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Mayor Eric Mamula, Wendy Wolfe, Erin Gigliello, Jeffrey Bergeron, Gary Gallagher, Dick Carleton, and Kelly Owens

Mayor Eric Mamula

Eric Mamula was born in Whittier, California. After multiple moves during childhood, the family settled in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where Eric attended Moravian College. Not long after graduation in 1986, he came to Breckenridge with his family. The plan was to help his parents get settled here and then head to the Vermont School of Law. The mountains won out over law school and Eric chose to remain in Breckenridge. A short stint in the US Air Force was followed by the opening of Downstairs at Eric’s in 1989.

In 1994, Eric began his political career by winning a seat on the Breckenridge Sanitation Board. Since then, Eric has served on the Red, White and Blue Fire Board, the Breckenridge Open Space Advisory Committee, Breckenridge Board of Adjustments, multiple terms on the Breckenridge Planning Commission and two terms on the Breckenridge Town Council. Eric is married to Sara and they have a son, Quinn. Eric is an avid mountain biker and downhill skier and really loves spending time with his family.

Wendy Wolfe

Wendy Wolfe has lived in Breckenridge since 1995. She works part-time, is actively involved in the community and is raising a son who is a student in the Summit School District. Wendy is married to Jack Wolfe, a local businessman in Breckenridge. 

The Wolfe family moved to Breckenridge in the mid 1990's after working for the Walt Disney Company in Orlando and Paris. Wendy held several marketing positions during her nine-year career with Disney. The last position held was VP of Parks and Resorts Marketing for Walt Disney World. Wendy also had a broadcasting career in the 1980’s and early 90’s with 9News in Denver. 

After moving to Breckenridge, Wendy started a small marketing consulting company. She works part-time on a variety of projects locally, regionally and nationally. Wendy has been an active volunteer in the community serving on a number of non-profit boards and committees including: 

• The Summit Foundation Board Member 
• Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Board President 
• FIRC 20th Anniversary Event Committee Member 
• Summit Huts Association Events Committee Member 
• Early Childhood Options Former Board Member 
• Breck 150 Committee Member 
• Summit Medical Center Health Foundation Former Board Member 
• Dancing with the Mountain Stars Former Committee Member 

The Wolfe family has been active in many circles of the Breckenridge community believing that Breckenridge is the best place to live and raise a family, which includes a happy, exuberant Border Collie, “Ezzy.” 

Erin Gigliello

Erin Gigliello grew up skiing and hiking in a small town in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She earned a BA in Art and Business from Stonehill College in 2003 and promptly moved to Summit County, Colorado. Aside from a brief stint, where she moved to Maine to be closer to her family, she has lived in the county ever since. Shortly upon leaving Colorado, she realized Breckenridge is her true home.

Erin's work experience has involved a myriad of positions in media and public relations, as well as with a couple local non-profits. She is passionate about supporting our local businesses, protecting our open spaces and strategically planning our future responsibly, while maintaining a well-rounded community.

She adores the mountains and the recreation they offer and is currently an active board member of the Summit Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Rotary of the Summit. Prior to her election on Council, she served on the Summit CARE Council, the Summit Stage Board, and the Breckenridge Tourism Office Board of Directors. 

Jeffrey Bergeron

Born and raised on Boston's South Shore, Jeffrey Bergeron first arrived in Breckenridge in the mid 1970s. He was part of a nomadic tribe of waiters and bartenders working Colorado winters and beach resorts in the summers.

In his late twenties he stumbled onto a career in the electronic media. What followed was a 30 year run on TV and radio - local, regional and national. Once computers progressed to a point where even monkeys could type, Jeffrey added writing to his resume. His columns are now featured in several newspapers and magazines. Height of Land Publications has released two books of his selected columns.

A long-time open space advocate, along with his wife Ellen Hollinshead, Jeffrey spearheaded a ballot initiative which earmarks .5% of sales tax to acquire and manage open space. The Breckenridge Open Space & Trails program has saved thousands of acres from development and provided many miles of recreational trails.

Jeffrey retired from the electronic media four years ago but continues to write. He spends his free time trying to keep up with his wife Ellen on skis and bikes.

Gary Gallagher

Gary Gallagher is a retired New York City investment banker who moved with his wife Genia to Breckenridge in 2005. Prior to arriving in Breckenridge, he and his family lived in Boulder, Colorado having moved there from Connecticut in 1996. In his free time Gary enjoys skiing, mountain biking and hiking.

Since arriving in Breckenridge, Gary has been actively involved in the community serving most recently on the Breckenridge Town Council from 2012-2016. He has also served on the Boards of the Red, White and Blue Fire Protection District and the Summit County Wild Fire Council. Prior to that, he served on the Boards of the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC), the Highlands Park HOA and citizen advisory board for the Summit Combined Housing Authority, in addition to volunteering with the BOEC and Guest Services for the Breckenridge Ski Resort.

Genia has been active in the community as well. She has volunteered with Domus Pacis Family Respite, Senior Meals, and co-chaired the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Additionally, she was Chairman of Applause, the fund raising arm of Breckenridge Music Festival and has served on the Board of FIRC. She recently completed a Masters in History and Literature and has written a book on water entitled “ Water Water Everywhere, the Great Western Fallacy “. Prior to moving to Breckenridge, she taught AP U.S. History, AP Government and Economics in the Boulder Valley School District and prior to that worked as a banker in New York City.

Gary has an undergraduate degree from Villanova University and a MBA from the University of Southern California.

Dick Carleton

Dick Carleton was born in Washington DC, grew up in Richmond, Va and attended Va Tech where he nurtured a love of the mountains.  After graduating from the Pamplin Business School with a degree in Marketing, he decided to take some time to travel. After spending a winter skiing in Vermont and summers in the Florida Keys and Newport Beach California, he came to Breckenridge for one ski season in 1980. 39 years later, Breckenridge is still home to Dick and his family.  Dick met his wife Cathy in Breckenridge and they are busy raising their 3 teenagers who are attending Summit High (Class of 2019 and their twins are in the Class of 2022).

Dick started working at Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant as a server for his current business partner, Alexandra Storm in the fall of 1981. They have since opened the Hearthstone in 1989, Mi Casa Keystone in 1998 (sold in 2003), and Hearthstone Catering in 1990 (sold in 2009).  Alexandra as the financials and Dick as the operations, they have also completed a handful of real estate acquisitions. 

Dick has always enjoyed being involved in Breckenridge. He served on the boards of the BOEC, Tipsy Taxi, and was one of the founders of the Breckenridge Restaurant Association.  He was also a member of the Task Force the Forest Service formed to study the social issues associated with the Peak 6 expansion.  More recently, he has served on the Summit Foundation Board, TOB Police Advisory Committee, TOB Marketing Advisory Committee, TOB Police Advisory Board, TOB Events Committee, Summit Youth Hockey Board, Summit Middle School Building Accountability Committee, and numerous HOA Boards.  Dick was very pleased to have been appointed to Town Council in the Spring of 2018.

Kelly Owens

Kelly grew up in Denver and, as a kid, loved camping, fishing and hiking in Breckenridge with her family. She went to The Colorado College where she studied environmental science and met her husband, Reed Owens. While at CC, Kelly studied abroad in Nepal and Tibet where they analyzed the impacts of tourism on the people and environment which was the beginning of her fascination with the study of impacts of travel industry and recreation on local communities.

After undergrad, Reed and Kelly moved to Anchorage, Alaska for a few years where she worked for URS analyzing the impacts of road construction on wetlands and other natural resources. In 2006, they returned to Colorado. She attend the University of Denver for a Masters of Science in Biology for studying nutrient cycling in soils of old growth and high alpine forests.

In 2008, the Owens moved to Breckenridge. Kelly began working at SE Group as an environmental analyst, later becoming a project manager. She worked closely with biologists and the Forest Service to analyze the impacts of ski area development. An important part of her job was working with ski areas such as Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Taos, Monarch, Vail, Copper, Beaver Creek and Heavenly to help them develop projects that minimized impacts to resources while also meeting their goals as developed recreation sites.

 In 2014, Kelly joined the Board of Directors for Little Red Schoolhouse. As a member of the board, Kelly came to appreciate how hard our childcare providers work, how knowledgeable they are, and how broad their contribution is to our community. The next year, she joined the Summit County Planning Commission after she learned they’d be working on an update to the Countywide Master Plan and a permitting program for short term rentals.

Reed and Kelly have 3 children, two attend Little Red Schoolhouse and one is at Dillon Valley Elementary. They also love their loyal boarder collie. They love living in the Wellington neighborhood and doing anything outdoors.

 

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