San Juan Region

Counties:  Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel

Cities:  Delta, Gunnison, Montrose, Ouray, Telluride

The San Juan Council continues to focus on early childhood education. The Council is approaching the final year of a three-year, $350,000 grant with the Early Childhood Development Collaborative (ECDC). The ECDC presented its first full-year of data in 2018, and the Council was pleased to see the Collaborative meeting or surpassing all of its initial goals. Moving forward, the Council is considering new opportunities and focus areas while remaining involved in early childhood education.

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Meet Our Regional Council Members


William “Bill” Ward is Vice Chair of El Pomar Foundation. He is the retired President of Ward Transport, Inc., a family-owned trucking company, and is a past Chairman of the American Trucking Association. Bill’s activity in the nonprofit sector includes serving as Chair of the Colorado College Board of Trustees. In that capacity, he was actively involved in a record-setting capital campaign of $93 million and provided leadership during a successful presidential transition. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of Denver Seminary, twice serving as its Chair.

Bill grew up in Pueblo and attended Colorado College, graduating in 1964 with a bachelor's in political science. He received a juris doctor from the University of Colorado in 1967.

William Ward

Vice Chairman, El Pomar Foundation

As a lifelong resident of Delta County, Doug has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people in his community. He worked for 36 years in the banking industry working up the ranks to president and eventually supervisor over five banks. He currently serves on the boards of the Uncompahgre Development Company Incorporated and Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation. He has served previously on the Board of Directors for Colorado Counties Incorporated and the Bureau of Land Management’s Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area Advisory Council. Finally, from 2011-2019, Doug served as a Delta County Commissioner. Doug attended Colorado State University graduating with a bachelor's degree in agricultural industries management.

Doug Atchley

Former County Commissioner, Delta County

Hap Channell began his teaching career in Fort Worth before he moved to Gunnison County in 1976. After a stint in the lumber business, Hap resumed his teaching career as an eighth-grade science teacher at Gunnison Middle School and earned his master's degree in science education at Western State Colorado University. As a community leader in Gunnison, Hap has been on a number of nonprofit boards and was the founding President of the Gunnison Council for the Arts. After retiring from teaching in 2004, he has served two terms as a Gunnison County Commissioner.

Hap received his undergraduate degree at Austin College in Texas.

Hap Channell

Former County Commissioner, Gunnison County

Born and raised in Montrose County on a family farm/ranch operation, Don Coram has a background in ranching, mining, environmental relations and business. Don assumed the office of Colorado State Senator in 2017 for the 6th District, where he serves on the Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Committee, Water Resources Review Committee, as well as the Judiciary Committee. Prior to joining the Senate, Don served as a state legislator for six years, Director and Treasurer of School District RE-1J, and as Treasurer and President of the Delta-Montrose Vocational Center. He also served as Second Vice Chairman of the Montrose County Central Committee and was selected by CRC Chairman Dick Wadhams to serve on the Colorado Republican Committee Executive Committee.

The Honorable Don Coram

Colorado State Senator, District 6

Cindy Dozier is the current Board Chair for Club 20, an organization representing the Western Slope of Colorado. For eight years, she served as a Hinsdale County Commissioner. During her commissioner term, she represented Hinsdale County at Colorado Counties, Inc (including serving as CCI Western District President), as well as serving on the Underfunded Courthouse Facilities Commission and numerous other legislative projects. She has served in a number of volunteer positions throughout her 15 years living in Lake City, Colorado.

Cindy Dozier

Chairperson, Club 20

Linda Gann is a western Colorado native, growing up in Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction and Redstone. She has lived in Montrose since 1978. Linda was co-owner and operator of family farms and ranches in the Montrose area for over 20 years. After a successful career in the Montrose and Olathe school district, including raising over $10 million in grants for capital projects and two school-based health centers, Linda retired in September 2010 as the district’s Communications and Special Project Coordinator. She is currently the Western Slope Outreach Manager for Connect for Health Colorado.

Linda Gann

Senior Manager Western Slope, Connect for Health Colorado

Betsy Marston, a resident of Paonia, Colorado since 1974, works as the Editor of Writers on the Range, an op-ed syndicate of High Country News, which covers public land issues in 10 western states. She also writes a syndicated column called Heard Around the West, about the odd doings of all of us. Locally, she is a member of Rotary, a Board Member of the Paonia Chamber of Commerce, and part of a group of avid hikers called Women on the Move.

Betsy Marston

Editor, Writers on the Range

Dee Williams’ long list of service activities includes two years on the Ouray City Council and two years as Co-President of Women in Support of Education and three-time member of the Ouray Chamber Board. Dee helped launch a ski program for children in Telluride. She has driven the successful campaign to purchase and preserve Ouray’s historic Wright Opera House. She is a founding member of the Ouray County Nordic Council. A longtime member of Ouray’s Community Development Committee, she helped implement the city’s economic development plan. Dee served on Ouray’s Home Rule Charter Commission. Since 2003, she has served as Coordinator for the School to Work Alliance Program, which helps high school students with special needs prepare for graduation and transition to the workplace. For 28 years, she and her husband operated a beloved Main Street establishment, V&S Variety Store.

Dee Williams

Coordinator, UnBOCS SWAP

Senior Staff, San Juan Regional Council

Contact Mike:
719-577-7026
mbuth@elpomar.org

Mike Buth

Vice President of Facilities, El Pomar Foundation

Contact Kyle:
719-577-7045
kboyle@elpomar.org

Kyle Boyle

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation

Contact Kayla:
719-577-7067
kshock@elpomar.org

Kayla Shock

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation