Board of Directors & Staff
Rebecca Kanaly, Executive Director
Rebecca has served as Executive Director since December 2014. She has served in nonprofit executive management as Vice-President of Sustainability of Helmet Heads, Inc., Treasurer and Co-founder of Eagle Valley Senior Life and Secretary and Historian of Cancer League of Colorado. She holds an Executive MBA with honors from the University of Denver Daniel’s College of Business as a Daniels Social Capital Award and a Daniel’s Cup award recipient. Rebecca holds distinction as a Colorado Mountain College HERO Scholar and is in the CMC Alumni Hall of Fame. Rebecca has lived in the Eagle River Valley since 2006.
Kathryn Regjo joined the board in November 2015 and began serving as Board Chair in August 2016. She is currently the Campus Vice President at Colorado Mountain College at Vail/Edwards. Prior to moving to the Vail area, she was the President and CEO of Lincoln College of New England and held several positions with The Princeton Review. In Boulder, Colorado, she was regional vice president; in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she was Executive Director, Director of Marketing and Assistant Director of High School Programs. Regjo holds a Doctor of Education in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and German from Adrian College of Adrian, Michigan. She also studied at the Universitšt Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany. She is a member of the Connecticut American Council on Education Women’s Network, Penn Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy, and the American Association of University Women.
Alan Himelfarb joined the board in April 2015 and began serving as Vice Chair in August of 2016. Alan is currently the Executive Director of Starting Hearts, a local nonprofit dedicated to saving the lives of Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims. His career spanned more than 30 years of automotive endeavors in sustainable transportation, as CEO of American Automotive and in cooperation with industry scions such as Lee Iacocca, former Chairman of Ford and Chrysler, and Bob Stempel, former chairman of GM. Most recently, Alan worked on job creation in electric vehicle manufacturing with now Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia. Alan holds an MBA with honors from Regis University.
Nick Brooks joined the board in the spring of 2011, and began serving as Treasurer in August 2014. A Colorado native, he first moved to the Eagle River Valley in 2008 to begin his career with FirstBank, where he is currently a Vice President. In addition to his work with United Way, Nick enjoys volunteering with Junior Achievement, and with Calvary Chapel Vail Valley. Nick and his wife, Pamela, are blessed with three young children.
Rhonda Lee Salazar joined the board in January 2015 and is the Immediate Past President of United Way of Eagle River Valley. She currently resides in Gypsum and is the Lead Collections Investigator for Colorado's Fifth Judicial District. Rhonda is a Colorado native and a graduate of Colorado Mountain College and Regis University with degrees in psychology and business. She has history of helping others through diverse experiences such as directing a mentoring program in Eagle County, creating a recognized Adult Protection team for Delta Human Services and successfully serving as a domestic violence victim’s advocate.
Jonathan Shamis joined the Board in September 2015. Judge Shamis most recently was Executive Director of Alpine Legal Services, where he practiced family law, real estate law, collections, protection orders and criminal law. He served as an adjunct faculty member at Colorado Mountain College. Previously, Judge Shamis was a Partner at Fahrenholtz, Kleinschmidt, Stephens and Shamis, where he practiced in the 5th and 9th District Courts. He was a Senior Attorney and Assistant Public Defender in the Office of the Cook County (Ill.) Public Defender. Prior to graduation from law school, Judge Shamis directed the Illinois Ethnic Consultation.
Judge Shamis earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law.
Steve Forster joined the Board in June 2015. A 28-year journalist and photographer, he is the co-founder and current President of ProPress, Inc., a graphics, editorial and marketing consultancy based in Cleveland, OH. Steve is also the Executive Director of the non-profit National Confectionery Sales Association, responsible for the international Candy Hall of Fame, and a board member of a for-profit TX corporation. His experience includes consultancy for multi-nationals in the U.S., South and Central America, and Europe. English by birth, he emigrated to the U.S. in 1986, and he and Wendy now live in Gypsum after a gradual, but long-overdue, move from Cleveland.
Michelle Sylvain joined the board in April, 2014. Michelle holds an MBA/JD in corporate law and organizational leadership from the University of Denver, and completed post graduate work at Harvard University School of Law. Her private practice specialized in corporate law, intellectual property, and family and business mediation. She has served the legal community as general counsel, tenured- track law professor and a former Assistant State Attorney General. Currently she provides research assistance to the District Court in the Fifth Judicial District in complex litigation. She is an author, avid jazz fan, a hiker, nature photographer and camper. She is married, with an adult son.
Leslie Stern joined the board in September 2013. Les is a Partner with CTPartners. Les has more than 30 years of experience in executive search, both as an entrepreneur running a successful firm and as a partner with global firms. During his career, Les specialized in conducting senior-level searches in the financial services industry. A graduate of Cornell University, Les earned an MBA from Tulane University. He was an Executive-in-Residence at Tulane's A. B. Freeman School of Business.
Doug Clayton joined the board in April 2015. Doug has an extensive background in computer software and applications. He is a co-founder of 8150.co — High Altitude Entrepreneurs, an organization that promotes an entrepreneurial community within the Vail Valley. He previously lived in DC where he worked for the World Bank and Council on Foundations. He is currently CTO of GreyRaven, llc, a SaaS based company that focuses on the shared economy and municipalities.
Sid Spain joined the board in May 2015. Sid is pastor of the United Methodist Church of Eagle Valley. He has lived in the Eagle River Valley since 2007. He has Masters and Doctoral degrees from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and a Masters degree in Human Resources Management from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. For over 20 years, he served as a chaplain in the U. S. Navy, retiring as a Captain in 2000.
Randy J. Simmonds, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Samaritan Counseling Center, Edwards, CO. Dr. Simmonds has served on numerous boards and leadership positions in non-profit settings for over 35 years. He will serve as the President of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors from 2016-2018. He is a Clinical Fellow in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and is an ordained minister.
Linda Tillson joined the board in 2015. She is the director of the Eagle Valley Library District. Linda has worked in public libraries for nearly 30 years. She began her library career with the City of Phoenix and later worked for the Park City Library in Utah. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Western State Colorado University in Gunnison and her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She has resided in Gypsum since May of 2013.
Debbie Voboril joined the board in March 2016 after relocating to Avon from Atlanta, Georgia. With a BS in Health and Master’s Degree in Health Administration, her professional career and personal life has been dedicated to non-profit organizations, including the American Red Cross and Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Debbie served with United Way of Long Island (NY) on their Allocations Committee. After moving to Georgia, she continued her involvement with United Way as a Board Member of the United Way of Forsyth County (GA). She recently retired as Director of Marketing from the Alpharetta (GA) Convention and Visitors Bureau.