Here’s some dirt on who we are:
Lynndee Beller » Board Member, Treasurer; Underwriting & Education Project Development
Tom Bartels » Advisory Board Member; Story Editor & Co-Host
Tom is a media specialist, engineer, editor, and owner of Round House Productions, an award-winning multi-media production company specializing in environmental education based in Durango. He worked in video production, cable television and radio through the 80′s and 90′s, producing several environmental education pieces including environmental ethics, sustainable architecture, and Spirit of the Southwest, a program on preservation of the wilderness and historical cultures of the Southwest, and public outreach videos for Grand Canyon National Park. Tom has continued work in media production for over 25 years. Originally from Wisconsin, Tom received his communications degree from Fort Lewis College and has lived in Durango since 1983.
Katrina Blair » Advisory Board Member; Community Environmental Advocate
Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer with the intention of eating primarily wild foods. She later wrote “The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains” for her senior project at Colorado College where she graduated with a Biology Degree. In 1997 she completed a MA from John F Kennedy University in Orinda, CA in Holistic Health Education. She founded Turtle Lake Refuge in 1998, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands. She has taught sustainable living practices through several universities such as John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA, San Juan College in Farmington, NM, and Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. She currently teaches wild edible and medicinal plants internationally at educational and healing events. She is the author of her most recent book, published in 2009, Local Wild Life – Turtle Lake Refuge’s Recipes for Living Deep, as well as, several smaller locally distributed publications such as: Commitments for Living the Good Life – The Wisdoms of the Osha Root, Snow Cone Recipe Book, and Las Plantas de Iztac along with four wild plant recipe calendars. She lives at the Turtle Lake Community Organic Garden in Durango, Colorado and is currently working on her forthcoming book, “Our Global Wealth of Wild Weeds”. To learn more about current events and projects, please visit turtlelakerefuge.org.
Kim Elzinga » Advisory Board Member; Graphic Design & Marketing
With 15 years in the marketing field, Kim works as a freelance graphic designer, writer, project manager, and marketing consultant. Before joining the board of directors, Kim was employed as the Good Dirt Radio’s Outreach Coordinator, stewarding the organization toward 21st century digital practices with the establishment of a social media presence and the use of online platforms for program outreach. Prior to her move to Durango in 2009, Kim lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan where her clients included Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation, Grand Valley State University, Water Resources Institute, and several other organizations and individuals. She graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids with a BA in English and Speech. After raising her family and freelancing in Michigan, she now lives in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Kim loves the outdoors and strives to live in harmony with both nature and those who inhabit it.
Tami Graham » Co-host
Tami Graham is a fifth generation Coloradoan and has lived in southwestern Colorado since 1984. She received her Masters Degree in Transpersonal Psychology, with Graduate Certificates in both Organizational Leadership and Conflict Resolution from JFK University in Orinda, California. Since 2001,Tami has maintained an active training, facilitation and mediation practice. She has served on several non-profit boards and has been the Executive Director of Animas Conservancy Land Trust, KDUR Community Radio, and Braided River Mediation Center in Durango, Colorado. She was awarded Woman of the Year at Fort Lewis College in 1997 for her leadership as the General Manger of KDUR FM from 1990-1997. Currently, Tami is coordinating a capital campaign for KSUT Public Radio in Ignacio, Colorado.
Bob Griffith » Advisory Board Member; Commercial Radio Consultant
Bob brings a national media and marketing expertise to GDR. He was instrumental in creating the Google Audio “GDR PSA” model that enabled GDR to be on over 1200 radio stations nationally with its message. Bob is a veteran radio executive including serving as a former Los Angeles Radio VP/ General Manager in various broadcasting positions with ABC, Cox Communications, Metromedia, and Viacom, former Sr VP Radio Advertising Bureau and present Strategic Partner Development Manager w/ Google in Santa Monica. Bob has recently relocated from Los Angeles to Durango. It is here that he escapes the trials and difficulties of 21st Century urban living, and has found GDR’s practical and immediate solutions to our obvious concern in the world… “Climate Change” actionable and reasonable.
Ben Jason » Board Member; Green Energy Underwriting
Ben was the second person in Colorado to obtain certification from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners – the most widely recognized solar installation certification. Ben graduated from Solar Energy International in 2001 and has 18 years experience in designing and installing solar electric (both grid-tied and battery backup), solar thermal, hybrid solar-generator, wind, and micro-hydro renewable energy systems. Ben is the owner and operator of Living Solar, the only authorized residential and commercial SunPower dealer in the Four Corners area. SunPower manufactures high efficiency solar panels.
Gary Lewin » Board Member, Executive Director; Story Crafter & Production Engineer
As a co-founder of Good Dirt Radio, Gary uses his 30-years of experience as a business owner to direct and manage the operations of Good Dirt Radio. He offers his talent as a professional sound engineer and the use of Cosmix Sound Studio, a unique, solar heated and powered recording facility, to produce Good Dirt Radio shows and as the organization’s headquarters. Always a lover of the natural world, Gary has long been engaged in environmental concerns. In response to environmental challenges, Gary has chosen mass media as a way to promote positive solutions to deeply rooted, but solvable, problems in an effort to help create change for a more sustainable future. Gary sank roots in Durango, Colorado in 1978, and owns and operates Good Deeds! Real Estate, has 2 grown sons, and is a musician and builder.
Ron Margolis » Advisory Board Member; Legal Guidance & Story Crafter
As mediator, facilitator, consultant, educator, and activist, Ron has worked in many different capacities in the movement for a new, more conscious, caring, and just world. He has taught at Fort Lewis College and works with youth on such issues as values, meaning, and life purpose. He is the founder of People of Conscience, a group dedicated to empowering citizens to take positive action to help birth a better world for both people and our planet. He has brought his talents to many boards of directors including Animas Valley Institute and Durango Natural Foods. A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Ron previously worked for environmental concerns as an attorney. Recently retired from working with his hands as a tile and stone setter, Ron is a lover of wildness and the earth.
Claire Ninde » Advisory Board Member; Development and Public Relations
Claire’s background is rooted in both not-for-profit and business environments. After gaining valuable experience for 5 years as business manager and partner at a Durango PR firm, Verde PR, Claire gravitated back to the non-profit realm, working as the Development Coordinator at Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency (4CORE), and more recently, as the Healthy Living Program Manager at San Juan Basin Health. Claire has experience in administration, advocacy, and fundraising at 4CORE, Adaptive Sports Association and Sexual Assault Services Organization. Claire has been an unabashed treehugger since her youth and is deeply committed to positive change for a livable planet. Raised in Brooklyn, NY Claire has lived in a variety of locations including Vermont, northern California, and Siena, Italy. Moving to Durango 16 years ago, Claire has set deep roots in southwest Colorado, with her husband Gordon and daughter Zoe.
Ellen Stein » Advisory Board Member; Fund Raising, Development and Public Relations
Ellen brings over 25 years of radio and not-for-profit experience to Good Dirt Radio. She currently works as the Development Director for Axis Health Services/Crossroads in Durango. She is the former Broadband and Membership Coordinator for Great Old Broads for Wilderness, a national public lands advocacy organization. Prior to that, Ellen served as development director of KDUR Community Radio. She worked as the first director of the Mountain Studies Institute in Silverton, and has lived and worked in the San Juan Mountain region since the late 80’s. She cut her teeth in radio production as a volunteer DJ at KOTO in Telluride, and was a founding board member of KSJC Community Radio in Silverton. Since moving to Durango in 2005, she has volunteered on the fundraising committee of the Durango Dharma Center, Local First’s marketing committee, SW Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days steering committee, the SW Colorado Resource advisory council, the board of the La Plata County Democratic Party, as Campaign Manager for Dean Brookie for City Council, and Campaign Manager for Durango Bag It! Ellen holds a M.A. in Environmental Policy & Planning from Tufts University, and a B.A. in Studio Art from Colorado College. A Colorado Outward Bound School and National Outdoor Leadership School graduate, Ellen’s passion for wild places continues to fuel her life and work.
Travis Stills » Advisory Board Member; Legal Consultant
Travis works as a public interest environmental attorney with Energy & Conservation Law. This not-for-profit organization helps groups and organizations throughout the country create, use, and enforce federal, state, and local laws designed to protect and promote our common heritage in a clean and healthy environment. Travis attended Fort Lewis College, and after graduating, he received specialized training in administrative and environmental law at Vermont Law School. Upon completion, he returned to Durango to teach courses in sociology, environmental law, environmental justice, and environmental policy and politics for Fort Lewis College and the University of Colorado-Denver. Travis was raised on an Iowa farm and now lives with his family, plays, and floats in and around Durango.
Katie Waller » Board Member, Secretary; Education Project Development
Katie began her career in sustainability during college, writing the “Waste Not News” for the Cooperative Extension Service at Michigan State University. After graduation, she transitioned into consulting for solid waste and recycling, starting her own distributorship for all types of recycling products from balers to bins. A founding member of a rural cohousing community, Katie built a passive solar timberframe, strawbale/strawclay home and practiced consensus, non-violent communication and leadership skills. Katie is a longtime advocate and activist for local renewable energy and has been working to bring more favorable policies and a more progressive Board to our rural electric co-op. Katie is passionate about organic gardening, raw/wild food, and overall wellness. She has been a co-founder of Heartwood Farms, an organic biodynamic farm in Bayfield, Colorado; a Waldorf private school; and charter school initiatives. She is currently on Board of Directors for the Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado and the steering committee for Solarize LaPlata. Katie enjoys hiking, skiing, camping, gardening, yoga, dance, and spending time with her two children, husband, and two golden retrievers.
Geoff Wolf » Board Member: Marketing and Public Relations
Geoff has been roaming the business world for four decades as an entrepreneur, manager and marketing consultant. He founded two retail businesses and spent 15 years in food service management, including 10 years in the ski industry. Geoff has been a natural food coop junkie since the 1970’s when stocked the shelves for a local food coop in Boulder Colorado. More recently, he has served on the Board of Directors at Durango Natural Foods for the past four years. Currently EVP of Marketing at J. Schmid & Associates, a direct marketing agency located in Kansas City, Missouri, he also owns WolfDirect, a marketing firm in Durango, CO and is a regular speaker at many Direct Marketing Association conferences. Geoff’s marketing has specialized in the gardening marketplace for over a decade working with many national seed, plant and greenhouse brands. He currently works with the first truly biodynamic farm to bring their seeds to market. Living high in the Rockies since 1976, he finds his solace in nature, especially the mountains.