Nancy Stubbs, representative of District A, was elected to the 9-R school board in 2013. She moved to Durango with her husband, Bill and two cats in 2009.
Nancy is a recently retired educator (elementary classroom teacher, Reading Specialist, Language Arts Coordinator, and Director of Curriculum and Assessment), and International Consultant, who lived, worked, and raised a family in the USA (California and Arizona); and various countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America.
Nancy grew up in San Diego, CA. She obtained her BA in Social Sciences and Education from San Diego State University, her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Michigan State University, and her Ph.D. in Instructional Technology and Design from the University of Southern California. She holds California and Colorado Teaching licenses.
As curriculum director in international schools she has designed, implemented, and provided professional development for programs and curricula that cover the American style of Standards and Expected Learning Outcomes including the Common Core Standards. She has trained and applied the PYP, MYP, and IB programs from Europe, and the Chinese and Vietnamese educational requirements for graduation. She also designed online learning programs and courses for a private company, an international network of universities, and the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
Nancy has been married to Bill for, shall we say, a long time. Bill is also a retired international educator. They raised two children, Marisa (Italian born) and William (Iranian born) overseas. Nancy and Bill’s grandson, Steve, fell in love with Durango and chose to go to school here and now lives and works full time in Durango.
Nancy has found contentment in settling down in such a beautiful setting with family, cats and dogs. Being on the school board enables her to be able to continue to give to students after retirement -- the last piece of the puzzle to being happy in life.
Stephanie Moran, representative of District B, was appointed to the Board on February 28, 2012. She was elected to the Board in November 2013 and again in November 2015.
Ms. Moran has been an adult educator and GED Program Manager at the Durango Adult Education Center for fifteen years and was an adjunct instructor for Southwest Colorado Community College from 2001--2013. She served as Secretary of the Colorado Adult Education Professional Association (CAEPA) for six years and earned the Teacher of the Year award by CAEPA and the Colorado Department of Education in 2004.
She is married to Dr. Andrew Gulliford, who teaches in the History Department and Environmental Studies program at Ft. Lewis College. Their two children are graduates of Escalante Middle School and Durango High School.
With an M.A. in English from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and undergraduate degrees in English and Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado, Ms. Moran has taught at six colleges and universities, ten years at Middle Tennessee State University. She designed curriculum for a bridge program that transitions GED and high school graduates into college successfully, an adult career pathways course, a course in study skills, and college courses in theme-based instruction.
She loves Colorado, hiking the red rocks with her husband and their dogs Finn and Josie, sharing books, poetry, and ideas with students and friends, and doing her small part to keep Durango and the Four Corners a great place to live.
Mick Souder served on the Durango 9-R School Board from 2013 to 2015, and was re-elected in November, 2017. Following his first board term, he was on the district's Finance Advisory Committee.
Joe Kusar was appointed to the Board of Education on September 5, 2017. Joe joins the board and brings extensive knowledge Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking for Bank of Colorado’s Durango, Colorado Region. Mr. Kusar’s focus is on providing financial solutions and delivering credit, depository, treasury, investment and related banking services to small growth businesses, commercial businesses and professional service firms in the Durango community.
Mr. Kusar has been active in the Banking industry since 1997. Prior to joining Bank of Colorado in 2010, Mr. Kusar served as a Senior Vice President of Commercial and Middle Market Banking for Royal Bank of Canada Financial Group’s U.S. Banking Operation and Vice President of Commercial and Private Banking for SunTrust Banks, Inc. Throughout his career he has worked with growth companies in the business, commercial and middle market space. He also worked in the SunTrust Private Bank with an emphasis in physician group banking. Mr. Kusar is a graduate of Western State College of Colorado with a degree in Business Administration and a graduate of Georgia State University with a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Dr. Shere (Kuss) Byrd is a second generation Durangoan who spent her K-12 years in School District 9-R. She attended Western State College in Gunnison, CO on a cross-country ski scholarship, and after attending graduate school at the University of Oregon and doing postdoctoral research at Washington State University, she had the opportunity to come home to Durango as a faculty member in the Biology department at Fort Lewis College, where she has taught cell and molecular biology for 25 years.