Gunnison Valley Education Foundation Leadership
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BOARD OFFICERS & VOTING MEMBERS
Robin Weidemueller, President - Almont
Robin is a Colorado native, having called the Gunnison Valley home for the last 40 years. She earned multiple education degrees from Western State Colorado University, Adams State and Colorado University. She started her teaching career in the Crested Butte School as a long term sub. After graduation she took her family to Dove Creek where she taught Special Education in the Middle and High School. With experience under her belt she returned to Gunnison where she served as an elementary teacher, network administrator and professional development trainer for 12 years before taking a district leadership role as Director of Curriculum and Principal in Estes Park, CO. She retired in 2011, but she did not stay idle for long.
Robin’s passion revolves around sustainable quality education and leadership development. With a desire to stay involved in education, give back to her community, continue her education, and support the evolution of public education, she started her own business, eVolve Educational Consulting. She is currently serving as the Education Specialist for Welborn and Associates, providing a team approach to directly impact the visions and missions of organizations. She is honored to be part of the Gunnison Valley Education Foundation’s effort to promote innovation, creativity, and generate a passion for education throughout the valley. Robin is eager to be part of an organization with such an important mission!
Emily Pannier, Treasurer - Crested Butte Parent Teacher Association
Emily Pannier first came to Crested Butte on a family ski trip in the winter of 1975. Thereafter she and her family frequently visited Crested Butte in
summers and winters. In 1995 she and her husband were married in the UCC church, and ultimately moved from Houston, TX to Crested Butte full time in 2012. Their two daughters were enrolled in the Crested Butte Community School (CBCS) with their oldest daughter graduating in 2017 and the youngest currently attending high school.
Emily is an ardent supporter of both Gunnison Valley education and the community. Without such an exceptional public school system Emily and her husband would not have considered moving to Crested Butte full time. With the belief that the public school system is an asset which is a corner stone of what makes this Valley great, Emily is involved as an active member, officer and board member of the CBCS PTA. She started out serving on the GVEF grant review committee, and was asked to join the board of GVEF, on which she currently serves.
Emily graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Architecture and has been a small business owner since 1999. She currently owns and operates an interior design company in the Valley.
Emily is an avid outdoors person and enjoys skiing, hiking, mountain biking and gardening. She also loves to travel and interesting and exciting places.
Marilyn Krill, Secretary - Gunnison
Marilyn Krill found her passion for education at the Crested Butte Academy where she taught high-school math and science and served as the Dean of Academics for 10 years. When that institution closed she spent several years as an administrator for the Crested Butte Music Festival and the Mt. Crested Butte Performing Arts Center. Working with these organizations gave her valuable experience in non-profit business and development.
Marilyn also served many years as the Executive Director of the Trailhead Children’s Museum in Crested Butte and as member of the Gunnison Watershed School District Board of Directors where she was able to pursue both interests in education and non-profit work.
Sandy O'Banion, Voting Member - Gunnison Watershed School District
Sandy first fell in love with the Gunnison Valley in 1975 as a freshman at Western State Colorado University (WSCU). As a college student, she discovered her passion for teaching, earning her B.A. degree with a dual teaching license in elementary and special education. Then, four years later, she completed her M.A. degree in learning disabilities.
For the next 16 years, her career took her to the public schools in Montrose, Colorado and the Verde Valley of Arizona where she taught special education and regular education, as well as became a trainer and consultant for drop-out prevention and emotional/behavioral intervention programs. During this time, she also gained invaluable insight and experience as a trainer for the Colorado Department of Education, promoting inclusive education for ALL students.
As with most who leave the Gunnison Valley, Sandy then made her way back to the valley and spent the next 15 years of her career as an instructor and mentor director for the WSCU Teacher Education Program. Through her work in higher education, Sandy collaborated to write and implement numerous state and national grants which promoted innovative approaches to teaching. As a result of her grant experience, she also had the honor of presenting at many educational events throughout the nation, including conferences for the U.S. Department of Education, Colorado Department of Education, Council for Exceptional Children, and Association of School Curriculum and Development.
Sandy retired from WSCU in 2012 and is currently an educational consultant, working with school districts and organizations throughout the country. Her leisure time is almost exclusively spent skiing, hiking, mountain biking, paddle boarding, scuba diving, and camping with her friends and family.
Linda Oberling, Voting Member - Crested Butte & Gunnison, Retired Special Education Teacher
ADVISORS & NON-VOTING MEMBERS
Pam Montgomery, Advisor - Gunnison, Executive Director, Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley
Having been a second homeowner in Gunnison for several years, Pam moved full-time to Gunnison in 2003 and became the Executive Director of the Community Foundation that year. She continues as the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley, co-facilitates the Gunnison Valley Leadership Program, is a member of the Gunnison Rotary, Western State College President’s Council, Gunnison County Mayors and Managers group and the 7th Judicial District Nominating Committee.
Doug Tredway, Advisor - Gunnison, Former Superintendent of RE1J School District