Blueprints of Hope’s leadership are compassionate, dedicated, and talented members of our community. They are genuine down-to-earth people who provide program accountability, and who are also passionate about excellent survivorship care.
Valerie is a registered nurse, currently working for Centura Health. Before joining Centura, she was an adjunct faculty member for the Associate Degree Nursing program at San Juan College in Farmington. She also worked many years as a clinical nurse in medical oncology at Southwest Oncology in Durango, Colorado. As a graduate of Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing, she completed a lifelong learning goal of earning a Masters of Science of Nursing, with an Education Specialty in 2011. Valerie’s nursing practice spans all life’s stages – from maternal-child, NICU, pediatrics, adult nursing, inpatient oncology, community oncology with survivorship care, home health and hospice, to long-term care and supervisory roles.
Valerie has a decade of business experience in training, certifying a diving and retail business she owned and operated with her husband. They enjoy the history of the areas, especially the old mining industry and lore and love spending time at lakes in the Four Corners’ region.
Lindsay Elworthy is currently a work-from-home mom and wife, raising two little redheaded girls. When she’s not chasing pink glittery tutus, tiaras, or unicorns (so. many. unicorns!), she is a graphic designer. Born and raised in Durango, she graduated from Fort Lewis College with a B.A. in graphic design and minors in psychology and marketing. Before moving her design skills into her home office, she co-owned and operated a digital printing press in Durango and was an adjunct professor of graphic design at her alma mater.
After being blindsided with a breast cancer diagnosis at age 29, Lindsay has become passionate about better understanding cancer and how lifestyle and diet aids in prevention. Grateful for forcing the change while her girls are so young, she’s enjoying the new learning opportunities that have accompanied the diet and exercise changes. Her daughters’ self admitted favorite foods are zucchini noodles and broccoli… what an impact the changes have had on them!
Lindsay became involved with Blueprints of Hope after utilizing our services through, and beyond, her treatment. She strongly believes in our mission of helping others to navigate cancer and survivorship. Experiencing first hand how beneficial a network of support is, she wants to help provide that support to our wonderful community.
Daryl has recently retired after more than 35 years working in the oil and gas industry. Daryl, a North Dakota native, graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in civil engineering. Over the years he has gained extensive experience in project planning, budgeting, finance and management. In addition, Daryl has extensive experience in the area of oil and gas exploration and development. Daryl is an avid outdoorsman. In his free time he enjoys road and mountain biking, hiking the great trails around Durango, and skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
Daryl has experienced firsthand the impact of this disease by losing his wife to cancer 18 years ago. Since then he has fought to find a cure by actively participating in Relay for Life (Team Captain), Race for the Cure, and the Courage Classic.
Carroll was born in Colorado and attended the University of Colorado. She holds a bachelor’s degree in language and secondary education, and was a German teacher for many years. She also holds a great appreciation of the outdoors and enjoys meeting a variety of people. Her interest in being involved with Blueprints of Hope is to enable people who have been diagnosed with cancer to obtain quality support and guidance at a frightening and confusing time.
Rosemary is a retired physical therapist and art psychotherapist. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Loyola University in Chicago and a Certificate of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She earned a Masters in Art Psychotherapy at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. Rosemary’s approach to patient care is holistic, recognizing the mind, body and spirit as one, and the reality that true healing is derived only by addressing the unique needs of the whole person.
Her family has an inherited gene mutation that has caused cancer for herself and two of her four children, one of whom did not survive. She brings this personal experience combined with her professional background to the board in the hopes of helping others facing a diagnosis of cancer. She is a pastel artist with work at the Taylor Raymond Gallery in Durango.
Charlie has dedicated over 38 years to the healthcare field in Durango, working with the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging and Senior Nutrition Program, Sunshine Gardens West Assisted Living Community, Alpine & Harden Home Health programs, Four Corners Health Care Center, and in private practice counseling. His career spans from aging services administration and to human services management – and includes program development, coordination and evaluation within a variety of settings in Southwest Colorado.
While working primarily within the geriatric health community, Charlie’s experience encompasses community and regional services planning and needs assessment, non-profit agency administration, grant program management and fundraising. He has worked extensively with legislative advocacy, staff development and training, adult protection, Long Term Care facility administration and management, and home health services management. His background includes public relations, marketing, education, business administration and management, family care counseling and social work. While working as Director of the Durango Area Agency on Aging, Charlie was part of a core group that facilitated the development of the Seniors Outdoors program in Durango. Charlie has an intimate association with cancer diagnoses within his immediate and close family members.
Jim is a Michigan native, graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in geology. His career immediately took him to the oil and gas career-path, where he has worked for the past 35 years. Through his profession, he has gained years of technical, supervisory and management experience. His background includes proficiency at budgeting, finance, project management, problem-solving, engineering, drilling and production. Jim currently works for Red Willow Production Company in Ignacio, Colorado.
Julie has been a marriage, family, individual and grief counselor in Durango for over 30 years, and was part of the inaugural grief support team with Mercy Hospice. She spends much of her time working with her love of helping to counsel others, with grief counseling, and also uses her accounting expertise as the Finance Manager at Durango Arts Center.
Lynne is the co-owner of Sholler Edwards, LLC, and practices primarily in employment law, providing HR advice from prevention through litigation for all types of business entities. She has been a licensed Colorado attorney since 1990, a human resources consultant since 2001, and frequent speaker and columnist on employment law topics in the Four Corners region. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado (Boulder) and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver Law School. Her legal practice primarily involves employment law and non-profit management advice. Her clients include the public and private sectors, small to large businesses, and non-profit organizations. She not only advises non-profits, but serves or has served on many boards, including: Colorado Access to Justice Commission, 6th Judicial District Access to Justice Committee (Chair), Manna Soup Kitchen (President, Vice President), the Women’s Resource Center, and Operation Healthy Communities.