2018 Board of Directors

Amanda Pearson- Board President

Retired Judge, Saguache County


Lisa Lucero- Vice President

Student Services Coordinator, SLV Area Health Education Center


Anna Brownell- Secretary

Vice President, Zapata Seed Company, and Co-Owner of Brownell Farms

Helen Taylor-Board Treasurer

Felix Gallegos - Member


Deanne Elliot - Member


Duane Oakes - Member

Duane was born and raised in Manassas, Virginia where he lived until joining the
Military in 1990. He served as a Military Police Officer in the U. S. Army from 1990-1994.
After service with the military, Duane began his career in civilian law enforcement in
1994 with the Monte Vista Police Department. He served with them as a Patrolman and
Sergeant until 2003. He then served with the Alamosa Police Department from 2003-2004 as a
Patrolman. He then returned to the Monte Vista Police Department as a Detective Sergeant
and then Lieutenant from 2004-2008. In 2008 he returned to the Alamosa Police Department
were has served as a Detective Corporal, Lieutenant, Captain. He was appointed as Chief of
Police in April of 2014 and is still serving in this capacity.
Duane is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 215th Session. He has a Bachelor of
Science in Criminal Justice from Colorado Technical University. In 2006 he was appointed as the
Director of the Trinidad State Junior College Law Enforcement Training Academy on the
Alamosa Campus and he continues to serve in that capacity.
Duane has experience serving on boards for various organizations, which includes two
by appointment by the Governor of Colorado. He is currently to President of the Colorado
Association of Chiefs of Police, Senate Bill 94 Board Member, Colorado Auto Theft Prevention
Authority Board, Community Corrections Board Member and Screening Committee member,
along with various previous board positions.

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