Katie Baldassar, Executive Director
Katie Baldassar is the Executive Director of Lake County Build a Generation. Her duties currently include coordinating new initiatives, leading organizational strategic planning, supervising staff, driving continuous improvement at the agency, fundraising, and writing and managing Lake County Build a Generation’s grants.
Prior to taking this position, Katie taught for Leadville’s High Mountain Institute and Colorado Mountain College, as well as the East Bay Conservation Corps, the Coloma Outdoor Discovery School, California Poets in the Schools and the University of California at Davis. She also spent time as a reporter for The Leadville Chronicle, The Aspen Times and The Colorado Independent. In years past, she has also been employed as a grant writer, poetry translator, research assistant, trail crew supervisor, river camp caretaker, chainsaw instructor, editor, and backpacking trip leader. Katie has a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. from the University of California at Davis, and is an Ed.S. candidate at the University of Northern Colorado. She has also completed a three-week course at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government for Senior Executives in State and Local Leadership, thanks to the generosity of the Gates Family Foundation. She recently retired from the Lake County School Board, after serving for nearly 7 years.
When she isn’t working or volunteering, Katie can be found trail running, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and hanging out with her daughters Isabella and Molly, and husband Andy.
To contact Katie, call 719-486-4114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eudelia Contreras, Resilient Lake County Coordinator
Eudelia Contreras is the Health Equity Manager for Lake County Build a Generation. In this role, she works with other communities to build a Health Equity Advocacy field. She also works to lift up Lake County’s health equity issues to statewide policy advocacy groups, develop connections with these groups, and support relevant legislation through testimony, story banking, etc., in order to advance Lake County’s ability to advocate for health equity at a statewide level. At a local level, she works to support the Family Leadership Training Institute (a project of Full Circle of Lake County, address agencies’ health equity training needs, and convene an Access to Care workgroup.
Eudelia has lived in Lake County for the past 23 years. She attended Lake County schools and has worked at a number of county agencies, including Lake County Human Services and Lake County School District. Eudelia feels that with her experience working, living and attending our schools she will be able to identify and work on the needs of our diverse community.
Eudelia has started a family of her own in Lake County and always talks to her three daughters, Kayleen (12), Isabelle (10) and Sophia (8), about her experience growing up in this unique town. Eudelia and her significant other, Julian Navarro, have expanded their family by adding not only his two children but a mare (Mia), a dog (Cece) and a bunny (William).
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Bobbi Coughlin, Finance and Office Manager
Bobbi Coughlin is the Finance and Office Manager at Lake County Build a Generation.
Bobbi relocated to Leadville from Florida. She and her husband, Craig, are originally from Iowa. Bobbi and Craig have three kids: Sean, Taylor, and Regan. Sean lives in New York City, Taylor lives in Denver, and Regan is a senior at MTSU in Tennessee.
Bobbi enjoys reading, going for walks, and traveling.
Kelly Landau, Assessment and Evaluation Contractor
Kelly Landau is the Assessment and Evaluation Contractor for Lake County Build a Generation. She provides assistance to Lake County Build a Generation staff, action teams, nascent projects, and mini-grant recipients with assessment and evaluation work. In addition, she collects data to evaluate policy, environmental change and program efforts and assists with community-wide health surveillance activities.
Kelly likes the challenge of working across a wide diversity of fields and disciplines and at some point in her life has worked as a molecular biologist, economic development project coordinator, Basic MS Excel instructor and for the last three years, as Local Food Coordinator and Evaluator for LiveWell Chaffee County.
Kelly left the big city 8 years ago and now lives in Salida, CO with her husband and, as she would argue, the best dog ever made.
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Kevin Pokorny, Youth Master Plan Coordinator; Lead on Behavioral Health/Tobacco Prevention and Youth Leadership
Kevin Pokorny is the Youth Master Plan Coordinator; Lead on Behavioral Health/Tobacco Prevention and Youth Leadership for Lake County Build a Generation. In this role, Kevin utilizes behavioral health and substance prevention ideals to diminish youth and adult substance abuse (with an emphasis on tobacco) and improve overall mental health in Lake County. As someone who conquered his own addictions from an early age, working with youth regarding substance abuse and mental health is a subject that hits close to home.
Kevin has been a Lake County resident for five years after fulfilling his dream of moving to the Rockies from Chardon, Ohio. Outside of work, he is currently pursuing his Certified Addiction Counselor certifications. During his free time, you can find Kevin relishing in the adventure, peace, and solitude that the endless mountains provide. Hiking, fishing, and rockhounding are just some of the activities he appreciates with the company of his American pit bull terrier, Daphne.
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Brayhan Reveles, Healthy Eating/Active Living (HEAL) Coordinator
Brayhan Reveles is the Healthy Eating/Active Living (HEAL) Coordinator at Lake County Build a Generation. In this position, he supports Lake County Build a Generation’s efforts to improve health outcomes for youth and families in Lake County through community organizing and Collective Impact framework.
Brayhan attended Lake County Schools, the High Mountain Institute, and is currently finishing a degree in Bilingual Outdoor Education at Colorado Mountain College. Prior to his employment at Lake County Build a Generation, he volunteered with various local and state wide organizations promoting health equity and advocating for Latinx inclusion in the outdoors and outdoor industry at a local and statewide level. He believes that bringing diverse voices to the table strengthens a group’s progress towards a shared goal.
When not working, you can find Brayhan out exploring, mountain biking, skiing, reading a good book, trying new things, or hanging out with family and friends.
Noah Sosin, Resilient Lake County Manager
Noah Sosin is Resilient Lake County Manager for Lake County Build a Generation. Noah works with the residents of the County’s manufactured home communities to foster civic engagement and empower the residents to advocate for their rights as tenants. He is also a co-facilitator of the Access to Care work group that strives to improve the conditions of healthcare access for all residents of the County. He has Masters degrees in Public Health and Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado, Denver. He is excited to be working in Lake County, addressing a few social determinants of health to ensure a healthier, happier, and more equitable future for all of the County’s residents–especially the populations most in need. When he is not in school or at work, Noah loves to ride bikes, go on hikes, read science fiction, play board games, and travel the world with his partner, Stephanie Cole.
Ned Warner, Communications Coordinator
Prior to taking this position, Ned ran a graphic and web design company, which he still runs on a part-time basis. He taught art and graphic design at Vail Mountain School, nature-based art for Rockies Rock Adventure Camp, art at Laramie Montessori School, and filmmaking at the Cooper Center for the Arts. Ned has a B.A. from Colby College, a M.A. from the University of Denver, and professional certifications from the New York Film Academy and REC Audio Engineering School.
Ned currently serves on the St. George Episcopal Church board in Leadville, CO. When he isn’t working or volunteering, Ned can be found exploring the great outdoors, writing and performing music, making art, and spending time with his partner, Ash.
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Kristi Galarza, Housing Manager
Mara Gwin, Organizational and Resource Development AmeriCorps VISTA
Mara Gwin is the Organizational and Resource Development AmeriCorps VISTA at Lake County Build a Generation. Her work over the next year will focus on fund development and supporting the ongoing development of key organizational systems and structures at LCBAG.
Mara grew up in Berthoud, Colorado, earning a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy/Values and Social Policy from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Upon graduation she traveled, volunteered and worked throughout Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe. She is excited to call Leadville her new home!
Amy Hall, Event Planner
Amy is the event planner and staff support for Build a Generation. Amy is a native Coloradan. She spent her teen years growing up in Minturn Colorado and has been in Leadville for the last ten years. Amy has two sons who attend Lake County High School. In her free time Amy enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Hannah Guilford, Communities That Care Coalition Facilitator
Hannah is the Communities That Care Coalition Facilitator at Lake County Build A Generation. She facilitates the county’s coalition addressing risk factors and supporting positive outcomes for the young people in Lake County. She is committed to addressing the impacts of trauma on individuals and communities through her work with survivors of interpersonal and relationship violence as well as youth experiencing homelessness. She has worked with passionate youth activists to create community change, and brings that fire to her work creating systems change so young people can thrive. She believes the youth of Lake County are an asset and a source of strength, and that belief guides her work with Communities That Care.