Vail Veterans Program

Vail Veterans Program transforms the lives of military injured and their families by providing innovative, individualized outdoor therapeutic and rehabilitative programs that encourage healthy recovery, personal growth, and the building of lifelong communities of mutual support.

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Jackie Lizar, Program & Development Coordinator
Start Date: 2018

Jackie first came to Vail for an internship with the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch and fell in love with the Valley and the mountain lifestyle - so much so that she immediately moved back following her graduation from the University of Missouri. She graduated in 2017 with a degree in Hospitality Management, an emphasis in Conference and Event Management and a minor in Business. Jackie joins the |VVP team after extensive experience in events, ranging from philanthropic galas and fundraisers to weddings, and is excited to officially enter the nonprofit world. Jackie's childhood was spent moving from state to state as her father was assigned to different military bases. After 21 years of service, he retired as an officer from the US Army and their family settled in Kansas City, Missouri. Being the daughter of a Veteran, Jackie is excited to begin working for an organization she is passionate about. In her free time, Jackie enjoys being on the mountain year-round, hiking in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.

Sarah Heredia, Operations & Development Coordinator
Start Date: 2019

Sarah joins the Vail Veteran's Program with an extensive background in events and client relations. She spent nearly a decade of her career at the Sonnenalp Hotel planning and executing countless weddings, corporate conferences and community gatherings. During this time, Sarah had the pleasure of planning the Vail Veterans Program welcome dinners three years in a row. She was so inspired by these impactful and memorable events and felt drawn to be part of the team. She is grateful and excited to contribute to an organization that creates life changing experiences for our Nation's Heroes. Sarah lives in Eagle with her husband and two beautiful daughters. As a family they enjoy spending time outside together, embarking on all that the mountains have to offer. She and her husband have a love for travel, and they cannot wait to continue their adventures around the world with their girls.

Nanci Northway, Treasurer
Start Date: 2006

Nanci Northway was appointed the Vice President of Internal Audit at Vail Resorts in 2006 and retired from this position in 2014. Ms. Northway joined Vail Resorts in 1998 as the Vice President and Controller. From 1996-1998 she served as the Chief Financial Officer for Booth Creek Ski Holdings. Prior to 1996 she held a variety of positions in Operations, Finance and Accounting at Northstar California. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Nevada, Reno. Ms. Northway is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Nanci has served 6 Board Terms for Vail Veterans Program and became a part-time staff member in January 2016.

Cheryl Jensen, Founder & Board Chair
Start Date: 2004

Cheryl Jensen is the Founder and Board Chair of Vail Veterans Program. In April 2014, Jensen was awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Award by 38th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, and in May 2005, she was given the Outstanding Public Service Medal from Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld for her tireless efforts.


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