(From the left: Andrew Zaback, Linda Miner, Dacia Woodworth, Haley McNeill, Suzanne Barnes, Lynn Janklow, Conor Filter, and Tom Fiore)
The Board of Directors of Ute Springs Experiential Learning Center would like to thank you for making time to learn more about our mission. We are passionately committed to the future success of our participants and of this organization.
We believe communities flourish when citizens treat one another with C.A.R.I.N.G. values. Ute Springs’ facilitators model and teach these social-emotional values to our participants at all times. We invite you to join us at one of our camps as a member of our “C.A.R.I.N.G. Crew Volunteer Team” or to love us from afar by donating to Ute Springs. You can help our campers intentionally “play” their way to becoming thriving members of our society. With your help, Ute Springs will continue to transform lives, futures, and communities for the better.
– Ute Springs Experiential Learning Center Board of Directors
Dacia Woodworth is our Chair of our Board of Directors who welcomed Ute Springs to her farm, with her horses, chickens, and gardens each Friday for Summer Camp. She graciously donated her time to engage as Lead Facilitator of our Animal Facilitated Learning Program and now as Chair.
Lynn Janklow is our Board of Director Chair Elect. Her heart lies in camp and all the potential camp experiences it has to offer our youth. Lynn started working with camp and recreation programs in California before settling in Colorado. She raised her two daughters on the front range and was engaged in the Gifted and Talented Education program there. Lynn has since served as a member on a variety of boards. When Lynn is not giving back to her community you may find her on the trails with her companions Wrangler and Willow.
Andrew Zaback serves as the Treasurer. Andrew was born and raised in the great state of Wyoming. Upon graduating with an Accounting Degree and Minor in Soil Sciences from the University of Wyoming, he wanted to ski for a winter in Steamboat Springs. That one winter turned into about five years. In 2013 he had an opportunity to move to the Vail Valley to work as a Loan Officer for Alpine Bank. Since moving down to the Valley he has become involved as an active member of Edwards Rotary, the Treasurer for Eagle Valley Senior Life, Board Member for High Five Access Media, and a frequent volunteer for Vail-Jazz and The Vilar Center. Andrew joined Ute Springs as the Treasurer in December of 2016 and is excited to be a part of such a wonderful cause. In his free time he can be most commonly found playing in the snow or enjoying some live music.
Dr. Suzanne Barnes serves as the Secretary. She is a small animal veterinarian in active practice helping individuals and families with their pets since 1976, who moved to Eagle from Canada in 1986. Growing up in the Rockies with camping, backpacking, hiking, fishing, swimming, canoeing and both downhill and cross country skiing, then learning scuba diving and sailing on the ocean fostered a love for the outdoors and stewardship of the environment.
Linda Miner is Co-Founder, Board Member and chronic volunteer at Ute Springs ELC. For the first year she assisted with program development, marketing, fundraising and all the fun hats needed to get an organization off the ground. As we grow within the community and embrace the needs of our children, her role has developed into community outreach, program volunteer, visionary, and all round go to. Whatever is needed really…she appreciates all the expanding opportunities Ute Springs offers her.
Tom Fiore is Co-Founder, Board Member and past Board of Directors Chair. He volunteered over 302 hours the first summer to help launch Ute Springs summer camps and make programming a success! He has lived, worked and played in Colorado for the past 36 years; 18 of those as a member of the Alpine Mountain Rescue Team, fishing, camping and sharing his passion for the outdoors with young people teaching leadership and life skills through various adventure based programs in Eagle County. Originally from Ohio, Tom earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton in Ohio. Most of Tom’s professional career has been in Project Management and Operations related to the Energy Industry. Tom is currently semi-retired and works on a part time basis for Williams Companies.
Conor P. Filter of Filter Law is our Lawyer Extraordinaire and member of the Board of Directors guiding us in our federal and state licensing and operating protocols. In addition to his good humor and wise counsel Ute Springs truly appreciates his continued gifts of service!
Haley McNeill was born and raised in the Vail Valley. She graduated from Battle Mountain High School in 2004 and the University of Northern Colorado with a BA in Journalism and an emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising. Haley enjoys anything involving being outside, has a regular yoga practice and is a favorite baby sitter of many local kids (references available upon request). She believes in taking any steps necessary to make the Vail Valley a better place for the youth.
Julie Goldberg Haims has spent her life in education. She started teaching Special education in San Diego, California, where she was born and raised. After a long distance romance, she made the decision to move to Eagle County to live closer to her now husband and work for the Eagle County School District (ECSD.) She is married and a mother to two children who attend Eagle County schools. During her teaching career at ECSD, she taught English as a Second Language, Spanish to English speakers, and Special Education. She went on with her own education to receive a Masters degree in Educational Leadership, as well as an Administrative, Principal, and Special Education Director licenses. After seven years working as Director of Special Education in Roaring Fork School District to oversee Special Education in the Aspen School District, she came back to ECSD. For the past four years, Julie has been working with the Exceptional Student Services department and is currently the Director of Special Education for ECS. Julie is an involved community member and loves living in Eagle County.