Mr. Ford joined the KSUN Board of Directors for his second stent in January 2016 and was elected Board President in the summer of the same year as then President Dora King left the board. Mr. Ford, isn't new to the KSUN family as he spent four years as a Director on the board from 2003 through 2007. Professionally, Mr. Ford has been employed in the governments legal sector for the past twelve years and is Chief Executive Officer at Three Turtle Investments, Inc.
In Mr. Ford's free time he enjoy's hiking, biking, sailing, traveling the world, studying law and consulting with companies regarding organizational development by understanding human behavior. He has a niece and nephew who he enjoys spending time with building lego's, sand castles (when at the beach) and jumping on the trampoline.
Mr. Ford, holds a Doctor of Philosophy in counseling from Cornerstone University and is a professional member of the National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA) and National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts (NACVSA).
Mr. Ford feels its a privilege to serve on the board of directors and to give back to the community where he lives, works and plays.
Graduating from San Diego University, he joined Engineering-Science, an environmental engineering firm, which was bought by Parsons Engineering Corporation, a World-renowned construction management company. During the 33 years at these two firms, he was manager of the San Diego office and a Vice President of the International Division. He spent about 12 years overseas in numerous countries designing complex engineering projects in the water and wastewater fields. Retiring and moving to Colorado, he joined the City of Rifle, where he was City Engineer for about 12 years. During that time he oversaw the design and construction of a new wastewater facility, the roundabouts at I-70, a water treatment plant and reservoir, the 16th Street extension, and a movie theater in Rifle.
Jessica Johnson has served as a KSUN Board Member since May of 2017. In July of 2017 she took over as the Board Secretary.
Jessica has lived in Parachute since 2007. She moved here to become a teacher at Bea Underwood Elementary. For the last 11 years she has taught at Bea Underwood both as a 4th grade teacher and currently as the special education teacher. She has two nephews who she loves to go and visit. In her spare time, she loves to go to Grand Valley High School and watch the activities that happen there. She loves to watch her former students. Her favorite thing about KSUN is listening to the music. Her favorite show is Education Matters because she loves hearing about how to school is connected to the community.
Mary Lee has served on the KSUN Board since 2006 in many different positions. Mary Lee is also active with the Grand River District Health Volunteers group, Community Conversations member, P.E.O. member, Parachute/Battlement Mesa Women's Investment Club and the PBM Trail Group.
Her family ties to the Grand Valley are a very important part of her history which include being the granddaughter of the Dr. Oscar Clagett family, granddaughter in-law of the Prescott Eames family and the niece of Wallace deBeque. So her continued involvement in the valley is a very important part of her life.
Her passions include volunteering, horseback riding, pickle ball. golf, and people. Previous careers range from P.E. teacher, coach, camp counselor, wrangler, life guard, business owner, real estate agent and business consultant. She loves to be outdoors, busy and enjoying her friends and family.
Originally from Baldwinsville, a small town outside of Syracuse, NY. She has spent time in Thailand in 1992-1994 teaching as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Ms. Campbell moved to Colorado in 1999, and began teaching for Garfield 16 School District 16 in the 2000-2001 school year. She currently teaches at Bea Underwood Elementary as a STEM teacher, reading interventionist and Gifted Talented Coordinator. She also volunteers for Garfield County Sheriff’s Office with the Victim Response Team as a victim specialist. She serves on the Crime Stoppers of Garfield County Board as well as the KSUN Board. Her commitment to volunteering and her community is strong. Ms. Campbell is proud to serve on the KSUN Board of Directors.
Lynda Prendergast and her husband, Bob, have had the pleasure of living in Battlement Mesa since 2001. A high school teacher who retired in 2011, Lynda is actually busier now than she was when she was teaching full time. Her schedule is filled with some substitute teaching at GVHS but mostly with volunteer activities: Kiwanis and its many projects, church, CPW’s Battlement Mesa bluebird monitoring project, musical activities, and, since January 2017, serving as a KSUN board member.
Lynda’s favorite places to be are outdoors with her husband and dogs in the mountains and canyons “camping” (in an RV--nothing primitive anymore), hiking, canoeing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and exploring the history of areas visited.
She grew up in Davenport, Iowa, and graduated with a BA in secondary education (major-speech and drama; minors-English and French) from the University of Northern Iowa. She earned her MA in Special Education (mild/moderate needs) 20 years later from CU Denver. She taught for nearly 40 years in both traditional and non-traditional educational settings. Her favorite teaching job was instructing for the Colorado Outward Bound School in the late 70’s/early 80’s in several Colorado mountain ranges.
Since her mother worked at a radio and TV station, Lynda’s interest in broadcasting began early. While in Denver, she recorded audio books for the Colorado Library for the Blind, and while in Pittsburgh, she did both live and recorded reading for a radio service for blind and print handicapped people. KSUN is a perfect fit for Lynda.
Craig Tate has become the latest board member as of July 2, 2018.
Craig has lived in Glenwood Springs since 1988 after arriving to Glenwood Springs, originally in 1978, as a CMC student. Craig has worked in the energy efficiency field for more than 35 years. He has been employed with Holy Cross Energy for the last 28 years as energy auditor, renewables expert and currently in the personal relations department.
Craig has his Bachelor’s degree in communications from Colorado State University as well as an Associates and Solar-Vocational/Tech. degree from Colorado Mtn. College. He continues his education through CMC’s extracurricular class program.
Craig is a professional musician, playing multiple instruments. His main instrument is harmonica. He has played in several bands in the Roaring Fork Valley and sits-in as a special guest with other musicians whenever he can. His interests are music history, art, gardening and learning Spanish. Craig spends his free time enjoying his family, swimming, hiking and skiing.
Craig is honored to be the newest board member of KSUN.