We are very happy to introduce you to two incredible people and members of our community who have joined our board of directors: Nicole (Cole) Habay-Heinsius and Ryan Heinsius. As you can see from their bio statement, they are active, interested and passionate members of the Flagstaff community and the world community. We’re so excited that they have joined our board, and are looking forward to working with both of them (and their daughter, when she arrives on the scene)!
Cole and Ryan have called the beautiful mountain town of Flagstaff, Arizona home for more than a decade each. Together they share a love of creative endeavors and outdoor adventures with their hearty Siberian husky, Bella. They have been together for four years and married in 2012. Cole and Ryan are thrilled to be expecting their first child in May of 2014 – a baby girl.
Ryan was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and grew up with a deep love of music and art. He has been an active musician nearly his entire life, performing, recording and touring with a variety of bands throughout the U.S. He currently plays guitar, sings and writes songs with the Americana-roots four-piece, the Voluntary String Band. Ryan moved to Flagstaff in 1998 to attend Northern Arizona University and immerse himself in the Southwest’s stunning and enigmatic landscape. He graduated with a degree in political science and journalism and worked for more than a decade in print media as a contributor and editor. Ryan currently is the executive producer/local content manager for KNAU Arizona Public Radio – an affiliated station with National Public Radio – where he oversees local news coverage and contributes to other forms of radio journalism. He spends countless hours with Cole riding mountain bikes on the trails near their home and adventuring on snow-capped peaks. Ryan is a huge admirer of ONE and is delighted to be able to contribute to such a fantastic organization.
Cole (short for Nicole) was raised in the mountains of Charlottesville, Virginia and attended James Madison University, majoring in art and minoring in anthropology. She began guiding and kayaking on the rivers of West Virginia soon after graduation where she enjoyed sharing the outdoor environment with others. Cole began racing her mountain bike and eventually left the soggy mud bogs for the drier climate of the Southwest. While racing, Cole painted, displayed and sold her work to help support her travels while cycling all across the U.S. and Mexico. After settling in Flagstaff, Cole left professional bike racing to train as a Montessori elementary teacher and has been guiding children for the last decade at public charter schools. She also works for the Arizona Trail Association and leads middle and high school children on outdoor-education adventures. Cole has been known to backcountry ski, play on high, glaciated peaks, and has climbed several volcanoes in Mexico, Washington and one in Patagonia, South America while on her honeymoon with Ryan. She still rides her mountain bike, paints abstract landscapes in vivid colors, and displays her mountain-and-canyon-inspired work throughout northern Arizona. Cole is thrilled to share her enthusiasm for lifelong learning and thinks all humans deserve an education and the opportunity to follow their passions.
Cole and Ryan hope one day their daughter will be able to meet some of the amazing girls around the world who have been a part of ONE.