• Roaring Fork PreCollegiate

    Mentoring The First Generation


david-smith-featuredDavid Smith, Executive Director

David Smith is the Executive Director of Roaring Fork PreCollegiate. Dave is a graduate of Middlebury College and received his law degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dave got involved with PreCollegiate as a volunteer mentor beginning in 2008, and the group of students he worked with graduated from Glenwood Springs High School in 2014. Watching these students go through the PreCollegiate program was so impactful and inspiring that Dave chose to change careers from the full-time practice of law in order to join the PreCollegiate team as it grows and enters a new phase and tries to serve more students. Dave has a passion working with and for traditionally underrepresented populations, especially undocumented students. He lives in Glenwood Springs with his wife and two children.

David can be reached at dsmith@rfschools.com


Karina Guillen, Program Coordinator

Karina Guillen is a Program Coordinator for GSHS, her pronouns are she/her/ella, and identifies as a first generation Latina. Karina grew up in Denver and graduated from Adams City High School in 2016 and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Colorado State University in May 2020. Karina’s accomplishments derive from the sacrifices and challenges her family encountered and overcame. Her passion is working with underrepresented students to ensure that they have equal opportunities and adequate resources to succeed and achieve their goals, as they are our future! 

Karina can be reached at kguillen@rfschools.com


Martha Schanfarber, Program Coordinator

Martha Schanfarber is the Program Coordinator for RFHS in the Roaring Fork PreCollegiate Program.  Martha graduated from the University of Texas and had a long career as a Special Education Teacher.  She then went on to work for Fort Lewis College in the TRIO program, helping underrepresented students attend college.  She believes that kindness, tolerance, and confidence are the most important aspects to model for the students. Her belief is that all people, regardless of race, background, or social status should have equal access to higher education.  In her free time, she enjoys time outdoors with her husband, 3 children, and golden retriever.

Martha can be reached at mschanfarber@rfschools.com


Adrienne Nelson, Program Coordinator

Adrienne Nelson is the PreCollegiate Middle School Program Coordinator.  Adrienne is a first generation college graduate, earning a degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University.  Adrienne has taught students from Pre Kindergarteners through adult learners, and for the past 6 years Adrienne has worked as a Middle School Special Education teacher.   In her free time, Adrienne is an avid hiker, reader, and crocheter.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, and two Bernese Mountain dogs.

Adrienne can be reached at anelson@rfschools.com