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. Tim has played a leadership role in successful efforts to start several non-profit organizations including the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, the Bluff Lake Nature Center, and the South Dakota Agricultural Land Trust. Most recently, Tim was 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, Tim was the State Director for the Trust for Public Land’s Colorado office 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 spends his weekends skiing, whitewater rafting and hiking with his wife, their two dogs, and as much as possible with his 22 and 25-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.
Donor Engagement Manager
After growing up in California, Traci made the move to Colorado in 1996, eventually finding her way “home” to Steamboat in 2003. Traci is passionate about the Yampa Valley and being of service to this community and its people. She is energized through cultivating meaningful connection with others. Serving as Donor Engagement Manager at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation since 2019, Traci takes pride in helping those who want become more connected to the community find inspiring, meaningful ways to do so, which resonate with their personal values and interests. Philanthropy is uniquely personal, and effective donor engagement is rooted in building relationships. Through her work, she supports the nonprofit organizations serving the Yampa Valley and serves as a resource to donors, in an effort to build a thriving community where our shared values are preserved and celebrated.
Traci’s greatest joy in life is spending time with her husband and son, and their many four-legged family members. In her free time, she enjoys dance and teaching fitness classes, and being outside with her family on the river or the mountain.
27 years into his career as a storyteller and marketer, Greg delights in challenging himself and others. His training as a cultural anthropologist helps him capture and share stories broadly to better the world and its people. He’s been an active community member in the Yampa Valley since 2010, volunteering as a board member at Friends of the Yampa, co-launching the Mountaintown Film Collective, serving on the Chamber Marketing Committee, and until recently working as marketing director at Strings Music Festival. He lives in Steamboat with his wife Kim Ryan along the core trail and the banks of the mighty Yampa River.
Karen moved to Steamboat in 1981 to spend “just one year” as a ski bum. Bringing decades of accounting and business experience to the organization, Karen is responsible for YVCF’s accounting, finance, and human resource needs. She has a passion for helping seniors and people in need with tax return assistance, driver’s safety, and other finance services.
Office Manager/Yampa Valley Gives Coordinator
Holly moved to Steamboat after graduating from the University of Colorado and has been living in town for 20 years. Her background is in credit/accounting in both corporate and small business; in addition to her work at YVCF, Holly and her husband operate a small metalworking business in town. In her free time, Holly enjoys skiing, hiking and cheering on her two daughters during their many sports activities. She feels lucky to call Steamboat home and be a part of an organization that gives back to the community.
Scholarship Program Manager/ Communications Coordinator
Jenny is a Colorado native who was thrilled to relocate to sunny Steamboat Springs in 2017 after 20+ years away in North Carolina, California, Illinois, Idaho and mainly Washington State. She worked as an epidemiologist before anyone knew what that meant, initiated and directed two fundraising running races, and has volunteered locally for a variety of organizations. Jenny enjoys running, mountain biking, skiing, rafting, hiking, reading, and cheering on her two teenagers’ year-round sports and music activities.
Accounting and Administrative Specialist
Kerry grew up in the upper peninsula of Michigan and moved to Steamboat in 2015. She brings extensive experience in accounts payable/receivable, office management, customer service, project coordination and meeting and event planning. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, camping and fishing with her husband and dog Josie. She is grateful to be a part of YVCF and all it does for the community.
Every day we meet with partners, new and longstanding, to pass on our passion to build a better Yampa Valley. If you have a passion, we can help you find the best way to pass it on.