Originally from Boston, Sophie earned her degree in Social Work in 2016 and comes to us with a strong background in non-profit work. Sophie is in love with Telluride’s unique community and
accessibility to the outdoors. She was hired as a field instructor in 2017 and transitioned into the Program Director role in October 2018. In her spare time, Sophie enjoys teaching skiing, volunteering with TASP, and exploring the area’s hiking and biking trails.
Interim Executive Director
Originally from Connecticut, Larry and his wife Heather settled in the Telluride region in 1993. Having worked at Telluride Academy since 1998, he has been an integral player in the Academys growth and development since. A veteran outdoor enthusiast, Larry has explored the many mountain and canyon regions of the Colorado Plateau. Larry spends most of his time enjoying raising his two daughters Eleanor & Gretchen in their Ophir home.
Communications & Enrollment Director
Born and raised in Telluride, CO, Sonja grew up playing in the San Juan Mountains and building a deep love for the Telluride area. Sonja interned with Telluride Academy in the summers while earning a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Marketing. She was hired in January 2021 as the Registrar and newly integrated Marketing Director role and is now the Enrollment & Communications Director here at TA. Sonja enjoys skiing in the winter, trail running in the summer, and spending time with her husband, Jake, and golden retriever, Birdie.
Board of Directors
Allison has been lucky to call Telluride home for the last 24 years! Originally from North Carolina, Allison met her husband, Matt, a Telluride native, and the deal was sealed. Allison feels so fortunate to be raising her two children, Walker and Cate Grace, in Telluride and is enthusiastic about the programs at Telluride Academy and the importance of it’s mission. She is a full time realtor with Telluride Properties and is so thankful for the experiences and opportunities her children have during the summers at the Academy.
Peiper Kirkendoll first came to Telluride on a family backpacking trip in 1985 when her pack was bigger than she was. She's been connected to Telluride and cruising trails in the San Juan Mountains since that early adventure. Peiper lives in Telluride with her husband, John, and their two young kids. She is a psychotherapist in private practice.
Alexandra joins the board as a former Academy instructor and outdoor enthusiast. A life long advocate for outdoors education, she brings her background in data and event planning. She lives in Denver with her husband, Jonathon, whom she met as co-instructor at the Academy in 2010, and works in the financial industry. You can find them running around the mountains backpacking with their dog Thatcher, kayaking, climbing, or biking on the weekends.
Halle Cane fell in love with Telluride during her first visit in 1993. Since then, she has returned several times a year, bringing along her family and friends. Halle lives in San Francisco with her husband Casey and three children. After a 15-year stint inadvertising working with brands such as Apple, Facebook, and Toyota, Halle decided to take a break to focus on raising her children. Today, she is pursuing a new career in health and wellness focusing on yoga and nutrition.
Sara Kimble is the mom to two Academy campers who looking forward to horseback riding and mountain biking. She has also the principal of the Telluride Middle High School since 2015 and loves working with the local kids and helping them achieve their hopes and dreams. She has lived in Telluride since 2005 and enjoys all this wonderful community has to offer.
Marc & Laurie Skalla
Laurie, Marc and their 2 daughters currently live in Scottsdale, Arizona. They relocated West in 2020 from Atlanta, GA. In the summer of 2017, they spent a week vacationing in Telluride. As soon as they discovered it, there was no turning back. Telluride aligned with every family value they had. We want to fill our kid’s w/as much outdoor adventures as possible and unplug from city life. Enrolling our kids in unforgettable camps at Telluride Academy was just the icing on top. Laurie’s Telluride summer faves are yoga in town park, hiking Jud Wiebe or biking to Society circle for lunch.
Hannah Richman recently moved full time to Telluride with her husband and sons. They all fell in love with Telluride when they visited for the summer, and her son attended Telluride Academy.
Hannah currently serves as the Treasurer for the KIPP South Florida Educational Facilities Board, which supports KIPP Miami’s Real Estate needs. In addition, she serves as the Treasurer for the Telluride Education Foundation.