Board of Directors

Craig Arnwine

I am an investment advisor with Evergreen Wealth Advisors, which I also founded.  My wife and I chose Durango as the ideal ‘small town’ in which to raise our family, and then became rooted in our community through businesses ownership.  With two active kids, I understand the need for readily accessible youth development resources and facilities in La Plata County.

Chester Brandt

I moved from East Brunswick, New Jersey to Durango in 2004 to attend Fort Lewis College.  I am married to Nika Brandt and have two kids Ayden and Kendahl. Currently I am the IT Manager at StoneAge, Inc. here in Durango. I chose the Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County because I am passionate about their mission and I can use my expertise to give back to the kids in the community.

Coy Bryant

A native of Lubbock Texas, I moved to Durango in 2010 with my wife, Niki, we are high school sweethearts.  We have three children, one of whom attends Texas Tech University and the other two who attend public schools in Durango.  I serve as a board member on the Four Corners Fellowship of Christian Athletes and have coached youth sports in Durango for several years.  My hobbies include team sports, golf, hunting, and enjoying this beautiful place in which we live.  Having grown up as a Club member, I appreciate the positive impact Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of children and teens.  I am committed to fostering qualities that instill good character and citizenship in our young people.  

Pat Downs

I grew up in Glenwood Springs Colorado and moved to Durango in 1985.  I graduated from Fort Lewis College in 1989.  I have been employed with the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office for 28 years.  I have the distinction of working in every division in the Sheriff’s Office.  Currently I am a Lieutenant in charge of the Administration Division. My wife, Brenda is a long-time chemistry teacher at Durango High School and we have two grown children. I have witnessed the positive effect the Boys and Girls Club has had on young people in the community. 

Jeff Dupont

I work at Fort Lewis College as the Director of Health & Wellness. My favorite hobbies are exercising, camping, hiking, and all water sports! I’m from Corpus Christi TX and I have 3 children and a great partner! Two of my children currently attend the La Plata County Boys and Girls Club on a regular basis and I enjoy supporting the Club because I love that our local youth have the opportunity to spend their “free” time learning how to be healthy, productive leaders in our community (vs. couch potatoes).

Eric Eicher  

I was raised in Glenwood Springs, CO and graduated from Fort Lewis College in 1996.  I began working for Alpine Bank in the Management Trainee program in 1998 and graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at CU Boulder.  I currently work at the Downtown Durango location, specializing in commercial lending and business development.  I serve on several community boards, and enjoy the outdoors, hunting, fishing and skiing with my wife and son. Currently Chair of the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, I like working with youth and the Boys & Girls Club allows me to have an impact on the lives of future generations.

Kelsea Ferrato

I am a Durango native and currently work as the Brand Manager for the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. I am very passionate about education, youth development and authentic leadership as catalysts for a vibrant community. Without a background at the Club or children of my own, I’m often asked why I serve on the board. The answer is simple: I want to do all that I can to help our youth realize their full potential. In my free time, I love to read and learn, cook, hunt, and ski.

Kip Koso

I grew up in Durango and have just recently returned for good (I hope) with my wife and an empty nest. My educational and professional background is based in Health and Wellness. I have degrees in exercise physiology and human nutrition. I began my work with Boys and Girls Club in 2002 and took part in the formation of our La Plata County Club as well as the Southern Ute Tribal Club. I consider these community efforts two of the most important I have ever done. The impact of melding together positive adult role models with a welcoming club environment for a given child absolutely changes lives. I am proud to play any role I can to make that happen over and over again for our kids.

Janet Mosher

I moved to Durango from Alaska to play soccer at Fort Lewis College and currently work as the Customer Service Manager for StoneAge Inc.   I am a former Club member and now, as a mother of three boys, am thrilled to get them involved in the Boys & Girls Club and support the movement as a board member.  My hobbies include soccer, running and cycling.

Eric Nelson

I am a Durango native with a Civil Engineering degree from Colorado state university.  I am a Licenses Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado and partner with the Durango based firm of Summit Engineering. I am an avid outdoorsman, most often found skiing or mountain biking.  My wife, my young son, and I, are Durango residents.   

Stephanie Orris

I am a Durango native, and love being part of the community. As a graduate of New Mexico State University with a degree in Communications Studies, I recently completed my Masters degree in Strategic Communications from Washington State University. I am the Communication Specialist at Worldpay, I have been part of the organization since it was Mercury Payment Systems. I also lead the Worldpay non-profit committee, linking employees with volunteer opportunities to share their talents and interests with non-profits, extending Worldpay’s investment in making a difference in our community. I am excited to be part of the Boys & Girls Club board, a group of dedicated individuals whose leadership is reflected in the impact of the Club’s programs on our members.

Tiffany Parker

The Boys & Girls Club has been an invaluable experience in my children’s life and mine. I have always been a full-time working mother. If it had not been for the Boys & Girls Club I’m not sure I could have raised my children and balanced my career as well. Now, after all the Club has given my family, I want to be able to contribute my time and skills to help serve.  I serve as the La Plata County Clerk and Recorder and am responsible for election administration, recording real property transactions, issuing marriage & civil union licenses & vehicle registrations. I am honored to be the fourth generation to live on the Lee Family property off of County Road 240 but a sixth generation Colorado resident!

Laura Shelton

I grew up in Southern California until my family relocated to Durango in 1994.  I graduated from Durango High School in 1996, Fort Lewis College in 2000, and completed the Graduate School of Banking degree program at CU Boulder in 2012. I am a Senior Vice President at Alpine Bank, working at the downtown and Three Springs locations.  My husband and I also run a local business.  We enjoy raising our young son with all our community has to offer for kids and families.  I am passionate about youth serving organizations, and in particular, the impact the Boys & Girls Club can make on youth as our future leaders.   

Robert Whitson

For 20 years, I served as the Chief Financial Officer for Ballantine Communications, Inc., VP-General Manager of Directory Plus, general manager of the Four Corners printing and oversaw Durango Herald Small Press.  In June of 2014 my wife Nancy and I decided to make a career change and we opened Express Employment Professionals.  I am active in several organizations, including Vice Chair of the Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County; Kiwanis, Salvation Army Board Member, SW Colorado Workforce Board Member.  My interest in the Boys and Girls Club began when my step daughter, a young mother of three young children, needed a place to put her oldest daughter after school, I had her reach out to the club in Aztec, NM.  Ashlynn thrived at the club in the two years she was there and I realized how much Boys and Girls Clubs have a positive impact and want to make sure the program continues.