Staff


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Jerome Smith has been involved for 30 years in the transitions of science and technology into new markets. This has included market growth and product development with Stoneage Tools, CBS, Sony, Teac/Tascam, Warner Bros., Lucas/Skywalker, Universal Studios and many others.  In 2008 Jerry founded Pagosa Verde, a company designed to adapt emerging technologies in renewable energy to the needs of our changing economy. He is committed to overcoming adaptive inertia in businesses and culture as opportunities appear from the disciplined imagination of scientists, engineers, artists and businessmen. He is a former farmer, horseman, soldier & surfer and a happily married man with three children. He lives in Pagosa Springs because it’s fairly far from everywhere and just wild and western enough to feel like home.

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Sally received  the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators in 2012 and was named an eCycleBest Top Five Green Teachers in the nation in 2014.  She recently ended a 25-year teaching career to focus on Pagosa Verde project development.   Sally serves on the Colorado Environmental Education Leadership Council, Colorado State University Extension Advisory Board for Archuleta County, Pagosa Springs Parks and Recreation Commission, Southwest Workforce Development Board and Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership Inc. Sally is a co-founder of Pagosa Verde, LLC,

kirstenKirsten Skeehan- Operations, Contracts and Regulatory Management
Kirsten has a Bachelor of Science in Resource Management from the U.S. Naval Academy and a MBA from George Washington University. As a commissioned officer, Kirsten was involved in intelligence, computers and worldwide secure communications. After seven years active duty,she joined the Navy Reserve and served at the Pentagon Navy Command Center. At Fannie Mae Kirsten managed construction of major computer centers, mainframe to distributed technology  transitions and managed large operational and support staffs. Kirsten serves on the Archuleta County Housing Authority and is co-owner of Pagosa’s finest bakery. Kirsten was instrumental in mprovements to the Pagosa geothermal heating system and relationships between stakeholders.

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Dan Hand – Project Engineering  Dan is a licensed Professional Engineer with 29 years of experience. His background includes many years in the private sector developing and designing alternative energy projects including geothermal, biomass, solar, hydropower, and wind resources as well as a faculty position at West Point (United States Military Academy) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dan is experienced in the areas of project development, resource development, project funding mechanisms, power cycle analyses, economic analyses, and modeling. Dan is dedicated to helping clients develop indigenous resources in an environmentally sound, economically feasible and beneficial manner.

 Pic Tom HolcombTom Holcomb – Project Development  Tom brings over 25 years of management and business development experience in renewable energy and sustainability services. He has worked with companies including Whole Foods and WalMart as well as federal, state and local governments across the country supporting their renewable energy and sustainability initiatives. Tom served as the Vice-President of Business Development for Living Solar where he led the company’s community-scale solar energy development initiatives. He also served as Chief Operating Officer for Renewable Choice Energy, an award-winning carbon offset and renewable energy credit provider. Tom recently joined Pagosa Verde to support ongoing development efforts with the company’s commercial and community partners. He received a BS in Geology from Vanderbilt University and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado.

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Mary Jo Coulehan – Project Management  Mary Jo has been in the Pagosa Springs area for 20 years.  She graduated from Tulane University with a BS in Biology and went straight into the business world.  Mary Jo was an executive with Marriott Hotels for 16 years before she found Pagosa Springs and entered the entrepreneurial world owning a successful bed & breakfast and catering company.  Mary Jo was the director of the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce for over 9 years working on economic development and business promotion.  She has held various state and regional board positions and continues to represent Archuleta County on numerous boards including Region 9 Economic Development, Club 20, and the El Pomar Foundation’s Southwest Council.  Successful project design and management and juggling many balls are Mary Jo’s forte as well as the commitment to developing renewable energy potential.


Paul's Head ShotPaul Foley – Staff Geologist 
Paul holds a B.S. in Geology from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. His strong interest in structural geology and clean energy lead him to his career in geothermal energy. At Pagosa Verde, he manages field and drilling exploration activities including well site logging, well monitoring, field data collection, mapping, and subcontractor management. When not in the field, Paul performs data processing and analysis with geographic information systems and speaks at conferences and events. Paul enjoys educational outreach to field camps visiting our project sites as well as the general public interested in learning about the science and benefits of geothermal energy.