Council Members

Carrie Lile

Council Chair, Durango, CO

Carrie was born and raised on a 40-acre farm outside of Durango, Colorado. Growing up in southwestern Colorado has given her a great respect for Colorado’s precious resources and the beautiful landscape she calls home. Carrie received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University, and is a licensed professional engineer. On staff at Harris Water Engineering since 2008,she has worked on a variety of water-related projects ranging from potable drinking water systems, dam modifications, reservoir operations, water rights cases, and most recently, the Southwest Basin Implementation Plan. Carrie also serves on the following boards: the Southwest Basin Roundtable representing local domestic water interests, San Juan RC&D as a council members and the Animas Watershed Partnership steering committee. Many of her hobbies include types of recreation out in Colorado’s beautiful back country, while at home she enjoys reading, knitting, and gardening.

Roy Horvath

Vice Chair, Hesperus, CO

Roy is a Durango area native and has lived most of his life in the area. He recently retired from the IT department at Fort Lewis College after 21 1/2 years. He has stayed close to his farm and ranch roots, continuing to live at Breen with his wife Suzy. Roy has been involved in a number of community organizations and served on the Durango 9R Board of Education and has been involved with the Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado, Grassroots Visioning Project, La Plata West Water Authority and several iterations of groups working with the Old Fort Lewis Campus south of Hesperus. Roy and Suzy have two daughters, Kristin and Kelli, who have both graduated from college.

Chuck Wanner

Treasurer, Durango, CO

Chuck is among the wave of Front Range expatriates who have settled in southwestern Colorado. He left Fort Collins in 2002 after serving on the town’s city council for nearly eight years. Chuck also helped lead the effort to designate Colorado’s first – and to this day, only – Wild and Scenic River segments on the Cache la Poudre River in Larimer County. Even now, 10 years after moving to rural La Plata County, outside Durango, Chuck is struck by the diversity of the region he now calls home – its cultural richness and its environmental glamor, from the 500,000 acre Weminuche Wilderness Area to the slamming, frothy flows of the San Miguel River where it races through Norwood Canyon. —Headwaters Magazine Summer 2012. Chuck currently serves as a Director with the San Juan RC&D.

David Sanford

Director, Dolores, CO

David was born in California in 1941 and graduated from El Cerrito High School in 1959. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, Contra Costa College and Humboldt State College. In 1964 he graduated from Humboldt earning a BS in Game Management with a Range Management minor. David attended graduate school at Humboldt studying Watershed Management.

David began work as a Seed Technologist with the California Department of Fish and Game then worked as a Range Conservationist with the BLM in California and Nevada. In 1966, David was transferred to the Forest Service and worked as a Range Conservationist and Wildlife Biologist on National Forest and National Grasslands in California, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska and South Dakota. David was an originating partner at Southwest Seed from 1982 through 1989. From 1989 through 1997 he worked as a Research Associate in Agronomy at the Colorado State University Southwestern Colorado research Station at Yellow Jacket. Finally, David was the Range Division Head and Agriculture Division Head for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe at Ignacio, Colorado from 1997 through 2007. David retired in 2007

Since retiring David has worked as an ARAMARK step-on tour guide at Mesa Verde National Park and framed the home place south of Dolores, Colorado. David is married to Dolores Elementary school teacher Ann. They have two sons: Jonathan, a CSU educated Archeologist and Joe D., a student at Fort Lewis College.

David has served on the San Juan RC&D Council since October 2001 and was the Chair from 2006 to 2009.

Dalton Montgomery

Director, Dolores, CO

Dalton is a native of Taos, NM. He graduated from Taos High School in 1960 and from New Mexico State University in 1964, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Husbandry. Following college Dalton was employed in family-owned businesses for a few years; first for Law Construction of Espanola, NM as an equipment operator, then for E. Montgomery General Contractor of Taos, NM, as an equipment operator, brick mason, and construction superintendent. Later, Dalton worked as a farm manager for Montgomery Farms in North Central Missouri.

Dalton joined the USDA Soil Conservation Service in 1967 and worked as a Soil Conservationist, and later as District Conservationist in New Mexico, Oregon, and Colorado. In 1972-73, on loan from SCS, under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, he served a year as a Field Representative and later as the Acting Executive Secretary for the New Mexico State Soil and Water Conservation Commission.

Dalton retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (formerly SCS) at Cortez, CO in 2001. Since then, he has served on the Dolores Soil Conservation District Board of Supervisors; worked with the Colorado Division of Wildlife (AKA Parks and Wildlife) as an Administrative Assistant for the Montelores Habitat Partnership Program Committee, and worked as a consultant doing farm and ranch conservation planning. Dalton was appointed to the San Juan RC&D Council in January, 2012.

Dalton has two sons and three granddaughters, and presently lives, in partnership with one son, on a small irrigated hay farm near Cortez, CO. His favorite pastimes are hunting, fishing, and reading old west history.