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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Mike Kennedy, broker owner at RE/MAX Mountain West in Carbondale, has earned the SFR (Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource) designation through the National Association of Realtors. Mike has previously earned the CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) designation and is proficient in providing necessary assistance to sellers and buyers regarding distressed properties. He can be reached at (970) 379-3907.

Woodworker, designer and builder David Rasmussen, is pleased to announce the opening of his new studio on Thompson Creek Road, and is currently taking commissions for his exceptional work.David Rasmussen’s pieces are intended to be the heirlooms of future generations. He works with sustainable materials to create functional solid wood furniture as well as enchanting treehouses, and sculpture. His custom furniture is rooted in the traditions of woodworking and influenced by the natural landscape.Always driven by artistic design and aesthetic value, David makes functional furniture (tables, beds, chests of drawers, chairs, stools and benches) and treehouses. “My furniture is crafted from fine woods and sometimes metals, and combines a reflection of the lines I find in nature as well as the forms of Asian, Danish and contemporary furniture,” he said.Raised and educated in New England, David was exposed to the Northeast’s rich culture of fine furniture making from a young age. His avant-garde approach to developing his craft has led him all over the United States and includes building handicap accessible treehouses for Vermont-based Forever Young Treehouses. Now settled in Colorado, and an avid backcountry skier and rock climber, the Rocky Mountains and nearby desert environment continue to inspire his designs.With the opening of his new studio on Thompson Creek Road, David is currently taking commissions for his furniture, and works directly with interior designers and architects to bring their ideas to life. For more information, call 963-1653, e-mail or visit:

Joyce Moulton with Real Estate Out West has earned the nationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource certification. The National Association of Realtors offers the SFR certification to Realtors who want to help both buyers and sellers navigate these complicated transactions, as demand for professional expertise with distressed sales grows.According to a recent NAR survey, nearly one-third of all existing homes sold recently were either short sales or foreclosures. For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures are the new “traditional” transaction. Realtors who have earned the SFR certification know how to help sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities.The certification program includes training on how to qualify sellers for short sales, negotiate with lenders, protect buyers, and limit risk, and provides resources to help Realtors stay current on national and state-specific information as the market for these distressed properties evolves.

Genevive Jolle Villamizar, of Evolving Landscape in Carbondale, is organizing a state chapter of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.The association provides a way to network with and learn from other landscape and garden designers. For more information, visit or contact Villamizar at 963-7055.

The HMR Program for Weight Management at Valley View Hospital, a weight-loss program located in Glenwood Springs, was recently designated as a recipient of the 2009 HMR Gold Standard Certificate of Achievement. This award distinguishes HMR at Valley View Hospital from hundreds of clinics nationwide using the program for weight loss developed by Health Management Resources (HMR), a national health care company.HMR recognizes programs that demonstrate excellence in performance and patient care by presenting Gold Standard certificates annually to a select group of clinics across the nation. Certificates are awarded in categories such as greatest weight-loss rates, outstanding group attendance, and best weight maintenance data. HMR Programs nationwide submit clinical data in these areas, and the top programs are presented with the HMR Gold Standard Certificate of Achievement. The HMR Weight Management Program offers a comprehensive approach to weight loss that includes in-depth lifestyle education, personal coaching, and the option of medically supervised treatment. With both in-clinic and at-home weight-loss options, the clinic has serviced hundreds of individuals at the Glenwood Springs location. Call HMR at 945-2324 for information about their program options.

For the first time a standard of service and accountability is being offered to consumers in the area of real estate service quality and customer satisfaction. Bill Blanton of Mason Morse Real Estate in the Carbondale office, has just completed the requirements to earn the status of a Quality Service Certified real estate professional. Holding the Quality Service Certified designation requires a sales agent to follow a well-defined and prescribed process of service, to present that process in writing to every customer and client, and to guarantee its delivery.According to Larry D. Romito, president and CEO of Quality Service Certification Inc., “Bill Blanton has joined a growing number of real estate professionals in North America who are committing to the delivery of a defined service process and a higher standard of accountability in service delivery and customer satisfaction. This is an industry breakthrough in the establishment of a measurable standard of care and service satisfaction.” An integral part of the sales agent’s ability to maintain Quality Service Certified status rests with service evaluation feedback from every buyer and seller. Following the closing of each property purchase or property sale, an independent research company sends the consumer a Quality Service Assurance Survey asking tough questions about the details and overall satisfaction of service provided by the sales agent and broker.Consumers are very interested in performance transparency, a reliable history of an agent’s record of service and satisfaction to past customers, and what past customers have to say about their actual experience. Quality Service Certification offers consumers exactly that – detailed, independently validated data and customer comments. A consumer website at helps consumers make better decisions and better choices in selecting their real estate professional.Bill Blanton can be reached at the Mason Morse Carbondale office at 704-3229, or at Mason Morse Real Estate is an established leader in real estate in the Roaring Fork Valley, established in 1961 with more than 70 sales professionals.

Nancy Gant, certified massage therapist, is once again available at the Valley Wellness Center, at 1517 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs. She will provide services of Swedish massage and Reiki energy work. Gant has worked under the direction of Drs. Slaver, Jensen, Enewold and Carey for four years. Nancy’s emphasis is on relaxation and energy balancing and uses her “hands on healing” in conjunction with chiropractic guidance for deeper tissue work on stressed and painful muscle areas. For a massage treatment with Nancy, call 947-1701.

The Roaring Fork Business Resource Center (RFBRC) was recently awarded a three-year matching grant from the state of Colorado’s Office of Economic Development & International Trade/Economic Development Commission to implement technology-based resources and technology solutions for entrepreneurs.In addition, RFBRC has received sponsorships from KMTS Radio 99.1 FM and from Comcast.RFBRC operates as both a virtual business incubator that nurtures start-up enterprises from Parachute to Aspen, as well as a resource center that helps existing businesses. The organization is actively looking for business owners and entrepreneurs interested in becoming advisors and mentors, as well as clients and sponsors. Advisors and mentors volunteer their time to provide counseling at no charge and offer clients discounts on their services. For more information, visit, call 945-5158, or send an e-mail to

Patrick Maley has launched a new website for Maley Building Corp., A Basalt-based builder, Maley Building Corp. specializes in new home construction and home renovations in Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt and Missouri Heights. Maley grew up with the construction contracting business and has been building custom homes in the Roaring Fork Valley since 1994. The home gallery on the new website showcases the builder’s work.

Junior Achievement of the Roaring Fork Valley is proud to welcome its newest board member, Kim Staley, branch manager of U.S. Bank in downtown Glenwood Springs. Kim has been a dedicated volunteer with Junior Achievement since 2001, first in Colorado Springs, then Denver and has participated in our valley for the last three years. Also of note are the following JA volunteer accomplishments:Basalt Elementary: Yuani Ruiz of Alpine bank completed teaching “Our Region” to Ms. Chaffee’s fourth grade class.Cactus Valley Elementary: Angela Grant of Regis Salon in Glenwood completed teaching “Our Families” to Ms. Warrick’s first grade class.Coal Ridge High School: Susan Blizzard of Blizzard Internet Marketing, and chair of JA of the Roaring Fork Valley, completed JA’s “TITAN” Internet business simulation class with Dan O’Meara’s marketing class.Crystal River Elementary: Sopris Sun’s Trina Ortega completed teaching “Our City” to Ms. Carney’s third grade class. Ms. Ortolan’s class completed “Our City” with volunteer Aaron Johnson teaching the class; and Christie Jensen, landscape architect, taught “Our City” to Mr. Teitler’s third grade class. Julie Wiley completed “Our Community” with Ms. Nett’s second grade class.Elk Creek Elementary: Scott Parr, of Alpine Bank, completed teaching “Our City” to Ms. Goetz’s third grade class.Glenwood Springs Elementary: Ms. Carrick’s second grade class participated in JA’s “Our Community,” taught by Kris Leahy. Peggy Thomas taught “Our Families” to Ms. Glawishnig’s first grade class; Tina Schraeder, of Aspen Custom Concrete, completed teaching “Our Families” to Ms. Zachman’s first grade class. Jennifer Holgrem, of Holgrem Bookkeeping, taught “Our Community” to Mr. Marr’s second grade class; and Margaret Fitzpatrick of Sunlight Mountain Children Center completed “Our Families” class with Ms. Pollender’s first grade class. Wells Fargo’s Susie Meraz completed “Our City” with Ms. Glasgow’s class; and Glenwood Springs Post Independent’s Julie Carruth completed teaching Ms. Faulhaber’s second grade “Our Community” class.Sopris Elementary: Christine Vigil, of Columbine Home Health, completed teaching “Our Families” to Ms. Philbin’s first grade class. Alyssa McCoy taught “Our Region” to Ms. Pittenger’s fourth grade class; and Martha Heim completed teaching “Our Families” to Ms. West’s first grade class.St. Stephen’s School: Laurie Bosco completed teaching “Our City” to Ms. Adelman’s third grade class; and Sharon Brady, JA’s local district manager, taught Ms. Carter’s second grade “Our Community” course.A huge thank you to all of these dedicated Junior Achievement volunteers.

Dr. Robert Chalfant from Colorado West Regional Mental Health along with colleagues from community behavioral health organizations in 10 states, last month was selected to participate in a year-long Psychiatric Leadership Development Program sponsored by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.The national council established the Psychiatric Leadership Development Program, which provides essential executive management training for community psychiatrists in leadership positions, as part of its efforts to improve the retention of psychiatrists in local community organizations and enhance the quality of care for people with mental illness. Amid increasing demand for mental health services and pressures on community behavioral health providers, the program teaches participants how to avoid becoming consumed with day-to-day survival and take an active role in seeking opportunities to promote the quality, comprehensive treatment, and support services that can lead to recovery.”Someone as valuable as Dr. Chalfant has to continuously juggle administrative duties and caseloads and does not have much time to focus on leadership development,” said Sharon Raggio, CEO. “But the National Council’s Psychiatric Leadership Development Program will improve Dr. Chalfant’s ability to blend medicine and business, which will help our center’s programs benefit more people in the community and allow us to advocate for more resources.”Faculty for the National Council’s Psychiatric Leadership Development Program was led by Anita Everett, M.D., Johns Hopkins University, and included David Pollock, M.D., Oregon Health Sciences University; Carl Clark, M.D., Mental Health Center of Denver; and David Lloyd, President, M.T.M. Services.The Psychiatric Leadership Development Program enjoys the ongoing support of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare is a not-for- profit, 501(c)(3) association of 1,700 behavioral health care organizations that provide treatment and rehabilitation for mental illnesses and addictions disorders to nearly six million adults, children and families in communities across the country.Colorado West Regional Mental Health Inc. fulfills its mission by creating access to quality mental health and substance abuse services to enhance recovery and resilience in our communities.

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