Telluride Foundation announces new board members

Telluride Foundation announces new board members

Unknown The Telluride Foundation’s Board of Directors met Thursday, December 29 for its bi-annual meeting.  Highlights of the meeting included approving $1,000,940 in Community Grants to community and nonprofit organizations and four new donors were elected to serve on the Telluride Foundation’s Board of Directors.  The newest members include: the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong; along with Alpine Bank Regional President, Andrew Karow; Telluride Sport’s Scott Leigh; and nonprofit activist Megan McManemin.

“The Telluride Foundation’s Board of Directors has a diverse range of knowledge, talent and experience that helps us serve the unique character and needs in the Telluride community,” said Joanne Corzine-Brown, co-chair of the Telluride Foundation’s Board of Directors.  “We are thrilled to welcome the insight, experience and commitment to the community that each of these new Board Members will bring to the Telluride Foundation.”

Neil Armstrong is the retired Chairman of the EDO Corporation, an electronics and aerospace manufacturer.  As a Naval Aviator, he flew 78 combat missions from an aircraft carrier in the Korean War.  Mr. Armstrong subsequently served 17 years with the NACA and NASA as an engineer, test pilot, astronaut and administrator. Armstrong transferred to astronaut status in 1962.  He was the commander of the Gemini 8 flight in 1966 when he performed the first successful docking of two vehicles in space.  As spacecraft commander for Apollo 11, he, with colleagues Mike Collins and Buzz Aldrin, completed the first landing mission to the moon. He has been holder of 13 world records in aviation and space.  Telluride’s awesome scenery and friendly atmosphere drew Mr. Armstrong to the area in 2001.  He enjoys the great skiing, hiking & golfing Telluride has to offer and wishes he could spend even more time here.
Wisconsin native, Andrew Karow is the Regional President of Alpine Bank overseeing five banks in San Miguel, Montrose & Ouray Counties.  Mr. Karow is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and has an MBA from University of Denver.  He is a full time resident and lives in Mountain Village with his wife Katie and their two children. Karow has a strong commitment to the Telluride community and serves on the board of directors for the Ah Haa School for the Arts, the Telluride Tourism Board and the Town of Mountain Village Comprehensive Plan Task Force and Town of Mountain Village Ethics Commission. He also influentially serves on the Alpine Bank committees of Credit Review, Executive Loan, and Strategic and Funds Management.

Scott Leigh moved to Telluride in August 2006.  Originally from Lincoln Nebraska, Leigh moved to Vail in and fell in love with skiing and the whole mountain resort life style. While in Vail Leigh gained 9 years of experience in the resort retail industry and moved to Telluride to take over the position of Regional Manager for Telluride Sports.  He spends time in both the Town of Telluride and Town of Mountain Village working with merchants and government to help create a year round economy for our community.  “I love this community and I feel lucky to be a part of it,” says Leigh who an avid skier, mountain biker, hiker and an automobile enthusiast.  Leigh lives in Mountain Village year-round with his wife of ten years, Kael, and their dog Kona.

Megan Lenihan McManemin was born in Maryland, raised in Dallas with a stint in London and has a BBA from Texas A&M University. She worked in sales and marketing before became a mother and community volunteer.  McManemin served on the Northaven Co-operative Pre-School and Kindergarten board for 5 years; and currently sits on the boards of Planned Parenthood of North Texas board and the Telluride Academy board.  In addition, she has played many volunteer roles at her daughter's schools (The Episcopal School of Dallas and The Hockaday School). She is married to Casey McManemin and has three daughters.

The Telluride Foundation exists to create a stronger Telluride community through the cultivation and promotion of philanthropy. It is a nonprofit, apolitical community foundation that provides year-round support for local organizations involved in arts, education, athletics, charitable causes, land conservation and other community-based efforts through technical assistance, education and grant making. As a grant maker, the Foundation awards grants to qualified applicants that serve the people living and/or working in the Telluride region for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life within the region. For more information on the Telluride Foundation, visit

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