Board Of Directors

 
Kent Curtis   With over twenty-five years of successful banking experience, and proven abilities in all facets of management, motivation, team building, lending, and turn-around, Kent Curtis has held various executive officer positions as well as board memberships throughout his community banking career. The son of a banker, Kent began his journey as a banker and entrepreneur upon graduation from Fort Lewis College in 1982. Kent currently serves as CEO of First Southwest Bank in Durango, Colorado. With a desire to differentiate First Southwest Bank in the post-Great Recession era, Kent led the bank to its CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) designation in November of 2014. As a CDFI Bank, First Southwest Bank cultivates valuable relationships, invests in economic and social doers, and fosters a well-lived rural culture.

Kent Curtis

With over twenty-five years of successful banking experience, and proven abilities in all facets of management, motivation, team building, lending, and turn-around, Kent Curtis has held various executive officer positions as well as board memberships throughout his community banking career. The son of a banker, Kent began his journey as a banker and entrepreneur upon graduation from Fort Lewis College in 1982. Kent currently serves as CEO of First Southwest Bank in Durango, Colorado. With a desire to differentiate First Southwest Bank in the post-Great Recession era, Kent led the bank to its CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) designation in November of 2014. As a CDFI Bank, First Southwest Bank cultivates valuable relationships, invests in economic and social doers, and fosters a well-lived rural culture.

Dr. Beverlee McClure   Dr. Beverlee J. McClure is the Vice President of Cultural and Community Engagement at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Prior to this position, Dr. McClure was the president and CEO of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI). In this capacity, Dr. McClure worked to facilitate positive change in the laws and regulations that govern business and industry. While at ACI, she led the Economic Gardening Pilot Project to target growth in later stage companies. Dr. McClure previously served as New Mexico’s first cabinet secretary of higher education, and as the president of Clovis Community College. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. McClure is the Chair of the board for YES Housing, a non-profit that creates affordable workforce housing. She has also served on the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership Advisory Council, New Mexico Community Capital Board, and is a member of the International Women’s Forum.

Dr. Beverlee McClure

Dr. Beverlee J. McClure is the Vice President of Cultural and Community Engagement at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Prior to this position, Dr. McClure was the president and CEO of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI). In this capacity, Dr. McClure worked to facilitate positive change in the laws and regulations that govern business and industry. While at ACI, she led the Economic Gardening Pilot Project to target growth in later stage companies. Dr. McClure previously served as New Mexico’s first cabinet secretary of higher education, and as the president of Clovis Community College. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. McClure is the Chair of the board for YES Housing, a non-profit that creates affordable workforce housing. She has also served on the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership Advisory Council, New Mexico Community Capital Board, and is a member of the International Women’s Forum.

Christie Spears   Christie Spears graduated from Pine Manor College in Boston with a BA in Art History. She spent much of her time back East where her family lives. She and her husband Will have been married for twenty five years and moved to Pagosa Springs in 1999. After raising three children, Christie has spent much of her time focusing on sales and everything else at KWUF Radio and is also owner of KZBR, KALQ, and KGIW in Alamosa. Christie is currently on the Pagosa Springs Chamber Board and on a parent’s council board at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

Christie Spears

Christie Spears graduated from Pine Manor College in Boston with a BA in Art History. She spent much of her time back East where her family lives. She and her husband Will have been married for twenty five years and moved to Pagosa Springs in 1999. After raising three children, Christie has spent much of her time focusing on sales and everything else at KWUF Radio and is also owner of KZBR, KALQ, and KGIW in Alamosa. Christie is currently on the Pagosa Springs Chamber Board and on a parent’s council board at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

 
 
 
Liza Marron   Liza Marron is the founding director of the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition in rural southern Colorado. The San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition works to foster an equitable local food system that restores the health of the people, community, economy and ecosystem. She is also a founding board member of ScSEED, Saguache County Sustainable Environment and Economic Development. Ms. Marron has a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Adams State University. She has been a community organizer with a focus on social justice, wellness and prevention for many years. She loves her family of children birth, foster and adopted. She enjoys her horses, raises happy hens, and is an avid home gardener.

Liza Marron

Liza Marron is the founding director of the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition in rural southern Colorado. The San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition works to foster an equitable local food system that restores the health of the people, community, economy and ecosystem. She is also a founding board member of ScSEED, Saguache County Sustainable Environment and Economic Development. Ms. Marron has a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Adams State University. She has been a community organizer with a focus on social justice, wellness and prevention for many years. She loves her family of children birth, foster and adopted. She enjoys her horses, raises happy hens, and is an avid home gardener.

Ty Coleman   Ty Coleman has spent over 20 years working with diverse groups to promote and develop businesses in large cities and rural communities, and is currently the Assistant Branch Manager at Rio Grande Savings & Loan. Coleman is also the Mayor for the City of Alamosa and the Chairman of the Board for the San Luis Valley Development Resource Group. Responsible for developing, coordinating, and evaluating marketing outreach strategies to promote the rural lending services offered by CRHDC, Coleman has played a key role in designing and implementing successful marketing outreach strategies for businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies. The author of the book “Jump-Start, How To Recharge Your Life,” which chronicles his business and personal experiences and provides the keys to having a successful and balanced life, Coleman has given over 300 empowerment seminars/workshops to business groups, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations. In his spare time you can find Coleman volunteering in his community as a youth football coach and acting in plays with the San Luis Valley Theatre Company. Ty’s mission in life is to “reach one, and teach one daily by his actions.”

Ty Coleman

Ty Coleman has spent over 20 years working with diverse groups to promote and develop businesses in large cities and rural communities, and is currently the Assistant Branch Manager at Rio Grande Savings & Loan. Coleman is also the Mayor for the City of Alamosa and the Chairman of the Board for the San Luis Valley Development Resource Group. Responsible for developing, coordinating, and evaluating marketing outreach strategies to promote the rural lending services offered by CRHDC, Coleman has played a key role in designing and implementing successful marketing outreach strategies for businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies. The author of the book “Jump-Start, How To Recharge Your Life,” which chronicles his business and personal experiences and provides the keys to having a successful and balanced life, Coleman has given over 300 empowerment seminars/workshops to business groups, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations. In his spare time you can find Coleman volunteering in his community as a youth football coach and acting in plays with the San Luis Valley Theatre Company. Ty’s mission in life is to “reach one, and teach one daily by his actions.”

 

Staff

 
Cass Walker Harvey    Executive Director   Cass Walker Harvey is the Executive Director at First Southwest Community Fund. Originally from England, Cass Walker Harvey has spent the past decade building inclusive innovation ecosystems in the USA, Latin America and the UK. Most recently, Cass Walker Harvey led the launch of the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale as Managing Director, where her role included strategy and programming for entrepreneurship and inclusive innovation at Yale, advising start-ups, and business development in the areas of environment, sustainability, health, education, and social justice. She has founded two non-profits: SelvaKids, which aims to provide sustainable solutions to increase educational resources in the Amazon, and Girls Thinking Global, which aims to increase collaboration and best practices in the non-profit sector to improve opportunities for adolescent girls worldwide. Ms Walker Harvey also worked extensively with Runa, a social enterprise that works with indigenous farmers to create sustainable livelihoods in the Amazon, leading their Fair Trade cooperative development, community-based research, and international education experiences. Ms Walker Harvey has a Masters in International Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She now lives on a conservation ranch in Archuleta County with her husband and their dog!

Cass Walker Harvey

Executive Director

Cass Walker Harvey is the Executive Director at First Southwest Community Fund. Originally from England, Cass Walker Harvey has spent the past decade building inclusive innovation ecosystems in the USA, Latin America and the UK. Most recently, Cass Walker Harvey led the launch of the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale as Managing Director, where her role included strategy and programming for entrepreneurship and inclusive innovation at Yale, advising start-ups, and business development in the areas of environment, sustainability, health, education, and social justice. She has founded two non-profits: SelvaKids, which aims to provide sustainable solutions to increase educational resources in the Amazon, and Girls Thinking Global, which aims to increase collaboration and best practices in the non-profit sector to improve opportunities for adolescent girls worldwide. Ms Walker Harvey also worked extensively with Runa, a social enterprise that works with indigenous farmers to create sustainable livelihoods in the Amazon, leading their Fair Trade cooperative development, community-based research, and international education experiences. Ms Walker Harvey has a Masters in International Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She now lives on a conservation ranch in Archuleta County with her husband and their dog!