April Obholz Bergeler, Executive Director
April is a Colorado native and has lived in Salida for about four years. She has a seasoned history of working in program management and marketing for nonprofits, including the American Lung Association and InnovAge, a national organization that helps older adults stay independent. Prior to AVHH, April worked as the census coordinator for the Chaffee County Board of Commissioners. She has also worked as a reporter for The Mountain Mail and in the marketing department at the Salida hospital. April loves to mountain bike, hike and camp with her husband, Brian, and their friends.
AVHH Board of Directors
AVHH Board members from left to right: Molly Bischoff, Dee Dubin, Ben Eichel, Marilyn Bouldin and Valerie Martinez.
Not pictured: Dr. Tom Syzek and Andrea Carlstrom.
Molly Bischoff, Co-chair
P.O. Box 1358, Poncha Springs, CO 81242
Molly is the Senior Resource Coordinator for Chaffee County. She earned a Master of Health Services Administration with a concentration on long-term care from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Molly has spent most of her career utilizing her license as a nursing home administrator and has managed many assisted living, skilled nursing facilities and continuing care retirement communities. Molly spends much of her time enjoying all that Chaffee County has to offer along with her husband and their three energetic kids.
Dr. Tom Syzek, Co-chair
8977 Antler's Trail, Salida, CO 81201
Tom is a retired emergency physician who has lived in Chaffee County for five years with his spouse, Mary. He has a BS in Biology from Georgetown University and attended Ohio State University for his MD. He has served as a volunteer and board member of AVHH for over two years, and is passionate about meeting the needs of older adults in our community. Two of his kids and two of his grandkids also live in Chaffee County, and he enjoys getting outdoors whenever possible.
Dee Dubin, Treasurer
P.O. Box 1067, Salida, CO 81201
Dee has lived in Salida since 2012. Dee and her husband, Rob, selected Salida for rural mountain living with its great access to hiking, biking, skiing, river running. They are pleased to be a part of Salida's caring and generous community. Her previous careers were in construction management and film production. At age 75, Dee is interested in how older adults stay actively involved in their community. She helped found Ark Valley Helping Hands as a way to connect neighbors.
Ben Eichel, Secretary
715 East Main Street, Buena Vista, CO 81211
Ben works in the recreation department at the Town of Buena Vista. In a previous life, Ben served in the Army with a few overseas tours as a logistics officer. After leaving the military, he began serving with both local and nationwide nonprofits as a volunteer, staff member and board member. Ben has a BS in Behavioral Sciences and Leadership from the United States Military Academy and a master's in nonprofit management from Regis University. On the weekends, you can probably find Ben jeeping to a remote campsite in the mountains with his dog Nitro.
Marilyn Bouldin, Member
1 Silver Spruce Drive, Salida, CO 81201
Before retiring, Marilyn worked as a nurse and as a Chaffee County Public Health director. She has lived in Salida for 14 years. Marilyn is passionate about providing older adults with support, information and resources, so they can live their best life. She serves on the board of Chaffee Cares, as well as on the steering committee for Chaffee County Women Who Care. Marilyn and her husband, John, enjoy traveling and visiting their two sons and families.
Andrea Carlstrom, Member
448 E. First Street, Suite 137, Salida, CO 81201
Andrea is the director of Chaffee County Public Health. She earned her undergraduate degrees in psychology and sociology and her MBA in Healthcare Management and has spent her career mostly in healthcare administration. Currently, she also is a board member for Sage Generation and Solvista Health. When she is not serving her community, Andrea enjoys running, hiking, camping, traveling, reading, and spending time with her husband, dog and friends.
Valerie Martinez, Member
306 E Main St., P.O. Box 1105, Buena Vista, CO 81211
Valerie moved to Colorado in 2013 and loves working and living in beautiful Chaffee County. She, her husband and their three children spend quality time camping, fishing and skiing. Her banking, accounting and current real estate experience as a broker associate with First Colorado Land Office are key assets for the AVHH Board.