Kevin Wilkins – Executive Director
Kevin has been engaged in rural economic development since the 1980’as a small town newspaper publisher in Nebraska and Colorado, serving in leadership capacities on local economic development efforts.
After leaving the newspaper industry in the early 90’s, Kevin began a career in economic development as the Executive Director of the Belle Fourche South Dakota Chamber of Commerce charged with enhancing industry retention and attraction activity, in addition to extensive efforts within the Black Hills visitor industry.
Kevin took the reins of a struggling public/private economic development organization in Chadron, Nebraska restoring fiscal health, cleaned up a million dollar loan portfolio and developed a small industrial park.
Fremont, Nebraska recruited Kevin as CEO of the Greater Fremont Development Corporation in 2000, where he earned a CEcD designation in 2001. During his tenure in Fremont, two industrial parks were developed, with a third data center park in development when he left in 2009. The Greater Fremont Development Council averaged an unprecedented number of major projects per year from 2002 to 2009.
He left Nebraska for a short stint in Colorado within city government before accepting a position in with the City of Yuma, Arizona.
Kevin has been an active member of state economic development organizations in South Dakota, Nebraska Colorado and Arizona, as well at the Mid America Economic Development Council and International Economic Development Council. He was an officer in the Nebraska Economic Developers Association, served as chairman of the incentive development committee and assisted with EDCC Basic in Colorado. He attended several AAED conferences while in Arizona, participated in the AAED and Arizona Aviation Association legislative luncheons, and represented the City of Yuma at state and regional meetings.
Kevin has been a mentor to many rural economic developers in the Midwest and served the profession in Arizona as a board member of AAED.
Anne Jones – Chief Financial Officer
Anne has been Chief Financial Officer of San Luis Valley Development Resources since July 2016. Anne has 30 years of banking experience including the positions of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Controller, Regional Operations Manager, Bank Secrecy Act Officer, Operational Compliance Officer, Internal Auditor, Wire Transfer/ACH Supervisor, and Human Resources Director.
Anne has a BS in Business Administration from Adams State University with an emphasis in Business Computer Systems, Management, and Accounting. Anne also received her certification in 2001 as a Certified Treasury Professional.
Anne is originally from Boulder, Colorado and has lived in Alamosa since 1981.
Hew Hallock – Director of Research
Hew has been the Director of Research for the San Luis Valley Development Resources since August 2010. His background is in journalism having been the founder of a small weekly newspaper in Southeast Colorado, the Editor of the Lamar Daily News, and the Editor of the Valley Courier. Just prior to joining the staff of SLVDRG, Hew was the Southern Colorado Region Representative for the Governor’s Energy Office, promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency programs throughout the regions.
Hew is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds a BA in Political Science. He is a native of Southeast Colorado and has lived in the San Luis Valley since 2002.
Marc Bellantoni – Business Loan Fund/San Luis Valley Enterprise Zone
Marc joined the SLVDRG in the Fall of 2020. He a native of Colorado, having lived in the state for more than 20 years. All of them in the rural central mountains and now in the San Luis Valley.
Marc has been a part of business development in rural America since 2014. He first started his work at Pacific University Oregon where he was an original member and organizer of their business incubator, the Berglund Center for Business. It was here that he had the opportunity to work with a variety of projects including video game development and 3-D printable material for industrial use. At this time, he also began meaningful work in the hemp industry, bringing industrial hempseed to Oregon and assisting various entrepreneurs with planning their operations in Colorado and Oregon.
Eventually Marc found his way back to Colorado when he was hired to manage a regional nonprofit economic development organization. He found success bringing new programs to the region and working with the growing technology sector. Marc specializes in developing capital stacks for rural small businesses. It is his goal to bring his passion for rural America to the San Luis Valley and continue to help businesses not only survive, but thrive.
Andrea Oaks-Jaramillo – Disaster Relief Coordinator
As Disaster Recover Coordinator, Andrea focuses on identifying economic recovery, mitigation, and potential resiliency projects in the San Luis Valley to boost economic growth in the region.
Oaks-Jaramillo spent over five years as Marketing and Economic Development Director at San Luis Valley Rural Electric/Ciello, before moving with her family to California. Her new position with SLVDRG marks her return to the Valley. “The opportunity to return and help create and execute an economic vision for a place with so much potential is a true gift,” she said.
The Disaster Recovery Coordinator was created within SLVDRG in 2020 with funding from U.S. Department of Commerce through the Economic Development Administration as part of agency’s national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mick Daniel – Director of San Luis Valley Great Outdoors
Mick has been the Director of San Luis Valley Great Outdoors since January 2017. His background is in adventure-based recreation where he has worked for more than 25 years. Prior to joining the staff of SLVDRG, Mick was Director of Student Life and Recreation at Adams State University.
Mick is a graduate of the Oklahoma State University and holds a Master’s in Leisure Service Management. Mick relocated to the San Luis Valley in 2003 and again in 2017 and is proud to call the San Luis Valley home.