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Meet Our Team

The Steamboat Springs Chamber has a team of small, full-time employees managing the economic development, destination stewardship, and community development departments. To get in touch with one of our staff members, please email


Sarah Leonard
Chief Executive Officer

(970) 875-7006

Sarah Leonard

Sarah’s responsibilities at the Chamber include oversight and administration of all operations of the Chamber. She also partners with the City of Steamboat Springs, Routt County, and numerous affiliated organizations. Sarah works with the Board of Directors to create an annual program of work and budget to guide the efforts of the tremendous Chamber staff.

Sarah is originally from Steamboat Springs and enjoys time in the sunshine, live music, camping, tubing the river, watching the latest movies, and is an avid happy hour enthusiast. Sarah is a Leadership Steamboat Graduate and sits on several local boards.

Laura Soard
Senior Director of Destination Development and Communications

(970) 875-7002


Laura is responsible for developing and leading destination management, stewardship, and communications plans for the Chamber. The Chamber Destination Development Committee helps Laura and her team create an annual destination plan which includes stewardship, research, and promotion. She also leads the Chamber’s internal and external communications efforts.

Laura grew up in Upstate New York and made her way to Steamboat to live the Colorado dream. Out of the office, she spends as much time outside as she can, trail running, mountain biking and hiking all over Steamboat and around Colorado. Laura also enjoys reading, traveling near and far, and spending time with her two favorite people: her husband and daughter. She’s passionate about empowering kids and volunteers as a senior mentor with Partners of Routt County and Girl Scouts.

Cecilia Morter
Programs Manager

(970) 875-7000


Cecilia is responsible for leading, planning, and producing Chamber events and programming, including the July 4 Parade, Steamboat Marathon, Thrive Together Women’s Leadership Summit, Economic Summit, Culture Summit, Navigator Awards, Winter Expo and much more. She also heads the evaluation against value to membership of ongoing programs and events, and the creation of new ones.

Cecilia is from Wisconsin (Go Packers!) and loves anything adventure-related: travel, camping, snowboarding, hiking, climbing, etc. She also knows that no adventure is complete without delicious food and celebratory drinks. She has two sons that she is so excited to raise in the mountains. She serves on First Impressions, the advisory council for Soroco Preschool, and is a member of the Steamboat Young Professionals Network. 

Angelica Salinas
Director of Membership & Engagement

(970) 875-7004


Angelica is the Director of Membership and Engagement and provides strategic direction in developing and managing membership and sponsorship sales. She leads the Chamber efforts on fulfillment and engagement initiatives that provide long-term value for Chamber Members. Angelica also oversees our special initiatives and engagement strategy. She leads the Chamber’s advocacy efforts working to help support businesses and their employees.

Angelica earned a B.S. in Marketing and a B.A. in English Literature from Santa Clara University. She is passionate about youth development and works as Executive Director for local nonprofit Whiteout Volleyball Club. She also serves as the President of the Young Professionals Network board of directors and on the board of directors for the Steamboat Sports Barn and Seminars at Steamboat. When she’s not working, some of her favorite activities include running, mountain biking, skiing, and backpacking with her husband Adam and their crazy pup Bowie.


Kenzie Meadows
Digital Content Manager

(970) 875-7009


Kenzie is the Digital Content Manager at the Chamber and is responsible for managing and distributing the Chamber’s digital assets. She works within the Destination Development team to drive our destination tourism goals, which includes maintaining and developing the Steamboat Chamber website, leading the visitor-facing social media pages, and managing the visitor emails and app. 

Kenzie grew up spending summers in the Yampa Valley at her family's home near the Flat Tops. Upon her graduation from Colorado State University, she made the move to Routt County to live the mountain lifestyle. She loves all things the Valley has to offer - running, skiing, camping, hiking, paddle-boarding, fly-fishing, and backpacking - and brings her dogs Maximus & Queso on every adventure possible. She also sits on the Young Professionals Network Board.

Annaleigh Bonds
Communications Manager

(970) 875-7007


Annaleigh is the Communications Manager at the Chamber, responsible for crafting and executing communications to the Yampa Valley community and our Chamber members through various mediums such as email, social media, press, and the website. She collaborates with all departments to strategically promote Chamber events and membership opportunities, conduct the annual report and special projects, and lead the year-long Shop Local campaign.

Annaleigh moved to Steamboat Springs at the end of 2022 and has lived in Colorado for six years. She grew up in Florida and earned a B.S. in Public Relations at the University of Florida in 2016. She loves to spend her free time exploring the outdoors (mostly skiing, backpacking, and camping road trips), visiting with friends and family, and discovering new places around the world whenever she can. She is also an active member of the Young Professionals Network, volunteers with Continental Divide Trail Coalition, and is a mentor with Partners for Youth.



Carol Halik
Finance Manager

(970) 875-7008




Carol is the Finance Manager here at the Chamber. Her responsibilities include all thing financial: accounts payable and receivable, payroll, related insurance tasks, budgeting, financial reporting, audits, and support of our membership and events teams.

Beginning her career in software engineering, Carol honed her financial skills working with her husband’s electronic design and manufacturing company, as well as volunteering as the accountant for her son’s hockey team and Cub Scout Pack.

Originally from Michigan, via San Diego, she stays active by hiking and snowshoeing with her dog, Zumba dance, and loves travel adventures, especially if live music is involved.

Mellisa Baumgartner
Administrative Manager

(970) 875-7003


Mellisa is the Administrative Manager at Steamboat Springs Chamber and is responsible for overseeing and managing the administrative functions that support the efficient operation of the Chamber. This includes daily operations, building maintenance and upkeep, Board and committee communications and logistics, as well as administrative duties and office management including the Visitor Center and Visitor Center staff. 

Mellisa was born and raised in Colorado and hasn't lived out of state for longer than a month since. Her and her husband of 33 years raised three kids and are the proud grandparents of four. She absolutely loves Disney, and tries to visit as often as she can, especially around the holidays or the food and wine festival in Epcot. She enjoys everything outdoors, including dirt biking, hiking, snowboarding, camping, snowshoeing and occasionally building a snowman. 


2023-24 Board of Directors


Soniya Fidler
Yampa Valley Medical Center

Kathy Elliot
Christy Sports 
Vice President & Treasurer

Loryn Duke
Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation
​Executive Committee Member

Sarah Fox
Fox Construction 
Past President

Adam Wilson
Executive Committee Member

Board of Directors

Betse Grassby
Steamboat Art Museum
Arts & Culture

Celine Wicks
Steamboat Springs School District

Dan Pirrallo
Sheraton Steamboat Resort
Lodging Operations / SMV

Jeff Steck
Veteran's Center
At Large

Jennifer Grathwohl
Grathwohl Creative and Steamboat Symphony Orchestra
At Large

Keriann Beadnell
Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation
Young Professionals Network

Kevin Booth

Liza Scudder
Main Street Steamboat Springs

Loretta Conway
Steamboat Tennis and Pickleball

Michael Buccino
Steamboat Springs City Council

Michael LaMotte
Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation / Sotheby's
Economic Development Committee Chair

Morgan Bast
Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation
Destination Development Committee Chair

Sonja Macys 
Routt County Commissioner

Stacy Charlton
Steamboat Lodging Company
Lodging Association Chair

Steve Muntean 
Steamboat Springs City Council

Rex Brice
Rex's Family of Restaurants
Food & Beverage

Sam Nelson
At Large

Ted Carey
Professional Services

Ulrich Salzgeber
Board of Realtors
Real Estate