Jean Smith – President
Jean Smith received a BS in Chemistry from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Kansas. She and David met and married while in graduate school at KU. They have two children and three grandsons. Jean had faculty positions at the University of Utah, Purdue University, Indiana University Medical School, and the University of Nebraska. She taught General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Food Chemistry and Clinical Chemistry and worked in biomedical research. They retired in 2002 and moved to Pagosa Springs where she enjoys hiking, skiing, piano playing and watercolor painting. In Pagosa Springs, Jean’s community activities include serving on boards for Habitat for Humanity, the Pagosa Arts Council, the Community Center Coalition and representing the Unitarian Fellowship at the Pagosa Outreach Connection. Jean is also a volunteer for the Four Mile Ranch nature education program for elementary school children. Over the past 35 years, Jean and David have had a working relationship with the University of Karachi in Pakistan, teaching and participating in workshops there. Because Jean believes early childhood education is of utmost importance, she welcomes this opportunity to serve Seeds of Learning.
Terri Hardeman – Vice President
Terri graduated with a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of South Florida. After 10 years teaching deaf children, she moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico for pure adventure. For the next 25 years Terri lived in New Mexico and worked as a speech pathologist for the public schools as well as developmental specialist for the Step-Hi program that serves the families of children with hearing impairments in their homes and as a parent educator for the Lincoln County Parents as Teachers Program. Her last 16 years of work was at Nob Hill Early Childhood Center (an NAEYC accredited school) which served children and families in kindergarten, Head Start and preschool children with developmental disabilities.
Connie Knief- Secretary/Treasurer
Connie was born and raised in Stillwater, Oklahoma, attended Oklahoma State University and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in 1973. Connie has worked at various positions, from Executive Assistant to the President of First National Bank of Muskogee, Oklahoma to a Purchase Part Buyer for Waterloo Industries, and the last 14 years, prior to retirement, she worked at Academy Sports + Outdoors in Katy, Texas, as an Assistant Buyer, Replenishment Analyst and Merchandise Planner. She and her husband Larry have two daughters, Courtney and Sarah. Connie and her husband retired in 2015 and moved to Pagosa Springs. Connie believes childhood education is of great importance and looks forward to serving Seeds of Learning.
Lisa Peters – Member
Lisa received her BBA in Business Management at Texas A&M University in 1978. She worked in Supply Chain Management for Shell Oil Company for 17 years and left Shell in 1995 to start her own consulting company where she worked primarily in the energy industry teaching process redesign, value engineering and marketing best practices. After retiring, she led various major fundraising events for her community and spent the last two years leading a redesign effort as President of the Booster Club for Stephen F Austin High School in Houston, Texas. She and her husband, Dwight, spend half their year in Pagosa Springs and the other half in Sugar Land, Texas and have one daughter, Lilli, who attends Colorado School of Mines.
Dee McPeek – Member
Dee McPeek is a fourth generation Coloradoan with a BS in English Literature. She has worked in management for everything from Scandinavian Furnishings to Orthopedic Surgery. She owned an event planning business in California and produced major fundraising events for non-profit organizations such as Crippled Children’s Society and Five Acres Girls & Boys Home. She has helped plan events for Seeds of Learning and recently retired from Old West Press after 15 years as their Graphic Designer.
Lynne Bridges – Ex-Officio – Executive Director