joseph teipel - Executive Director
Joseph was born and raised in Chaffee County before attending college at the University of Denver. Following his graduation from the DU, Teipel founded the non-profit organization, Re:Vision. Joseph is a graduate of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program, the Rocky Mountain Farmer’s Union fellow program, and the Colorado Non-profit Leadership & Management course, and brings a robust educational background into his endeavors.
As members of the United States Peace Corps, Teipel, and his wife, Ashley, served in the Republics of Moldova and Niger. Now, Teipel and Ashley has returned to Buena Vista along with their two children. Joseph is excited to bring is decade+ worth of experience to the valley and to build CCCF into an incredible resource for the community.
Edward Cooper - Board chair
Ed is an educator and leader in not-for-profit and for-profit organizations who served as tenured faculty and administrator at six universities including four in Colorado. He has more than 53 years of experience focusing on new enterprise development, marketing and sustainability, international strategy, leadership development, distance work/learning and use of technology to improve learning. His career has covered many domains including service on numerous nonprofit boards and he has been responsible for the development of new revenue generation of billions of dollars/euros at for profit and not for profit organizations. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica & Venezuela. Bilingual in Spanish/English, he's worked in Latin America, Europe and in Asia. He has completed several hundred consulting projects since 1975. Most recently he provided four years of leadership and systems development in Kosovo for USAID.
Prior to working in Kosovo, he helped to build the venture funded Arist Education System as a Board Member and the Chief Learning Officer. He helped found venture-capital-funded Altius Education in San Francisco, serving as a Managing Director and he was Entrepreneur in Residence at the University Ventures Fund (NYC). He helped found International Data Systems and moved them to an IPO, served as the first CEO of MERLOT (www.merlot.org), a digital objects library/referatory and he was a staff member at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS). He is the author of numerous articles, book chapters and professional presentations, co-author of three books and recently was keynote speaker at the University of Pristina Kosovo commencement. Ed enjoys daily hiking and biking around Chaffee County and playing with his local grandchildren.
Rick Hum - vice chair
After moving to Colorado from New York, Rick was active on many community non-profit boards including the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, the Breckenridge Music Institute, Father Dyer Church, Summit Huts and was a founding board member of the Breckenridge Foundation that became the Summit Foundation. He served on the Breckenridge Town Board for 3 years before he was elected to two terms as Summit County Commissioner. He was lured to Denver to become the first Deputy Director of Great Outdoors Colorado in 1995. He also was Chief Information Officer for Colorado Commission of Higher Education. He worked for National Jewish Health as the Project Manager for the development of the Research Database Project. He has been appointed to two terms on the state Water Quality Control Commission and he is currently Chair of the Commission. He was appointed to the Chaffee County Marijuana Excise Tax Board and served as Chair for the first two years of this organization. He was a co-author of the Chaffee County Community Check-up survey and report and he is also president of the Mesa Antero Water Association, Vice Chair of the Peak to Peak Pickleball Club Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the Chaffee Common Grounds – Citizens Advisory Committee.
Merrell Bergin - Treasurer
Merrell’s career spans forty-two years in supply chain management, software applications and “best practice” consulting with large hospital groups. A volunteer host/announcer with Colorado Public Radio in the mid-eighties, Merrell also assumed board roles at Denver’s Alamo Placita Neighborhood Association and Historic Salida, Inc. At Colorado Farm to Table, he was a board member and grants writer, negotiated land leases and obtained capital for fencing, irrigation systems and a greenhouse.
Merrell is a Founders Circle member of Chaffee County Community Foundation (CCCF). Retiring from corporate life, he became a board member in 2019. Merrell led the effort to configure specialized CommunitySuites™ software and move eleven months of CCCF transactional data to the platform, going “LIVE” in July, 2019. As an Executive Committee member, Merrell works with the CCCF Board Chair and Executive Director, prepares financial statements and serves on the Finance/Audit Committee.
A fifteen-year resident of Chaffee County, Merrell follows Salida City Council and Historic Planning Commission matters and is a member of the Salida Business Alliance.
Wendy Hall - Secretary
Wendy has served both corporate and nonprofit Boards for more than 30 years, providing critical administrative support, including project management and corporate recordkeeping. Since moving to Chaffee County, she has been actively involved in a number of civic and nonprofit organizations, working in the trenches and leading other volunteers. Her compassion for animals has led to a variety of farm animals that she hosts on her property after they were in need of care and shelter.
Art is a 5th generation descendent of two pioneer families who came to the Colorado mining camps in 1861 near Oro City and Granite. The family did not find gold but did homestead and started open range ranching just west of current day Salida. The family homestead is on the National Register of Historic Places and is operated as a museum and agricultural educational center. After college Art secured a position with the US National Park Service as a Park Ranger and eventually managed a number of Park sites including Great Sand Dunes National Park. He also spent some of his career in Washington DC as the Liaison to the Secretary of Interior and most recently as the Chief of Planning and Compliance in the Denver NPS office. He currently helps with the cattle ranch managed by his daughter.
Sydney worked at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music where she taught in the Graduate Arts Administration Program. Prior to that she was Development Director for the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival and Associate Development Director for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She also served as President of the Greater Cincinnati Association of Fundraising Professionals. Sydney loves all kinds of art, is an avid hiker and loves to travel, but her favorite thing is to spend time with her family.
Jordan is closing in on a decade of experience working in sales, marketing and partnerships for software companies with a focus delivering the best in nonprofit and community foundation technology. She began her career in Washington D.C. and has brought her skills to Chaffee County. Her experience in nonprofit capacity building, online fundraising and her work with community foundations across the country will be leveraged to help grow charitable giving in our community.
Jordan's background in environmental science allows her to celebrate the incredible outdoor activities Chaffee County offers its residents and she hopes to scale her first 14'er in the near future.
Lisa’s education and experiences have fed her passion to create healthy environments for current and future generations. As Urban Parks Manager for the city of Boulder, Colorado, Lisa worked to implement cutting-edge environmental practices to manage open space and urban park lands with a focus on both ecosystem and public health. While working for the city of Boulder, Lisa also aided in the development of social service policy and relationship development with nonprofits. Lisa is most proud of her work contributing to the development of a highly successful work program for homeless people through a mutually beneficial relationship with the Boulder Bridge House.
After moving to Chaffee County, Lisa served as Interim Project Manager for the GOCO Inspire Initiative that aims to connect underserved youth and families to the outdoors. Lisa is currently Vice Chair of the Board of the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association, sits on the boards of the Colorado People and Pollinator Action Network and Chaffee County Community Foundation, and also participates on the Chaffee County Housing Policy Action Committee. When not working with these organizations, you will find Lisa in the garden, hiking, biking and teaching people the joy of skiing at Monarch Mountain.
Gordon is a longtime resident of Colorado and Chaffee County. He is retired from the Air Force where he served overseas as a navigator and a judge advocate. Returning to the US he taught at the Air Force Academy. Gordon was a lawyer and for the latter part of his career, he focused on tax law. He was engaged in private practice for 35 years and as an adjunct professor in the Graduate Tax Program at the University of Denver. Gordon and his wife administer a nonprofit organization that provides books to elementary school in targeted school districts in Colorado. He remains an avid outdoorsman riding his horses and was a ski patrol volunteer for 24 years.