THE 2020 STARS
Born into a South Texas ranching family Quinlan grew up in Laredo Texas. She attended Texas Christian University . While on a golfing trip she and her husband fell in love with Cabo san Jose and stayed to build a vacation home development called Villas del Mar. After her husband’s passing she returned to Texas and built a home in Austin, and later a home near Pagosa Springs. Rancher, home builder, interior designer, mother of three and grandmother of ten Quinlan loves spending time with her family in Cabo, Pagosa Springs and Austin.
My name is Theresa Snyder and I am looking forward to supporting Seeds of Learning by dancing this year! My husband and I were fortunate to move to Pagosa 16 years ago and have never looked back. We both enjoy the outdoors – running, biking, RVing, and I am fortunate to work as a Personal Fitness Trainer here, helping individuals. It’s important to both of us to support this community and to give back. Throughout my life I have been blessed with many great mentors, teachers and coaches who made permanent impressions on me. I am originally from a small rural town in upstate New York, with 4 brothers and 1 sister. I have to say that I WAS one of those at-risk children that Seeds tries to help. If not for the intervention of caring adults, my life would have been much different. Please vote for me so that we could give the children of this community the support that they deserve to become great adults!
Gabe Heraty is the first former Seeds of Learning student to dance in Pagosa Dancing with the Stars. He is currently a Junior at Pagosa Springs High School where he runs Cross-Country and Track. This year Gabe has worked on his stage fright by playing guitar and singing in the Americana program at the High School. You might know him from Pagosa Baking Company where he’s worked since he turned 14, or maybe you know his parents, Mike and Lauri Heraty, who own Pagosa Source Real Estate. They encouraged Gabe to use his gift of rhythm to help raise funds for Seeds; of which he plans on doing his best to accomplish!
Blue is a Pagosa Springs-based fine artist and performer. He has been a part of the community since 1991, involved in various creative endeavors and collaborations. In the past few years, Blue has taken roles in numerous fundraisers for local causes. Seeds of Learning has become increasingly important to him, as Blue’s son has now been a student for 2 years.
Jonathan Dobson is the owner/operator of Dobson Solar Power located in Pagosa Springs. Through his business which is 14 years old, Dobson installs solar photovoltaic systems throughout Pagosa Springs and the region. Prior to relocating to Pagosa Springs he worked within The San Luis Valley for 7 years. Jonathan ‘Baryshnikov’ Dobson grew up in the New York suburbs and graduated from Georgetown University in 1996 where he double-majored in History and Theology. He has spent time in more than 20 countries and has been to every state in the U.S. except for Alabama. Chief among all things he has to be proud of is his son Jonah, 9. One of the things he struggles to be humble about is a stand-alone solar energy system he and Doug Large raised 15K for and installed in assisted living center in Utuado, Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. This project was dubbed ‘The San Juans for San Juan’. Another fact Dobson is proud of is that he has been dating Christina Knoell, Director of the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging, for more than 4 years.
Robert Bonham grew up in New Boston, Texas and was inspired by his grandfather and uncle, who served the community as physicians. He followed in their footsteps and earned his M.D. from The University of Texas at Galveston. Then, he completed an internship at Denver General Hospital where he had his first introduction to the mountains of Colorado. He did later return to Dallas for his residency at UT Southwestern Medical School. He was recruited by the US Army to run the 95th Evac Hospital in DaNang before returning to Dallas. In Dallas, he became board certified and ran a private practice in the specialty of Ear, Nose and Throat – Head and Neck Surgery for 38 years until his retirement in 2009. He chaired the board of RHD Memorial Hospital and served as a member of the Texas Board of Health. He was also recruited by candidate George W. Bush as medical advisor in his campaign for Governor of Texas and for the United States Presidency. Since retirement, he and his wife Brenda have spent as much time as possible in their cabin in Pagosa Springs. They return to their home in Dallas to participate in the lives of Robert’s daughter, son-in-law and two lively grandchildren. Dr. Bonham is happy to give his time and effort to help improve the social and health environment for the children at Seeds of Learning.