Board of Trustees

Trustee meetings usually are held the third Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm at the library. Check the Library Calendar for changes or click here for a list of 2019 meetings.

rick st Rick Stinchfield (President) : Rick and Lynne Stinchfield moved to Pagosa Springs in 2006, continuing a lifetime of westward migration.  Rick’s career was in higher education administration, much of it at the University of Northern Iowa.  The Stinchfields volunteer at the Pagosa Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest, and for three months each year in interpretation at Capitol Reef National Park in Utah.  The warmth of Pagosans and the beauty and accessibility of the surrounding public lands make Pagosa Springs a special place.  Both Rick and Lynne are proud to support the Ruby Sisson Library, a critical and welcoming community asset.

Deb gray shirt Deb Morton (Vice President):  Since 2004, Deb works as a school librarian in Pagosa Springs High School.  She is married to Steve, who recently retired from a forestry career with the Forest Service.  They love to ski; the ski area and in the backcountry.  Other outdoor pursuits include kayaking, biking, and hiking.  They have climbed all of Colorado’s 14ers!  You will find lots of books in their house because reading is another hobby.  Deb grew up near St. Louis, MO; Steve is from Provo, UT; both graduated from Utah State University in Logan, UT.  They have lived in Pagosa Springs for a total of 20 years!

Carol SheetsCarol Sheets (Secretary) : Carol joined the Board in October 2015 and has been a volunteer for the past year and a half.  She grew up in rural Pennsylvania then lived in Cambridge, MA and Virginia.  She fell in love with the mountains and retired to Pagosa Springs in 2013 after 35 years as an analytical chemist.  She enjoys hiking and biking and is getting reacquainted with sewing and knitting.  Of course, she also loves reading and spending time at the library.

(Treasurer): Position to be filled.

 Constance d’Angelis: Constance is an author, mediator, arbitrator, massage therapist (licensed in Colorado and Florida) and member of The Florida Bar Association. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University; and her Bachelor of Science, cum laude in Life Sciences (Pre-medical curriculum) from the University of Toledo. She played Women’s Professional Football for the Toledo Troopers. She is writing numerous blogs and other articles on Student Loan Debt, Mortgage Modifications, Ethics, Death and Dying and other societal dispute resolution and legal issues. Currently, she creates Continuing Legal Education and Continuing Mediator Education programs that are offered online at AnytimeCLE.com. Constance presents live and video programs on numerous subjects including “Win/Win in 7 Steps” based on her book, “The 7 Laws of Inner Peace”. Previously, Constance taught Estate Planning onboard cruise ships and is now teaching Continuing Mediation Education programs and stress reduction in the cruise-ship venue. She mentors and coaches small business owners, mediators, attorneys and others in fiscal issues using an holistic approach that takes into consideration all aspects and circumstances. Constance is writing a series of new books based on “The 7 Laws of Mindfulness”.

 Gayle Dixon: Gayle Dixon is an attorney licensed to practice law in Minnesota and Colorado. In addition to her Juris Doctor degree, she holds a Masters in Library Science from Kent State University. She moved to Pagosa Springs in 2013 after retiring from the Department of Homeland Security. She enjoys downhill skiing, wine-making, travel, and (no surprise!) reading. Gayle’s volunteer activities include Pagosa Mountain Morning Rotary and the American Red Cross where she is a disaster assistance responder. She and her beloved Black Lab Patty are frequently seen on their daily hike on the Lake Forest path. Her favorite reading genre is science fiction.

Steve Merchant: Steve is a retired Navy officer, and a graduate of Stanford University, with a degree in Geology. He also has a MAed from Pepperdine University. He has worked in the Defense Industry as a System Manager and as a Technical Writer for a Public Safety Software Company. He has lived in Pagosa Springs since 2011.

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