George currently serves as Director of Telehealth at Optum and has founded several pioneering medical startups over the last 20 years. He holds a B.A. in Government from Colby College in Maine and resides in Redstone Canyon with his wife, Pam.
John Weins*, Chair
My name is John Weins and I was born in Sioux City, Iowa in 1950. I moved to Colorado in 1969 to attend CSU to study wildlife biology.
After doing a variety of jobs, including warehouse work, I purchased a small farm in 1991 and grew vegetables for a number of years. In 1980, I was diagnosed with glaucoma and gradually lost my vision over the next 20 years.
As my vision diminished, I took up music as a hobby and learned to play recorders, flute, and fife. I played in a number of fife and drum corps for about 12 years. Currently, I play a folk fife for a Morris dance group called Breathless in Berthoud.
About 5 years ago, I received training from the Colorado Division of Rehabilitation in mobility, computers, and other domestic skills. I also took several mail order courses in Braille from the Hadley School for the Blind.
Being blind is not the end of the world. There is a lot of excellent training available for blind people who are very capable of doing many things. Quality of life does not have to suffer, although obviously things are different.
Dan Ashbaugh has been a resident of Northern Colorado for the last 37 years, growing up in Fort Collins and now living in Loveland. He is a partial paraplegic as a result of a trampoline accident in 1979 which left him partially paralyzed from the waist down. Dan received a B.A. in Mechanical Kinesiology from the University of Northern Colorado and B.S. in Computer Science from Colorado State University.
Prior to completing his schooling, Dan spent 6 years as a member of the U.S. Disabled Ski team representing the U.S. in two world Championships and Paralympics. Since 1995 Dan has worked at Hewlett Packard as a software engineer, and he is currently working in the Storage Division as a System Integration Test Architect for Tape Automation Storage products.
Dan likes to keep himself busy with outdoor activities like golf and motorcycle touring and also has a passion for wine-making.
Realtor, The Group, Inc. Real Estate, Fort Collins.
Tracey returned to Fort Collins in the late 1990’s after working with high technology firms specializing in litigation support software and imaging systems in and around Phoenix Arizona. She began her career in Real Estate as the personal assistant to prominent Realtor Harleen Alexander. Upon Harleen’s retirement in 2006, Tracey established her own career in this field. Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from Colorado State University.
Born in Denver, and raised in Fort Collins, Tara attended Colorado State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science with a concentration in finance.
She has been a loan officer in Fort Collins since 2002. Outside of work, Tara and her husband stay active by snowboarding, wakeboarding, hiking, biking, and running.