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Mark Kozak, Executive Director
Mark Kozak, TSRC's Executive Director and former Development Director, grew up on Mount Desert Island, Maine as part of the Jackson Laboratory community. The son of a molecular biologist and biochemist, he also followed the path to becoming a scientist, receiving a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Notre Dame and an MS in Watershed Science from Colorado State University. During graduate school, Mark carried out original field research on the variability of snow layer hardness. Mark ultimately took his research and analysis skills to the business world and has worked in development, building companies and organizations, for the past 15 years. He has provided research & development, strategic planning, capital campaigns, and business development to numerous startups and young companies, including HealthRight Inc., Awestruck Dental, Vermont Energy Co., Physician Cognition, and TEKNOVARE. Mark also possesses subject matter expertise in sustainability, greenhouse gas accounting, and project management. Prior to his work in business, Mark worked as a helicopter ski guide and avalanche forecaster in Alaska and in Jackson, Wyoming. He lives in Telluride with his wife and three children.
Chris Rauchnot, Operations Manager
Sara Dwyer, Intern
Claire Ricks, Editorial Intern
Alejo (Alex) Banfi Matocq, Science Intern
The Broader TSRC Team
Chris Esch, Lodging Consultant
Julie Fox, Web Developer, Fox Web Development
Julie holds a degree in Computer Science from Texas State University and has over 15-years of technical experience in IT and web technologies. She specializes in building websites and online stores for small to medium businesses. When she’s not playing the role of computer nerd she can be found hanging out with her husband and ten year old son, working with teenagers at her church’s youth group, or doing freelance makeup artistry.
Nicole Y. Pieterse, Attorney, Russell & Pieterse LLC
Nicole specializes in real estate and non-profit work and is a founding partner of Russel & Pieterse, LLC, law firm in Telluride, Colorado. She began advising TSRC in 2013, with a focus on negotiations to secure a site for TSRC's future science facility. She is a mountain athelete, and an active participant and volunteer in the community.
Michael Romanchuk, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
Michael joined Merrill Lynch as a Financial Advisor in 2005 and the Merrill Lynch Private Banking and Investment Group in 2008. Michael is a Chicago native and began his career as an equities trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Michigan State University in 2004. Michael focuses on high net worth individuals and families. He manages oncentrated stock positions, 10b5-1 stock plan implementation for corporate executives, and advises on 401k plans for businesses. Michael currently resides in Miami, Florida. His hobbies include playing hockey, traveling, and cooking.
Kandy Shugars, CPA, Shugars & Company
Kandy is the managing partner of Shugars & Company CPA’s. She obtained her CPA license in Colorado in 1986 and has worked in the field of public accounting for over 13 years. Prior to opening her firm, Kandy worked as the CFO of the Telluride Ski and Golf Company. Kandy has lived in the Telluride region for the past 18 years with her husband and two boys. She was raised in the Denver Metro area. Kandy is a graduate of Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska where she received a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting and management. In January of 2014, Kandy joined TSRC as a consultant. Her services include all accounting functions for the organization, including preparation of financial statements and work with the external auditor in the preparation of the annual audits.
WebDogs, CA, Tech Support
Webdogs LLC is a San Jose, California based, full-service web design and e-solutions provider offering design, development, hosting, and other web services. They use cutting-edge technologies and modern design techniques to build effective websites. Webdogs was founded by two enterprise escapees. Trained in the ranks of the hi-tech corporate world, they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to every project. Their clients range from non-profits and small businesses to corporations and municipal governments.