CFSLV Board of Directors
Mike is Executive Director of the Community Foundation of the San Luis Valley and owns Café del Valle in Antonito, Colorado. He has served as Founding Director of the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships as a political appointee of then-Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. He has also served as Executive Director of the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) and the Chinook Fund. Mike was a 2018 BALLE Fellow and enjoys hunting, fishing, and exploring the beauty of the San Luis Valley of Colorado.
Secretary/Treasurer - Conejos County
Dee Kessler has been an active community member in the San Luis Valley for over 15 years. She is a facilitator and currently the Regional Health Connector (RHC) for Region 8, which covers the six counties in the Valley. Dee serves on the SLV Regional Transit Council working to bring affordable public transportation to communities in the San Luis Valley, as well as other coalitions addressing social determinants of health. She partnered with a small group to create a real-time resource website specific to the Valley, MySLVConnect.com. Dee and her husband love to fly-fish, hike, explore and spend time with their grandchildren.
Kairina Danforth, Crestone Mayor for the past nine years. envisioned and led its prospective International Dark Sky Community application, leading up to its International Dark Sky Community designation on May 14, 2021. Crestone is the 31st community worldwide to have received this designation over the past 33 years. Kairina has served as Mayor of Crestone for the past 9 years and was the CFSLV President for three years.