Town Council Members


Portrait of Rick Ihnken

Rick Ihnken

Title: Frisco Mayor
Tel: 970-368-2627
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Lived in Frisco Since: 1995

Career Information: Currently EMS Division Chief at Summit Fire & EMS; Former Station Captain, West Metro Fire Rescue (22 years); Part-time Ski Patroller, Arapahoe Basin; Former Flight for Life Flight Paramedic

Previous Participation in Town Boards or Committees: Peak One Neighborhood HOA; Former Board Member for other HOA boards; Rotary Community Dinner Volunteer, High Country Conservation Zero Waste Warrior

Town Council Terms Served & Serving: April 2016 - April 2022, Councilmember, April 2022 - April 2024, Mayor Pro Tem, April 2024 - Present, Mayor

Educational Background: Pursuing B.A. Fire Service Management, Columbia Southern University; Public Safety Leadership Development Program, University of Denver; Paramedic Training, Rutgers University; A.D. General Studies, Colorado Mountain College

Comments

I have served on the Frisco Town Council the past eight years.  While on Council we have updated the building code, hired two Town Managers, completed the BIG dig and tied the budget to our strategic plan.  Additionally, we have adopted and approved the 2019 Community Plan, Trails Master Plan and prioritized a Parks Improvement Plan.  We are working on phase two at the Marina and in the process of creating a master plan for the Peninsula Recreation Area.  I have worked to create partnerships with CDOT, community groups and other local municipalities.  One of my future goals is to identify dedicated funding for town programs, instead of using the general fund.  Three issues facing Frisco are: Housing, Exit 203 and infrastructure needs.  Workforce housing is a challenge in Summit County and in the Town of Frisco, 1,000 units are needed in the Ten-Mile Basin alone.  We are using the work of the Housing Taskforce to get something out of the ground on several sights.  Exit 203 is on the CDOT list of projects.  Silverthorne and Dillon have identified Exit 205 as their priority.  Frisco has partnered with Silverthorne, Dillon and Summit County to bring one voice to the table to get these projects started.  Infrastructure in Frisco needs to be evaluated, the Public Works team does a great job and deserve support through funding.  As we see a higher full-time and seasonal occupancy rate more strain will be placed on infrastructure.  We need to be forward thinking; growth will continue in Frisco I would like to be a steward for our community.

Portrait of Andrew Aerenson

Andrew Aerenson

Title: Frisco Town Councilmember
Tel: 302-229-6464
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Lived in Frisco Since: 2015

Career Information: Real Estate/Business Entrepreneur, Real Estate/Business Attorney; Business Law College Professor; Full-Time Ski Instructor, Breckenridge Ski Resort; E&J Gallo Winery Sales Representative (Summit County, Vail and Aspen)

Previous Participation in Town Boards or Committees: The Summit Foundation Board of Trustees; Rotary Club of Summit County; Summit County Board of Equalization; Red Cross Disaster Supervisor; Breckenridge Heritage Alliance; CMC Mountain Scholars Mentor

Town Council Terms Served & Serving: April 2020 - April 2024, April 2024 - Present

Educational Background: Business Degree – Marketing major, University of Denver; Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University

Comments

My wife Marci and I live in Frisco because we value community, walkability and the calm mountain lifestyle that Frisco provides. Being on Council for the past four years has reinforced my belief that residents and visitors want Frisco to remain a small town with a big sense of community. Issues affecting locals, non-resident homeowners and tourists require Council to always focus on how decisions impact the character and livability of our Frisco community.  Fundamentally, Council needs to plan ways to manage our popularity, integrate environmental thinking, and ensure that all residents share in the successes of our thriving town. To effectively manage the issues in Frisco, we need a Council with diverse backgrounds and experiences. The perspective I offer comes from my years as an entrepreneur, business person and real estate/business attorney. My professional expertise for 20+ years was advising individuals, corporations and charitable organizations as they navigate the challenges of buying, selling, owning, and managing businesses and real estate.  Family, friends and clients describe me as extremely reasonable, logical and respectful. Decisions only get made after exploring all sides of an issue. These are skills and perspectives that will continue to serve the Town of Frisco and Frisco’s residents, homeowners and visitors well as we guide and preserve our spectacular mountain community.

Portrait of Andy Held

Andy Held

Title: Frisco Town Councilmember
Tel: 970-333-1972
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Lived in Frisco Since: 1987

Career Information: Owner, Held Joinery

Previous Participation in Town Boards or Committees: Frisco Planning Commission: June 2018 – April 2020; Summit County Wildfire Council Representative; Make Frisco Arts Council Committee Member

Town Council Terms Served & Serving: April 2020 - April 2022, April 2022 - Present

Comments

A resident of Frisco for 33 years, I am a passionate, active citizen and business owner. I will champion the issues that matter most. Housing, short term rentals, infrastructure, sustainable smart design, support the arts and remain a diligent force to protect our town from wildfire. If the good people of Frisco see fit to elect me, it would be my honor to fervently serve their needs.

Portrait of Elizabeth Skrzypczak-Adrian

Elizabeth J. Skrzypczak-Adrian

Title: Frisco Town Councilmember
Tel: 970-389-5304
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Lived in Frisco Since: 1995

Career Information: Small business owner and commercial property owner at Rocky Mountain Coffee Roasters, Town of Frisco Seasonal Flower Attendant; Town of Frisco Historical Park and Museum; Town of Frisco Information Center

Previous Participation in Town Boards or Committees: Special Education Partnership Committee, Make Frisco Art Collective, Women’s Prison Book Project, Voice Space Community Expression Event Host

Town Council Terms Served & Serving: April 2022 - Present

Educational Background: A.A., Colorado Mountain College, Breckenridge, CO (2006); B.A., Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder (2011); B.A., English Literature, University of Colorado at Boulder (2011); M.A. Geocriticism Literary Theory, Prescott College (2021)

Comments

I have built my life in Frisco and I am now creating a place for my children to grow up. As a local resident for since 1995, I am looking forward to being a part of the collaborative group that makes up Frisco’s Town Council. Some of our current top issues of workforce housing, staffing shortages, childcare opportunities and thriving small businesses will need continued and thoughtful attention from people with longevity in the Frisco community. As a part of a thriving community, I feel a sense of  connectedness. There is a place and a role for each person. Frisco’s strong community is always evolving. We are not immune from tough circumstances, instead we adapt and become stronger as we work together. Effective communities embrace conflict and diversity by working through differences of opinion and making space for civil discourse and the learning that occurs from appreciating multiple points of view. I look forward to applying myself in service to the Frisco community.

Portrait of Lisa Holenko

Lisa Holenko

Title: Frisco Town Councilmember
Tel: 973-452-3133
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Lived in Frisco Since: 2012

Career Information: Owner, Next Page Books & Nosh (Current); Teacher High School English, Dover, NJ, (2003-2012), Ran home daycare for 6 years while pursuing teaching degree; Retail Work in New Jersey, (11 years)

Town Council Terms Served & Serving: April 2022 - Present

Educational Background: B.A., English Literature and Teaching Certificate; William Paterson University

Comments

I have lived and worked in Frisco for almost ten years, owning a small business for over five. I’m running for town council because the Town of Frisco has given us so much and I feel strongly about giving back to this community to show my appreciation and to be a part of bringing this tremendous town into the future, for tourists, but most importantly for the citizens of Frisco. For almost a decade, I have watched the growth and change in Frisco. As a business owner I have benefited from the expansion, but also have suffered from the affordable housing crisis. My employees have had a tremendously difficult time finding homes, as so many other hard-working locals have.  As a resident I have felt the impact of thriving tourism, both positively and negatively, but it is my nature to embrace change and to work with others to create positive results. During my time as a high school English teacher, I learned to work on committees successfully; to listen to co-workers, administrators, students, and parents to find solutions. I learned from all of the fore-mentioned, as I do from my staff, and will continue to listen and learn. As Council Member my focus will be on making sure the perspective of locals is taken into consideration as we continue to navigate growth in Frisco. Tourism is incredibly important to our ability to live and work in Frisco, but locals and our small businesses are our lifeblood that make it all possible.

Martin Allen

Title: Frisco Town Councilmember
Tel: 970-315-2502
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Lived in Frisco Since: 2006

Career Information: United States Army; Founding Partner Table 31 Imports (Importers & Drinkers of Fine Wine); Director of Hospitality Engineering at Keystone Resort

Previous Participation in Town Boards or Committees: In Summit County & Colorado: 14 year and current Member of the Summit Country Rescue Group; Current State Coordinator with Colorado Search and Rescue Association (CSAR); Former Board Member of the Mountain Rescue Association (Rocky Mountain Region)

Town Council Terms Served & Serving: April 2024 - Present

Educational Background: B.A., Anthropology Texas A&M University

Comments

After leaving University in the 90s I found my way to Summit County and it didn’t take long for me to realize I wanted Frisco to be my home.  I feel passionately about our natural environment and the unique character that makes Frisco the true Jewel of Summit County.  There continue to be many challenges facing our Mountain Town surrounding housing, sustainable  growth, development and infrastructure, and many more.  I look forward to working with the Mayor, Town Council, Town Staff, our business community, and local residents to help navigate these challenges.  I would be both honored and humbled to be of service to the community that has been so good to me.

Dan Kibbie

Title: DanK@townoffrisco.com
Tel: 970-393-3488
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Lived in Frisco Since: 1988

Career Information: Land Surveying, Hospitality/Restaurant Management

Previous Participation in Town Boards or Committees: I am a proud former Town Councilmember in Frisco, returning for service. Past proud accomplishments include: Trail Systems Municipal Funding Improvement Initiatives for the Peninsula Recreation Area, and Frisco’s Backyard. I also pushed for the Town to retain the Mary Ruth workforce housing rental units for staff, the Public Works Facility’s building expansion and solar panel/power implementation.

Town Council Terms Served & Serving: 2014-2018

Educational Background: B.S., Forestry Management, University of Maine (1983)

Comments

I am returning to Town Council service!  I am originally from Manchester, Connecticut, and have driven my motorcycle around South America twice.  I also took a motorcycle trip to Denali, Alaska in 2013, worked as a raft guide for a summer, and happened to meet Mayor Hunter Mortensen on a shuttle bus ride in Alaska, discovering they lived on the same Frisco, Colorado Street.