Kristen Devlin: A Bridge-Builder and Creative Problem-Solver
An Art Director with two decades of experience helping brands form meaningful relationships with their customers, Kristen Devlin has been an Angel Fire Resort Member since 2015. She and her family first visited the mountain in 2014. As she says, “we fell in love with Angel Fire after skiing here that winter and returned the following summer as homeowners.”
Read on to learn more about Kristen, her approach to building consensus, and how she defines advocacy.
What made you decide to run for a seat on the AAFPO Board of Directors?
I’m not someone who turns away from hard work, nor am I someone who can overlook injustice. I was raised by my military father and my nurse mother to do good whenever I’m able. I want to do what I can to be an advocate for my fellow homeowners who felt railroaded by the Board members who voted to sue the Resort and continue to feel like their questions and concerns are not being heard.
How would you describe your management (or leadership) style?
I’m an excellent listener, and I’m exceedingly fair. I love facts and information, and I am very good at finding the middle ground in any dispute. (As a mother to three very spirited kids, I’ve learned how to mediate just about any conflict.) I’m always willing to consider other people’s opinions, and I’m decisive once I have all of the available information.
What’s your vision for AAFPO?
Collaboration with the Resort is crucial to our community and its future. We bought our home in Angel Fire because of the Resort and the amenities it offers. I don’t think we would have purchased our home here otherwise. The current AAFPO Board does not want to work with the Resort, which is to everyones’ disadvantage. My husband and I intend to retire in Angel Fire, and we want our community to thrive. To make sure that happens, we — the Members, AAFPO, the Resort, and the Village — must work together and be fair to one another.
What special skills or experiences would you bring to the AAFPO Board?
I have 20-plus years of experience in advertising and communications and have worked with major firms in New York and Dallas. I’ve also spent 10-plus years heading charitable committees and holding various board positions on the Parent’s Association at my children’s school.
What’s your favorite trail on the mountain?
We love Oeste Vista or, as my kids call it, the “bridges hike.” My two water-loving dogs get filthy dirty, my kids look for snakes, and my running husband usually laps us. I think we hiked it over 20 times last summer alone!