January 23, 2018

RFOV Staff & Board of Directors

Meet Our Staff

Ron Rash, Executive Director
Ron Rash
Executive Director

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.

Rebecca Schild
Director of Development

As a Colorado native, a love for public lands and outdoor adventure are in Becca’s blood. After graduating from Colorado College, she worked for the National Outdoor Leadership School as a wilderness and climbing instructor while also earning a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her dissertation examined the impact of volunteer stewardship organizations and the connection between outdoor recreation and environmental values. This research, coupled with her background in outdoor education, inspired her to launch a traveling semester program for the High Mountain Institute that unites outdoor leadership with hands-on stewardship through the American West and Patagonia; now a thriving program that her husband continues to direct. She is so excited to bring her passion for volunteer stewardship and experiential education to the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers and move to an area that has been a dream place for many years. In her free time, she can be found climbing, trail running, or road-tripping in her Scamp trailer with her husband, newborn daughter, and dog.

Olivia Deihs, Program Coordinator
Ben Sherman, Assistant Youth Coordinator
Ben Sherman
Education Director

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.

Olivia Deihs
Program Director

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
Carl Nelson, Field Coordinator
Carl Nelson
Field Coordinator

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.

Shea Courtney
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator

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

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


Chris Geiger
Chris Geiger

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

Glenwood Springs

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

The Aspen Appraisal Group


Tory Thomas
Tory Thomas

Broker Associate, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's International Realty


Jamin Heady-Smith, Chair
Jamin Heady-Smith

Certified Public Accountant

Glenwood Springs

Tory Thomas
Rebecca Polan

Event Sales Manager, Limelight Hotel


Tory Thomas
James Heelan

Certified Public Accountant, PC


Jonathan Feldman

Bank Officer, Alpine Bank


Erin Zalinski
Erin Zalinski

Owner, TreadZ

Glenwood Springs