Board of Directors & Staff

Staff:

Rebecca Kanaly, Executive Director
executivedirector@unitedwayeagle.org
Rebecca has served as Executive Director since December 2014. She has served in nonprofit executive management as Vice-President of Sustainability of Helmet Heads, Inc., Treasurer and Co-founder of Eagle Valley Senior Life and Secretary and Historian of Cancer League of Colorado. She holds an Executive MBA with honors from the University of Denver Daniel’s College of Business as a Daniels Social Capital Award and a Daniel’s Cup award recipient. Rebecca holds distinction as a Colorado Mountain College HERO Scholar and is in the CMC Alumni Hall of Fame. Rebecca has lived in the Eagle River Valley since 2006.

Board:

Alan Himelfarb joined the board in April 2015 and began serving as Vice Chair in August of 2016. Alan is currently the Executive Director of Starting Hearts, a local nonprofit dedicated to saving the lives of Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims. His career spanned more than 30 years of automotive endeavors in sustainable transportation, as CEO of American Automotive and in cooperation with industry scions such as Lee Iacocca, former Chairman of Ford and Chrysler, and Bob Stempel, former chairman of GM. Most recently, Alan worked on job creation in electric vehicle manufacturing with now Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia. Alan holds an MBA with honors from Regis University.

Jonathan Shamis joined the Board in September 2015. Judge Shamis most recently was Executive Director of Alpine Legal Services, where he practiced family law, real estate law, collections, protection orders and criminal law. He served as an adjunct faculty member at Colorado Mountain College. Previously, Judge Shamis was a Partner at Fahrenholtz, Kleinschmidt, Stephens and Shamis, where he practiced in the 5th and 9th District Courts. He was a Senior Attorney and Assistant Public Defender in the Office of the Cook County (Ill.) Public Defender. Prior to graduation from law school, Judge Shamis directed the Illinois Ethnic Consultation. Judge Shamis earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law.

Sid Spain joined the board in May 2015. Sid is pastor of the United Methodist Church of Eagle Valley. He has lived in the Eagle River Valley since 2007. He has Masters and Doctoral degrees from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and a Masters degree in Human Resources Management from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. For over 20 years, he served as a chaplain in the U. S. Navy, retiring as a Captain in 2000.

Randy J. Simmonds, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Samaritan Counseling Center, Edwards, CO. Dr. Simmonds has served on numerous boards and leadership positions in non-profit settings for over 35 years. He will serve as the President of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors from 2016-2018. He is a Clinical Fellow in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and is an ordained minister.

Linda Tillson joined the board in 2015. She is the director of the Eagle Valley Library District. Linda has worked in public libraries for nearly 30 years. She began her library career with the City of Phoenix and later worked for the Park City Library in Utah. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Western State Colorado University in Gunnison and her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She has resided in Gypsum since May of 2013.

Debbie Voboril joined the board in March 2016 after relocating to Avon from Atlanta, Georgia. With a BS in Health and Master’s Degree in Health Administration, her professional career and personal life has been dedicated to non-profit organizations, including the American Red Cross and Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Debbie served with United Way of Long Island (NY) on their Allocations Committee. After moving to Georgia, she continued her involvement with United Way as a Board Member of the United Way of Forsyth County (GA). She recently retired as Director of Marketing from the Alpharetta (GA) Convention and Visitors Bureau.