Board of Directors

Derek Biddle

Chairman of the Board
Derek Biddle
Family Health West
(970) 858-3900

Derek Biddle is the Director of Information Technology for Family Health West and has acted as the I.T. lead for many businesses throughout the Grand Valley for two decades.  He graduated from Mesa State College in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a minor in Business Administration.  Born in Southwest Kansas and having grown up in a small Colorado mountain town, Derek and his wife, Christi, moved to Grand Junction to attend college in 1993.  They then moved to Fruita and planted their roots in 1998 to raise a family.  Derek and Christi, along with daughters Alyssa and Kayla, love the small-town atmosphere of Fruita and are active with various local charitable organizations.

Andrea Gatley

Andrea Gatley
Alpha Dog Systems
(970) 639-0629

Andrea is a mother of four and a grandmother of seven… and a lifelong computer geek. She loves to help people get the most out of their computers and technology. “It’s a hobby that got horribly out of control,” is how she describes how she got into the computer business. She has worked in the computer industry for many years, including leading the tech department at Staples in Grants Pass, Oregon. She has worked for Apple Computers and CompUSA and has been working for the past twenty or so years helping people in their homes and businesses with their technology problems.

She moved to Fruita in 2008 with her husband Brian (a Fruita native) and promptly fell in love with the community. She spends as much time as possible at home with her husband, three border collies and two cats.

Dustin Wells

Dustin Wells
Grand Valley Bank

Dustin Wells is the Branch President of Grand Valley Bank’s Fruita Branch. He has worked for the bank since May 2002, when he started as a teller. Dustin earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Mesa State College with a concentration in management. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2005 and was named an outstanding business senior. Dustin is a fourth generation Fruita native and lives in Fruita with his wife, Aubrey and two daughters Hazel, 5 and Quinn, 3.

Tyler Dixon

Tyler J. Dixon
Williams, Turner & Holmes, P.C.
(970) 242-6262

Tyler Dixon is an attorney at Williams, Turner & Holmes, P.C. Tyler grew up in Utah Valley, while his wife, Kelly, grew up on a large cattle ranch near Meeker. After graduating from law school, Tyler and his family decided to make the Grand Valley home. Tyler graduated from Utah Valley University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, with a minor in history. He then graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Law in December of 2013. Tyler, Kelly, and their two boys, Kalvin and Rhett, love living in Fruita and enjoy the outdoors and all of the city activities throughout the year.

Denise Hight

Denise Hight
Colorado National Monument Association

Although her family has long roots in the Grand Valley, before settling in Fruita in 2001, Denise led a mobile life, residing in places as near as Grand Junction and as far as the United Kingdom, where she lived for eleven years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Colorado Mesa University, and her passions include history and writing. In addition to working for the Colorado National Monument Association as Operations Manager, she also serves on the Fruita Historic Preservation Board and  the Fruita Tourism Advisory Council. Denise and her husband, Steve, are authors of Images of America: Fruita, a photographic history of Fruita, published by Arcadia Publishing, and they are currently working on another book for Arcadia, Legendary Locals of Fruita, that will be published in 2016.

Donna Stratton

Donna Stratton

Donna and her husband Bill Holstein moved to Grand Junction in 1990 from Colorado Springs. She was fortunate to be able to attend Mesa State College, graduating in 1995 with a degree in Business Management. They moved to Fruita in 2004 and have met so many wonderful people they couldn’t help becoming involved in this community. They have been involved in several community activities through the years, including the Palisade Peach Recipe Contest, Gingerbread House Contest, and Winefest. The Salvation Army is an organization they both feel a connection with. They enjoy working the Thanksgiving Day dinner they provide, bell ringing, toy and food drives, and have completed the disaster relief program.


Allie Daniel
Happy Trails Colorado

Allie Daniel is the owner of Happy Trails Colorado. A Life is Good store filled with a variety of optimistic shirts, sweatshirts, and hats, along with a unique inventory of locally made items. She is also very active with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society by sitting on the MS Walk Committee and is also an MS Ambassador. Allie has grown up in the Grand Valley and loves exploring the outdoors including hiking, biking, camping and playing golf with her husband.

Joel Kincaid

Joel Kincaid
City of Fruita Liaison
Fruita City Council
(970) 858-2411

Joel has lived in Fruita for the past 13 years with his wife Tammy and kids, Kyle (19); and twins Arianna and Taylor (15). Joel enjoys being outdoors and is an active mountain biker and road cycler. Hiking is a common summer activity for him with his family. In 1990, Joel received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Spring Arbor University in Graphic Design. He worked for a screen printing and embroidery company as well as a manufacturing company for over 12 years before starting his own business, Merge 2 Media, Marketing by Design in 2002. Joel has been active in the local Fruita community for the past 12 years. He served as the Fruita Chamber President in 2011 and as Vice President in 2009 and 2010. With his 4 years serving on the Chamber board, he was also active on the Chamber marketing committee for 9 years. Joel is familiar with Fruita having served 8 years on the Fruita Tourism Council. He has served on City Council since 2012. Joel has also been active in the Grand Valley serving for several non-profits and volunteering at his church. He has served on several HOA boards and was on the Camp Rock board for 5 years. He is currently serving on the Fruita Tourism board as well as on the Museum of the West board.

Julia McHugh

Julia McHugh
Southside Marketplace Liaison
Museum of Western Colorado
(970) 858-7282

Julia began her career at the Museums of Western Colorado in June 2014 as the Curator of Paleontology and Site Manager for Dinosaur Journey and jointly as an Adjunct Faculty member in the Geology Department at Colorado Mesa University. Before coming to the Grand Valley, she worked as a paleontology research assistant at Oklahoma State University’s medical school, instructor for the OSU chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and as a research associate at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. She has a passion for teaching and for paleontology and loves leading excavations and paleontological trips with the museum. She has worked on excavations in Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Oklahoma and has worked with natural history museums throughout the United States and South Africa. She has a B.A. in Geology from Hanover College, a M.S. in Geosciences from Idaho State University, and a Ph.D. in Geoscience from The University of Iowa. A recent transplant to the Fruita community, Julia loves the local fun and fair in Fruita, as well as pursuing nature photography, hiking, whitewater rafting and skiing in her spare time.

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