Board of Directors

2016 Board Retreat























jamesJames Wilkins, President
Business Sector
Eagle River Water and Sanitation District

James Wilkins is the Director of Finance with the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District and currently works in Vail. He’s been with the district since the beginning of 2015 and was a Senior Vice President with a local bank for fifteen years prior to starting with the District. Outside of work, Mr. Wilkins serves on the Board of Directors for the Eagle Valley Family Assistance Fund, the Eagle River Youth Coalition, the Vail Religious Foundation, and the Eagle County Charter Academy, and he is a member of the Finance Committee for the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Mr. Wilkins also participates with the local chapter of the Family Leadership Training Institute and is a member of the Vail Leadership Institute. Mr. Wilkins earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado in 1998. He also completed the Graduate School of Banking program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008.


kristiKristi Grems, Vice President
Health Care Sector
Mind Springs Health

Kristi is Program Director of Mind Springs Health. She grew up in Ann Arbor, Mi and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Human Development from The Ohio State University, 1995. At this time she relocated to the Vail Valley were she found herself working at ABC School as a preschool teacher then as a Director. In 2002 she received her Master's of Education in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from University of Colorado at Denver. Kristi continued to work in the Early Childhood field as a Mental Health Consultant for Early Childhood Partners and teaching Incredible Years Parenting Classes. Currently she is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC)at Mind Springs Health. Kristi lives in Edwards with her husband, Rob and her two children.


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

Thomas P. Pohl 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.


Jennifer Coulson, Secretary
Media Sector
Realtor, Coldwell Banker

Jennifer Coulson currently serves as a Realtor for Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties. In addition to a full time career in real estate sales as well as the being recently appointed to the position of Managing Director of the Coldwell Banker office in Vail Village. Born and raised in Kansas City, Jennifer Coulson, moved into the valley permanently in January of 2001. Jennifer graduated from SMU in Dallas, TX, 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!


edgarEdgar Arroyo
Parent Sector
Eagle County Schools

Edgar is the District Translator/Interpreter for Eagle County Schools as well as a cultural advocate. He has been a board member for ERYC since 2012 and plays a large role on the ERYC Marketing Committee, opening several new doors at the district level and generating interest in several events, especially for the Dinner and Dialogue series. He likes to help families in need at the district level and has helped with the translation of the first and second editions of the Resource directory, which helps families become aware of the programs and resources available to them. With the Resource Directory and other resources Edgar can help connect families with other entities in the valley. Edgar is also a big fan of music and live concerts, volunteer for the VPAC (4th season) and high/middle school referee for football and lacrosse (7th season).


Franklin Reilly
Youth Representative
Battle Mountain High School, YLC

I am a junior at Battle Mountain High School. Most people call my Franklin but some upperclassmen have developed the nickname Frankie. I am involved in extracurricular activities year round. In the fall, I am the High School Volleyball manager, in the winter, I ski on the Nordic team, and the rest of the year I play baseball with several teams. Another activity that I participate in is 4-H. I have been involved in the youth program for most of my life. A long-term goal that I have is to have a successful career at the same time of being satisfied with what I’m doing. I have a big passion for Baseball and Photography. I find that my optimistic approach is a useful trait. I joined YLC because I thought that it would be a good way for me to meet new people and help out the community.


Ryan Collins 2016Ryan Collins
Youth Representative
Ski and Snowboard Academy, YLC

My name is Ryan Collins and most people call me RC. I am currently a junior at the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy. I am President of the Student Council & the Model UN Club and am in the process of restarting our school’s Chess Club. I am involved in the Steadman Philippon Research Institute's Education program and the Public Outreach Committee Science Club. I have worked with organizations such as: Roundup River Ranch, Eagle River Watershed, Protect Our Winters, SOS Outreach and the statewide youth initiative, YES2. I have never lost a game of Monopoly or Risk and I went to states in elementary school for choir (I can belt out Whitney Houston's song, I Will Always Love You). Some of my greatest passions include: alpine ski racing, helping others, cooking, parliamentary procedure, and giving the youth a voice. My arching goal is to reach the US Ski Team or join the United States Air Force. I joined YLC with the goal of giving the youth a voice and listening to the opinions of others within my community.


KatieJarnotCatherine Jarnot
Youth-Serving Sector
Eagle County Schools

Katie Jarnot is the principal of Eagle Valley Middle School. She is a third generation educator who taught middle school English before becoming an administrator. Katie grew up in the valley before moving to New England, where she lived for 18 years. She won the New Hampshire State Role Model award in 2010 as an assistant principal. Katie moved back to Colorado in 2011 to take the helm at Eagle Valley Middle School, where she attended as a child. She is a graduate of Battle Mountain High School. Katie earned her B.A. in English, theater and education from Rockford University in Rockford, IL, and her M.Ed. from the University of New Hampshire in administration and supervision. Katie is currently working on her doctorate in educational leadership through University of Northern Colorado. Katie has enjoyed partnering with EYRC as a principal and is excited to be part of the board. Being involved in growing and moving this organization forward is a priority as she has seen first-hand the good that EYRC does for youth and families in our valley.



KorrineKorrine Winstead
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 very busy as the PTA President at her childrens’ elementary, as a Girl Scout Troop Leader and recently took on the role as a 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.


Phil QualmanPhilip Qualman
Education Sector
Eagle County Schools

Philip Qualman is in his 12th year with Eagle County Schools, currently serving as Assistant Superintendent. As Assistant Superintendent, Philip oversees many aspects of the local public school system. He supervises principals, directs district-wide programming for school counselors, oversees dual enrollment programming at CMC, leads school safety efforts, directs truancy and expulsion hearings, and oversees graduation requirements. Before taking his current position at the District Office, Philip served eleven years at Battle Mountain High School as Principal, Assistant Principal, and a Social Studies Mentor Teacher. Mr. Qualman holds a BA in History from the University of Missouri, and an MA in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Colorado, Denver. Philip grew up near Kansas City, Missouri, and first came to Eagle County in 1991. Since his arrival, he worked as a commercial raft guide for nearly 20 years, and started a small business providing driver's education to local youth. Philip is married to Liz Qualman, a teacher at Red Canyon High School, and they have two kids who attend ECS schools in Edwards.


Andrej
Andrej Birjulin
Civic/Volunteer Sector
Confluence Research and Training

Andrej Birjulin 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.


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Audrey Sunday
Religious Sector
St. Clare of Assisi Middle School Language Arts Teacher

Audrey Sunday is the Middle School Language Arts Teacher at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School. She grew up in Toledo, Ohio and received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduation, she moved out to San Francisco and earned her teaching credential at San Francisco State. Throughout her 15 years of teaching experience, she has developed a teaching philosophy centered on a differentiated, holistic, and nurturing approach to education. She received her Master’s degree in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity: Bilingual/ESL Special Education from the University of Colorado Boulder and Master’s degree in Multicultural Literature from the University of San Francisco. She loves to travel, camp, and hike with her husband and son.


caroline dewell
Caroline Dewell
Youth Representative, YLC
My name is Caroline Dewell and I am a freshman at Eagle Valley High School. I participate in musicals and productions year round while balancing speech and debate, dancing and singing classes, alpine ski racing, and academics. Though I am a busy girl, I always enjoy sitting down to cozy up to a nice book or to play piano. I enjoy skiing in the winter, rafting in the summer and performing in shows all year. I just recently took a 2-week service trip to Cambodia to volunteer at an orphanage and teach at the local schools. I joined YLC because I wanted to be more involved in our community and speak up about issues which affect the youth.








rob hixon
Rob Hixon

Youth Representative, YLC
My name is Rob Hixon, I am 16 years old and junior at Vail Christian High School. I tend to invest my time in school work, which involves being co-president of the Prom Committee Drama, Academic Decathlon, and 5 AP classes. My extra curricular activities include, writing and student directing school shows and Reading Buddies at the Eagle Library. I chose to add ERYC and YLC to that list because I see the true power in giving youth a voice. As a member of the board, I hope to bring more opportunities to private schools, and find ways to help the young LGBT population of the valley.






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Craig Bettis
Law Enforcement Representative
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.

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of Eagle County high school students didn't drink alcohol in the past 30 days.

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4613 | Edwards, CO 81632
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