A Ouray resident for the past nine years, new banking officer Chris Alvarez joined Alpine Bank 18 months ago as a teller, moving quickly on to become a customer service representative and then operations supervisor. An active community member, he serves as treasurer of Ouray Elks Lodge, secretary of the Ouray Volunteer Fire Department, and he assists the Veterans of Foreign Wars with military funerals in the area. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, Alvarez served five years on active military duty, including one deployment in the Persian Gulf. He and his wife, Dionne, have three children, Courtney, Kaydee and Connor.