Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Family Health West
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.
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.
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.
Moody- Valley Insurance Agency
Andrew Weber joined Moody Insurance in 2016 as an Insurance and Risk Consultant in Moody Insurance’s Grand Junction office. He specializes in helping clients in the construction, service, and oil and gas industries address their unique risk management goals and insurance needs. Andrew is passionate about helping clients protect their businesses, prevent injury and illness, and avoid financial hardship. A fifth-generation resident of the area, Andrew has deep roots in the Grand Junction community. He draws upon his experience both living and owning a business in Mesa County to provide our commercial clients with personalized service that reflects a strong understanding of the communities he serves. He negotiates the best terms, price, and conditions for his clients, and places them with the best carrier from among Moody’s network of top carriers.
Tyler J. Dixon
Williams, Turner & Holmes, P.C.
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.
Grand Valley Power
Derek Elder is the Member Services Manager for Grand Valley Power. Derek earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Ft. Hays State University before earning his Master of Business Administration degree from Colorado Mesa University in 2014. Born in Northeast Colorado and growing up in a small farming community, Derek and his wife, Heidi, decided to call Fruita home when they relocated to the Grand Valley in 2006. Derek is also on the Board of Directors for the Lower Valley Fire District where he currently serves as the Vice President.Derek enjoys camping, hunting and many other outdoor activities available in Western Colorado. Derek and Heidi are members of Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction and have three sons, Tristin, Jacob and Kyle.
Museum of Western Colorado
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.
City of Fruita Liaison
Fruita City Council
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.
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