New SWCD Board Members

The Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD) recently added three new members to their Board of Directors: Preston Gotezke, Rusty Hinger, and Jenny Russell.

Preston Goetzke represents Hinsdale County. He was born in Maryland, but spent his childhood growing up in Florida. In the 1990s, he ventured to the Southwest part of Hindsdale County, also known as the Upper Piedra. There he fell in love with its amazing landscapes and astonishing scenery. Preston has spent the last 20 years in Colorado doing what he loves, working on ranches with cattle, horses, and other outfitting interests. He and his wife, Cynthia Toner, manage the family-owned Toner Ranch—a state-honored pioneer ranch. 

Rusty Hinger represents Mineral County. He grew up spending his summers at Bruce Spruce Ranch north of Pagosa Springs, and his winters near Amarillo, Texas. After graduating from high school he completed his associate degree in Business Management at Amarillo College. In 1999, he took over the Bruce Spruce Ranch with the help of his wife, Brigette. They operate the business year round and Rusty’s brother helps during the summer. When Rusty is not busy running the ranch, he enjoys fly tying, fishing, and hunting. He has two daughters, ages two and three and a half, who keep him on his toes.

Jenny Russell represents San Miguel County. She has long played an active role in regional water discussions. Jenny is a member of the Southwest Basins Roundtable and sits on its sub-committee for non-consumptive uses. Previously, she represented the Southwest Basin on the Interbasin Compact Committee. Jenny also serves on the board of the San Miguel Watershed Coalition. An avid river runner, Jenny has represented River Runners for Wilderness on wilderness and private-boater access issues for the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Currently, Jenny practices law at Russell & Pieterse, LLC. She earned her B.A. from Kenyon College in Ohio and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.