DCED Board President - Scott Thomassen. Scott was born in Pella, Iowa and grew up in Golden, CO. He attended Western State College in Gunnison and worked on a geophysical crew for oil exploration in Pratt, KS. In 1982, Scott moved to Cedaredge for the quality of life and outdoor opportunities, where he owned and operated a live fishing bait business for almost 10 years. He also worked for Skyland Food Co. until 1995 when they closed. Together with his wife Gynee, they opened Classic Computers in Delta in 1995 which remained open until the end of 2016. Gynee and Scott have two daughters. Scott joined the DCED Board in 2009.
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DCED Board Treasurer - Amy Crick (First Colorado National Bank) is the District Manager, and she is responsible for the overall management of the retail segment of the bank as well as local marketing in Delta County. Amy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Adams State University in Alamosa, CO. She is also a Delta Mu Delta graduate of the University of Phoenix obtaining her Master’s in Business Administration from the Charlotte Campus in 2015. Amy has been in the banking industry for 10 years, she is very active in the local community.
DCED Board Secretary - Rob Turner, Bank of Colorado. Rob was elected to the DCED Board in 2018 as the representative for the Bank of Colorado. Rob has a degree in Agricultural Economics and Business with an emphasis in Agricultural Lending from New Mexico State University. Rob has been a small town banker for 20 years, he recently moved from New Mexico where he was the Market PResident for 6 years. Rob has been in Delta since 2017 and truly enjoys helping customers and being involved in community growth. Outside of work Rob enjoys fishing, mountain biking, and gardening.
Caryn Gibson, Delta County School District (Superintendent) - Caryn Gibson is a skilled educational leader with 26 years of experience in public education. Ms. Gibson became the Delta County School District Superintendent in 2012. She leads the District’s mission of “Caring, Challenging, Learning . . . Every Student, Every Day!”. Ms. Gibson oversees all aspects of the District, which includes over 5,000 students, 750 staff and a budget of over $35 million. She began her career in education as a high school business teacher and coach. Then she moved into administration where she was an Assistant Principal, Financial Aid Director and then Director of Delta Montrose Technical College. In 2010 she moved to the District Office for Delta County Schools where she has served as the Human Resource Director before accepting the position of Superintendent. Caryn joined the DCED Board in 2012.
LaDonna Gunn, - Delta County Libraries (Assistant District Director)- LaDonna loves to learn, is passionate about history, and enjoys interacting with people. Serving on the DCED board provides great opportunity for Delta County Libraries, through LaDonna, to participate in the development and enrichment of Delta County and its residents. LaDonna grew up on a ranch in Rifle and graduated from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, with a BA and MA in history. She and her husband, Tracy, who grew up in Fruita, have lived in several places in Colorado and Nevada due to Tracy’s mining career, but they have always returned to Western Colorado. LaDonna has been involved in her community, serving on several boards related to libraries, local history, and historic preservation. In addition to her “day job,” she has taught environmental history at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and American history at Colorado Mesa University, Montrose Campus. Thanks to a lifetime in Colorado, LaDonna has watched local economies change and develop significantly over the years. She has a strong understanding of the way community needs reflect these changes and recognizes the important role that libraries play in helping to respond to those changes.
Ron Austin, City of Delta (City Council Representative - Mayor) - Ron was elected to the City of Delta Council in April 2016, and elected Mayor in April 2018. Ron is busy in the community, serving on the Delta County Airport Authority Board, and the Delta Urban Renewal Authority Board. For over 10 years he has served on the Delta Montrose Community Concert Association board also. He is married with one daughter and several grandchildren, and great grandchild. Ron served in the US Navy from 1968 to 1971, and as a Deputy Sheriff in San Diego County from 1973 - 2000. He has also been a business owner, and is an avid Corvette enthusiast. Ron's focus is the efficiency of government and the economy as a whole for the residents and business owners. "The vitality of Delta is dependent upon the support of business owners and the people who make Delta a true gem on the Western Slope. In the words of President Lincoln "the best way to predict the future is to create it." "
Jason Clecker, Delta County Memorial Hospital (CEO) - Jason Cleckler is the CEO for Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH). He received his BSN degree from California State University at Humboldt with a focus on rural healthcare. Throughout his career Jason worked in a variety of nursing positions, inpatient psychiatry, ER/Trauma and ICU. He taught psychiatric nursing at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs for a short time. He moved to Colorado in 1995 to Colorado Springs and then moved from Colorado Springs to the Western Slope in 2005. Jason began working at DCMH in 2008 as the Trauma Coordinator and moved from that position to being the ER Manager/Trauma Program Manager. He then assumed the role as the Chief Clinical Officer and as of October 2012 the CEO. His interest outside of work include road and mountain biking, rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, fly fishing and skiing.
Lucinda Stanley - Grand Mesa Commercial Real Estate, Lucinda rejoined the Board in 2019. Lucinda Stanley, CCIM, specializes in land sales and dispositions, commercial investments and business consulting. Lucinda has served on the DCED Board previously and is focused and energized on the new direction of the organization.
Susan Welk de Valdez, LaVozCo - Susan was elected to the DCED Board at the Annual Meeting in 2019. She has a long history of helping others, volunteering, serving on Boards and being a business owner. Her current work focuses on translation and interpretation services along with latino marketing services. She brings a lot of energy and experience to the table! We're delighted to have Susan as part of our Board of Directors.
Zander Parker, Parker Accountants and Consultants - Zander was elected to the DCED Board at the Annual Meeting in 2019. Zander is an experienced financial professional and CPA for more than 10 years, licensed in both Colorado and Texas. He began his career working with one of the largest firms in Houston, TX . Zander also served as Chief Financial Officer for a successful start-up oilfield service company and has subsequently worked in similar roles providing strategy solutions for growth, turnaround and exit strategy. Through his career, he has worked extensively in merger and acquisitions in both investment banking and private equity settings. Today his focus is his practice, Parker Consultants and Accountants in Montrose and Delta, Colorado. With integrity and traditional values, his goal is to help others accomplish their goals professionally and within the community, always giving back more than taken. Zander maintains active participation in the community including: Montrose Memorial County Hospital, Board of Trustees; Rotary Club of Montrose, Member; Montrose Downtown Development Authority, Board Member; Montrose County Citizen's Advisory Committee. We're very excited to have Zander join our Board of Directors!