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After more than two years of service to Chaffee County Community Foundation (CCCF) the Executive Director of the foundation, Joseph Teipel is transitioning to another community role as Planning Director with the Town of Buena Vista.

Ron Ferris and Joseph Teipel at the closing of the land parcel acquisition for Jane’s Place Adaptive Housing in Salida. Photo courtesy Chaffee County Community Foundation

“While I am incredibly excited for this new opportunity, I have a heavy heart about leaving CCCF – I believe very deeply in its mission and its value here in the community,” wrote Tiepel in a Wednesday morning announcement. “That said, change happens. Our board and advisors are working diligently to ensure a smooth and thoughtful transition over the coming weeks and will be announcing a search for a new Executive Director soon.”

Board Chair Ed Cooper stated, “Joseph has led the organization to become an essential part of the Chaffee County fabric. We are appreciative of his leadership and look forward to a new chapter in the organization’s growth.”

CCCF Administrative Coordinator Laurel Biedermann will continue to oversee operations, together with the CCCF Grants Committee. The Grant Committee has been the primary entity driving for many of the organization’s programs, including grants administration, as well as the county-wide volunteer portal, and the nonprofit support program ChaffeeCOMMONS.

Tiepel was particularly careful in the announcement to assure the community that the CCCF remains in a strong position to maintain its current services in support of local nonprofits. He noted that CCCF is a catalyst and convener as well as a fundraiser for the housing project Jane’s Place, but it doesn’t play a role in the construction or management of the project, because that role is filled by the Chaffee Housing Authority.

Teipel remains on the board of the Chaffee Housing Authority as Vice-Chair.