Meet Our Team

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Kate Stokes, General Manager

Hailing from Michigan, Kate has always had a desire for adventure and to spend as much time possible outdoors. Before arriving in Telluride, she led bicycle tours with Backroads. Now as the General Manager of the hotel, she brings poise and polish to the role and treats guests like family. She enjoys hiking, biking, and skiing and will help you experience Telluride like a local.

Leah Kropuenske, Assistant General Manager

Leah is the epitome of a true local. She is descended from gold miners of the region and was born and raised in the San Juans. When she isn’t out playing in the mountains you can find her here at the hotel with a smile on her face. Should you need any tips from the best ski runs to the local watering holes, Leah will have the information you seek.


Kendra Norris, Front Desk Supervisor

Originally from the red dirt of west Texas, Kendra brings a little southern charm to the front desk. When she isn’t out hiking or skiing you can find her painting or playing her ukulele and crooning to her cat, Harry.

Fred and Linda Shapiro, Dream Breakfast Duo

While hiking in the San Juan Mountains in the 70s, Fred discovered Telluride and fell in love. He soon brought his wife, Linda, back followed by their children some years later. Their family were some of the first guests to stay at the newly opened Hotel Columbia where they returned year after year. Upon retirement, Fed and Linda made Telluride their permanent home where they enjoy the beautiful outdoors with their Golden Retriever, Aspen.