Staff & Board of Trustees

Staff & Office

Executive Director: Nicola Ripley (970) 476-0103 x 6 [email protected]

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.


Development Director: Liz Campbell (970) 476-0103 x 5 [email protected]

Senior Horticulturist: Nick Courtens (970) 476-0103 x 4 [email protected]

Education Coordinator: Nanette Kuich (970)476-0103 x7 [email protected]

Office and Events Manager: Lorrie Cardwell-Panfil (970)476-0103 x3 [email protected]

Volunteer Coordinator: Jeri Powles [email protected]

Alpine Treasures Shop Manager/Buyer: Susan Swimm, Vail Village (970)479-7365 [email protected]

School House Gift Shop (summer only) (970)479-9451



Our office is located at the Education Center in Ford Park

Physical Address: 522 South Frontage Road, Vail, CO 81657

Mailing Address: 183 Gore Creek Drive, Suite 7, Vail, CO 81657 Telephone:( 970) 476-0103 Fax:( 970) 476-1685


 For Gardens General Information:

(970) 476-0103 x 3 OR [email protected]

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

Kathy Borgen

Doe Browning  

Holly Elliot

Sheika Gramshammer

Dick Liebhaber

Jennifer Mason

Liz Paxson

Carey Firestone Romer 

Click here to read the Board of Trustees Code of Ethics and the Conflict of Interest

Annual Report