SNOWMASS CAPITOL CREEK CAUCUS
DAVID CHASE, PRESIDENT
David Chase’s career has included being a professor of finance at Northern Arizona University (1966-1978), the managing member of a private equity firm (1985-2014) and having a life long involvement with cattle ranching. Most recently he served 16 years as a Trustee of Thornburg Mutual Funds. Participating in and supporting cultural, educational, scientific and environmental organizations have been central.
David has served on the Boards of The Nature Conservancy of Arizona and New Mexico and the Santa Fe Conservation Trust. Currently he serves on the Board of Aspen Valley Land Trust, the Board of Overseers of Colorado Mountain College, the Board of Advisors of Lowell Observatory and is Chair of the McCabe Ranch HOA. Contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org
CHRIS COLLINS, VICE PRESIDENT
I came to Snowmass in 1980 and stayed for 5 years in Colorado. I attended Colorado State University and graduated with a BS in Agriculture Business and Farm and Ranch Management. I have run McCabe and several other ranches for the family for the past 30 years. I am a general contractor and real estate developer in California. I have developed resort hotels, custom homes and now concentrate on senior housing.
VICTORIA TREECE, TREASURER
I am a westerner, having grown up in Montana where I came to appreciate wide open, undeveloped spaces. I have lived in Old Snowmass 9 years and feel blessed to overlook and engage in this beautiful, pristine valley I call home. My later career years were invested in real estate and commercial banking, both of which honed my skills in various areas. I am interested in giving back to this sublime wilderness we share together, protecting its gifts which will enhance all of our living experience.
JILL SABELLA, SECRETARY
Jill has lived in the Capitol Creek Valley since 2000 and started coming to Aspen in 1963 from Minnesota to ski with her family. She attended college in Denver, frequenting Aspen as often as possible, where she had a number of jobs from waitressing to writing. She worked as a columnist for the Aspen Illustrated News in the late '60's and in the late 70's published a book of her photographs as staff photographer for the Aspen Music Festival. She worked for National Geographic Society as photographer and writer on various projects. While living in Seattle for 20 years, she worked as a photographer, doing fine art gallery work, commercial annual reports and advertising, and portraiture.
Over her life she has come and gone from the Roaring Fork Valley and was always drawn back because of the great community of people and the beauty of the area. As an artist she has found much inspiration from the Capitol Creek Valley - especially the rural ranching character that still remains and of course the mountain landscapes. In the last several years she was on the Board and several committees of the Red Brick in Aspen. She has taught drawing and painting at the Art Base in Basalt, and has exhibited paintings and drawings in several venues in the valley.
I joined up with Steve and the Child family on Capitol Creek Ranch 43 years ago, and have been lucky to live (much of it outside doing ranch work) on the beautiful land at the base of Haystack Mountain. We raised three kids here with the help of the Basalt school system, and the many other great programs for kids in the Roaring Fork Valley. After many years coordinating environmental awareness and art activities for pre-schools in the valley, co-directing a local summer camp “CapCreeCa” on the ranch, teaching cross-country skiing at the Snowmass XC Center, and running my small gardening business, I am endeavoring to follow the Child family tradition of serving the community! I served previously on the Caucus Board, and hope to help guide the future of these valleys by sharing the lessons I’m learning from living close to the land.
I moved to Little Elk Creek about 17 years ago. I was a Lake Manager for 20+ years, an elected and appointed official, and sat on committees and commissions too numerous to mention.
After moving here I was an advisor and volunteer for the Roaring Fork Conservancy. I helped monitor both the Capital and Snowmass Creeks for the last 15 years. I also am the Ditch Manager for the ditch that has the highest priority right to Capitol Creek.
Michael provides mediation, facilitation, and strategic-planning services valley wide. He works with all kinds of organizations to resolve issues through collaboration and whole-system thinking. (KinsleyDiplomacy.com). Also, he is a painter. (KinsleyPaintings.com)
Michael is a member of the county Open Space and Trails board and the CLEER board (Clean Energy Economy for the Region). He's lived on Snowmass Creek since '92 and served on the SnoCap Board for fourteen years.
From ’83 to ‘16, he worked for Rocky Mountain Institute on sustainable communities and campuses. He wrote two books: Accelerating Campus Climate Initiatives (‘09) and Economic Renewal Guide (‘97) and scores of papers. He was a county commissioner from '75 to ’85, the early days of Pitkin County’s transition to progressive policies — especially growth control, affordable housing, open space, and transit.
Glenn Russell has been visiting Colorado for most of his life skiing in the winter and camping/hiking in the summer. He was able to permanently move here with his family in 2016. Glenn obtained a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from Oklahoma State University and has held various positions with engineering companies in Oklahoma and Texas. Starting in 2003 he worked as a Project Engineer and eventually became President of Thomas Russell Co. designing and fabricating oil & gas related processing plants.
Glenn has always been involved in ranching and community service and is currently working on a family owned ranch here in the Valley. He supports the ranch with general management, hay production, raising livestock and with riding/jumping horses. He enjoys gardening and volunteering in local non-profit organizations.
He was active with a grassroots effort that became the Spring Creek Coalition in eastern Oklahoma and understands the importance of local community involvement that protect our vital resources of land and water. He is a believer in honoring the past and protecting the future of pristine watersheds and supporting “Smart Growth” of the communities he is privileged to live in.