Eagle Valley Community Foundation is a traditional community foundation serving the most vulnerable families living and working in the Eagle River Valley. On behalf of all our stakeholders, thank you for your support.

Our Founding Families & Sustaining Supporters

Many local families have taken the first step in supporting the creation of a traditional community foundation to serve the Eagle River Valley. This “Family of Founders” consider themselves catalyst investors and entrepreneurs. Eagle Valley Community Foundation’s belief in a hopeful and optimistic community that values and embraces innovative, creative and inclusive leadership, collaboration, open communication, and resourceful stewardship of assets, resonates with our founders. It is our hope that this generous support will expand to include thousands of annual supporters, each investing in line with their capacity and passion for addressing important local issues.

Become a Sustaining Supporter. A three year contribution of $10,000 + per year sustains Eagle Valley Community Foundation as a critical resource, accelerating purposeful action to meet needs of our service based community.

Elana Amsterdam and Rob Katz
Margo and George Andrews
Christine and John Bakalar
Beck Building Company, Inc.
Kim and David Bernstein
Lindsey and Onie Bolduc
Doe Browning and Family
Amy and Steve Coyer
Curran Family
Lucy and Ron Davis
Seth and Jenn Ehrlich
Sherry and Ken Fardie
Kathy and Dave Ferguson
Holly and Tim Finchem
Betsy and Jesse Fink
Beverly and Phil Freedman
Lisa and Bruce Goldman
Amy and Kevin Gould
Carla Guarascio
Cynthia and Dan Helle
Lynn and Don Janklow
Mitch Karlin
Mark and Betsy Kogan
Judy and Alan Kosloff
Merv and Laine Lapin
Jenny and Flip Maritz

Maria, John and Nico McEvoy
Jeanne and Harry McQueeney
Elizabeth and Steve Miller
Michele Mittelman and Family
Dale and Jeanne Mosier
Ron and Mary Pressman
Amy and Jay Regan
Lindsay and Arthur Reimers
Colleen and Dave Reitan
Carly and Jeremy Rietmann
June and Paul Rossetti
Amy L. Roth
Sue and Mike Rushmore
Laurie G. Schoen
Carol and Kevin Sharer
Carter and Jeff Sharfstein
Bill and Beth Simon
Page and Michael Slevin
Beth and Rod Slifer
Madeline and Les Stern
Oscar Tang and Agnes Hsu-Tang
Julie and Hugh Sullivan
Nancy Tellor
Jann and John Wilcox
Gary and Dacia Woodworth
Keith and Wendy Yamada
Mike and Lorrie Zupon

Board of Directors

The people governing and advising the EVCF staff are continuously in line with the scope of our work in the community. The current board and advisors to the organization include the following:


Eagle Valley Community Foundation  Executive Director

Melina Valsecia

Melina Valsecia
Melina is an advocate for the overall health and well- being of families and children. Her empathy and service to customers has helped solidify our connectedness and build trust with our Spanish-speaking neighbors. Melina has been a key staff member with Eagle Valley Community Foundation since June of 2018 when she accepted the role of Chief Operations Manager for MIRA. As well, Melina has been the Executive Director of Neighborhood Navigators of Eagle County for the past three years.

PRESS RELEASE: The Eagle Valley Community Foundation has selected Melina Valsecia as the Executive Director.

AmeriCorps VISTA

Several local non-profits are fighting poverty but are under-resourced. With funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, EVCF established a scalable AmeriCorps VISTA program in Eagle County.

OCF’s AmeriCorps VISTA program places National Service within local non-profits to assist in capacity building measures.

In 2017, EVCF managed seven VISTA staff as they increased access to healthy meals, built capacity for the local food pantry, developed structures for improved mental health, optimized scholarship programs and reduced the impact of environmental privilege in our valley.

In 2018, we welcomed five new AmeriCorps VISTAs to the valley. Our current AmeriCorps VISTA members are hard at work serving within EVCF, the Eagle River Valley Food Bank, the Vail Valley Salvation Army and the Eagle River Watershed Council.

The AmeriCorps VISTA program is managed by EVCF and funded by a combination of discretionary and dedicated donations, a federal grant, and cost-sharing agreements with participating non-profit organizations.

Update:  As of the end of 2019, the AmeriCorps program has been sunsetted.


If you’re interested in making more possible in the Eagle River Valley contact us!
Melina Valsecia, Executive Director:  melina@eaglevalleycf.org 970-855-2386