Cordillera Metro Board adds 2 trustees |

Cordillera Metro Board adds 2 trustees

Daily Staff Writer

Full-time Cordillera residents Ellen Mitchell and Denise Delaney have joined community’s metro district board, the district has announced.Mitchell, born in New York and raised in California, worked for IBM first as a system engineer and later became an executive on the software side of the business. She volunteers at the Vail Valley Medical Center, introduced to the center when her husband required the services of the Shaw Cancer Center. She participates on the board of VVMC Volunteer Corps, is co-director of volunteer services, and works in the hospital gift shop.

In her Cordillera neighborhood, Mitchell has been co-chair of the Recreation Committee, instrumental in developing a new ice rink for the neighborhood. She also worked on the Wildfire Mitigation Committee. “I found this all very rewarding work,” said Mitchell. In her position on the Recreation Committee was the liaison to the metro board. “I felt I’d learned enough as a volunteer in smaller ways that I could be of help on a larger scale to the CMD, that I understood the issues in the community, and my skills would be of help at the metro district,” Mitchell said.

Delaney’s background in corporate and investment banking in New York and Boston included financing large commercial and residential real estate projects, as well as managing various other banking departments, such as government banking, public finance, and fixed income sales and trading. “Being a new resident here, I wanted to get to know the people and understand how things worked before jumping in,” she said. “Having now lived here full time for over a year, I’ve found Cordillera to be a very special place and a special community of people in which I want to invest my time.” The metro district’s focus on preserving wildlife and open space is particularly appreciated by Delaney, who has switched careers to become a professional oil painter.

Ron Brave, president of the metro board, said, “We at the CMD are thrilled and honored to have women of such caliber agree to join our ranks and sit on our board. They have enormous knowledge to contribute, and we are very lucky to have the privilege of their insight and expertise.”

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