Monica Perez Rhodes, Chair

Joined board in 2013

Occupation: Controller, Colorado Rocky Mountain School

Monica is honored to serve on the Mountain Family board and uphold the organization’s mission. She joined the board in December 2013 and was appointed treasurer in 2014. Monica is the controller at Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale. She previously was an advocate for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault with Advocate Safehouse Project. Monica is proud to call the beautiful Roaring Fork Valley her home for over 25 years, and is equally as proud of her dual citizenship, being born and raised in Mexico.  Monica earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at the University of Phoenix. She lives in Garfield County, and her pride and joy are her two amazing daughters. When she is not at work or volunteering, Monica enjoys playing golf and softball, the Broncos, and traveling to Mexico to see her family.

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Sydney Schalit, Chair-Elect

Joined board in 2020

Occupation: Executive Director, Manaus

Sydney Schalit joined the Mountain Family Board of Directors in October 2020. She is a patient of Mountain Family Health Centers and a resident of Garfield County. Sydney is an elected official, serving as a Director at the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District. Sydney is the Executive Director of Manaus, a nonprofit specializing in solving social justice issues. As a longtime advocate of language equity and ease of access to mental health services, Sydney first became interested in Mountain Family’s whole-person approach to medical care, integrating dental, mental and physical health, in a bilingual setting. When she is not working, she enjoys being with her two geriatric dogs, cycling and skiing with her husband and friends, experimenting in the kitchen or diving into another novel. Sydney is humbled and honored to be serving the Mountain Family community.

Trish Kramer, Treasurer

Joined board in 2017

Occupation: Nurse Home Visitor, Family Visitor Program

Trish Kramer joined the Mountain Family board in 2017. She lives in Garfield County and is passionate about women, youth and children’s access to affordable health in the region. Trish is currently a nurse home visitor for the Nurse Family Partnership at Family Visitor Programs. Previously, she was the practice administrator of Women’s Health Associates, the assistant administrator and chief operating officer for nursing and clinical services at Valley View Hospital. Trish earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Health Administration degrees at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. In her free time, Trish and her husband enjoy Tenth Mountain Hut trips and camping with dear friends.


Rob Stein, PhD, Secretary

Joined board in 2013

Occupation: Superintendent, Roaring Fork Schools

Rob Stein joined the Mountain Family board in 2013. He is a Mountain Family patient and is a resident of Garfield County. Rob is superintendent of the Roaring Fork School District, and has worked on the front lines of education reform for over 30 years, as a teacher, administrator, university professor and educational consultant. Previously, Rob led a high-profile turnaround of Manual High School, served as head of school at Graland Country Day School and was executive director at Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning. He has taught courses in educational leadership and school reform at University of Colorado, Denver University, and Harvard Graduate School of Education. Rob earned his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at Middlebury College, his Master of Arts at Stanford University and his Doctor of Education at Harvard University. When he is not working, Rob enjoys running, skiing, cycling, reading and service activities.

Paz Escobor- Board Member 2020

Paz Escobar

Joined board in 2020

Occupation: HR Generalist, Colorado Mountain College

Paz is a Mountain Family patient. She is part of the Human Resources Department at Colorado Mountain College. Previously she was HR Coordinator at Aspen Skiing Company. She has been part of the Roaring Fork Valley community for over 10 years and she lives with her family in Pitkin County. She has the privilege of having a dual citizenship. She earned her Master’s degree in Psychology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, located in Santiago, where she was born and raised. When she is not working you can find her playing with her toddler son, reading, working-out, or talking with her family in Chile through video-calls. Paz is honored to serve on the Mountain Family board.

Mike Nugent

Joined board in 2021

Occupation: Chief Strategy Officer, Eagle County Government

Mike joined the Mountain Family Board of Directors in 2021 as Eagle County’s Chief Strategy Officer.  Prior to his current role, Mike spent 20 years in various leadership positions within state, local governments and the nonprofit sector.  His passions include strategy development and deployment, operational excellence, and building organizational cultures that support high performance.  Mike earned his Bachelors of Science in Technical Communications in 2002 and his Masters of Science in Management from Regis University in 2006.  When he’s not at work, Mike can be found reading, biking, and running.

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Maria Tarajano Rodman

Joined board in 2021

Occupation: Executive Director, Valley Settlement

Maria Tarajano Rodman became part of the Mountain Family Health Centers Board in 2021, shortly after she moved to the Roaring Fork Valley to join Valley Settlement as their executive director. This local nonprofit works with Latina/o/x immigrant families in six two-gen programs focused on early childhood and adult education, leadership development, and maternal mental health, while promoting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Maria moved to the United States from Cuba with her family when she was a young girl. With her lived experience, passion, and long career in education and strengthening families, Maria brings a wealth of expertise in program, fund, and board development; trauma-informed practice; and promoting inclusion and shared leadership to effect systemic change. When she is not working, Maria enjoys dancing, cooking for family, and spending time with her husband, Richard, and their golden retriever, Gracie.

Betty Lucas

Betty Lucas

Joined board in 2020

Occupation: Colorado Community Response Supervisor for the Family Resource Center of the Roaring Fork Schools.

Betty Lucas joined the Mountain Family Board February 2020 and is an active community member and local Glenwood Springs resident. Betty is the Colorado Community Response Supervisor for the Family Resource Center of the Roaring Fork Schools. She was formerly a Family Liaison at Sopris Elementary School for the Family Resource Center of the Roaring Fork School district for the past seven years. She assists families and students by removing nonacademic barriers and provides advocacy during unexpected hardships by collaborating with the Roaring Fork Valleys array of resources. She considers herself very lucky to have been able to grow up in the Roaring Fork Valley and share the beauties with her family and loved ones. Betty earned her Associates Degree in Elementary Education Education at Colorado Mountain College, then later earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Services at Ashford University. When Betty is not working, she spends her time on the river, camping, hiking, skiing, playing volleyball, adventuring, and creating long lasting memories with her family and loved ones.

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