In addition to our dedicated Board of Directors (serving 1-3 years), YVSC also has a team of experts who act as an Advisory Board. Each with their own expertise, they represent YVSC within their fields.
Angela Ashby – Green Building Advisor
A founding board member of YVSC in 2008, Angela Ashby has a close eye on YVSC’s development since YVSC’s inception. As Steamboat’s first certified EcoBroker, she helped foster the local green building community through her help creating YVSC’s Green Building program and annual Green Building Tour, including assisting to draft green building codes for the City of Steamboat Springs. Angela served as Board Chair for over 4 years, and remains very active in the community, encouraging green building practices among her many other interests and pursuits. She brings to the advisory board the ability to identify funding opportunities and viable programs and partnerships necessary to advance the organization in the area of eco-realty and green building. Her long term relationship with the organization is invaluable.
Catherine Carson – Yampa Valley Recycles Advisor
In the 1990s Catherine became one of the founding “bag ladies” of Steamboat, encouraging and promoting the use of reusable bags at the grocery stores. A founding member of Yampa Valley Recycles, Catherine joined the YVSC team when the organizations merged in 2012. She remains a leader on this committee which handles most recycling efforts, projects, advancements and education in the valley.
Sam Jones – Green Energy Advisor
Sam is the president of All Season Financial Advisors, Inc, and has had a passion for sustainability as a life long practice as well as in the management of client assets. With a BA in Economics and and MS in Information Technology, his efforts include social responsible investing themes since the mid 90’s, as well as the development of The New Power Fund in 2007, which focuses on clean water, energy and technology investments. He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Institute Solutions Council, past board member of Partnership for Sustainability, a frequent speaker on the subjects of energy efficiency and renewable energy trends and a contributing author to many publications including our local Homelink magazine. Sam has been consulting with YVSC on energy efficient education since 2011.
Carolina Manriquez – ReTree and Sustainable Schools Advisor
Carolina is a forester for the Colorado State Forest Service, and has been an integral part in the implementation and success of YVSC’s ReTree programming and events, working to promote quality over quantity, post-care (watering/monitoring) and education. She has also been deeply involved in YVSC’s Sustainable Schools program. Carolina has an M.S. in Silviculture and Restoration Ecology and is currently working towards a master in agriculture to better understand local natural resources management since ranching/farming huge components of our valley. She was born in Santiago, Chile, has 5 years of experience in conservation and development in rural areas in Africa and South/Central America, and moved to Steamboat in 2009. Carolina wants to help YVSC’s efforts towards sustainable and integrated natural resource management in our valley through ReTree and other projects, programs development and funding.
Liz Wahl – Zero Waste Advisor
Liz has a life-long dedication to sustainability, and both as Food & Beverage Director for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation and as President of The Steamboat Restaurant Association, Liz spearheaded the Zero Waste efforts in Steamboat Springs in 2009, first launching the beta program at SSRC and then fostering YVSC’s Zero Waste Initiative through its first two years while on the YVSC Board of Directors. She was awarded the YVSC Lifetime Achievement Sustainability Award in 2012 for establishing and continuing to maintain her long term dedication and commitment to the Zero Waste Initiative in Steamboat.
Emilie Rogers – Waste Diversion Advisor
Emilie moved to Steamboat in January of 2000. Realizing the need to keep our beautiful valley green, she sought out Yampa Valley Recycles (YVR), and took the position of YVR Administrator in 2008. Emilie joined the team during the YVSC-YVR merger in August of 2012 and in late 2014 Emilie took over as Waste Diversion Coordinator. She earned a BA degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado in Boulder. There she met her husband of 22 years and has 2 children ages 18 and 12. Her interests include tennis, hiking, camping, biking and skiing. Emilie has a part time job with Old Town Hot Springs as well as selling her family’s Guatemalan coffee.