Sally High, President
Sally High is a Colorado State University Master Gardener, who serves on the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership Board, GGP Programming Committee, the Southwest Colorado Workforce Development Council and the Colorado Environmental Education Leadership Council. She is a retired educator of 25 years, who taught a greenhouse gardening elective class and still leads the 4-H Gardening Project. Sally received the national Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Education in 2012. She has produced four Pagosa Verde Symposiums and five Colorado Environmental Film Festival Caravans. Term of Office 1 Year; Ends 2018.
Pauline Benetti, Vice President
Pauline Benetti is a seven-year member of the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership Board of Directors. She brings her academic preparation (University of California at Berkeley) and work experience (Hewlett-Packard Corp.) to bear on writing successful grant proposals for the GGP and for the Ross Aragon Community Center. She is a graduate of the Colorado Master Gardener Program and brings that expertise to her job as chair of the GGP Facilities Management Committee. Since retirement to Pagosa in 2000, Pauline has devoted energy to promoting sustainability issues in the community through her work with the GGP, the Southwest Organization for Sustainability (SOS) and the Pagosa Farmers Market which she coordinates and where she sells alpaca fiber and products from her livestock. She is also on the leadership council of the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Term of Office 1 Year; Ends 2018.
Dana Hayward, Secretary
Dana Hayward received Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Science, Geography and Anthropology from the University of Colorado in 2011 and a Master’s degree in Agricultural Resource Management from Colorado State University in 2013. Dana has worked on small acreage farms, interned with Boulder County to create an agriculture-based volunteer program, worked for the National Park Service at Chaco Canyon and is a Colorado Master Gardener. Dana is now a Pagosa Springs High School math teacher and received a Master’s in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education from Adams State University in 2016. Dana is passionate about projects that cultivate communities. Term of Office 2 Years; Ends 2019.
Bob Lynch, Treasurer
Bob Lynch has a wide range of business experience and community involvement in Pagosa. As a graduate of Fort Lewis College and Drake University, Bob began his career as a psychologist working with young people. His career path led to the application of psychological principles to the workplace. Bob is the author of four books on team management, employee engagement and leadership, and has worked with Fortune 500 companies in the US and Internationally as a consultant, instructor and executive coach. When in Pagosa, he manages the family cattle ranching operation, which has focused on implementing sustainable agricultural practices and producing grass-fed beef over the past 15 years. In the community, Bob has served on the county Planning Commission and was recently elected to the Board of Directors of La Plata Electric association. Bob was raised in Pagosa and has a family tree that descends from the first settlers in Archuleta County. Term of Office 1 Year; Ends 2018.
Roberta Tolan is the Colorado State University Extension Agent for Archuleta County where she develops educational programs in agriculture, horticulture and natural resources, youth development, energy and community development. Prior to this position, she was the Horticulture Extension Agent in Larimer County for seven years, the Director of Education for the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Executive Director of Quarry Hill Nature Center in Rochester, MN. Roberta’s first career was in marketing and advertising and she holds a MS in Landscape Horticulture from Colorado State University, an MBA in Marketing from Georgia State University and a BS in Marketing from the University of Illinois, Urbana. Term of Office 2 Years; Ends 2019.
Don Coughlin attended Fullerton Community College, Cal. State Fullerton, and pursued studies in Biology, Botany and Native Plant Propagation. He has wholesale nursery experience as a grower for 15 years and is employed at Growing Spaces, in sales, fabrication, and installation of Growing Domes for the past five years. He is a volunteer educator at the Four Mile Ranch Environmental Education Program (K-4) and a Colorado Master Gardener with organic gardening experience for 30 years. He serves on the Weminuche Audubon Society Board of Directors and leads regular bird walks in Pagosa Springs and Durango. He is active on the committee for the Pagosa Springs Community Composting project. Term of Office 2 Years; Ends 2019.
Al Pfister is a semi-retired fish and wildlife biologist and natural resources manager. Al spent 30-plus years with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Department of Army, and the past six years in the private sector. He serves on the boards of the Weminuche Audubon Society and San Juan Water Conservancy District. He is leading a local effort to recover and delist the federally endangered Pagosa Skyrocket, a plant found only in the Pagosa Springs area. Having grown up on a small farm in Ohio and working in seven western states on endangered species and resource conservation issues, Al is very interested in utilizing those experiences to enhance our community’s ability to sustain our economy in balance with the surrounding awesome landscape. Term of Office 2 Years; Ends 2019.
Keith Bruno received a MS in Natural Resources (Environmental Education certificate) from the University of Idaho’s McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) in fall 2016. He recently moved to Pagosa Springs to assume the role of Audubon Rockies’ Southwest Colorado Community Naturalist. That means that he gets to work with community members (youth and adults) in the expansion of environmental education opportunities for the 4 Corners region. Previously, Keith and his wife Kelle, ran a market garden in the Bayfield/Durango area for a number of years, in addition to working some winters up at Wolf Creek. A combination of interests, including gardening, native plants education and birding, led him to a conversation with GGP that resulted in his induction on to the board. Term of Office 2 Years; Ends 2019.
Mayor Don Volger
Don Volger is the Mayor of Pagosa Springs, CO and formerly served as the town’s police chief for 30 years. Don serves as the ex officio board member and liaison for the Pagosa Springs Town Council.
Ross Aragon, Emeritus for Life
Former Pagosa Springs Mayor, Ross Aragon holds the historical record as the longest serving mayor and town trustee (38 years) in the state of Colorado. A former Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership president, Ross Aragon was honored by the organization with Emeritus for Life.