The Chaffee County Community Foundation (CCCF) has named Joseph Teipel its new executive director. The CCCF conducted a months-long, cross-country search to seek out the best possible candidate.

Joseph Teipel with CCCF Board Chair Ed Cooper. Courtesy photo.

“Joseph is the perfect successor to build on the accomplishments of Michael Hannigan who came out of retirement last September to help found the CCCF,” said the CCCF Board Chair, Ed Cooper. “Joseph has the technical and social skills to work with our nine-member CCCF Board of Directors, our community of advisors and wider Chaffee County.”

Hannigan has high praise for Teipel’s qualifications, and harps on Teipel’s connection to Chaffee County.

“Joseph is simply an excellent choice to lead CCCF into the future,” said Hannigan. “He has the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to build on CCCF’s initial momentum, plus he has deep roots here in the valley that will help him connect immediately. I can hardly wait for him to get rolling, and I’ll look forward to helping out whenever I can.”

Teipel, who was born in Salida, attended high school in Buena Vista, and college at the University of Denver. Following his graduation from the University of Denver, Teipel founded the non-profit organization, Re:Vision. Re:Vision is dedicated to aiding marginalized communities to develop leaders, establish community food systems, and promote thriving local economies.

“I’m honored to assume the CCCF executive director position and return to Chaffee County as a full-time resident,” stated Teipel. “I am excited to start meeting with Chaffee residents and community leaders to continue CCCF’s important work of building healthy nonprofit organizations and broadening participation in our community development. This includes unlocking new financial resources and supporting the healthy development of our valley.”

Teipel has extensive experience with agriculture and empowering small, local economies and doing so by way of non-profit organizations. As a graduate of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program, the Rocky Mountain Farmer’s Union fellow program, and the Colorado Non-profit Leadership & Management course, Teipel brings a robust educational background into his endeavors.

As members of the United States Peace Corps, Teipel, and his wife, Ashley, served in the Republics of Moldova and Niger. Now, Teipel and Ashley will return to the Buena Vista along with their two children.