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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Joan McGrath leads technical innovation at the LOR Foundation and in the communities it serves. She joined in January 2018, with the goal of using technology to better connect community leaders with the people and resources they need to create strong, thriving communities. She brings over 15 years experience in user-centered solution design to the role.
Most recently, Joan was Managing Director, Product and Operations at Atlantic 57, the creative consulting division of The Atlantic. She also held senior technology positions at the Council on Foreign Relations and McGraw-Hill. In 2015, she was named to Folio’s Top Women in Media.
Joan graduated with a B.A. from Trinity College and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics. She is a native of Washington, D.C., and currently resides there with her husband and two children. Together the family loves to bike, swim, fish, and golf.
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Korenna joined the team in January 2018 and will lead a communications effort to share the real stories of LOR’s impact in the Intermountain West. Working closely with LOR’s strong network of community partners, she will highlight the innovation, courageous change and community progress happening in our rural neighborhoods and backyards. Her goal is to elevate the dialogue on livability and make it a household name.
Most recently Korenna designed and implemented national awareness campaigns for the U.S. Apple association and provided communications support to apple growers across the country.
A graduate of the University of Arizona, Korenna spent the first decade of her PR career on the agency side, working mainly with associations, member organizations and non-profits.
She loves to cook, travel and spend time with her young son, husband and two lively miniature schnauzers.
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Jake Caldwell has been a program officer for the LOR Foundation since August 2014. 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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Jeremy Grimm joined the LOR Foundation as a Program Officer in May 2017. He is based in Sandpoint, Idaho. Jeremy fell in love with the West more than twenty years ago while studying at the University of Denver, where he earned a B.A. in Geography. He holds a M.A. in Community Planning and Development from the Muskie School of Public Service.
Jeremy developed a deep understanding of the unique challenges facing rural western communities with more than a decade of experience serving as Planning and Community Development Director in Sandpoint, Idaho and Buffalo, Wyoming. Most recently, Jeremy was Director of Communications and Public Relations at Kochava, Inc., a leading mobile analytics firm in Sandpoint, Idaho.
Jeremy is motivated by the loss of authenticity and degradation of a rural “sense of place” and is passionate about working to find creative solutions that address community challenges and achieve positive outcomes. When not working or tending to his flock of Shetland sheep, he enjoys spending time with his family fishing, skiing, and attempting to hunt elk throughout the West.
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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 Burdick joined the LOR Foundation in January 2016. In her role as Communications Associate, she works with grantees and partners to enhance their communications strategies.
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 husband and two daughters. When not at work, Krista can be found out on the trails hiking, biking, backpacking, ski touring, or just hanging out with the sun on her face.
Krista has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University.
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