Since June, the District has been joined by several fantastic new staff members – from finance, to programs and facilities! Some joining us from afar and others recruited from right here in the Eagle River Valley. All sharing the same excitement of joining the District, eager to help spread healthy and happy lives for all.
With the recent additions, all of the District’s 26 full-time positions are full. Not to mention that as of early August only a handful of the 175 positions that the District employs throughout the year are open.
To help recruit staff and to follow through on the District’s promise of a healthy work life balance, the District has been revising many of its policies and practices over the past couple of years. They are encouraging staff to be healthy and active by enacting flex time. This allows staff to work and play on their terms – allowing flexibility to meet personal life goals while still meeting our community’s needs. The District has also implemented a hybrid workplace and a bilingual pay policy which prioritizes Spanish speaking positions across its three hubs. In years past, the District has added key benefits to promote a livable wage, continued professional development, retirement match along with program and facility access to maintain a high quality of life.
Without further ado, please join us in welcoming the District’s newest staff members:
Sanjok Timilsina, CPA – Finance Manager
Originally from Nepal, Sanjok moved to the valley in 2016. Working for the Ritz Carlton in Vail, and then at McMahan & Associates in Avon before arriving at the District. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Texas and brings years of experience auditing private and government agencies across Colorado. In 2019 Sanjok received the Elijah Watt Sells Award from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), reserved for the top .01% of CPA candidates across the country on their first try. Aside from work, Sanjok spends time outdoors with his wife and two kids, and watching soccer and football.
Ariel Haskett – Aquatics Coordinator
New to the valley, Ariel joins the District from the University of North Texas, where she received her bachelor’s in recreation, event, and sport management. There, she was exposed to a significant amount of industry leaders in aquatics, allowing her to pick up education and experience above and beyond what is offered to most entering her field. Now going on nine years of being a swim instructor and lifeguard, Ariel shares this summer has been the most fun she’s ever had and that everyone, from patrons to staff has made her feel “welcome and supported.” Outside of work you can catch Ariel taking on swim challenges (swimming 100-200 miles per year), playing video games, hiking, and reading.
Trever LaFramboise – Eagle Facility Coordinator
A true local, Trever has been involved in one way or another with the District since the age of 15. Trever graduated from the University of Regina in Canada where he completed his bachelor’s in sport and recreation management, Trever is now in charge of ensuring a top-notch ice and services at the Eagle Pool & Ice Rink. Before arriving at the District, Trever was a Zamboni driver at Vail Rec and worked for his university’s sporting event production team. Aside from work, Trever loves to watch all sports, a fan of Texas Football and the New York Rangers.
Victor Varela – Facility Maintenance Tech II
Another true local, Victor joins the District having grown up in the valley and no stranger to the Gypsum Rec Center, which he calls his second home. With over five years of experience in remodeling and property management, Victor will now ensure the District’s facilities are well looked after. When asked about his position thus far, Victor shared he is most excited about being able to meet and help the community as well as manage his own time and projects.
Chris Parker – Sports & Athletics Coordinator
Get to know Chris and you will find a community leader at heart. Thanks to his upbringing and college career, Chris deeply understands the importance of having role models and giving back to the community – “to relieve pressure from parents and to let kids be kids.” Before moving to the valley in 2021, Chris received his bachelor’s in communication studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He then spent 14 years helping to increase awareness and run championships at the conference and national level for Division 2 colleges from Texas to Pennsylvania. Chris enjoys softball, baseball, a game of cards, and to volunteer at community events across the valley. Previously volunteering in Hurricane Katrina relief.
Interested in joining the team? Visit MountainRec.org/careers to view available positions.