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Meet Our Telluride Rentals Team

Christina Casas Bio

Christina Casas - President

Christina Casas founded Telluride Rentals in 2001, and has served as the President of the company since it’s inception. Christina first came to Telluride in 1997 with her husband Juan Carlos, and loved the area so much they purchased a vacation home in Mountain Village. The Casas family soon purchased a second residence, with Christina managing both properties as short term vacation rentals. Other homeowners began asking Christina to manage their properties too, and the business took off, with Telluride Rentals now managing over 70 properties in the region. Christina and Juan Carlos have 4 boys, and the family splits their time between Spain and the United States. Despite the boys growing up skiing all over Europe, all it took was one trip to Telluride for the family to find their second home in Colorado. Christina attended college at the University of Colorado, followed by Pepperdine University in California. She also has an MBA from IESE, one of Europe’s top business schools. Christina loves skiing, golfing, hiking, cooking for her large family, including her friends and her hungry boys. She can often spotted riding on her motorcycle, or sneaking into the woods to hunt for mushrooms! She spends about half the year here in Telluride, while also splitting her time between Miami and Barcelona. Email Christina


Natalie Binder Bio

Natalie Binder - General Manager

Natalie Binder is the General Manager of Telluride Rentals, and offers a level of service and professionalism that is a rare find in our tiny mountain community. Natalie has been a consistent figure in Telluride real estate, hotels and hospitality for over 10 years, working for Rocky Mountain Vacation Rentals, the Peaks Resort Spa and lumière – a residential boutique hotel in Mountain Village. Natalie was involved with lumière from it’s inception, working on every aspect of the project including construction, marketing, real estate and opening operations. In addition to her extensive experience, Natalie has a degree in Hotel Management from The University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Masters in Real Estate & Construction Management from the University of Denver. Her focus on personalized service, communication, creative marketing and sustainability bring a fresh perspective to the business. Natalie works closely with our homeowners, while also overseeing the various departments including reservations, operations, guest services, and managing our sister company, Punta Mita Vacations. Email Natalie


Meghan Pittenger

Meghan Pittenger - Director of Marketing + Reservations

Meghan became a part of the Telluride Rentals family in 2013, and quickly established herself as a pivotal member of the Telluride Rentals reservations team. Meghan has a natural ability to help match our guests with the perfect vacation rental property, and keeps guests coming back year after year. Following their love of the outdoors, Meghan and her husband Scott moved to Telluride in 2008 to fulfill their dreams of living in the mountains. Meghan is a graduate of the Butler University where she also played collegiate softball as a scholarship athlete. After obtaining her degree in Integrated Communications, Meghan worked in Public Relations in Indianapolis for two years, before making a move to the mountains. Before joining the Telluride Rentals team, Meghan worked in high end retail and marketing, opening the Mountain Village Fashion District. When Meghan is not dreaming up the next creative campaign to promote Telluride Rentals stunning homes and full concierge services, you can find her rafting the rivers of the region with her husband Scott, whipping up delicious treats in her kitchen (while her cat Stanley closely supervises) or spending time with her beautiful baby girl Gwyn. Email Meghan


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Zoe Dohnal - Reservations + Guest Services

Zoe recently relocated to Telluride in October, 2016 and immediately joined the Telluride Rentals as a valued member of our reservations and guest services teams. After graduating from Butler University as a collegiate track athlete with a degree in Marketing and Economics, Zoe set sail with Crystal Cruises as the Junior Activities Director on their world cruise, interacting with families and program planning. Most recently, Zoe worked in the luxury travel industry with Adventures by Disney, an escorted tour company with tours all over the world where her standard for excellence earned her a Mouscar for achieving 100% guest satisfaction ratings! Having traveled to over 100 countries (six of which she has lived in) and swimming in every ocean prior to moving to our beautiful box canyon, Zoe offers an incredible knowledge base, refreshing enthusiasm and a passion for providing memorable experiences to her clients. Newly married, Zoe and her husband Ryan enjoy the outdoors and trying new adventurous activities together whenever possible – her latest challenge: cooking! Fun facts about Zoe: She’s an identical twin and is also a dual citizen of both the UK and USA. Email Zoe


MaryBeth O'Connor

MaryBeth O'Connor - Concierge

Having recently joined the Telluride Rentals team in February 2017, MaryBeth has infused her role as the lead concierge with her wealth of knowledge and abundant travel experience, creating an ideal combination that benefits guests during each and every stay. With a background in Interior Design, Architecture, Photography and Painting Restoration, MaryBeth’s talents have taken her all over the world, but no place has called to her in the same way as Telluride. Having worked on over 27 feature films and television shows, MaryBeth fortuitously landed in the area in 2011 when she worked in the art department of Telluride Film Festival. MaryBeth eventually relocated to Telluride from New Orleans after developing an appreciation for the quality of life that only this beautiful box canyon can provide. Her passion for the mountain lifestyle inspires MaryBeth to share her insight and experience with Telluride Rentals guests, ensuring an unmatched vacation experience. With her sidekick Ziggy Stardust (a Papillon Shepard mix) by her side, MaryBeth can be found around Telluride hiking, biking, skiing and exploring. Email MaryBeth


Renee Badon

Renee Badon - Guest Services

Utilizing her extensive background in archaeology, Renee unearthed her love for the mountains after working in various resort services positions in both Vail and Beaver Creek, during the summers of her college years at LSU. Upon graduating, Renee immediately began her seven year tenure as an archaeologist, doing fieldwork in the Bahamas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Eventually making her way back to her family in Louisiana, Renee joined her family’s disaster restoration business as a partner and general manager for nine years, before making her way back west. Having come to Telluride Rentals in March 2017 after working as a concierge in the Telluride Ski and Golf Member’s Clubhouse, Renee is excited to continue her career in hospitality with the exciting addition of property rentals and management. In her free time, Renée enjoys hiking, camping and daydreaming on distant beaches. Email Renee


Ana and Rene Bio

Ana and Rene Marquez - Directors of Housekeeping and Maintenance

Ana and Rene are both originally from Durango, MX and met and married in Ocean City, Maryland in 2006. Three years later, following Ana's mother out west, the pair decided to move to Telluride, CO. They liked everything about Telluride -- the small town feel, the weather, the people, and the mountain views. Rene's background in maintenance and landscaping and Ana's experience as a housekeeping supervisor at the Princess Royal in Ocean City, gave way to positions in those fields upon arrival to the area. Ana began work for Telluride Rentals since her arrival in town and brought her husband Rene into the fold not long after. Telluride Rentals is thrilled to have the dynamic duo with their knowledge of housekeeping and home maintenance manage the cleaning staff and provide additional support for our operations team. The pair live in the town of Telluride with their young son, Roberto, where they spend their free time hiking or walking outside and enjoying the company of family and friends. Email Ana


Patrick

Patrick Meucci - Operations Manager

With over ten years of property management experience under his belt, Patrick joined the Telluride Rentals operations team in December 2016 and has already made a great, lasting impression on guests and owners alike. His attention to detail has proven to be a true asset in his role as Property Manager - Owners appreciate his proactive strategy when managing their homes, and guests love his friendly, can-do attitude! Originally hailing from Bend, Oregon, Patrick has now lived all over the state of Colorado, eventually settling down in Telluride after following his wife Kristin here. In true Telluride form, Patrick’s extra-curricular activities and passions lie in skiing, mountain biking and road biking. Patrick and his wife now enjoy improving on their Placerville home in their downtime, working on the open space and taking pleasure in the peace and quiet that down valley provides. Email Patrick


Leah Kropuenske - Operations

Leah’s keen eye for design and attention to esthetics and detail have added a vital component to the Telluride Rentals’ Operations department since joining the team in 2016. Originally from Ouray, Colorado (just a short drive from Telluride), Leah and her family are ingrained in the Telluride community as longtime locals and trace their lineage back to Telluride’s immigrant gold miners of the past. Because of this, Leah brings a vast knowledge of the area with her alongside her background in mechanical engineering, fashion and industrial design. A true renaissance woman, Leah has adopted the do-it-yourself mentality, as is evident in her list of favorite pastimes which include painting, refurbishing furniture and problem-solving. When Leah’s not helping Telluride Rentals owners and guests, she can be found shredding the slopes on her snowboard! Email Leah


James

James Thorneycroft - Operations

James has been with Telluride Rentals team since July 2016 and has quickly become an integral member of the operations team. Originally from the South Island of New Zealand, James spent summers on the front range of Colorado, managing a resort near Denver. Once his children were old enough, James decided that Colorado was the ideal place to raise his growing family and settled in our very own San Miguel county, managing the Cascabel Club in Norwood, a 318 acre estate and retreat home to a private fishing club. With a knack for fixing most anything set in front of him, James is lovingly referred to as the team’s go-to handyman - His expertise on technical repairs and improvements makes James an irreplaceable asset. Still residing in neighboring Norwood, James spends his time with his wife and two sons, as well as their pigs and other livestock. Fun Fact: James was once the New Zealand rugby team’s, the All Blacks, waterboy! Email James