School Board Biographies
Tammy Smith, PresidentTammy 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, Vice PresidentRon 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
Pete Blair, TreasurerPete 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.
Jan Tuin, SecretaryJan 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
Jill JurcaJill was elected to the board in 2015. She graduated from Delta High School in 1988 and left to attend college at CSU in Fort Collins where she obtained a degree in Interior Design. In 1997 she and her husband, Robert, also a DHS Alumni, moved back to Delta when he accepted a job in the valley.
Jill has 2 girls that are currently enrolled at Delta High School and has been actively involved with their schools and district over the last 13 years. Currently she is involved with the Delta Band Parents, as a volunteer Destination Imagination coach for DHS, and a member of the DHS Booster Club. Having served on a number of different school district advisory boards and school level parent groups gives Jill a good understanding of district workings and policies. She is very happy with the quality of education her children have and are receiving and wants to be able to help support the district by making good, solid decisions and policies to ensure quality education for all.E-mail: