YPN Committee Members

Get involved in YPN by participating in a sub-committee such as events, marketing, social media, or outreach. Participation in a sub-committee is a great way to be active in the organization and gain experience in the community. For more information contact Anna Bridger, (970) 875-7004.

Advisory Committee

Learn more about the 2016 advisory committee below.

Reed Jones, Chair

A Texas native, Reed attended Lake Forest College, north of Chicago, for two years. A summer in Grand Lake perpetuated a move to Winter Park. After two years fully submersed in the mountain lifestyle, she opted to finish her journalism undergrad at CSU. Degree in hand, she headed back up to the mountains to a variety of jobs. A few years in Stowe, Vermont solidified her love of Colorado. She headed back to eventually take a sales position with TV18 in Winter Park. This then brought her to a position in Steamboat as Advertising Sales Consultant and Host for Steamboat TV18 in September of 2012. Most recently, she was started The Jones Standard, an event and wedding planning business.

Beth Melton, Vice Chair

Beth grew up in the Pacific Northwest and received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Portland, Oregon. After completing her Master's in Teaching, she moved to the Front Range in pursuit of a teaching job. Through her work in education she has become increasingly dedicated to leadership in the field. In 2009, she pursued a graduate certificate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Denver, which renewed her interest in leadership in both education and the community. While in the Front Range, she had always stared longingly at the peaks in the distance, and so when a career opportunity in Steamboat presented itself in 2013, she jumped on the chance. Beth currently works for the Northwest Colorado BOCES. She is an early literacy specialist and "Lead Innovation Coach/Coordinator" for a $2.9 million federal grant focused on finding innovative solutions to the challenges of providing professional development to rural teachers. She is thrilled to be in Steamboat pursuing opportunities to learn more about teaching and learning, leadership, rural Colorado, mountain biking, skiing, and being a mom.

Geoff Petis, Vice Co-chair

After bouncing around the globe, Geoff has finally found a place to call home. After high school, Geoff took all of his high school savings and graduation money, and booked a one-year plane ticket to Switzerland, where he was a ski bum in the Canton of Graubünden for a year. To the delight of his grandparents (who thought he would never come home), a ski injury forced Geoff to return to North America, where he obtained his undergraduate degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. His liberal arts studies brought Geoff to Denver, and later, to Boston, Massachusetts, where he earned his Juris Doctor from the New England School of Law (a portion of those years were spent studying in Scotland and England). After returning to Denver in 2009, Geoff met his wife, Lisel, who is a Steamboat native. Geoff and Lisel took a break from the practice of law in early 2014, moving to Costa Rica and then Nicaragua. When a job opportunity in Northwest Colorado presented itself for Lisel, they seized the opportunity to return to this great town. Since moving to Steamboat, Geoff has been actively involved in various volunteer organizations, including YPN. In his spare time, Geoff likes to work at his law office, Petis Law, LLC. He can often be seen around town wearing his bow tie.

Cole Hewitt,Treasurer

Cole was born in Texas but raised in Casper, Wyoming. After graduating high school and enjoying 2 years of community college in Casper, he moved to the University of Wyoming in Laramie where he received a BA in Accounting. After starting his post grad work as an auditor for community banks in Wyoming and Colorado, he moved to Steamboat to further his career in Banking and Finance at Yampa Valley Bank. He loves sports (especially football), living in the mountains and has taken a real liking to the outdoor activities that Steamboat has to offer.

Erin Walker, Advisor

Erin graduated with a Ba in Communication from the University of Cincinnati and headed west to Denver. After a brief stint back in Ohio, the opportunity to work at Strings Music Festival came up and Erin couldn't wait to get back to the mountains. As a harpist and music lover, and working in non-profit her entire career, being the Development Director at Strings is the perfect fit. A visitor to Steamboat since she was 12, the Yampa Valley has always felt like home. She could not be happier to be working and living in this amazing place! In her spare time Erin hikes with her dog Finnegan and enjoys both downhill and cross country skiing as well as snowshoeing during the winter.

Richard Witty, Advisor

Richard was born and raised in Mississippi. He attended the University of Florida and University of Southern Mississippi for his undergraduate studies. He then obtained a masters in biomedical sciences before attending dental school at the University of Missippi. After graduating dental school he completed a one year general dentistry residency in Las Vegas to better service his patients. Richard and his wife Jaime made the move to Steamboat in July 2015. Fate brought them to Steamboat, Richard accepted a position at the Dental Center of Steamboat Springs and signed a rental lease without ever being to Steamboat before. Richard and his wife have thoroughly enjoyed the outdoor activities and the friendly town of Steamboat. Richard looks forward to being involved with the community for many years. You can find him playing tennis at the Tennis Center year round, playing golf in the summer, and on the mountain skiing.

Whitney Neelis, Advisor

Whitney grew up on the front range of Colorado and graduated from Colorado State University with her bachelors in Agricultural Economics. After graduation, she moved to the Yampa Valley to join her husband on his family's ranch in Toponas, where they raise cattle and grow hay. After a few years lending a hand on the ranch and working at various local branches of the Post Office, she had the opportunity to open her own insurance agency with 360 Insurance Company in Steamboat Springs. She currently holds a seat on the Community Agriculture Alliance board as an advisor. Whitney enjoys horseback riding, boating, both water and snow skiing, and many more of the great outdoor activities yielded throughout the mountain area.

Melissa Valrey, Advisor

Born and raised in Southern New Jersey, Melissa Valrey received her Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts Management and a minor in Business Management from Stockton University in New Jersey in 2008. Prior to graduation, she attended Lorenzo de’ Medici International Institute in Florence, Italy to complete her thesis on Italian Renaissance Old Master Portraiture and Appraisals. Melissa followed her heart to Steamboat Springs in 2008. She joined the Sales Department at The Steamboat Pilot & Today in 2010 and then transitioned to Colorado Group Realty's Marketing Department in 2011. In 2014, she took a position with Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty as The Boyd Team's Marketing Coordinator. During her spare time, Melissa enjoys reading, hiking, swimming, volunteering, playing softball and spending time outdoors enjoying all that the Yampa Valley has to offer!

Angela Marsh, Advisor

Angela grew up in the Yampa Valley and the curse hit her hard as she returned soon after graduating from Colorado State University. Growing up in Steamboat Springs Angela was fortunate enough to learn the basic principles of Steamboat living at a young age, strapping skis on at 2 years old skates at 8 years old and hiking the beautiful Rocky Mountains in her mother’s back pack. After graduating from Steamboat Springs High School, she ventured towards the front range and made Fort Collins, CO her new home. She was lucky enough to attend Colorado State University and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and Business Administration. of Liberal Arts. After completion of my degree in Communication Studies and Business Administration. Angela has used her education from Colorado State University to help excel her into the roll as Marketing Director at Colorado Group Realty, where you can typically find her researching all the new marketing trends, collaborating brand awareness, and navigating every different angle of digital and print marketing. Fun aside she bumped into real estate in 2013 and fell in love with the industry, especially in Steamboat Springs. If you ask her, she thinks everyone should live here. It's beautiful, it's active, the community is unlike any other, and there is never an ugly day. Steamboat is quite the package and she loves to help people make it their home. When she’s not rambling about Steamboat and why it's the best town in all the world, you can find her doing many activities depending on the season. First and foremost, you can find her with her amazing husband and their two black labs throwing the ball, taking them on walks, runs, hikes or bike rides, they love it all especially fetching the ball while swimming, typical labs, right? When they aren't playing with their loving fur balls you can find her at CrossFit testing her limits, biking throughout the intricate trail system on Emerald, running through the luscious trails, hiking, or you can find her enjoying all types of food around Steamboat.

Kayt Gary, Advisor

Kayt was born and raised here in Steamboat Springs, Co. Yes, a true local. She attended college at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA where she received her degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. As much fun as California can be, the mountains were calling her home and she moved back to Steamboat in 2014 to work for Big Agnes. On the hunt for like minded individuals and opportunities to give back to her hometown community, she discovered YPN and was hooked. When she's not volunteering or at work you can find her throwing pottery, teaching yoga, or walking dogs. (She is Steamboat's most sought after pet & home sitter).

Jae Seifert, Advisor

Jae Seifert moved to Steamboat Springs in 2014 from Northern Minnesota and now owns The Mac Ranch Steamboat and WZ Outfitters. He enjoys riding his dirt bike in the summer and riding his snowboard in the winter.

Sam Claycombe, Advisor

Sam, who is originally from Nashville, graduated in 2009 from Belmont University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English writing. Subsequently, he worked for a newspaper and eventually found himself serving as Press Secretary on a statewide political campaign in his home state of Tennessee. Sam then traveled to Texas to work in the oil and gas industry, but after a few years, left and moved to Colorado to enroll in law school. During his time in law school, he worked for a private law firm and at the Capitol in Denver. After graduating and passing the bar exam in 2015, Sam spent approximately a year working for a District Court Judge in Denver. After spending time working in Denver, he decided to make the leap and join his girlfriend in Steamboat after she had obtained a legal job in the area. Sam is now an associate attorney at Petis Law, LLC.

Ashley Water, Advisor


Matt Eidt, Past Chair

Matt is originally from Mississippi, Matt graduated from Ole Miss in 2006 with a Bachelors in Business Administration. After college he spent several years extensively traveling the US, South America, & Europe. During this time he worked in various locations around the globe as a professional photographer and adventure sports guide; as a result he has developed a world perspective on economy, culture, and the tourism industry. After spending 3 winters in Steamboat, Matt finally took the leap and made it his full time home in 2010. He is now an associate broker at Colorado Group Realty and a volunteer Ambassador on Mt. Werner.

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