The Routt County United Way Board of Directors meets the second Wednesday of every month from noon to 1:30p.m. in the Bank of the San Juan Building’s conference room. If you plan on attending a meeting, please contact the Routt County United Way office at 970-879-5605 to confirm the date and location, as periodically, either may change.
President – Jane Toothaker
Vice President – Diane Muntean
Treasurer – Zach Chelberg
Community Investment Chair – Michele Miller
Board Development Chair – Diane Muntean
Finance Chair – Zach Chelberg
Campaign Chair – Catherine Carson
Past-President – Scott Colby
Alison Brodie, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.
Catherine Carson, Consultant
Zach Chelberg, Bank of the San Juans
Scott Colby, CPA
Elissa Greene, Strings Music Festival
Gail Kellogg, Community Member
Nikki Knoebel, Catamount Ranch & Club
Michele Miller, Soda Creek Elementary
Diane Muntean, Muntean Leadership Group
Elizabeth Roble, Klauzer and Tremaine, LLC
Alan M. Sidman, Community Member
Doug Sprenkle, Retired Psychologist
Jane Toothaker, Educational Consultant
Jane has participated in public education for over 30 years as a teacher, alternative school principal, special education director and Executive Director of the NW BOCES. She also works as an instructor and field supervisor for Adams State University. Jane has a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Education and Special Education. Jane volunteers for several Routt County community organizations and is very active in the Steamboat Springs community.
As a part-time retiree, Jane has the opportunity to enhance her community and Routt County United Way was the perfect fit for that opportunity. She supports the RCUW mission, vision and core values which lead to a healthy and successful quality of life for all Routt County residents. In her personal time, Jane enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, yoga/pilates, snowshoeing, skiing, fiber arts, gardening and spending time with family and friends.
Diane Muntean is a nationally respected personal and organizational leadership consultant, and co-founder of the Muntean Leadership Group. She has made the capability development of individuals, teams, and organizations her life’s work. Diane holds a bachelor’s degree in counseling from the Pennsylvania State University. For over 15 years, Diane worked with Fortune 100 companies consulting in the areas of new product development, marketing communications, advertising, public relations and community affairs. Diane’s personal mission is to “help individuals create and live lives they passionately love.” She pursues her mission not only in the business world, but also in her involvement in the community. She also focuses her energies in leadership and teaching positions in her church. Diane and Steve have three children and live in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Zach moved to Steamboat after graduating from Saint Cloud State University and has worked in the banking profession ever since. Zach joined United Way’s Board to get involved and learn more about the organization along with all the agencies and programs that help improve our residents’ lives. Zach is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, snowmobiling, golfing, and spending time with family and friends.
Everyone knows Catherine in Routt County but many do not know she is a direct descendent of Kit Carson, the famous western frontiersman. Catherine has a financial background from corporate America and does some occasional consulting. She keeps busy with her passions on keeping our community sustainable, democratic and by helping people live their best life.
Michele Miller has been the Principal at Soda Creek Elementary since 2011 and an employee of the Steamboat Springs School District since 2001. Before that, she was a teacher in the Douglas County School District from 1991-2001. Michele has also been a member of the First Impressions of Routt County Board of Directors for the past two years. She is on the Routt County United Way Board of Directors because she is eager to partner with United Way to help families across our community. In her job, she sees the specific challenges facing families, especially those with young children, and she’d like to be a part of the United Way efforts to support them. Her personal interests include hiking, biking and spending time with her family (husband, two kids and a dog) and friends.
Scott is a self-employed CPA specializing in individual and corporate income tax preparation, Quickbooks consulting and bookkeeping. He moved to Steamboat after graduating from St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and has worked in the accounting profession ever since. Scott joined the United Way Board because he thought it was a great way to be able to support such a broad spectrum of agencies in our community. He felt that the positive impact that the Routt County United Way had on so many different non-profit agencies was something that I really wanted to be a part of. Scott also enjoys skiing, mountain biking, golfing & spending time with family and friends.
Alison has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and has been the Housing Manager for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation since 2009. Alison is serving on the United Way board because it gives her the opportunity to better recognize the needs of the people who live in Routt County and make our community so special. Alison enjoys playing with her dogs, camping, hiking, skiing, and riding her cruiser bike.
As a Partner at Hewitt Associates, Gail built and managed the largest independent 401k plan services business in U.S. She led a consulting project in China about their evolving social security system and developed Hewitt’s employee benefit services in China. Gail is on the United Way Board because she wanted to make a positive difference for people in Routt County, and UW’s mission targets that by raising money and actively working toward that mission. She is also active with the University of Illinois, serving on its Foundation Board and Math Department Advisory Board. Gail enjoys spending time with family and friends at cultural events here and in Chicago, as well as walking, reading, exercising, and visiting her mother who is living at Casey’s Pond.
Nikki has lived in the Yampa Valley for 24 years. Her passion for all things South Routt starts with her position as the Mayor of Oak Creek, where she lives. Her focus is on public service and her enthusiasm for helping people and her local community including as a Routt County United Way board member since 2012. Nikki supports numerous local initiatives such as the South Routt summer and after school kids’ programs, and the Oak Creek Labor Day, Hockey Association and South Routt Recreation Association committees. You are also likely to see Nikki on the ice playing hockey and on the alpine slopes or ski trails of Routt County, embracing her other passions that our beautiful community offers.
Doug is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Ph.D. He was a professor at Purdue University for 36 years, and was the Director of the Doctoral Program in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Minnesota. He is the author and/or editor of ten books. Volunteering with United Way is the best way he knows to give something back to the community, and he believes that nowhere else can your dollars make an impact on such a cross section of Routt County service agencies. His personal interests include hiking, biking, snow shoeing, skiing, investing, photography, and his family.
Liz received her Bachelor’s Degree from Miami University of Ohio and her JD from UC Hastings School of Law. She started practicing law in NYC, and after six years of living in Manhattan, she decided to return to Colorado. She joined the United Way Board because she wanted to get involved in the community and she believes in United Way’s Mission and Values. She hopes to contribute to the growth of the community in Routt County. Her personal activities include running, biking, yoga, gardening, learning to stand up paddleboard, spending time with her family and friends.
Elissa Greene assumed the role of Executive Director/CEO of Strings Music Festival in 2015, most recently serving as the organization’s Director of Artistic Administration, Education, and Technology. She joined the Strings year-round staff in 2007, after working in the Strings Box Office for several summers. She began the successful Strings School Days program, now in its 11th year.
Ms. Greene is a professional cellist and has been a member of the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra since 2008. She is a cello teacher in the Suzuki method and maintains a small studio. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs.
Ms. Greene began cello at age four and piano at age nine. She graduated from Colorado College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music.
Alan is a former finance executive having worked for Arthur Andersen & Co after receiving a degree in Accounting from the University of Southern Maine. He has also worked at ITT Grinnell, Altria and Instrumentarium in finance capacities. Alan has acted as a Data Base Consultant to major money center banks in the Chicago area as well as Not-For-Profit and Education organizations. Alan has been a supporter of United Way in other parts of the country since early in his business career. Now, with time availability, volunteering with Routt County United Way is an opportunity to make a direct and positive contribution. Alan moved to Steamboat in 2014 and enjoys skiing, hiking, golf and reading.