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Tom Dority: Tom was a city manager in 4 states during a 25-year career, followed by 15 years as a national consultant for municipalities.  He has management degrees from UC Berkeley and CU Boulder, and studied music and voice at UC San Francisco.  Prior to city management, Tom served in Southeast Asia as a USAF intelligence officer.  He is currently interim President of the RMPAC Board.





Melinda Merrill:  Melinda comes to the board with a lifetime of passion directed towards environmental issues and education. She is the founder and executive director of the Estes Park Environmental Center, a non-profit educational organization that promotes conservation through collaborations, conferences, and student programs.  Her vitae chronicles her commitment to advancing knowledge of conservation through research and education. Merrill’s career as an outstanding and dedicated teacher speaks to a passion for the future, and a passion to confront and find solutions for global issues.  In addition to being an educator and activist, Melinda is a businesswoman and intrepid world traveler. 


Mark Newhouse: Mark has built his highly successful career delivering breakthrough products and businesses that have generated more than $2.0 billion in revenue. He has driven innovation in a broad range of markets.In the telecommunications market, he founded, and was the Vice President and General Manager of Corning Optical Networking Devices, a division of Corning, that sold the first optical switches widely deployed in communication networks. In the clean tech and consumer electronics markets, under his leadership as the Senior Vice President and Director of New Business Development, his organization developed products as diverse as backplane technology for OLED displays, laser projection technology for mobile phones, and Gorilla ® Glass and ultra-capacitors for the automotive industry.

Mark is currently a Partner at Covalency Partners, an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Center for Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise at Colorado State University, a Senior Advisor to PIM China and serves on the board of Bioptigen Inc., a medical device company. Mark also has a long history in the non-profit space as he was formerly a Board Member of the Watson Homestead, and Vice President of the Clemens Performing Arts Center Board of Trustees.More recently he was a Founding Circle Sponsor of Colorado Impact Days.



Stanton Black: Prior to his appointment as the President of EPIC, Stanton Black co-founded three video entertainment corporations, and became the Vice-President of Entertainment for Chuck E. Cheese’s.  He is a former town Alderman for Bartonville, Texas and also Founder and current owner of a company that provides services for commercial play areas. A previous member of the Transportation Visioning Committee, he currently serves as an appointee to the Transportation Advisory Board for the Town of Estes Park, CO,  and Larimer County’s Road Committee for a General Improvement District.  Email:







Jerry Rutledge: Jerry is a retired Insurance Executive. Long a supporter of the arts, he served as Chair of the Waseca, MN Arts Council and Chaired the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council in MN for 9 years. He was also a co-founder of Waseca Players, a community theater group. He and his wife Linda now live in Cassville, WI.








Robert Gunn: Bob worked as a Corporate Pilot for General Mills, Inc. from 1978 until 2007. Prior to that he served as a Naval Aviator from 1970 through 1976. After his retirement from General Mills he moved to Estes Park where he became a member of the SOPA Board, the predecessor organization to EPIC. He is currently a member of the EPIC Board and the Oratorio Society of Estes Park Board. He is a singer with the Oratorio Society Chorus and the Estes Valley Chamber Singers. He holds a degree in History from the University of Minnesota.











Diane Muno: Diane is the owner of 5 retail businesses in Estes Park, CO.  Prior to her retail launch she was in Health Care Receivables Management for 15 years  in both the hospital and private sector environment.  Diane is currently Secretary for Estes Valley Partners for Commerce, Past President and current board member for the Estes Park Wedding Association and on the boards of Rocky Mountain Performing Arts Center, Estes Park Economic Development Corporation and Estes Park Medical Center Foundation.






Adam Shake: Adam moved to Estes Park in 2012 from Washington DC where he spent over a decade working for both the government and private sector agencies on Pennsylvania Avenue and previously served in the U.S. Army for 15 years. After moving to Estes Park, Adam was on the original task forces for both the Estes Arts District and Economic Development Corporation. He is a former president of and current board member of the Estes Valley Partners for Commerce and sits on the board of Visit Estes Park.






Damien Boynton: Damien is a  results-oriented hospitality professional with 20+ years experience. Damien's career began with Luxury resorts, in particular Golf resorts. Damien received an award for Revenue Management in the Luxury Resorts over 500 rooms category during his tenure with Waldorf Astoria & Hilton. Damien currently is the General Manager of Trout Haven Resorts and has resided in Estes Park with his wife and three children since January 2013.




Ron Wilcocks: Ron is married with two children and has lived in Estes Park since 1999.  He has a strong passion for Art in all its many forms, from dance and musicto paintings and sculpture.  His career background and education is in software development and business, but for the last 15 years, he and his wife Ann, have owned and operated Earthwood Galleries of Colorado.  It consists of three main galleries and is recognized as one of the largest galleries of American Fine Art and Handcrafts in the USA, representing over 250 artists.  The gallery operation is based in Estes Park.