The 2019 Board of Directors of the San Luis Valley Cancer Relief Fund
Tracy Doyle - President
Tracy Doyle has been a board member with the San Luis Valley Cancer Relief Fund for four years, and currently serves as president. After losing her father and two aunts to cancer, she was also diagnosed with cancer. As a grateful recipient of a grant form the SLVCRF, she wanted to give back and support the organization. Six years cancer-free, Tracy is grateful for the opportunity to serve the community in this way.
Tracy is a Professor of Music at Adams State University where she teaches flute and courses in music education. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, hiking with her dogs, and travel.
Sophia Avila – Vice President
I still remember attending the first SLVCRF concert. I thoroughly enjoyed the music and the atmosphere that surrounded the event. The amount of love and support that filled the room was enough to bring warmth to my heart and the music really did sooth my soul.
I was later invited to join the organization as secretary and honorably accepted.
I joined SLVCRF in 2012. It was brought to my attention that the SLVCRF was the donor of a mysterious check my dad had received during his battle. There was so much joy that came to his eyes knowing that someone cared so much to provide him with some financial relief. Then come to find out the SLVCRF had provided relief funds to both my father and brother during their treatments. My father passed away January 15, 2011.
My brother won his battle and is not only a survivor but an inspiration. During one of my brother’s treatments he told me that it hurt him more to see that there was nothing physically his family could do to take away the pain and suffering of cancer than the cancer itself. But the love and support we shared endlessly with him was an extra special kind of healing to him. So, I knew that joining this organization would allow me to pay it forward sending extra love and support to the families that are recipients of SLVCRF funds.
Darlene Jordan - Treasurer
Darlene Jordan is a new board member with the San Luis Valley Cancer Relief Fund and will begin serving as Treasurer in January of 2019. Having had several friends and family succumb to cancer, and being a two-time survivor, she understands the emotional and financial stress that comes with illness and is happy to be part of this important local fund.
Her husband Mike is also a cancer survivor and is very supportive of her joining the SLVCRF board. Darlene and Mike are franchise owners of Dream Vacations and have been helping people from all over the country create memories through travel since 2004. Together they love to travel, hike and make music on guitar and bass, and spend time with their best dog, Bear.
Courtney Allen - Secretary
Dr. Courtney Allen began serving on the board for the San Luis Valley Cancer Relief Fund in December, 2018. She currently serves as secretary and is grateful to have the opportunity to support a cause that is very close to her heart. Courtney has experienced the impact of cancer through her aunt's, mother's, and sister’s personal battles with the disease. She also lost her significant other to colon cancer in 2016.
Courtney is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at Adams State University where she coordinates the master's program in school counseling. She also serves as the Vice President-Post Secondary for the Colorado School Counseling Association and has a small private counseling practice in Alamosa. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, camping, cooking, and playing with her dog, Reilly.
Linda Relyea – Membership Coordinator
Uncertainty and fear can easily spread when the “C” word becomes a part of your world. When Linda Relyea’s husband was diagnosed with cancer in 2018, the grant from the SLVCRF felt like a generous, supportive hug.
She recently joined the San Luis Valley Cancer Relief Fund Board, to share with local cancer patients the hope and compassion that comes from their fellow community members.
Linda works in the Adams State University Public Relations Office and plans on using her skills to help promote the good work accomplished by the all-volunteer board. She enjoys participating in 5K races, reading, and the wonderment of parenting a teenage son.
Vanessa Tapia – Member at Large
Vanessa Tapia is a new board member with the Cancer Relief Fund. Vanessa and her family have suffered the loss of family members due to cancer and have had her aunt fight and win the battle with cancer. Vanessa feels grateful to be able to be a part of this foundation and to serve the community.
Vanessa is a Supervisor with the Conejos County Department of Social Services which she supervises the Child Support, Child Care and Benefit recovery units.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, and fishing.
Grace Griego – Historian
Joy Biel – Member at Large
Joy Biel is new to the SLVCRF Board. Her grandmother, mother, sister and then she herself had breast cancer. She is four years cancer free and wants to be involved in letting others affected with cancer know that they are not alone.
Joy lives in the Center community where she and her husband own and operate Biel Crop Consulting, Inc. She is the office manager there and in addition to those responsibilities also prepares returns at Wall, Smith, Bateman in Alamosa during tax season.
For personal enjoyment and growth, she enjoys playing tennis, Bible study and visiting her boys and their families in New Mexico.
Jeremy Silva – Member at Large
I was born and raised in the San Luis valley. After 10 years in Colorado Springs I returned to Del Norte to be closer to my mother and family. I'm one of seven children, and have 12 nieces and nephews, another niece will arrive in late May 2019.
During my time in Colorado Springs I was very engaged in the community from volunteering with the Mayor’s office to serving on the Board of directors of two nonprofits, partnering and developing a pilot program with the Colorado Springs police department- Homeless Outreach Team, and developed the HEART Catholic Charities homeless outreach team. The Mayor and Police Chief presented me with an award of appreciation for all my efforts.
I worked with Catholic Charities for a little over 6 years as the security supervisor and operations manager. At the Marion House and Hanifen Center, we served one hot meal a day to 600 to 800 people. Our facility offered a collaborative of nonprofit partnerships for those less fortunate making it a one stop shop. I'm currently serving on the Board of directors for Tu Casa, as vice president of the board.
I serve to honor my Uncle Lawrence Gutierrez who succumbed to cancer and my cousin Monica Silva who was recently diagnosed with cancer and all those affected by cancer throughout the entire San Luis Valley.