Kremmling – Meet the West Grand school board candidates
October 8, 2009
Four-Year Term Candidates
Brendan Gale, manager of Spur Development, LLC, graduated in 1992 from West Grand High School. He attended college at the U.S. Air Force Academy and Fort Lewis College and moved to Kremmling with his wife and children in June 2007. He was appointed in February 2009 to the West Grand Board of Education, filling the seat vacated by Jim Ellison. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mountain Parks Electric Charitable Trust, and is a former board member of the Kremmling Preschool.
Susan Ritschard, a Colorado State University graduate, works as a collections investigator for the State of Colorado. She has been resident of West Grand County for 22 years and has three children enrolled in the West Grand school district. She has also been the president of Kremmling Preschool, serves on the Grand Beginnings Board and is a member of the Elementary School Improvement Committee, the Middle School Accountability Committee, the Kremmling Recreational Team and the District Accountability Committee.
Audrey Gasvoda has a a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Montana State University and recently opened Mountain Dollar in Kremmling. She moved to Kremmling three years ago with her husband and eight children, seven of whom attend West Grand School District.
Tim Thomson, manager of Pinto Valley Ranch, moved to Kremmling in 1984 and attended all three West Grand schools before graduating in 1997. After attending Northeastern Junior College and, later, Colorado State University, Thomson returned to Kremmling. His wife Nellie is a third grade teacher at West Grand Elementary school.
Christina Whitmer, a Grand County resident since 1998, currently serves as Grand County Treasurer. She is Grandmother of two West Grand school students.
Two-year term candidates
Brett Davidson works for Blue Valley Ranch. He moved to Kremmling in 1974 and attended West Grand School District from Kindergarten through 12th grade. His wife, Kem, also attended West Grand schools. Their daughter is a sophomore in college and their son is in the 8th grade at West Grand.
David Skinner has been visiting Big Horn Park, north of Kremmling, since 1972. In 2000, after retiring from US West as director of engineering and construction training, he built a home there. He soon went to work at West Grand school’s maintenance department, and a year later completed his teaching certification and became a teacher at West Grand High School. He is now caring for two 9-year-old grandsons until their father finishes his tour of sea duty with the Navy in 2011.