Tim’s career has centered around building trusting partnerships with others – whether with community partners or teams within organizations – to articulate vision and develop strategy to achieve those visions.
Tim has worked in the private and public arenas, the for-profit and non-profit sectors, in partnership with government agencies, and by developing strategic collaborations. Along the way, he has successfully learned to harness the talents of diverse stakeholders to pull in the same direction by building upon shared values and interests. Tim has played a leadership role in successful efforts to start several non-profit organizations including the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (now in its 25th year and one of the most successful land trusts in the country), the Bluff Lake Nature Center (a 26-year old Denver non-profit), and the South Dakota Agricultural Land Trust (a current effort to establish the state’s first statewide land trust).
Most recently Tim has been Coalition Director of For the Love of Colorado, a collaboration of water stakeholders from across the state seeking to address the funding gap standing in the way of full implementation of Colorado’s Water Plan.
Prior to his work with For the Love of Colorado, in 2007 Tim joined the Trust for Public Land as Colorado State Director, and was later named Chief Operating Officer for the national organization. Under his leadership the Colorado office raised over $92 million to protect some of the state’s most precious and threatened lands for public enjoyment, and to design and build parks and natural areas where they are needed most in the Denver metro area.
Earlier in his career, Tim devoted ten years as a principal with Western Land Group, Inc., a private consulting firm specializing in public land exchange facilitation. During that time, he worked with the Emerald Mountain Partnership to put together the federal and state land exchange which resulted in the BLM’s acquisition of Emerald Mountain in Steamboat Springs. Before returning to settle in his home state of Colorado, Tim spent several years at the World Wildlife Fund’s RESOLVE Center for Environmental Dispute Resolution in Washington, D.C., where he implemented international training projects and facilitated domestic consensus-based mediations.
Tim has served on a number of non-profit boards including Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, and the Bluff Lake Nature Center.
“Throughout my career, I have worked closely with many different foundations, from small family and community foundations to large national institutions,” Tim shares. “I believe the heart of every nonprofit organization is its staff and board. The YVCF team is passionate about this community and about fulfilling the organization’s mission of ‘Connecting People Who Care with Causes that Matter.’ I am excited to get to know the generous donors of the region and learning about what they most care about, so we can build upon the successes of the past and together make the Yampa Valley an even more wonderful place to live, work and play.”
Tim spends his weekends skiing, whitewater rafting and hiking with his wife, their two dogs, and as much as possible with his 21 and 24-year old daughters. He holds an M.S. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Biology from Brown University.
Community Impact Manager
Helen joined the Community Foundation in June of 2015 and serves as the Community Impact Manager. She has a deep passion to inspire organizations, people, and our community to continually strive towards their goals. She is married to Ben Beall and together they take care of two cats, one dog, and lots of plants. In her free time, she rides her mountain bike, enjoys backcountry skiing, and plans adventures in the woods.
Karen moved to Steamboat over 34 years ago and becoming an official “ski bum” in her first year, Karen brings over 25 years of accounting and business experience to the organization. Karen is responsible for the accounting, finance and human resource needs of the organization. With her partner Mike, they are proud to be part of the western heritage of the valley, from the early Jack Pot Rodeo to horse drives and wild horse races. Their son Colton, a CU graduate currently resides in Denver
After graduating from the University of Colorado, Holly moved to Steamboat and has been living in town for almost 20 years. Her background is in credit/accounting in both corporate and small business. Holly and her husband operate a small business in town while raising their two daughters. In her free time, Holly enjoys volunteering at the elementary school and taking advantage all that Steamboat has to offer. She feels lucky to call Steamboat home and be a part of an organization that gives back to the community.
Donor Engagement Manager
Traci Hiatt has cultivated deep and meaningful relationships over her 16+ years in the Yampa Valley, both through her role in Marketing, Community Outreach and Advocacy with Steamboat Sotheby’s Realty, as well as her extensive community involvement. Traci has served on multiple nonprofit boards, has been instrumental in the establishment of donor advised funds with YVCF, and has worked with the YVCF Marketing and IMPACT100 Steering Committees prior to her joining the YVCF team. Traci’s greatest joy in life is spending time with her husband and young son, whether they are river rafting, fishing and camping in the summers, or spending their days on the mountain in the winters. She is passionate about making an impact in the Yampa Valley community and about YVCF’s mission of connecting people who care with causes that matter.
Office Adminstrative Assistant
Jenny is a Colorado native who was thrilled to relocate to sunny Steamboat Springs 2 1/2 years ago after 20+ years away in North Carolina, California, Illinois, Idaho and mainly Washington State. Before moving to Steamboat, she worked as an epidemiologist (public health researcher), initiated and directed two fundraising running races, the Bainbridge Island Turkey Trot and the Trillium Trail Run, and served on the Board of a Parks Foundation. After getting her kids (ages 15 and 13) and husband settled in Steamboat, Jenny dove into volunteer work in various local nonprofits including the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament, The Journey Ahead for Steamboat Springs Middle School and Booster Club for Steamboat Springs High School. Jenny enjoys running, mountain biking, skiing, rafting, hiking, and reading – all of which she tries to squeeze in when she’s not cheering on her kids’ year-round sports and music activities. She’s excited to help YVCF’s great team of colleagues and to learn more about the local nonprofit scene.