Jessica Jones has been living in Buena Vista since 2008.  She and her husband opened House Rock Kitchen on Main St. in June of 2015 which serves healthy and clean food. 
From 2009 to present, Jess has healed herself from Lyme disease through diet change, lifestyle change, detox, yoga and heightened awareness.  Consequently, she has a deep passion for living a healthy lifestyle physically, mentally and spiritually. 

Jess has been blessed by many remarkable teachers and experiences along her path and is honored to help our local young woman find their own peace, joy, strengths and passions. When she is not eating at House Rock Kitchen you can find her reading, hiking, running, paddle boarding, mountain biking or off traveling. 

Molly has lived and worked in Buena Vista for 21 years. She is an attorney who works for a statewide non-profit agency. Molly's three daughters have attended the Buena Vista public schools and grown up playing sports, camping, snowboarding and hiking.  Molly is excited to assist with the launch of elevateHER and to support its mission to empower young women to connect with their core strengths and to reach beyond their comfort zones for the benefit of themselves and their community.

Heather McFadden

These amazing women are an integral part of elevateHER from helping fundraise to planning programming to teaching yoga & meditation. Our incredible Board of Directors is more than a working board, they are the life blood of elevateHER.

Laurie Benson

Candace Bryans has been living in Buena Vista full time since 2014.  She originally came to Buena Vista during the summers from 2009 – 2014 to work as a raft guide.  Candace has been teaching AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and Math for the past 8 years.  Prior to teaching Candace spent five years working for the Little Rock Veterans Affairs Hospital Inpatient Pharmacy.  She brings a strong background in non-profit fund raising and volunteer work.  In addition to volunteer work in Thailand, Burma, and Morocco, she has served on several non-profit boards, worked in the education and funds department for Heifer International, and has been the Sponsorship Coordinator for the Autumn Color Run for the past three years.  An avid runner, climber and outdoors woman, Candace is excited to assist elevateHER and to support its work empowering young women to push beyond their comfort zones and try new activities.  Type your paragraph here.

     Laurie received her RYS 200 teacher training in Costa Rica, and her Yin certification in Boulder, CO. She also trained through Off the Mat Into the World, using yoga as a tool to heal individuals and communities around the world.
     In 2013 Laurie started 1% For Women, focusing on empowering and uplifting women in agriculture on a global level. She truly believes that the empowerment of women is a crucial component to changing worldwide economic, environmental and social degradation. Based in Buena Vista, CO, 1% For Women promotes businesses that commit 1% of their net profit to microcredit loans for women in agriculture around the world, actively changing the cycles of poverty and oppression that still affect so many.
     Through her travels, Laurie has come to truly understand the importance of self-care and providing tools to first heal ourselves, before caring for our environment and communities. Her greatest passion is uniting coaching, activism, and yoga, and merging self-care with positive change.
     Through her coaching programs she brings her life work and experiences to you. The Awakened Woman Program takes you through the process she herself has gone through, opening doors to heightened awareness and the ability to trust your intuition.

Candace Bryans

Advisory Members 

Jessica Jones

Molly Ryan

Heather is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 10+ years of therapy experience with children, teens and adults. Her  specialties include child/adolescent therapy (including play therapy), family therapy, and treating depression/anxiety disorders. She is the owner of Thrive Therapeutic Solutions located in Buena Vista, CO. Originally from New Mexico, she moved to Chaffee County 10 years ago.  Heather is also the proud mom of two middle school girls.  She also serves on the Chaffee County Early Childhood Council. 

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