Roaring Fork Leadership recruitment reception |

Roaring Fork Leadership recruitment reception

Anyone trying to get to the next level in life professionally, relationally or socially might consider Roaring Fork Leadership.

Roaring Fork Leadership hosted a reception for prospective applicants on Tuesday, April 20, at the River Valley Ranch Clubhouse in Carbondale.

The organization, originally known as Leadership Aspen, was founded in 1988 by a group of local citizens who saw that the valley had great leaders who could be more effective if there was a program that would help strengthen communication and relational skills.

Today, more than 350 people have graduated from the program and the subsequent alumni list is tantamount to the movers and shakers in the valley.

The course, which is nine months, develops skills that transform individuals into great leaders and engaged citizens. Every year the class is comprised of a diverse blend of individuals who come from a broad range of business backgrounds that reflect various geographic, political, cultural and age diversity.

“It’s a painstaking process,” said Newton. “But the diversity is the heart of it.”

The program also provides social connections with colleagues from all over the valley that participants might never have met otherwise.

The class meets once a month for an intense eight-hour session with university level speakers who present material geared towards collaboration and problem solving.

“There’s a ton of learning in getting 30 leaders in the same room to complete the journey,” said Newton.

Janet Ferrara, whom graduates next month said, “It’s life changing because it comes back to you every day.”


Gerry VanderBeek, left, of Glenwood is a retired banker and Diane Schlough of Carbondale is development director for Tours for Aspen Chapel and Computers for Kids.

Troy Feese, left, of New Castle works for Myers and Co., and Mike Wastvedt of Aspen works for Network 21.

Ann Harris, left, of Old Snowmass is dean of Colorado Mountain College’s Aspen Campus and Susan Tracy of Glenwood is a real estate agent for the Fleisher Co. in Carbondale.

Erin Rigney, left, of Redstone owns Rainy Day Designs in Carbondale and Trevor Cannon of Carbondale works at Aspen Design Works.

Janet Ferrara, left, of Carbondale, manages the Givens Institute of the University of Colorado and Susan Berdahl of Carbondale works for Pitkin County.

Basalt police chief Keith Ikeda, left, of Basalt, graduated from Leadership Aspen in 1997 and is now vice-president of Roaring Fork Leadership, and Joe Maestas of El Jebel is student service counselor at Colorado Mountain College.

From left, May Eynon of Aspen is an Aspen Times columnist and special events coordinator for Aspen Grassroots Experience and Frances Lewis of Carbondale is a teacher.

From the Roaring Fork Leadership class of 2004 are Bob Myers, left, of Basalt, who owns Myers and Co., and Robin Cheri of Basalt, a landscape architect.

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