The Routt County United Way Board of Directors meets the second Wednesday of every month from noon to 1:30p.m. in the Mountain Valley Bank 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 – Michelle Miller
Vice President – Vacant
Treasurer – Zach Chelberg
Community Investment Chair – Debra Sauerman
Board Development Chair – Elissa Green
Finance Chair – Zach Chelberg
Campaign Chair – Michael Buccino
Past-President – Jane Toothaker
Mary Alice Page-Allen, Town of Oak Creek Administrator
Alison Brodie, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.
Michael Buccino, Owner at Steamboat Interiors
Zach Chelberg, Bank of the San Juans
Elissa Greene, Strings Music Festival
Jen Hamann, Community Member
Carrie Helmcamp, Klauzer & Tremaine
Gail Kellogg, Community Member
Dave Kinnear, Community Member
Alice Klauzer, Asst. VP at Alpine Bank
David Lundeen, Community Member
Michele Miller, Soda Creek Elementary
Diane Muntean, Muntean Leadership Group
Alan M. Sidman, Community Member
Jane Toothaker, Educational Consultant
Debra Sauerman, Community Member
Stephany Traylor, Owner at Ski Butlers
Dan Weinheimer, Deputy County Manager of Routt County
Les Wong, Strings Music Festival Office Manager
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.
Michael moved to Steamboat Springs in July 1996 with the ambition of owning his own design firm. That dream came to fruition when he opened Steamboat Interiors in 2000 and developed a niche market offering design consultation and complete interior renovation and project management. In addition, he is currently serving on the City of Steamboat Springs Planning Commission where he has helped remove road blocks in zoning and regulation processes yielding positive results. Michael has a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Arizona State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design. He and his wife of 19 years, Janelle, have three children: Mikey, Anya, and Grayson. The whole family loves living in Colorado and enjoys camping, mountain biking, golf, snowboarding, hiking and so much more.
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.
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. In addition, Ms. Greene is a professional cellist and has been a member of the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra since 2008. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs.
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.
Dave Kinnear grew up in Minnesota and received his degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota. Dave held two different positions with the State of Minnesota before beginning a 34-year career with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in Minnesota and Wisconsin. After leaving Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dave has been pursuing an active retirement, which includes skiing, biking, hiking, photography and travel. Dave has been a supporter of the United Way for many years and has volunteered with a number of organizations in the Milwaukee area and beyond. Since moving full-time to Steamboat Springs in 2017, Dave has been involved with the Steamboat Springs Over the Hill Gang, for which he currently runs the web site and leads bicycling outings.
David moved to Steamboat in 2013 after over 35 years in the Oil and Gas Business where he managed large international projects in numerous countries. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. He has supported United Way in many communities where he has lived around the country. David joined the Routt County United Way Board to serve the community and help Routt County be a great place to live for all people. He has one child at Steamboat High School and two grandchildren in the Steamboat school system. He is an active member of Heart of Steamboat United Methodist Church and enjoys golf, tennis, fishing and plans every year to do some mountain biking.
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.
Diane Muntean is a nationally respected personal and organizational leadership consultant, and co-founder of the Muntean Leadership Group. For the past 19 years, Diane has made the capability development of individuals, team and organizations her life’s work. Areas of expertise include strategic planning, organization development, team development and executive coaching. 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 work with non-profits and other community groups. Diane and her husband, Steve, have three children, three grandchildren, and live full time in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Mary Alice brings almost thirty years of local government and leadership experience to her current efforts as Oak Creek’s Town Administrator and as a board member on the Oak Creek Labor Day Committee, South Routt Community Corporation and South Routt Recreation Association – and now Routt County United Way. Her past experience includes working with the Yampa Valley Housing Authority in numerous capacities, with various at-risk populations, and with the Children’s Justice Center in Utah. Her love of flowers and gardening extends to managing the summer flowers in downtown Oak Creek and a local plot where vegetables are grown and donated to Lift-Up Food Bank.
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.
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.
Dan is passionate about community involvement and giving back. He has devoted his career to providing world-class local government management. He moved to the Yampa Valley in 2016 to serve as Routt County Deputy County Manager. His fifteen-year career has included working in communities across Colorado and California. He grew up in Washington, DC and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California (USC) and a Bachelor’s in History and Sociology from Syracuse University. In addition to professional positions, Dan has honed leadership skills serving as a Board Member for professional associations, youth serving community non-profits and education advisory boards.
Dan enjoys spending time with his family – wife Leslie and elementary-aged sons Bennett and Dean. Their family enjoys baseball, swimming, hiking, camping, skiing and fishing.
Les has spent almost 30 years in Operations roles with major corporations, including AT&T, Lucent, and Cadbury’s. In 2006, he moved to Steamboat to take a role with Smartwool, serving as the VP of Operations from 2011 to 2017. He has been fortunate to work for employers who recognized the importance of community service. Les has participated in many projects with the United Way and their agency partners. In 2018, Les was able to refocus his efforts in non-profit work and serving the community, joining the Strings Music Festival team and the Routt County United Way Board.
Les earned a BA in Computer Studies from Northwestern University and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Les enjoys hiking, skiing, playing golf, cooking, and music with his wife and 2 children. Alone, he enjoys running.