2019 Board of Directors

Heather Erb

Board Chair

Coldwell Banker

Heather has lived in La Plata County since 1998. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Clark University and works as a local Realtor. Her leadership positions have included the former Vice President of the LPEA board, past President of the Durango Area Association of Realtors, past President of the MLS Corporation CREN, and was on the steering committee for the local CEAP (Climate and Energy Action Plan). Heather was instrumental in getting the “Green Feature Initiative” into the MLS in southwest Colorado, helping homeowners and the industry by allowing value to be given to energy efficiency and is a local advocate for green building. She was one of 15 U.S. citizens in 2011 invited to participate in the EU to study renewable energy and its economic benefits.

Dr. Laurie Williams

Vice Chair

Fort Lewis College

Laurie Williams is an associate professor in the Department of Physics & Engineering at Fort Lewis College. She joined the college in 2004. Previously, she was a post-doctoral researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the supercritical fluids experimentation facility. Dr. Williams began her career as a pipeline engineer for Western Gas Supply Company and as an environmental consultant prior to pursuing her Ph.D. and transitioning into academia. She is a faculty adviser and co-director of the Fort Lewis College chapter of Engineers Without Borders and has helped lead many projects to design and construct water systems, sanitation systems and other projects in developing countries such as Myanmar, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Laos and Thailand.

Dr. Williams is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Colorado.

Eileen Dawson

Treasurer

Accountant

Bio coming soon!

Rachel Landis

LPEA Board Member

Bio coming soon!

Advisory Board Member; LPEA Staff

A Durango native, Nancy Andrews is an Energy Management Advisor with La Plata Electric Association (LPEA). Before working with LPEA, Andrews enjoyed a 30-year career with the City of Durango, where she oversaw the growth of the City’s recycling program and water conservation efforts. Formerly an engineering technician, she was appointed to the forward-looking position in 1989 as part of the community’s growing interest in sustainability. She officially launched the City’s recycling program in April 1990.

During her tenure with the City, Andrews had opportunity to work with LPEA on a number of projects, including refrigerator recycling and “Green Power” purchase. She was also actively involved in employing energy efficient and “green” efforts in the City’s facilities, and was part of the team that initiated and launched the Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency (4CORE).

Nancy Andrews

Advisory Board Member

Nancy Andrews

La Plata Electric Association, staff

A Durango native, Nancy Andrews is an Energy Management Advisor with La Plata Electric Association (LPEA). Before working with LPEA, Andrews enjoyed a 30-year career with the City of Durango, where she oversaw the growth of the City’s recycling program and water conservation efforts. Formerly an engineering technician, she was appointed to the forward-looking position in 1989 as part of the community’s growing interest in sustainability. She officially launched the City’s recycling program in April 1990.

During her tenure with the City, Andrews had opportunity to work with LPEA on a number of projects, including refrigerator recycling and “Green Power” purchase. She was also actively involved in employing energy efficient and “green” efforts in the City’s facilities, and was part of the team that initiated and launched the Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency (4CORE).

Board Alumni

2013-2016

  • Kurt Schneider, past 4CORE Interim Director and Board Secretary
  • Paul Senecal, Community-at-Large
  • Peter May-Ostendorp, PhD, LEED AP O+M, Xergy Consulting
  • Rebecca Kauffman, President and Chief Operating Officer of Southern Ute Alternative Energy
  • Tom Holcomb, Pagosa Verde
  • Lew Prastch, Community-at-Large

2008-2012

  • Brad Boyles, First Southwest Bank
  • Kevin Hall, City of Durango
  • Rob Dawes, Dawes & Harriss, P.C.
  • Bobby Jones, Empire Electric Association, Inc.
  • Chad Tidwell, Red Willow Production
  • Bruce Baizel, Earthworks
  • Pat Senecal, Community-at-Large
  • Mark Schwantes, La Plata Electric Association
  • Shannon South, Community-at-Large
  • Dan Stalker, Community-at-Large
  • Enid Brodsky, La Plata Electric Association