It takes a lot of help and guidance to maintain Shadowcliff’s beautiful facilities, plan for the future, and oversee the activities of more than 1500 guests and volunteers each season.
Each one of our directors volunteers their time to drive our mission forward and help to steer our course. Many of them have been personally involved with Shadowcliff for years. Meet our Board of Directors here.
From a year round staff member of one to a robust group of caring, dedicated seasonal employees, our paid staff lives the mission of Shadowcliff as they work to ensure each visitor is cared for. Meet our staff here.
Bill is the CEO/President of Lakemary Center. He is also Appointed Chair of the Kansas Autism Task Force and President and Governmental Affairs Chair of InterHab, the state association for agencies serving developmental disabilities. He is a life-long nature-enthusiast and Kansas Citian, and he has recently completed his term as Board Chair for Kansas City based Bridging the Gap. Bill chairs the Shadowcliff board services committee.
Brian is an engineer specializing in water issues and lives in Denver, Colorado. As another relative newcomer to the Shadowcliff Board, Brian brings a wealth of information to Shadowcliff regarding water issues, an important topic for Shadowcliff workshops and an integral part of the Shadowcliff history. Brian is a former staff member. He and his wife Kara (also a former Shadowcliff staff member) were married at Shadowcliff.
Michael Dorosch is a retired small business owner who spends a lot of time volunteering. Since 2004, he has been Director of the annual HIV Retreat at Shadowcliff, started over 20 years ago by the founders of Shadowcliff. Michael serves on the Board of Directors of Treatment Educat10n Network (TEN). Its programs include the HIV Retreat, monthly Community Educat10nal Forums, and so much more. He also serves on the Colorado State ADAP Advisory Committee and the University of Colorado ACTG CAB. Nationally, he is involved in the Drug Development Committee of ATAC and the Global Community Advisory Board of the ACTG. He enjoys camping and skiing, and spending time with his best friend Skylab “Sky”.
Info about Deb, one of our new board members, coming soon!
Doug is a Manufactures Representative specializing in electronic test and measurement equipment. He lives in Olathe Kansas. Doug visited Shadowcliff for the first time 20 years ago, and has been coming back ever since. He enjoys volunteering and the opportunity to be a small part of an amazing place. He encourages everyone to come and experience Shadowcliff as a guest a volunteer or both. When Doug is not volunteering, you will find him bushwhacking and backpacking Rocky Mountain National Park.
Bob is a retired co-director for Shadowcliff. He continues to develop and inspire Shadowcliff programming with his wisdom and wit. As a former director, Bob is an invaluable resource to the Board about all things related to Shadowcliff and more. Bob is also very active in creating partnerships for Shadowcliff, and probably planning a future Shadowcliff workshop as you read this.
Allison is a young sustainability professional based out of Denver, Colorado. Graduating from Colorado State University in 2015 with a BS in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, she brings to Shadowcliff her passion for helping people connect with nature. Her aunt, Joni Teter, is a former Shadowcliff board member and inspired Allison to follow in her footsteps.
Matt’s a Vice President with Weber Shandwick, a global public relations and outreach agency. In his nearly 20 year career Matt’s advised clients such as FEMA and Harley Davidson, lead policy efforts around grassland conservation and trans-Arctic shipping, and written speeches for former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter. But Matt’s most at home when outdoors, enjoying the mountains or the prairie with his family.
As a former co-director, Judith brings a wealth of Shadowcliff history and expertise to the Board and staff. She has played a key role in developing Shadowcliff’s food philosophy and Compassionate Kitchen, and continues to provide guidance in many Shadowcliff operational issues.
Jay Liebenguth is a business journalist focused on gaining insights from talking with business leaders and sharing their stories with his audience. He produces and hosts two radio shows each week to introduce you to some of the rising stars in the business community and to expose you to new and proven concepts from people who have “been there, done that.” His format provides visibility, credibility, and direct “why to buy” publicity for his guests. He interviews over 250 people per year, most in a live, unedited setting. Jay has been an active member of Shadowcliff’s marketing committee since 2012.
Hillary joins the Shadowcliff family as Executive Director with more than 15 years professional experience as a sustainability innovator and thought leader. Her experience spans across the business, non-profit, and government sectors, and includes countless hours served on committees and boards for causes, organizations, and movements that speak to her heart. Thriving on innovative sustainability system design, creative partnerships, and helping to develop key institutions, Hillary is excited to work with the on-site management team, board, and the rest of the Shadowcliff community to see this amazing Colorado landmark well into the future.
Carl has a long standing relationship with Shadowcliff. From his first trip to Shadowcliff as a guest in the late 80’s, Carl has served in various including Board member, Executive Director in 2012 and 2013, and now as General Manager. Carl will be on-site at Shadowcliff all season. Carl is and has been a lawyer, arbitrator, mediator, facilitator, author, photographer, high school distance running coach, musician, and life long runner. Carl will tell you that the best part about him is his wonderful family–Barb, Neil, Lyndsay, Henrik, Leo, Brian, Claire, Eddie and June. Expect to see any combination of family members at Shadowcliff at various times during the season.
Kelly has been working with Shadowcliff since 2009, first as rotating staff and then as part of the marketing committee. This year she stayed on with us after the season ended to serve as the UCRWG Support Coordinator, a vital role in carrying out a grant funded project to help create a watershed group in Grand County. Kelly also helps with Shadowcliff’s online presence and design needs; just about every image or logo you see has been made by Kelly. A recent graduate of Kansas State University’s MFA program with a degree in Drawing, Kelly will stay on with Shadowcliff’s Marketing Committee when her time as Support Coordinator has ended.
Born in Portland, Emily lived most of her life in California until she relocated to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on 2015. With a professional background is in finance, operations, and personnel management, she shifted gears a bit after moving to Mexico and now spends her time teaching yoga, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) yoga, helping to manage a local yoga studio, and assisting with retreats. Spending time outdoors and living in Vallarta has provided her the opportunity to try all sorts of outdoor sports and activities, and she looks forward to experiencing the natural beauty of Shadowcliff and the surrounding area of Grand Lake.
Alanah was born and raised in Grand Lake, CO and is so excited to “come home” this summer, both to Grand Lake and to Shadowcliff. Her grandparents started and ran Shadowcliff, and her parents worked as the managers for the first five years of Alanah’s life. After attending a Mennonite college in Hesston, Kansas, she worked on an alpaca farm in Pawnee Rock, Kansas, ran by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Since then she has taught English as a second language to refugees, worked at a hostel near the Georgia Coast, spent a year doing AmeriCorps in eastern Kentucky, and spent the past 2 years at Koinonia Farm, in Americus, Georgia where she and her husband Brandon were married. After living in the South for the past 4 years, it is time for Alanah to come back to the mountains and to Shadowcliff.
Brandon grew up in southern Georgia where summer is as long as pine trees are tall. Playing music in church from as early as he can remember, music goes with Brandon where ever he goes. In 2009 and 2010 he interned at Koinonia Farm in Americus, Georgia, working in the shipping department. From 2011-2013 he was at Jubilee Partners in Comer, Georgia, teaching English to refugees, “learning exponentially more than I was teaching.” In 2014 he moved back to Koinonia to coordinate the farming operation and in June 2016, he and Alanah were married. Brandon is excited to be at Shadowcliff this summer, bringing his handy skills to our campus.
Jessica is from Oregon and graduated from Oregon State University in 2015. After graduating, she began work at North Valley High School as the College and Career Advocate. This year she will be attending University of Denver to earn her Masters Degree in Higher Education. In the past Jessica has worked at the Oregon Caves National Monument, for the Grants Pass Parks Department, and OSU Landscaping. She is also a personal trainer and enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and being outside.
Mary is from Orlando, Florida. After graduating from Florida State University in 2015 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Minor in Business, she joined the AmeriCorps NCCC Southwest program based out of Denver, CO. In her free time she enjoys hiking, running, reading. With a passion for travel and learning about various communities while forming meaningful relationships, she loves to explore. She has a passion for service and the outdoors, and is excited to combine these interests this summer at Shadowcliff.
Kerry is joining us this September for her 4th time. A native Texan who moved to Kansas after high school, Kerry raised her family and has spent her adult life in Kansas City. After spending a couple of seasons with the National Park Service at Grand Canyon, she worked the remainder of her career as an Environmental Scientist with the US EPA cleaning up hazardous waste sites, protecting water resources and helping communities manage stormwater. She enjoys the work and the changing routine of each day at Shadowcliff, as well as everything about Grand Lake, from watching fall arrive in the mountains to enjoying the late summer visitors at Shadowcliff – including bears, elk, moose and the resident fox- and to get the campus ready for winter.
Sean is joining us from Edinburgh, Scotland where he is currently a second year university student studying Sport and Exercise. He has a love of hiking the Scottish Highlands, rugby, and playing a little bit of guitar here and there. Sean is looking forward to spending time at Shadowcliff learning, growing as a person, and just enjoying what the Rocky Mountains National Park has to offer.
Jacob is a native Kentuckian, and is happy to be joining Shadowcliff this season along with his girlfriend Sarah Ann Sperry. Jacob loves traveling; going to new places and meeting good humans is something that has become more important to him as time passes. Living and working in the mountains sounds like a great opportunity for making friends, self- improvement, and to hopefully help people along the way. A love of hiking and adventuring in general means Jacob is excited to enjoy being outside as much as he can while at Shadowcliff.
Originally from Kansas City, MO, Cortnee lived in Colorado from 2013-2016 and has enjoyed worldwide travel. A recent graduate of the University of Denver with her Master’s in Environmental Policy and Management, she is very passionate about finding solutions to environmental issues. She’s hiked a total of five 14ers in Colorado and hopes to add a couple more during her stay this summer. She is excited about learning from guests and fellow staff, and comes to Shadowcliff with an open heart and mind.
Ashley will graduate in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography with a Geotourism emphasis and a Certificate in Environmental Education from Missouri State University. She enjoys relaxing outdoors, gardening, playing ultimate frisbee, and spending time with her family and friends. Ashley is looking forward to beginning her post college career at Shadowcliff and forging new friendships and connections this summer season.
Sarah Ann Sperry comes to us by way of Kentucky and is beyond excited to experience her first season at Shadowcliff especially since her boyfriend, Jacob McCormack, whom she happens to like very much, will be joining her. Sarah grew up traveling the open road and has a nomadic spirit that has followed her ever since. She’s a 2014 graduate of Western Kentucky University with a degree in art and education and enjoys nothing more than spending time in nature and combining her passion for people, food, and art. She’s currently planning her first long distance thru hike on the Pacific Crest Trail for 2018 and attempting to teach herself how to play the banjo.
Mastin hails from Kansas. He and his family stayed at Shadowcliff a few times when he was younger, and the staff really made a positive impact on his experience in the mountains. He hopes to be able to give others this same experience. Currently a junior studying mathematics at the University of Kansas, he was able to spend last semester in New Orleans, showing Mastin how rewarding it can be to go to different places and make friends from different backgrounds. This is also one of the reasons he is so excited to work at Shadowcliff this summer.
Nicholas is an actor and pianist currently based out of New Orleans, originally from Manhattan Kansas. Nicholas used to go camping every year with his family in Rocky Mountain National Park; it’s like a dream come true for him to be able to come back to the mountains. The joy that he gets from being in nature is immense. Nicholas enjoys hiking, yoga, exercise, cycling, and woodworking- he’s even been known to read a book sometimes. Looking forward to meeting everyone at Shadowcliff and working towards self-improvement, he plans on using his free time to learn the local flora and fauna by name and spend as much time outside as possible.