Jean Walter, Chair

Responsible for the overall political and strategic direction of the local Party.

A La Plata County local, Jean was born and has lived her entire life in La Plata County. She was a Park Pirate, a Smiley Demon, and a Durango High Demon.Jean didn’t take a break from La Plata County to go to college.  She went straight from high school to Fort Lewis (nickname then, the Raiders) and graduated with a degree in English.  Much later, she returned to Fort Lewis to work for the School of Business Administration, taking classes part-time and finishing a second degree in Southwest Studies (nickname now, Skyhawks).

Jean chaired the Dems from January of 2008 to the reorganization meeting of 2011 and is not sure that anything can top the exhilarating experience of Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential campaign, but is sure that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters will give it a try.


Shauna Agnew, First Vice Chair

Responsible for the recruitment, management, and training of the appropriate precinct people; serving as liaison for precinct people and the Colorado State Democratic Party; management of state-mandated functions.


Shauna grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, graduated from the University of Utah in Childhood Education and taught several years in Utah and Pennsylvania.

She moved to Evergreen, Colorado in 1973 and in 1984, she and her husband, Jer, moved to Oklahoma where they developed a racehorse breeding farm on 230 acres.  In 1988 they turned the property in to a Country Inn.  While in Oklahoma, she became the Washington County co-chairman of the Democrats, a rare breed in that part of the country.  She also led a 10-year fight against the siting of two toxic waste injection wells in northern Oklahoma.  In the late 1990s the case was dismissed.

After several years and several moves, she moved to Durango and became involved in the Obama campaign.  She has also been a volunteer at the Women’s Resource Center for six years.

In 2012 she became a precinct captain and joined the La Plata County Executive Committee in 2016.  She oversees the activities in the precincts as well as voter registration and is determined to do all she can to promote a progressive agenda that is all-inclusive for voters who choose to be Democrats, who are uncommitted and who want to move forward.


Dan Morgenstern, Second Vice Chair

Responsible for Events

Daniel Morgenstern brings a diverse background of experience and skills to the La Plata County Democrat’s Executive Committee. With two degrees in Music and as a skilled professional musician having been a soloist in the Aspen Music Festival and Principal Flutist of the Jerusalem Symphony. Dan has also had decades of Arts Management leadership experience bringing the knowledge of highly complex organizations and the integration of diverse passionately held points of view into harmony.

As the 25 year CEO of a multi-national manufacturer of Electrical Products, he has deep experience in every phase of business management and operations from product development and design, manufacturing technologies, sales, marketing and distribution and a history of successful customer and labor relations.

He retired early to Durango in 2000 where he has been very active in community affairs including co-founding the Affordable Housing Task Force leading to the creation of the Regional Housing Alliance. He has served on numerous Boards including Habitat for Humanity, the Women’s Resource Center, and the San Juan Symphony, and is a member of the Durango High Noon Rotary. He brings a wealth of knowledge of the community along with the wisdom and skills as a conflict resolving negotiator, to work for electing candidates that share his progressive democratic views.

Tom Morrissey, Third Vice Chair

Responsible for La Plata County Democrats communication between the Executive Committee and La Plata County voters. Also responsible for technical support: database, website, and newsletter.

Thomas (T-mo) has worked for over 25 years in the computer industry, including 13 years at Microsoft across 4 continents and 15 countries. He worked on the Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012 doing data entry and Get out the Vote Lists, a role he also performed in the 2010 election. T-mo also played major roles in 2014 Elections providing communications and GOTV lists for local, state and federal campaigns, while still managing to support his wife Allison in her successful campaign for La Plata County Treasurer, get out the newsletters, and update the website.

T-mo is recently completed his 6th year on the Board of Directors of Animas Charter High School, where has served as both President and Vice President. Term-limited, Tom still serves on the Governance Committee. He also is on the Alumni and Marketing Committees for Leadership La Plata (LLP) where he helped design and launch the Mentorship Program with the YPOD (Young Professionals of Durango). Tom earned a Masters of Science in Statistical Quality Control from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Wayne State University. Tom has lived in Durango full time since 2007.

“A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.”–Anonymous

Chris Dolphin, Treasurer

Responsible for all Party funds and all financial reporting.

I am a lifelong progressive since my vote for Gary Hart in the primary season of 1984. I was crushed then, and continue to be, when private issues obscure a person political values. Yet in this day and age, it seems that personal weaknesses, not values and issues top the news. As a member of the executive committee, I continue to support our democratic candidates that move us toward a better, more equitable society.

I have been involved in politics for a long time. I served as precinct captain for more than 15 years and have worked on campaigns, put up signs, run for county commissioner, and served in several capacities on the executive committee. My favorite event that we sponsor is the newly renamed Roosevelts Dinner. I am excited to support our local and state candidates through my work on the committee bringing passion and diverse issues to our work in moving our county forward.

I work as the Exceptional Programs Coordinator for Aztec Municipal Schools where I was formally a special education teacher. I have lived on La Posta road south of Durango with a beautiful view of the river for more than 20 years. I have a retired husband and two grown children.

Tiare Pitts-Flora, Secretary

Responsible for record keeping for the Executive and Central Committees.



Carol Cure, At-Large Member


Before retiring to Durango in 2008, Carol Cure practiced business, employment and government relations law in Arizona for 30 years, representing clients in Court and before the Arizona Legislature.  She served on the Arizona Bar’s Board of Governors and in the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates.  She is a past president of the ASU Law Society and was an adjunct professor at the law school.  Carol was also chosen as a judge pro tem for the Arizona Court of Appeals and was a member of the Advisory Council of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.

Carol has also been involved in a number of civic and community causes including, in Durango, serving as President of the La Plata County Humane Society and on the board of the Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado.  She previously was a board member of various non-profit groups in Arizona including the Arizona Council of the Blind Social Services and Rehabilitation, Phoenix Children’s Theatre, the Arizona Division of A.A.U.W., and the Arizona Central Credit Union.  She was selected to participate in the 1996 Class of Leadership America and was chosen as a participant in the Aspen Institute’s Justice & Society Seminar.

In 1994, Carol was the Democratic Congressional Candidate for Arizona’s CD-3 and in 1996, she was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.  She also chaired Maricopa County, Arizona’s Democratic Nucleus Club for a number of years.  She is a lifelong Democrat.

 Patty Dionne, At-Large Member


Ken Francis, At-Large Member


Tim Guill, At-Large Member


Nelson McKinley, At-Large Member


Denise Null, At-Large Member


Karen Pontius, At-Large Member

 Lisa Hlavinka, Young Democrat