Meet the Board & Staff
The ScSEED Board consists of Saguache County residents with a varied and distinguished background in their fields. ScSEED seeks to achieve a diversity in its board to include residents of all walks of life from across the county who have demonstrated a keen interest in sharing their talents and time to promote healthy economic growth and environmental stewardship for Saguache County.
Ame Warner is a long time Saguache County resident with a strong background in operations, marketing, and business development. Ame leads the day-to-day execution and management of ScSEED's strategic plan, projects and our strategic partners. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about ScSEED please contact Ame at the number listed below.
Laura Abeyta is a native of Saguache, Colorado, and has belonged to numerous community organizations including: Mountain Valley District Accountability Committee; SCSEED (Saguache County Sustainable Environment and Economic Development); Coached Peewee basketball; Historic Preservation Commission; 9Health Fair Volunteer; University of Phoenix Alumni; Chamber of Commerce in Buena Vista; BV HOPE-Human Trafficking Organization,; and the American Medical Association.
Laura graduated from University of Phoenix with a double Master’s degree in Master of Business Administration and Masters of Healthcare Administration with a minor in Sustainability Management. The heart of her work is centered on impacting lives through mentorship and developing a new generation of leaders with a desire to change the world for the best.
Melinda came to Saguache County at the tender age of 19 to fulfill her dream of being a western cowgirl. Working ranches and farms, she eventually earned a B.S. in Agriculture with honors in 1990. Agriculture is in her blood, and she has grown to value our land, water and our rural communities. Always a strong supporter of community organizations, Melinda has served on numerous boards including SLV Tourism, Saguache County Tourism Council, Crestone/Moffat Business Association, Moffat School Board, Moffat Town Board and Planning Commission. Protecting our rural way of life by protecting our water, building opportunities for small farmers and encouraging tourism are her priorities.
Chair Emeritus / Advisor
Liza served ScSEED from 1999 thru 2022. We look forward o working with her in her new position as Sagucahe County Commissioner.
Max grew up camping in Saguache County, and has lived in the Town of Saguache since 2020. He currently works at the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition, and has previously worked on healthy community design and food system planning in the Front Range, and humanitarian response in East Africa and the Middle East, leading wilderness trips across the Rockies, and as an EMT.
Max is an avid cook and fermenter, and can be found hiking, skiing, climbing and mountain biking in the San Juans..
Alison and her family moved to Crestone in 2003. She began working for Saguache County Credit Union and remained there for eight years, resigning as the Crestone Branch Manager. She was then hired by Hammersmith Management and was employed with the organization for five years. Two and half years she held the position of Community Manager at Baca Grande Property Owners Association. She began working for Baca Grande Water and Sanitation she was employed there for two years. She then decided to retire in October of 2020. She is very excited about being the Board Treasurer with ScSeed.
Board Member at Large
Barry Van Sant
Since 2006, Barry has been focused on community and business development in Saguache County. In 2009 he joined a small group of residents to re-establish the Saguache Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Board for 10 years and as president from 2017 to 2021. In 2018 he established the Saguache Groundwater Community Group when high sub water threatened the Town of Saguache, and in 2019 he was instrumental in bringing transit services to Saguache, the KV, and Town of Center. Working with the Chaffee Shuttle he brought the Eagle Shuttle to the San Luis Valley. He was also instrumental in establishing the West SLV Transit Committee, as acting chair, until it dissolved in 2020. He continues to participate as a contributor to the SLV Transit Council today. Barry’s primary focus now is on the Highway 285 Streetscaping Project. The goal of this effort is to bring additional safety, economic growth, and beautification to the highway running through the Town of Saguache.