School Board Biographies
Pete Blair, President (2015)Pete Blair was elected to the Board in 2011. As a resident of Delta County for over 30 years, Pete and his wife have three children that graduated from our local schools. He said their children received an excellent education and had opportunities for growth that are unique to a rural community. Pete’s experience as a CPA, owner of a business, and as an auditor working with governmental entities, has prepared him to make the difficult decisions that will have to be made over the next several years for our children and schools to thrive.
Tammy Smith, Vice President (2013)Tammy Smith was elected to the Delta County School Board in November 2009. Tammy was born in Delta and raised in Somerset, Paonia, Carbondale and Cedaredge. She attended Mesa College on a basketball scholarship. For the last 30 years, she has been in Hotchkiss with her husband, Mark Smith, who has worked in agriculture his whole life. Together they own a small business in Hotchkiss. They have three successful children who went through the Delta County School District before going on to become a doctor, an engineer, and a Peace Corps volunteer.
Tammy has spent 20 years working in Delta County, first at Round House Books in Delta before it closed, then at Mountain West Communication in Hotchkiss. Ever since my children were born, I have dedicated my time and energy to the Delta County School District, particularly in Hotchkiss. I have volunteered in the district for over 22 years and sat on the District Accountability for 15 years, the last 7 of which I have served as President. I have also coached at Hotchkiss High School athletics for 6 years. I believe that our future lies in the children of today and my experience within the district confirms as much. My time as president of the District Accountability Board, combined with all the hours spent volunteering in the school district has made me an excellent candidate for the school board. Together, with Delta County, I will help put children first!
Ron Germann was elected to the Delta County School Board in November 2013. Ron is a native of Colorado was born and raised in the Olathe area, and has lived in the Delta and Olathe area 50 of his 60 years! He has lived in Delta County for the past 13 years.
Ron attended Olathe schools growing up, graduating from Olathe High School in 1972. He was in construction and owned his own construction business for many years. Currently has been farming for 4 years in the Delta/Olathe area.
Ron is married to his wife Petria. They have two children and six grandchildren, three of which currently attend Delta Schools by choice because of the belief that the Delta County School District provides and excellent learning environment and education. Ron looks forward to help School District to continue to provide an excellent education and opportunities for Delta County children.Phone: 970-250-1201
Kathy Svenson (2015)Kathy Svenson was elected to the Board in 2011 from Delta District 1 for a 4-year term. Kathy has been widowed twice (both from cancer) and feels that she has perhaps acquired enough wisdom in her 71 years to help guide the community. After three years at the University of Colorado, she was excused after having lost interest when an Education professor agreed with her that the course he was teaching - Psychology of Education - "went against all common sense!"
From that time on, she let life educate her. She had already entered the workforce at age 16 as a trained Nurse Aide. After university, she learned several other technical skills - welding, care for mentally challenged, billboard sign painting and horsemanship. But it was during waitressing where she met her husband (a WWII P-40 pilot, self-taught from 5th Grade). He taught her to fly and build light aircraft. In 40 years together, they designed and built several experimental aircrafts, eight homes and an Olympic-sized covered riding arena with their own hands. They incorporated both solar and wind power, animal husbandry, gardening, etc., while living off-the-land.
At the same time, Kathy home-schooled their only daughter seven of her first eight years. Leanna became an acclaimed artist, horse riding/training champion and has gone on to be awarded both Master's and Doctorate degrees. Fifteen years ago, she founded and now directs an ongoing Christian ministry in North India (TellASIA) where she established a 30-child children's home while also teaching leadership skills to indigenous Christians who have planted thousands of village churches! She is currently funding education to 23,000 children and has purchased acreage to build 100-child children’s home and a school for 400!
Kathy enjoys volunteer teaching in the Delta community - Basic Plumbing to House of Promise girls, Royal Rangers at church, Reality Ranch Bible Camp, Vacation Liberty School, a substitute for Sunday School classes, helped at the Dream Catchers Handicapped Riding facility, Vision approved for Beginning Riding and now also teaches sewing.
Kathy is proud of the influence that she had on her daughter's life and education, and looks forward to begin enabling other children to become leaders.
Jan Tuin (2013)
Jan Tuin was appointed to the Delta County School Board in October of 2012 to fill a vacated position. Jan is a native of Colorado and moved with his family to the Midway area (midway between Paonia and Hotchkiss) in 1964.
Jan graduated from Paonia High in 1966. He attended college in California and began teaching there in 1970, then taught in Oregon for nine years before moving back to Colorado in 1980. He began teaching vocal and general music in the Paonia Schools, grades 1 – 12, where he taught for 27 years. During that time his choirs consistently received Superior ratings at both CHSAA large group festivals and Colorado West Music Performance Festivals. He became very involved with Colorado Music Educators Association and served on the board of that organization and then served for 13 years on the Colorado All State Choir Board. He continues to serve Colorado All State Choir as an audition judge. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association of Music Educators.
Jan has a Bachelors degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in Music Education and a Masters degree from Lesley College in Computers in Education. He is married to his wife, Sandy and they have two children and 4 grandchildren. “As a long time educator, I want to do what I can to help School District 50 to serve our community and do what is best for our children to educate them and prepare them for productive, meaningful lives.”Phone: 970-527-4643