Board of Directors



TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, and, particularly, to the electors of the Buffalo Mountain Metropolitan District (the “District”) of Summit County, Colorado in the Wildernest community.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a regular election will be held on the 2nd day of May 2023.  At that time two (2) directors will be elected to serve 4-year terms and one (1) director position will be elected to serve 2-year term.  In order for an individual's name to appear on the ballot for the election, a self-nomination and acceptance form or letter must be filed with the Designated Election Official (DEO), Will Yates, on or before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2023.

Self-nomination and Acceptance forms and Affidavit of Intent to be a Write-In Candidate forms are available upon request from the DEO at the District offices, 106 Adams Avenue, Silverthorne, Colorado, by email to: will@bmmd.org, or call the DEO at 970-513-1300.

An Affidavit of Intent to be a Write-In Candidate must be submitted to the office of the DEO, by the close of business on Monday, Feb 27, 2023. 

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that requests for an application for an absentee voters’ ballot may be made orally or in writing.  Applications for absentee voters’ ballots shall be filed in writing with the DEO not later than the close of business on April 25, 2023, at the address and telephone number listed above between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  The application shall be personally signed by the applicant, or a family member pursuant to 1-13.5-1002(1)(a)(II), C.R.S. 


            By:      /s/ Will Yates

                        Designated Election Official


There are three board seats open in 2023. If you wish to run for a position please fill out the call for nominations form below and return by 2/24/23 at 5pm (MST) forms may be emailed to will@bmmd.org or dropped of in person at 106 Adams Ave Silverthorne, CO 80498

Call For Nominations Notice 2023

Absentee Form 2023

Self Nomination and Acceptance Form



BMMD Board of Directors

The Buffalo Mountain Metropolitan District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors elected for overlapping terms in May of even-numbered years.  Starting with the term of 2022, elections will be changed to odd-numbered years. 


Joseph Newhart Term Expires 2025

Joe received a B.S. in Geology from The Ohio State University in 1969.  He served on active duty as a naval officer in the United States Naval Reserve from 1969 through 1972 in the Western Pacific and Iceland.  He returned to Ohio to pursue graduate work in geophysics; and received a M.S. in Geology from Bowling Green State University in 1975.

He joined Exxon Company U.S.A. in 1975 and held a variety of technical and managerial assignments in petroleum exploration and production covering Alaska, the Rocky Mountain region, and Southeastern U.S.  In 1990, He transferred to Exxon Production Research Company to lead an exploration study of Eastern Europe to investigate petroleum opportunities in the former Warsaw-Pact nations. In 1992, He became coordinator of geoscience technology advisors for Exxon's worldwide exploration efforts. He has held positions as Geoscience Exploration Manager for Esso Norge, Geoscience Technical Manager for Exxon Ventures CIS, Inc., and New Venture Development Manager with ExxonMobil Exploration Company.  In November 2002, He accepted the position as President of ExxonMobil Ventures Mexico Limited in Mexico City with responsibility for development of new petroleum exploration and development opportunities in Mexico. He retired from ExxonMobil in March 2006.

He is an active member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Geophysical Union, European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, Geological Society of America, and the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists. He has served as technical committee member and technical session chairperson for technical conferences in Istanbul, Baku, and Mexico.

He currently serves as an Alternate Member of the Lower Blue Planning Commission for Summit County, Colorado. He is a member of the Executive Dean’s Advisory Committee for the College of Arts and Sciences and Chair of the Alumni Advisory Board for the School of Earth Sciences of The Ohio State University. He, also, volunteers with the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest, as Summer Ranger Patrol and conducts educational geological tours. He has served on the Resource Advisory Council for the Bureau of Land Management in NW Colorado. He, also, served on the Board and as President of volunteer fire department.


Christopher K. Dorton - Term Expires 2027

  • BS Degree University of Florida
  • Advanced designations in finance and planning The American College 1996-97
  • Executive Officer – US Army Field Artillery 1970-74
  • 20+ years in banking and financial services
  • Last 10 as Senior VP with Wells Fargo with an emphasis in cash flow, long range planning and taxation
  • 3 years as VP of Hideaway HOA, Silverthorne.  Responsible for planning and oversight of multiple large projects including total roofing of development and liaison with contractors.
  • Resident property owner in Wildernest July 2013 – present


Cheryl Breeman Term Expires 2025

  • President, Teller Townhomes Homeowners Association
  • President, Homes at Buffalo Mountain
  • Board Member, Buffalo Mountain Metro District
  • Board Member, Vista Montana Homeowners Association
  • Member, Summit County Sign Review Commission
  • Land Surveyor, US Forest Service
  • Land Surveyor, Colorado Department of Highways
  • Grade Checker/Equipment Operator, Stan Miller Excavating
  • Special Education Preschool Teacher, Summit School District
  • Senior Consultant Colorado Preschool Program, Colorado Department of Education
  • Federal reviewer for DLH, Head Start programs nationwide including territories

Josh Shramo - Term Expires 2025

Bio forthcoming.

Tracey A. Whaley, PE, FPE, CCP - Term Expires 2025

Tracey is a licensed professional engineer in Colorado and eight other states. She graduated from Kansas State University in 1987 with a BS in Architectural Engineering. She is licensed in both mechanical and fire protection engineering. She has worked in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry for 35 years. Tracey began her career as a design engineer for building systems. With the rise of sustainable design practices, she shifted her focus to building operations, energy efficiency, and sustainability as a Certified Commissioning Provider (CCP). She currently is a Commissioning Manager for AECOM and manages commissioning projects all over the world for clients including the Veteran’s Administration, US Army Corp of Engineers, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Federal, state and municipal governments, universities, and healthcare facilities.  Tracey is active in several professional organizations including Society of Women Engineers, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers, and the Building Commissioning Association.


Tracey purchased her condo in Buffalo Village in 2003. Since 2003 there have been many changes in Wildernest. Tracey decided to become involved and contribute to the community by serving on the BMMD board. She loves spending time in the mountains. You will often find her hiking the trails in the district with her Labrador Retriever, Bailey. 




To contact our one of our Directors, please email Will@bmmd.org.