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Routt County Spotlight: Sonja Macys

Sonja Macys is the new executive director of Yampatika

— Sonja Macys

Age: 37

Occupation: Executive director of Yampatika

Place of birth: Ohio

Q. When did you move to Routt County, and what brought you here?

A. I have been paying rent here since the fall of 2006, but I didn’t begin living here full-time until February 2007. Like so many other people, I was attracted to Steamboat because of the ski mountain, but I love the spring, summer and fall just as much now. I had visited the ski area since 1998, but it took me a decade to figure out how to live here. Oh yeah, and my fiance was here, too. That sealed the deal.

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Q. What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken recently?

A. The biggest risk I have taken recently was running in the Steamboat 10K. In a town of uber-fit people, running in my first competitive event was pretty intimidating. But it was fun.

Q. Describe your morning routine.

A. As an executive director, it is impossible to have a routine. Coffee is a morning ritual, though.

Q. Has a book ever changed your life? What was it and why?

A. “The Chronicles of Narnia” unlocked my imagination as a child. I can’t bring myself to see the movies because I am afraid that my childhood memories will be lost.

Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A. Don’t look back.

Q. What three things would you want people to know about you?

A. I have two Mayan godchildren who live on the Yucatan Peninsula. My dog Bailey was the best dog in the world. My heart belongs to the Yampa Valley.

Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?

A. An architect, hotel and restaurant owner and writer.

Q. If you could invite any four people to dinner, who would they be, and what would you talk about?

A. John Lennon: I’d thank him for his commitment to peace. Thomas Jefferson: How did he get to be so well versed in so many things? My grandfather: I’d ask him to tell us the story of how he fled Lithuania to come to this country and what that country was like in the old days. Will Ferrell: I’d just hope he was as funny in person as he is in the movies.

Favorites

Song: Anything by the Infamous Stringdusters

Color: Purple

Food: Lobster and potatoes

Sport to watch: Pro football, college basketball and anything with horses in it

Sonja Macys

Age: 37

Occupation: Executive director of Yampatika

Place of birth: Ohio

Q. When did you move to Routt County, and what brought you here?

A. I have been paying rent here since the fall of 2006, but I didn’t begin living here full-time until February 2007. Like so many other people, I was attracted to Steamboat because of the ski mountain, but I love the spring, summer and fall just as much now. I had visited the ski area since 1998, but it took me a decade to figure out how to live here. Oh yeah, and my fiance was here, too. That sealed the deal.

Q. What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken recently?

A. The biggest risk I have taken recently was running in the Steamboat 10K. In a town of uber-fit people, running in my first competitive event was pretty intimidating. But it was fun.

Q. Describe your morning routine.

A. As an executive director, it is impossible to have a routine. Coffee is a morning ritual, though.

Q. Has a book ever changed your life? What was it and why?

A. “The Chronicles of Narnia” unlocked my imagination as a child. I can’t bring myself to see the movies because I am afraid that my childhood memories will be lost.

Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A. Don’t look back.

Q. What three things would you want people to know about you?

A. I have two Mayan godchildren who live on the Yucatan Peninsula. My dog Bailey was the best dog in the world. My heart belongs to the Yampa Valley.

Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?

A. An architect, hotel and restaurant owner and writer.

Q. If you could invite any four people to dinner, who would they be, and what would you talk about?

A. John Lennon: I’d thank him for his commitment to peace. Thomas Jefferson: How did he get to be so well versed in so many things? My grandfather: I’d ask him to tell us the story of how he fled Lithuania to come to this country and what that country was like in the old days. Will Ferrell: I’d just hope he was as funny in person as he is in the movies.

Favorites

Song: Anything by the Infamous Stringdusters

Color: Purple

Food: Lobster and potatoes

Sport to watch: Pro football, college basketball and anything with horses in it