DMEA Appoints Sanchez as New District 4 Director

May 1, 2023

May 1, 2023 — At its April 25 regular meeting, DMEA’s Board of Directors appointed Emily Sanchez to fill the District 4 board seat recently vacated by Ken Watson, who resigned to pursue an out-of-state business opportunity. Sanchez was one of ten candidates who submitted interest in the open position. Sanchez’s appointment to DMEA’s nine-member board begins immediately, and her term will expire in 2025 when District 4 is up for election.

“I want to express my appreciation to all of our candidates. It was a talented pool of members and a testament to our engaged membership. We are confident she will bring a valuable perspective that will help DMEA continue meeting our members' diverse needs.,” said Board President Kyle Martinez.

Sanchez graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Colorado State University and has a diverse employment background spanning the non-profit, private, and governmental sectors. She currently serves as the Project Manager and Grant Coordinator for Montrose County. Her responsibilities include drafting and reviewing policies, contract administration, budgeting, and strategy execution.

Sanchez also brings an agricultural background to DMEA’s board. She grew up raising sheep, cattle, and horses, and as an adult, she has held key leadership roles in the National Western Stock Show and Montrose Country Fair.

CEO Jack Johnston further added “Emily’s experience with policy, governmental contracts, and public accountability make her stand out as a new Director. "We look forward to the experience and insight she will bring to our cooperative governance."