Team

Board of Directors

Patrick Exley O’Neill

Patrick O'Neill, Vice President

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.

 

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.

 

Andrea Miller

Megan Reamer, Treasurer

Co-Founder, Jackson's Honest

Megan Reamer is the co-founder of Jackson’s Honest. As it’s CEO, Megan and her husband started Jackson’s Honest as a way to share both their son Jackson’s story and the delicious sweet potato chips that were a key component of his low-inflammation diet.

Megan is a seasoned C-suite executive and CPG visionary, taking Jackson’s Honest from her kitchen to $10 million in revenue within three years and exiting the business to a PE group six years later. In her role as CEO, she brought to bear a wide breadth of skills across strategy, finance, regulatory, channel, operations, sales, and supply chain management.

She built a management team capable of executing on a national CPG strategy, raised more than $25mmin equity, debt, and working capital, and orchestrated national media coverage across different platforms, including national television, print, radio, and digital channels for a portfolio of 25+ products across three categories of salty snack.

Megan and her husband appeared on the season premiere of Shark Tank in October 2017. They successfully closed a deal with the former CMO of Coca-Cola and venture capitalist Rohan Oza for $1,250,000. In July 2020, they sold a majority stake in Jackson’s Honest to a private equity firm.

Codie Aljets, Board Member

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Rosie Catmur

Rosie Catmur, Board Member

Retired Hotel Manager, Current 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.

Marlene Crosby, Board Member

Retired Public Works Director, Current President of the Gunnison Cemetery District Board

Marlene Crosby has the rare distinction of being a native of Gunnison.  She was born and raised in Gunnison, and graduated from Gunnison High School.  She attended Western State College for one year and then spent 3 years in Madrid, Spain.  Returning to Gunnison she worked as a teacher’s aide which resulted in her return to WSC and changing her major to Elementary Education/Business Administration.  In 1985, she was hired at Gunnison County Road and Bridge as an Administrative Assistant.  She was the first woman to work in that department.  She loved her job and the people she worked with, and for, and retired as Public Works Director in 2022 after 37 years of service.

Marlene and her husband Don have two children and 3 granddaughters that are very important in their lives.   She serves as President of the Gunnison Cemetery District Board.  She has been active in fraternal organizations that serve the community for over 50 years.  Currently she supports her husband in his role as president of the Gunnison Home Association.  They are active volunteers at both the Palisades Senior RV Park and at the Willows Assisted Living.

Marlene was the primary caregiver for her mom’s journey with cancer and also for her only sibling who was a 17-year breast cancer survivor before it returned as lung cancer.  Multiple generations of her family have been impacted by cancer and she realizes that support for the patients and the families is a critical part of the path forward.  She is anxious to continue her support to others as a member of our Board.

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Krista Hildebrandt, Board Member

Ski Patroller at Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Krista moved to the Gunnison Valley in 1985 to go to college and decided there was no place on Earth more beautiful. After college Krista started her own landscaping company for summer work and also became a professional ski patroller to fill her need to ski everyday in the winter. One summer the Peak Hike was imagined. This incredible journey for people living with cancer inspired Krista to volunteer every year until the year she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to turn to Living Journeys for help. After living her cancer journey with her family of boys and dear friends close by, it became a goal to give back and find ways to help others living their cancer journey. Krista is proud to be a board member and hopes to continue to support this community through Living Journeys any way possible, and to support each recipients’ cancer journey with unending love and the comfort of support.

Alice Krist, Board Member

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Eric Larsen, Board Member

Polar Adventurer/Expedition Guide/Educator

Eric Larsen has spent the past 25 years traveling in some of the most remote and extreme environments on the planet. To date, he has completed more North and South Pole expeditions than any other American in history. Included in that list is a world record adventure to the North Pole, South Pole and top of Mt. Everest all in one year. Eric’s adventure interests and accomplishments span a wide variety of outdoor disciplines including a first ascent in the Himalayas in Nepal, dog sled expeditions and racing, winter bike adventures, multi sport traverses and much more. 

In January 2021, Eric was diagnosed with stage 3b colorectal cancer and after a difficult year and a half battle is currently “NED” (No Evidence of Disease). He is currently writing a book detailing his ‘cancer expedition’.

Eric has dedicated his adult life to sharing his love for the outdoor world with others.  As an educator, he strives to connect people to places and issues. Originally from Wisconsin, Eric now lives in Crested Butte with his wife Maria and two young children Merritt and Ellie. His current no shower record is 72 days.

Staci Melby, Board Member

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Staci Melby was born and raised in Evergreen, Colorado.  She earned a degree from University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and moved to Gunnison in 1995.  Staci married her best friend, Nate, in 1997.  They have two children, Sara, who lives in Colorado Springs, and Ian, who lives in Gunnison.  

Staci enjoys being with family, volunteering, swimming and hiking.  Her family has been affected by cancer, like many others, and is honored to be part of Living Journeys to help in any way possible.

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Kim Spencer

Kim Spencer, Board Member

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.

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Julie Reid

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 Manager

The daughter of USAID foreign service officers, Kirsten was born in Kenya and grew up in Africa and Washington DC. She first came to Colorado to attend the University of Denver and she discovered the Gunnison Valley as a ski bum shortly after graduation. 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 to cancer when she was 22, as well as multiple family members and friends. She is passionate about supporting those who are fighting this ugly disease.

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Steve Morris, Development Manager

A Midwest kid with a Colorado heart, Steve Morris began his Rocky Mountain adventures in 1995, moving from Chicago to Denver, before making Durango, CO home in 1998 for nearly a decade. After graduating from Fort Lewis College and a stint in the big city, Steve and his family moved to Mt. Crested Butte in 2016.

Over the past 15 years, Steve has worked throughout the west in every facet of the cannabis industry. His depth of experience in the space inspired the launch of his consulting company in 2016 where he worked with struggling businesses to realign operations, fine-tune processes, and increase sales. Steve is currently serving his second 4-year term as town councilor for the Town of Mt Crested Butte. He also serves as a board member for the Regional Transportation Authority and the Gunnison Valley Regional Housing Authority.

After a battle with lymphoma in 2022, Steve gained a deep appreciation and understanding of the immense value Living Journeys provides to our community. His experience with Living Journeys was the spark that ignited his passion to join the organization and help others with the
myriad of challenges that come from having cancer.

In addition to his passion for community, Steve loves spending time with his family, playing and seeing live music, snowboarding, and hiking. 

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