MEET THE TEAM

Doug McCarthy, Local First healthcare

Doug McCarthy brings more than 30 years of experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to his role as CEO of Local First and Local First Foundation. Doug also serves as Local First’s healthcare advocate in partnership with Peak Health Alliance, which has saved local residents more than $5 million on health insurance premiums. A longtime resident of La Plata County, Doug serves on the La Plata County Board of Health and was previously a fellow of the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership and board chair of the Center for Improving Value in Health Care.

Meg Maurillo

Meg has been a resident of Durango since 2007 and has worked in membership, non profit and event management for over 20 years. She owns her own photography and metalsmith business and has served on the board for the Four Corners Gem and Mineral Club as well as Event Chair for the Annual Gem Show. Being a local artist herself she invests in shopping local as a first choice.

Meaghan Lee, Local First.

Meaghan Lee has a foundation in Business Administration and Marketing, having earned her degree from Fort Lewis College in 2022. Her passion for creativity and strategic thinking led her to specialize in social media marketing, digital marketing, and content writing. Eager to carve her path in the professional world, Meaghan is committed to
making a meaningful impact through her work with Local First.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mary Oswald, Chair

Mary Oswald, Chair

Mary believes we all have a responsibility to create a community that values people, the planet, and prosperity…. the mission of Local First! Mary continues to own and operate San Juan Hand Therapy (est. 1996) while also serving as a Durango Nordic Ski Club board member, a member and past president of the Durango Daybreak Rotary Club, as well as a volunteer with many other Durango organizations that emphasize environmental stewardship.

John Lopez, Treasurer

John Lopez, Treasurer

John brings over twenty years of experience in public accounting, auditing nonprofit organizations as well as common interest realty associations, and as a board member of Local First, John supports the growth and development of local Durango businesses.

John Lopez also serves on the Local First Foundation Board.

Kristen Muraro

Kristen Muraro

Kristen Muraro, the Sales & Marketing Director at Ska Brewing Company, and brings her 15+ years-experience in the event planning industry and 10 + years in the craft beer world to the Local First Board of Directors. Kristen also currently serves on the Conference and Events Committee for the Colorado Brewers Guild and the Market Development Committee for the Brewers Association.

Claire Attkisson

Claire Attkisson, Secretary

Claire Attkisson has an MBA in Sustainable Business and Marketing from Pinchot University. Since then, Claire has founded and grown four successful social and environmental businesses and social ventures in her career: Roll eBike, The Powerhouse Science Center, Common Earth Educational Adventures, and Live Creative Studio.

Kip Koso, Vice-Chair

Kip Koso, Vice-Chair

Kip grew up in Durango as a Riverview Eagle, Smiley Saint and Durango Demon before moving away for undergraduate and graduate school. He currently works as a consultant for UPMC, a large medical organization, assisting in developing programming in health and wellness. Impact rather than just participation drives his benefits work and personal philosophy when it comes to people and organizations. He firmly believes organizations need to be changing lives for the work they do.
Kip Koso also serves on the Local First Foundation Board.

Jeanne Randazzo Szczech

Jeanne Randazzo Szczech

With a firm belief that generosity and gratitude create joy and prosperity, Jeanne Randazzo Szczech has been the owner and independent broker of Arete Mortgage in Durango since 2003 as well as the co-owner/manager of Colorado Mountain Expeditions since 2007. Previously, she has been a member of several local boards and devoted countless volunteer hours within the Durango 9-R schools. Jeanne brings her experience in the local real estate and finance market as well as her passion for the community’s local business collective and environmental stewardship to the Local First Board.
Jeanne Szczech also serves on the Local First Foundation board.

Geoff Wolf

Geoff Wolf

Geoff regards being involved in a local community as an anchor that keeps us grounded in the wild and wooly world around us. In addition, efforts to keep commerce local benefit our precious planet in many valuable ways. He has been active locally in Durango since 1982 when he moved to the area to open Sterling’s Restaurant at Purgatory. Over the decades, Geoff founded two businesses in Durango, a Unicorn’s Garden and Back In The Saddle. He has served on numerous local Board of Directors and currently volunteers with both Local First and SCAPE. He is “mostly” retired after a long career as an entrepreneur and marketing consultant. Geoff’s extensive Board of Director and marketing experience will help Local First serve its members successfully.