The Heart of the Rockies - Chaffee County, Colorado
Board of Directors
Jennifer Eggleston, President – I grew up in Wyoming and after graduating from the University of Wyoming moved to Colorado. We landed in Buena Vista in 1996 and raised our kids here. My husband, Derrick, and I spent our 23 years in BV running our kids from one activity to another, managing our two businesses and enjoying time in the outdoors as much as possible. I retired from my CPA practice in 2017 which gave me time to learn Pickleball. When I’m not on the court, I’m hiking, biking, or traveling.
Rick Hum, Vice President – Rick moved to Colorado in 1972 to ski with a friend returning from Viet Nam. He lived in Summit County from 1972 to 1995. While there, he volunteered with many community organizations and served in local elected offices. He moved to Denver in 1995 when offered the Deputy Director position with Great Outdoors Colorado. He and Sue Ann bought a place in Mesa Antero in 2015. Both are active in many Chaffee County organizations.
Clint Lawrence, Treasurer – I was born in Ohio and after serving in the Army in Texas, I moved to Fort Worth and spent most of my life there. After retiring in 1998 and a lot of travel around the country, we decided on Salida for our next home. In addition to pickleball, I enjoy skiing, fly fishing, golf, woodworking and model railroading.
Tom Knapp, Membership Director -
Marnie and I moved to the valley in 2015 from the Colorado Front Range, and started playing pickleball late season 2017. I am mostly a recreational player, but would like to improve my PB skills.
Formany years, I was an avid whitewater kayaker and canoeist. While deeply involved in kayaking, I served for 4-years on the board of the Colorado Whitewater Association as Membership Director. Now I do easier water in kayaks and on stand-up paddleboards. I enjoy mountain biking, motorcycle touring, camping and exploring. For much of my working career I was a financial manager for the National Park Service.
Stephanie McDonald, Secretary
I moved to Buena Vista from Texas in 2010 and built my dream log home on Cottonwood Creek. In 2016 I retired from a 30-year career as an RN due to my Dad's failing health. I was introduced to pickleball in 2014 by fellow club member Donna Hebenstreit and was instantly hooked! I have competed in tournaments all over the country and have served as a USA Pickleball Ambassador for Chaffee County for 7 years and as the District Ambassador for Southern Colorado for 3 years. Though pickleball I have traveled to many wonderful places and met the absolute BEST people!!
Before pickleball took over my life, I enjoyed hiking, fishing, making art quilts, yard work, and spending time with my family.
Alex Ware, Board Member - I grew up 35 miles north of Philadelphia in Perkasie, Pa. I attended college at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois where I majored in business administration and ran cross country and track (best mile 4:13.3 in 1971). I married Joan Sieber in June of 1972 and we moved to Colorado. Our family took most of our vacations to Colorado and have always loved it here (hiking and mountain climbing in particular). We bought a house in Buena Vista in 2016 and absolutely love the area. Joanie talked me into trying pickleball December 2018 and I fell in love with the game immediately. Hopefully I can pay back for the joy the game gives me in my board position.
Marnie Knapp, Past President, Board Member – Originally from Minnesota, I moved to Colorado in 1989 because I love the outdoors. After 29 years of teaching elementary and middle school math/science in the Denver area, I retired and with my husband, Tom, moved to Salida, where we had spent many summer weekends kayaking. I now spend my free time playing music (harp, hammered dulcimer, piano, ukulele), and enjoying the outdoors. When I’m not playing pickleball, I am whitewater kayaking, motorcycling, stand-up-paddle boarding, snowboarding, gardening, or making stained glass mosaics.
Brad Leach, Board Member - I grew up in Nashville, TN, and earned a Master’s Degree in geology at Vanderbilt University. After a short stint teaching junior high-school science, I moved west to pursue industry work, finding it in the gold mines near Elko, Nevada. The mining career took me, and my wife Cindy, to a number of interesting locations including five years working and living in Peru.We lived in metro Denver for over 10 years, and then moved to Salida in 2013. My first exposure to pickleball was the beginner’s seminar that the club put on during the summer of 2019, and because of my tennis background, I was immediately hooked. In addition to playing pickleball as often as I can, I also enjoy fishing, hiking, and automobile road racing. I am currently the assistant chief driving instructor, and board member, for Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing, a Colorado-based vintage sports car road racing organization.
David Sackmann, Board Member - I grew up in Yakima Washington located in the central dry side of the state. I graduated from the University of Puget Sound where I played varsity tennis for four years and graduated with a degree in business. I also met my wife Robin at UPS and we have been married for of 35 years. We have three children and two beautiful grandchildren.
I am an avid fly fisher and have been fishing the Arkansas for years, driving down for long weekends from our home in Broomfield. I suggested Robin visit Salida for the first time a few years ago to enjoy the Labor Day wine festival. It worked beautifully... and we purchased a townhome in Salida shortly thereafter.I stumbled onto the Salida pickleball courts a couple of years ago and was warmly greeted and welcomed into the Peak to Peak Club. That unique brand of hospitality contributed to my passion for pickleball and the friendships that followed. I am on a break from twenty-four years of working for a ski company and can be found either standing in a river or on a pickleball court. I also enjoy rock/arrowhead hounding, photography, skiing and volunteering for Reel Recovery as a fly fishing guide.
Rhonda Davis, Board Member
Peak to Peak Pickleball is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Salida, Colorado 81201