Officers/Executive Committee (April 2018-19)

Jean Thweatt President Retired principal, Durango School District 9-R
Lisa Leininger Vice-president Accounting professional, Philips & Hards, PC
Jason Portz Secretary/Treasurer Bank of Colorado, Senior Vice President, Loan Officer
Robert C. Dawes Past President Retired attorney-at-Law
Gretchen Wilson Trustee-at-Large Retired educator

Note: Officers are elected annually.


Robert Logan DHS alumnus; DHS Educator
Mary Kay Stewart DHS alumna; Retired software programmer and educator
Barbara McLachlan CO General Assembly Representative, District 59; Educator, college consultant
Pat Murphy DHS alumnus; Owner, Morehart Murphy Regional Auto Center
John Feistner Business Owner; Tegre Corporation
Ben Martinez DHS alumnus; Business Owner, ReyLynn’s Barber Lounge and Hair Studio Inc.
Holly Zink DHS alumna; Business Owner – Sunnyside Farms Market
Joan Ehat Retired Educator



Bob Griffith Griffith Properties
Joann Hards Philips & Hards, P.C.
Anne Putnam D.E.F. founder; retired educator
Mary Stengel Retired Physician
Rob Dawes Retired Attorney-at-Law



Executive Director Diana Cruz


Board Liaisons

Durango School District 9-R School Board

Nancy Stubbs, 9-R School Board President

Shere Byrd, Ph.D.

Durango School District 9-R Administration
Dan Snowberger Superintendent
Andy Burns Chief Operating Officer





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