Our Staff

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Our staff consists of bright and enthusiastic individuals who are dedicated to the vision of preserving this magnificent land for the enjoyment of future generations.
 


Leadership / Administration


 

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Bud Knapp

Knapp Ranch, Owner/Principal
Knapp Foundation, Chairman

Cleon T. (“Bud”) Knapp is the former Chairman and CEO of Knapp Communications Corporation, where he developed and published Architectural Digest and Bon Appétit magazines, which were sold to Conde Nast Publications, Inc. in 1993. Bud was born and raised in Arizona and spent most of his working adult life in Los Angles, with some time in New York City, before moving permanently to the Vail Valley in 2013. Bud has been active in professional, philanthropic and civic organizations as both a member of and Chairman of several boards. Most recently, Bud and his late wife Betsy wrote Living Beneath the Colorado Peaks, published in the fall 2018. It is the story of Knapp Ranch and their vision for land stewardship, architectural traditions, conservation and sustainable farming. Bud lives at Knapp Ranch and enjoys high-altitude farming, land and stream preservation, reading, spending time with friends, and planning for the legacy of his land.

Kelly Fossberg

Administration Manager
 
With a degree in hospitality management from Stenden University in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, and four years of front office management experience at Vail’s Sonnenalp Hotel, Kelly Fossberg brings a high level of European-style, service-oriented expertise to her position as Administrative Manager for Knapp Ranch. Most recently, Kelly managed over 80 homes and 3 Homeowner Associations for East West Hospitality, a job that entailed everything from solving plumbing issues to explaining yearly budgets to HOA members. A native of The Netherlands, Kelly grew up in Curacao. In her spare time, Kelly and her husband enjoy mountain biking and backcountry skiing, and planning their next travel adventure.

Bailey Bossow

Administrative Assistant
Bailey Bossow, a Colorado native, operates as Bud Knapp’s Personal Assistant and serves as an Executive Administrative Assistant to COO Tom Cartwright. Currently enrolled in an Organizational Development Certificate Program based out of Florida, Bailey also holds a certification in Clinical Nursing Assisting and is always eager to learn. Bringing experience in finance, hospitality, organization, marketing and management, Bailey was a state champion within the Distributive Education Clubs of America. Highly adaptable, motivated, and well-versed in administrative decision making and communication, Bailey is responsible for Administrative Management of all aspects of the Knapp Family office, businesses, personal affairs, Knapp Foundation along with Knapp Ranch bookkeeping and customer relations. Bailey’s passions include cooking, knitting, hiking with her dog Nalla and supporting local non-profit organizations surrounding our community.

Brian Knapp

Chief Financial Officer

The eldest Knapp sibling, Brian brings a wealth of knowledge in business and risk management to his role as Chief Financial Officer and Human Resources Manager at Knapp Ranch. As a research manager at Simmons Market Research Bureau and later at TIAA-CREFF, Brian became facile with product-specific marketing surveys designed to increase revenue and customer satisfaction in the publishing and advertising industries, and the insurance sector. From there, he moved into risk management operations at Citigroup, General Electric, and finally, Synchrony Financial, where he was responsible for overseeing credit and capital management risk aggregation data platform initiatives related to date aggregation, quality, accuracy, reporting, and analytics. Brian moved to Colorado from North Carolina with his family and enjoys reading and photography.

Aaron Knapp

Chief Marketing Officer

As Chief Marketing Officer for Knapp Ranch, Aaron is utilizing his entrepreneurial expertise to expand the Ranch’s brand throughout the region, and to develop partnerships with organizations that share the Ranch’s vision to promote accessible, diverse, abundant, and sustainably produced local products. A Los Angeles native, Aaron got his start in media relations at the advertising firm Chiat/Day, managing a team of professionals working on the Nissan account. From there, he moved to Director of Consumer Promotions for DIRECTV, developing retail promotions for consumer subscriber acquisitions. In 2003, he started Bar One Beverage Catering in his garage, developing it into a $1.5 million business over the course of 15 years to service corporate clients including UCLA, Disney Motion Pictures, the California Science Center, Mattel, and Allstate. Aaron lives in Eagle, Colorado with his family and is enjoying the Colorado lifestyle.

Laura Knapp & Rene Delgadillo

Main Lodge Managers

California natives Laura Knapp and Rene Delgadillo keep the day-to-day operations of the Main Lodge running smoothly. Their responsibilities include overseeing general operations, including managing guest visits, scheduling maintenance and repair work, handling household bills, and keeping the pantry and shelves stocked with food, supplies, and other items. In their free time, Laura and Rene are learning to love Colorado’s mountains and dynamic four-season climate. While it’s not balmy Southern California, even the snow, they admit, is beautiful!

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Ranch


 

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Seth O'Brien

Ranch Manager

Seth grew up in Keene, New Hampshire and in 1992, moved to Colorado from New England to discover the west. Seth started work at Knapp Ranch in 1997 where now, in addition to serving as Knapp Ranch’s on-staff historian, he is acting Ranch Manager and resident artist. Seth’s experience working for a master painter has translated into artistic woodworking and welding expertise. His portfolio of works includes a wedding arch of Aspen boughs for Mr. Knapp’s son’s wedding. Seth’s knowledge of Knapp Ranch infrastructure, preservation practices and systems make him an invaluable part of the leadership team. Seth’s interests include expedition overland travel, camping, snowmobiling and caring for animals. Seth enjoys being an active member of the Toyota Land Cruiser Association. Seth and his wife Sophie live as caretakers on an adjacent ranch with their three dogs.

Matt Heelan

Buildings & Infrastructure Manager

Matt was born and raised in the Vail Valley and attended Colorado State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Matt’s love for the outdoors ultimately brought him Knapp Ranch, where his organization, attention to detail, and reliability rapidly advanced him to the leadership position of overseeing the management and maintenance of Knapp Ranch lodges, guest cabins, and structures. When Matt is not working, he can be found enjoying the Colorado wilderness with his wife, Courtney, while camping, whitewater kayaking, backcountry skiing, and dirt biking.

Andy McNeill

Agro Forestry & Grounds Manager

Andy was born and raised in the Vail Valley. After graduating Battle Mountain High School, he attended culinary school at Johnson & Wales University in Denver. Andy's true love of the mountains beckoned him back to Vail where he worked in the kitchen at Sweet Basil, and simultaneously began studies in biology at Colorado Mountain College. Andy has his Wilderness First Responder certification, and is working towards becoming a Certified Arborist. At Knapp Ranch Andy oversees key aspects of the 320 acres including irrigation for hay, the farm, and estate grounds, collecting data and conducting research with Wellesley College and Colorado State University on high altitude fruit tree growing, and under the direction of the Colorado Forest Service, implementing Knapp Ranch’s forestry plan. Outside of work he can be found adventuring with his Golden retriever, Brie, hunting, whitewater rafting, and backcountry skiing.

Jim Klatte

Maintenance Foreman & Ranch Hand

Originally from Dover, New Jersey, Jim lives and has been raising his family in the Vail Valley for the past twenty-one years. Jim's 36-year career in the gas industry,working for both Xcel Energy and Source Gas leading new construction projects and line repair provides a breadth of experience and wisdom in logistics, safety and teamwork. His experience in mechanical drawing, auto and equipment mechanics, and his “can-do” attitude are invaluable at Knapp Ranch. What Jim loves most about working at Knapp Ranch are the people and vistas he enjoys while cutting trees in the forest, snowplowing, and running ranch equipment. Jim’s passion for the outdoors and mechanics is expressed outside of work spending time with his two sons, Jason and Chris, hiking, camping, building off-road vehicles, and drag racing.

Mark Travers

Ranch Hand

A myriad of skills in construction, landscaping, guest services, wrangling and horseback riding, and even emergency medical training make Mark the perfect ranch hand and jack-of-all-trades at Knapp Ranch. From forestry and sawmill operations to landscape and irrigation repair, to woodworking and snow removal operations, Mark can be found virtually everywhere on the ranch, at any time of day or season. A Fort Collins native, Mark has spent summers working for an outfitter and leading horseback trips into the mountains. During the winter, he serves on the Beaver Creek Ski Patrol as an Emergency Medical Technician. When he isn’t working in the outdoors, Mark plays in it. Depending on the season, he can be found skiing, rafting, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, backpacking or hiking in the Vail Valley and beyond.

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Farm


 

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Sandy Story

Farm Manager

Sandy grew up in Ohio and Denver and moved to Vail in 1994. Her son and daughter were both born and raised in Sweetwater, the valley where Sandy owned and operated an 18-acre ranch growing organic vegetables and raising Pekin ducks. Sandy has a Master's Degree in Agriculture from Colorado State University and brings incredible experience to Knapp Ranch as a business owner and farmer. She created a program in 2009 for the Vail Valley Foundation called Sowing Seeds, with a mission to teach horticulture (food production) and sustainability to over 6,500 students in Eagle County Schools and she built the organic garden at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards, where Knapp Ranch now partners to grow in the CMC greenhouse during the winter months. Sandy’s curiosity, creativity, and hard work have increased the productivity and varieties of produce available from the Knapp’s experimental farm. The delicious taste of fresh food grown by Knapp Ranch can be enjoyed at many local Vail Valley restaurants. Sandy is an avid volunteer and participates in 4H and rodeo with her daughter, and loves discovering new food trends, and eating out.

Steven Wallace

Farm Crew

Steven grew up in Bronx, New York. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Geology from the University at Albany in New York, and has completed certificate programs in Medical Botany at the New York Botanical Garden as well as Food Handler from ServeSafe National Restaurant Association. He brings a wide breadth of experience to the Farm at Knapp Ranch including working as a Farm Management Teacher at Project EATS, incorporating horticulture therapy practices as Health Educator for the New York Department of Education, conducting fresh food tastings and cooking demonstrations as Market Manager for Down To Earth Farmers Markets, and working as Head Hemp Farmer at Blue Forest Farms and Colorado Hemp Projects in Longmont, Colorado. Outside of his passion for growing delicious healthy food, he loves spending time with his son, James, and paragliding.

Andrew Burgess

Farm Hand

A native of Bradenton, Florida, Andrew’s experience growing microgreens and mushrooms on his own farm coupled with his extensive knowledge in experimental food production makes him the perfect addition to the Farm at Knapp Ranch. An avid outdoorsman, Andrew relocated to the West to be a hunting guide and personal trainer. As a resident of the Vail Valley, he has worked in numerous boutique hotels and restaurants, in addition to running his own fitness and nutrition business. When Andrew is not at the Farm, he can be found exploring the mountains and practicing his archery skills.

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Knapp Harvest


 

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Andi Goodrich

Retail Supervisor

Andi hails from northern Michigan. Prior to joining the Farm at Knapp Ranch, Andi spent seven years working at a family owned certified organic vegetable farm in New Jersey, where her passion for organic local growing and a chemical-free healthy lifestyle began. Before discovering her interest in sustainable living and healing through food, Andi was Assistant Technical Director of the Stage Production Design department at the Savannah College of Design, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. She was responsible for overseeing the drafting, building, technical elements and safety of all stage sets, as well as the basic wood and metal shop training of all students in the program. At the Farm at Knapp Ranch, Andi established Good Agricultural Practices protocol, oversees the HACCAP standards, food processing, seeding, and germination. Outside of work Andi enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, home fermentation and homemade skin care.

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Osage Gardens


 

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Jared McDermott

General Manager, Osage Gardens
Raised on a hillside dairy farm in rural Vermont, Jared McDermott has spent the better part of his life in the food and agriculture industry. In 2000, after purchasing his family’s farm, Jared founded the Vermont Herb & Salad Company, turning the four-season farm into a commercial operation that produces and distributes organic microgreens, salad greens, and culinary herbs throughout the United States. In 2010, Jared and his family relocated to western Colorado and he became the manager of Osage Gardens. Jared brings to the Osage Gardens/Knapp Ranch collective significant knowledge about the expanding future of local agriculture and the economic sustainability of consistent and long-term product specialization and distribution.

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Knapp's Nectar


 

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Carmen Weiland

Head Beekeeper and Manager

Carmen was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and moved to Vail, Colorado in 1990. She began her career in the Vail Valley opening hotels for the Hyatt Corporation. She also worked in construction management and wrote construction loans for First Bank of Vail, before starting her own property management business in 2002, Albert Incorporated. Before joining Knapp Ranch as Director of Estate Operations, Carmen managed 23 homes, a ranch in McCoy and a Homeowners Association for Cattleman’s Ranch in Lake Creek, Colorado. Carmen and her husband Daniel reside at Knapp Ranch with their three dogs. Carmen loves to garden, bike, Nordic ski, and hike.

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Hospitality


 

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Cary Hogan

Hospitality and Events Manager

Colorado native Cary Hogan grew up on a 200-acre working ranch in Fraser. An avid competitive skier, Cary was the first woman in Colorado to be offered a ski patrol job at Winter Park Resort, a position she turned down in favor of a management position with the lodge and restaurant at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in the Fraser Valley. A leader in the local and national wine industry and the owner of several small businesses in the Vail Valley, Cary is well-versed in sales, employee mentoring and training, event planning and management, media outreach, and customer service. Cary and her family own properties in Gypsum and Ridgway. She enjoys gardening, skiing, hiking, painting and writing.

Vilma Elizabeth Godinez Lanuza

Main Lodge Manager

Recently reunited with the Knapp family, Vilma moved from Los Angeles to Knapp Ranch where her expertise in hospitality, event management and guest services is being put to good use as the Ranch expands its offerings in these areas. A native of Guatemala, Vilma expedited her degree in business administration in the Guatemalan hospitality and travel industry. In 1980, she moved to California, and while employed by Betsy and Bud Knapp, she enrolled in Los Angeles City College and Montana Mercantile Cooking School, ultimately receiving an additional degree in travel management and hospitality from Academy Pacific Travel College in Hollywood. A career in guest and event services took her across the globe, planning events and tours for a variety of resorts, hotels and casinos. When she is not traveling the world, Vilma enjoys oil painting, nature photography, swimming, and spending time with her family.