Kelsea Ferrato, President
Kelsea was born and raised in Southwest Colorado and works in Marketing and Creative Services for Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Passionate about education, youth development and food security, she is excited to serve and support Mancos community projects. In her free time, she loves to read, cook, ski, and explore with her husband and pups.
Marianne Marchesano, Vice President
Marianne is an internationally performing stand up comedian, writer and entertainment producer. She has extensive experience creating original theatre, empowering creatives of any age. Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times.
Marianne moved to Mancos from Dolores in April 2021. Currently developing and operating Story Tree Ranch, a little guest ranch with a big heart. Tales & tails a plenty! 7 goats, 4 dogs, 3 Llamas, 2 horses, 2 sheep and a donkey. Now extremely grateful to be living in Mancos, happy to be in unique service to her chosen community.
Jane Chipman, Treasurer
Born and raised in Eagle County, CO, Jane made her way to Mancos via stints in New England, the Pacific Northwest, Western China, and California. She’s spent time working with non-profits in river conservation, outdoor education, and climate change mitigation. Jane can often be found trying to take her toddler on age-inappropriate adventures outside.
Laurie Webster, Secretary
Laurie is an archaeologist and textile consultant who has lived in the Mancos Valley since 2007. She has spent most of her career poking around museum storerooms and documenting and writing about forgotten archaeological collections. She has served on a variety of community and professional boards and is currently the treasurer for the Mancos Friends of the Library. Her passions include travel, cooking, and the human and natural history of the Four Corners region. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology and a master’s degree in museum studies from the University of Arizona.
Kim and her husband, Evan, recently moved to Mancos from Niwot, Colo., where they lived for 11 years. Kim retired from a 30-year career in commercial real estate where she was an asset manager for shopping malls from Seattle to Orlando. She is currently the Vice Chair for the Tri Delta National House Corporation and serves as an in-country volunteer for Community Health Initiative, Haiti. She is the Past Chair of the Boulder Economic Council. Kim attended the University of Oklahoma, is a graduate of the University of Tulsa and holds an MBA from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Kim is currently managing Chinook Ranch in Mancos. She enjoys hiking, trail riding, snowshoeing, cooking and world travel.
Tim has lived in the Mancos Valley for 20 years and is a scientist by education and a builder by trade. He served on the Mancos School Board for 10 years, on the Montezuma County Planning Commission for nine years, is a 4-H Shooting Sports leader and has served on the Southwest Basin Roundtable for eight years. Tim has been involved with MVR for six years.
Len is retired after spending a 30+ year career as a computer scientist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He and his wife Mary have lived in Mancos since 2005 where Len operates a hay ranch a mile east of town. Len and his family spent 1985-86 in Beijing, China where he was a guest scientist at Qinghua University and where his two boys attended local public elementary school. The whole family enjoys the outdoors and he can often be found hiking on the back trails of the La Plata mountains or doing archaeology with a small group of friends at an 11th century Chacoan great house near Cash Canyon just northeast of Totten reservoir.
Gwen was born a fourth generation Mancos Valley resident. Currently she is living and working on her small ranch southwest of town. Her educational background includes a BA in Education from Fort Lewis College and a Masters Degree from Adams State College. She retired in 2006 from the Cortez School District after teaching thirty-three years as an elementary teacher. Most of her free time is spent hiking, gardening, playing Bridge, reading or following her grandchildren in their sporting and school activities. Presently she is serving on the board for the Mancos Valley Inn.
Hilda was born in Guanajuato Mexico and has been a Mancos resident since 1988. She attended Mancos Schools kindergarten through twelfth grade. She graduated from Fort Lewis College with a BA in Political Science and Spanish and has worked for the State of Colorado for 12 years. She enjoys working with people and celebrating their success. Hilda likes camping, dancing, couponing, cooking, and traveling with her two boys.