Lori Sharp (President) is a business & marketing consultant with 20 years of leadership experience. She and her family relocated to Montrose in 2009, and she has been a passionate advocate for building the Montrose community ever since. Lori has played a key role with numerous Montrose organizations including Maslow Academy of Applied Learning, Friends of the Montrose Rec Center, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and the PTA at her kid’s schools. She is also a volunteer soccer coach for the Montrose Recreation District. “I was fortunate to have been raised having access to a wide variety of sports and recreation opportunities. I would like to see more Montrose area youth having access to quality programs.” Term ends December 2014.
Mindy Miller (Vice President) is a Family Practice physician. She and her husband moved to Montrose from Austin, Texas in 1997. Mindy has volunteered for the Medical Mission (a free local free medical clinic) as well as Habitat for Humanity and the Montrose Community Foundation. She has served as a USA Swimming official and currently serves as chairman of the Montrose Memorial Hospital Ethics committee. In her spare time she enjoys cycling, Crossfit, swimming, triathlons, photography, hiking, and cheering for her two children at their various sporting events. Mindy hopes to play a key role in fundraising for the MRF. “My love for sports and fitness and the desire for my patients to seek a healthy lifestyle has motivated me to work with the MRD and serve on the MRF with the hope of encouraging recreation and promoting a healthier community.” Term ends December 2014.
Suzi King (Treasurer) is a small business owner of SZK consulting. She is currently a data specialist consultant with the school district. Suzi has been involved with the Habitat for Humanity Montrose County board, VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), and the Black Canyon Youth Triathlon. She has served as an officer of several school parent groups as well as the Academic Booster Club. Suzi has been a coach and webmaster for the Montrose Marlins swim Team and is a member of the Montrose Marlins Masters Swim Team. Suzi’s past board memberships as well as her technical and web expertise is invaluable to the MRF. Suzi and her husband have lived in Montrose since 1993 and have two boys. “Having strong organizational skills and a passion for recreation, I want to be a part of making our vision of Recreation for Everyone a reality in this town I love.” Term ends December 2014.
Sara Lokey (Secretary) is a stay at home mom of her three-year-old daughter, Gracie. She is also a registered nurse and works periodically at Montrose Memorial Community Hospital. She is a member of the Friends of the Montrose Rec Center and has lived in Montrose with her husband for 5 years. As one who loves the outdoors, Sara brings a solid commitment to quality recreational opportunities. “It’s hard to sum up the benefits that a comprehensive recreation center would provide. I use the current aquatics center on a weekly basis, and we are busting at the seams in an outdated facility. As a stay at home mom, I am very excited about the possibility of having a place to go that would not only provide childcare but also a place for my family and friends to share in activities that will encourage healthy habits and lifestyles.” Term ends December 2014.
Ellen Angeles teaches English as a Second Language in the Montrose County School District. In the past she has also taught at Colorado Mountain College. Ellen has a unique skill set having worked in banking, sales and teaching. She has been on a variety of boards including the Ohio Jaycees, Heinzerling Memorial Foundation and Montrose Botanical Society. Ellen and her husband have been in Montrose for seven years and have a son. Ellen’s energy for fundraising is a great asset to the board. “I am interested in the success of a Community Recreation Center because I believe it is good for the body, the mind, and the community. I feel this project brings together intergenerational ties which benefit the whole community connections.” Term ends December 2014.
Jayne Billbery has a Bachelors Degree in Outdoor Recreation and an Associates Degree in Ski Area Management. She is currently employed in the Food Service Industry and has lived in Montrose with her husband and son for seventeen years. She is chair of the Montrose Recycles Citizens Committee and was a member of the Citizens Task Force for a new Montrose Recreation Center from 2010-2011. Jayne completed the Uncompahgre Leadership Program in 2007 and was former chair of the Montrose County Democratic Party. Jayne brings excellent organizational skills to the board as she has worked on numerous campaigns from the local to presidential level and has been involved in community issues such as school funding and recall elections. “I feel passionate about recreation opportunities in the Montrose area. I channel that passion into a vision for a new recreation center that our community desperately needs.” Terms ends December 2013.
Mike Brown is a retired high school science teacher and basketball/track coach. A native of Iowa, he has been part of a strong community recreation center for many years and knows the importance and role of a recreation center. He is an enthusiastic member of the Montrose Recreation District Board and acts as a liaison between the MRD and the MRF. He has been an active participant in creating and carrying out fundraising activities. Mike and his wife have lived in Montrose for two years. “My overall feelings about the roles of the MRD and the MRF is that we are currently doing a very good job with very limited and outdated facilities. The opportunities for all genders and ages of Montrose residents would be greatly enhanced by the addition of a comprehensive recreation facility.” Term ends December 2014.
Valerie Harper teaches Anatomy and Physiology part-time for Colorado Mesa University, has written several laboratory manuals, and has developed a series of computer simulated physiology experiments. Valerie is on the Montrose Medical Alliance board and helps organize their yearly fundraiser. She has lived in Montrose for 6 years and enjoys tennis, skiing, and hiking. “We moved to Montrose because we loved the outdoor recreational activities that are available here. However, shortly after moving I realized that indoor recreational opportunity, especially for school age children, was lacking. I feel fortunate to be a part of a group dedicated to improving recreational opportunities through construction of a community recreation center”. December 2013.
Judy Lokey works part time at Passage Charter School, an alternative school for pregnant and parenting teens. She was a counselor and social worker with the school district for twenty-five years. Judy has served on many boards in the past such as Partners, MABA (Montrose Area Bicycle Alliance), Magic Circle Theatre and Community Options. She has also been a dedicated volunteer for Girls on the Run, Habitat for Humanity, and Magic Circle Players. Judy has lived in Montrose since 1977 and is an avid biker, skier, swimmer and hiker. “I am very interested in having a recreation center and in general I desire more activities for us, our children and grandchildren.” Term ends December 2013.
Robert Omer works for the Colorado Judicial Branch. In previous years he founded a Wilderness Therapy Program, was a Former Army Officer as well as an Outdoor Rec Instructor. He has been in Montrose for twelve years and has two children. He is currently a board member of the Montrose Community Foundation, Telluride Lacrosse Club, Montrose Lacrosse Foundation, 7th Judicial District Community Corrections, Montrose Juvenile Planning Board, Montrose Drug Free Coalition, and the Senate Bill 94 Executive Committee. In the past he has served on the Montrose Recreation District Board as well as the Oak Grove Elementary School PTA. “I am on the board to act as a catalyst for positive change in our community by promoting recreation as a focal point of Montrose.” Term ends December 2013.
Jim Plumhoff is an attorney in Montrose. He coaches lacrosse through the Recreation District and is also a member of the Montrose County Fair Board. He moved to Montrose two years ago with his wife and two children after coming here for many years to take part in the fantastic outdoor activities Montrose has to offer. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking with his family. “I am a true believer in building strong healthy communities through both outdoor and indoor recreational activities.” Term ends December 2013.
Wayne Quade was employed with the United States Forest Service for thirty-two years. He has been a Montrose resident for twenty-one years and has a heart for service. He is a longtime member of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and a board member of the National Society for Park Resources branch of NRPA. Wayne has served on the Montrose Parks Advisory Board, Friends of the River Uncompahgre Board and Montrose Kiwanis Board. He is a member of the Uncompahgre Valley Association and has served as a mentor for Partners on several occasions. He has also had numerous roles with the Boy Scouts of America. “I hope to promote a vivacious and healthy community, to help coordinate recreational development in and around Montrose, and to provide healthy activities and a gathering center for area youth.” Term ends December 2014.
Montrose Recreation District – Liaisons (do not serve on the board)
Ken Sherbenou is the Executive Director of the Montrose Recreation District (MRD) and serves as a liaison to the MRF. His work experience spans the non-profit, private and public sectors. He ran a non-profit outdoor recreation program, the Wonderful Outdoor World, worked as a parks and recreation consultant for a private company, GreenPlay LLC, and in the public sector served as manager of one of Denver’s largest recreation centers as well as in his current role as Executive Director of MRD. Ken’s affinity for outdoor recreation as well as the opportunity to help lead the Montrose Rec District brought he and his wife to the Western Slope, a place that they both love. In his role, Ken strives to improve the quality and quantity of service provided by MRD. This, he feels, contributes greatly to the quality of life and building of community in Montrose. He is committed to helping the MRF achieve its mission of Montrose becoming a leading community in Colorado for recreational opportunities. “The strong working relationship between MRD and MRF gives me hope that this bold mission will be achieved.”
Cindy Marino has served as the 50+ Activity Coordinator for the Montrose Recreation District (MRD) for the past 4 ½ years. She serves as a liaison to the MRF. Her position with the MRD requires skill in planning trips and activities, scheduling space for programs, coordinating with vendors and instructors, managing a budget and marketing MRD programs. Cindy’s work experience includes teaching a college course, working for the Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Food and Nutrition Program and delivering numerous community presentations. She also developed and implemented a worksite wellness program for the largest health department in Colorado. “I have a strong belief that the Montrose community will benefit immensely by having a recreation center that will provide offerings for people of all ages.”