Full Circle Staff
B.A. Sociology, Fairfield University
Founding Director of Full Circle, 1991
Experience: Alice was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador from 1980-1983. Over the years, she has helped empower young people as a high school employment counselor, disability career coach, and as the Executive Director of Full Circle Leadville.
Family: Alice’s two daughters, Arianna and Kimberly, keep her and her husband, Ken, laughing and thoroughly enjoying life. They have a kitten, Stellaluna,, who dances with curiosity. Full Circle is Alice’s “third child.”
Hobbies: Alice is a storyteller and loves the outdoors.
Alice’s Favorite Quote:
“Live well, be mindful, laugh often, and leave the world a better place than you found it and always believe in peace.”
High School Youth Director – The crazy guy who hangs out with high school kids.
B.A. Psychology, Adams State College
Full Circle employee since 1998
Experience: Bill has been working with youth at Full Circle for eighteen years now. He has experienced many, many activities with all ages of youth and his brain has turned into Jell-O but the kids seem to like him better that way.
Family: Bill has a beautiful wife, Renee Nelson (Raiders fan or fan of anyone who plays the Broncos). She has tolerated all his time spent away on trips with kids and late night gigs DJing the newest event. She is a wonderful woman who loves to give Bill crap about how he does not work but still gets paid for it! Bill and Renee have two sons. Billy Nelson (Raiders fan), is 20 years old and headed off to college. He loves the outdoors and doing anything with the family. He is also determined that the Raiders will someday win the Super bowl again. Hunter Nelson (Raiders) is 16 years old. He enjoys playing high school football. He is interested in becoming an electrician. He loves to hang out with his older brother and being with the family. He is one wild and crazy kid who seems to be the actor of the family.
Hobbies: Bill loves hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, music, snowboarding, football (Minnesota Vikings fan), among many other things- It just depends on the day and how much money he DOESN’T have in his pocket.
Bill’s Favorite Quotes:
“I spilled spot remover on my dog, now he’s gone” – Steven Wright
“It is not my problem, it maybe my fault, but it is definitely not my problem.” – KASF quote
“All I know is… I know nothing.” – I don’t know “Be excellent to each other and party on dudes!” – Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Experience: Lisa has always had a passion with working with numbers. This passion only grew once she took her first accounting class and decided that’s what she wanted to do. She has been a bookkeeper for over 16 years.
Family: Lisa was born and raised in Leadville. She is married to her loving husband Gary for 24 years now. She has two wonderful daughters named Breanna who is 16 years old and Brittnie who is 12 years old.
Hobbies: Lisa loves spending time with her family and taking vacations by the beach in Cancun. She also loves taking a road trips to different states.
Quote: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”-Mae West
Experience: Sophie had a Family Child Care Home Business from 1997-2014 and served 90+ children. She was also a learning coach for her daughters from K-12 from 2002-2014 which taught and guided their courses through an online school, Colorado Virtual Academy. Currently, Sophie is pursuing her Associates Degree in Business and her goal is a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with an emphasis on accounting. She likes numbers. Prior to all this, Sophie worked with Keystone Resort Property Management and Front Desk from 1991-1996. She had a variety of positions Housekeeper, Inspector, Operations Supervisor, Front Desk, Project Coordinator, and Assistant Manager.
Family: Sophie lives with her two beautiful daughters, Mariah and Makayla. Her puppy, Ama’Belle is a St. Bernard/German Shepherd mix. She came into the family in 2014.
Hobbies/Interests: Since a young child being born in Colorado, Sophie wanted to live in the mountains, not see them in the distance. As of today, she still loves the mountains-the serenity of the scenery. Sophie likes to hike, bike, read, and fish (she just tried in 2013). She loves her ballet class. She likes dancing. She likes watching plays such as, “Phantom of the Opera.” She wants to travel different countries one day. She has a list of interests to accomplish in her life time. And she loves hanging out with her daughters-they are pretty cool!
Sophie’s Favorite Quote:
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Gandhi
“Life is a Journey, You Never Stop Learning” Sophie
Restorative Justice and Outdoor Leadership Director
BA Geology, Plattsburgh State University of New York
Graduate Student: International Institute of Restorative Practices
Full Circle Employee since 2011
Experience: Rohan has been finding ways to spend time outdoors and with kids of all ages for over 15 years, from YMCA and 4-H summer camps to 11 years with Outward Bound in Colorado as an Instructor, Course Director and Associate Program Director. He has also spent time as a high school science teacher, Grand Canyon hiking guide, beekeeper, climbing trees for a tree service, carpenter, ski instructor, physical therapist’s assistant, aide for adults with disabilities, backcountry hut caretaker, and youth mentor.
Family: Rohan lives with his wife, Anna and their orange tiger cat, Basil. His parents and younger brother live in upstate New York.
Hobbies: Rohan loves all kinds of outdoor activities (running, hiking, biking, canyoneering, etc.) – but his favorite thing to do is to climb a mountain and ski down it! He also enjoys gardening – He has a greenhouse for plants and fish ponds in his backyard. And he is always ready for a game of chess.
Rohan’s Favorite Quotes:
“There is more to life than increasing its speed” – Gandhi
“I feel the need… the need for speed!” – Maverick, Goose – Top Gun.
Girls' Programs Coordinator
BS Spanish and International Business, Washington University in St. Louis
MA Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies, Stanford University
Joined Full Circle: 2016
Experience: Whitney runs three programs at Full Circle. She works with a group of amazing 9th graders each day at Lake County High School in a class called "Girls' Circle," coordinates the girls' component of the Outdoor Leadership Club for 7th and 8th graders, and works with the counseling department at Lake County High School to execute a post-secondary preparation program for juniors and seniors. Whitney worked in a variety of roles in the field of outdoor education after college. When she became really interested in the "education" part of outdoor education, she returned to graduate school to pursue a second degree in education policy. Whitney missed the mountains too much to stay away for long and moved to Leadville, where she taught Spanish at the High Mountain Institute for three years before coming to Full Circle.
Family: Whitney grew up just north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and her love for cheese and the Green Bay Packers runs deep! Her parents still reside in her childhood home, and her sister lives nearby in Chicago. They all love to come out and visit Leadville for fishing, hiking, skiing, and most importantly, seeing Whitney!
Hobbies: Whitney's hobbies run the gamut from hanging out with her dog Ruby, cooking (and eating), skiing, rock climbing, biking, hiking, horseback riding, dancing (hip hop, in particular), traveling, playing the piano, watching Chilean telenovelas, and reading.
"There is no passion to be found playing small--in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." ~Nelson Mandela
"I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart; I am, I am, I am." ~Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
"The spirit of her invincible heart guided her through the shadows." ~Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
Experience: Malali has five years experience working with youth as a soccer coach, parapro at Lake County Middle School and Full Circle Volunteer Mentor. He served in Alabama National Guard from 1999-2006 including 10months in Tikrit, Iraq as a Communications Specialist.
Family: Makali has a big family – the whole extended Beck Clan from Alabama to Leadville, as well as his mother and sister in Alabama.
Hobbies/Interests: Soccer, Tennessee Volunteer Football, Fishing, Skiing, Living the Good Life in Leadville
“You need snack. I can get you snack.” —Makali Beck
A.A.S. Environmental Science & Natural Resource Management from Navajo Technical College; A.A. Native American Studies and B.U.S. Community Building in Indigenous Settlements from University of New Mexico
Pursuing an M.B.A. in Marketing at Colorado Technical University-Online
Joined Full Circle: 2014
Experience/background: Santianna is a Native American of mixed-descent (Navajo, Chiricahua, Jemez and Yaqui) and grew up on and off the Navajo reservation, but she calls Black Mesa and Dine’ bi toh, Arizona her true home-the place she originated. Her desire to help build better communities stems from her childhood when her community was fragmented by coal mining, land disputes, and relocation programs. She understands the importance of community and relationships as well as being an active participant in society. She and her family have lived in Leadville the past two years and love this community as well as the magnificent landscapes so it just seems natural to want to support the efforts of organizations like Full Circle.
Volunteer Work: Her current volunteer work is limited to mentoring at Full Circle, but in the past she’s been a volunteer GED tutor for Colorado Mountain College, youth soccer coach for Southern Ute Recreation Center, martial arts instructor for Two Rivers TKD, peer counselor for Navajo Technical College, and work for Big Mountain Support Group and Inter-tribal Diabetes Education Awareness.
Goals: Get an MBA, see her youngest daughter graduate and go to college, fulfill her dream of working with tribal groups to help build better communities, and she’d like to visit with her elders more so that she can regain Indigenous knowledge she has either lost along the way or just never picked-up.Hobbies/Interests: Santianna loves hiking, biking, swimming, reading, photography and art. Her interests include Native American current events and issues as well as environmental and energy development concerns.
Santianna’s Favorite Quotes:
Sa’ah naaghaii bik’eh hozho inshłi - English translation: I will live forever in accordance to beauty, harmony, goodness, reverence, blessedness, and divinity. (I think it sounds better in Navajo. This is a phrase in every Navajo song and prayer. This is a Navajo worldview that supports all concepts of Navajo religion and philosophy.)
“Through my struggles I have reached deep into the spiritual wells of my soul, and there I have found powers for every purpose I desire. Power I NEVER knew I possessed and NEVER would have discovered except by the means of my struggles.” -Honorable Mae Horseman (Shi ma)
“Our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves.” -Bernard Baruch
Bio: Karla has lived in Colorado for 22 years. She arrived in Leadville in December of 1994 from Santa Barbara Chihuahau, Mexico, also a small mining town like Leadville. Karla graduated from High School in Leadville in 2000. Spanish is Karla's first language so it was here at Leadville High School where she learned English. Karla was always worried about speaking English and having an accent, therefore she was very quiet in class and would only befriend Spanish speaking friends. After high school, she moved to Summit County. However, after starting her own family she felt that Summit County did not have the same community feel that Leadville did when she was growing up.
Family: Karla has three beautiful daughters. Mariana is 10 years old, Maya is 8 years old and Monique is 3 years old.
Experience: During her last year of high school, Karla was part of Full Circle's peer counselors group, which gave her a sense of hope and inclusiveness. Being a part of Full Circle gave Karla opportunities that she would not have previously had, like attending college because was illegal. She realized that she could make a difference by being bilingual, by simply holding the key to help people communicate with each other. Karla now feels very honored to now be part of Full Circle as an employee and be able to help people!!
AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer
B.S. Biology, Edgewood College
Joined Full Circle: 2017
Experience: Melissa has 7 years of volunteer experience in a variety of different capacities. She has spent time teaching English to English Language Learners in an after school program in Minneapolis, MN. As well as volunteered for the Jeremiah Program and FreeArts Minnesota using art therapy to help children ages 2-5 years old and the surrounding community in St. Paul, MN. In addition, Melissa has extensive experience working with a wide variety of children facing many different behavioral, social, and mental disabilities. Melissa also was a head coach for an elite national volleyball team in Madison, WI for two years. During her coaching, she was in charge of planning practices, maintaining positive and open relationships with players, parents and fellow coaches, and being a positive role model for her players, on and off the court.
Family: Melissa grew up in Madison, WI, where her parents still live. She has two siblings, a brother and sister. Both of which live in Boston, Mass.
Hobbies: Melissa loves to travel and seek out new and exciting experiences! She loves to be active and outdoors. In particular, she loves to play volleyball, beach or court. Melissa also has deep roots in music and photography and enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Quote: "The quickest way to happiness? Learning to be selfless. Ask more questions. Talk about yourself less." - Macklemore
Bio: I arrived in Leadville in 1999 and have spent 17 years living here. I'm originally from Chihuahua, Mexico. I studied at Lake County High School for three years and finished my studies in 2014 when I received my GED. For me, it's an honor to work at Full Circle with the Familias Juntas program because I love the idea of supporting families in enjoying nature and participating in outdoor activities.
Family: I have two sons--Christopher (9 years) and Isaac (7 years). As a family, we love to get outside--camping, fishing, hiking, etc.