Executive Director, Nicola Ripley
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Born in the British Isles, Nicola learned a love of alpine plants in the Scottish and Welsh Mountains. Nicola has a BS in Biology and an MS in Ecology. Nicola has traveled widely giving talks, collecting seed and studying alpine flora.
Nicola has been with the Gardens for almost twenty years in different capacities and has been the Director for 6 years. Nicola was Board Member of the American Public Gardens Association for 7 years serving a 2 year term as President. She is the recipient of the 2016 Award of Merit from the North American Rock Garden Society.
Curator of Plant Collections, Nick Courtens
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Born in upstate NY, Nick grew up on an organic vegetable CSA farm where he developed a passion for plants and growing. Nick graduated from Longwood Gardens Professional Gardener Training Program and made his way west for a summer internship at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in May 2010. Nick is responsible for growing, maintaining, and developing the plant collections. He has traveled around the world studying rock gardens and alpine plants and has given several presentations to plant societies and botanic gardens.
Operations Manager, Lorrie Panfil
Lorrie is originally from Upstate NY and has lived in the Valley since January of 2016. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from St. Bonaventure University in Western NY where she studied Sociology. Lorrie began her journey at the Gardens as the Office & Events Coordinator and has since moved into the new role of Operations Manager. Before moving to the Vail Valley Lorrie spent several years as a Physical Education Teacher at the University of Chicago and served as a Facility Director within the Chicago Park District where she gained valuable experience planning and executing programming and events with the public.
Education Coordinator, Nanette Kuich
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Nanette became a part of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens with the design and building of the Education Center, completed in 2015, and has been responsible for all educational programming. She holds a Master’s Degree in Science Education Free Choice Learning from Oregon State University.
Nanette grew up on the east end of Long Island, NY, received a B.A. in Earth and Space Sciences from State University of New York at Stony Brook, and taught secondary science and math for two years before heading to west to attend graduate school at the University of Texas, Dallas. She worked as a geologist and geochemist for two major oil companies for 19 years before moving to Colorado. Plant science became an interest through the Colorado State University Extension’s Master Gardener and Native Plant Master Programs, where she instructed for both.
Customer Service Coordinator, Ellen Lorenz
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Ellen Lorenz is the Customer Service Coordinator for Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. She is responsible for the visitor experience, operations, community outreach, and sustainability coordination. Her previous positions at an environmental nonprofit and wedding planning company make for her unique blend of outstanding client service, organization, and proficiency in natural science. Ellen has been part of a team that won many WeddingWire awards based on their execution of detail and experience, sat on a panel for her knowledge on nonprofit databases, and has been a 13-year volunteer for the Stone Laboratory in Lake Erie. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated in 2013 with a degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Philosophy.
Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Jeri Powles
Alpine Treasures Shop Manager/Buyer, Susan Swimm
Our office is located at the Education Center in Ford Park
Physical Address & Mailing Address:
522 South Frontage Road E., Vail, CO 81657
Board of Trustees
Betty Ford – Honorary Director in Memoriam
Helen Fritch – President Emerita
Susan Frampton, President
Margaret Rogers, Vice President
Bob Fritch, Treasurer
Gwen Scalpello, Secretary
Susan Ford Bales
Carey Firestone Romer