Good Dirt Radio™ Board
Here's some dirt on
who we are:
Gary Lewin »
Board Chair, Sound Engineer, Co-owner of Cosmix
Sound Studio, Story Crafter
Gary sank roots in Durango, Colorado in 1978. A Real Estate Broker for 30 years, Gary owns and operates Good Deeds! Real Estate, has 2 grown sons and is a musician and builder. Having started playing at the age of 10, he is a song-writer whose interests have evolved into a unique, solar heated and powered recording facility, Cosmix Sound. Always a lover of the natural world, Gary has long been engaged in environmental concerns. With the deteriorating state of the world, he has become more involved by choosing 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.
Tom Bartels »
Co-host, Media Specialist, Engineer, Editor, Board Vice-Chair, Story
has lived in Durango, CO since 1983. Originally from Wisconsin,
Tom received his communications degree from Fort Lewis College.
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. He is presently filling his
time with multi-media production in Durango.
Ron Margolis »
Board Member, Story Crafter
is a lover of wildness and the earth. He is a graduate of Georgetown
University Law Center, and previously worked for environmental concerns
as an attorney. He views himself as an educator and activist in
the movement for a new, more conscious, more caring, and more just
world. He works with youth on such issues as values, meaning, and
life purpose. He works with his hands installing ceramic tile and
stone. He has mediated conflicts and has acted as a consultant in
many different capacities. 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.
Ellen Stein »
Board Member, non-Profit & Radio, Funding, Media and PR veteran
Ellen has lived and worked in the San Juan Mountain region since the late 80’s first in Telluride where she cut her teeth as a volunteer DJ at KOTO, then Silverton where she moved in 2002 to serve as the first director of the Mountain Studies Institute. In Silverton, she was a founding board member of KSJC Community Radio, a 100-watt Low-Power FM radio station. 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, and the board of the La Plata County Democratic Party. In 2007, she was hired to serve as Development Director of KDUR Community Radio, a position she held until October of 2011. Since April 2012, Ellen has served as Broadband and Membership Coordinator for Great Old Broads for Wilderness. Outside of serving as a Peace Corps volunteer from 1988-90 in Mali, West Africa, Ellen’s professional work experience has been exclusively in the not-for-profit sector in the environmental field, community development, fundraising, media and public policy. 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.
Claire Ninde »
Board Member, non-Profit, Social Media and PR Specialist
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. She has significant non-profit experience, previously working at Adaptive Sports Association and Sexual Assault Services Organization, and was involved in program administration, advocacy and fundraising. After gaining valuable experience for 5 years in the for-profit world as Business Manager and Partner at a Durango PR firm, Verde PR, Claire is thrilled to be back in the non-profit world as the Development Coordinator at Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency (4CORE), and board member at Good Dirt Radio. Claire has been an unabashed treehugger since her youth and is deeply committed to positive change for a livable planet. In her spare time, Claire likes playing in the outdoors, digging in the dirt, hiking, running and skiing, especially with her family. She occasionally likes to eat gelato while speaking Italian and sipping limoncello.
Kim Elzinga »
Board Member, Graphic designer, non-Profit Consultant and Outreach coordinator
A native of Michigan, Kim moved to the Durango area in 2009 and has used her expertise in marketing and management in different capacities before being named Outreach Coordinator for Good Dirt Radio. For more than 14 years, she freelanced as a graphic designer, writer, project manager, and marketing consultant for several profit and nonprofit organizations in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her clients included the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation, Grand Valley State University, Water Resources Institute, Pathways Resources (addiction treatment service), Second Story Properties (inner city property developer), and several other organizations and individuals. Kim’s focus then was primarily on production of newsletters, annual reports, ads, brochures, flyers and other print media pieces, but she has since expanded her expertise to include developing image and content for the internet (websites, blogs, email blasts, social media, and ebooks). 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 and volunteers at Heartwood Co-Housing community in Bayfield, Colorado, where members focus their efforts on living consciously through eco-wise choices. She loves the outdoors and strives to live in harmony with both nature and those who inhabit it.
Jude Terry »
Co-owner of Cosmix
Sound Studio, Advisory Board Member
operates a private practice as a licensed psychotherapist in Durango,
CO. She has 24 years of experience in human services, combining
training in the fields of psychology, education and recreational
therapy with years of nutritional work in bringing a comprehensive
view of wellness to her craft. Jude has years of hands-on involvement
with natural food cooperatives, local recycling & environmental-awareness
efforts and social-advocacy. Her professional mission is to inspire
insight and action in supporting positive change, to assist others
in sculpting lives of increased balance and accord. This, too, is
the essence of Jude’s environmental focus.
Bob Griffith »
Advisory Board member
The GDR Board is pleased to have Bob Griffith as a member of our advisory Board:
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
former Los Angeles Radio VP/ General Manager,w/ various Broadcasting positions w/ ABC, Cox Communications, Metromedia and Viacom, former Sr VP Radio Advertising Bureau and present Strategic Partner Development Manager w/ Google in Santa Monica.
Although he presently resides in Los Angeles, he seems to be spending more and more time at his mountain home in Durango CO. It is there he escapes the trials and difficulties of 21st Century urban living. As a result it was in Durango, he found GDR's practical and immediate solutions to our obvious concern in the world.... "Climate Change" actionable and reasonable.
"In todays world, creating a more sensible and livable planet sounds like a monumental task, but all large tasks can be more easily accomplished, with a focused number of small successes'! "Good Dirt Radio appears to understand the value in a large number of small victories, from a large number of people. It can make a remarkable impression in creating a more livable environment for all"!
I'm delighted to be counted as an advisor and hope I can contribute.