Staff and Board
Our Team Behind the Scenes
Building Hope Staff
Jennifer moved to Summit County from the wilds of New York City in 1999. Since landing here, Jennifer has loved the ability to make an impact in this community starting with her first volunteer gig at the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) in 1999. Since that time, she has put her talents to work in marketing, fundraising, convening, creating programs and partnerships on behalf of the residents of Summit County. Whether on the Breckenridge Town Council where she served 2 terms or as a Board member for a local non-profit, or working on behalf of families in the community through our local schools or county wide child care program, Jennifer brings problem solving, strong communication and a down to earth approach to creating solutions that make our community a better place. As the Executive Director at Building Hope, Jennifer has turned her attention and passion to de-stigmatizing mental health and working to provide access for all to this vital health service.
Kellyn Ender, LPC
Mental Health Program Manager
Kellyn has been working and living in Summit County since 2012 after spending the previous three years as a front range weekend warrior. Born in Buffalo, NY and growing up in Michigan, Kellyn has a love of sports, the outdoors, and laughing! Summit County provides the best of all these worlds to her, where she can be found on the trails, biking, running, hiking, skiing, or endlessly cheering for the Buffalo Bills. She has a background in mental health and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. Prior to joining Building Hope, Kellyn worked in numerous roles and organizations within the community, including Youth and Family Services/Public Health, Summit Community Care Clinic, and her own private practice counseling service. Kellyn has developed great relationships in the community and truly values the work and collaboration that is accomplished among individuals and organizations for our residents and visitors. She has expertise in the field of mental health, community organization, program development, and the nonprofit sector. As Program Manager, Kellyn continues to build upon the framework that has been created, while continuing to grow and enhance Mental Health programs to the Summit community.
Mental Health Program Coordinator
Ravi Jaishankar joined Building Hope in April 2019 after a corporate career with AT&T where he worked as an information technology and business management professional. Originally born in India and raised in NJ, he graduated from Rutgers University in 2010 with a triple major in IT, Psychology, and Religion. Ravi arrived in Summit County in late 2016 to pursue his passions, deepen his commitment to health and wellness and discover meaningful life. He enjoys snowboarding and skiing, biking, motorcycling, backpacking, and hot springs. He has worked to cultivate a meditation practice which has expanded to teaching yoga philosophy and meditation classes.
Ravi’s role at Building Hope is multifaceted and includes helping people get connected to the mental health services they need and managing the mental health scholarship program. Ravi also manages the innovative insurance billing program that incentivizes providers to accept insurance. His other work touches upon various aspects of care coordination, community collaboration, and implementing new programming.
Peer Program and Volunteer Coordinator
Nicole Maynard joined Building Hope in November 2019. A Colorado native, Nicole was raised on the front range before making a home in Summit County. Nicole found Building Hope as a resource to support her own mental health as well as a way to connect with community members.
Nicole’s passion is spreading the word about Building Hope and helping others support Building Hope in meaningful ways. Nicole is a graduate of Colorado University of Colorado Springs with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. Nicole also holds an MBA. Her professional work has centered around complex program and project management in the commercial and defense industries. With Building Hope, Nicole manages the Peer Support Volunteer Program, as well as volunteer Ambassadors for Building Hope events.
Sierra joined Building Hope as the Administrative Assistant in February 2020 after interning with the organization as part of her Masters in Social Work program. She was born and raised in Connecticut and moved to Summit County after college, eager to enjoy all that mountain life had to offer. Sierra enjoys hiking, biking, snowshoeing and most importantly skiing. Sierra is passionate about mental health and social service, and is eager to continue to learn and grow within the organization.
Sierra graduated from the University of Vermont in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Psychological Sciences and a Minor in Special Education. She is currently earning her Masters in Social Work, with the goal of becoming a LCSW.
Carol has lived in Summit County since 1994 when she started working as the Town of Breckenridge Event Director and Public Information Officer. After leaving the Town of Breckenridge in 2002, Carol began working in a variety of roles within and outside of the Summit community in marketing as well as non-profit and corporate events. Carol brings a breadth of experience not only through local organizations and business relationships, but also a unique perspective gleaned from working with large corporations. Carol worked to create The HYPE youth connection program at Building Hope, and she continues to work on other community projects for the organization. Carol is hopeful that just one small event connection can change the trajectory of someone’s mental and emotional health.
Social Media & Marketing
Courtney Kenady discovered Summit County during a road trip in 1988, and in her heart, she knew one day she would live in this beautiful place. That time came in 1992 when she landed in Breckenridge after leaving a broadcast journalism career in California. Courtney loves being outdoors more than just about anything else. Summit County provides a perfect backdrop for all her favorite outdoor activities; running, mountain biking, hiking, boating, snowboarding, and skiing. For nearly 20 years, Courtney’s talents and expertise have been focused on real estate sales, digital marketing, and project management roles.
Courtney joined the Building Hope Social Media and Marketing team in June 2020 and is delighted to be part of an organization that is committed to the betterment and mental wellness of our community. Courtney is passionate about communication that educates, empowers, and enlightens. She enjoys creating and sharing content that is engaging and informative to many different audiences.
Youth Program Coordinator
Laura has worked with a number of youth organizations across Summit County and is excited to join the Building Hope crew as The HYPE program coordinator. Like most in Summit, Laura moved to the county to work as an outdoor guide and has never left! After spending some time working with a number of experiential education programs, such as Outward Bound, NOLS, and Keystone Science School, Laura decided to return to graduate school to study more accessible youth programs aimed at increasing adolescent mental health; she is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work and Masters in Public Health with a concentration in healthy equity and is passionate about implementing evidence-based, culturally appropriate mental health programming. When she is not studying or hanging out with folks at Building Hope events, you can find Laura teaching for Penn State’s outdoor orientation program or skiing with kiddos at Beaver Run.
Alyse grew up in the Front Range and moved to Breckenridge in 2001 to chase the snow and explore the mountains. She loved the community feel and small town atmosphere that Summit County offered.
Her education and background are in Horticulture and Sustainable Garden, Landscape, and Floral Design, and she has been a small business owner in Summit County for over 10 years. Alyse has taught workshops about Horticulture Therapy and feels there is a strong connection between plants, nature, and mental health.
A love for writing and books has been abundant in her life. A passion for giving back to the community, reducing mental health stigma, relating to various sectors of the community, and contributing through writing inspires her. Alyse is hopeful that she can put a smile on your face, open your mind to a varying opinion, or help you find comfort with her words.
When she is not crawling around in the dirt or writing on the computer, she is most likely hiking, snowboarding, biking, or camping with an audiobook in her headphones.
Emily Danica Steingart has been working and living in Summit County full time since 2009, after spending the previous year on the front range completing her community development/public health masters degree from UC Denver. Emily can be found on the trails, biking, running, hiking, skiing, or hopping on a jet plane for an amazing adventure. A yoga teacher with a special interest in mental health, Emily is a trained yoga instructor for trauma, addiction, and mental health and wellness.
Prior to joining Building Hope, Emily worked in numerous event and mental health roles, including Partners Healthcare, The Castle Group, The Boston Bruins, YogaHOPE, and she owns her own wellness adventure company called GOYO Adventures.
Emily has made the Summit County community her home and has always valued the work and collaborations created. As a previous Face of Hope, Emily shared her struggles with mental health around the loss of her brother to an accidental death. As Events Manager, Emily hopes to strengthen the bones that are standing and continue to create meaningful events for the Summit County community to connect in a more authentic way.
Yessenia Vinueza Garcia
Bilingual Events Coordinator
As a native of Ecuador, Yess considers herself a social development worker. During her teen years, she volunteered with several non-profit organizations – her primary motivation was improving people’s life quality and discovering the world. These experiences gave her the motivation to study economics in public policy. Thanks to her studies, she had the opportunity to serve in different organizations around the world.
Yess discovered Summit County in 2019 when she was traveling around the United States – it was the first time in her life that she had seen snow! After finishing her exchange program in The Netherlands, she moved to Colorado in 2020.
As an ex-pat, she is aware of the challenges immigrants face; thereby, she joined Building Hope in 2021 to improve Hispanic people’s quality of life by empowering them through mental health awareness.
Jennifer Quiñones Gibson
Bilingual Program Coordinator
Board of Directors
Building Hope has a dedicated Board of Directors which meets monthly and provides specific guidance around programmatic decisions and strategic direction of Building Hope.
Tim Casey – Mental Health Advocate and Business Owner (Chair)
John Warner – Dentist, Former Mayor of Breckenridge-Retired (Vice Chair)
Shannon Haynes – Assistant Town Manager, Breckenridge (Treasurer)
Gini Bradley – Community Organizer (Secretary)
Jaime FitzSimons- Summit County Sheriff
Amy Wineland – Summit County Public Health
Tamara Pogue – Summit County Commissioner
Brianne Snow – Executive Director, Summit County Family and Intercultural Resource Center
Anna Dudick – Local Advocate – Mother
Jon Copeland – Vail Resorts, Director of Skier Services Breckenridge
Deb Edwards – BGV Gives Program Manager
Pierina Reyes – Mental Health Professional
Kimberly Tramontana – Breckenridge Grand Vacations
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