Meet the Board
Robert E. Cardwell
Professionally Bob Cardwell has over 43 years in the commercial real estate industry in more than 80 markets from Honolulu to Boston, responsible for commercial real estate valued in excess of 2 billion dollars. The responsibilities included overseeing all of the physical and financial decisions of the assets and the various consultants and contractors hired to perform services. Since moving to Evergreen in 1989, his community involvement includes leadership positions with Evergreen Legacy Fund, Mountain Area Land Trust, The Trust for Public Land Advisory Board, Evergreen Land Community Coalition, and an 85-unit condominium complex. He chaired a county park and open space commission in Minnesota. The visionary behind the creation of Buchanan Park in Evergreen, he was named Leader of the Year in 2013.
Alexa Cowley, owner of Mountain Home Furnishings and Alexa Interiors, has called Evergreen home since moving here from Canada in 2000. Her community involvement includes the Bergen Leadership Council at Bergen Meadow Elementary School and a member of the North Evergreen Activity Trail (responsible for bringing to fruition safe trails and paths between activity centers in the Bergen Park area), and now the Evergreen Legacy Fund Foundation. As a business owner, she learned about the voids that exist in unincorporated Jefferson County and interacted with the Downtown Evergreen Economic District with regard to infrastructure concerns. She later stepped up to be a 1% contributing member to the Evergreen Legacy Fund and looks forward to encouraging other businesses to do the same.
Dean Dalvit, a licensed architect as well as a licensed professional engineer, is the founding principal of EVstudio, a full-service architecture and engineering firm with offices in Evergreen, Denver, and Austin. Since 2006 he’s been the owner/landlord of Evergreen Mountain Village at the intersection of highways 73 and 74 in Downtown Evergreen. His community service includes leadership roles with the Evergreen Lake Loop Trail, the Evergreen Trails Master Plan, the East Downtown River Trail project, the Evergreen North Lake Trail boardwalk, the Evergreen Local Improvement District effort, and the Evergreen Legacy Fund Foundation. He is a member of the Jefferson County Regulatory Advisory Panel. He’s lived in Evergreen since 1998 and was named Evergreen’s Leader of the Year in 2014.
Since moving to Evergreen in 1966, Kathleen Davis has had a visible presence in the community as well as in the performing arts for the metro area. For 47 years she owned and operated David Music Studio in Evergreen and for 20 years served as a pedagogy professor at the University of Colorado, often performing as a solo and duo concert pianist. Her community service includes performing with the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Evergreen Chorale. She’s been an active member of Evergreen Players since 1966, serving in numerous board positions during that time. She’s also served as a board member for the Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra, Center for the Arts Evergreen, the Downtown Evergreen Economic District, and the Evergreen Legacy Fund.
Since 1997 Eric Gill has been the owner/operator of Bear Paw Property Management, which is responsible for renting and managing single-family properties in Evergreen and the surrounding areas. He manages a staff of six. His business is located on Main Street in Evergreen where he interacts with locals, newcomers, and those passing through. “I’m passionate about Evergreen and my desire is for it to remain the charming mountain town that it is,” he says. His community involvement includes Rotary, Leadership Evergreen, the Evergreen Chamber, Downtown Business Association, and the Evergreen Legacy Fund. Eric was named Evergreen’s Leader of the Year in 2017.
Linda Kirkpatrick has been a community activist since moving to Evergreen in 1981, with leadership roles in the construction of the ambulance facility, Bootstraps, the successful effort to Save Noble Meadow (408 acres of open space slated for 238 homes), creating Buchanan Park and Stagecoach Park, and co-founding Leadership Evergreen. She’s owned two award-winning publications focusing on community involvement in Evergreen and has been recognized many times for her contributions, including a Lifetime Leadership Award in 2015 and being inducted into the Jefferson County Historical Hall of Fame in 2020.
Rachel Nicks, owner of Seasonally Yours on Main Street, purchased the business in Downtown Evergreen in 2015 after a career as a financial advisor, wishing to be closer to home with a young family. As a financial advisor she interacted with businesses and individuals in Lakewood. Soon after her advent into retail, she was named Young Professional of the Year; and during the transition period, Seasonally Yours was named Business of the Year. As a business owner, she has been active with the Evergreen Downtown Business Association, involved with its special events like the Dam Ducky Derby and the Holiday Walk. She’s served as Treasurer and Board Chair of the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce. She’s also volunteered for Big Chili and Summerfest as well as with elementary school activities. She’s a graduate of Leadership Evergreen.
Long-time resident and business owner, Gail Riley, has been working with and for Evergreen since she and her husband, Tom Statzell, bought the Highland Haven Motel in 1979. The Highland Haven Creekside Inn is now a flourishing, award-winning business due to their endless efforts for excellence. Currently, Gail’s main focus is the Evergreen Legacy Fund. An original board member, she helped form the efforts to have slowly but surely made an impact for Evergreen. She headed up the Children’s Mural under 73 at the downtown intersection, and her intent now is to get local businesses as well as private individuals to join her efforts.
Richard Toussaint practiced as an attorney in Evergreen 1978 to 2018, owning his own firm for most of those years prior to retiring. He has been serving as Judge of the Town of Georgetown and Judge of the Town of Empire since 1996. Richard has been active in the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Municipal Judges Association, and many local organizations including the Evergreen Legacy Foundation. He also volunteers at the ECHO Food Bank, serves on the Board of the Rotary Club of Evergreen, is a Patroller and Educator for JeffCo Open Space, and a Naturalist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.