Statement from the Board of Directors: Board Appointments


School Board Directors and Offices

Damon Gibbons

Damon was born and raised in Worland WY, although he spent the latter part of middle school and high school in Spokane, WA. Damon Graduated from University of Wyoming with a degree in Agricultural Economics and Colorado State University with a Masters in Integrated Resource Management. He is Foreman and Head Wrangler at the 4UR Ranch, and has worked there since 2000. Mr. Gibbons has served on the Creede Early Learning Center Board of Directors as Treasurer, and also currently serves on the American Mining Foundation Board. Damon has passion for a Holistic approach to education, whether he is working with clients and their horses, or working with the administration and faculty to give students the best memorable, life enriching experience while at Creede School.

Kara Brittain
Vice President

Kara grew up in Monte Vista, CO and on family property above the Rio Grande Reservoir, where her grandparents owned a guest ranch. Kara was a Boettcher Scholar (competitive full ride scholarship offered to resident students of Colorado) and graduated from Denver University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Kara’s passion for education started early in her childhood. Her mother was a teacher for 27 years, and will soon begin her fifth year as Principal at Sargent High School. Kara was raised amidst frequent conversations and debates concerning every aspect of public education. She has seen first hand the value of supporting the administration and faculty in order to achieve the best valuable outcome for each student, along with tackling the challenges of state requirements, funding shortages, staffing and staff education, as well as community partnership.  Kara and her husband are both business owners in Creede, and have two children who currently attend Creede School and the Creede Early Learning Center. Kara has served on the board of the Creede Chamber of Commerce, Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway, and currently the Creede Early Learning Center (since 2011) as Treasurer. She served on the SAFE committee which helped to pass legislation to build the new school, and also on the Creede School Design Committee.

Kassidy Mankowski

Kassidy is a life long member of Creede, with all of her primary and secondary education taking place at Creede School. Ms. Mankowski offers her experience as a strong rooted community member, former student, current parent and business professional with a strong background in finance. Kassidy knows an excellent school has a positive impact on the community it serves, reaching far beyond the walls of the building itself. She has worked in the local banking industry for over ten years, currently as Branch Manager and Lending Officer with Del Norte Bank. She has coached peewee basketball and volleyball and has volunteered in many school, community and church programs. She is the mother of three children from teenager down to toddler. Despite her busy family schedule, she continues to work hard to support the community and faculty in all assets of education, outreach and service.

David Robinson
Title IX Compliance Officer

David grew up in a small rural community in Minnesota. He Graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned in the US Air Force. After leading USAF SAR teams over most of Utah including the Uinta Mountains over to Wendover, NV, he was selected for special assignment and went on to receive a PhD in Engineering at the University of Arizona. David retired from the Air Force Institute of Technology as Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He worked as a research scientist at Sandia National Labs (Albuquerque, NM), retiring in 2016 to move to Creede as a full time resident. David has since opened a blacksmith shop, Iron Rain Forge, with focus on artistic forgery. He continues consulting work with cyber warfare, Mars 2020, and other projects. Besides his love of engineering and science, David is a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance, has coached youth soccer, started a coed youth rugby league and coached a high school rugby team to three state championships and regional championship while in NM. He was active in organizing science demos in public schools and creating parent/teacher science nights throughout Albuquerque. He is currently active in the Headwaters Alliance, serves on the Willow Creek Reclamation Committee/Education subcommittee and is a certified water operator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. He is a member of Creede Arts Council, and also serves on Creede School’s Career & Technical Education Advisory group.

Tim Bachicha

Tim & his wife Marci are lifelong residents of Colorado, and have lived and worked in the San Luis Valley since 1977.While raising their three children in Alamosa, they spent much time enjoying Creede as a vacation getaway.Fourteen years ago they purchased a building lot with the intention of building their own cabin to continue to enjoy more fully the area and the people.That cabin turned into their fulltime residence.In 2017 they began the transition into retirement, and are very glad to be a part of this wonderful community as they enter a new stage of life.

Tim’s original goal after high school was to get a degree in Music Education from Adams State College, and to be a music teacher and band director.But, as often happens, life intervened and that goal was never completed. Instead, he began working in the building trades and then became a General Contractor.He returned to college at the age of 34, received his Bachelor of Science Business Administration degree in 3 years while working fulltime with the Bureau of Reclamation.While completing his education at Adams State College (University) he worked for a local CPA firm.That experience was key to his passing the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination on the first attempt.After working several years as staff accountant with two CPA firms, the Colorado State Veterans Center at Homelake, and in the accounting department of a large construction company, he started his own professional practice.For the past 22 years, has served agricultural, business, and individual clients in all six Counties of the San Luis Valley with their business planning and tax compliance needs.About 5 years of that time he worked concurrently for Colorado State University as an Extension Agent and educator under the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.In 1997, he was asked to fill an empty choir teacher position at Alamosa High School for one semester while the administration searched for a regular, fulltime teacher. He has served on various boards and commissions including Colorado Lottery, Adams State University (College) Board of Trustees, as well as the Adams State University Foundation.In addition to being recently appointed to the Creede School Board, he has also been asked to serve on the Board of Directors of Rio Grande Hospital, and will begin that service in September 2018.