Our staff and board are vital to accomplishing the Alliance’s vision and mission.
Meet the Board The Alliance Board consists of nine representatives. Five representatives are from the private sector and are elected for three year terms by Alliance members. The four public sector representatives are appointed by their respective jurisdictions. One public sector representative serves from each of our three communities (Durango, Bayfield, and Ignacio) as well as La Plata County to ensure that the Alliance represents all of La Plata County.
Jameson D. Bobbin
Brian Kimmel Clyde Church Sharon Craig Barbara Noseworthy Dr. Tom Stritikus Patti Zink Ashleigh Tarkington
Meet the Staff Working as a Team is critical to the success of La Plata County. If you would like to know more or meet us, please stop by our office at 2301 Main Avenue, Durango Colorado or call us at 970-259-1700.
Mike French Executive Director
Michael French started his own IT Infrastructure Service company at the age of 28 and grew it until it was sold to a public entity 8 years later in 2005.
He stayed with that same organization in executive roles through various mergers and acquisitions for the next 11 years exiting as the Chief Marketing Officer of a $3B company.
He went on to run a leadership development consulting firm for a couple of former Blue Angel pilots and Navy Admiral as Vice President of Operations.
Has been heavily involved in local and regional, not for profit organizations including Mountain Studies Institute and is and current President of the Southwest Colorado Community Foundation Board of Directors.
He has been small business owner, advisor, and investor.
Has been a Durango resident for 12 years with his wife Celestia and his two children Bodhi and Aila.
Michael French’s contact information is (970) 259-1700.
Please feel free to reach out to Michael if you have any questions or your business is in need of assistance.
Emily Misner Program Manager
Emily Meisner was the Alliance’s Board chair in 2015. She has a can-do attitude and a penchant for getting things done. She has repeatedly demonstrated her business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit as a resident of La Plata County.
Devoted to fostering business in La Plata County Emily has contributed considerable time and resources to promoting and encouraging Business activity throughout the County.
Emily ran a successful restaurant in Ignacio for 20 years, which sold in early 2019. She also volunteers for the La Plata County Fair Board, as well as coordinated the Ignacio Bike Rally for several years. Emily has shown her willingness to get involved wherever she is needed and has a unique ability to relate to a wide spectrum of people and customers.
Emily has the experience and expertise to make executive-level decisions and think through complex issues. She is also willing to roll up her sleeves to chip in when the hard work needs to get done.
Emily Meisner’s contact information is (970) 259-1700 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please feel free to reach out to Emily if you have any questions or your business is in need of assistance.