The VVYPA was formed in early 2013 by a group of young professionals in Vail who wanted to network with other young professionals in the local community.


Lexi Mossman
Lexi MossmanVVYPA President

Founder, MountainFit

Lexi Mossman, a licensed and Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), founded MountainFit in 2016 with the goal of allowing locals and vacationers in the Vail Valley to maximize their time on the mountain through mobile sports medicine. She earned her BS in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan while working as an assistant athletic trainer for their football and hockey teams. Born and raised in Nashville, Ms. Mossman spent several summers of working as a healthcare provider in the Vail Valley, and she saw an opportunity to provide personal, on demand athletic training services to Vail’s active population. Lexi is certified in Kinesio Tape and was a 2016 and 2017 Finalist for Vail Young Professional of the Year and 2017 Finalist for Small Business of the Year.

Maria Klopfenstein
Maria KlopfensteinTreasurer

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.

Melissa Wills
Melissa WillsSponsorship Chair

Development Officer, YouthPower365

Originally from Bozeman, Montana, Melissa has been in Colorado for the past seven years. Prior to moving to Vail about a year ago, Melissa earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies through the University of Denver and worked for El Pomar Foundation in their nonprofit management Fellowship program. Over the past year, Melissa has worked as a Development Officer for the Vail Valley Foundation’s YouthPower365. She specializes in event planning and donor engagement to raise funds for YouthPower365’s youth afterschool programs. On her free time, you can find Melissa volunteering as a ranger for the Eagles Nest Wilderness, backcountry skiing, backpacking, mountain biking, and playing outside as much as she can. As an advocate the community of the Vail Valley, Melissa is dedicated to strengthening the Valley’s community to be more than just a geographical destination.

Mark Scheel
Mark Scheel
President, Digital Construction Inc.

Mark Scheel is a professional Android software developer by trade. He spent five years at a health 2.0 startup who’s flagship app was downloaded 7 million times from the Google Play Store. He also worked in real estate technology and online commerce in a 20+ year software development career. He now runs a boutique software company, Digital Construction.

As an Android expert he gave a keynote in Paris, a seminar in Hong Kong, and wrote a software book. He has spoken on technical topics in Boston, Dallas, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Denver, Boulder, Toronto and many other cities.

Mark loves his split board, and you can find him many early winter mornings ascending the slopes before the Vail lifts start.



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