Social Sector Response to COVID in the Aspen to Parachute Region

What we did right. What we did wrong. What we learned.

Hosted by Aspen Community Foundation, Bob Hurst, and Melony Lewis, this convening will feature a panel discussion on the impacts the pandemic has had on the region, the success and challenges of the collective response efforts, and what the next 6-12 months might bring. We welcome your questions and comments during the discussion.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
11 a.m. to Noon MST
Zoom Webinar
View Webinar Recording
Access Passcode: Y0spMG=a
Bob Hurst
2020 Rescue Fund Co-Chair
Melony Lewis
2020 Rescue Fund Co-Chair


Carrie Besnette Hauser, Ph.D.
President and CEO, Colorado Mountain College
Since 2013, Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser has served as president and CEO of Colorado Mountain College, a public institution enrolling nearly 20,000 students annually at 11 campuses in the central Rocky Mountains. Previous to CMC, Hauser held leadership roles at the Kauffman Foundation, Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Daniels Fund. While at Daniels, she was a loaned executive advising Denver’s mayor on a citywide college scholarship program and assisting the Metro Denver Sports Commission on an initiative to attract top-tier sporting events, including the Olympic Games. She co-chaired the 2012 Women’s Final Four.

Hauser is currently a governor’s appointee to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission, a member of the El Pomar Northwest Regional Council, and serves on the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and Vail Valley Foundation boards of directors. At the national level, she serves on the American Council on Education Board of Directors and the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank Economic Advisory Council, and is past president of the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA).


Ross Brooks
CEO, Mountain Family Health Centers
As CEO of Mountain Family Health Centers, Ross Brooks is chief curator and leader of Mountain Family’s values, vision, and mission, which includes overseeing the strategic plan, workforce, operations, and more. He is driven by the simple principle that access to affordable health care is a human right, not a privilege. Ross joined Mountain Family in July 2012, after serving as Chief Operating Officer at Colorado Community Health Network and previously the Health Care Advisory Board Company in Washington DC. He earned his Bachelors of Arts and Sciences in International Business and Economics at Washington University. Ross also serves on various local, state and national boards and committees, including the National Association of Community Health Centers, Colorado Community Health Network, Colorado Community Managed Care Network, Mountain Valley Developmental Services and Reunion Health, LLC. He enjoys hiking, eating a good meal and spending time with his wife Lindsey, and their two children.
Heather Grumley
Superintendent, Garfield School District Re-2
Heather Grumley is the Superintendent of Garfield Re-2, taking the lead in April of this year. She is in her 27th year of serving students and families within the district. Prior to ascending to this post, Mrs. Grumley was the Assistant Superintendent for the past 3 years, Principal of Graham Mesa Elementary School, an instructional coach at Elk Creek and Kathryn Senor Elementary schools, a 2nd and 4th grade teacher, a middle school volleyball and basketball coach, and a high school track coach. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in English and Literature from the University of Puget Sound, a Master's in Elementary Education from Colorado College, and an Educational Leadership Endorsement from Colorado Mesa University. 
Jon Peacock
Manager, Pitkin County
Jon Peacock joined Pitkin County in January, 2011 as the County Manager. Prior to that, he spent 3 years as the Assistant County Administrator and 5 years as County Administrator for Mesa County. In 2007, Jon was named "County Administrator of the Year" by the Association of Colorado County Administrators. Jon came to Colorado in 2002 from Columbus, Ohio, where he worked as a Fiscal and Policy Analyst for the State of Ohio. Jon previously taught Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Wyoming and worked for the City of Laramie, Wyoming. His education includes a master’s degree in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, both from the University of Wyoming.
Katherine Sand
Director, Aspen Family Connections
Katherine Sand has a thirty year background of work in local and internationally-based non-profit organizations, and is finding her work as director of Aspen Family Connections to be the most powerful and rewarding of her professional career. Since moving to Aspen in 2001, she has been involved with a number of wonderful organizations in the community, including Theatre Aspen and the Aspen Thrift Shop, for which she is proud to still serve as a Board member and chair of the Grants Committee. Katherine is married to Scott and they have twin sons, Alex and Jeremy, who are seniors at Aspen High School.