Mountain Family Center

Donette Schmiedbauer, Treasurer-Donette hopes to make Grand County a better place for children and families to live. Born and raised in the valley, she knows what a special ​place our county is to live and raise a family in. She holds a degree in Accounting from Western State College and a graduate degree in Finance from Regis University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Colorado. Professionally, Donette spent eighteen years working in finance for Winter Park Resort. During that time she also worked with two other nonprofit organizations, the National Sports Center for the disabled and the Grand Foundation. Donette is currently the Finance Director for East Grand County School District and coaches high school volleyball. 

​​Tamara Davis, Board Member-Tamara comes from the east coast growing up in New York and spending time in Massachusetts before landing in Grand County.  She finally considers herself a local after 17 years and loves playing outdoors.  She currently works for the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber as the Events Director.  Tamara was recently on the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and looks forward to volunteering and working with the rest of the Board Members and the great staff to make a difference locally in Grand County.

John Riedel, Board Member-John retired in May of 2015 and he and his wife Mary moved to Granby full time.  They spent the previous 22 years in Conifer, Colorado where John was the principal of a consulting firm that developed and evaluated disease prevention, disease management, and wellness programs.  They know Grand County well because they purchased a 2nd property here in 1994 where they ultimately decided to retire.  John has always been a supporter of his communities serving on non-profit boards like the Mountain Resource Center in Conifer where he led a capital campaign to build a new facility and the Conifer Area Council which served as the quasi-governmental sounding board for unincorporated towns in the southern area of Jefferson County.  

Our Board

Jeff Pexton, Board Member-Jeff has worked extensively in Grand County both as a successful business owner and banking leader. Jeff and his family have lived in the area since 1980. He has been an involved citizen and advocate for improving the health care options in the community. Jeff has served as the chairman of the Grand County Rural Health Network since its inception and is a member of the Grand County Health Advisory Committee. He was a former Kremmling Memorial Hospital District board member for eight years, and currently serves as chairman of the Middle Park Facilities Corporation. He was also involved in the creation of the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce and served on its board. Jeff’s wife Marty, another SHO administrator, currently works at the Chamber. 

Frank Parker, Board Member-Frank is a Colorado native, born in Fort Collins and raised in Aurora.  His wife, Stacey, is his best friend, and his son, Sam, is his pride and joy.  Frank earned a law degree from the University of Denver in 1995, however he bleeds green and gold for the Colorado State Rams, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1991. During the last twenty years, Frank has worked with several nonprofits in Grand County, including serving as a Director for the Grand County Rural Health Network.  He considered being asked to join the Mountain Family Center’s Board  an honor, and Frank hopes to help continue MFC’s invaluable work. 

Jason Bryan, Board Member-Jason Bryan -Jason was born in North Carolina and spent most his childhood growing up in the Southeast.  Prior to calling Grand County home, Jason considered the Northeast Kingdom area of Vermont home.  Jason has twenty years of Human Resources leadership experience in large for-profit and non-profit organizations.  He has volunteered with non-profit organizations in Vermont and Massachusetts supporting different community needs.  Jason is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer at Middle Park Medical Center, a position that brought him to Grand County.  He enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, and being a part of the community.

​​Nancy Karas, Ex-Officio-Nancy is a longtime resident of Grand County moving here in 1974. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Business Administration, and a minor in Accounting. After 32 years in the field of education in the East Grand County School District, serving in the roles of teacher, counselor, middle school principal, and superintendent, Nancy retired from East Grand Schools in 2013 and is now committing her time to Mountain Family Center. Nancy’s desire to serve on the Board of Directors was driven after many years of working with students and families that have struggled to make ends meet in Grand County. It is her desire to be part of an organization that is committed to providing guidance and support to those in need.

Mary Bernard, Vice President & Chair-Mary received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University. Before moving to Grand County 10 years ago, she was the director of a three-county community mental health center headquartered in Ames, Iowa. Mary enjoys skiing, hiking, and mountain living. She joined the Mountain Family Center Board in 2011 because she believes that strong healthy families are the fabric of a strong community. 

Cathy Craig, Secretary-Cathy has been in Grand County for 21 years. Her work has been in natural resources management including; supervision, law enforcement, education, and planning. Cathy says, “MFC is at the center of the web that connects all of the agencies and people in Grand County who are involved in assisting people in need.” Volunteering with other organizations over the years lead Cathy to MFC. She quotes John Wesley, “Do all the good, by all the means, in all the ways, in all the places, at all the times, to all the people as long as you ever can.” It is the right thing to do.

Jim Magill, Vice Chair-Jim grew up and raised a family in Springfield, Illinois. He and his family enjoyed serving meals at a local homeless shelter for almost 20 years. In 2003, Jim instituted cooking classes at the local Salvation Army facility. He retired from practicing law in 2008 and moved with his wife to Fraser, CO. Jim remains committed to making sure all of our citizens have adequate food and clothing. His goal as a member of the MFC board is to help MFC continue to serve struggling families as well as making the Fraser Valley community aware of the services MFC provides.

Debbie Young, Board Member -Debbie and her husband Barry, after vacationing in the Valley for decades with their three children, have now retired and become full-time residents.  Debbie has always been active in her community in Atlanta and now wants to do the same in Grand County.  After she had children, she left her job in physical therapy and became a full time volunteer.  She has served on several non-profits as well as PTA boards and hopes to bring her experiences here to the valley.  Mountain Family Center was the first place she volunteered here. Now, she is looking forward to being a board member and making a difference through her service to the community.