Coming from backgrounds of education, recovery, advocacy, documentary films, corporate consulting, resort management, conflict resolution, mediation, and with many years of non-profit experience to their credit, we proudly introduce our Board Members.
Our Board Chair, Rosemary Sloan, has a diversified background in recovery and non-profit leadership. She served for nine years as a substance abuse counselor and Director of a non-profit residential treatment center in Branson, Missouri. She worked in public relations and fund development with the Idaho Easter Seals Society. She was a board member of four Longmont and Boulder non-profits. She has curated numerous art shows for non-profit benefits. Additionally, she and her husband, Jim, run the Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park. Rosemary has assisted others in grief and loss for the past forty years.
Since 1990, Sally Park has served as an educator, facilitator and coach, helping leaders and their teams grow in effectiveness. She served as Manager of Training and Development for the staff at Georgetown University before moving to Estes Park. Here, she continues her facilitation and coaching work with clients across the United States as well as service on and with not-for-profit boards that support the Estes Park community. Sally brings to the board exceptional talent in listening, perception and questioning skills.
Donna Shavlik spent her whole career in higher education serving students and being an advocate for equal opportunity for all women as well as men of color. She taught and was a student affairs staff member in four colleges and universities before directing the Office of Women in Higher Education in Washington, D.C. She helped create a national network to advance women, in all their diversity, to positions of leadership in higher education. She also worked to implement provisions of Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972 to provide equal education for all people.
Gail Albers spent twenty-five years of her professional career as the Program Director of the YMCA of the Rockies and when she retired immediately began serving as the Girls Camp Director for Cheley Colorado Camps. Well known for her volunteer activities in the Estes Valley, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Quota Club of Estes Park, the Estes Valley Land Trust, and on the National Standards Commission for the American Camp Association. She was the President of the P.E.O. Sisterhood of Colorado and helped raise $39 million dollars for the Cottey College for women.
Devon Dabbs, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition is a former documentary filmmaker whose credits include the Peabody-Award winning documentary “Break the Silence: Kids Against Child Abuse.” Devon has spearheaded national communications campaigns on behalf of the American Red Cross and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, among others. She has been honored with the award of excellence from The End of Life Nursing Consortium and by the California Association of Non-Profits.
Will Spencer, Board Secretary, serves as Managing Director of the Pangaea Group, Inc., a business consulting practice. With skills in conflict resolution, coalition building, and large-scale business and social change strategies, Will has led national and international campaigns to cause change as an executive, consultant and advocate. He was the former Executive Director of the National Peace Academy Campaign and Staff Director of the Federal Commission that led to the creation of the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.
Carolyn Cody, Ph.D., longtime resident of Estes Park, Colorado and now of Rancho Mirage, California, brings her enthusiasm and dedication to the Loving Spirit Board. She is already hard at work developing two workshops for California residents. Cody has a long history of nonprofit work in Estes Park, including the hospital and library boards. She is a retired professor and dean from the University of Northern Colorado.
She and her wife, Cad Dennenhy, Ph.D., enjoy international travel and cultural exchanges.
John Minier credits growing up in a small town in Ohio with imbuing him with core values that have served him well. John and his wife Cindy have recently completed building a new home in Estes Park, mostly by their own hands. They also reside in Arizona. John is an Eagle Scout, a West Point Graduate whose military service included commanding a remote nuclear missile site, as well as a former CEO of a 700-person company.
His board service includes the American Red Cross, Beans Café and The Children’s Lunchbox.
Mike MacDonald is the Dealer, Principal of Bountiful Mazda, Bountiful Lincoln, Mercury, Suzuki, and Orem Mazda. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of New Car Dealers of Utah and is a past President of that organization. He is a member of the National Dealer Council of Lincoln, Mercury and has been the National Dealer Council Chairman for Mazda’s North American Operations. An avid bicyclist, skier, and paddle boarder, MacDonald will serve in the capacity of directing Special Projects for Loving Spirit. His initial efforts will be focused on the development of a sports-themed benefit that will draw competitors from the Rocky Mountain States region.
Cindy Minier is our Program Coordinator, responsible for logistical arrangements for Loving Spirit workshops nationally, tracking and updating our database, and coordination of public outreach programs. Cindy grew up in Denver, coming to Estes Park on weekends to her family cabin that has been in the family for over 100 years. She is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara, with a Law and Society degree. She was a paralegal for most of her professional life in Santa Barbara and Anchorage, Alaska. Transitioning to Program Coordinator for Loving Spirit is a good fit due to her organizational skills, her attention to detail, and her commitment to Loving Spirit in its vision to provide a safe, supportive space for workshop attendees.
In her capacity as Financial Director of Loving Spirit, Louise MacDonald tracks grants, monitors spending, audits books and makes fiscal reports. she is a native of Salt Lake City, UT and has forty years of experience in automotive finance. She is the Corporate Controller for one of the largest dealer groups in the country. She and her husband, Mike, are owners of several automobile dealerships in Utah where they partner with their sons who operate the stores. She is a tireless advocate for women’s issues as well as a devoted mother and grandmother.
Zac Fabian serves as our videographer. He documents the live workshops as well as the training for facilitators. Zac prepares video segments that are used by workshop facilitators as part of their ongoing skills development. He also prepares infomercials and other video outreach materials. Zac is a cinematographer & creative media professional that loves to travel & share a good story! He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Political Theory in 2007. Since then his focus is on quality and cinematic videography. He is a freelance camera, Steadicam, and Aerial operator. Zacfabian.com.