January 23, 2018

RFOV Staff & Board of Directors

Meet Our Staff

Ron Rash, Executive Director
Ron Rash
Executive Director
rrash@rfov.org

Ron joined Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers after working for Ascendigo Autism Services as an Interim Executive Director and then the Adventures Director. Ron was past owner for Aspen Alpine Guides, and was a senior instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Working for a non-profit organization dedicated to public lands stewardship, conservation, and restoration is exciting and extremely rewarding. The mission of engaging volunteers for restoration projects develops a sense of community for everyone involved. Ron has volunteered for over 20 years with Mountain Rescue Aspen that also engages individuals in the community for the benefit of others. The Young Stewards Initiative is another part of Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers that offers experiential educational opportunities for valley youths from Aspen to Parachute. Teaching young ones the importance of conservation and public stewardship, plus having fun in the process. Ron’s work with the National Outdoor Leadership School will prove invaluable in expanding the Young Stewards Initiative in our area schools.

Olivia Deihs
Program Manager
odeihs@rfov.org

Olivia joins RFOV after spending several years working on public lands in both Utah and Colorado. As a child, she spent her summers on family road trips exploring the United States and winters skiing in Crested Butte. She quickly fell in love with the mountains and immediately moved out west after graduating from Northern Illinois University. Olivia brings a range of outdoor experience to her position as Program Manager, including leading back-country chainsaw crews, researching mammal species in Illinois’ prairies, and teaching outdoor leadership seminars. When not on the trail, you can find her exploring the valley with a fishing pole in hand, escaping to the desert, or watching The Office (again).

Olivia Deihs, Program Coordinator
Lizz Bailey, Youth Program Coordinator
Lizz Bailey
Youth Program Coordinator
ebailey@rfov.org

Lizz joins Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers from Catalina Island, where she began her environmental education experience three years ago. Her experiences teaching students both in and out of the classroom have shaped her teaching philosophy to include the concepts of stewardship for protected lands through conservation work that also utilizes recreation as an important tool to interact with the landscape. Prior to the Conservancy, she was part of AmeriCorps NCCC where she first learned about trail work and native plant conservation. Her love for the outdoors began in her mother’s garden, grew through trips to the Jersey shore, and bloomed through a 10-week camping adventure with AmeriCorps. She is excited to explore the mountains, having only heard rumor of the mysterious beauty of the Colorado River before accepting her position at RFOV. Originally from New Jersey, she is a graduate from Montclair State University, and is looking forward to expanding the youth programs of RFOV.

Shea Courtney
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
sheac@rfov.org

Shea grew up in Carbondale. Sparked by environmental activism at 8 years old when a development in town pushed out wildlife, she dedicated her younger years to writing letters to the editor and handing out fliers to her classmates about animal habitats and sustainability. Shea has always had a connection to the great outdoors and travel, which is the motivation to adventure to new places and has allowed her to explore much of Western Colorado, the USA, and Europe. She enjoys spontaneous trips, hiking and backpacking, and her desire to care for the environment, as well as educate the public is what brought her to RFOV.

Shea Courtney, Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
Ben Sherman, Assistant Youth Coordinator
Ben Sherman
Assistant Youth Coordinator
bsherman@rfov.org

Ben brings versatile education experience to Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, having taught outdoor and environmental education with several organizations around the country. Most recently he worked as an Educator and Naturalist with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, where he taught all ages about the unique nature and history of the upper Roaring Fork Valley. In the past Ben worked for Outward Bound, taught at a popular Minnesota nature center and studied endangered bats throughout California. A Tufts University graduate, he was raised in Minnesota, where he grew up hiking, skiing, canoeing and enjoying time outdoors. Ben is excited to help students from Parachute to Aspen connect to public lands and make lasting and meaningful improvements to the area’s trails.

Carl Nelson
Field Coordinator
cnelson@rfov.org

Carl Nelson brings 10 years of outdoor experience to the role as seasonal Field Coordinator, having worked on outdoor projects in the mountain West. He served in supervisory capacities on projects for the U.S. Geological Survey, Colorado Division of Wildlife, and the Forest Service, earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Western State College in Gunnison, and completed a CMC (Leadville) Outdoor Semester in the Rockies. An avid hiker and climber, Carl was born in the Boulder area, and relocated to the Valley from Durango.

Carl Nelson, Field Coordinator

Board of Directors

RFOV's Board of Directors includes a dedicated group of residents from all over the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys. Their service isn't limited to the Board; many are seasoned Crew Leaders and you'll often see them working alongside other volunteers on weekend and evening projects.

Ryan Vugteveen
Ryan Vugteveen, Chair

Principal Landscape Architect, Lift Studio

Aspen

Chris Geiger
Chris Geiger

Water Rights and Real Estate Attorney, Balcomb & Green P.C.

Glenwood Springs

Randy Gold, Co-Vice Chair
Randy Gold, Co-Vice Chair

The Aspen Appraisal Group

Aspen

Tory Thomas
Tory Thomas

Broker Associate, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's International Realty

Aspen

Jamin Heady-Smith, Chair
Jamin Heady-Smith

Certified Public Accountant

Glenwood Springs

Tory Thomas
Rebecca Polan

Event Sales Manager, Limelight Hotel

Aspen

Tory Thomas
James Heelan

Certified Public Accountant, PC

Basalt

Erin Zalinski
Erin Zalinski

Owner, TreadZ

Glenwood Springs

Erin Zalinski
Jonathan Feldman

Bank Officer, Alpine Bank

Aspen

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