«An introduction to the Valley Settlement Project dual generation model for improving the lives of children and adults living in poverty. July 2014 Elaine ...»
As a community activist and advocate of enduring education, he founded the Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen Community School, and Carbondale Community School and has also served on the boards of Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Aspen Institute, Colorado Mountain College, Aspen Community Foundation, and the Needmor Foundation. A tiny sampling of Stranahan’s myriad colorful and successful ventures includes the Woody Creek Tavern, Flying Dog Brewery, Stranahan’s Whiskey and the 3rd Street Community Center in Carbondale. He started The Manaus Fund in 2005 as a way to change the donor-nonprofit dynamic, cultivate community and address social injustice in the Roaring Fork Valley. Providing hands-on guidance to staff, Stranahan serves as Senior Advisor to Valley Settlement Project.
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NAMES AND QUALIFICATIONS OF KEY STAFFJON FOX-RUBIN, Executive Director. A native of Aspen, Colorado, Jon Fox-Rubin joined the Manaus Fund as the organization's first full time executive director in June 2014. Also in 2014, he co-founded Energetics Education, a non-profit focused on team-based experiential education around energy literacy for high school students. Previously Jon co-founded and led as Director, President & CEO two advanced technology companies: “Hypercar, Inc.” in 1998 and Fiberforge Corporation in 2004, both spin-offs from Rocky Mountain Institute, where Jon serves as a Sr.
Fellow. Companies under Jon’s leadership have raised over $30 million in equity capital, captured Fortune 500 customers and won numerous awards.
Jon also served as Town Councilor of Basalt, Colorado from 2000 to 2004 where he spearheaded a resolution welcoming immigrants to the community and co-founded “Misión: Comunidad” a nonprofit newspaper dedicated to building bridges between the Anglo and Latino communities in the Roaring Fork valley. Jon developed an interest in immigrant integration when he resided for a time as a youth in Bisbee, Arizona—a US/Mexico border town—and as an adult in rural Germany. In both situations Jon experienced firsthand the challenges of not speaking or understanding the dominant local language. Jon developed an interest in social justice while living in Boston where he helped organize a coalition for social justice on the MIT campus and volunteered at the Eastern Service Workers Association.
Jon holds an interdisciplinary PhD and a MS Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology along with a BSME with honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder. A man of many talents, he also attended Wyoming Technical Institute where he became a certified automotive mechanic! Jon lives in Basalt, Colorado with his wife Julie and their son.
ELAINE GROSSMAN, Foundation Liaison brings forty years of broad-based executive management and development experience in the nonprofit, corporate and education sectors. Elaine is recognized for bringing creativity, passion and energy to organizations during periods of growth and change.
She earned a BS from Skidmore College and Masters in Early Childhood Education from Boston College then spent the first thirty years of her career in Massachusetts in executive positions ranging from Statewide Director of Day Care Services, Work-Family Direction, to Development Director, Boston Medical Center, Reach Out and Read. Her passion and skills have secured millions of dollars for programs benefiting children, education and cancer treatment. After moving to Colorado in 2000, Elaine continued using her talents as a development consultant, benefitting the Aspen affiliate of Susan G Komen Foundation, Valley View Hospital, Quality of Life Cancer project and others before joining the Western Colorado Preschool Cooperative project and the Manaus Fund in 2008.
MORGAN JACOBER, Valley Settlement Project Director, was hired by The Manaus Fund as their first part time staff person in 2006. In 2012, Morgan transitioned into the role of Project Director for the growing Valley Settlement Project. Prior to the Manaus Fund, Morgan worked for four years with the 2007 El Pomar, Colorado Nonprofit of the Year, YouthEntity, as Associate Director. Before focusing her passion on youth and education, she worked in marketing with Four Peaks Development in Aspen. Morgan graduated with a BS in Political Science from the University of Colorado. As a ranch kid from the Roaring Fork Valley, her roots run deep and she’s passing on that family heritage, staying in the Valley with her husband to raise their two small children.
The Manaus Fund Page 15 VERONICA FELIX, Community Organizer. Veronica grew up picking fruit with her family in California and experienced first-hand the power of community organizing to change the lives of migrant farm workers—including her own. Learning from her father and his closest friend, Cesar Chavez, she has worked to empower people to help themselves her whole life. Based in Rifle, Veronica and her husband are passing on this proud family legacy to their sons—one in College in Arizona and the other a football player for Rifle High School. Both young men have spent plenty of time passing out leaflets and attending community meetings with their Mom. Veronica is also a thriving entrepreneur who bakes cakes for weddings and Quinceañeras in addition to her key role as Community Organizer for the Valley Settlement Project since 2011.
AMANDA TAMBURRO FRIEND, Early Childhood Specialist, earned a Masters Degree in early childhood special education. Amanda began her career in education with the Roaring Fork School District as a preschool teacher at Crystal River Elementary School. She spent time in Florida as a master teacher, training preschool educators for several years before returning to Colorado to connect young families with Mommy & Me, El Busesito and Parent Mentor opportunities in 2011.
She provides the critical link between Valley Settlement Project programs and the School District.
Amanda and her husband stay busy raising three boys.
TRACY BETHELL, Business Manager, earned a BA from Florida State University and an MBA in Accounting from University of Phoenix. She has used her financial reporting, analysis, audit and problem-solving skills to ensure fiscal transparency in the accounting for a number of organizations in Colorado including DaVita, Inc., Colorado Preschool Cooperative and TJ Concrete prior to joining The Manaus Fund in January 2012. Tracy is an adjunct faculty in Accounting for Colorado Mountain College. She and her husband are co-owners of Walltech Services, a construction company, and proud parents of a little boy.
ADDITIONAL FUNDERS IN 2014. Recent major gifts to Valley Settlement Project include $50,000 from the Aspen Institute and membership in their Ascend Network; $80,000 from Daniels Fund; $25,000 from Larry Marx with an additional $150,000 pledge over the next three years;
$90,000 from John Denver Aspenglow Fund with an additional $90,000 pledge for 2015.
IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONSDONATED GOODS. In the past year, the Roaring Fork School District and the Roaring Fork Rapid Transit Authority have both made significant in-kind contributions of the exclusive use of two ‘retired’ buses which were repurposed as mobile pre-school classrooms by Valley Settlement Project. Title to the two busses is held by the Roaring Fork School District.
DONATED PROFESSIONAL SERVICES. The maintenance services, insurance and gasoline are an annual in-kind contribution from Roaring Fork School District that enables “El Busesito” to deliver programming to children in need. The estimated value of this in-kind contribution is $25,000 per year. The strong partnerships and in-kind contributions of Roaring Fork School District teachers and administrators provide ongoing training for Parent Mentor volunteers throughout the school year.