David L. Smith, President
David is an Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, University of Nebraska. After retiring from the University of Nebraska, he moved to Pagosa Springs, CO. During his retirement, he has been involved with education projects in Pakistan, Senegal, Niger and Pagosa Springs. His major interest in Pagosa Springs is to expand high quality early childhood education in our community so all children enter kindergarten prepared for success.
Jonnae Benzel, Vice President
Jonnae is a retired elementary reading specialist from the Chicago suburbs. She holds degrees in Psychology and Education. Jonnae and her husband enjoy travel and volunteering with many local organizations. She loves reading and learning new things.
Linda Williams, Secretary
Linda is a retired public elementary school teacher. As a founding teacher at the Arlington Science Focus School in Arlington, VA, she experienced the excitement and energy of starting a new school. She feels fortunate to be a part of another new school as Wings is getting off the ground. She sees her role at Wings as behind-the-scenes support for classrooms and programs. Linda has lived in the Middle East, North Africa, and West Africa as well as Alaska and the East Coast. She has been a resident of Pagosa Springs since 2012. She graduated from Georgetown University with a BS in French and a MS in Applied Linguistics, and received her teacher training and certification from George Mason University.
James Garrett, Member
Jim is an attorney practicing in Pagosa Springs after many years as a federal white-collar prosecutor. His clients include several organizations engaged in the provision of low cost housing and community members with a wide range of issues. He is also a member of the board of the Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation and the Pagosa Springs Rotary. Jim discovered Pagosa on a cross-county motorcycle trip in 2004. Now, he says, even though his discovery came after 60 years of life elsewhere, he feels like Pagosa has been his home forever.
Lynne McCrudden, Member
Lynne and her husband Michael retired to Pagosa Springs in 2001, and she realized that volunteering could be a full-time job in this town. In 2010 she and two others began the process of developing an educational foundation for the School District, called FACE, Foundation for Archuleta County Education. The mission was to help expand educational opportunities for students and teachers in the County by offering grants for programs and experiential learning. Through the development of this foundation, she became aware of the strengths and needs of the education in the district and found her passion for making sure that each child has the opportunity for the best possible educational experience. In her spare time, Lynne loves to hike, cross country ski, golf, and quilt.
Michael Whiting, Member
Michael was the Archuleta County Commissioner from 2010 to 2018. He led the effort to encourage the Archuleta County Board of Commissioners and the Pagosa Springs Town Council to set expanding early childhood education as one of their two highest priorities. Archuleta County resident