Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Helen Beall
In the front yard of her house in Old Town, Helen Beall, formerly Helen Brown, has created a dinosaur garden that symbolizes her approach to life and offers a glimpse into her upbeat, quirky personality. She has replaced flowers and grass with rocks, plastic dinosaurs and caves.
“This garden is part of my wanting community to be community, having people engage with their neighbors,” Beall says. “Kids come and play in the garden. It’s an open door to communication — don’t put up fences, come play in the garden.”
Since moving to Steamboat in 2008, Beall has worked tirelessly to contribute the community. The former Mars Hill University soccer player now coaches soccer in Steamboat. She also serves on the boards of Yampa Valley Gives and the Steamboat Soccer Club, is former director of the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament, and is a proud member of the 2015 Leadership Steamboat class.
“I put my hands in a lot of pots, and I’m not afraid to get them dirty,” Beall says. “I lead by example, by really just showing how much I care. Whatever I’m doing I’m doing it with 100 percent passion.”
Beall also has a knack for turning trials into triumphs.
When the recession hit Asheville, North Carolina, in 2007, Beall was a year out of college enjoying a promising job with an advertising agency, utilizing her degree in marketing. Suddenly, she found herself without a job.
“I was laid off, as was almost everyone,” Beall says. “It was scary. I was 21, and there wasn’t any work.”
After a year of job searching, Beall joined her ski/surf bum cousin for a ski season in Steamboat. Once here, she didn’t want to leave. She worked for two years at Freshies and then was hired by Yampa Valley Medical Center as a financial counselor.
Beall worked at the hospital for 2 1/2 years, during which the Affordable Care Act came into play. Getting people insured soon became her primary focus, and Beall transformed her role into the position of health benefit coordinator — a job that still exists today.
Beall later was approached by Yampa Valley Community Foundation executive director Mark Andersen about an open position, and she was eventually hired as the foundation’s office manager.
“I’ve been here for a year, and it’s the perfect position for me,” she says. “I get to help raise money for this community that’s so near and dear to me.”
It was Andersen who nominated Beall as one of Steamboat’s 20 under 40 leaders, and he believes she is destined to become a “force” within the community.
“She is the first to raise her hand if something needs to get done and will work feverishly until the project is complete,” Andersen says. “She’s a remarkable young woman and she excels at her role at the Community Foundation.”
The path that led Beall here was one of self-discovery, and now, at age 32, she has found love (she married Ben Beall, whom she met coaching soccer, in March), a new career and a community she describes as the “greatest place to live in the world.”
“Steamboat gives you the inspiration to be the best person you can be,” Beall says. “If you find your home, you need to build a nest, you need to get involved.”
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