Sara Craig-Scheckman served as the founding CSFF Executive Director from 2005 through January 2020. Sara brought to the Foundation over 25 years of work in the non-profit field of youth advocacy and social justice. Her passion for building community relationships and desire and intention to understand the complex issues of youth and families greatly contributed to the building of the Foundation. Sara enjoys spending time traveling internationally with her partner, Michael, and time outdoors with their three chocolate Labradors. Sara and Michael have four young adult daughters, who all work in the area of community engagement.
CSFF Board of Directors
Michael Craig-Scheckman has been in the investment business for over 40 years and has over 25 years’ experience in the distressed mortgage-backed/asset-backed (MBS/ABS) field. Michael is President and Owner of Deer Park Road Corporation (DPRC). He has operated DPRC as an investment advisor, focused exclusively on deeply discounted fixed income securities, from July 2003 until the present. Michael is the CEO for Deer Park Road. As of June 1, 2019, DPRC’s assets were over $2.9 billion. Michael works closely with Brad Craig, Sara’s brother, who is the Chief Operating Officer of DPRC. Michael, as well as the DPRC staff, takes full advantage of their slope-side access to ski, hike and bike. Michael is the proud father of four daughters and three chocolate Labrador Retrievers.
CSFF Board of Directors
Wendy is the Controller at Deer Park Road. Prior to joining Deer Park Road, she owned and operated a financial and tax accounting company in Steamboat. She graduated from Washington State University with a Masters in Accounting with an emphasis on tax. Wendy is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner in Colorado. Wendy brings not only financial expertise to the CSFF Board strategies but also tremendous passion and enthusiasm for supporting Routt County community needs. In addition to serving as CSFF’s Vice President of the Board, she actively serves on our YAP Grant Review Committee as well as a couple Board committees. Wendy moved to Steamboat with her husband, Chris, in 1992 and they have a daughter. She is a dedicated mom, skier and mountain biker. Wendy enjoys traveling the world with her family.
Mark Andersen provides leadership and vision in developing and implementing the strategic direction of the Foundation and oversees all daily operations. He has over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector including serving, most recently, as the Executive Director of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, heading the Routt County United Way, leading a summer camp for children with chronic medical conditions, and working as a program manager at a residential facility for abused and neglected youth. Mark has served on numerous community boards including as Board Chair of Philanthropy Colorado. His connections throughout the state highly benefits CSFF as the Foundation looks to learn from and partner with other funders to strengthen its advocacy and deepen its philanthropic impact. He enjoys mountain unicycling as well as other outdoor recreational activities, reading a good book and sampling the local craft beer. Mark and his wife, Kris, have two grown sons and originally moved to the Yampa Valley in 1993.
In addition to managing the day-to-day business operations of CSFF, Kris monitors the progress and implementation of grants, and administers and processes all aspects of the YAP funding cycles. She also acts as a Program Officer and sits on the YAP Grant Review Committee. Kris prepares written and other necessary materials for the Foundation including policy documents, articles, and ad copy, as well as oversees development of the newsletter and website. Kris takes all Foundation meeting and site visit notes, serves on various community committees on behalf of CSFF, and attends CSFF and other community events. Kris joined CSFF in August of 2011. She has a diverse background as a paralegal, business manager and compliance officer. Apart from work, Kris enjoys trail running, skate skiing, yoga, gardening, and other outdoor activities.
Angie Pleshe serves as CSFF’s Communications & Research and Program Officer. Angie works behind the scenes with YAP grantees to enhance communications, foster relationship building, and encourage strategic thinking regarding impact. She also assists in managing CSFF messaging, organizes foundation events, and conducts research regarding youth advocacy. In addition, Angie serves as a YAP Program Officer. She has lived in Steamboat Springs since 1999 and has worked in the nonprofit/human service sector for over 18 years. She enjoys hiking, camping and skiing with her family.