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Board of Directors

Paul Jenkins
- President

Born and raised in southern California; Served in US Air Force 1966-1972. Graduated class valedictorian from Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, South Dakota, in 1975 with dual majors in Human Resources and Community Services. Left seminary to go into the business world. Operations supervisor and retired mortgage banker. In 1999, married to Marlene Weseloh, a retired Licensed Vocational Nurse. Moved to Raton in 2005 and immediately became active as founding member of Raton MainStreet. Co-founder of GrowRaton! with Kathy Harris in 2010 and currently serves as President. Also serves on the Executive Committee of the North East Economic Development Organization, Inc. dba NEEDO-NM and served as its first founding President 2012-2014, and currently serves as Vice President of the Raton Chamber of Commerce.  Also a member of the Raton Basin Economic Development Advisory Committee.  Loves to watch movies and TV dramas!

Rich Kuhns
- Vice President

Born in Indiana and raised in Norwalk, CA. Attended Excelsior High School (where they made the movie Grease 2). President of the electronics club and taught basic circuits while still in high school. Graduated from DeVry University, Phoenix, AZ 1982 with a degree as an Engineering Technician. Took graduate courses in electronics, business management, and marketing at various universities. Worked at Tektronix for 25 years in service, sales, management, and training where I was involved with projects that developed technologies and set standards for the way we use most kinds of electronics from cell phones, digital television, personal computers, to the Internet. Married PennySue on February 14, 1983. Retired from Tektronix in 1996 and started PennyRich International as a Microsoft consultant and computer manufacturer (have personally built over 3,000 custom computers). In 1998, moved to Raton and opened the Book Oasis, a Christian bookstore. Also started the Computer Guys (have worked on, supported, or built many of the computer systems in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado). Sold those two businesses so we could focus on other endeavors (the Enchanted Grounds Espresso Bar & Cafe, PennyRich International Internet services, and the Oil and Gas Equipment Supply Center). Served on Raton Mainstreet as one of the founding board members, was President of the 2nd street Raton Business Association, currently serves on the GrowRaton! Board of Directors and chairs the Business Recruitment and Retention Task Force. Spends extra time teaching at church and helping others.

Kathy Harris
- Secretary

Born and raised in Raton, New Mexico; Graduated from New Mexico State University in 1979 with dual majors in Accounting and Business Administration. Married Bob Harris in 1992 and since 2009 worked with him at Title Services, Inc. as office manager for this and several other small businesses we own. Previously employed by Miners Colfax Medical Center in various administrative positions for 28 years until my retirement in 2008. In 2010 co-founded GrowRaton! with Paul Jenkins. In addition, I have served in the following organizations: Arthur Johnson Memorial Library Board, Raton Chamber Ambassadors, Raton MainStreet, and the Professional Business Women of Raton. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my dogs and horses, gardening, reading and traveling with my husband.

David Wentling
- Treasurer

Born and raised in the mid-Atlantic area. Began organizing educational programs on renewable energy while in college. Obtained a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from Towson State University in Maryland. Voted Outstanding Conservationist of 1983 by Solar Action of Maryland. Married my wife Lisa and raised two children in the Baltimore suburbs. Worked for Baltimore City and several small businesses with career focused on construction, research, inspection, education, and training of residential conservation and energy efficiency upgrades. Moved to Raton NM in 2009. The following year started volunteering and became a founding director of GrowRaton!. Organized their Solid Waste Recycling Task Force. Currently, chair of that task force and Treasurer of GrowRaton!. Enjoys hiking and traveling.



Deborah Harris
- Director

Born in Iowa and went through high school in both Iowa and Nebraska. Moved to Palm Springs, CA at the age of 21. Relocated back to Iowa and graduated with a degree in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa . Started my CPA career in Colorado Springs, CO then to Tuscon, AZ and back to Iowa. Have been self employed since 1985, first working as a CPA specializing in not-for-profits then switched to the real estate business when I moved to Raton in 2000. This was a necessary change to raise my two adopted special needs children and my youngest son.  I am still licensed as a CPA but I utilize my real estate business to make a living. I look forward to using my CPA experience with not-for-profits to help Raton grow.

 


David Stafford
- Director

Born and raised in Claremont, California and married to Cimarron girl Julia Davis Stafford, David has lived and practiced law in Raton since 1986. He maintained a client-oriented civil and criminal litigation practice, from which he retired in 2011. His public service commitments have included terms on a number of boards and committees, including the Raton Golf Course, New Mexico Community Foundation, Raton Recreation and Education Council, the Shortgrass Music festival, Service Organization for Youth (SOY), the Raton Recreation Center Development Committee and founding Director for GrowRaton!. Otherwise, he is generally traveling, golfing or playing fantasy sports.