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Board of Directors & Advisors

SEI Board of Directors

Ed Marston- Chairperson
Ed Marston is the former publisher (1983-2002) of High Country News, a regional newspaper covering public land and natural resources in the western United States. Prior to publishing High Country News, Ed and his wife Betsy founded the North Fork Times (1975-1980), a weekly newspaper covering Paonia, and the Western Colorado Report (1982). Marston has written or edited three books: The Dynamic Environment, Western Water Made Simple, and Reopening the Western Frontier. He is also the author of a 35,000-word memoir contained in the book of photographs and re-photographs by William Henry Jackson and John Fielder titled Colorado: 1870-2000. In addition to serving on the SEI board, Ed has been on the board of Delta-Montrose Electric Association since 1983. He is president of the Paonia Chamber of Commerce and Secretary of the Delta County Economic Development, Inc

Jock Jacober

Jacober Brothers Construction
Jock is a local builder in the Roaring Fork Valley who specializes in Straw Bale Construction and Green Building. He moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1970 from Denver. He also raises grass-fed cattle. He has been an SEI director since 2006.

Hal Brill

Natural Investments LLC

Hal is the Founding Partner of Natural Investments LLC. He has worked for over 20 years in the field of SRI (Sustainable and Responsible Investing) as a financial advisor. His company has grown to gain national recognition and has 10 offices around the U.S. He was the co-author of Investing with Your Values: Making Money and Making a Difference. He lives in Paonia with his wife Allison Elliot, where they developed the Hawks Haven green neighborhood and have built a solar straw-clay home.

Brad Harding

President, First Colorado National Bank

Brad is a 5th generation Paonia native. He lives in Paonia with his wife Christy and their two daughters Brooke and Ashley.  He is also on the board of directors of First Colorado Financial Corporation (the bank's holding company). Harding has served as the president of the Delta County Economic Development group for the last four years.

John Gavan

John recently relocated to Paonia after working for 30 years in the information technology field, mostly with MCI. He and his wife Chris are building a net zero energy home outside Paonia. John is presently the IT manager for the Delta County library system.

Paul Bony

Presently works for Climate Master, specializing in market development for ground source heat pumps, whether that's working directly for utilities or working with state legislatures. He helped write a solar thermal bill that Senator Gail Schwartz will introduce in 2013. He has spearheaded similar efforts in Maryland and New Hampshire. In addition, he created training programs for Climate Master. He presently serves on the Montrose Economic Deveopment Council.

Sarah Bishop

Until 2006, Sarah was President and Chair of Partners in Parks, a non-profit that created education opportunities in research and preservation programs in National parks for volunteers and students. A Paonia resident, Sarah volunteers for area non-profits including the Western Slope Environmental Resource Council (WSERC), The Blue Sage Center for the Arts, KVNF Radio station, Rotary (past president), and is presently the president of Paonia's Mountain Harvest Festival. Sarah is also a musician and performs locally with the North Fork Community Chorus and The Gospel Project.

SEI Advisory Board