Nelson Waneka is an attorney at Levin Sitcoff Waneka PC. He specializes in insurance recovery litigation on behalf of individuals, businesses, and community associations. He likewise handles a great number of appeals in Colorado state and federal courts. He has been recognized for his work by Best Lawyers In America, Colorado Super Lawyers, and has been selected as a 5280 Magazine top lawyer in insurance law for five years in a row. In addition, he was selected by his peers as “2020 Lawyer of the Year” for the specialty of insurance law in the State of Colorado. Nelson lives in Glenwood Springs with his wife Carrina, together with their daughters Harlow and Olive.
Jocelyn Kochevar, a Colorado native, has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for nearly 30 years. She spent 17 years working in public education; 10 years as a high school teacher and 7 as a high school counselor. During this time Jocelyn was an active member of the school’s senior management team and the extended leadership team, and played an instrumental role in managing school processes, decision making and planning. Jocelyn has a Bachelor's degree from Colorado State University and a Master’s degree from Colorado Mesa University. Currently Jocelyn is a realtor with Keller Williams in Glenwood Springs, and resides in New Castle with her husband and two children who have been a part of the TRCS community since 2016.
Corina Jones, a Mexico native, has resided in Glenwood Springs since 1996. She currently has 2 children enrolled in TRCS, both since they were in kindergarten. They will be in 5th and 6th for the 2022-23 school year. Corina is a working mom who works as a Lead Trainer for Alpine Bank and has been in the banking industry for 9 years. She is a Glenwood Springs High School Graduate and has enjoyed the mountain life since she set foot here in 1996. Corina joined the Military right out of high school and was part of the US Army Reserves from 2009-2013 and then transferred over to the Colorado National Guard in 2014-2017, where she ended her 8-year contract with the Army. She also recently joined the Arts and Culture Board for the City of Glenwood Springs and has sat as a board member for a year now. Corina recently took up coaching soccer and was recently the head coach for her youngest’s 10U team with the Glenwood Soccer Club. She enjoys staying involved in her community and tries to help anywhere she can. She is very excited to join the TRCS Board and looks forward to meeting all the wonderful parents that make this school such an admirable
**Rachel Forbes Manwaring, MSW (she/her), **is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Social Work and the Western Colorado Master of Social Work (MSW) Program director at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. She is an appointed member of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Educational Policy, the inaugural cochair of the CSWE Committee on Environmental Justice, and a former member of CSWE’s Council on Global, Learning and Practice. Rachel was the taskforce cochair for the CSWE Curricular Guide for Environmental Justice (2020). She is co-editor of the book Ecosocial Work: Environmental Practice and Advocacy (2023) and co-author of the book *The Intersection of Environmental Justice, Climate Change, Community and the Ecology of Life *(2021). Rachel is an elected member of the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Board of Directors. She has taught coursework on sustainability, ecological justice, culture and place-based equity, and fostering sustainable behavior across undergraduate and graduate programs for over 10 years. Rachel’s current research and teaching looks at the impacts of climate change on mental health and ecological justice social work practice. Her work has been published in Environmental Justice and has been funded by the CSWE Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work. Rachel lives in Glenwood Springs with her husband, Shawn, and her children Dawson, Sawyer and Ella. Rachel's local service includes her Board of Directors appointments at the Our School Preschool and the Western Mountain Region Health Alliance. As a professional social worker, Rachel is dedicated to the health and well being of the Roaring Fork Valley and Colorado's Western Slope. She is an avid reader, who can be found curled up with a book in her free time or outside enjoying nature
Johnny Mendoza is a devoted father and community leader who was born and raised in Colorado's scenic Roaring Fork Valley. He currently resides in Silt, CO with his wife and three children, one of whom is enrolled at TRCS and another who will be joining soon. In addition to his full-time job as a father of three, Johnny is a respected regional leader at ANB Bank, where he is known for his exceptional work ethic and commitment to excellence. He currently serves on the board for Community Health Initiatives, a Glenwood Springs-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting healthy behaviors through prevention efforts across Western Colorado. He also volunteers his time regularly for Junior Achievement, to help educate school-age children on the importance of financial literacy. Johnny's passion for education and community service has driven him to become an active participant in his community, where he works tirelessly to make a positive impact.
Lexie Clark-Kimmel is an early childhood special educator working for Eagle County Schools. She has been in early childhood education for over 20 years as a teacher, leader, mentor, and early interventionist. Lexie has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Special Education from Metropolitan State University, and obtained a Master's degree in early childhood special education, with a special emphasis in social-emotional development and challenging behavior from the University of Colorado Denver. Lexie has been an adjunct professor at Colorado Mountain College, teaching early childhood courses. In her free time, she enjoys crafting and gardening and hanging out with her husband and daughter, who is a TRCS student. She is very excited to serve on the TRCS board!
Jess Hedden runs her own political consulting firm, Hedden Community Solutions. She has worked with various individuals, nonprofits, and government entities across the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys doing community organizing, facilitation, coalition building, grant writing and campaign management for the last 10 years. Jess is a strong proponent of language justice and building communities where everyone belongs. She lives in New Castle with her two kids, Lucy and Eli, who attend Two Rivers Community School.
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