Board of Directors

Meet Our Board

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Youth Board Members
Youth Board

TomPohlThomas Pohl,President
Legal Sector
Pohl & Pohl, P.C.

Tom is a Partner with the law firm of Pohl & Pohl, P.C. He opened a law office for the firm in Eagle County in 2007 and has since focused his practice in the areas of estate planning, elder law, estate administration, business, and real estate law. Prior to practicing as an attorney, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Colorado with an emphasis in finance and marketing, worked as loan officer with a regional Colorado bank in the Vail Valley, and completed his Juris Doctorate degree at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. In addition to proudly serving as a member of board for the Eagle River Youth Coalition, Tom regularly volunteers his time within in his community to support the youth and encourage access to athletics and the arts. He serves on numerous community boards and enjoys spending free time outside with his wife and two young children.

Katie Jarnot, Vice President
Education Sector

Katie Jarnot currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Eagle County Schools. Previously she was the principal at Eagle Valley Middle School. Although she spent the majority of her adult life in New England, Katie grew up in the valley, having graduated from Battle Mountain High school. Katie has served in public education for nearly 20 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in English, theater, and education from Rockford University, a master’s degree in administration and supervision from University of New Hampshire, and is just months away from finishing her doctorate in Educational Leadership, from University of Northern Colorado. Katie served on the ERYC board previously, but took a short break to complete her doctoral work. She is thrilled to be back on the board serving the youth of Eagle County!

coulson Jen Coulson, Treasurer
Media Sector
Realtor, Coldwell Banker

Jennifer currently serves as a realtor for Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties. She has a full-time career in real estate sales and is managing director of the Coldwell Banker office in Vail Village. Born and raised in Kansas City, Jennifer moved to the valley permanently in January of 2001. Jennifer graduated from SMU in Dallas, in 1996, but couldn't stay away from the mountains for long. She now lives in the valley with her two daughters, both born in Vail, Brecklyn and Balianna. Family is one of the most important things to Jennifer.

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Korrine Winstead, Secretary
Substance Abuse/Other Sector
Fifth Judicial District, Probation Department

Korrine is a probation officer for the 5th Judicial District overseeing Eagle County youth and the Senate Bill 94 program for Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake and Summit Counties. Korrine graduated with a degree in Social Work from Colorado State University and has worked with at-risk youth throughout her career. Korrine grew up in Northern Colorado and moved to the Vail Valley 16 years ago. She lives in Eagle with her husband and two daughters. She keeps busy as the PTA President, Girl Scout Troop Leader and leader in the 4-H horse club. Volunteering is a passion of hers and believes that being part of the ERYC Board is a great way to serve and support our youth in Eagle County.

Craig Bettis
Law Enforcement Sector
Vail Police Department Commander

Vail Police Commander Craig Bettis is a public safety and operational leader with 18 years of law enforcement experience and 13 years of tactical experience. During Craig’s law enforcement career he has worked as a Patrol Officer, Investigator, DEA Task Force Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Investigations Sergeant and, in 2009, was promoted to Commander overseeing all operational and investigative staffing. Craig has a long history of tactical policing with assignments as a SWAT Team Leader, a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, Incident Commander and also Division Group Supervisor for all Vail Special Events. Craig obtained a B.A. in Sociology and Criminology from Colorado State University. He is a 2008 graduate of the Senior Institute for Police Management at Boston University, a 2009 graduate of the Command Staff Institute, and a 2014 graduate of the FBI Command College.

Andrej Birjulin
Civic/Volunteer Sector
Confluence Research and Training

Andrej is sole proprietor of Confluence Research and Training, LLC and was previously director of research and evaluation at Eagle County Schools. He provides consulting services in the areas of K-12 education, economics and tourism, youth development, health and prevention, informal learning, marketing, and environmental design. He is currently working on projects with the Vail Valley Partnership, Eagle County Schools, SOS Outreach, the Town of Vail, the Colorado Department of Education and other entities. Andrej also contributes heavily to the local community by participating in a local youth development collaborative known as InteGreat! and previous work he did as a long standing board member of the Eagle River Youth Coalition. Andrej obtained his doctorate in Applied Social and Environmental Psychology from Colorado State University in 1997 and has 25 years of experience conducting and leading applied research projects with a heavy emphasis on field research and evaluation. Andrej has a strong background in project management, economics, measurement, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and statistics, as well as extensive experience working with a diverse set of federal, state and local governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Michelle Dibos
Government Sector
Eagle County Early Head Start Program Coordinator

Michelle is the program coordinator for the local Early Head Start program. She has been with Eagle County Government since 2013, working with at-risk youth and families. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies from Colorado Mountain College, and is obtaining her Master of Human Services Administration with Antioch University. Michelle grew up in Lima, Peru, and has been living in Vail since 2010, when she fell in love with the Valley during a work and travel student exchange. Michelle also serves as a Community Board member in the Communities That Care initiative, and sits in the Community Outreach and Public Relations Committee. Michelle loves all things outdoors, especially when she’s in the company of her family. Michelle is passionate about education, diversity, community sustainability and family dynamics, and believes that serving at the ERYC Board will be a great way to support positive outcomes for local youth while addressing many of these topics.

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Riley Dudley
Youth Representative, Youth Leaders Council
Eagle Valley High School

Riley Dudley is a sophomore at Eagle Valley High School. He's a very active member of the community and school. He participates in cross country, speech and debate, DADD (Devils Against Destructive Decisions) club, and sits on both the school and the school district’s accountability boards. He's part of Children’s Global Alliance, where he's gone on a service trip to Nicaragua and he's getting ready to go on one to Morocco. He also sits on the Colorado Youth Advisory Council and represents youth from all over Senate District 5 to the state legislature. On his off time, loves to read, write, run, and spend time with family and friends. He joined ERYC to make a difference in the community and to speak out for the needs of youth across the valley.

Gail Flesher
Gail is retired after working as a corporate and environmental lawyer in New York City at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, where she also worked as a pro bono lawyer and board member for several not-for-profits. She graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and received her law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She moved to Edwards in 2011 with her family and is enjoying being an active volunteer with several local and national political, community and educational organizations.

Greta Grems
Youth Representative, Youth Leaders Council
Vail Christian High School Student

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Karen Gutierrez
Youth Representative, Youth Leaders Council
Battle Mountain High School

Karen is a Junior at Battle Mountain High School. Her extra-curricular activities include Student Council, Hispanic Mentors, TEDx Youth, National Honors Society, and Link Crew. She can be found either at the gym playing basketball or in an auditorium participating in the school's musicals and choir. Even though she's part of many activities she usually finds the time to be outdoors in the company of her two dogs. She joined the Youth Leaders Council and Eagle River Youth Coalition because she knows that it is very important to give the youth a voice when it comes to making a positive change in the community. 

Beckett Hyde
Youth Representative, Youth Leaders Council
Battle Mountain High School

Beckett is a junior at Battle Mountain High School. He is passionate about artificial intelligence and youth activism and is working on a TEDxYouth talk about how "Anyone Can Build With Artificial Intelligence." In addition, he is partnering with Project We Care Colorado to create an online mental-health educational resource for crisis situations. When he has that rare spare moment, he enjoys reading, running, and writing code. He joined ERYC to bring a pragmatic voice to youth activism from a youth's perspective and hopes to improve the community as best he can.

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Davis Krueger
Youth Representative, Youth Leaders Council
Battle Mountain High School

Davis Krueger is a Sophomore at Battle Mountain High School. He's a member of the cross country Nordic, and track teams at Battle Mountain. He enjoys living in the Vail Valley so that he can do the things he loves like mountain biking, fly-fishing and hunting. He's also involved in Student Council, Best Buddies, TEDx Youth in the valley, and went to Honduras with Schools For Children of the World last summer to build a school in a underprivileged community. He's on Youth Leaders Council to make his voice, as youth, heard and to be be more involved in the community.

Mindy Larson
Religious Sector
Vail Christian High School

Mindy assumed the role of Principal at Vail Christian High School in July 2017, after serving as Vail Christian’s Dean of Students, Guidance Counselor and Science Department Chair. She began her teaching career as a high school school biology and chemistry teacher, first in North Dakota then in Eagle County where she has taught for over 15 years. During her years in education, Mindy has enjoyed working with students in a variety of capacities both inside and outside the classroom. She has worked as an independent college counselor, coached Science Olympiad teams and other science competitions, and has coordinated education abroad travel trips for students for many years. In addition, Mindy has coordinated student internships, educational summer programs, and school mission trips and is actively engaged in the Communities that Care (CTC) process. Mindy holds both a BS in Biology and M.S. in Special Education from Minot State University, and Educational Leadership from the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. Her hobbies include traveling, cross country skiing, hiking, trail running, and gardening.

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Tracy Miller
Media Sector
Vail Daily
Tracy has been a long-time media host, reporter and contributor, presently working with the Vail Daily. She is also the owner and chef of Colorful Cooking, and is passionate about healthy eating and living a healthy lifestyle. Tracy is raising two children in Eagle.

Chris Rieder
Chris is the Program Director of Mind Springs Health in Eagle County.  He grew up near Chicago and went on to attend Colorado State University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in 2004.  Chris spent a couple years as a snowboard instructor and whitewater raft guide in the Eagle Valley, before continuing his education at the University of Denver.  There he received his Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology and became a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  He has been in the nonprofit community health field for the past decade, working in a variety of roles including case management, as an on call crisis clinician, as a therapist, and in supervisory and administrative positions. Chris is proud to be part of the ERYC Board to help support youth outcomes and programming, in the community that he loves. He has lived in the Eagle Valley since 2004 and enjoys adventures in the mountains with his wife, Helen, and their two children.

Joey Staufer
Law Enforcement Sector
Eagle Police Department

Chief of Police Joey Staufer has been in law enforcement since 1997. He served the Colorado communities of Dillon and Breckenridge before transferring to the Town of Eagle as a mid-level manager, followed by a promotion to the Town’s Chief of Police in December, 2014. Joey has a BS in criminal justice/sociology, graduate work in criminal justice, and holds additional certificates of accredited specialized training.  As a native of our Eagle River Valley, Joey graduated Battle Mountain High School and began a career in the hospitality industry prior to answering the call of community service through police work.  Joey was motivated to return to our valley to be with family and to reconnect with his community. He lives in Eagle with his wife and three children.

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Amy VanWel
Youth-Serving Sector
Berry Creek Middle School
Amy Vanwel has served as principal at Berry Creek Middle School in Edwards since 2011, and was a teacher and assistant principal at Summit Middle School for 11 years prior. Amy earned a BA in Education at Michigan State University and an MA in Educational Leadership & Administration at Adams State University. She has two sons ages 11 and 15 and represents the youth-serving sector on the board.

James Wilkins
James is the CFO and Director of Finance for Eagle River Water and Sanitation District. He joined the District in March of 2015. Prior to working with the District, James worked in investment and commercial banking for 17 years. He has lived and worked in Eagle County since 1999, and has a son, Santiago, and daughter, Tori, with his wife, Olga. He holds a B.A. in Economics with a minor in finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as a certificate from the Graduate School of Banking at Madison, Wisconsin. James has served on several non-profit boards over the past 16 years, including Habitat for Humanity, Eagle County Charter Academy, Eagle County Homebuyer’s Assistance Committee, Vail Local Housing Authority, Vail Religious Foundation and Eagle Valley Family Assistance Fund. James has also served on ERYC’s board for 14 of the past 16 years.

Cameron Wolfe
Youth Representative, Youth Leaders Council
Vail Mountain School

Cameron is 17 years old and a junior at Vail Mountain School. He is an avid Nordic skier, baseball player and a full-time student. He is part of the Vail Mountain School Student Government, a member of the investment club, and a first chair trumpet player. When not doing school work or training, he's either playing ping pong or playing music. He joined the Youth Leaders Council because he recognized the importance of giving youth in this community a voice so that they can address the issues that they currently face, and giving them a wide range of opportunities so that they have a strong foundation that they can take anywhere in life.


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