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Sandy Iglehart is the Board President of the Hope Center, which she helped found in 2010 after losing her daughter Courtenay to suicide in 2009. Previously, she was on the board of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and served for 11 years in Aspen.
Her passion to eradicate the shame and stigma surrounding mental health has been a driving force, and continues to fuel her to help others, in honor and memory of her daughter. She is married to Jim, and has two children and three grandchildren living here in this valley. She lives a very active lifestyle and is committed to this community and its well-being.
Sallie Bernard has been a board member of the Hope Center since 2013 and is Board Secretary. She is the Board President of the James Kirk Bernard Foundation which was established in 2010 to honor the life of her son Jamie Bernard who died from suicide.
Sallie is the board president and interim executive director of Ascendigo Autism Services, located in the Roaring Fork Valley, which provides outdoor recreation, enriched community-based opportunities and clinical services for children and adults across the autism spectrum. Sallie also serves on the board of SafeMinds and is an active member of the Cochrane Collaboration’s Consumer Network. She spent over 20 years in the marketing business before devoting herself full time to non-profit work in 2005. Sallie resides in Aspen and enjoys the Colorado outdoors.
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Mr. Esrick’s career began managing and later becoming President of a chain of retail electronic stores in the Tampa Bay Area. In 1990, Mr. Esrick Co-founded and served as President of National Business Solutions, Inc. (NBS) which grew from a start up to more than $300 million of revenues in 1996. Paychex, Inc. acquired NBS in August 1996. Mr. Esrick and NBS received numerous awards including a finalist of Ernst & Young Florida Entrepreneur of the Year for 1996, Inc Magazines 57th fastest growing company in 1995 and winner of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year.
Since 1997, Mr. Esrick has been involved in numerous private investments, as an example he was one of the Executive Producers for the Tony Award-Winning Broadway Show “Hairspray” along with numerous other successful real-estate developments and private equity investments. Of recent, a primary focus of Mr. Esrick has been on philanthropic activities, notably as co-founder of Hope Through Education, which builds primary and secondary schools in Africa. Other examples of his involvements are, Aspen Education Foundation, Aspen Jewish Community Center, All Children’s Hospital, and the Hope Center.
Carrie Benway joined YouthPower365 as Director of Development in January of 2016. Carrie served on Eagle County’s Board of Education from 2007 to 2015, ending her term as board president. Carrie’s experience on the board has given her an in-depth perspective of Eagle County school district and what is needed to set students up for success. At YouthPower365, she oversees development for our cradle-to-career programming, which focuses on closing the achievement gap and providing Eagle County youth with impactful development and enrichment activities.
Prior to joining YouthPower365, Carrie was the Director of Operations and Development at an early learning center. Having lived in the Vail Valley for 25 years with two teenage daughters who are currently enrolled in Eagle County Public Schools, Carrie’s passion for supporting education is contagious – she believes education is the most important way to contribute to the future success of the community. She currently is the chair of Colorado Mountain College Advisory Council and serves on the Board of Early Childhood Partners.
Originally from Minnesota, Jim moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1995. On a family ski trip to Aspen and Snowmass at the age of 10, he immediately knew where and how he wanted to spend the rest of his life. Jim has worked for Aspen Skiing Company for the past 20 years with responsibilities ranging from Human Resources to overseeing Retail Operations. Jim is currently VP and Chief Human Resources Officer, overseeing all employee related functions for Aspen Skiing Company.
Prior to moving to Aspen, Jim worked at Pillsbury and Rollerblade, both headquartered in Minnesota. He also attended undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Minnesota. Jim is very active in our local community, serving on several boards including Roaring Fork Leadership and Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club. He is an avid alpine and telemark skier, snowboarder and biker.
Jim and his wife Laurie have two children, William and Taylor, who both love skiing. Jim’s passion is sharing every aspect of our amazing mountain lifestyle with his family.
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Jonathan Shamis was appointed as Lake County Judge in Colorado’s Fifth Judicial District in 2013. He previously was Executive Director of Alpine Legal Services. Since 2015, he has served on the Colorado Suicide Prevention Commission and currently serves on the Colorado Task Force on Attorney Well-Being. He is currently working on a national effort to develop standards of judicial competence in mental health for all trial judges.