Matt FlinkBasalt resident Matt Flink is the newest member of the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 board of education, which oversees public schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt. He was appointed last fall to fill the vacancy left when Michael Bair stepped down from the school board.Age: 43Occupation: vice president of the Fleisher Co., a real estate company based in CarbondaleFamily: Wife, Erin; son John, 9, and daughter Hannah, 12Where are you from originally? The Midwest. I was born in Iowa and raised in Illinois. I went to the University of Illinois, studying finance with a concentration in real estate.How long have you been in the Roaring Fork Valley? I moved here in 1992, so 18 years. I lived in Aspen at first, and then met Erin. We wanted to buy a house and raise kids, so we settled in Basalt.What brought you here? The same thing that brought a lot of people here. Growing up in the Midwest it was hard to find a lot of adventure. I was reading some outdoor magazine and kept looking back in the classifieds section … ‘Be a raft guide in Colorado,’ ‘Be a ski instructor in Colorado’ … all those things. So, like a lot of other people, I landed here, loved it and stayed.What prompted you to apply for the open school board seat? I wasn’t out pursuing another thing to do in my busy life. But (fellow school board member) Bob Johnson is a pretty good friend, and when no one was stepping up to run for the open seat, he approached me. I have a passion for community involvement, especially anything involving kids. It’s a great organization.What is the key issue facing local schools? Sadly, I have to go right to the financial issues that we’re facing, which will have a huge impact on existing programs. We’re always looking for ways to educate kids better, but those things cost money. Fortunately, we have some very smart people working on that issue, and it’s great to see the community come together to help out in any way.What do you and your family do for recreation? All the things the people who live here love to do in these mountains. The kids love athletics, and I coach my daughter in softball and my son in football. Everything we do, we do as a family. It’s special, because I know that doesn’t last very long.Favorite place to hang out in the valley? It would be a tie between Hanging Valley Wall (at Snowmass ski area), or about 8 miles up the Fryingpan; depending on the weather.Who are your favorite sports teams? Without hesitation, the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears. I’m still reveling in the 1985 Super Bowl championship.Favorite food? There’s no food I don’t like. … Lately, though, I like a good chicken Caesar Salad.Favorite book? The BibleFavorite movie? “Forrest Gump” is an oldie but goodie; what a great story line.
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