bacteriology and chemistry, and 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 in Denver and in 2000 received a master’s degree in theology with a concentration in women in religion. Her master’s thesis was on “Women for Social Change – Religious Perspectives on the Environment.”
Both of Kathy’s parents were geologists – her father was a professor at Barnard College and Columbia University – and she believes their influence gave her a lifelong appreciation for education and the planet on which we live. 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.
Paul D. Bushong Jr. An advocate of education, Paul Bushong is a retired petroleum engineer who moved to Carbondale from Houston. He is a longtime resident of the Roaring Fork Valley and promotes the education of the region’s students.
In 2014, Paul 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 partnered with the CMC Foundation, expanding the scholarship to support Roaring Fork Valley locals of any age pursuing career training. Since its inception, the Fast Forward Scholarship program has enabled dozens of area residents to become certified as medical assistants, nurses and auto mechanics, among other skilled trades.
Paul again honored the college in 2021, with a $1.5 million gift to support the Promise of Spring Valley Campaign. He encouraged matching donations from friends and community members to renovate an existing campus building into a state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab and student center. The building was renamed the Paul & Shirley Bushong Student Center in honor of Paul and his late wife.
Paul also sponsors an annual 12-day study tour to the New Orleans World War II 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 give presentations about what they’ve learned to other classes and local groups.
Paul is a member of the CMC Foundation’s Davenport Legacy Society and has included the CMC Foundation in his estate plans.
Connie Calaway is a resident of Carbondale and has served as chair of both the CMC Foundation board and River Bridge Regional Center. She served on Colorado Governor Bill Owens’ Commission for Science and Technology and on the Colorado State University Board of Governors.
As an accomplished soloist, Connie performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra on “Leonard Bernstein Conducting,” on Columbia Records, and with the 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 and was 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 the National Alliance for Arts Advocates.
Connie earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. She attended the University of Washington and the Vienna Akademi für Musik in Vienna, Austria.
Connie and her late husband Jim have provided years of support to CMC students through the Calaway Scholars program. Additionally, The James C. and Connie L. Calaway Academic Building opened in 1998 continues to be a valuable part of the Spring Valley campus. The Calaways are also included as members of the CMC Foundation’s Davenport Legacy Society.
Terrance D. Carroll was the 54th speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives and the only African American to have served in that position.
Terrance was part of the legislature from 2003 until being term limited in 2011, known for being a skillful dealmaker as well as a critical and respected negotiator. 5280 Magazine listed him as one of the "50 Most Influential People in Denver." Currently, Terrance is the executive director of Unite Colorado and has also served as a law enforcement officer in several agencies. He was the keynote speaker for CMC’s Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy commencement in 2018.
Terrance is an alumnus of the Marshall Memorial Fellowship of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He serves on the National Western Stock Show board and the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
A graduate of Morehouse College and University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, he holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. He is also an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches USA and the Progressive National Baptist Church.
Pat Chlouber. From 2001 to 2009, President George W. Bush’s administration appointed Pat Chlouber to serve as the secretary of education’s regional representative for six states including North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Montana and Colorado, followed by Governor John Hickenlooper, who appointed Pat to serve on the Colorado Charter School Institute board for two terms.
In 2020 and 2021, Governor Jared Polis invited Pat to serve on the Response Innovation and Student Equity Education Review Committee. The funding was targeted to educational institutions across states impacted by COVID-19.
In 2011, she was elected as Lake County’s representative to the CMC Board of Trustees and served two terms.
She was an elementary reading specialist for over 20 years, served on the Lake County School board for nine years, and was elected to the Colorado State Board of Education from the 3rd Congressional District from 1996 to 2001 where she served as president of both these boards.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and a master’s degree from the University of Colorado. Pat’s family has lived in the mountains of Leadville for over 40 years.
Charles Cunniffe. As the principal of Charles Cunniffe Architects, Charles has worked as an architect in Aspen since 1979.
Charles was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects for recognition of his notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture. Charles Cunniffe Architects was selected by Outside Magazine as one of the top 100 Best Places to Work in 2021, marking the eighth consecutive year the company has made the list.
Charles served on the CMC Board of Trustees from 2013 through 2021 and has been an active college supporter for many years, including serving as a member of the CMC Foundation board.
In addition to his role with CMC, Charles is involved with various community affiliations, including the AIA Colorado West Board of Directors as past president, and the AIA Committee on Design. He is a founder of Jazz Aspen Snowmass and is currently its governance chair. Additionally, he is a founding board member of the River Bridge Regional Center and currently serves on its board; is a member of the Aspen Rotary/Rotary International World Service Committee; and is a founding member of the Aspen Science Council. Charles currently serves on the Pitkin County Board of Adjustment and the City of Aspen Commercial Core Lodging Commission.
Additionally, Charles is a member of the Society of Fellows of the Aspen Institute and the Aspen Elks Lodge #224 and serves on the Urban Land Institute. Charles enjoys sponsoring and providing pro bono services to many programs such as The Buddy Program, Mountain Rescue Aspen, Challenge Aspen, Aspen Historical Society, Aspen Film and Theatre Aspen.
Charles holds bachelor’s degrees in architecture, fine arts and sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, followed by studies at Harvard Graduate School of Design, MIT and Brown University.
An avid traveler and lifelong learner, Charles has taken a number of classes at the college over the years, as well as through the American Institute of Architects. He finds great joy in piloting his own plane, skiing, playing golf and, most of all, his family.
Glenn Davis was elected to the CMC Board of Trustees in November 2009 and served until 2017, including being named president of the trustees from 2011-2017.
Glenn is a longtime Colorado resident, banker and community volunteer. He initially served on a CMC Edwards Campus Consolidation and Development Steering Committee in 2003 and later joined the CMC Foundation board in 2004. He served as chair of the board for three years before becoming a CMC trustee. During his time serving the CMC Foundation, Glenn was most proud being a part of Doris Dewton’s and Alexandra Yajko’s efforts to establish the HERO Scholarship at CMC Vail Valley – an effort which came to serve as an effective template for campus-based fundraising across the college’s footprint.
As a trustee, Glenn’s goals included helping to strengthen community members’ knowledge of and appreciation for the entire CMC district, which stretches across 12,000 square miles of western Colorado.
He said his first exposure to the mission of the college came with his work helping to select recipients of the Alpine Bank Latino/Hispanic Scholarship. The more he got to know the college staff, the more he was impressed.
Glenn also has devoted time as a board member for Wings Over the Rockies, the Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, the Vail Mountain School, Vail Junior Hockey, The Literacy Project and the Vail Valley Partnership. In the warmer months, the New Hampshire native likes to bike and play golf.
Glenn earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Lake Forest College in Chicago and has worked at Alpine Bank since 1988. He currently serves as chief development officer and enjoys skiing with his family, which include his wife, Rebecca, and their two sons.
Russell “Russ” George. During times past and present, Russ George has served organizations including Crow Tribe of Indians of Montana, Volunteers in Service to America, Colorado Water Conservation Board of Directors, Colorado Ground Water Commission, Silt Water Conservancy District, West Divide Water Conservancy District, Boettcher Foundation, lnterbasin Compact Committee, Great Outdoors Colorado, Rocky Mountain Health Foundation, Western Colorado Community Foundation, Roaring Fork Habitat for Humanity, Colorado Bar Association, and Uniform Law Commission.
Russ was president of Colorado Northwestern Community College and served as the director of Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado Department of Natural Resources and the Colorado Division of Wildlife. He was elected four times to the Colorado House of Representatives serving Moffat, Garfield, Rio Blanco and Pitkin counties in western Colorado. In his fourth term he was elected Speaker of the House.
Russ practiced natural resources law in Rifle with the law firm of Stuver & George and was admitted to the bar in both Colorado and Montana. Russ is a graduate of Rifle High School, Colorado State University and Harvard Law School. He resides in Rifle and Denver.
Scott Gilbert is the retired president of Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley where he served for 15 years, developing the organization from an all-volunteer operation to a professional staff of 50.
Scott oversaw and led the exponential growth of Habitat’s ReStore to one of the best (and 10th largest) in the country. He re-focused the affiliate's efforts on 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 faculty member at CMC, teaching an advertising class in CMC’s Bachelor of Science degree program in business and administration. His volunteer activities center on a pre-collegiate mentoring program, a partnership with CMC, CU Boulder and the Roaring Fork School District as a board member and mentor. He also served on the boards of Colorado Rocky Mountain School and the Chadwick School in California.
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 where 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 building the Lexus brand for 10 years and 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.
Mark C. Gould is chairman of Gould Construction, Inc. in Glenwood Springs, a fully integrated heavy construction and site development general contractor providing construction services within the state of Colorado.
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 on the Valley View Hospital Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2010, where he was 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 CMC Foundation board from 1996 to 2001 and 2009 to 2013.
Walter Isaacson (honorary member) 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). He coauthored “The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made” (1986).
Walter is a native of New Orleans and a graduate of Harvard College and of Pembroke College at Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. His career started 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. He became chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and 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 longtime supporters of Colorado Mountain College, funding student scholarships and making various gifts to the Isaacson School of Communication, Arts and Media, which bears his name.
Ann Korologos. As owner of Ann Korologos Gallery in Basalt, Ann 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 undersecretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior under President Ronald 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 chairman emeritus of the board of the Aspen Institute and the RAND Corporation and is former chairman of the board of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village.
Cristal Logan is vice president of Aspen Community Programs and Engagement at the Aspen Institute and is responsible for creating and overseeing year-round public programs for the Aspen community.
During her 23-year tenure at the institute, Cristal has expanded the number of community events exponentially to over 60 programs for residents, visitors and teens, 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, Great Decisions, Teen Socrates and Sharing Shakespeare, as well as a host of diverse offerings.
Cristal also oversees the newly launched Hurst Community Initiative, an engagement program that seeks to promote dialogue, increase understanding and facilitate opportunities for meaningful collaboration in the region from Aspen to Parachute. With a focus on equity and belonging, this initiative amplifies and supports projects that foster economic vitality, housing stability and social emotional resilience.
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 in 2017, the chamber 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 teenage son.
James Mejia is founder and CEO of Mejía Associates, a consulting firm focused on education, organizational management and government relations. He is also the Democratic political expert for KUSA 9News, the NBC affiliate in Denver and a lecturer at the University of Colorado Denver.
Earlier in his career, Mejia was recruited by John Hickenlooper and Wellington Webb, former Denver mayors, to lead and manage some of the city’s most important, complex and challenging agencies and capital projects. He served as the founding president and CEO of the nationally recognized Denver Preschool Program, as well as project manager for the $425 million bond project that built the Denver Justice Center.
James served in Mayor Webb’s cabinet as manager of the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation. He also served as deputy director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade, as executive director for the Agency for Human Rights and Community Relations and as president and COO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. His 2011 mayoral run ended with James in third place among 10 candidates in what was Denver’s closest mayoral race in history.
A lifelong volunteer and community servant, James was the first Latino elected citywide to serve a four-year role as at-large member of the Denver Public Schools Board of Education. His contributions led to being named the 9News Leader of the Year in 2009.
James was named an American Marshall Memorial Fellow through the German Marshall Fund and was twice invited to participate in the International Career Advancement Program at the Aspen Institute. James was also a Gates Family Foundation fellow at Harvard University’s program for senior executives in state and local government. From 2020 to 2022, he served as CEO of Denver Film.
The ninth of 13 children born to educators David and Ophelia Mejia, James graduated from Denver’s East High School before earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s in business administration from Arizona State University, where he was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society. He earned a second 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.
The ninth of 13 children born to educators, James 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 and a master’s in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Tyler Moebius is a five-time 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.
Tyler is currently the CEO and Chairman of SmartMedia Technologies, his newest venture, based out of Carbondale.
When Tyler’s head is not in the digital ethos, his heart is grounded with his partner Oriana and their four children on their small biodynamic farm at the base of Mount Sopris 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.
He is an avid telemark skier, mountain biker and whitewater enthusiast and can be spotted on many of the mountains and rivers in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley.
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 and her husband John are proud founders of the Student Support Foundation, a national organization that inspires youth philanthropy, as well as mindSpark Learning, an organization focused on empowering educators to tackle the most challenging conditions in their schools through design thinking and other strategies.
Carrie is an internationally sought-after speaker at education advocacy forums, poverty alleviation conferences and more. Recent appearances include two TED Talks and serving as a panel member for MIT Solve events. She serves on the advisory board at sparks&honey, a cultural consultancy, and frequently presents on “The Future of Giving,” a collaborative report between sparks&honey and the Morgridge Family Foundation.
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.
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.
John and Carrie Morgridge’s third major capital gift donation of $1 million will provide a new state-of-the-art teaching and learning kitchen at the CMC Aspen campus. Once operational, CMC faculty will use the facility to expand the college’s offerings in culinary arts, resort management and hospitality at the certificate, associate and bachelor’s degree level. The kitchen will also be a resource for community members, consistent with other popular offerings at the Aspen campus.
Carrie and John divide their time between Montana, Colorado and Florida. As new grandparents, they especially enjoy spending time with their two adult children and their families. In their spare time, Carrie and John are devoted athletes. 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 11 Ironman competitions to date and never says no to a game of tennis.
Gino Rossetti founded Rossetti Architects, a Detroit-based global architectural firm, in 1969.
He and his wife Donna left the firm in the capable hands of their son Matt and moved to the Roaring Fork Valley and immediately became involved in their community. Besides Gino’s participation on the CMC Foundation board, the Rossettis also provide a student scholarship each year for 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-plus 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 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.
Gino received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Detroit and studied design at the University of Michigan.
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.
Carole Segal is co-founder of Crate & Barrel and the founder and former CEO of Foodstuffs, Inc.
Carole is chairman emeritus of the Rush University Board of Governors, a trustee of the Rush University Medical Center, a trustee of the University of Global Health Equity, a trustee emerita of Bates College, a life trustee of the Illinois Institute of Technology, a co-chair of the American Business Immigration Coalition and is on the board of Forest Trends.
Carole graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree 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. A lifelong resident of Glenwood Springs, Marian Smith paved the way for women in leadership in an era when women rarely led companies or communities. By example, Marian 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 focused on professional community service. Within that field, she was a recognized statewide leader who received many honors, appointments and recognitions. A few examples of her service include the Mount 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 Geological Survey board; 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.
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.
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 CMC 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 holds degrees in engineering and business from the University of Colorado and MBA and law degrees from the University of Denver.
He is 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.
Erik Weihenmayer. One of the most celebrated and accomplished athletes in the world, in 2001, Erik Weihenmayer became the first blind person to climb Mount Everest.
Erik is the author of the best-selling memoir “Touch the Top of the World” which was made into a feature film. He then wrote “The Adversity Advantage,” an inspirational book that shows readers how to turn everyday struggles into everyday greatness.
In September 2014, Erik and blind Navy veteran Lonnie Bedwell kayaked the entire 277 miles of the Grand Canyon. This stretch of the Colorado River is considered one of the most formidable whitewater venues in the world. He detailed the journey in his book, “No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon” but it is much more than an adventure story. It illuminates how we move forward in our lives towards growth and purpose – despite the barriers that get in our way.
Erik is an internationally recognized speaker and continually seeks out new adventures, focusing his efforts on empowering people traditionally swept to the sidelines of life. He founded an organization called No Barriers, which helps people with challenges tap into the human spirit, break through barriers and contribute to the world.
Joseph A. Yob. A seasoned corporate executive, Joe Yob 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 Discover Card Bank board.
Having spent 30 years working for Sears and its affiliates, Dean Witter and Discover Card, Joe was part of the transition team in 1997 when Dean Witter and Discover Card merged with Morgan Stanley.
Joe is a former member of the CMC 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 also 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.
Joe earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Arizona in Tucson.
He has been married to his wife Joyce for more than 50 years. The Yobs were both born and raised in Raton, New Mexico, and have three children and four grandchildren. Upon his retirement, the Yobs moved to Breckenridge to enjoy the mountains. They are both avid skiers and golfers, and love to travel. Having recently sold their home in Breckenridge they are now living in Santa Barbara.
Since 2013, Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser has served as president and CEO of Colorado Mountain College, a uniquely financed, dual mission, public institution enrolling over 15,000 students annually at 11 campuses in the central Rocky Mountains. Previous to CMC, Carrie 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.
Carrie currently chairs the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Commission and serves on the El Pomar Northwest Regional Council and Vail Valley Foundation board of directors. At the national level, she is on the American Council on Education board and is past president of the National Scholarship Providers Association.
Carrie’s prior board service includes Great Outdoors Colorado, the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank’s Economic Advisory Council, American Rivers, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Vail Valley Partnership, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and its foundation, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, Metro Denver Sports Commission, American Red Cross Mile High Chapter and Visit Denver.
Previous gubernatorial appointments were to the Colorado Women’s Centennial Vote Commission, 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.
Carrie’s background includes teaching assignments at UCLA, the University of Denver and Colorado State University. She has held 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 completed the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of Business.
An avid outdoorswoman, Carrie has climbed to the Mount Everest basecamp and has summited Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Rainier, and all 58 of Colorado’s highest peaks (14ers). She held the proud title of “swamper” while working many summers for Hatch River Expeditions in Grand Canyon National Park near her beloved hometown of Flagstaff, Arizona. She and her husband enjoy skiing, hiking, boating, biking and exploring the Rocky Mountain West and remote places around the world.
James C. Calaway, Chairman Emeritus and Founder, CMC Board of Overseers
The late Jim Calaway (1931-2018) was a philanthropist and businessman who resided in Carbondale with his wife Connie.
Jim 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 building wind farms in several states to generate renewable energy and 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 CMC Foundation. At CMC 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 CMC 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 cofounded the Colorado Animal Rescue 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.