Who We Are
CECM Board Members
Peter Anderson covered mountain town beats for the The Mountain Mail, the Pueblo Chieftain and the Denver Post. After writing several regional histories and a dozen children’s books on natural history and the American West, he taught writing and literature at Salt Lake Community College, Earlham School of Religion, and Adams State University.
His most recent books include Heading Home: Field Notes (Conundrum Press, 2017), a collection of flash prose and prose poems exploring rural life and the modern day eccentricities of the American West which won the 2018 nonfiction award from the Colorado Authors League ; Going Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon (Lithic Press, 2015), an anthology of Grand Canyon poems, which was nominated for a Colorado Book Award; and First Church of the Higher Elevations(Conundrum Press, 2015), a collection of essays on wildness, mountain places, and the life of the spirit. Peter lives with his family on the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains where he helped launch the Crestone Poetry Festival, an annual gathering of southwestern poets. Visit his website at petehowardanderson.com
Heather Draper has worked in journalism for most of her career, in both editing and reporting. She started at a small daily newspaper in Iowa, and ended as a reporter at the Denver Business Journal. In between she worked as a business reporter at the Rocky Mountain News, an energy reporter at Dow Jones Newswires in Singapore, and a business editor at the San Antonio Express-News. Heather believes in community journalism and looks forward to helping Crestone keep the Eagle. She discovered Crestone a few years ago during a foray to the Great Sand Dunes. She and her spouse Amy recently bought a house in Chalet 1. They’ll split their time between Crestone and Lakewood until they are able to retire.
Gussie Fauntleroy has worked as a writer, editor, and community-focused journalist for more than 30 years in New Mexico and Colorado. She is the author of three books on visual artists and editor on several others. A Crestone/Baca resident since 2009, she has a deep appreciation for the gifts of community and place, having been raised in a US Air Force family and living in multiple states, Canada, France, and Japan. In Crestone she also serves on the board of the nonprofit Informed Final Choices. She has been a contributing feature writer for the Eagle for 10+ years, combining her love of community with a passion for communication that is intelligent yet accessible, meaningful, and clear. gussiefauntleroy.com
Marge Hoglin worked as a daily newspaper reporter and editor on the Front Range, while earning a master’s degree in journalism at CU Boulder and raising two kids. After 10 years in the magazine publishing business, she owned and operated a retreat center/bed and breakfast just south of Rocky Mountain National Park for 14 years. She sold that business in 2007 and moved to Saguache, intending to get away from the crowds, get involved in a small community and “give back.” As president of the Friends of the Saguache Public Library for three years, she organized and led the successful effort to form the Northern Saguache County Library District. In 2012 she co-founded Saguache Works, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that established the 4th Street Food Store, Blue Earth Thrift, the BEBOP exercise studio and various other programs, and served as its volunteer executive director until “retiring” again and moving to Crestone in 2017. Marge currently manages the Crestone Food Bank and very much enjoys being a part of this community.
Frank Judson discovered Crestone-Baca in 1971, driving through the San Luis Valley on assignment with the CDC’s Epidemiology Intelligence Service, and purchased two lots in the early days of the Baca Grande development before roads and infrastructure were even in place. In 1984, he became a “part-time potato farmer,” purchasing land near Saguache. The following year he built a home nestled on the slopes of the Sangre de Cristos in the Baca. His time was divided, unequally, between Denver and Crestone, meeting the demands of his medical career with Denver Health as Director of Infectious Diseases and subsequently, Director of Denver Public Health, until his retirement. His research efforts in STDs, HIV/AIDS, and infectious disease prevention continued along with the work of raising disease-free organic seed potatoes sold locally in the Valley.
His service on boards spans many years in medical, professional, and civic organizations, and he is currently on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the University of Colorado School of Public Health. He was a Professor of Medicine in the Departments of Infectious Diseases, Medicine, and Public Health and, recently, was awarded Professor Emeritus status.
As a young family, Frank and his wife, Marti, and daughters, Jennifer and Rachel, traveled frequently to their Crestone-Baca home, and they continue to introduce family and friends to the wonders here.
Since the newspaper’s inception, Frank has been a loyal subscriber and supporter of The Crestone Eagle, an invaluable publication documenting this community’s colorful history, the people who have enriched it, and the future it supports through the community news. In retirement, Frank continues to travel. He supports educational and civic groups, enjoys his family, especially his two little grandsons, and returns as often as possible to his Valley home and community.
Curtis Ramsay has worked as an attorney in the San Luis Valley for over 25 years. Initially, she served for six years as legal counsel for the BACA Property Owners Association and later as an attorney for community members in real estate, criminal defense and contract issues as well as a mediator in disputes between community members. Curtis has also acted a board member for two Boulder non-profit groups as well as a producer of biographies of prominent leaders in the Middle East documenting the creation of Dar Al-Hekma, the only non-sectarian university for women in Saudi Arabia. She and her husband retired to live in Crestone full-time in 2015 and now enjoy gardening, photography and hiking little known trails throughout Colorado.