Grey Havens Group Board Members
Dr. Elisha Conant, Board President
Elisha Conant has been a member of the Grey Haven Group since 2012. She has been active in many aspects of the non-profit association, from participation in community events to the organization of key Grey Havens literacy activities. Dr. Conant is a strong believer in the importance of family literacy, community organization, and imagination. She was previously on the board of Dr. Watson’s Neglected Patients, a scion of the Baker St. Irregulars in Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Conant currently works as a Clinical Psychologist in Boulder, CO, with a focus on family and children.
Ivona Elenton, Vice President
Ivona Elenton is a Swede who once partook in a prestigious writing program as one of only thirty in the whole country. After that she stopped writing for a long time. Her first North American publication appeared recently in The Pedestal Magazine. She is an historian, archivist and future paralegal who loves tea, literature, gaming, popular and geek culture. She drives a blue beetle bug named Mymble full of stickers representing her passions.
Ivona is a long-time Tolkienist who has been active in several Tolkien Societies in different countries. She served on the board of the Uppsala Tolkien Society in Sweden for eight years, and is an active member of several local book/literacy groups.
Beverly Laroe, Secretary
Beverly is currently Office Manager for Community Infant Program and has worked for Mental Health Partners a nonprofit corporation serving the mental health community in Boulder County for twenty-seven years. Previous to this, she worked for the Midwest Children’s Home in Longmont Colorado until it’s closing in 1988. Beverly writes, “My interest in Tolkien started when I was in fifth grade when my teacher read The Fellowship of the Ring to our class. I have been a part of Grey Havens Group since December, 2014.”
Juli Scrivner, Treasurer
Juli is our financial wizard. She is a retired accountant with 35 years of experience in budgeting and financial reporting. She is very grateful to use her skills to support this amazing organization.
Charlie Krinsky, Board Member at Large
Charlie joined the Grey Havens Group in Jan of 2011 after the group’s founder, Kelly Cowling, saw him in front of Barbed Wire Books and lassoed him. He has been a Tolkienophile since he was 15 in 1974 when he discovered The Hobbit in the Cheyenne, Wyoming Library.
This is what Charlie has to say about why the Grey Havens Group mission is important to him: “At first, I simply enjoyed the book discussion groups and ignored the other programs/events. Then, one fateful day, I realized there is more here than simply entertainment. I am now very humbled and honored to be a part of this worthy cause for literacy, and most importantly the cause of the Imagination!” “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” Albert Einstein
Joe Ashworth, Board Member at Large
Joe Ashworth currently works as an Air Traffic Controller assigned as a Quality Control Staff Support Specialist locally here in Longmont at Denver Center. Read his full bio here. He has worked with the Boy Scouts of America since 1998 and currently he is the co-advancement chair of Longmont Troop 65 and a Brotherhood member of the Boy Scout’s Order of the Arrow. In his spare time, he enjoys working with computers, computer programming, and tinkering with computer related technologies. He still enjoys picking up a Sci-Fi book from time to time.
In his own words: “I have watched my children in Grey Haven’s YA since it was formed. They are great readers and it was fantastic to see them excited about the different fandoms. The Grey Havens YA is a good match for them as it pulls them into being creative, social, analytical, and of course encourages more reading! Not just reading but discussing and understanding what they are reading. I have since seen this is true with the adults in Grey Havens as well as the splinter groups! I absolutely love the passion and joy each of these members exhibit when they go to their meetings or diving into a project and I see this with all the volunteers as well! I am honored being given the opportunity to nurture this collectively as a Board Member.”
Donna Clement, Board Member at Large
Donna has been very fortunate to be able to work in the field of art her entire career. She earned her BFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and her MA at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Her Thesis is titled Teaching Adult Students Who Are Apprehensive About Making Art. Donna has been a muralist and a freelance illustrator for many years including drawing botanical illustrations for Botanical Interests seed company since they opened in 1994. She now teaches art to adults through her studio and through classes offered by the cities of Loveland and Longmont.
You can see Donna’s art in Longmont! Check out the electric junction box located at the SW corner of 11th & Kimbark Streets and her mural for the Longmont Public Library.
Scott Rochat, Board Member at Large
Scott may have been the first to chronicle the Grey Havens Group’s activities for the general public, writing a Longmont Times-Call feature article on the brand-new Tolkien reading group. Since then, he has watched Grey Havens grow beyond his expectations into a true force for community improvement, and was honored to be asked to join the board in September 2017.
An avid reader since the age of two and a half (yes, really), Scott has been a reporter, columnist, actor, director, playwright, and unabashed geek in the time since. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Journalism (Media Studies) and wrote his thesis on the Internet’s impact on copyright law, a subject dear to the heart of any would-be fanfiction writer. He is currently the public relations and media specialist for Longmont Power & Communications.
Scott and his wife Heather live in Longmont and care for Heather’s developmentally disabled aunt, Missy. The fact that Missy has become an ardent fan of both Harry Potter and Star Wars is a point of pride for the whole family
Angela Larson, Community Liaison
Angela Larson has a BFA in Interior Architecture and M.Ed. in Instructional Technology. Angela received the Saint Vrain Valley School District Outstanding School Volunteer of the Year in 2009 and was nominated for the Saint Vrain Valley Education Association Sally Joyce Friend of Education award. She is the busy parent of two Grey Havens YA members but she still finds time to give back to her community through service to Grey Havens Group, Saint Vrain Valley School District, and Stephen Ministry.