Board of Directors

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Board Members

All of them awesome at what they do!

Greg Rosenmerkel

President

Greg Rosenmerkel is the Engineering, Minerals and Fleet Staff Officer for the White River National Forest in Glenwood Springs CO.

He leads a team of engineers and technicians to support the sustainable operations within five ranger districts and multi-use management of 2.3 million acres of Forest Service lands in Western Colorado.

He grew up in Waukesha, WI and graduated from Catholic Memorial High School in 1984. He earned his commission and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in 1988, and later earning a Master of Science in Management from Colorado Christian University, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering/Construction from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Master of National Security and Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College in Newport RI.

Throughout his over 25-years as an Air Force officer and engineer, he had over a dozen assignments, commanded multiple times at both squadron and group levels, and led teams on deployments to Somalia, Panama, Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan and several other locations. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and many others.

He now lives in Glenwood Springs CO with his wife of 29 years, Linda, and their two kids, Allison and Raymond. He joined the board in order to give back to fellow veterans and the community. Greg also supports the local Air Force JROTC detachment and Project Healing Waters, a fly fishing program for disabled vets.

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Jeremie Oates

Vice President

Jeremie Oates is a Program Manager for a Department of Defense Contractor based in Tampa, Florida.

He currently works worldwide in support of conventional and special operations units and warfighters.

Jeremie is a 4th generation local who was born and raised in Aspen, Colorado. As a kid and young adult he participated in a variety of sports and outdoor activities to include Ski Racing, Varsity Football (All Northwest Conference in 1987), Bicycle Racing, 4H and climbing and mountaineering in the Elk Mountains. On graduation from Aspen High School, he attended the University of Colorado at Boulder on an Army ROTC scholarship while simultaneously being a member of the Army Reserves.

Upon graduation, Jeremie was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry. He served in the Infantry until 1996 when he completed the Army Special Forces Qualification Course. He then transferred to the Special Forces Branch and served the remainder of his career as an Army Green Beret. In the course of his career he served in, and commanded at multiple levels, in a variety of Special Operations Units and Commands and deployed to over 20 countries to include Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and multiple locations in the Middle East. These deployments included numerous combat rotations from 2005-2011.

He also found time to continue with his mountaineering and skiing passions by being an expedition member on multiple trips in Asia, Europe and South America on 6000-8000 meter peaks. Culminating in 2003 with one of the highest ski descents (7650 meters) ever made by an American on Mount Everest.

In 2012, after a 22 year career, he returned to the Roaring Fork Valley with his wife Sally (also an Aspen High School Graduate) and two children Ellie and Florian. Both he and Sally enjoy being back home and continue to be involved with multiple philanthropies and non-profits that support Veterans and Veteran Causes.

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John Pettit

Treasurer

John is a founding member of the Western Slope Veterans Coalition and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 to 1968.

He served as Fire Direction and Control Specialist in an 81mm mortar section with 3rd Battalion 26th Marines in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. All of his tour was spent in I Corps and along the DMZ from Con Thien to Khe Sanh.

John received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has been an entrepreneur and businessman throughout his life. He enjoys teaching adaptive skiing to veterans and people with disabilities as a volunteer with the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center.

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Nick Ciani

Secretary

Nick served in the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1-505 Parachute Infantry Regiment.

He served one tour of duty in Baghdad, Iraq as a fire team leader and is obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Finance this coming fall.

Giving back to the valley in which he grew up in is something he holds in high regard to past, current, and future veterans who find themselves living in these beautiful mountains. He now lives in Carbondale, Colorado and is an avid golfer and Nebraska Cornhuskers fan.

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Alan Sandberg

Alan Sandberg

Committee - MKT/PR

Over 30 years ago, I relocated to the mountains of Colorado from the suburbs of Boston and I’ve never looked back.

Along the way, I grew to appreciate the freedoms and liberties afforded me and my family by being a citizen of the United States. Although I am not a Veteran, I feel it’s important to honor our Veterans by getting involved with Veteran causes.

I am able to assist the WSVC by using my marketing and business background to further the goals of the organization.

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Stan Hajenga

Committee - FR

I grew up on a ranch in Montana, went to Montana State-Billings and Denver University for an MBA.

Spent twenty years in Alaska working for private and state economic development companies. Moved to Colorado where I was General Manager for Mountain Chalet Aspen and HOAs in Snowmass.

While there I served on lodging and city boards, vice-chair of Aspen Chamber Board, founded Gems of Aspen, member of Snowmass Rotary, Snowmass ski ambassador.

Enlisted in the Army in 1964, and served as armored cavalry scout and platoon leader. Went to Special Forces and Ranger training, Commanded Alaskan mech infantry scout battalion, retired Colonel as Commandant of Alaska Institute of Military Science. Support wounded warriors, Rifle Vets Center, and hope my experiences can help the Coalition.

Currently live in Glenwood Springs, manage real estate investments and serve as President and board member on HOA boards. Like tennis, golf, travel.

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Lee Krauth

Committee - MKT

Bio coming soon!

Paul Nunemann

Committee - MKT

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David Pruitt

Committee - VSO/ER

Bio coming soon!

Lisa Doak

Committee - PRG/SVCS

Lisa Doak and her husband, Rich, moved to the Roaring Fork Valley early in their careers to take positions at Colorado Mountain College and the US Forest Service, respectively.

They soon realized what drew them to Glenwood, the abundance of beauty and recreation, quality of life and sense of community, was reason to stay and put down roots.

Over the past 30 years living in the Roaring Fork Valley, Lisa has worked in Student Affairs at Colorado Mountain College. She has served the local CMC campuses as a college counselor, director of student services and dean of student affairs. Since 2015, as assistant vice president for student affairs for Colorado Mountain College, Lisa oversees college-wide Student Mental Health and Wellness, Title IX, Disability Services, Housing, TRIO Federal Grant programs, Student Conduct, and Career Services.

Most recently, Lisa lead implementation of a virtual counseling program for Colorado Mountain College students. Lisa’s community service and involvement has included Sopris Elementary School Accountability Committee, SANE services development committee, and United Methodist Church scholarship committee. She is a member of the Community Health Initiatives Communities that Care Board. Lisa, Rich, and daughter Allie, along with two golden retrievers, enjoy time together outdoors playing in the rivers, mountains and desert whenever possible.

Lisa is honored and excited to be a part of the Western Slope Veterans Coalition Board and looks forward to contributing the work WSVC does to support our veterans and their families.

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Angela Roff

Angela Roff

Committee - PRG/SVCS

Angela M. Roff is a Colorado Native who was raised in Alaska. She obtained her undergraduate education at University of New Mexico (UNM) in Albuquerque and San Juan College in Farmington, NM.

She graduated from UNM with a Major in Latin American Studies and emphasis in Spanish. She is fluent in Spanish. She received her law degree from the University of Denver in May of 2001.

The experience of 9/11 led her to serve her country in the United States Air Force (USAF) as an attorney (JAG) in Hampton, Virginia, and Tucson, Arizona. After nearly 5 years with the USAF, Angela decided to separate and pursue a career in private practice. Since 2007, she has been practicing law in Glenwood Springs. Angela is a founding member and Treasurer of BATT (Battlement to the Bells Anti-Trafficking Task Force), is appointed to the JSPC (Juvenile Services Planning Committee) for the 9th Judicial District and is the Secretary of the TRCS Board (Two Rivers Community School).

Her grandfathers and great-grandfathers were in the Army, Navy and Canadian Army. Her husband, Chris, is also an USAF veteran. They have two children, Hayden and Haley. Angela joined the Board because she enjoys helping others and has been on the sidelines for years watching the organization develop and grow. She is thankful for the opportunity to bring her enthusiasm and unique skills to the team.

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Eugene R. Sowieja

1951 - 2020

“Geno’ sat on the WSVC Board of Directors from 01/2016 – 10/2020. From day one, he offered his endless support and dedication to serve those who served this country. He was a great friend to us all here at WSVC, He will be greatly missed.

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Support Staff

Aide Munoz

Aide Munoz

Office/Grants

I came to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1978 after my dad began working for Snowmass Coal, and have lived here ever since.

During my time, I have done many jobs including teaching, legal aid, translation/interpretation, and tax preparation.

I’m currently a grant writer which I love doing, but no job has been more rewarding than being a mom to my 4 children and a grandmother to my 5 grandchildren, all of whom live in Silt and Rifle area. I love everything about Western Colorado!

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TJ Bolt

Office Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Committee - VSO/ER

David Pruitt

John is a founding member of the Western Slope Veterans Coalition and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 to 1968.

He served as Fire Direction and Control Specialist in an 81mm mortar section with 3rd Battalion 26th Marines in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. All of his tour was spent in I Corps and along the DMZ from Con Thien to Khe Sanh.

John received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has been an entrepreneur and businessman throughout his life. He enjoys teaching adaptive skiing to veterans and people with disabilities as a volunteer with the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center.

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Interested in becoming part of our team?

We are always looking for volunteers to help around the office or plan and coordinate WSVC events. Send us a quick message from the Contact page and we’ll be in touch soon. We love to hear from you!

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