Our Team

MORP ADVISORY TEAM

David Sanford

David Sanford: President, five year term as Team Member

David has been a resident of Montezuma County Colorado since 1968. He has worked for: the US Forest Service, Southwest Seed, Colorado State University, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, ARAMARK. He has been active in the community of Dolores as a member of the United Methodist church, Dolores Rotary, Dolores Chamber of Commerce, and Boy Scouts. He served on the Board of Directors of the Empire Electric Association, Montezuma Water Company, San Juan RC&D Council and the Mosquito Control Board. He has owned and operated a farm since 1971. David is married to his wife Ann, a school teacher in Dolores. Their two adult sons grew up in Montezuma County and now both reside and work in Durango. David has been interested in agriculture all his life and has wide experience in both dryland and irrigated production.

Pam Thompson

Pam Thompson: Vice President/Treasurer, second year term as Team Member

Pam Thompson was born and raised in Montezuma County Colorado. She is Vice President of Dolores State Bank and worked in the banking world for 40 years. Pam grew up in the small farming community of Lewis, graduated from Montezuma Cortez High School and attended Ft. Lewis College. Her brother and she owned and operated a tree and shrub nursery at Four Seasons Greenhouse for 5 years. Pam has served as President and board member of the Cortez Chamber of Commerce, board member for the Cortez Retail Enhancement organization, board member and treasurer for Onward! a Legacy Foundation and is currently the Vice Regent for the Daughters of the American Revolution. Pam grew up as the daughter of a dry land bean and wheat farmer.  Her family farmed in Yellow Jacket, Colorado. She is married to Carl Thompson, an electrical lineman. They have two grown children and 5 grand children.

John Bealke

John Bealke: Secretary, second year term as Team Member

John Bealke has worked primarily in two fields: behavioral health and residential construction. He remains licensed as a professional counselor in Colorado and currently resides in Montezuma County. John continues to actively pursue a lifelong interest in gardening, and is enjoying his first venture beyond vegetables into fruit growing. He takes every opportunity to attend MORP workshops and to volunteer time planting, pruning, or harvesting for local projects.

Ron Bunker

Ron Bunker: Member, first year term as Team Member

Ron Bunker moved to Colorado in 1971. Retired to Cortez in 2012. He grew up in the Electronics manufacturing industry, finishing that phase of his career in Engineering Management. After a little career re-invention, he moved on to Facilities Project Management where he managed construction, furniture installation, and personnel move projects in a medical device manufacturing facility. Ron and his wife Lisa, who is the Facilities Manager for Osprey Packs became interested in orchards after attending both a pruning class and a grafting class with MORP.  Their favorite apple is a seedling growing in a Montezuma County fenceline they named Montezuma Blush. They have four grown children and three granddaughters, with most of their families residing in the Front Range of Colorado. 

MORP CO-DIRECTORS

Addie & Jude Schuenemeyer

Jude and Addie Schuenemeyer: CoDirectors

After nearly two decades of playing mountaineer, paramedic, and Wildland Hotshot Firefighter, Jude became a father and business owner. Since 2001 he has self-learned how to be a parent, grower, nursery person, farmer, orchardist, historian, grafter, teacher, coffee roaster, and cook; making him a “crash-course graduate” in how to run a family farm, orchard, and business. In addition to being passionate about his family and four beautiful girls Jude is a fruit enthusiast; he uses his twenty some years of educator training and experience to teach his passions to people of all ages. 

Raised as a “Park Brat” calling places like Mesa Verde and Death Valley National Parks home, Addie embraced a love for the outdoors and nurtured a strong sense of place. Seeking self challenge and adventure, by the time she was 19, she had worked as a Youth Conservation Crew Member and wrangler in Yellowstone, lived a year as a foreign exchange student in Argentina, picked apples in the orchards of the Montezuma Valley, and lived in Mexico before settling down to a routine of college in the winter and fire in the summer. After graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in Natural Resources Management, Addie dedicated nearly a decade to a career in wildland fire until falling head over heals for her husband Jude. Together they grew a retail nursery/cafe business and family of four beautiful girls, and along the way developed a love for community and it’s orchard heritage.

morp@montezumaorchard.org     (970) 565-3099     POB 1556, Cortez, Co 81321

FISCAL SPONSOR

Onward! A Legacy Foundation

MORP is a program of Onward! A Legacy Foundation and reports to Onward!’s Board of Directors.