Board of Directors

Craig Arnwine, Board Treasurer

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 Secretary

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.

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 & Girls Club has 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 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. 

Eric Eicher

I was raised in Glenwood Springs, CO and graduated from Fort Lewis College in 1996.  You can find me at the Alpine Bank downtown location, where I specialize in commercial lending and business development.  I serve on several community boards, including my work with the Boys & Girls Club, which allows me to make an impact on the lives of future generations. Living in Durango, my family appreciates the Southwest Colorado experience, which for me includes hunting and fishing. I like working with youth and the Boys & Girls Club allows me to have an impact on the lives of future generations.

Kelsea Ferrato, Board Vice 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.

Kip Koso

I grew up in Durango, together with my wife we raised our family here and are now “empty nesters.”  My education and professional background is based in health and wellness. I have degrees in exercise physiology and human nutrition. I began my work with Boys & 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 support the Club to make that happen for our Club kids.

Tiffany Lee, Board Chair

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.

Janet Mosher

A native of Alaska, I am a Club alumnae, where I was introduced to soccer.  I moved to Durango to study at and play soccer for Fort Lewis College.  Settling with my family in Durango, I am the Customer Service Manager for StoneAge Inc.  As a mother of three boys, I am thrilled my boys benefitted from the Club experience.  In my role on the board, I am especially excited to participate in the Club’s SMART Girls Program and inspire others to invest in the Club’s mission.  I enjoy traveling with my family and 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 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.  

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 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

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 the Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County; Kiwanis; Salvation Army Board Member; and SW Colorado Workforce Board Member. My interest in the Boys & Girls Club began when my stepdaughter, a mother of three children, needed an after-school solution for her eldest daughter.  Ashlynn thrived at the Club and I realized the positive impact of the Club’s programs on Club members and the real value to parents of access to safe, engaging and affordable after-school and summer programs.