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Bob Wolff, President

Bob Wolff was appointed by La Plata County, and serves as the District’s President. He has been a Director on the Board since 2010, replacing Jim Isgar. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Mr. Wolff received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky and then relocated to Durango as soon as he could in 1976. During his college career, he spent one year at the Swiss Technical Institute in Zurich Switzerland.

Mr. Wolff has served on the La Plata County Planning Commission, the City of Durango 1997 Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee, the City of Durango’s Water Commission, then later the City’s Utility Commission and is a steering committee member of the La Plata Forum.

He is currently President of the Animas – La Plata Water Conservancy District and Secretary/Treasurer of the Colorado Water Resources, & Power Development Authority.

Mr. Wolff is a licensed Architect in Colorado and California and is President of Durango Development, Inc..

Mr. Wolff is an avid pilot, sailor, mountain biker and spends a good deal of effort trying to understand the times we live in. He and his wife, Jenny, have two adult children.

Current term:  January 2018 – January 2021.

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Doug Stowe, Vice President

Doug Stowe was appointed by Dolores County and lives in Dove Creek. He joined the board in March 2013.

Mr. Stowe developed his spirit of service at a young age. He was a helicopter pilot in the U.S. army from 1968-1971. During that time, he fought in Vietnam. Mr. Stowe is well-versed in water management as well, having worked 30 years as the Town of Dove Creek’s water/wastewater plant operator.

He has also been on the boards of both the Dove Creek Soil Conservation District and the Dove Creek Fire Protection District. Mr. Stowe served two terms as Dolores County Commissioner and was recently appointed to represent Dolores County on the Southwest Basin Roundtable.

Mr. Stowe is happily married with two kids and four grandchildren.

Current term: January 2019 – January 2022.

 

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Jenny Russell, Secretary-Treasurer

Jenny Russell was appointed by San Miguel County and has been a Director on the Board since 2014. She has long played an active role in regional water discussions. Ms. Russell is a member of the Southwest Basins Roundtable and sits on its sub-committee for non-consumptive uses. Previously, she represented the Southwest Basin on the Interbasin Compact Committee.

Ms. Russell also serves on the board of the San Miguel Watershed Coalition. An avid river runner, she also has represented River Runners for Wilderness on wilderness and private-boater access issues for the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Currently, Ms. Russell practices law at Russell & Pieterse, LLC. Her past and present representation of water clients around the state includes water districts, developers, realtors, golf course owners, large and small landowners, ranchers and farmers, and large and small municipalities. Previously, she has worked for the Town of Telluride, and Trout & Raley, P.C. (formerly Hobbs, Trout & Raley, P.C.)  in Denver. Ms. Russell earned her B.A. from Kenyon College in Ohio and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Russell lives in Telluride with her husband, Clay Wadman. She enjoys backpacking, climbing, trail running, and river running.

Current term: January 2017 – January 2020.

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J R Ford, Director

J R Ford was appointed by Archuleta County, and has served on the board since 2008.  He is currently involved in real estate investments and land management.  Mr. Ford moved to Pagosa Springs in 1983 and since then has been building residential and commercial buildings.  His company specializes in ranch management.  He participates in running cattle, sheep and goats on his ranches.

In 1990, his firm developed Hidden Valley Lake and gave him experience in perfecting water rights, obtaining water storage rights in excess of 900 af.  He oversaw the design and the permitting process for the dam through the Army Corp of Engineers and the State.

Mr. Ford is on the Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo board, the Pagosa/Mountain Hospital finance committee, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and has been appointed to the Board of Mercy Regional Hospital in Durango.

Current term: January 2017 – January 2020.

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David Guilliams, Director

David Guilliams was appointed by Hinsdale County, and has been a Director on the Board since 2015. As a rancher and outfitter in the Piedra River Basin, protecting water rights is very important to Mr. Guilliams. He has lived in the San Juan Basin and the Four Corners area most of his life.

He and his wife Becky (Taylor) Guilliams own and operate Taylor Ranch, which has been in Becky’s family for 119 years. They also assist in the management of his father’s outfitting business, Backcountry Outfitters. Mr. Guilliams also serves on the San Juan Resource Advisory Committee. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting and being outdoors.

Mr. Guilliams and his wife have two daughters, Jamie and Courtney, and two sons, Justin and J.D.

Current term: January 2018 – January 2021.

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Rusty Hinger, Director

Rusty Hinger was appointed by Mineral County and has been a Director on the Board since 2014. Mr. Hinger grew up spending his summers at Bruce Spruce Ranch north of Pagosa Springs, and his winters near Amarillo, Texas. When he wasn’t working on the guest ranch, he spent time fishing on the streams. After graduating from Randall High School in Amarillo, he completed his associate degree in Business Management from Amarillo College.

In 1999, Mr. Hinger took over the Bruce Spruce Ranch. They operate the business year round, and his brother chips in during the summer months. When Mr. Hinger is not busy running the ranch, he enjoys fly tying, fishing, and hunting.

Mr. Hinger has two daughters, ages two and three and a half, who keep him on his toes.

Current term: January 2019 – January 2022

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Monte Naslund, Director

Monte Naslund was appointed by Montrose County, and has served on the Southwestern Water Conservation Board since 2002.  Mr. Naslund has ranched and farmed for 30-plus years and also worked construction.

He is a member of the Colorado Cooperative Ditch Company, the San Miguel Soil Conservation Board, and the Montrose County Planning Commission.

He enjoys living in the southwest and has always been interested in water management.

Current term: January 2019 – January 2022.

Don Schwindt, Director

Don Schwindt was appointed by Montezuma County, and has been a Director on the Board since 2017. Mr. Schwindt and his wife Jody started farming in their home community in Southwest Colorado in 1975 producing irrigated hay. As they explored initiating their desire to make their living farming, Don was told it was an impossible dream. He is now proud to tell people that he is a first generation agricultural producer.

He graduated from Stanford University in 1971 with a degree in anthropology. Mr. Schwindt has been active in the water business since 1980, serving locally on the boards of both Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company and the Dolores Water Conservancy District. He is still on the DWCD board. He has been a Colorado board member of the Family Farm Alliance since 1993. He served on the Colorado Water Conservation Board representing the San Juan, San Miguel and Dolores Basins from 1999 through 2008. The water board business gives a focus to Don’s passion for understanding his community’s history.

Mr. Schwindt and his wife enjoy spending time with extended family, including their two children and five growing grandchildren.

Current term: January 2017 – January 2020.

Charlie Smith, Director

Charlie Smith was appointed by San Juan County, has been a Director on the Board since 2017. Mr. Smith came to Southwest Colorado for a climbing trip in 1992 and has been living here ever since.

He is currently the General Manager of the Lake Durango Water Authority and a director of the Pine Ridge Ditch Company. After graduating from Washington University in Saint Louis with a degree in Applied Science and Engineering, he worked as a researcher and managed a chemical plant in the Midwest.

After moving to Colorado, Mr. Smith learned to ski, worked in the oil and gas industry, and then was Vice President of Trimble Hot Springs for 11 years. He spends his free time hiking, climbing, and backcountry skiing with his wife Amy and their two dogs.

Current term: January 2018 – January 2021.

John Taylor, Director Emeritus

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John Porter, Director Emeritus