Meet the Directors of the Board and CMS Staff. All directors are volunteers and the board meets on the fourth Tuesday evening of each month. The board members represent different walks of life and provide oversight and direction for the organization.  For more information on board membership, please contact Nelly Garcia Olmos at 970-464-5226 or [email protected]

CMS’ staff is committed to the organization’s mission and dedicated to its services.


Joan Levy, President
Retired; 35 years in senior positions at Mesa Developmental Services (now STRIVE) including Director of Residential Services; volunteer for Meals-on-Wheels and Agape Food Bank; Fruita Trails host.

Jenn Moore, Vice President
Executive Director, EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum; School Board Member for Caprock Academy; Girl Scouts mentor. Palisade fruit grower.

Amanda McQuade, Secretary
Program Coordinator, Community Alliance for Education and Hunger Relief, Colorado State University Western Colorado Research Center in Grand Junction. Exhibit Coordinator, Eureka! McConnell Science Museum. Grow Another Row founder and coordinator (2009-2016).

Erik Vliek,Treasurer

Armstrong Consultants (Civil Engineering),Director of Finance. TCAI Consulting (Non-Profit Accountant), owner (2007 to Present). Current and past clients include the Museum of Western Colorado, Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation, Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity & Ark Valley Humane Society. Walker Products (Manufacturing) – Controller.

Jeffrey Howard
Retired; RN at St. Mary’s Hospital, 25 years; Orchard Mesa Gun Club Board of Directors.

Rob Scribner
Retired; staff psychiatrist Veterans Administration Hospital. Town doctor in Green River, Utah during the early 1970s, then family doctor in Seattle area 1975- 1987. Palisade Sunrise Rotary Club volunteer and St. Ann’s Church volunteer.

Bruce Talbott
Fruit Grower; Mesa County Farm Bureau; Member of First Baptist Church; Volunteer at East Orchard Mesa Fire Department.

Cailin Portra
Owner, Carlson Vineyards and Occupational Therapist, St. Mary’s Hospital. Local community involvement: Wren Quinn Project benefitting area nonprofits.

Mike Perry 

Exec Director of the following organizations: Utah Field House of Natural History, Idaho Museum of Natural History, Museum of Western Colorado, Dinamation International Society, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum and Museums of Western in Grand Junction,

The board meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, from 6-8 pm.


Nelly F. Garcia Olmos- Executive Director

Maria Frausto-Community Outreach Worker