Board of Directors
Joel Vosburg, Interim President
Broker Associate at Bluebird Real Estate
Joel Vosburg was born in Wisconsin, but has spent most of his life in Colorado. Joel moved to Crested Butte in 1980 after attending the University of Denver. He married his college sweat-heart, MJ, in 1982.They raised their two children, Zach and Emma, in Crested Butte. Both attended schools back east but ended up back in Colorado- Emma in Crested Butte and Zach in Denver. Joel worked for Crested Butte Mountain Resort for 10 years in Food and Beverage. In 1990 he began his real estate career and still enjoys that work today.
Joel began his commitment to community service when he was elected to the Mt. Crested Butte Town Council and also served on the planning commission from 1990-1994. He was elected to and also served several years on the Gunnison County Metro/Recreation District board. Joel’s passion for sports lead him to help start the Titan Booster Club in 1998 at the community school and served as president for over 14 years. He was also very involved in the Crested Butte Rotary Club for many years. With Rotary Joel initiated the Service Above Self award at the school to recognize a high school junior every year involved in community service.
A good friend, Mary Mike Haley, started Living Journeys in 1999 and encouraged him to get involved. After helping with the Peak Hike a couple of years Joel joined the board. Joel is driven to help Living Journeys because he appreciates the mission to help those affected by cancer directly.
Alexandria Miller, Secretary
Owner of Bliss Community Chiropractic
Alexandria Miller was born and raised in Tulsa Oklahoma. She received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Oklahoma and later her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Parker University. Alexandria and her husband Mason both visited Crested Butte with their families throughout growing up and always hoped they could call it home one day. When the opportunity arose, they made the move so that she could take her dream job at Bliss Chiropractic. A year into working at Bliss she was able to purchase the practice. She loves running her office and caring for the amazing community and visitors of Crested Butte.
Alexandria is passionate about helping and serving her community, Living Journeys felt like a natural extension of that passion. She looks forward to giving back to the community in such an important way making sure that no person or family fights cancer alone.
Kim Spencer, Interim Treasurer
Office Manager at Three Rivers Resort
Kim Spencer was born and raised in Burlington, Wisconsin. After moving around a bit, she and her family settled in northeastern Wisconsin for the next 25 years where she worked as the accountant/office manager for a local industry. Kim was involved in many community activities including town board treasurer and school board member. She is also an EMT with over 25 years of experience. After visiting Colorado many times over the years and having a daughter move to Gunnison Kim and her husband Brian decided to follow suit. They have been here over a year.
Cancer has had a big impact on her life. After losing both parents and several very dear friends to cancer Kim has been working to help patients cope and survive the disease. After learning about the mission and role Living Journeys plays in the area Kim was very excited to become a part of the board. She hopes to help those affected by cancer in a positive and meaningful way.
Rosie Catmur, Board Member
Retired Hotel Manager now Part time flower slinger at Alpengardener and Office Assistant for Doug Gorman
Originally from England, Rosie Catmur has called the Gunnison valley home since 1988, when she & her husband Martin moved here from Denver with their children Emma & Nicholas. They owned & operated the Cristiana Guesthaus in Crested Butte for almost thirty years until they sold the business in 2017. They now live in Gunnison where they enjoy only working part time, spending time with their grandkids and getting outdoors to hike, bike and ski.
Rosie has volunteered over the years with many local organizations, most notably the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, the CB/ Mt CB Chamber of Commerce, CB Community School and PTA, and Mentors.
Previously Rosie has been involved with Living Journeys both as a participant and as a volunteer for the Peak Hike. On one occasion she hiked with a group determined to help a close friend with breast cancer summit the mountain. Due to bad weather, they were not able to do so and were never able to hike together again before cancer claimed their friend’s life. In honor of her friend and her father, who she also lost to cancer, Rosie is grateful to be a part of all Living Journeys does to support those in our community battling cancer.
David McElyea, Board Member
2 Plank Solutions
Born in Oklahoma, David found his way to the mountains of CO as soon as the decision was his to make. Winter Park was the first stop and then onto Gunnison where he enrolled at Western State College (now Western Colorado University).
After a decade and a half on the Front Range David and his family returned to the Gunnison Valley where they enjoy skiing, riding & golf. David is a marketing consultant that helps companies of all sizes generate revenue online.
Like most people cancer has touched David’s family. When presented with the opportunity to help Living Journeys with their online presence, he jumped at it. He joined the board soon after and cherishes being able to help community members in need.
Staci Melby, Board Member
Bio coming soon.
Patrick O'Neill, Board Member
Retired Teacher & Owner/Operator at O’Neill Painting
Patrick O’Neill is originally from Northern New York and he moved to Crested Butte in 1986. After teaching at the Crested Butte Community School for 28 years, he retired and now owns a small painting business. He has seen far too many friends, family members, and locals suffer from and die from cancer over the past 34 years. So he is now a PROUD new board member of Living Journeys, and officially a Defensive Linebacker Against Cancer. Please support Living Journeys.
Emma Vosburg, Board Member
Vice President of Customer Success at Alpha Theory
Emma Vosburg was born and raised in Crested Butte by her parents, Joel and MJ Vosburg. Emma attended the University of Virginia and came home to Crested Butte to start her career. Emma grew up playing in the mountains and continues to make that her priority today. You can find her skiing, mountain biking, and trail running in the hills outside Crested Butte. For the past 7 years, Emma has worked for a financial software company called Alpha Theory, helping portfolio managers make more process-oriented investment decisions.
Emma’s first encounter with cancer was in 2nd grade when her friend, Holly Prechter, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. Her class spent their entire school day raising money for Holly’s Helping Hands, before Living Journeys was around to help. At a very early age, Emma witnessed how cancer affected her friend’s life. In 2000, Mary Mike Haley, Emma’s mentor and later high school basketball coach, founded Living Journeys. Emma volunteered for the Peak Hike many years and has continued to stay involved. In 2020, Emma raised over $15,000 for Living Journeys as a part of the Grand Traverse Ski fundraising team. Emma has joined the board of Living Journeys with the desire to continue to help people in the Gunnison Valley affected by cancer.
Julie Reid, Executive Director
Julie Reid was born and raised in Michigan. After graduating from High School, she traveled and discovered Crested Butte, Co and attended Western Colorado University. She fell in love with the surrounding beauty and open space, but has made Gunnison Valley home for the last 20 years because of the incredible community. She married her high school love Billy Laird and had 2 daughters, Lillian and Aubrey. Having a devoted interest in yoga she became a certified Yoga instructor and began teaching classes locally. She worked as a fundraiser and event coordinator for the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctor’s.
She is passionate about helping others and giving back to the community and Living Journeys was a perfect fit. Julie is honored to join the Living Journeys team as the Executive Director and to have the opportunity to work for this valuable organization providing important support to Gunnison Valley community members impacted by cancer. She has lost family and friends to this difficult disease and completely agreed with Living Journeys vision: that no one should fight cancer alone!
Kirsten Hausman, Program Associate
The daughter of USAID foreign service officers, Kirsten was born in Kenya and grew up in Niger, Morocco, and Washington DC. She first came to Colorado to attend college at the University of Denver and she discovered the Gunnison Valley shortly after. It didn’t take long before she fell in love with its wild beauty and the resilient, generous spirit of the people who call this valley home.
Kirsten is eager to bring her experience in the nonprofit communications and program management to Living Journeys and looks forward to helping the organization expand its reach and programs. She lost her mother and her aunt to cancer and is passionate about supporting those who are fighting this ugly disease.