After working at the Salida Club for six years, Lisa realized she still wanted to stay connected to the Clubs, so she began to serve as a board member. She is currently the chair of the volunteer committee and believes the Clubs impact youth by providing fun, socialization, academic help, and a place to be accepted, heard, understood, and valued. The Club also gives youth a chance to give back, and Lisa has seen the youth of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chaffee County inspire their communities. A Salida resident, Lisa now works for American Family Insurance and says she enjoys taking on projects, from crocheting an afghan to building a fence.
Salidan Gloria Broudy has been a board member since 2013. She enjoys playing tennis and pickleball, travelling and taking photographs. She serves on two committees with the Clubs; the Marketing/Public Relations Committee and she chairs the Board Governance and Development Committee. Gloria says she joined the board to become part of an organization that helps make a significant difference in the lives of children. Her career included teaching, educational testing and educational program management.
Irv Broudy serves on the board with his wife Gloria and the couple have a home in Salida. He’s been a board member since 2008 and says he knows from his own personal experience how important organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs are for kids. He joined the board and volunteers because he wanted to help and enjoys working with children. His career included educational testing, research, college admissions and teaching. He directed SAT, PSAT and AP programs and taught and consulted in China, Lebanon and the U.S.
Now “professionally retired,” Ron joined the board in 2015 and serves on the committees for Marketing/Public Relations and Resource Development. His goal in becoming a board member was to be part of a well- organized board that accomplishes its goals. Frequent vacationers to Mexico, Ron and his wife Bonnie also enjoy visiting their children and grandchildren in Arizona, Colorado and Texas. The Cabes have lived in numerous U.S. states, as well as in Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Columbia and Puerto Rico before moving to Salida. In his spare time Ron enjoys fishing, rockhounding, gardening and playing bridge.
Prior to moving to Buena Vista, Amy spent many years working with children and teens. She joined the board in November of 2015 in order to continue to make a difference in the lives of young people. Amy believes the Clubs are important to the community because they provide a safe space for children to learn and grow, not only in education, but also as citizens of their community. She has a background in anthropology and a passion for travel. Her favorite place to visit so far is Belize, where she visited Mayan ruins. Amy currently works in marketing and public relations at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center.
During his first few months on the board, Oren hopped right in and assisted with the planning of the 2016 Casino Night. A Salida resident and longtime supporter of the Clubs, Oren has volunteered his time at the Salida Club since 2012. Becoming Board President in 2017, he also serves on the Board Finance and Public Relations and Marketing committees and has a strong desire to contribute to the great work being done by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chaffee County. Oren believes the Clubs give children wonderful opportunities to grow, learn and have fun in a nurturing environment. Before his retirement, Oren owned and managed a hardwood lumber company in San Antonio for 20 years and served as volunteer and executive director of a local children's shelter. Now when he has spare time, he enjoys playing the harmonica and participating in music jams in Salida.
Paula R. Dylan
Collegiate Peaks Bank Compliance Officer and Buena Vista resident Paula was new to the board in 2015. She joined the board because the Clubs have been an important part of her family's life since moving to Chaffee County. Her goal is to assist the Clubs with growth and to ensure that the Clubs will continue to be available for more families in the county in the years to come. As a single parent working full-time, Paula is grateful that the Clubs provide a safe place for her children where they are treated with love and respect and can be given opportunities to participate in activities that she doesn't have the time to provide herself. Paula's grandmother, Margaret Rose, donated the caboose at McPhelemy Park in Buena Vista to the town, and Paula remembers having sleepovers as a child inside the caboose when it was on her grandmother's farm.
A Salida resident since 2015, Beth is one of the newest members to the board, serving since Fall of 2016. She jumped in headfirst, serving on three committees: Public Relations and Marketing, Safety, and Board Governance and Development. As mom, Beth quickly discovered the value of the Clubs and the wonderful opportunities they provide for her children and many others. She’s seen her own children thriving in a safe and encouraging environment with talented and compassionate volunteers and staff. Because of this, Beth knew she needed to do what she could to help sustain this great community asset. The lucky mom of a big, blended family of six children, one granddaughter, two dogs, lots of chickens, pigs and cows, her family tries to raise as much of their own food as possible. When she’s not working on the farm or as Botanist and Rangeland Management Specialist with the Rio Grande National Forest, she’s a devoted CrossFit-er, hiker, camper and loves to play sports with her family.
Ron Mazzeo coaches youth baseball and football in the Salida community where he lives with his two school-aged children. He joined the board because his children were involved in the Boys and Girls Clubs in Salida and he was impressed with how much the Club offered to its members. He became involved to help the Clubs grow so staff members and volunteers could help as many children as possible. Ron believes in the Friday program and the summer program because they help working parents and provide fun activities to children. He has served on the board since 2014 and also sits on the Resource Development and Facilities Committees.
A Salida native, Michael has resided in Buena Vista since 1991 and retired from the Colorado Department of Corrections in 2013 after 22 years of service. Retirement allowed Mike the opportunity to volunteer at the Buena Vista Boys and Girls Clubs before becoming a board member in 2014. He is a member of the Programming, Facilities, Special Events, and Marketing Committees. Mike is drawn to volunteer with Boys and Girls Clubs because of the safe after-school environment that the Clubs provide. He loves the outdoor recreation opportunities that living in Chaffee County provides such as kayaking and alpine skiing and he also enjoys working on projects at his house. He has a deep interest in local history and collects books and postcards relating to mining, railroads, agriculture and the pioneer activities in Lake and Chaffee Counties.
Salida resident Greg is a retired teacher who has served on the board since 2013. He believes that the Clubs provide great opportunities for local children, and he has taught a variety of courses there, including building inflatable dinosaurs, rocketry, rocks and minerals, circuit boards, acids and bases and working with Club teens building a planetary remote-control rover. Greg's wife, Jan, also volunteers at the Club. In their free time, Greg and Jan enjoy hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and traveling.
Jack lives in unincorporated Chaffee County just outside Poncha Springs, with his wife, Cheryl. This is Jack’s fifth year on the board and he serves on three committees: Finance, Resource Development and Facilities. He joined the board out of a desire to get involved in a community organization and says he believes the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chaffee County fill a real and significant need for the parents and children of the county. Before retiring, Jack spent nine years working for Sears Roebuck and Eastman Kodak, and eventually went on to own a small business for 30 years. In his free time, Jack enjoys owning and driving his antique car and being in the outdoors, particularly canoeing.
Leta joined the board in 2016 after first volunteering in the after-school program, the summer lunch program and assisting the special events Casino Night committee. A Salida resident, Leta said she was motivated to get more involved when she witnessed firsthand the positive impact the BGCCC has on Chaffee County’s kids and desired to influence the lives of young people. A retired oncology and clinical research nurse, she's a member of the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association’s hiking club, has a GARNA community garden plot, where she grows giant zucchini, and is a budding cyclist.
An avid sportsman, outdoorsman and fierce defendant of public lands, Carlin joined the board in 2016, where he serves on the Resource and Development Committee. Carlin, a Buena Vista resident, believes in investing time and money in young people to provide them with tools to grow and influence the world and to ultimately develop in them the courage to gain real world experience. In turn, he hopes Chaffee County’s youth will return to work in the county and serve the community as adults. He believes that in order for the community to grow its economy beyond tourism and retirees, young people need to be supported. Carlin grew up in Chaffee County and has returned as Founder and CEO of Elevation Beer Company, choosing a role with the Boys and Girls Clubs because he’s seen a need for increased community involvement. Carlin loathes mushrooms, loves beets and frequently questions whether it is too late for coffee.
Emeritus Board Members
Marilyn served on the board from 2011-2013 and lives in Buena Vista. During her career, she worked as an educator for more than 30 years. She believes that her work on the board was a natural extension of her professional efforts to support children and families. Marilyn has seen the work of the Clubs contribute daily to the positive development of Chaffee County's children and teens and strengthen the community overall.
A Buena Vista teacher for 24 years and river outfitter for 25 years, Karen, now retired, initially volunteered on the steering committee to bring the Clubs to Chaffee County. She sat on the board for nine years, the majority of that time serving as Board President, stepping down in 2015. She still serves on the Resource Development Committee and says her experience as a teacher showed her the importance of other adults in a child’s life. She believes kids and families need a safe, productive and fun place to be after school and has seen children at the Clubs learn character development and good citizenship and experience contributing to their communities in ways that they were not able to do at school. Karen has always loved sports and continues to participate in activities such as pickleball, tennis, rafting, fly fishing, skiing and backpacking.
Banker and founding board member, Scott served for six years, as Vice President, President, and a committee member to Resource Development, Finance, Human Resources, Facilities and Marketing before becoming an emeritus member. He currently sits on the Resource Development Committee. He was initially recruited to the board by a steering committee attempting to organize local Boys and Girls Clubs as a replacement for an outgoing after-school program in existence at the time in Salida. He agreed to join the efforts because he believes the Clubs have proven themselves nationally, had good potential for success and the need within the community for such a program was evident. Scott was certain the impact of forming the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chaffee County would be widespread to the children, families, the schools and the communities within the county. Since then, he has seen measurable results for area youth. Scott likes to spend as much time as possible with his family, including three grandchildren, enjoying outdoor activities.
The President of Collegiate Peaks Bank, Salida resident Art joined the Board to become part of a group that plays a vital role in developing a child’s learning ability in a supervised and fun environment. He sees the Clubs' STEM program as a "game changer" for youth. Art believes the Boys and Girls Clubs provide different learning opportunities for children and gives kids a place to go instead of hitting the streets and potentially getting in trouble. He served on committees for finance, governance and fundraising. In his free time, Art enjoys golf and has fulfilled a bucket list wish when he attended the Masters Golf Tournament in 2016.
Wilderness lover Ericka served on the board from 2013-2016. She still chairs the Public Relations and Marketing Committee and previously sat on the Resource Development Committee. She joined the board after becoming a single mother in 2010 and discovering how important the Clubs are to working moms. Her goal is to change the perception of the Clubs within the community from being a place for “troubled youth” to a place where all children can have their lives enriched. Ericka is a paraprofessional guide in the 4-6 grade classroom at the Salida Montessori Charter School, owns and operates Ululani Event Design, planning weddings and events across Colorado, works creatively as a freelance writer and photographer, and provides business consulting for marketing through the Small Business Development Center. When she’s not planning an event or working with clients, she’s either writing poetry, dreaming of her next backpacking trip or trekking through snow in the backcountry. She has three children and one grandchild.
Sheryl is one of the original Boys and Girls Clubs of Chaffee County board members and she had only lived in Salida a few months when she was approached about board service. She and her husband chose to move to Salida because it was a "real town and not just a tourist town," and they believed that to keep a community real they needed to support families with children. A retired college teacher of the Humanities, literature and English, Sheryl enjoys cooking, entertaining and collecting examples of egregrious grammar errors