Tim Easley – Board President
Tim brings Outdoor Education and International Service Learning experience as well as international program development and management experience to our Board of Directors. With a B.S. in Recreation Management from Appalachian State University, and additional training from the National Outdoor Leadership School, Tim developed and honed his outdoor education skills working for a variety of different programs. Tim currently works for an International Service Learning program called Global Leadership Adventures where he has worked as an International Director in Tanzania and Thailand, Senior Enrollment Advisor and now is a Group Travel Manager designing custom service learning trips to meet the needs groups and schools from around the world. Tim’s experience as an outdoor educator, his collaboration with schools to design programs that meet specialized needs, his business sense and program leadership abilities, and his experience bridging cultural gaps all make Tim a wonderful asset to our Board of Directors.
Rebecca J. Harman, M.ED., ED.S. – Board Member
Rebecca is a native of Ohio and has worked as a VISTA Volunteer in the US Virgin Islands, at Liliuokalani Children’s Center in Oahu, Hawaii and as a special educator and administrator in Maryland. She has also worked as a Naturalist at the Alice Ferguson Foundation in Accokeek Maryland. She was an adjunct professor in the special education graduate program at The George Washington University in Washington DC. After moving to Colorado, she combined her love of teaching with the outdoors, becoming the community garden manager at Mountain Valley School in Saguache. Rebecca’s career includes working with special needs children, ages K-12, training teachers in the area of special education, and facilitating outdoor environmental education programs. She has volunteered with developmentally disabled adults at Starpoint and currently at the local elementary school in Salida, Colorado. She holds an undergraduate degree from Denison University in Ohio and post graduate degrees from The George Washington University.
Melissa Goforth - Board Member
Melissa has found a unique niche for herself as a Board Member for Alpine Achievers Initiative, contributing her skills and experience in the financial and accounting world with her love of the San Luis Valley and her desire to make an impact on the lives of young people. Melissa is a graduate of Adams State University and began her career as a Certified Public Accountant in Alamosa. Melissa and her husband Bruce have lived in several rural (and urban) Colorado communities over their careers (Bruce as a wildlife biologist.) Melissa was Chief Financial Officer of Monarch Mountain ski area for over twenty years.
Now retired, Melissa spends her time researching her family genealogy, learning the piano, wondering about the mysteries of the universe, enjoying the beauty of nature, loving her family, and supporting a few worthwhile non-profits, such as Alpine Achievers Initiative.
Daniel Boyes - Board Member
Daniel Boyes is an outdoor enthusiast with a background in environmental education and water resources management. Daniel has spent the last five years working as a naturalist, guide, and researcher across the western U.S. He is passionate about outdoor and environmental education. He has led bird watching and other science-based field courses as well as guided backpacking and kayaking trips in California and Alaska. After working with the Bureau of Land Management in Taos, NM, he moved north to the San Luis Valley. He currently works as the coordinator for a Rio Grande Basin water resources planning project. Daniel is thrilled to be helping inspire youth as a member of AAI’s board of directors.
Sarah Koehn Frey - Board Member
Sarah brings her enthusiasm for collaboration and desire to create positive impact in her community to the AAI Board of Directors. Sarah’s adult life has revolved around her love of meaningful connection and her eagerness to contribute to efforts to enhance quality of life in her community. She moved to Manitoba, Canada soon after college to serve as a community volunteer in a small fishing village for 2 years, then moved to the San Luis Valley, where she was a school librarian and teacher until 2011. Sarah has served as the Executive Director of the Northern Saguache County Library District since 2011. Working in libraries allows her to indulge her love of connecting…whether that’s connecting people to materials, people to services, or people to people. Libraries today are Angie’s List, Craigslist, the encyclopedia and the Yellow Pages all in one place, and in rural areas like the San Luis Valley, that’s a game-changer. Sarah is excited to contribute her skills and enthusiasm to AAI’s great organization.
Hunter Good - Board Member
Hunter is originally from Sharpsburg, Georgia and spent his youth exploring the Southeast fishing, hunting, hiking, and more. He studied Outdoor Leadership and Appalachian Studies at Young Harris College, and soon after, moved to Saguache, Colorado to serve as an AmeriCorps member with Alpine Achievers Initiative. During that time, he head started our Backyard to Backcountry program, teaching outdoor education to kids in the valley. He fell in love with the area and stayed at his service site, Mountain Valley School, this time as a staff member. He began to take classes at Adams State University to get his Master’s in Education and has been a site supervisor for AAI for two years now, sharing his experience with the members that come to Mountain Valley. In his free time, he enjoys exercising, playing music, hiking 14ers with his pup, Little Bear, and the occasional Star Wars Marathon.