Weatherred leaves PI to lead Children’s Health Foundation |

Weatherred leaves PI to lead Children’s Health Foundation

Heather McGregor
Post Independent Editor
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Jenna Weatherred, publisher of the Post Independent and The Citizen Telegram, will be leaving the post May 4 to lead the Children’s Health Foundation in Aspen.

Weatherred has served as publisher of the two papers since 2009, and was the publisher of The Aspen Times from 1998 to 2011.

She guided the Post Independent while it was published as a joint edition with the Aspen Times from 2009 to 2011 and successfully steered the Post Independent back to its position as a free-standing community newspaper after the two papers were separated in June 2011.

The Aspen, Glenwood Springs and Rifle papers are owned by Colorado Mountain News Media, a division of Swift Communications Inc.

“We are appreciative of the excellent work and the leadership Ms. Weatherred has provided to her teams in Aspen, Glenwood Springs and Rifle during her tenure with the newspapers,” said Jim Morgan, general manager of Colorado Mountain News Media.

“We wish her the best and are glad that in her new role with the foundation she’ll continue to work with the Times, the Post Independent and The Citizen Telegram as an advocate for children and young people in our communities,” he said.

The recruiting search for Weatherred’s successor is ongoing, and Morgan said the hope is to announce the new publisher in the next several weeks.

Starting May 7, Weatherred will be the president and CEO of the nonprofit Children’s Health Foundation. She will shape the future direction of the foundation and oversee the foundation’s current programs focused on school lunch reform, school safety and the prevention of childhood obesity.

“With two young boys just entering the public school system, I am passionate about healthy, safe schools,” Weatherred said. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to address these issues.

“Students learn best when they are safe, healthy and well-fed. The Children’s Health Foundation works to ensure kids are safe and healthy throughout the state,” she said.

Weatherred replaces Mardell Burkholder, the foundation’s executive director, who is stepping down from the post.

The Children’s Health Foundation was established in 2004 by Betsy Fifield, and works throughout the Western Slope on school lunch reform. Its work is supported by the Colorado Health Foundation and individual donors.

“We are at an exciting time in our growth and evolution as an organization. Jenna is an exceptional leader, and her aptitude and interest in children’s health will shape our future direction,” said Elaine Gantz Berman, chair of the foundation’s board of directors.

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