Welcome to the Vail Symposium

The Vail Symposium is has thrived since 1971 in the Vail Valley.
Learn about our history here.
Learn more about our amazing Team, Donors and Sponsors below:

OUR STAFF

Our incredible staff makes the Vail Symposium what it is.

Kris Sabel-Executive Director

Kris Sabel began as the Vail Symposium Executive Director on September 1, 2016. Most recently Sabel served as the Executive Director for the Vilar Performing Arts Center for 15 years. Originally from Port Washington, Wisc., Sabel completed his education with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. and a Master of Arts from the University of Missouri. He has resided locally since August of 1999.

He first became familiar with the Vail Symposium when the Symposium hosted the Festival of Words, the Toronto Film Festival, a program with Ayaan Hirsi Ali and others at the VPAC.  He has also worked with the Symposium to moderate discussions on select arts programs.

Sabel’s wife, Ruth Johnson, is the President and CEO of Roundup River Ranch.

Email Kris at ksabel@vailsymposium.org

Claire Noble-Program Manager

Claire Noble joined the Vail Symposium as Program Manager in May 2018, working with the Programming Committee to design the Symposium’s seasons, from planning topics and approaches to topics to developing speakers and organizing individual programs.

Noble started her career as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force delivering intelligence briefings, instruction and situation updates to commanders and personnel. She also served as Director of Training for city managers in Washington, D.C. and worked as an instructor for the Air Force’s Commissioned Officer Training School in Montgomery, AL.

Noble and her family lived in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Switzerland from 2000 – 2016 where she worked as a writer, editor and voice-over artist. Frequent visitors to Vail, Noble moved to the Vail Valley permanently in 2016. Since then, she’s volunteered at the Vilar Performing Arts Center, served as a contributing writer for the Vail Daily and co-hosted Good Morning Vail on TV8.

Email Claire at cnoble@vailsymposium.org

Arzu Basyildiz-Office and Event Manager

Arzu is a long time resident of the Vail Valley. She loves volunteering throughout the Vail Valley and joined Vail Symposium team in September 2017.
Before joining the Vail Symposium team, she worked at Vail Jazz; she also works part-time at Vail Resorts. She and her husband own a small retail shop in Edwards, Nomadic Collection, where she was the buyer and store manager for more than 15 years. She also managed a bank branch for seven years when she was living in Turkey. She has Economics and Interior designs degrees and is also a professional interpreter for legal needs.

Email Arzu at arzu@vailsymposium.org

Katie Coakley-Marketing Manager

Katie Coakley joined the Vail Symposium as the marketing manager in June 2017.

Katie has worked in the Vail area for more than 14 years. She began as an Account Supervisor with Peeples Ink PR, working with businesses and organizations like Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, Vail International Dance Festival and Vail Summer. In 2011, she started Katydid PR, providing communications services for events and organizations in addition to providing contracting and consulting work for other public relations firms.

She is also a freelance journalist, contributing to local publications like the Vail Daily and Vail Valley Magazine as well as state-wide and national editorial outlets.

Katie received a BA in English with a secondary education certificate from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and taught high school English for several years before moving to Colorado.

Contact Katie at kcoakley@vailsymposium.org

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dale Mosier-Chairman

Dale Mosier became the Chairman of the Vail Symposium Board of Directors on July 1, 2016. He assumed the role from Rohn Robbins. Mosier himself has been an integral part of the Symposium. First as a program volunteer, then board member, then as chairman of the Program Committee, he is credited with bringing some of the most high-caliber speakers and programs to the Symposium.

Originally from Dallas, Pennsylvania, Dale retired from the field of engineering before entering the Peace Corps as a volunteer alongside his wife, Jeanne, for two years in rural South Africa and three years in Lolongwe, Malawi, where Dale served as the Malawi Country Director. He then spent a year in Washington DC training new country directors.

Dale has always been interested in current events and hot button issues and he views it as the Vail Symposium’s role in this community to bring such issues to the forefront of discussion. He also believes in a diverse program schedule including stimulating discussion on art, adventure and more.

BOARD MEMBERS

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Garry Gilman

Board Member

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Andy Kaufman

Board Member

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Kathy Kimmel

Board Member

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Laurie Kleisinger

Board Member

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Mary Lamb Lucas

BOARD MEMBER

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William Mimles

BOARD MEMBER

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Pat Montgomery

BOARD MEMBER

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Jeanne Mosier

BOARD MEMBER

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Mary Pat Rapp

BOARD MEMBER

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James C. Ruh

BOARD MEMBER

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Brian Stockmar

BOARD MEMBER

ADVISORY COUNCIL

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Dr. Eben Alexander

COUNCILLOR

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Michael Balk

COUNCILLOR

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Pam Bard

COUNCILLOR

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Richard Bard

COUNCILLOR

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Jack Eck

COUNCILLOR

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Judson Haims

COUNCILLOR

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Richard Mah

COUNCILLOR

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Jamie Metzl

COUNCILLOR

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Ralph White

COUNCILLOR

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Thomas Wright

COUNCILLOR

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

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Dale Mosier

COMMITTEE MEMBER

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Cathie Bennett

COMMITTEE MEMBER

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Greg Dobbs

COMMITTEE MEMBER

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Gary Gilman

COMMITTEE MEMBER

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Kat Haber

COMMITTEE MEMBER

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Michael Hazard

COMMITTEE MEMBER

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Kathy Kimmel

COMMITTEE MEMBER

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Dr. Robert Lipnick

COMMITTEE MEMBER

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Rebecca Matlon

COMMITTEE MEMBER

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George Nimmo

COMMITTEE MEMBER

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Mary Pat Rapp

COMMITTEE MEMBER

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Kathryn Regjo

COMMITTEE MEMBER

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Wendy Rudolph

COMMITTEE MEMBER

DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

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Jeanne Mosier

COMMITTEE MEMBER

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Kathy Kimmel

COMMITTEE MEMBER

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Laurie Kleisinger

COMMITTEE MEMBER

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Mary Lamb Lucas

COMMITTEE MEMBER

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William Mimeles

COMMITTEE MEMBER

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Jim Ruh

COMMITTEE MEMBER

HONORARY BOARD

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Ebby Pinson

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Karen Morter

CHAIR EMERITUS

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Terry Minger

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Priscilla O’Neil

Give to the Vail Symposium

Your support means EVERYTHING to us

As Vail Symposium continues to grow and change, we need your help more than ever. We’ll continue providing thought-provoking, educational programming to the Vail Valley but we’re also expanding our digital presence by filming all of our programs. Every donation is important: Please consider donating today.