ABOUT US / Staff & board

What We Do & Why

 
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What We Believe:

We believe the housing shortage poses a threat to our community

We believe creative solutions and proven models exist

We believe in partnerships and collaboration

We believe in full community involvement

We believe we can retain the diversity and character of our region and increase housing options

Who We Are:

TCH is a grassroots non-profit (501-c-3) organization supported by diverse community members. Our support comes from a broad spectrum of full and part time residents who treasure what makes our shared home unique.

Our Mission:

TCH preserves our community through increasing regional housing opportunities. Through collaboration with others, the non-profit Trust expands resources available for housing, helping to secure a diverse and vital community.

 

How We Work:

TCH works to increase housing in the Telluride region. Working on its own programs and through partnership with local governments and businesses, TCH enables more housing to be created. TCH is unique because it the only non-profit dedicated to housing in the region. Our non-profit status can bring more resources and solutions to the puzzle.

Please join us! We need your ideas, input, expertise and donations (large and small). Sign up for our newsletter and tell us your story. If you have ideas or questions, call us at (970) 708-7678.

 

 

STAFF & BOARD

Our Story

 
 
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Seth Cagin

Board Member Seth Cagin currently works for Mandarin Library Automation overseeing marketing. He founded The Telluride Watch newspaper with his wife, Marta Tarbell, and served as its publisher. He is on the board of the Telluride Mountain School, which he helped found in 1998. He previously served on the board of the Wilkinson Public Library and the Marketing Telluride board. He is also the author of three published books and is running for a seat in the Colorado legislature.

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Katherine Borsecnik & Gene Weil

Board Members Katherine Borsecnik and Gene Weil are co-founders of Ebb Point foundation, which supports non-profit organizations that implement economic and social justice projects. Katherine is the President of the Foundation and an expert in nonprofit governance, having served in a leadership capacity on a variety of boards including Root Capital and Women for Women International, as well as locally with Mountainfilm and Telluride Academy. Katherine provides pro bono governance consulting to a variety of non-profit organizations.  Gene is a Managing Director at Waterfall Asset Management. Prior to that, Gene was Co-Head of the Financial Institutions Group at Houlihan Lokey, and co-founder and CEO of Milestone Merchant Partners. In his career, Gene has focused exclusively on financial services across the depository institution, specialty finance (including mortgage, commercial and consumer finance), distressed real estate, and financial technology sectors. Gene also serves on the Board of Root Capital. Katherine and Gene consider Telluride home, having resided in the community part-time for the past 15 years.

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Amy Levek

Acting Director Amy Levek consults in planning for governments and private clients, as well as for non-profit organizations. She previously served on Telluride Town Council and as its Mayor, as well as San Miguel County Commissioner. Her work includes service as Planning Director for the Town of Telluride as well as several projects for San Miguel County and involvement in affordable housing projects for the Town of Telluride. As a planner representing both public and private interests, she has worked with diverse citizen groups and individuals involved in the public process. She has also served as the Executive Director of the Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities and helped establish the San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation as its first interim director.

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Eric Cummings

After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I. in 1977 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, Mr. Cummings worked with a number of architecture firms on the East Coast and in Colorado.

 Since incorporating E Cummings Architect PC in Telluride in 2002, Mr. Cummings has received several awards from HARC on mixed use projects. He has completed new homes, additions and remodels in the Telluride region totaling over 130,000 s.f.

 His work has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers including Luxe Magazine Colorado, Mountain Home Style, Telluride Daily Planet and the New York Times Home Section.

Mr. Cummings has been a board member for Telluride Performing Arts Center, a Task Force Member for the “Four Corners” Feasibility Study of 300+ underground parking garage in Telluride, Telluride Performing Arts Center High School Theater Fundraising Committee and a consultant for the Telluride Science Research Center. In addition to evaluating site development options on over 6 parcels in Telluride for TSRC, he completed a Feasibility Study for a 60 room, 70,000 s.f. four story hotel and underground parking facility as a proposed combined project with the Science Center.

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Jay Markley

Jay is a full-time Telluride resident with his wife Becca and four children. He discovered Telluride in the late 1990s, and made it a full-time home in 2013.  Prior to moving to Telluride Jay lived in New York City. He is an active investor and board member of public and private companies in the communications. media and technology industries.

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Sharon Dworkin Bell   

Sharon Dworkin Bell is President, Council of Large Affordable Housing Owners, which is comprised of executives of the leading companies in the affordable rental housing industry who meet to share best practices on how to manage dynamic and growing enterprises.

Previously, Sharon was Senior Vice President for Multifamily and 55+ Housing at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), one of the foremost lobbying and research organizations in Washington, DC.   She led a turn-around of two of its divisions to establish NAHB as a strong advocate and resource for both the market-rate and affordable sectors of the multifamily industry as well as for single-family builders who build lifestyle communities designed to meet the specific needs of the Baby Boomer generation.

Sharon is a Principal at Dworbell, Inc.  The company manages National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) which provides advocacy and education for developers of multifamily affordable housing throughout the country and publishes Tax Credit Advisor magazine.

 Sharon serves on the Advisory Board of Greenline Ventures, a financial services company that specializes in capital markets solutions for economic development activities nationwide in part by utilizing the federal New Markets Tax Credit. 

Sharon serves as President of the David Reznick Foundation established to honor the memory of a man who is widely acknowledged as having been one of the most influential members of the multifamily affordable housing industry.

Several times throughout her career, Sharon has been honored as one of the leaders of the multifamily industry.

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Bradley W.  Zaporski 

Brad Zaporski serves as the chief executive officer and general manager of the San Miguel Power Association (SMPA), a position he has held since 2016.