After traveling the country for five years, living in no place longer than six months, Ashlee Anderson was looking for a community where she could put down roots. She found that perfect place when she traveled to Steamboat in 2012...
He helped picked the city's new police chief and he helped build the new academic center at Colorado Mountain College. And those are just two of the many big things Charlie MacArthur has done in the community in recent years.
In her role as a civil engineer with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Routt County, Chayla Rowley, 27, enjoys the job’s variety. After earning her engineering degree from the University of Colorado, she moved to Steamboat three years ago, where she quickly found a strong interest in Steamboat’s young people through a church congregation.
After growing up in Casper, Wyo., and graduating from Laramie’s University of Wyoming with an accounting degree, Cole Hewitt, 31, let the Wyoming winds fill his sails and carry him to Steamboat Springs in 2011.
Erin Walker, has a work ethic inspired by her lifelong passion: music. “I think music just drives you,” Walker says. Combining her love for the arts and career, the Cincinnati, Ohio, native is known for her three-year role as the development director for Strings on the Mountain.
Downtown Steamboat residents who are sleeping more soundly these days (and not being awoken by street sweepers) can thank the city's bow tie-wearing lawyer. Geoff Petis, 35, has been in Steamboat for just two years, but he's already made quite the impact on our community.
Thoughtful, caring, selfless, even Wonder Woman— those are all words rising like cream to the top of the nomination forms in describing Gillian Morris. The co-owner and vice-president of Talon Grips, Morris also gives of herself wherever she can, most notably as a three-year board member of the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club.
Since moving to Steamboat in 2008, Helen Beall has worked tirelessly to contribute the community. The former Mars Hill University soccer player now coaches soccer in Steamboat. She also serves on the boards of Yampa Valley Gives and the Steamboat Soccer Club, is former director of the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament, and is a proud member of the 2015 Leadership Steamboat class.
Jamie McQuade, 38, knows the value of our local community, and she strives to enhance it every chance she gets. And locals, she says, would be surprised to know how much small businesses here help it.
When Jason Peasley first considered leaving a secure job with the Steamboat Springs Planning Department to head up the nonprofit Yampa Valley Housing Authority (YVHA), the mix of emotions he experienced reminded him of one of the greatest outdoor adventures of his young, 33-year-old life – rowing the thundering rapids of the Grand Canyon.
After moving to Steamboat in 2008 from Vail, where he worked as a commercial lender, Jeremy Behling is proud to be a part of Steamboat’s community and hopes that the least he can do is add to it.
Hard work has payed off for Steamboat Springs native Josh Carrell. "I realized Steamboat was a real special place to grow up in and how lucky I was to have that as a youth," Carrell says. "I wanted to make that opportunity available to others."
Before moving to Steamboat Springs in 2007, Kara Stoller, 33, worked special event production in Philadelphia after graduating from West Virginia University. She wasted no time putting her skills to use as marketing director for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. It’s a perfect fit, given her background, friendly personality and penchant for all things Ski Town USA.
Giving comes easily to Laura Cusenbary, 37, a financial advisor for Wells Fargo Advisors. It runs in the family. “I’m fortunate to have had a family growing up that was very philanthropic,” she says.
Skiing brought Maggie Griffin to Steamboat Springs almost nine years ago, but today she stays because of how at home she feels in the community.