our team

Staff

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Lara Beaulieu, Executive Director
Lara oversees the administrative and programmatic functions of English In Action. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and brings more than 20 years of nonprofit sector experience in both program delivery and administration.

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Diana Cardenas, Program Coordinator/Match Advisor
Diana is dedicated to supporting the tutoring experiences of our adult students and tutors. She is a native Spanish speaker from Colombia, with a background in business and customer service.


Shinta Damayanti, Office Coordinator/Fundraising Assistant
Shinta supports the administrative and programmatic functions of English In Action. She started as a student with English In Action. She is originally from Indonesia.

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Sarah Kelly, Program Director/Match Advisor
Sarah oversees program delivery for English In Action. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. She holds a degree in teacher education and has worked extensively in mentoring programs for youth. Sarah is also trained in teaching English as a second language.


Rachel Schmidt, Program Coordinator/Marketing Associate
Rachel has been an active volunteer for English In Action since 2009. As a Program Coordinator she supports our adult students and volunteer tutors. She also facilitates marketing efforts and helps organize fundraising events. Another east coast transplant, Rachel has lived in Aspen since 2001.


Angela Hanley, Small Groups Tutoring Manager
An active volunteer tutor since 2017, Angela now supports students and tutors in the Small Group Tutoring Program.  Angela is proficient in Spanish and holds a BA in Elementary Education as well as Professional Teacher License with the state of Colorado.


Heidi Vargas, Program Coordinator/Match Advisor
Heidi is dedicated to supporting the tutoring experiences of our adult students and tutors. She is a native Spanish speaker who has lived extensively in Mexico. She holds a BA in Psychology and has worked with We-Cycle, a local nonprofit.

Board of Directors


Samuel Bernal
Samuel is a VP of IMS at Entravision (the parent company of Radio TriColor, the Spanish-language station in Basalt). He joined the Board in 2017 and is a dedicated community volunteer, working with many organizations throughout the Valley. Samuel resides in New Castle.


Lisa Chiles
Lisa is a senior recruiter with Impact Advisors. She has also served as a nonprofit consultant and Executive Director for Aspen Education Foundation. She is a tutor for English In Action, and joined the Board in 2016. Lisa resides in Basalt.


Matthew Hamilton

Matt is Aspen Skiing Company’s Sustainability Director and Executive Director of The Environment Foundation. He joined the Board in 2016 and resides in Carbondale.


Julie Comins Pickrell

Julie is a freelance writer/editor and former Executive Director & Board Member of Aspen Writer’s Foundation. She joined the Board in 2016 and resides in Basalt.


Patrick Curry

Patrick is the founder of Footsteps Marketing and a member of YouthEntity. He joined the Board in 2014 and is a former tutor for English In Action. Patrick resides in Carbondale.


David Floria
David is a retired art gallery owner in Aspen, where he has resided for many years. He became a tutor for English In Action in 2015 and has served in this role in our Open Hours and Individual Tutoring Programs. He joined the Board in 2018.

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Amy Gordon

Amy is an interior designer and owner of TESOROS Travel. She is a tutor with English In Action and joined the Board in 2011. Amy resides in Aspen and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.


Helene Gude

Helene is the community relations manager at Alpine Bank. She has served as a board member for the Aspen Education Foundation and is an Roaring Fork Outdoor Ambassador. She resides in Carbondale and joined the board in 2018.

Gary Harada
Gary Harada, Treasurer
Gary is a retired U.S. Army captain and director of operations at Baxter Healthcare. He is a tutor for English In Action. Gary joined the Board in 2013 and resides in Carbondale.


Robert Hubbell

Robert manages Crawford Properties in El Jebel. He is a former Navy and private pilot, and serves on the board of Crown Mountain Park & Recreation District. He joined English In Action as a tutor and Board member in 2016, and resides in El Jebel.


Susan Lodge, Co-chair
Susan is a realtor with Sotheby’s Aspen Snowmass International Realty. She founded both the Aspen and Tokyo chapters of Room to Read. She is a former tutor for English In Action and joined the Board in 2015. She resides in Basalt.

Lynn Nichols
Lynn Nichols, Co-chair
Lynn is a rancher, landscape architect and librarian. She is a tutor for English In Action. She joined the Board in 2013 and resides in Basalt.

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Catherine O’Connell
Cathy is a published author of three novels and is on the advisory board of Aspen Words. She has been a tutor for English In Action since 2002.

Founder

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Julie Fox-Rubin
Julie started English In Action with the vision of bringing people together across the language and cultural divide. While developing English language skills was an important part of the mission from the start, Julie was equally interested in helping people to build mutually beneficial cross-cultural relationships, which strengthen our community as a whole.

Advisory Council

Adriana Cabrera Torres
Michele Cardamone
Ellen Freedman
Julie Goldstein
Yuani Ruiz
Skye Skinner
Eden Steele

EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS (since 2008)

Kim Chang
Ellen Freedman
Julie Goldstein
Alexandra Halperin
Denise Hoogland
David Hyman
Susie Jimenez
Pete McBride
Yuani Ruiz
Shelly Sheppick
Eden Steele
Jennifer Smith
Ellen Speers
Adriana Cabrera Torres
Bob Ward
Jacque Whitsitt