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As your dedicated full-time Resort expert, my mission is to leverage decades of real estate expertise and invaluable market insight to serve you effectively. Beyond my role as your local market specialist, I am happy to offer recommendations for the best hiking trails, paddleboarding spots, golf courses, shopping destinations, dining experiences, and vibrant nightlife venues. With a comprehensive, personalized, and attentive approach to market dynamics, rest assured, I have all your needs covered. My profound familiarity with this resort area sets me apart, and I consider myself truly fortunate to not only work here and have raised my children (now adults), but also call it home.

As a kid growing up in the Northeast Heights of Albuquerque,  Durango became a popular and easy destination for family vacations.  Beginning in the early 1970’s, my parents, 3 sisters and I enjoyed summer camping and fishing at Molas Lake and long weekend ski trips at Purgatory. My parents (and us girls!) fell in love with the area – and soon after they invested in their first piece of property along Lime Creek Road just north of Purgatory.  Over the years,  they also owned a condo at Silverpick, and then purchased a lake-front property,  1 mile south of the ski area,  where they eventually built their dream home and retired. 

After high school I attended NMSU in Las Cruces where I studied humanities and math. After 2 years, I began to miss home, and especially my trips to the cooler climate and mountains of Durango. It never occurred to me that I could live and thrive in a favorite vacation destination, and decided to give it a try. Excited and determined, I packed up my ’77 Scout and headed north – Durango or bust. The best move I ever made! I completed continuing education at Fort Lewis College, and began my “new” ski resort lifestyle and career in real estate.

I have two amazing children who were born and raised in the north county where they too have thrived in the splendor of our mountain community and the endless recreation we have been blessed to enjoy right outside our front door.   My daughter Ryann obtained her B.S. in Chemistry from CSU, class of 2021 in Fort Collins, CO and as a post-baccalaureate student,  is applying her education to research and analytics,  currently employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.   My son Ian is a DHS 2021 graduate who participated in extra-curricular clubs, specifically to explore his passion for the culinary arts -  including an opportunity to work alongside the best Chef(s) in Durango at the exclusive Electra Lake Boat House.  He continues to work in the restaurant industry and hopes to pursue continued education and international travels in the future.  Living in the beautiful San Juans has certainly had a positive impact on both my career path and that of my children – as well as our personal growth, gratitude, motivation and inspiration behind our passions to succeed and make a difference in our community.

I am so grateful and blessed to live in such an inspiring community, doing what I love most, sharing that appreciation with great friends, family and clients I have maintained strong relationships with over the years. This is home…. And, I look forward to working with you in finding your next home too.


  • Office Manager/Assistant to Broker for Needles Real Estate – introduction to Real Estate, including all aspects of property management, owner relations, and Trust account reconciliations (1992-1994)
  • Obtained my Associate’s Degree/Colorado real estate license to transition into full-time Broker Associate with Needles Real Estate (1994-2008)
  • Broker for a development real estate firm at the ski area (2008-2011)
  • Merged with Wells Group to (re) open the Needles Square office, to best represent all segments of the real estate market at Purgatory and all of north-county (2011 – PRESENT)


  • Realtor™  since 1994
  • Durango Area Association of Realtors (past service on Ethics Committee)
  • Certificate of completion of the NAR Resort and Second Home Market Course
  • Columbine Children’s Fund
  • Adaptive Sports Ski Association
  • La Plata County Humane Society
  • Hospice Care (Mercy)
  • CODY Foundation
  • La Plata Search and Rescue
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters

I will continue to specialize in resale properties, existing neighborhoods, as well as new development product available. In addition to cabins, water-front locations, condos, ski-in/ski-out, and vacant land, I may also assist with commercial/development property through local and international referral networks.

I look forward to having a long and successful partnership with both newcomers to the area as well as current owners and businesses in this community. I appreciate all the return and referral business and will continue to bring decades of real estate experience and knowledge to the table, ensuring a seamless buying and selling process to my customers and clients.

Thank you for your time and consideration – I look forward to working with you.

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