Serving in the key staff position as Director, Anna Lee Vargas coordinates campaigns addressing illegal dumping and recycling in Conejos and Costilla Counties, as well as our campaign to expand the Río Grande del Norte National Monument into Conejos County.
A native of the Valley and having grown up in the in the beautiful town of Manassa, she graduated from Centauri High School in 1999. In May 2003, she graduated from Adams State University with a BA in Sociology and emphasis in Social Welfare, and a second major in Spanish/Liberal Arts.
During her four years at Adams State, she worked in the Academic Advising Office, helping fellow students with major/minor changes and advisor changes. In her senior year of college, she completed an internship with the San Luis Valley Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center. Upon graduation, Anna Lee was hired as a Prevention Specialist, where she worked with high-risk adolescents from Conejos County referred by the Department of Social Services.
After several years of working with Conejos County youth, she moved to Colorado Springs to pursue other endeavors. After six years in Colorado Springs, she has returned to raise her daughter in the San Luis Valley.
Abe grew up in Crestone, Colorado, and graduated from Adams State University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. As a musician, filmmaker, farmer and environmentalist, he has always had a strong connection to the San Luis Valley and considers the land an important aspect of his work on all creative levels. He is also passionate about growing and preparing healthy food and has spent the last few years working for the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition and Healthy Habits. Having recently moved to Antonito to start up a biodynamic farm and education facility, he is very excited and proud to now be working with Conejos Clean Water and Valleybound, the Antonito School and Community Garden.
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