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.
Cathy Chochon - 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.
Chuck Kelley - Vice 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.
Margy Taylor - Immediate Past Chair
Margy’s experience includes buying and selling residential real estate, designing and building commercial retail and living space, and running a successful retail store in Louisville, KY. She has a PhD in Organizational Development, with a specialty in Risk Taking and Innovation. Margy has been a speaker for different entrepreneurial groups on the topic of starting a new company and following your heart to do what you love. She taught Leadership and Strategic Planning at the masters level. Her undergraduate degree is in economics from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Margy's passions include Professional Standards, Ethics, and Education for practicing real estate professionals.
Margy’s hobbies include skiing, hiking, biking, photography, reading, and writing. Her very favorite part of life is spending time with her husband, Bob, her two boys and daughters-in- law, and her grandchildren.
Hayden Mellsop - Secretary
Hayden was born in New Zealand, and first came to the Salida area in 1990. He met his wife Kym in Salida in 1994, and they married and have called this area home since 1996. Hayden has been with Pinon Real Estate Group since 2006, and has guided fly fishermen extensively in both New Zealand and Colorado for over twenty years. He writes for local Mountain Mail newspaper and for High Country Angler magazine.
As well as fly fishing, Hayden’s other interests include helping raise his two daughters, snowboarding and mountain biking. He has a strong conservation ethic, and is a current board member, and past president of the Central Colorado Conservancy, and member of Trout Unlimited. Hayden has served on the board of directors for the REALTORS® of Central Colorado since ____, where he served 2 years as board chair and was awarded REALTOR® of the Year in 2016.
Adriana De Anda - Treasurer
Since joining REALTORS® of Central Colorado (ROCC) in 2013, Adriana has provided value by spearheading many original concepts in our community of REALTORS® and began serving on the ROCC board of directors soon afterwards. In her first year as a REALTOR®, Adriana furthered the educational and training efforts of ROCC for both new and seasoned professionals. With a colleague, she established the educational sessions “I Don’t Know What I Don’t Know” which offers ROCC members an opportunity to gain further knowledge from the vendors and third parties in a real estate transaction.
Adriana currently serves as the Chairperson of ROCC’s Professional Development Workgroup which facilitates educational opportunities for ROCC’s membership. She was an integral part of the team that created ROCC’s New Member Orientation. Since September of 2016, Adriana has also served as Treasurer for ROCC. In addition, Adriana serves on ROCC’s Performance Workgroup which evaluates and improves the internal functions of the association.
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.
Celia Adamec - Director
Celia has lived in CO since 1997. She has a bachelors degree in art history from Yale and a masters in Museum and Field Studies from CU-Boulder. She worked at museums in Cody, WY, Golden, and Boulder; and spent 6 years managing public programs at Denver Botanic Gardens. In 2011 Celia co-founded an urban farm in Arvada where she grew heirloom vegetables and flowers for local farmers markets. She loves to cook, raise chickens, and keeps in touch with her farming and gardening roots by volunteering on the steering committee at the Hutchinson Homestead and Learning Center.
Celia worked in property management in Boulder and has owned several rental properties in Arvada and Chaffee County. This experience led her to real estate, a career with variety and challenges to last a lifetime! She and her family moved to Salida in 2015. They love the proximity to wilderness areas, being able to see more stars than cars at night, and raising their daughter in a beautiful, close-knit community.
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.
Clark Hess - Director
Clark has always had a knack for helping people solve problems and became an entrepreneur at a very young age. Shortly after starting a computer repair business at age 16, he was hired by an IT firm. From there he quickly moved up the ranks in the IT field and worked in several technology companies before moving into a sales position.
After working in the IT business for 7 years, Clark decided to pursue a lifelong dream of a career in real estate. After moving to Buena Vista, Colorado in 2016 that dream became a reality. With a strong focus on customer service and timely entry into the real estate market, he quickly became one of the fastest growing agents in Chaffee County with over 6 million in real estate sales his first year as a licensed agent. Clark now works together with his wife Courtney who is also a licensed agent. Clark and Courtney live in Buena Vista. They enjoy hiking, off-roading, fishing, camping, and the many other year-round activities that Chaffee County has to offer.
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.
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.
Ryan Morgan - Director
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.
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.
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.