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Officers  

Jeff Crane, President
Jeff is a Denver native and grew up skiing in Colorado. He has considerable experience in education and non-profit administration, and has an MFA in Visual Art from Hunter College, CUNY.  From 2000-2012, he taught art, art history and aesthetic theory at the State University of New York at New Paltz. His non-profit experience includes Art Awards Coordinator for the Scholastic Art Awards Program in New York, Program Officer for The Foundation for a Civil Society in New York, and Director for International Relations at the Information Center for Foundations and Other Not-for-Profit Organizations in Prague. He is a Level 3, PSIA-certified Telemark Ski Instructor, was Snowsports School Director at Plattekill Mountain in the Catskills of New York for 6 years, and also instructs Alpine and Telemark skiing at Breckenridge.  He does backcountry skiing in Colorado and in the Northeast and is an avid supporter of freeheel skiing and backcountry touring. He is also a musician and builds custom open-back banjos (Crane Banjos). 
 
Kate McCoy, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer
Kate has a PhD from The Ohio State University in Educational Policy and Leadership and is an educator and student of US history and sustainable futures. She was Education Director at Brook Farm Project in New York for six years. She has been an education committee member at the Mohonk Preserve for seven years. She is associate professor of Educational Foundations and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at State University of New York at New Paltz, where she is also chair of the Department of Educational Studies and Leadership. Kate has 10 years of previous experience working on grant-funded health and human services research projects at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY (NYC), Montefiore Medical Center (Bronx, NY), and the New York Academy of Medicine in partnership with non-profit organizations as a consultant, researcher, and project director. Kate is also a musician, songwriter, enthusiastic beginning freeheel and backcountry skier, and avid hiker.

Board of Directors


Wynn Miller  
Wynn Miller's parents taught him Alpine skiing in southern New England. Paul O. Satre introduced him to Nordic skiing at Indian Mountain School. He taught skiing at Prospect Mountain while attending Bennington College, then served on the Vermont Nordic division of the National Ski Patrol at Prospect under Joe Parks and Jim Merunowicz. A member of the New York Ski Club, he served as Secretary of the Metropolitan New York Ski Council and a delegateto the United States Ski Association. Later, his Toyani Advertising agency managed public relations for Rob Hart and Wade King's Burnt Mountain Ski in Cooke City, Montana. His board service includes public and private organizations. He practices law in Colorado Springs and teaches skiing at Breckenridge as a member of the Rocky Mountain division of PSIA.


Bonnie Paffenroth
After earning her B.A. in Journalism at UW-Madison, WI in 1984, Bonnie decided to move west and has not looked back since! Her first stop was in Breckenridge, Colorado where she immediately adapted into mountain ski town living. Following her 10 year stay in Summit County, she discovered Park County just 17 miles south, where she connected with the small mining town of Alma, Colorado. She has been calling this friendly community home for over 20 years now. In 2003, after the sale of her successful landscaping business of 13 years, Bonnie decided to start her new career in real estate. She is also executive director of the Alma Foundation, whose primary mission is to improve the quality of life for residents in the greater Alma area. Project areas include recreation, trails and open space; historic restoration, art and cultural development; assisting local residents in need.