NEXT Vail Valley: Session Six

Emerging Professional Participants

Session Six Community Leaders

  • July 2018 – Elaine Kelton
    President of The Kelton Group
  • August 2018 – Gary Woodworth
    President & CEO of The Gallegos Corporation
  • September 2018 – Jeff Schroll
    Eagle County Manager, Former Town Manager of Gypsum
  • October 2018 – Seth Ehrlich
    Executive Director of SOS Outreach
  • November 2018 – Kathryn Regjo
    Vice President of Colorado Mountain College – Edwards Campus
  • December 2018 – Thomas Salamunovich
    Owner & Culinary Director of Larkspur

Session Six Group Participants

Loida Alegre

Loida Alegre Catering

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Inspired by Asian and Spanish fare, Loida cooks with an emphasis on the freshest ingredients. She has worked for the Ritz Carlton, LaTour, the Gourmet Cowboy, and Pan for Hire as a chef. In 2006 she she started Loida Alegre Catering in response to the demand in the Vail Valley for personal chef services.  An advocate for sustainability, Loida’s love for food extends beyond serving meals. She works to educate people about the benefits of good food and a healthy lifestyle. To that end, Loida has worked at local after school program, volunteered with “Shopping for the Seniors” in Minturn, as well as cooked meals for Younglife and other church functions.

“I would love to be able to help make a change in my own community here in the Vail Valley.  Whether it is one meal at a time or a gathering of large crowds, I am honored to nurture the many families that have come and gone through Vail to other parts of the world.”

Sonia Becerra

Wall Street Insurance

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My name is Sonia Becerra, I have been in the insurance industry for 12 years. I started my career at Wall Street Insurance in 2006 and I specialize in commercial insurance. I obtained my CISR (Customer Insurance Service Representative) designation in 2009 and I’m currently working on obtaining my CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designation.

I have been in the valley for over 20 years. I was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and moved here with my family. The Vail Valley became our home after we saw the great community we were able to become part of. It has been a great place to raise my children as well.

Mary Ellen Broersma

Vail Health

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Brian Eggleton

Ski and Snowboard Club Vail

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I was born in a farmhouse in Putney, Vermont and grew up in Arlington and Lexington, Massachusetts. My education was in both The Waldorf School and public high school (both in Lexington). I moved to Colorado to attend University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and graduated with a B.S. in International Business and a minor in German Studies, having spent a year studying at Universtät Regensburg, in Germany.

Professionally I am involved in the ski industry, having worked for vendors, retailers, and competitive ski clubs in the U.S, Germany, and New Zealand. I lived in the Park City/Salt Lake City area while employed by a ski brand and relocated to Frisco to start a business with 3 business partners. I now live in Minturn and lead the Equipment Management Program within Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, with work locations in Minturn and Vail and full time, year round staff of 3. In April 2018 I was elected to serve a 4 year term on Minturn Town Coucil, where I also serve on 3 committees: Minturn Scholarship Fund, Economic Development Action Committee, and Radio Free Minturn 107.9 ex-officio Board Member.

We are all fortunate in our ability to call the greater Eagle River Valley home! It’s always been a goal of mine to live close to the things I love to do, and living here accomplishes that. I am proud to call our mountain community home for the clean air, wonderful weather, and access to outdoor opportunities.I am a skier who likes to go uphill to earn turns in Colorado’s High Country, a sport climber, and a mountain biker.

Sally Gunter

Vail Resorts

Sally serves as the Senior Communications Manager for Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek Resort. Sally is in her seventh year working for Vail Resorts, having previously served as Communications Manager at Heavenly Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe from 2011-2015. A native of Texas, Sally worked seven seasons in media relations for the World Champion Houston Astros baseball club before transitioning into the ski industry.

When not skiing at Vail or Beaver Creek, Sally can be found fly fishing with her husband, Corey, or playing fetch with their dog, Ruby.

Tanya Hipple

Vail Valley Foundation

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Jay Peterson

Slifer, Smith & Frampton

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Born and raised in Minnesota Jay moved to the Vail Valley in 2008 after falling in love with the mountains during childhood ski trips. Originally intended to be “only one ski season” he quickly realized he loves the outdoor adventures the area has to offer and decided to make it his permanent home. Jay takes advantage of the mountain lifestyle by skiing, biking, camping, hiking and golfing with his friends, family and clients.

Jay originally worked in the hospitality industry after college but wanted to apply his customer service background to real estate in the Vail Valley. By demonstrating his ability to bring top tier customer service and communication to Slifer Smith & Frampton he has made his mark quickly in the business. Jay continues to stay up to date with the best ways to market real estate, which is becoming more focused on online marketing and prospecting. Additionally, his work ethic, ability to adapt to market and industry changes, and focus on customer relationships has contributed to his success.

Jay is truly grateful to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and for the ability to share that love with many guests, friends and clients from around the world.

Mirjana Rowe

Alpine Bank

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I first came to the valley in year 2000 and I started to work as a snowboard instructor shortly after. I used to come to teach at Beaver Creek in the winter, and then I would go back to Australia for the northern hemisphere summers. When back in Sydney, Australia, I did contract work and I worked in investment banking, communication and technology sectors. I obtained a Bachelor Degree in Business, Computing and Information Management in Sydney, Australia prior to my travels.

I started working for Alpine Bank in September of 2012. I worked on loans in more of the behind the scenes role until September 2017 when I transitioned into a Lending role with the bank. All of the experience working on the loans has been extremely beneficial.

I love the small town feel this valley offers and I love the lifestyle, with all the outdoor activities and beauty. I find working and living here in a small community, both rewarding and enjoyable since you can really see and feel the difference your actions can make.

Ryan Stecher

East West Hospitality

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Ryan serves as the Director of IT for East West.  Currently in his 12th year in the valley and with East West, Ryan enjoys the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of the company.  East West is a family of companies that stretch from South Carolina to Hawaii that builds, sells, and manages high-quality real estate and provides life experiences.

Ryan has been hacking his way into the computer industry since he was 12 years old.  He has a desire to learn, and to teach others.  While in high school, Ryan started working at the age of 16 for Disney and then Gateway 2000.  He learned to work fast and efficiently while going to school, playing sports, and working.  Ryan is never bored with technology as it is always changing.

Constance Tarantino

Select Surfaces

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Constance moved to the Vail Valley 5 years ago and fell in love with the mountains and the Colorado lifestyle. After several years working in the service industry, she landed her dream job in design. Constance is currently working as a design and sales consultant with Select Surfaces and enjoys working for a locally owned and operated company with great values and vision.

Constance studied Anthropology at Seattle University and lived in Vermont and London before settling in Colorado. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, hiking, biking, snowboarding and disc golfing with her awesome husband and crazy cattle dog.

Allie Yazel

All Mountain Technologies

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Allie recently relocated to Vail Valley in June from Crystal Lake, IL. After attending college and living in Chicago, she realized she was not a city girl! The first time she visited Vail, she knew she had found her future home. Trading skyscrapers for mountains, Allie believes Vail measures happiness not in material things, but lifestyle: number of powder days, miles hiked, and friends around the dinner table. She hopes the NEXT program will help her become acclimated with the past, present, and future state of Vail Valley. Allie aspires to become more involved in her local community and contribute to its’ success.

Allie joined All Mountain Technologies as a Marketing Coordinator in June. She attended Columbia College Chicago, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising with a concentration in Strategy and Account Management. During her senior year of college, she spent a semester abroad studying International Business at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. Allie’s love for travel and appreciation for others’ cultures has propelled her into several human rights issues. Allie’s post-graduate professional experience ranges from worldwide advertising agencies to small startups. She found her way into Information Technology this past year and fell in love with helping businesses increase productivity through tech. She believes IT is evolving into a standard business practice and is an essential part of success.  Outside of the office Allie enjoys all the amenities the Valley has to offer, including hiking and snowboarding. She played soccer for 10 years and coached swim for 6 years. She also enjoys writing non-fiction and photographing her travels.

Teresa Zonolini


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As a Magna Cum Laude graduate from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Teresa has been involved in various aspects of the event services and hospitality industries for over nine years, and brings her passion for exceptional customer service to the PSAV team. With experience in both production management and hotel services, Teresa has found new strengths in combining the best of both worlds to establish herself in event technology coordination. She has built strong business relationships with her philosophy on exemplary customer service and attention to detail. As she continues to work closely with clients to ensure their visions are achieved, Teresa does not lose sight of the importance of providing every client with friendly and meaningful assistance in order to make their program experience top-notch. Teresa’s clientele has included Signal Mutual, Arrow Electronics, Takeda, Toyota, American Airlines, Lincoln Financial, Dancing with the Stars, Harlem Globetrotters, Colorado College Hockey, and many more. 

Teresa is a Colorado native who was born and raised in Colorado Springs, and has thoroughly enjoyed calling the Vail Valley home for the past year. Living and working in this amazing community has offered great opportunities for both personal and professional development that have been unobtainable in larger cities. When not working, Teresa and her husband can be found outdoors enjoying everything the Rocky Mountains have to offer!