Amy Wyss & Ed Jaramillo
Amy Wyss and Ed Jaramillo, Board Members of the LOR Foundation, have a special connection to the Intermountain West. Amy met her husband Ed, a native of the region, while on a chairlift in the Rockies where their shared passion for the outdoors and small towns ignited their relationship—and guided the development of an innovative approach to philanthropy.
Together, Amy and Ed want to support small communities and help them to cultivate change in their own backyards. After developing their vision, the LOR Foundation was established in 2007 to enhance livability and quality of life for rural communities in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, and Wyoming. This model of community-driven philanthropy is shaping the strategy of other organizations and funders across the West.
After work, Amy and Ed enjoy spending time with family and friends which includes a mean game of cribbage.
Chief Communications Officer
LaMonte Guillory, Chief Communications Officer, joined the LOR Foundation in August 2014 with the mission of creating, developing and guiding the Foundation’s strategic communications initiatives.
LaMonte, a graduate from Southern Methodist University with a BA in Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, brings 15 years of public relations, corporate communications and social media experience to the Foundation. LaMonte is a family man, music lover, eco advocate, skier, mountain biker, bad golfer and foodie with a great appreciation for some good ‘ole Cajun cooking.
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Chief Program Officer
Ben Alexander, Chief Program Officer, joined the LOR Foundation in April 2016. For the last decade he co-directed Headwaters Economics, a leading nonpartisan research group that works to improve community development and land management decisions in the West.
Ben’s career has focused on the economics of land use, the evolving competitive position of rural economies, collaborative approaches to planning and land management, and the creative display of socioeconomic data. He is passionate about local solutions to significant challenges that affect the direction and well being of rural western communities. He also has been known to ride a bike and hop on skis from time to time.
Ben is a graduate of Bozeman High School and has a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and masters’ degrees from Yale University. He lives in Bozeman with his family.
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Jake Caldwell has been a program officer for the LOR Foundation since August, 2014, having previously performed contract work for LOR in 2012-2013. Jake began practicing law in Taos, New Mexico, in 2000, specializing in civil litigation and business, property development, land use, local government and appellate law. He served as County Attorney for Taos County from 2009 to 2010, Taos County Manager from 2011 to 2012 and Town Attorney for the Town of Taos in 2014. Jake is passionate about protecting and preserving the landscape and way of life he grew up with near Taos, and in other rural landscapes like it.
Jake is a graduate of Taos High School, has a BA in Biochemistry from the Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law. He is a member of the New Mexico State Bar and the US District Court for the District of New Mexico, and has served on several non-profit and community boards and advisory committees. More than anything, Jake loves traveling, playing, skiing and hiking with his wife and two daughters.
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J.R. Logan joined the LOR Foundation as a Program Associate in January 2017 after spending nine years as a journalist in the rural West covering the economy, natural resources, and local government. His writing on environmental and social issues has been honored with multiple state and national awards. He was most recently a reporter and assistant editor for The Taos News.
J.R. was born and raised in Colorado, and he has lived up and down the Rocky Mountain West. He’s branded cattle in Montana, guided fishing trips in backwoods Wyoming, and is on a lifelong quest to find the best red chile in Northern New Mexico. J.R. attended Montana State University in Bozeman, where he earned a bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Philosophy. He and his wife spend their free time tending to goats, chickens, and two rowdy boys on a small farmstead near Taos.
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Krista’s love of big mountains, fresh alpine air, clean water, winding trails, and wild animals lured her to Montana. After college, she ventured out west to work in Yellowstone National Park and never looked back. Krista enjoys camping and exploring the great outdoors with her family. When not at work, Krista can be found out on the trails with her trusty canine companion, Sidney, cross-country skiing, trail running, hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, or just hanging out with the sun on her face.
Krista’s love of small mountain towns fits well with the LOR Foundation’s mission of enhancing livability in communities across the Intermountain West. Prior to joining LOR in January 2016, Krista worked at The Trust for Public Land, Yellowstone Park Foundation, USDA Rural Development, and Montana PBS. Krista has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University.
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