Roundup River Ranch names new board chair
December 1, 2016
EAGLE COUNTY — Roundup River Ranch, an organization that provides free camp experiences to children with serious illnesses and their families, has announced the election of Julie Sullivan as the new chair of the board of directors.
Sullivan succeeds Dr. Lia Gore, who completed a three-year tenure as board chair and will continue as chair emerita and as a board member.
During her tenure, Gore ushered in years of growth and change for Roundup River Ranch. Under her leadership, the number of campers served increased, the physical imprint of camp was expanded through the purchase of an additional 45 acres of land, fundraising successes were achieved and the organization celebrated its 10th year and 4,000th camper served.
“Roundup River Ranch is fortunate to welcome Julie as the new chair of the Roundup River Ranch Board of Directors and we are excited for her to usher in the next decade of camp. Julie’s support and leadership will ensure that even more children with serious illnesses heal and achieve their full potential at Roundup River Ranch as they experience the simple joys of childhood.”Ruth B. JohnsonRoundup River Ranch president, CEO
Prior to Roundup River Ranch's founding, Gore was an advocate for the organization beginning in 2002 and has provided continued leadership and medical expertise. She was instrumental in the creation of key medical partnerships between Roundup River Ranch and regional hospitals, which provide volunteers, funding and a source of camper recruitment. Gore is recognized as Roundup River Ranch's founding medical director and the founding chair of the medical advisory committee. She recruited leading specialists from all major area hospitals to join the medical steering committee.
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"I am so excited to welcome Julie as our new chair and look forward to more further progress for the children and families we are fortunate to be able to serve," Gore said.
"We can't thank Dr. Gore enough for her years of dedicated service, leadership and commitment to Roundup River Ranch," said Ruth B. Johnson, president and CEO of Roundup River Ranch. "While rotating off her role as board chair, she will continue to make a difference to our organization as a board member, serving on the medical advisory committee, governance committee and facilities committees, a medical volunteer at camp and advocate for the camp."
Sullivan, has been a member of the Roundup River Ranch Board of Directors since 2013. Sullivan served as vice chair of the organization in 2015 as part of the leadership transition plan. Sullivan is also a member of Roundup River Ranch's development and board governance committees.
Splitting her time between Chicago and Vail, Sullivan is involved in a number of organizations focused on the community, child welfare as well as education and advocacy for the disabled.
"Roundup River Ranch is fortunate to welcome Julie as the new chair of the Roundup River Ranch Board of Directors and we are excited for her to usher in the next decade of camp. Julie's support and leadership will ensure that even more children with serious illnesses heal and achieve their full potential at Roundup River Ranch as they experience the simple joys of childhood," Johnson said.
For more information, go to http://www.RoundupRiverRanch.org.