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Ken Maldonado serves as Executive Director of Domus Pacis.  Born and raised in New Mexico, he relocated to the East Coast to attend the University of Rochester (NY).  He started his career in non-profit administration while in Rochester, serving as a development officer with Neighborhood Housing Services, Hillside Children’s Center and Community Health Network. In 1992, he moved to NYC to work in fundraising and special event production. 

In 2001, he founded Zia Artists, a management and booking agency for dance artists, which expanded in 2003 to include Gotham Arts Exchange, a non-profit arts organization that provided administrative, management, fundraising, insurance, booking and fiscal sponsorship services for individual dance artists and dance companies.  Through Gotham Arts Exchange he began producing and launched a number of annual dance festivals at various venues across NYC and the US. In 2014, after the untimely death of his brother and his mother nine weeks later, he decided to move back west to be closer to family. 

First settling back here in the state in the San Luis Valley, he eventually ended up in Boise working for the first time in the for-profit world.  Three years later, he knew that he needed to be back in the non-profit world, working for an organization that would feed his soul.  Work that actually made a difference in people’s lives.  

As luck would have it, he soon found himself halfway around the world, in Israel, having dinner in a hotel restaurant in Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee, when a couple walked up, introduced themselves and sat down at the table.  Their names were Duck and Vince White-Petteruti.  The rest is history.

 

Cat Starnes serves as Program Manager of the Domus Pacis Family Respite team. She moved to the high country over 20 years ago and began to seek out and engage in the joys of mountain living. Along this adventurous journey, Cat earned certification as a Wilderness First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician and a license in Yoga and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counseling. Within the last few years, Cat has nourished her desire for compassionate service working for another local non-profit and also serving on the board for the Bristlecone Montessori School. She currently serves in her church as the Volunteer Coordinator.

Having lost her father to cancer at the age of 17, Cat intimately understands the trials that come with a cancer diagnosis and always hoped to serve families experiencing the same. While working at the Children’s Museum in Breckenridge, Colorado she would meet families on respite that were coming in to play. Upon learning about Domus Pacis Family Respite, Cat reached out to volunteer and now feels blessed to play a bigger part as a staff member, daily serving those families in need of respite.

Cat is a busy mom to four kids, two dogs and one needy cat! She and her husband, Lou, enjoy skiing, mountain biking, hiking … truly, anything outdoors. If there is a blizzard out, it is almost guaranteed Cat is skiing somewhere at the top of a mountain with a huge smile on her face.

Dannie York serves as Program Manager for Domus Pacis Family Respite.  She is a graduate of Kansas State University with duel bachelor degrees in Animal Science and Biology.  Dannie’s focus has been animal care and contributed as a zookeeper at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, an aviculturist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and most recently a veterinary technician at Farmers Korner Vet Hospital here in Summit County.

After a stint in California, Dannie and her family wanted to be closer to family and to be in a tight knit, good community to raise children.  She moved to Breck in 2011 and quickly realized she is a mountain girl to the core.  A love of our mountain community and a desire to serve it is what brought Dannie to Domus Pacis.  She is thrilled to be a part of such a compassionate team and to share her love of her community to those coming to the mountains for peace and respite.

Dannie, along with her husband, Daryn and their son Isaac have a large furry family including 2 dogs- Lupine, and P-Nut, and 2 cats-Cheeto and Toothless.  Dannie and her family love to go boating, camping, skiing, mountain biking, and hiking!

 

Marylouise White-Petteruti (aka Duck) built and lead the Domus Pacis Family Respite team from it's inception. She has degrees in mathematics and computer science from the University of Illinois and focused on marketing and quantitative analysis while earning an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Prior to “retiring”, Marylouise honed her technical skill during short stints at Alberto-Culver and Motorola. A 25-year career at the Leo Burnett Company exposed Duck to the “best bar none” of professional colleagues and the constant challenge to reach higher and higher; culminating in achieving the position of Senior Vice President, with responsibility for Starcom’s global strategic information management.

Steeled by exceptional parents and influenced by a strong Dominican education, Duck knew deep within her soul the expertise and financial stability gained from a formidable corporate career needed to be applied to a significant corporal endeavor – the family respite program inspiration.    Hence, she developed Domus Pacis Family Respite from an idea in 2001 - through strategic planning, incorporation, network creation, launch and continued outreach.  With the constant support of Vince, her husband of 40-plus years, Duck feels the journey has truly been a blessed one.

Duck is one of six siblings, proud mom to two thirty-something blessings and Nana to four energetic grandsons.  When her joints allow, she and Vince seek to canoe on lakes and rivers, and hike through forests that renew the soul, rest the mind and bring smiles to their tired faces.