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, Board Treasurer
A native of New Brunswick, New Jersey, I moved to Durango in 2004 to attend Fort Lewis College. Together with my kids Ayden and Kendahl we enjoy the Southwest Colorado lifestyle, especially hiking and biking in the mountains. Professionally, I am an IT consultant. As a Club board member, I am proud of the impact of the Club and excited to share my expertise to support the Club’s mission for the benefit of the kids on our community.
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.
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 & Girls Club has on young people in the community.
I am the Dean of Student Engagement at Fort Lewis College. My favorite hobbies are exercising, camping, hiking, and all water sports! I am from Corpus Christi, TX and my great partner and I have three children. Our kids have attended the Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County and through them I experienced how, together with their friends, they had opportunities to spend their after-school “free” time engaged in activities through which they learned to be healthy, productive leaders.
Kelsea Ferrato, Board Chair
I am a Durango native and currently work as the Director of Marketing 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, ski, and explore with my husband and our two clumsy pups.
A native son of Texas, my family and I relocated to Durango several years ago. An undergraduate of CSU, with an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, in my role as Division Manager at NUNN Construction, I work with a variety of amazing people in the Four Corners area. My family is enjoying all that Durango has to offer from mountains summer and winter, to water sports. I am glad to be a part of the Club, where I share my expertise for the benefit of the kids (and their families) in the community.
The Boys & Girls Club has been an invaluable experience in my children’s lives 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 a sixth generation Colorado resident and the fourth generation to live on the Lee Family property along the Florida River.
Eric Nelson, Board Vice Chair
I am a Durango native with a Civil Engineering degree from Colorado State University. I am a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado and partner with the Durango-based firm, Summit Engineering. I am an avid outdoorsman, most often found skiing or mountain biking. My wife, my young sons, and I, are Durango residents.
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 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.
Laura Shelton, Board Secretary
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.