Business Briefs: Hot Springs Lodge’s Chris Welpton recognized as Emerging Hospitality Leader |

Business Briefs: Hot Springs Lodge’s Chris Welpton recognized as Emerging Hospitality Leader

Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge Assistant Manager Chris Welpton receives his award.
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Chris Welpton, assistant lodge manager at Glenwood Hot Springs Resort, was named an Emerging Hospitality Leader at the Colorado Hotel Lodging Association’s (CHLA) Stars f the Industry awards luncheon on Nov. 17 at The Ritz Carlton Denver.

Welpton is responsible for front-of-the-house operations at Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, overseeing the front office, reservations, guest services, bellmen, concierge, transportation and night manager.

The Emerging Hospitality Leader Award recognizes an exemplary lodging employee who has demonstrated superior professional dedication, leadership and a fresh perspective to his or her job. Nominations were reviewed and winners selected by the CHLA Awards Committee.

“Chris is a true emerging leader,” Hot Springs Resort Human Resources Nate Adams, who nominated Welpton for the award, said in a news release. “He leads the staff with a calm and devoted energy that is infectious. He is not above any task; from moving bags to interviewing candidates, he operates as a true hospitality leader.”

Sopris Lodge at Carbondale names Elise Dreher wellness director

Elise Dreher
Sopris Lodge/Courtesy photo

Sopris Lodge at Carbondale, the Roaring Fork Valley’s newest retirement community, has announced Elise Dreher as its new wellness director.

“In this role, Dreher will oversee Sopris Lodge’s person-centered approach to care, develop cutting-edge wellness programs and deliver supportive services to the assisted living and memory care residents,” a news release states.

A registered nurse for more than 30 years, Dreher has experience in the fields of women’s healthcare, public health and school nursing, the release states. “She is passionate about working with seniors and previously worked in assisted living in the Aspen area.”

New oncologist joins Valley View Hospital

Alexandra Donovan
Valley View Hospital/Courtesy photo

Valley View Hospital recently welcomed Alexandra Donovan, MD, MPH, to the Calaway-Young Cancer Center.

Working both as an oncologist and hematologist, she provides specialized care to patients with a broad spectrum of cancers and blood disorders, according to a news release.

Through her commitment of serving the needs of her patients and the community, Donovan plans to launch a new blood disorder clinic at Valley View, treating patients with clotting disorders, anemia, bleeding disorders and more, the release states.

As a cancer survivor herself and having lost her father to cancer at a young age, Donovan says she appreciates the complex emotional aspect of a cancer diagnosis, and is grateful for the deep relationships she develops with patients during such a sensitive time in life.

“Her goal is to improve quality of life and the overall ‘cancer experience’ for patients and their families, as she helps them navigate the most up-to-date evidence-based treatment options,” according to the release.

Originally from Vail, Donovan brings her husband, Derek, an emergency medicine physician, their two daughters, and her golden retriever to the Roaring Fork Valley. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors all year with her family.

Sims new executive director at PRC

Marylu Sims
The Pregnancy Center/Courtesy photo

The Pregnancy Resource Center announces the hiring of Marylu Sims as executive director. Sims was previously a teacher at Liberty Classical Academy in New Castle, according to a news release.

“It’s a privilege to work with an organization that has such a heart for women and their pregnancy-related needs. I am happy to be a part of the team of dedicated staff and volunteers,” Sims said.

She experienced the assistance of the Pregnancy Resource Center when her family adopted a child with the center’s help. She recognizes that staff and volunteers are often the first people to share the excitement or shock of a woman learning that she is pregnant. She feels privileged that they are invited into a woman’s personal space often before their partner knows that pregnancy is a possibility, the release states.

“What we do at the Pregnancy Center is truly a sacred work,” she said.

For more information on Sims and the Pregnancy Resource Center, contact her at 970-945-5562 or

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