Shawna Perales

Shawna is originally from Nebraska and also spent time in Colorado while growing up. After receiving her Associate of Arts Degree, her path of secondary education took her to New Mexico, where she graduated from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM with a Bachelors’ Degree in Business Administration. After Graduation, she spent time in Albuquerque and Taos where she grew her career in Hotel and Hospitality Management and over the years and realized how this industry really fed her servant’s heart. Her Hospitality Career continued as a Director of Sales for Kessler Collection, a boutique luxury brand of hotels, but wrapped up in 2020 when she began homeschooling her son, Oliver. With Oli back in school, Shawna joined the Eagle Rock Team supporting Finance and Operations. She, her husband Josán, and son Oliver reside as House Parents of Pinon.

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Shawna is inspired by her family and by making people happy so being able to serve the Eagle Rock community from an operations standpoint brings her much joy.

Sandy Rivera

Sandy Rivera is the Human Resources and Administration Manager and is responsible for the benefits, new hire orientations, risk management, student insurances and assisting with other special projects such as the ER 25th anniversary. She moved from Hollywood, California, where for the past 8 years she worked as a Benefits Manager, Worker’s Compensation Coordinator, and Safety Officer for Jay Nolan Community Services. JNCS is a non-profit organization that assists individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities. She is an Eagle Rock graduate and is super excited to be back into the community that helped her as a student. Sandy was studying Business Management at the University of Redlands in California and will continue her education here at Colorado State University.  She loves all animals and all mediums of art. She continues to help the ERS community and the student body in many creative ways and she loves every crazy minute of it!

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My favorite part of Eagle Rock is the students, the hardworking staff and the nature.

Student inspire me when they find their voice in the community.

Christi Kelston

Christi works part-time directly supporting Megan Rebeiro (our head of school), with a variety of projects. Before this role, Christi served as the director of Public Allies Eagle Rock from 2015-2020. For the past 15-plus years, Christi has worked with nonprofits that challenge traditional concepts of education and youth development. Prior to rejoining the Eagle Rock team (she was a fellow in 2008-9), Christi was the program director of quality improvement at Family League of Baltimore, where she oversaw the quality and implementation of professional development for community schools in Baltimore. Christi’s earlier professional experiences included teaching both in and out of the classroom, facilitating team-building and ropes course programs, and training and leading a staff of up to 50 outdoor educators. She has held academic and residential positions at a summer enrichment program for gifted students, directed a 10-week summer day camp, and served as acting executive director of Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center in Parkton, Md. Christi was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., then moved to a small town in North Carolina when her parents began directing a girls’ residential summer camp. From age nine to 18, Christi lived in Baltimore County, Md. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative non-fiction writing. Christi and her wife Annie are Lodgepole houseparents; they live on campus with their daughter Tallulah and their dog Fern.

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My favorite thing about Eagle Rock is student voice in leadership and decision making.

Elizabeth Rivera

Elizabeth is originally from Lima-Peru and recently moved from Miami, Florida to the Estes Valley. She worked in the hotel & hospitality industry in Miami for over 20 years. She discovered that though her experiences in the hotel & hospitality world that one of her greatest passions was to help and guide people. Elizabeth is now the Administrative Assistant in the Business Office for Eagle Rock. She will be assisting with business office needs such as student insurance & student banking along with helping both the Finance Manager and the HR & Administration Manager. She loves to share time with her husband and her son Alexander.

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I’m really moved by my family.