New Board Members
Karen has a strong leadership and coaching background with over twenty-five years of experience in pharmaceutical, education, government and healthcare industries. Karen is currently the owner and head instructor at Rising Crane Training Center in Carbondale where she designs and implements martial art, leadership and family programs to over 120 clients and the community. Karen is an experienced Fifth Degree Black Belt in martial arts with 20 years of experience.
In the pharmaceutical industry Karen worked on coaching initiatives for organizational training programs, managed drug development programs, project management and implementation.
Karen’s educational background includes an MS in Exercise Physiology and a BS in Kinesiology.
Erik has 17 years of experience advising corporate and private equity clients globally on mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, strategic initiatives and debt and equity financings. Erik has demonstrated leadership, guiding teams on complex assignments involving multiple internal and external constituencies under demanding conditions and tight time constraints. Erik has expertise in all aspects financial review and analysis, including planning and budgeting. Significant experience presenting to and interacting with the senior management teams and boards of directors of privately-held and publicly-traded companies.
Erik served on the Board of Directors for The Peterson Garden Project which converted abandoned city lots into pop-up victory gardens, providing over 800 raised-bed plots to urban gardeners in Chicago along with educational programming focused on gardening, cooking, nutrition and food security.
Alex has over 20 years experience as a Montessori classroom aide and lead teacher. Alex taught at Mt. Sopris Montessori Pre-School and McKenzie Montessori. Recently, Alex has worked as an equine therapist with Children’s Farm Home. Alex is credentialed as a primary teacher through the American Montessori Society and Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. Alex is also a licensed counselor.