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Board of Directors

ROCC is governed by volunteer officers and directors elected by the membership.  Each director serves a three year term, with officers holding positions for one year terms.  Elections are held annually with any member in good standing eligible to participate.

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Chuck Kelley - Chair

Chuck grew up in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1999. After his military service in Iraq, he began a career in civil service. He has served as a Deputy for the Alamosa County Sheriffs Department and as a Police Officer and Detective for the Alamosa Police Department. He chose to leave law enforcement after his daughter, 4 at the time, asked him not to go to work anymore because she was scared for his safety.
After leaving law enforcement, Chuck Kelley joined Porter Realty, Inc. and began his real estate career in property management. In 2017, Chuck Kelley opened Eclipse Property Management, serving the San Luis Valley and Chaffee County. He holds the Residential Management Professional (RMP) designation from the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM). This designation is only held by about 25 property managers in the State of Colorado. Currently, Chuck is working toward his Master Property Manager (MPM) designation.

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Ryan Morgan - Vice Chair

Ryan Morgan was born in the San Luis Valley. He is bilingual in English and Spanish which has helped him serve clients from all over the San Luis Valley. His experience in sales and management has helped Ryan serve clients looking for agricultural, residential, and commercial properties.

He loves what he does and is committed to staying current with all aspects of real estate by continuing his education as a REALTOR®. Ryan’s goal as a member of the ROCC board is to support REALTORS® in the San Luis Valley, sharing his knowledge and experience so that the San Luis Valley is well represented as an energetic and active real estate market. He enjoys working with and learning from other REALTORS® as well.

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Cathy Chochon - Secretary & Immediate Past Chair

Cathy moved to the Salida area from Nebraska in 2005. After 8 years as a Sr. Project Coordinator for Moltz Construction, she entered the real estate industry. Cathy is a full-time Broker Associate with First Colorado Land Office. She has served on ROCC’s MLS Committee, the Professional Development Work Group, and currently chairs the Communications Work Group, along with serving as Chair of the overall organization.
Cathy considers herself a “lifelong learner” and values making powerful educational opportunities available to keep agents at the top of their game. Her focus is on raising the bar among members and improving overall communication with the membership. Cathy was awarded REALTOR® of the Year - North in 2020.

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Kim Wilcoxin - Treasurer

Kim, a proud Salida Highschool graduate, returned to her hometown in 2000. She re-entered the real estate arena in 2018 in pursuit of connection with people and the community.

Passionate about real estate and Chaffee County, Kim prides herself on knowing market trends and finding the best values for her clients through innovation and leveraging technology. Before finding her passion in real estate sales she worked as the General Manager of a local real estate office and an Executive Administrative Assistant in a local CPA firm where she was certified in QuickBooks. She is committed to education, excellence, integrity, and personal communication.

Kim is an active full-time Broker Associate with Bliss Realty Group of Central Colorado and assists her fiancé with running his appraisal business. In her spare time, she commits herself to her photography business and enjoys spending time in the great outdoors by taking long walks or gardening.

Kim feels fortunate to be a resident and a professional in such a small, vibrant, connected community.

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Vivia Lawson - Director

Vivia Lawson, Broker/Owner of Sangre de Cristo Real Estate, has served on the Board since 2014. In 2017 Vivia initiated strategic planning into monthly board meetings, positioning ROCC for the facilitated strategic planning process that concluded in April of 2018. As former Chair, Vivia works with the BOD and members to execute this plan, which involves increasing career development and education, implementing a member communications and outreach program, and addressing member needs amid our rapidly changing industry.

Vivia is committed to a unified and representative association that offers innovative services to address the changing landscape of our profession in rural CO.

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Mike Lee - Director

Mike Lee of Cool Sunshine Realty in Alamosa came back to Colorado and settled in the San Luis Valley in 1992. He has been involved in real estate since 2014 and became an independent broker in April of 2018.

He values the process of keeping members informed and up to date on news and situations that may impact realtors and their businesses. Mike is an asset for promoting and showing that our local real estate board is committed to not only conducting business in our local communities but is also committed to helping our fellow neighbors through volunteer programs and community interactions.

Vivia is committed to a unified and representative association that offers innovative services to address the changing landscape of our profession in rural CO.

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Julie Kersting - Director

Julie received her Paralegal Degree in 1984 and her Real Estate Broker license in 1985. In 2006 she opened her own independent real estate office in Buena Vista and transferred the business to join First Colorado Land Office in 2019.

Julie has been an active full-time Broker in Chaffee County since 2001 and has served on the Chaffee County REALTORS® Board (prior to the merger) and the REALTORS® of Chaffee County Board as a Board Member and President. REALTOR® professionalism and business competency are two of Julie’s top priorities as evidenced by her recent completion of the CAR Leadership Academy, attendance at CAR meetings, as well as NAR Spring meetings in Washington DC.

Julie supports the Board by volunteering her time and knowledge to furthering the efforts of excellence of the local Board.

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Maria Lopez Harper - Director

Maria retired in 2010 from 25 years in the banking industry.  Along with her banking background she has been an Independent Business Owner for over 40 years, owning and operating a storefront business featuring and supporting local artists and crafts.  Designs by Maria has been in operation for over 30 years doing holiday window design and advertising mural design and other commissioned artwork (she still does occasional commissioned advertising artwork).

She has been a licensed Broker in the State of Colorado since 2011.  Having been a past business owner was a tremendous benefit going independent with MLH Realty, LLC in 2017.   Maria has volunteered for a variety of community activities including Rotary and Kiwanis, teaching helper assistant on the elementary level, language classes in German and Spanish for the Gifted Student Program, and Planning Committee Member for Relay for Life.

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John Kearley - Director

John has lived in the mountains of Colorado since 1995 and has been in Salida since 2002.  He is from the Deep South, growing up in Alabama and Tennessee, and graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Political Science. He is the son of an Episcopal minister and an artist mother. John continues to be active with the Episcopal Church and has been a member of Ascension Episcopal in Salida since moving here.

Previously John worked for Salida Medical Supply, Poncha Lumber, and Pinon Development.  He and his wife Molly and son Sam enjoy all the recreational opportunities that the Upper Arkansas Valley provides.

John has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2017 and is a Broker Associate with Legacy Properties of Colorado. 

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Ryan Drengler - Director

Born and raised in central Wisconsin, Ryan and his wife, Amy, moved to Colorado in 2019 after visiting and falling in love with the mountain life. Both avid hikers, bikers, mountaineers, skiers, and general outdoor enthusiasts, they relish new adventures and challenges. An attorney for over 8 years, Ryan made the move into real estate after having experienced his own difficulties buying and selling homes and wanting to help others avoid similar headaches. He has a degree in financial planning from the University of Wisconsin, where he was an athletic letterman and a law degree from Marquette University. When not exploring all that Colorado has to offer, Ryan enjoys playing music, writing, dog training, and volunteering in the local community. Recently Ryan was accepted for membership into the Salida Elks Lodge and hopes to join other local community and service organizations.

 

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Janine Marr - Director

Janine is originally from California and has lived in Salida, Colorado for 18 years. She moved here as a single mother to raise her daughter in a smaller, safer town. Surrounded by a community that she felt protected and safe in,  she began to grow a successful hair and nail company. She owned two salons during 2002-2018. Janine grew to know a large majority of the community and was able to give back to the members of the community in her own way. After standing on her own feet and working long hours over 30 years in the beauty industry, she decided that it was time for a change. Many of her clients were Real Estate agents including family members. She learned a great deal about the business just by talking with them over the years and hearing them discuss the ins and outs of Real Estate. Janine felt that it was the next natural step to take in a career move for her. So, she took online classes for a year and finished Van Ed Real Estate school in July of 2018. She knew that it would be hard to leave an industry that she loved so much, and one in which had been very successful, to leap into the unknown, however, she has always been the type to take chances and dive in. So she did. Janine has found another career in which she has been challenged to learn something new every day and still enjoys interacting with my community members. Selling Real Estate has been exciting and fulfilling for Janine! She looks forward to learning more and being a part of what the future brings by being a part of the Real Estate board.

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Katwin Hinerman - Director

Katwin was born and raised in New Mexico where she graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a degree in Theater Education, while serving in the New Mexico Air National Guard making her move to Colorado in 1998. She moved to the Salida area in 2005, where her daughter was born, and has made it her home. While living here, she has loved being a part of the art and theatre community. Katwin enjoys making pottery & her time outdoors, hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter.

Katwin began her Real Estate career, in 2012, as an office manager and became licensed in 2016 as she found Real Estate to be a perfect fit for her desire for continuous learning as well as a place to use her diverse skillset. She currently works as a full-time REALTOR© for Legacy Properties of Colorado.

Being community-minded, Katwin has supported several organizations including ElevateHerCO and The Salida Circus. As a member of the Board of REALTORS© Katwin hopes to serve her peers as well as the community.

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Joey Rovinsky - Director

Joey has a passion for meeting new people, learning about their unique stories and talents, and helping connect them with others to solve complex problems or create exciting projects. He started The Seasonals Quarterly Magazine in 2014 and has hosted The Seasonals Podcast since 2018. These projects bring awareness of the Seasonal lifestyle to as many people as possible who may be better served mentally and financially by it than the traditional lifestyle they’ve come to accept.

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Cammeron Larson - Appointed Industry Representative

Cammeron Larson is a native Salidan and a 5th generation resident of the Salida area.  Cammeron has been with Collegiate Peaks Bank since 2009 and has been Salida Branch President since 2017.

He believes strongly in being an active member of his local community both professionally and personally.  He has been a past President and Treasurer of the Upper Arkansas Service Club, past Treasurer of Chafee County Search and Rescue – South, current board member of Friends of Monarch Ski Patrol, current industry partner board member of the REALTORS® of Central Colorado, current board member of the Central Colorado Conservancy, and current Vice President of the Salida Housing Development Corporation.

He graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Business Administration from Western State Colorado University.  Prior to his banking career, Cammeron was a professional ski patroller.  Cammeron enjoys spending time with his wife and family in this beautiful area and is an avid skier and fly fisherman.