Board President– Morti Longsdorf
Morti Longsdorf is a native of Brooklyn, New York and moved to Denver in 2000
Morti obtained her Bachelors at SUNY-at-Oswego, NY and her Master’s in Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. In 2000, Morti moved to Denver where she has worked in the Information Technology sector in the Denver Metro area, and currently works for Kaiser Permanente as a Business Analyst.
Coming from a family that values the importance of giving back to one’s community, Morti has volunteered for local non-profits such as the Gathering Place, Catholic Charities, the Diane Price Fish Foundation (defunct), and Swedish Medical Center. Morti is an active volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club of the High Rockies (BGCHR) where she is the acting Board President.
To ensure a balance life, Morti has a keen interest in the arts—whether it’s dragging friends and family to see exhibits at galleries on First Fridays in Denver or experiencing wonderful productions at the local play houses in Conifer and Denver. Morti currently lives in Bailey and has a daughter that attends Fitzsimmons Middle School.
Board Treasurer- Pete Cote
Board Secretary- Christopher Byram
Mr. Byram has served on the BGCHR Board of Directors since December 2014, having held the office of Treasurer for one year (2015), President for four years (2016 – 2019), and Secretary in 2020. Mr. Byram also served at the Board Chair for the Boys & Girls Clubs Colorado Area Council in 2018 and 2019. He is an IT professional with 30 years of experience in multiple fields and is currently employed with Park County Government as their Network Manager and is actively involved with efforts to bring improved internet services to rural communities in Park County.
Mr. Byram has worked with a variety of youth-based and non-profit organizations over the past three decades. These include Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, WorldVentures Foundation, The Nancy Lieberman Foundation, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Haven for Hope (San Antonio), Park Family Connections, and other Boys & Girls Club organizations throughout the country. He has also been involved with organizations abroad to include children’s orphanages in South Korea and Ecuador, Youth Action International in Liberia, Hug it Forward in Guatemala, and the City of Joy in Cancun, Mexico.
His wife, Violeta Byram, is the Collaborative Management Program Coordinator for Park Family Connections (PFC), coordinating the care of youth and families in need by putting them in touch with various social programs and organizations and assisting them in navigating the processes. BGCHR is one of approximately 20 partners working with PFC, each adding their own programs and services to help youth and families work toward improving their health, well-being, safety, and addressing their individual needs.
Member at Large- Arana Hagan
Arana Hagan is a retired Licensed Professional Counselor with a BA in Interior Design, a MA in Human Services and Counseling and a certification as a Hospice Specialist by the Elisabeth Kubler Ross Hospice Training Institute. A native of Texas, Arana worked for over two decades in various capacities with hospices. Arana moved to Denver in 2008 where she worked for the Denver Hospice before opening her private practice in 2010. Arana purchased a vacation home in Bailey in 2018 and moved to Bailey permanently in 2019. She is a member of the Conifer Rotary Club and volunteers for the Backpack Program of the club which distributes food to children in Bailey and Conifer. As a Heart Math Professional Trainer, Arana is currently part of a team training Red Cross Volunteers in Heart Math to help them cope with the stress and strain of attending catastrophic events in the country and is part of the Red Cross grief counseling program. Arana enjoys reading, crocheting, attending plays, connecting with friends all over the country, and playing with her two cats.
Member at Large- Nicol Randolph