Katie Baldassar is the Executive Director of Lake County Build a Generation. In this role, she has helped lead large-scale community planning efforts, including Youth Master Plan, Senior Master Plan, and Public Health Improvement Plan. She has also supported the launch of initiatives such as Get Outdoors Leadville!, Resilient Lake County, and the Lake County Intermediate School Playground remodel. She believes that health is more than health care, and in the ability of communities such as Lake County to change the way we approach health by identifying what is working—and changing what isn’t.
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, including one term as President.
Katie also enjoys trail running, hiking, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, cooking, reading, sewing, and spending time with her daughters Isabella and Molly, and husband Andy.
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).
Bobbi and her husband Craig relocated to Leadville from Florida. Bobbi and Craig have three kids: Sean, Taylor, and Regan. Sean and his wife Stephanie live in New York City. Taylor, her husband Connor and daughter Quinn live in Denver. Regan recently moved to Denver after graduating from MTSU.
Bobbi enjoys reading, going for walks, and returning to the ocean for visits.
Kristi Galarza is the Housing Manager for Lake County Build a Generation. She facilitates the Housing Coalition Meeting, as well as various other projects related to housing.
Originally from Southern Indiana, Kristi has been in Leadville for over 10 years. She meet her husband (Joel) in Leadville, and has two children who remind her constantly of all the good there is in this world. Kristi has a bachelors degree in Business Administration from Colorado Mountain College.
Aly Garvey is the Organizational and Resource Development AmeriCorps VISTA. In this role, she focuses on building capacity for systems change, specifically in funding and board development. She is excited to get to know Leadville and to gain a greater understanding of the nonprofit structure.
Aly is from Freedom, Wisconsin and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to her studies, she played trombone in the marching band and worked in the Division of Extension Dean’s Office. She loves Leadville for its scenery, its opportunities for outdoor activities, and its unique history. When she has free time, you can find her putting together a jigsaw puzzle or hiking around Lake County.
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.
Hannah is proud to call Colorado her home for the past 4 years (and many more to come!). You can find her hiking, baking scones, reading about Jane Goodall, sending snail mail, and obsessively trying to identify every wildflower she sees.
Mara is the Food Access Facilitator at Lake County Build a Generation. She facilitates the Lake County Food Access Coalition, a group of community members and organizations that are working together to build a community where every Lake County community member is able to access the food and food resources they are entitled to.
Mara grew up in Berthoud, Colorado, joining Lake County Build a Generation as an AmeriCorps VISTA in 2019. Mara, her partner, and their two dogs have found a home in Leadville since then. She is grateful to be part of such a supportive community and to pursue her passion for food access at Lake County 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.
Kevin utilizes behavioral health and prevention practices to diminish substance use and improve overall mental health in Lake County. As someone who conquered his own addictions from an early age, working with youth on substance use prevention and mental health is a subject that hits close to home.
Kevin has been a Lake County resident for seven years, having fulfilled his dream of moving to the top of the Rockies from Chardon, Ohio. Outside of work, he is currently pursuing his Certified Addiction Counselor 1 credentials. During his free time, you can find Kevin relishing in the adventure, peace and solitude that the endless mountains provide with the company of his American pit bull terrier, Daphne.
Augustina Remedios is the Housing AmeriCorps VISTA. She will be working to help facilitate the Leadville Housing Authority through Lake County Build a Generation. Additionally, she is working with Chaffee Housing Trust to build partnerships and help them get to know the community so that they can expand their programs into Lake County.
Augustina grew up in San Francisco where her interest in housing began. She got her Bachelor’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She moved to Leadville a few years ago and enjoys living in the mountains. When she’s not working, she’s hiking, camping, or skiing.
Planning and Research Facilitator
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 loves being able to coach and support our coalition facilitators while also adding capacity to organization- or community-wide projects. He has Masters degrees in Public Health and Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado, Denver. He is constantly inspired by the collaboration and dedication in Lake County 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 working, Noah loves to ride bikes, go on hikes, read science fiction, play board games, and travel the world with his partner, Stephanie Cole and their son, Zev.
Ned’s duties currently include graphic design, writing, copy editing, photography, and videography.
Ned has a B.A. from Colby College, a M.A. from the University of Denver, and attended the New York Film Academy.
Ned 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.
Barrett Donovan moved to Leadville in the fall of 2016 to work as a science teaching apprentice for the High Mountain Institute (HMI), a local non-profit semester school. Now, she works full-time at HMI as the Director of Communication and Engagement and as a wilderness instructor. Prior to working full-time at HMI, Barrett worked in the Lake County School District as an afterschool program leader for Project Dream, and as a substitute teacher. Barrett is originally from Louisville, KY and first came to Leadville as an HMI student in 2011. She then went on to study environmental science and environmental education at Colorado College (CC) in Colorado Springs. She graduated from CC in 2016.
You can usually find Barrett walking her dog Lajla, skiing on the Lake County golf course, baking cookies, or looking at cool plants! She is very grateful for the opportunity to serve on the LCBAG board and for the opportunity to support Lake County as it continues to grow as a healthier and happier place to live.
Bob Homiak and his wife Susan purchased a home in Leadville in 2013, and have been splitting their time between Leadville and Denver ever since. Bob retired from the U.S. Department of Justice in 2010, after practicing environmental law for 25 years, representing EPA and various federal land management agencies in enforcing the nation’s environmental laws. Prior to his employment at DOJ, Bob worked for EPA in Washington DC for eight years where he focused on enforcement matters under the Clean Air Act.
Bob has actively volunteered in a variety of community-based organizations over the years, including two terms as Chair of the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. and as a reading tutor at Park Hill Elementary School, both in Denver. On Saturdays during the school year Bob judges at high school speech and debate tournaments at various high schools along the Front Range. He looks forward to using his skills to help LCBAG function efficiently in its transition to an independent non-profit entity and achieve its various goals in Lake County.
Bob and Susan enjoy skiing, hiking, snowshoeing and gardening both in Leadville and Denver. They have a son, Michael, who is studying for a Master’s degree at MGIMO University in Moscow, Russia.
Donna and her husband Andrew moved to Colorado in 2012 to enjoy the natural beauty of the mountains, but chose to live in Leadville in 2019 after discovering the warmth and diversity of its residents. When COVID-19 hit, Donna learned about Lake County Build a Generation while volunteering to deliver food boxes to families. She has also learned more about Lake County by participating in the Health and Happiness initiative. Donna values an organization dedicated to meeting community needs and is excited to support LCBAG as a board member.
In her professional life, Donna worked for the US Department of State for many years. In her final four years she represented the United States as a climate change negotiator in discussions that eventually led to the Paris Agreement. Since leaving the Department, she has been a consultant supporting developing countries, donor governments, companies and non-profit organizations working to mitigate global warming by protecting and expanding forests—earth’s natural climate regulator. Her passion is to leave the planet a better place for future generations.
Board Vice President
Beverly Lauchner and her husband moved to Leadville in 2014. Shortly after arriving in Leadville, Beverly discovered Lake County Build a Generation and became involved with the Food Access Coalition. In 2018, Beverly joined the Board of Directors. Beverly also serves on Leadville City Council and the Leadville Urban Renewal Authority Board.
Prior to moving to Leadville, Beverly worked as a technology consultant, kitchen manager, and owned a catering company, among other things. Beverly is now a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), proving personal nutrition consulting in the Leadville area. She also serves as adjunct faculty at Colorado Mountain College, having helped develop the concurrent-enrollment culinary program for high school students. In her free time, Beverly enjoys hiking, Nordic skiing, gardening, the NY Times crossword, and chasing after her two small children.
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