Jerome C. Smith serves as Pagosa Verde’s President and Chairman. He has been involved for 35 years in the transition of science and technology into new markets. This has included management of market growth and product development with Stoneage Tools, CBS, Sony, Teac/Tascam, Warner Bros., Universal Studios and others. In 2008 Jerry founded Pagosa Verde. He is committed to overcoming adaptive inertia in people, businesses and culture as opportunities appear from the disciplined imagination of scientists, engineers, artists and businessmen.
Ed Morlan is the Executive Director of Region 9 Economic Development District. Under his management the Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado Inc. (Region 9), has grown from an organization with $30,000 in debt in 1989 to one with a loan fund valued at over $4 million today. Region 9’s mission is to be a regional leader, working cooperatively with the private and public sectors to enhance the economic conditions in the area and improve the region’s economic prosperity. Region 9 covers the counties of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata, Dolores and San Juan as well as the Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute Indian Tribes. Region 9 is led by a 26-member board of directors-17 from local governmental jurisdictions and 9 from the private sector. Ed’s experience in growth management and finance and his knowledge and influence with Colorado state agencies are invaluable resources to Pagosa Verde.
Dr. Leland (Roy) Mink joined the Pagosa Verde Board of Directors in 2013. Roy has served as Director of Geothermal Technologies for the Department of Energy and is currently a board member of US Geothermal Inc. and the Geothermal Resources Council. Dr. Mink earned his Ph.D. in Geology at the University of Idaho where he still serves as Professor Emeritus. He has played a key role in worldwide geothermal projects while continuing a lifetime devotion to Idaho ranching and the promise of renewable resources for western agriculture. Roy’s experience in site evaluation, project management and national geothermal policy is integral to the growth of Pagosa Verde. Additionally, Dr. Mink provides professional services in his areas of expertise to Pagosa Verde clients and projects.
Lori Smith Schell, Ph.D., ERP, is the president of Empowered Energy, a Colorado-based, woman-owned business focused on renewables, natural gas, and power & emissions offering consulting services in Commodity Procurement and Contract Management, Risk Management, Regulatory Affairs and Expert Witness Testimony, and Emissions Allowance Trading. She formerly directed and monitored fuels and electricity hedging to mitigate market and operational risk for a New York-based combined heat and power company. Lori brings to the Pagosa Verde Board of Directors a stellar 30-year industry background including project and policy management, fuels and energy risk management, and specializes in economic and analytical analysis. She received her Ph.D. in Operations Research & Mineral Economics from Pennsylvania State University, is a Certified Energy Risk Professional (ERP) and is a much sought-after presenter at energy conferences all over the world. Lori enjoys living in Southwest Colorado where she takes advantage of the natural beauty and amenities the region has to offer.