From the Spring 2021 issue of Wild Works

Beverly Patera, Operations Manager

A warm welcome to Beverly Patera, our new Operations Manager! Beverly brings with her a strong background in finance and systems management, as well as an innate appreciation for the outdoors. With a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Valdosta State University, Beverly devoted an extra focus on small business operations and has applied those principles throughout her career managing restaurants, family businesses, and nonprofits. Born and raised in South Lake Tahoe and a resident of Carbondale since 2013, Beverly enjoys immersing herself in the beautiful surrounding landscapes, whether that be via hiking, skiing, biking or rafting with her husband and young daughter.

Liz Velasco, Board Member

And welcome to our newest Board Member, Elizabeth Velasco! Born in Mexico, she has lived in Colorado for over 18 years and worked with diverse teams during her time managing the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch. After a year in Switzerland, she came back to Colorado to work with the Western Slope Latino Community – first with the local School District, then as a medical Interpreter for over 7 years. Her work has expanded to include community interpreting, translation, voice-over, and consulting. Liz has been an Board Member of Young Latino Philanthropists, is an adjunct professor at Colorado Mountain College, and is volunteering with Voces Unidas de las Montañas in their vaccine clinics. Liz is training to become a bilingual Public Information Officer for the Forest Service and BLM. She finds inspiration, rest, and relaxation through camping and recreating on our public lands.