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.
Head instructor for Silver Mountain Instruction, Judson is certified by the National Rifle Association as a Training Counselor, Pistol instructor, Chief Range Safety Officer, Personal Protection Inside the Home and Refuse to be a Victim Instructor. Over the past several years Judson has been instructing throughout the state of Colorado, New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas Ohio and Arizona. He gears much of his instruction to the beginner and intermediate shooter and likes to focus on the civilian students that want to ‘level up’ from where ever they are in their shooting skills.
Judson prides himself on being a student as well as an instructor and commits a considerable amount of time and resources to improving his own training in medical, shooting and instructing abilities. Judson has trained under renown Chief Firearms Instructor and Chief Range Safety Officer Robert Butler with Kenaz Tactical Group out of Colorado Springs, John Benner of Tactical Defense Institute, Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch, Rob Pincus William April and Timothy Knight is also a shooting coach and instructor that Judson gets much of his training techniques from. Based in Durango Colorado since 2010, he still travels extensively all over the country to deliver high quality cost effective instruction to shooters.
Denise was born in Texas and moved to Colorado when she was five with her parents and two sisters. Her parents became partners in Pine River Lodge at Vallecito Lake. Four years later they bought out their partners and the Atkinson Family took complete control. She started working full time in the summers when she was 11, in the office/grocery store with her mom, Ermalee. Her two older sisters also had lodge responsibilities and her father (Don) ran the boat dock. After graduating from Bayfield High School, she went to Fort Lewis College and received her Associate Degree in Secretarial Science and her Bachelors in Business Education.
She has been a Business Teacher at the San Juan Career-Technical Center in Cortez, Ignacio High School, Bayfield High School for 15 years, and at Douglas County High School and Castle View High School in Castle Rock, Colorado. After retiring from teaching, she returned home full time and worked as a Computer Teacher for Pine River Community Learning Center for two years. She and her daughter, Heather, opened Munchkin Kidz Mart in 2010. Her husband, Russ & daughter, Ashley have joined MKM. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family.
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.
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.