Specializing in Youth Adventures since 1981
Luke Brown is a Colorado native that spent his childhood exploring the far reaches of the southwest with his gypsy-like family. These childhood adventures have shaped his love and appreciation for the power of play and have fostered a deep passion for outdoor recreation. Luke graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Natural Resource Recreation. Luke was hired as the Program Dir. in 2006 and eventually the Exec. Dir. in 2017.
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.
After graduating from UGA in 2002, Kelly needed a little adventure in her life. So she decided to move to Telluride sight unseen. She quickly fell in love with the town and a guy named Noah- who she married in 2012. They welcomed their first child Beckett in 2014 and second child Miller in 2016. Kelly enjoys all of the outdoor activities Telluride has to offer. She joined the Academy as Registrar in 2013.
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.
Hi everyone! My name is Alli and I love to laugh with friends, take photos and be outside! When I’m not out back organizing the gear shed, you can find me on the trails or in my hammock. This is my fourth year with Telluride Academy.
I'm Cami and I've been living in Telluride for a little over two years, working with Telluride Adaptive Sports and Telluride Academy. I am currently studying to go back to graduate school for Special Education & Occupational Therapy- so Inclusion is my thing! Our support of Inclusion here at Telluride Academy is incredible because it allows us to provide accessible adventure for all campers. If you have any questions, come find me. Can't wait for more adventures and memories!
This will be my seventh summer working and having fun with the Academy. I earned a degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University in 2000. My focus while at the Academy is bringing art experiences to as many campers as possible! I spend most of my year in Flagstaff, AZ, being Mom to Max, 17 and Tyla, 14. While my kids are in school, I am hanging with elementary school kids as a public-school Librarian. I am super excited to be spending another wonderful summer in Telluride!!
Dr. David Dreitlein
Dr. David Dreitlein was born and grew up in Boulder, CO and has been on the Western Slope since 2002. He presently serves as the Medical Director of the Emergency Department in Montrose as well as medical advisor for Black Canyon National Park, Cimarron Mountain Club and the local air medical service. He has also served in the past as a physician with the Himalaya Rescue Association in Nepal. He and his wife, Kori, a local veterinarian have two kids, Jonathan and Kate.
Kim Epifano is a San Francisco based artist with a 25-year history as an award winning choreographer, director, performer, and vocalist. Since founding her company Epiphany Productions sonic dance theater in 1997, Epifano has developed a distinct voice that integrates politics, storytelling, dance, theater, and music into celebratory works that often function as a sharp analysis of our time.
Sally Davis works as a musician, theater director, and arts educator in Telluride,Co. and in communities around the world. She is on the Telluride Institute Board of Directors and is a recipient of the Telluride Institute Visionary Award and has recently received three Just for Kids grants. Sally conducts Story Theater and visual arts workshops at the Ah Haa School, and has annual projects such as The Mudd Butt Mystery Theater Troupe, Circus Holus Bolus and Moving Mountain Theater in Telluride.
Michael Stasiuk has been the Propmaster for the Mudd Butts for 20 years. He has 16 international muddy adventures to his history as well. In addition to creatively recycling cardboard around the planet, he is a long time teacher to elementary students in New Durham, NH and a sculptor of figurative assemblages in his studio in Portsmouth, NH. He teaches adults at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, ME and Arrowmont School in Gatlinburg, TN.
Board of Directors
Jay is a full time Telluride resident with his wife Becca and four children.
His children all began Telluride Academy with My First Camp and are active participants in various Academy programs during the school year and summer sessions. Prior to moving to Telluride Jay lived in New York City. Jay is an active investor and board member for various companies in the communications, media and technology industries.
Peiper Kirkendoll first came to Telluride in 1985. She has been connected to Telluride and the San Juan Mountains since that early adventure as either a full or part-time resident. Peiper now lives in New Orleans and Telluride with her husband, John, and their two young children, Dirk and Willow. She has a Ph.D. in Counseling and is a Counseling Fellow at Loyola University's Counseling Center in New Orleans. She loves working with kids and young adults in her work and in the mountains.
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.
Mike Gass, is currently in his second year as the Superintendent of Telluride School District. He is working to lead the district to be one of the highest performing in Colorado. His experience ranges from a teacher in elementary, middle school math and science, high school coach to the Executive Director of Secondary Education. Mike was one of the early charter school principals in Colorado and developed policies at the state and national level for schools of choice.
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 in
advertising 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.
Mike is a part-time Telluride resident along with his wife Alana, current campers Owen and Callie and future rock jock Cole. He and Alana have been Academy Trustees since 2014. Mike lives year-round in Palo Alto, CA where he works in the tech industry doing operations, product strategy & investing. He has a BS in Management Science from UC San Diego and is a 2016 recipient of a Father of the Year mug.