James Lindheim, Advisor, Mentor,
Jim Lindheim served for over 25 years as a consultant in the areas of corporate communications and public affairs. He worked for corporations and trade associations in North America and Europe, assisting them with issue management, crisis management, corporate positioning, litigation issues, corporate marketing, internal communications, government relations/public affairs initiatives, and communications planning. He worked on significant projects with companies such as Philip Morris and its parent Altria, Coca-Cola, Tetra Pak, Anderson Consulting, Merrill Lynch, Mobil, Perrier, Visa and Kraft Foods. He culminated his career as the Chairman of Burson-Marsteller, the world’s largest public relations/public affairs company. Following retirement, he served as a town council member in Castle Valley, Utah, Vice-President of the Board of the Moab Music Festival, and is a current Board member of Telluride Theatre. He spearheaded a community-wide effort in Moab, Utah to refurbish the local historic theater. When his golf club is not destroying a fairway, he plays classical piano and writes short stories, plays and commentaries.
Stu Fraser, Mayor, Town of Telluride
Mr. Fraser worked at Hallmark Cards, Inc. for sixteen years in sales, product marketing, and product management. In 1984 he and his wife started their own business in CA, and then moved to Telluride in 1990 where they continued to operate. After working with 30 plus non-profits in the Telluride region he was elected Mayor in 2007. He has helped build 86 owner-occupied, affordable housing units, helped to create the Plastic Bag Challenge, and is developing programs and land use codes to support sustainability of commercial enterprise within the historic Telluride core. He sits on the Colorado Municipal League Executive Board and is President of the Colorado Association of Ski Towns.
Robert Weatherford, Painter, Painting Instructor, Board Member The Ah Haa School.
Robert Weatherford has been painting in Telluride since 1977. Originally from Laredo TX, he studied at the Art Students League and earned a Masters Degree from Union Theological Seminary in NY. He went on to obtain an MA in Painting from Claremont Graduate Art School in CA. Robert has been with the Galleria Beretich in Claremont since 1987. His work has been shown in galleries in Washington D.C., Scottsdale, Sag Harbor, NY and Telluride Gallery of Fine Art. He was commissioned by Sierra Club Books to create 17 paintings for a children’s book entitled Desert Dog, released in 2001. He has served on town council, museum, theater, and is currently on the Ah Haa School for the Arts board. Robert regularly teaches a painting class at the Ah Haa School focused on telling stories in paint.
Meghann McCormick, Owner, The Steaming Bean Coffee Shop, Board Member Telluride Arts.
Meghann has an MFA in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University. Seeking a distinctly creative future for herself, she found herself moving to Telluride to own and operate the local coffeehouse. This space is her canvas for creating and supporting a variety show of entertaining events for the community. Meghann also blends all the teas sold at her café, has a high interest in cooking ethnic cuisines and sewing costumes & clothing.
Pending: Michelle Haynes, Director, Region 10 League for Economic Assistance and Planning
Established in 1972, Region 10 is a 501C3 non-profit organization offering public programs in support of eighteen local communities and six counties in western Colorado. Michelle has been instrumental in coordinating regional economic development planning to feed Governor Hickenlooper’s Ground Up Economic development strategy. She believes that the role of the arts in economic development is often overlooked and is excited to connect in with the opportunity of the Telluride Creative District.
Elaine Fischer, San Miguel County Commissioner, artist, Board Member Telluride Arts.
Established in 1972, Region 10 is a 501C3 non-profit organization offering public programs in support of eighteen local communities and six counties in western Colorado. Michelle has been instrumental in coordinating regional economic development planning to feed Governor Hickenlooper’s Ground Up Economic development strategy. She believes that the role of the arts in economic development is often overlooked and is excited to connect in with the opportunity of the Telluride Creative District.Elaine Fischer has liv
Elaine Fischer has lived in Telluride since 1982. In that year she was appointed to and served as chair of the Historic and Architectural Review Commission until 1990. Elaine was elected to the Telluride Town Council in 1987 and served until 1999. She was elected Mayor from 1993 until 1999. In 2000 she become San Miguel County Commissioner. She has been commissioner for 12 years. Outside of her political career she has served as a board memeber for the Telluide Foundation (since 2007), Telluride Arts (since 2006 ) , The Telluride Historical Museun (since 1993), and the Telluride Chamber Music Association (since 1987). Elaine graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in1976. She is an avid painter and sculptor who has had 12 shows over the last 5 years.
Peter Kenworthy, Director, MountainFilm, Published Author.
Peter Kenworthy began his professional career in Philadelphia as a banker in 1982 and later worked for several years in London. He moved his family west to Telluride in 1992. After working as a banker in Telluride for 10 years, Peter decamped in 2004 to travel in Southeast Asia with one of his sons and live in China for six months where he taught English. While he was away, his novel, bank job, a historical fiction about Telluride’s second-most-famous bank robbery, was accepted for publication. Upon his return to in 2005, Peter worked for the Telluride watch as a reporter. He joined MountainFilm in 2006, as Executive Director.
Michael Martelon, President and CEO, Telluride Tourism Board, Board Member Ah Haa School.
Michael Martelan leads the economic development of the Telluride destination’s travel and tourism efforts, including marketing, messaging, brand and packaging development, central reservations and group and conference sales. With more than 25 years of travel and tourism experience, Michael Martelon has an impressive track record of accomplishments, hundreds of travel marketing awards and an entrenched knowledge of hospitality and destination marketing operations and challenges. He has driven the creation of both on- and off-line strategy and execution for internationally recognized brands in the travel sector as well as retail, quick service restaurant, consumer packaged goods and promotional products.
Will Thompson, Owner Telluride Gallery & Coordinator of Telluride Merchant’s Association, Board Member Town of Telluride Commission on Arts and Special Events.
Will Thompson has been in the art business since 1975 when he was an art dealer in NYC at the Natonal Art Club. He then relocated to CO in 1980 and moved to Telluride in 1985, when he opened the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art. 27 years late Telluride Gallery is a fixture on Main Street bringing some of the world’s finest artists to the box canyon. In 2008 Will saw the need to get the merchants of together and reconvened the Telluride Merchant’s Association.
Sasha Cucciniello, Artistic Director, Telluride Theatre, Board Member Town of Telluride Commission on Arts and Special Events.
Sasha, an actor, writer and director, founded SquidShow Theatre in 2007 which produced original, free theatre and ignited a local theatre renaissance. In 2012, Sasha facilitated a successful merger of the established Telluride Rep and her avant-garde Squidshow into Telluride theatre. In NYC Sasha was a founding member of CuriousNoise Theatre, company actor with Red Metal Mailbox, worked at famed Performance Space 122 and Philip Arnoult’s Center for International Theatre Development. In addition to her first love, Sasha is dedicated to nurturing and growing Telluride’s creative community.
Kate Jones, Director, Telluride Arts (Lead Organization)
Kate came to Telluride in 2010 to become the Executive Director of Telluride Arts and return to her Colorado roots. Prior to moving, Kate was the director of a local arts agency in rural Washington State that she leveraged for bold community and economic development. In Washington, Kate spearheaded a community visioning process that resulted in the purchase and development of a surplus forest service complex being developed as an economic engine fueled by the arts, sustainable technologies and local agriculture. She was a founding board member for the Twisp Public Development Authority, served on the Washington State Arts Commission, the Economic Development District, the Washington State Arts Alliance, and as a regional representative for Arts Ed Washington and Artist Trust.