Our Dedicated Board of Directors

Our board members have diverse skills and strong ties to the community. Their commitment to the DAEC lends itself to the quality of our programs. We are a financially secure and reputable adult education center in part due to the support and knowledge of our board of directors. Our students’ learning experience is enriched by their dedication.

Allison Aichele
Allison is La Plata County’s Treasurer and Public Trustee. Her business experience includes work in Human Resources, Executive Coaching, Sales, and Audit/Accounting.

John Anderson
John brings a 25 year commitment to education, as an executive with IBM, CEO of a non profit, New American Schools, and now as a consultant and member of the CO Commission on Higher Education.

Sandra Berman-La France, President
Sandra is an educational consultant with expertise in national teacher quality initiatives. Previously she served as a teacher, professional development organizer and trainer plus as the director of student achievement.

Dean Brookie, AIA
Dean is an architect with experience in residential and commercial architecture, landscape architecture and civic planning. He is a member of the El Pomar Foundation Southwest Regional Council and Mayor for the City of Durango, CO.

Jim Clay, Treasurer
Jim is a retired Emeritus Faculty from the School of Business at Fort Lewis College. A lifelong educator, Jim has taught over forty different college and graduate courses in economics, finance, accounting and management.

Lon Erwin, Vice-President
Lon is a retired executive director of several nonprofit organizations serving a wide variety of community needs. Lon is a long time community volunteer and serves on several boards. He provides nonprofit management guidance and personnel expertise.

Tim Guill
Tim is a lawyer specializing in workforce litigation. He is active in fundraising for the Rotary Club of Durango and has a passion for helping at-risk youth.

Trisha Hayes
Trisha is a retired realtor with lots of enthusiasm for helping people to complete their education. When not in Durango, she is travelling the seas with her husband on their sailboat.

Connie Jacobs, PhD
Connie is a retired English professor for San Juan College. She also serves on the NAES (National Association of Ethnic Studies) and MLA’s Committee for Community Colleges. She is active in La Plata League of Women Voters.

Bruce LeClaire, Secretary
Bruce is the Chief Professional Officer for the Boys & Girls Club of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. He has a background in minority student achievement and Title VII (Indian Education) programs. He has a passion for mentoring Native American youth.

Sweetie Marbury
Sweetie is a retired teacher from Texas and Colorado. She comes from a long line of educators and is passionate about teaching. Sweetie is a Councilmember with the City of Durango and serves on many boards and commissions.

Dan Snowberger
Durango 9-R Superintendent.

Alison Williams
Alison is a talent acquisition consultant from Mercy Regional Medical Center. She specializes in nurse recruiting and other healthcare professions.

Some Facts About Our Board of Directors

Our diverse and well-established board members are passionate about education and equity. Each is a financial contributor to the DAEC. We meet monthly with the exception of November. We also hold a yearly retreat to set goals and evaluate the effectiveness of previous objectives. In the spirit of working hard while having fun, every year the board generously hosts a holiday party for the staff to celebrate educational accomplishments.