MORP BOARD of DIRECTORS
The MORP Board of Directors was formed in 2014 and holds director meetings at the Osprey Packs meeting room from 4:30 to 6:30 on the third Tuesday of every month. Every other meeting is dedicated to board development. Arrive 5 minutes early to check in at front desk. Please contact MORP at email@example.com if you are interested to attend to learn more about its work and inform MORP what you could contribute to the MORP team. Couples are welcome to join the board, but they share a vote. MORP staff regularly attend board meetings, but have no vote.
David Sanford: President, second term
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, and 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. He is a founding board member of MORP having joined the MORP team in 2014.
Pam Thompson: Vice President/Treasurer, first term
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. Pam and her brother 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.
Ron & Lisa Bunker: Secretary, first term
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.
Tom & Cindy Gray: Members, first term
Tom and Cindy are proud owners of an historic orchard in Webber Canyon, Mancos Colorado and bring their passion for orchard preservation to the MORP team.
Jude and Addie Schuenemeyer: CoDirectors, since 2017
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, business, and nonprofit. In addition to being passionate about his family of 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. In 2015, they closed the doors of their beloved Let it Grow Nursery and Garden Market so they could dedicate the time needed to work towards the mission of MORP.
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MORP is a program of Onward! A Legacy Foundation Onward! Staff & Board of Directors.