Karen Barger, elected May 16, 2015, is widely known as the owner of the award-winning Seasons Rotisserie Grill in downtown Durango. Ms. Barger has evolved the establishment to actively support local farmers and ranchers, and Seasons is currently doing business with as many as 40 small producers.
In addition to running the business, Ms. Barger has found time to give back, serving on the Durango Business Improvement District board of directors for nine years, most recently as presiding officer. Understanding the need to stimulate economic activity in Durango for long-term viability, Ms. Barger founded the Durango Wine Experience, which brings hundreds of people to Durango and is now considered one of the town’s signature events. She also supports the 100 Club, raising funds for the families of first responders injured or killed in the line of duty, as well as many youth service organizations, and has furthered her leadership skills and education of the community as a member of Leadership La Plata.
Barger serves as the treasurer of the LPEA board.
Contact Karen Barger: KBarger@lpea.coop.
Jack Turner was raised in Durango and worked in his family’s businesses. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Geology, as well as a second Master’s emphasizing leadership and community self-reliance. He has worked as a representative to rural interests, including the Skokomish Tribe in Washington state where his efforts resulted in unprecedented dam releases, mimicking natural river flows while maintaining optimal electric generation. Turner currently teaches at Southwest Colorado Community College and coaches cross-country.
Contact Jack Turner: 970.259.0460 or JTurner@lpea.coop.
Joe Wheeling grew up in rural North Dakota and earned his BS from Colorado State University and his MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Before entering the hotel industry, he served as a management consultant with Deloitte & Touche, primarily working with utilities. His grandfather was instrumental in creation of a rural electric cooperative.
Wheeling, who recently retired from his position as CEO with Red Roof Inns, now helps run the Gardens at James Ranch, an enterprise originally launched by his wife Jennifer. They are also partners in James Ranch Beef. The James Ranch is a leader in agricultural sustainability and environmental stewardship.
Wheeling serves as secretary of the LPEA board and is the Tri-State representative and a FastTrack Communications board member.
Contact Joe Wheeling: 970.946.9611 or JWheeling@lpea.coop.