Marie Bolton, Student, Colorado Mesa University
Ariane Caldwell, Secretary of the Northwest Colorado Arts Council
Lisa Jones, President, Colorado Northwestern Community College
Melanie Kilpatrick, Executive Director, Northwest Colorado Art Council
Sue Mock, Paleontology Coordinator, Colorado Northwest Field Museum
Brittany Young, Assistant Director, Craig Chamber of Commerce & Moffat County Visitor Center
Marie Bolton grew up in Craig and worked as a graphic designer at Chaos Ink. Being creative is what they were known for - they made the high school's bulldog mascot from scratch and pet portraits for the community.
Marie is now in school in Grand Junction to achieve a certificate as a lineman. Although art is still very much a big part of their live, it was getting harder to do art as a profession. They knew they wanted to get into a trade so they used their experience with Chaos Ink's traveling booth to get involved in the lineman culture.
Dr. Lisa Jones is the President of Colorado Northwestern Community College, beginning her tenure with the institution in July 2021. She has spent the last 32 years of her career advancing the mission of colleges and universities. Of this, 17 years have been in service to community college students and 23 years as a member of the President’s Cabinet, in PBIs and/or HSIs, in both Student and Academic Affairs.
Prior to joining CNCC, she served as Secretary on the Board for the Detroit Urban League, and member of the Detroit, Dearborn, and Best Southwest Chambers. She partnered with the Texas Workforce Commission to support their efforts to pass legislation establishing a Texas Career and Technical Education day.
Melanie Kilpatrick is a Northwest Colorado native who actively engages in design, creation, collaboration and arts advocacy. Her work as an artist encompasses a variety of mediums including assemblage sculpture, illustrated watercolor, upcycled jewelry and graphic design. Melanie actively serves as an officer for the Northwest Colorado Arts Council board and is passionate about building creative communities and showcasing local art and its positive impacts on rural economies.
Melanie enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, adventuring, and her day job with the City of Craig. Melanie believes there is economic prosperity in rural arts, there is value in working hard, and there is benefit in approaching problems with a creative, positive and solutions-focused mindset.
Sue arrived in Craig, Colorado in 2015, the same year the Colorado Northwest Field Museum at the Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) of Craig gained its Federal Repository status. Being able to touch the dinosaur skin was a turning point for Sue. She began taking most of the science courses offered by CNCC and is pursuing a Masters Decree in Museum Studies to aid in the museum's development. She is the Paleontology Coordinator, Docent, and Preparator to name but a few of her duties.
Brittany Young is a lifetime resident of Moffat County and a graduate of Moffat County High School. She left Craig to attend college at Colorado Mesa University and received her Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in management. Young was offered an internship with the Craig Chamber of Commerce her final semester of her bachelor’s degree which after graduation turned into a full-time position as the Executive Assistant/Marketing Coordinator and now as the Assistant Director. She is also currently serving as the Treasurer of the Moffat County Tourism Association. Young enjoys serving her community as a voice for the upcoming generation.