The role of the district’s executive leadership team is to steer the district toward the fulfillment of its mission and to accomplish the district’s strategic plan; to provide resources and support to allow all stakeholders in the district to succeed in their roles; and to coordinate work and foster collaboration across the district.

Rob Stein

Rob Stein


Rob has worked on the front lines of education reform for over 30 years, as a teacher, administrator, university professor, and educational consultant. Stein led a high-profile turnaround effort at Manual High School and has served as head of school at Graland Country Day School and executive director at Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning, all in Denver. He has taught courses in educational leadership and school reform at University of Colorado, Denver University, and Harvard Graduate School of Education. Stein has published, presented, and consulted locally and nationally on organizational development, school leadership, research-based practice and school change.  He joined the Roaring Fork Schools in 2013.

When not working: running, skiing, cycling, reading, and service activities

Favorite book: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Favorite movie: Lawrence of Arabia


Shannon Pelland

Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Superintendent

Shannon has worked for Roaring Fork schools for over 20 years. During her tenure, she was instrumental in the passage of two bond elections and three mill levy overrides to improve educational opportunities for Roaring Fork students and families. She has supervised finance, food service, student transportation, and facilities. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in business administration/accounting.

After college, Shannon worked for Ernst & Young as a CPA providing consulting and auditing services to a variety of clients. As a student of Roaring Fork Schools, she was excited to return to the Valley to use her background in finance to support public education. She is a firm believer in balanced budgets, financial transparency, and students at the center of all decisions.

When not working: hiking, music, bird-watching, flower gardening and spending time with friends, husband John, sons Will and DJ and extended family

Favorite book: Undaunted Garden, and anything by Barbara Kingsolver

Favorite movie: Field of Dreams

Jeff Gatlinjeff

Chief Operating Officer

Jeff has been in education since 2003 as a coach, educator and administrator.  He has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado and Master's of Education degree from University of Texas at Arlington.  He has led various technology and operational initiatives with the goal to provide exceptional service and support for those he serves. He joined Roaring Fork School District in 2013.

When not working: spending time with his family (wife Melissa, daughter Carly and son Hayes) and taking advantage of the vast number of recreational opportunities this beautiful area has to offer 

Favorite book: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

Favorite movie: Shawshank Redemption

Rick Holtrick

Chief Academic Officer

Rick began his career as a high school science teacher in Seattle and made his way to Alaska where he taught most subjects in a small K-12 school. It was during his years in Alaska that he became a K-12 instructional coach and, a few years later, a consultant for the Reinventing Schools Coalition. Rick took a short break from education to build a house and run the Iditarod with his wife Tiffany and their two boys Keegan and Rohnan.

In 2008, Rick accepted a position as Principal of Carbondale Middle School, and over the next few years, Rick and his staff worked to together to earn the Governor's Improvement Award. Rick joined the district’s executive team in 2013, serving as Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for three years, and then as Chief Academic Officer.

When not working: Adventuring with his family, rafting, hiking, skiing, and maintaining balance between work and play.

Favorite book: The Education of Little Tree by Asa Earl Carter

Favorite movie: Braveheart

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Nikki Jost

Director of Human Resources

Nikki has served as the Human Resources Director for Roaring Fork Schools since 2006 andhas over 20 years' experience in human resources. Her family, all educators, was a strong influence in developing her commitment to public service. She received a bachelor's degree in Human Rehabilitation and master's degree in Organizational Management. Jost is a Colorado native who moved to the Western Slope in 2000 to work for the City of Grand Junction.

When not working: road trips, Broncos’ games, and spending time with family, friends, and pets

Favorite books: Harlen Coben mysteries

Favorite movie: any storyline that evokes a few laughs

Angie Davlynangie

Senior Project Manager

Angie is an experienced project manager and strategist with a background in communications and a passion for education. She has been teaching courses in applied communication for over a decade, at the University of Colorado, Chatham University, and Colorado Mountain College. Prior to joining Roaring Fork Schools, Angie was the development director for a local youth-serving nonprofit and worked on issues of health equity and poverty for a Denver-based social change consulting firm. She has a MA and PhD in Communication from the University of Colorado. She currently serves on two nonprofit boards, both dedicated to promoting creative, educational opportunities for our region’s youth and their families.

When not working: mountain adventures with her husband Jeff, daughter Mayla, and dog Baloo -- favorites include skiing, hiking, camping, rafting, cooking, good music, and travel to far-off places

Favorite book: whatever she's currently reading, top of her list recently is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Favorite movie: the original Jurassic Park

Kelsy Been

IMG 0263Public Information Officer

Kelsy is a Garfield County native who has worked in a variety of communications roles for educational organizations throughout her professional career. Previously, she has worked as the External Relations Manager for an early childhood nonprofit in Wyoming and also as the Garfield County Libraries' Grant Coordinator. In all of her roles, Kelsy has worked to improve the educational opportunities and access for all, with a focus on disadvantaged groups. Kelsy has a Bachelor's degree from Amherst College and a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Wyoming.

When not working: exploring the mountains while trail running, skiing, and backpacking and then reading, cooking, and petting canines on rest days. 

Favorite (recent) book: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Favorite movie: Prefontaine

Upcoming Events


02.27.2018 7:30 am - 8:30 am


02.28.2018 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


03.13.2018 7:30 am - 8:30 am


03.14.2018 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


03.26.2018 - 03.30.2018


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