Silver SPRUCE Executive Board
The Executive Board Members are responsible for implementing the organization's misson,
making strategic decisions for the non-profit, and governing the organization.
Beth Vincent was born in Durango, Colorado; to James and Jean Etzler. She grew up on a farm by Ignacio, Colorado. She participated in many sports including hockey, volleyball, softball, track & field, and basketball. She was active in school science and trivia teams, as well as an active member of 4-H for six years. She started working outside of the farm when she turned 14. She graduated from Durango High School in 2008.
Beth is married with two beautiful children, a girl and a boy. After her daughter was born she moved to Dumas, Texas with her husband. During her time there she graduated college and participated in the local Lions Club. She spent her spare time with her family as well as tutoring other students in math. She also had the privilege of being one of the top ten students academically two years in a row at the campus where she studied. She graduated in 2016.
Beth relocated to her family's homestead outside of Ignacio in 2016. She started her own little “funny farm” with many different types of animals. She has had animals from goats and horses to chickens and an ostrich named Clarice. Every year for the Ignacio’s FFA Days Petting Zoo she provides many of her animals for the kids to look, touch, and learn about. She enjoys art and music as well as going on adventures with her family.
Monica Wagner, who is originally from the west coast, moved to the Durango area right out of high school to attend Fort Lewis College over 20 years ago. Don’t hold that against her! She has adapted and rejoiced in the Colorado way of life and has never looked back.
She lives on her family's homestead next door to her in-laws with her husband and two children. On the homestead you can find chickens and turkeys, multiple gardens, fruit trees and hay/alfalfa production. The most important things to her are family and farming. She enjoys gardening, canning, hunting and teaching her children how to be more self sufficient.
Monica holds down two jobs, aside from being a parent, wife, farmer and board member. She has worked for a local company in Durango for 21 years and is now general manager. She is also a birth doula and has enjoyed helping birthing people during pregnancy, labor and childbirth for over 5 years.
In her very limited free time Monica enjoys spending time outdoors with her camera taking landscape and nature photography, and target practice.
Becky Van Den Berg
Jonathan was raised in Oberlin Ohio and currently lives in Durango with his wife and four children. Three of his kids currently attend Silver SPRUCE Academy. Jonathan is a business owner and works as an online consultant.
Becky grew up in Bayfield Colorado and after a few years of traveling she graduated from Fort Lewis College with a Bachelor’s in English. She is a huge fan of the Colorado outdoors and spent a decade being a river guide and continues to hike and bike whenever she can. Becky started at the Pine River Library in late fall of 2012. She functioned as Youth Services Manager for the last 8 years. Becky combined education and fun for programs geared towards teen STEM learning at the library. She created a Science Corner at the library that features live animals.
In 2021 Becky was offered the position of Learning and Engagement Manager at PRL so that she could continue to create and grow diverse programming for Bayfield and the surrounding communities.
She lives with three snakes (one Columbian Red-Tailed Boa and two Californian King snakes) along with two cats and two dogs. Becky is known for her crazy hair and outgoing personality and she is so excited to help guide Silver Spruce Academy towards future successes.
"The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see." -Alexandra Trenfor
Luri Owen is the Learning Center Coordinator at Southwest Colorado Community College (PCC) in Durango, CO, and a Library Assistant at Ignacio Community Library in Ignacio, CO. She previously taught at the Pine River Community Learning Center in Ignacio and Bayfield, and she has also taught for schools in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. She is a firm advocate for lifelong learning. She has served on several non-profit boards and was a founding partner for a non-profit language school in Montgomery, Alabama. She lives in Bayfield, CO.
Susan has 30 years of business management experience, 10 of those in non-profits. She and her family resided in Colorado while her daughter was young, but have moved to Idaho where her daughter graduated from Boise State University. Following her father’s example, Susan believes that learning should never stop; serving on the Silver SPRUCE Academy Board of Directors gives her the opportunity to provide continuing contributions to the field of education.