Miki Barros – Secretary
Assistant VP, Commercial Banking Assistant Relationship Manager – US Bank
Originally from Marion, Massachusetts Mickaile moved to the Vail Valley seven years ago after earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Management & Finance from Springfield College in 2006. Mickaile is married with two sons and enjoys spending time with his family experiencing all that the valley has to offer. Mickaile participates in several WECMRD sports programs, including; Softball & Basketball. As a VVYPA Board Member, Mickaile hopes to use his financial and business skills along with his local relationships to aid in achieving the VVYPA mission of improving our local community through supporting and engaging the valley’s young professionals.
Jill Lau – Marketing / Media Manager
Account Manager – eMedical Media
Jill is originally from Palo Alto, California. With an itch to explore a new coast, Jill moved to Winter Park, Florida where she received her B.A. in Economics and International Business from Rollins College. After graduating in 2013, she started working for a digital marketing company, eMedical Media. After a short stint of working between Dallas, Texas and the Vail Valley, Jill made the right decision to move to Vail full-time in 2015. In her free time, Jill enjoys summiting Colorado’s 14ers, working out at CFV, and playing volleyball and table tennis.
Maria Klopfenstein – Treasurer
Office Manager/Accountant – Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley
Maria was born in St. Paul, MN, graduating from Bethel University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Growing up with missionary parents, she spent her childhood in Hawaii before the family returned to Minnesota when she was 10 years old. After college she moved to Colorado to work at a dude ranch, taking a break from journalism. Deciding that she wanted to stay in CO, she moved to the Vail Valley in 2011 to live near her now-husband, Reid, while also switching career paths – accepting a job as the Director of Accounting and Government Compliance at Crazy Mountain Brewery. Four years later, she decided to pursue her passion of community development and is now the Office Manager and Accountant at Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley. Maria spends her free time hiking with her dog, working out at GOAT, skiing, fishing, camping, hunting, and anything else that involves the outdoors.
Born in Kansas, Travis thanks his mom every day for her decision to move to Vail, in 1988. While his first Halloween costume – a skier – was described as unimaginative on the East Vail Trick-Or-Treat circuit, Travis’ excitement to dive headfirst into the local culture is as true today as it was then. After graduating in 2003 from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Travis spent time in Jackson, WY, Vail, CO – as a ski patroller – and Aspen, CO before getting his MBA. Following a brief stint in Chicago, Travis moved back to Vail in the fall of 2012. Travis is a slow mountain biker, a mediocre fly fisherman and can always find time to ski a freshly groomed Simba from top to bottom before eating chicken fingers at Vendettas.
Owner – Vail Tax & Accounting
Sara is the President of Vail Tax & Accounting where she specializes in assisting local small business start ups. She is a 2002 graduate of Colorado State University, earning her degree in Business Administration, specializing in Entrepreneurship. In addition to 15-years accounting experience, Sara has prior experience in lending & financial analysis. Sara enjoys spending her time volunteering throughout the community, skiing, and racing her mountain bike in the summertime.
Rae originally moved to Vail after graduating from East Tennessee State University in 2002. After living in the Vail Valley, Rae moved to Nashville for several years before returning to Vail in July 2011 to rejoin The Steadman Clinic. She currently works as the practice coordinator and surgery scheduler for Dr Tom Hackett. Outside of work, Rae enjoys time with family and friends, travel, yoga, snowboarding and cheering Peyton on.
CTO – GreyRaven // CEO Studio 8150
Originally growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio Doug spent most of his youth destroying and rebuilding computers which lead him to a promising career in medicine. After dropping out of College at Kent State to work for a Defense Contractor he moved out to DC for 15 years and worked in the DoD and Non-Profit sector. He started his own Web Design Firm and moved the family out to Vail in 2010 where he has been ever since. He Co-Founded a startup called GreyRaven which assists municipalities with Compliance and Business Systems. He and his better half Ashley live in Wildridge with their two young boys.
Attorney – Alpenglow Law, LLC
Dan is a business and real estate attorney at Alpenglow Law, LLC in Avon. Originally from Wisconsin, he earned his B.A. in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis and J.D. from the University of Oregon. Since moving to Vail in 2000, Dan has worked for the Vail Ski Patrol, Timberline Tours, and Garfield & Hecht, PC. He currently serves on the boards of the Eagle River Watershed Council and CAI-RMC Mountain Education Committee. Dan is the founder of the Vail Valley Young Professionals Association and hopes to provide Vail’s young professionals with quality opportunities to meet new people, develop professional skills, learn about the Valley’s history, and give back to the community.
Wedding & Events Planner
Mindy grew up in southern Colorado. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in interior design from Colorado State University. She was a designer for Slifer Designs in Edwards, Colorado and Home Reflections in South Fork, Colorado. After working in the interior design industry, she decided to pursue her dream of creating and designing events. She moved back to the Vail Valley in 2007 and joined the Mountains and Meadows Weddings and Events team, where she is currently a wedding consultant and also works as a facility coordinator at Donovan Pavilion. Mindy has extensive training through the Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants. She is one of only three wedding consultants in the state of Colorado with her “Professional” title from ACPWC.
Mortgage Broker – Central Rockies Morgage Corp.
William is originally from South Carolina and attended Hampden Sydney College in Virginia . Upon graduation from Hampden Sydney in 1996 with degrees in History and Economics, William moved to the Vail Valley where has made his home since. William and his wife live in Edwards with their two daughters. William has been a mortgage broker since 2001, and owned and operated his own mortgage brokerage firm (The DesPortes Mortgage Group) from 2003 through 2011. William now proudly originates residential mortgage loans at the firm of Central Rockies Mortgage Corporation. Giving back to the community and serving or various boards such as the Vail Church Finance Board (Chairman), the Vail Board of Realtors and president of the Savoy Villas Condominium Association occupy his time when not originating loans. Time is still found to peruse hobbies and passions such as bicycling, running, skiing, camping and hiking.
Executive Director – Habitat for Humanity
John is currently the Executive Director of the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. Prior to Habitat, John served in a number of senior management roles for the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Denver, and the non-profit Research Foundation.
Before moving to the Vail Valley, John grew up and attended high school in Denver. He as always been active in sports and was recruited to play basketball at Princeton University. After graduation, John moved back to the mountains and began working and pursuing a graduate degree in business. In less than 2 years, he earned an MBA from Denver University. He as a strong commitment to the Eagle County community and enjoys an outdoor lifestyle of travel, skiing, mountain biking and fly-fishing.
Broker – LIV Sotheby’s International Realty
A resident of the Vail Valley for 10+ years, Matt ventured to the Rockies from New England for a love of the outdoor mountain lifestyle. Matt recently completed his term as the Chairman (President) of the Vail Board of Realtors after serving on the Board of Directors for 4 years, and is currently the Mountain District Liaison and a Director for the Colorado Association of Realtors Young Professionals Network, co-chair of the Realtor Political Action Committee for the Colorado Association of Realtors, and actively engaged in many committees for the Vail Board of Realtors. Additionally, Matt was recognized at 2011 Realtor of the Year in Eagle County for his overall dedication to the profession. Matt lives in Eagle-Vail with his wife, Lynn, and their 2 dogs Sadie and Charlie.
Eric Burgund – Sponsorship Chair
General Manager – Everything Colorado
Eric moved to Vail after graduating from James Madison University in Virginia. As a Key Account Manager with the Vail Daily, Eric focuses on the real estate and healthcare industries working with the top local and regional accounts for Vail Daily and Swift Communications. Previously, he was the Director of Marketing for Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate. Originally from Cape Cod, MA, Eric lives in Edwards with his wife Allison and 2 kids. When he is not spending time with his family he is out mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, skiing, hiking or playing softball and soccer.