Board of Trustees

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Trustee commitment is the key component in DEF's success.

Trustees believe in education's power to transform the world. They are committed to supporting public education. Trustees believe in DEF's ability to make a difference in our classrooms. They commit time, energy, and resources to implement DEF's mission.

Trustees find ample opportunities to fulfill our mission in the 8 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 2 high schools, and other academic programs within Durango School District 9-R. DEF also collaborates with community organizations offering programs for 9-R students.

For more information regarding the commitments of our trustees, please click here.

Officers are elected annually.

OFFICERS/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (JUNE 2021)

Tom Geyer, President

Attorney-at-Law, Newbold Chapman & Geyer PC

Blair Matlock, Secretary

DHS alumna

John Feistner, Member-at-Large

Business Owner, Tegre Corporation

Robert Logan, Vice President

DHS alumnus; DHS Educator

Jason Portz, Treasurer

Bank of Colorado, Market President

Jean Thweatt, Past President

Retired principal, Durango School District 9-R

TRUSTEES

Barbara McLachlan, CO General Assembly Representative, District 59

Zane Wells, DHS Alumnus, Broker Associate, The Wells Group

Mick Hassemer, Business Owner, Sticks & Stones Handmade 

Jessica Obleton, DHS Alumnus

Kevin Culhane, Business Owner, Honeyville

Cherie Naffziger,  Registered Nurse, Small Business Owner

EMERITI

Pat Murphy, DHS Alumnus; Owner, Morehart Murphy Regional Auto Center

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

Holly Zink, DHS Alumnus; Business Owner, Sunnyside Farms

Gretchen Wilson, Retired Educator

STAFF

Diana Cruz, Executive Director

 Shirley Crom, Contracted Bookkeeper

BOARD LIASONS

Erika Brown, Board Member, 9R School District

Dr. Karen Cheser, Superintendent, 9R School District