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.”
B.A. Psychology, Adams State College
Joined Full Circle: 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 in 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 graduating from Lake County High School this year. 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
Master of Public Health (MPH) in Community and Behavioral Health Sciences; B.A. in Sociology, Public Health; Minor in Demography; CPS II – Certified Prevention Specialist, University of Colorado-Denver
Joined Full Circle: 2017
Experience: Stephanie has worked in systems change and prevention in Colorado for the past 9 years with a focus on trauma-informed practices – increasing resiliency and decreasing risk behaviors among youth. Stephanie has partnered with school and community leaders around the state to build data-driven multi-tiered systems of support to shift school/organizational culture toward inclusive and safe environments. Her passion is rooted in social/racial justice and believes in the power of community voice.
Family: Stephanie grew up moving back and forth between Australia and California with her mother Peta from Perth, Australia, her father Tim from San Francisco, California, and her brother Josh who currently resides in northern California. Stephanie lives in Leadville with her partner, Noah, and her pup Tyson.
Hobbies: Stephanie spends as much of her time as possible traveling and being outside – she love backpacking, paddle boarding, skiing/snowboarding, hiking with her pup, and swimming wherever she can find water. If she’s not outside, she’s usually geeking out over board games.
Quotes: “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change; I am changing the things I cannot accept” – Angela Dav
Joined Full Circle: 2016
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 and has two wonderful daughters named Breanna and Brittnie.
Hobbies: Lisa loves spending time with her family and taking vacations by the beach in Cancun. She also loves taking road trips to different states.
Quote: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West
Joined Full Circle: 2007
Experience: Makali has many 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
B.A. in French and Political Science with a minor in Math from Loyola University Maryland
Joined Full Circle: 2017
Experience: Jenny has worked in the field of outdoor education for 6 years with both Loyola University Maryland’s Outdoor Adventure Experience program and with the Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS). She has also worked with youth in after-school programs both back in Baltimore and here in Leadville. She is currently in her second year at COBS and as a substitute teacher in Lake County Schools.
Family: Jenny has two amazing parents, two older sisters, and a younger brother. She comes from Baltimore, MD originally, but her family has since spread all over with her oldest sister in New York City, a sister and brother in different parts of Maryland, and her parents in Hendersonville, NC. She misses her family a lot, but loves Leadville too much to leave it anytime soon!
Hobbies: Jenny loves to hike, climb rocks & mountains, ski, practice yoga, and dance. She also really enjoys waking up early, listening to NPR and podcasts, and drinking coffee.
Quote: “We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home.” – George Washington Sears
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
B.S. Sports Management, minor in Outdoor Recreation and Education, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Joined Full Circle: 2017
Bio: Paige studied Sports Management with a minor in Outdoor Recreation and Education at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Although she considers Minneapolis her “home away from home,” Paige’s love for travel influenced her move to Leadville. She loves returning to the vibes of a small town and being able to know her neighbors. So if you see her around town, stop to say hello and to give her a hug! (She loves hugs!!)
Family: Paige is originally a small town Iowa girl. Her parents and sister/brother-in-law still live in Iowa but frequently come out to visit Paige.
Hobbies: Hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, playing cards, and most importantly – making people smile.
“Until you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great.” – Cher