Meet the Governing Council
Adrienne moved to Telluride from her hometown of Denver to escape the hustle and bustle of big city life. During her years in Telluride, she has worked primarily for local non-profits and as a ski instructor on the resort. Adrienne currently serves on Telluride Town Council. She spends her moments of free time volunteering as a mentor through One to One Mentoring, and as a board member for the Progressive Women’s Caucus. When she isn’t volunteering, you will find Adrienne enjoying all of the outdoor activities Telluride and the San Juans have to offer.
Alexis initially moved to the San Juans in 2016 to pursue a year-long AmeriCorps VISTA assignment with a local public health non-profit. She found that one year was not enough time for her to i) explore these mountains and ii) get involved in the community. When she is not sitting on the PWC board or calling her elected representatives, you can find her enjoying all that this region has to offer.
Josselin Lifton-Zoline was raised by artist activists here in the San Juans. She works as a soprano and a teacher and is raising the next generation of artist activists from a wild corner of Wrights Mesa.
Hailing from the Quetico-Superior region of northern Minnesota, I've called the San Juans home since graduating college. I am interested in the scientific and socio-economic connections between rural places, the environment, public health, education and social justice. I am driven by the belief that all people deserve to live happy, healthy lives. As Sen. Paul Wellstone once said, "We all do better when we all do better."
Joan May is one of the founders of the Progressive Women’s Caucus. A non-profit consultant and former county commissioner, her passion is for empowering citizens—especially those who are underrepresented — to shape the future.
Melanie Montoya Wasserman is a lifelong human rights activist and community organizer. Influenced heavily by the Zapatista movement, Melanie has focused her efforts uplifting women and immigrants in her community. She formerly served as the executive director of the San Miguel Resource Center and practiced as a psychotherapist. She is currently the housing director for the Town of Telluride, while balancing her most important role as a mother of two children who she hopes will share her passion for smashing the patriarchy.
Angela Pashayan, Telluride resident of 17 years, has contributed to the community teaching at Ah Haa, implementing service projects at Christ Presbyterian Church, TTV, regional work with Habitat for Humanity, Telski, Telluride Flights, and serves on the Ethics Committee in Mountain Village. She lives part time in Washington, DC where she utilizes her PhD in Political Science and International Relations.
Mj was born and educated in Michigan. She grew up watching her mother organize the distribution of party campaign literature from the kitchen table. She worked her first Presidential campaign in grade school when she and another grade schooler did a literature drop to a city of 40,000 on their bikes. She moved to San Miguel County in 1976 and has been involved in its communities since arriving. MJ Schillaci is a fierce advocate of liberal democracy and has spent her adult life in its defense.
Hollie Sue Mann is a longtime feminist and LGBTQIA activist, writer, and academic. In 2018, she left a career as a professor of Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she taught a range of courses, including feminist and queer theory. She now lives and works full-time in Telluride, where she has recently become the new owner and director of Telluride Yoga Center. As a yoga educator and writer in the industry, she has been an outspoken critic of abuse and exploitation within yogic cultures and brands in the West. Her teaching style reflects a serious commitment to diversity and inclusivity, and takes as its starting point the ways in which the practices of yoga must be directed towards social justice, equality, and freedom.