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.
Care Team 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.
Operations and Grants Manager
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.
Marketing Assistant and Administrative Support
Kenady joined Building Hope in September 2021 after graduating from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s in Public Administration and a concentration in Project Management. She has been in marketing since July 2020 with Climbbetty Digital Marketing and continues to elevate her skills as Building Hope grows.
Kenady was born and raised in Breckenridge, CO, but now lives in Reno, NV, with her partner, Brendon, and their two dogs. Kenady loves to travel, read, cook, and spend time with her family.
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.
Project Writer and Suicide Prevention Care Team Coordinator
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.
Jennifer Quiñones Gibson
Mental Health Training Coordinator
Jennifer fell in love with Summit County during the numerous vacations she spent here with her family going back to 2007. She finally became a full-time resident in 2020 and has spent the last year enjoying many of the outdoor activities that the county has to offer and connecting with her new neighbors.
Jennifer is a native of Puerto Rico and serves as Building Hope’s Bilingual Program Coordinator, serving members of our Spanish-speaking community and collaborating with local organizations to improve support for this growing sector of our local population.
Events Program Coordinator
Dylan joined Building Hope in February 2023. He grew up in Seattle and lived in the Pacific Northwest most of his life, graduating from the University of Oregon in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in advertising. Throughout his childhood, his dad would regale him with stories of his time living in Aspen in the late 70s. These stories, coupled with his dream of living in the mountains, inspired Dylan to pack up and move to Summit County in October 2021.
Dylan spends the winters skiing both in-bounds and in the backcountry. In the summer, he enjoys mountain biking and backpacking. He loves road trips and aspires to one day drive from Colorado to the Arctic Circle.
At Building Hope, Dylan coordinates all community Connectedness and HYPE events. He also assists with the coordination of special events and mental health trainings. He is passionate about tearing down the stigma around mental health. Dylan believes that creating safe spaces where honest conversations can be had is key to normalizing mental healthcare.
Bilingual Care Team Program Coordinator
Wendy Cantú is from Chihuahua, Mexico, and arrived in Summit County in 2019 looking for new adventures and opportunities. She loves Summit County for its diverse cultures and outdoor activities. In addition, She loves the opportunities offered to everyone in the community.
Wendy has a degree in Education and has experience working with children from preschool to elementary school. Still, she also likes helping the community with support and connecting them with resources.
Wendy is Building Hope’s Bilingual Program Coordinator and serves members of our Spanish-speaking community.
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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