20 Under 40: Kendall Yeager loves to lead
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — According to Routt County native Kendall Yeager, growing up in Steamboat Springs was always an adventure. Especially as the oldest of six girls.
“That naturally placed me in a leadership role from the beginning, which encouraged me to grow and develop,” Yeager said. “Living with such a big family was a great test of learning to work with different personalities.”
When: 5 to 7 p.m. July 26
Where: Haymaker Patio Grill
Cost: $35, $15 for Young Professionals Network members
After graduating from Steamboat Springs High School, Yeager went on to get her four-year degree from Colorado Mountain College. While completing her degree, she began working full time at Northwest Colorado Health.
In her current position as development coordinator, she is responsible for the planning and implementation of resource development for the agency. In addition to managing all grant writing and reports for the agency, she also handles donor relations, management and communications.
Yeager said the best part of her job is being able to expand access to affordable health care throughout the Yampa Valley.
“A grant that I wrote a few years ago allowed us to begin offering psychiatry services via tele-conferencing,” Yeager said. “Since psychiatric care is so limited in our area, this has allowed for really high-needs patients to access the care that they need without having to travel or experience extremely long wait times.”
At the end of July however, after five years at Northwest Colorado Health, Yeager will transition into a new role at the city of Steamboat Springs as executive assistant to the city manager.
“I’m looking forward to learning more about the operations of the city and how we can work together as a community to ensure that we are leaving our city better for the next generation,” Yeager said.
Last month, Yeager completed Leadership Steamboat, a training program organized to develop leaders in business and community service. For 10 months, the group met once a month to learn more about the community through field trips and forums focused on the local economy and politics, as well as community issues, infrastructure and local businesses.
“This program was an incredible way to connect with other local leaders, learn more about the community as a whole and take a deeper dive into who and what makes Steamboat what it is,” Yeager said. “I’ve lived here for nearly 25 years, and I still learned so much over the course of the program. It also played a huge role in helping me find my voice as a young leader in the community.”
Yeager is currently president-elect of the Young Professionals Network board and will step into the role of board chair in October.
“The YPN Board is absolutely my favorite thing that I’m a part of,” Yeager said. “It’s a really fantastic group that works with local young professionals to build a better community through the development of leaders. We strive to help young professionals grow and connect with one another through networking opportunities, professional development, and volunteering.”
Yeager’s goal for the future is to leave the Steamboat community an even better place.
“I don’t want to sit back and let things happen,” she explained. “Being at the forefront of what’s happening in the community and giving a voice to those who aren’t always represented is hugely important to me.”
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