Business Briefs

United Way names CEO, president

The board of directors for United Way of Southwest Colorado announces that Lynn Urban has been selected as the new president and CEO for the organization.

She replaces Tim Walsworth. Urban has a doctorate in psychology, has worked in higher education for more than a decade and also operates a small business in partnership with her husband. Most recently, she served as dean for the Durango Campus of Pueblo Community College.

United Way of Southwest Colorado serves communities in Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties by providing leadership and fundraising for partner agencies in the areas of education, health care and self-reliance.

For more information, call 247-9444 or visit

Health department announces new hire

San Juan Basin Health Department’s Care Coordination Services welcomes Donna Esquibel as its new Promotora (bilingual health educator).

Esquibel has worked in a variety of health-care settings in the area in the last 16 years including home health, youth shelter and hospice.

She has an Associate of Arts in health-care administration. Esquibel will promote health with a focus on cardiovascular health and diabetes by doing health-risk screenings and conducting platicas (educational group meetings) in the Spanish-speaking community.

For more information, call 335-2062 or email

Insurance, financial advisers to meet

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors will meet at noon Wednesday at the Strater Hotel in the Oak Room, 699 Main Ave.

The speaker will be Susan Terrill-Flint. She will present a “Life Review” program for members. The public is welcome.

RSVP in advance to

Human-resources group to meet Wednesday

The Durango Area Human Resource Managers will host a luncheon called “Health Care Reform Impact – Beyond the Obvious” from noon to 1:15 p.m. Wednesdayat La Plata Electric Association’s Multi-purpose Room, 45 Stewart St. in Bodo Industrial Park.

The featured speaker will be Jana Knox, senior vice president of The Hays Companies. She will discuss the financial and administrative effects of health-care reform, as well as compliance timelines. The cost is $15 for members and $16 for nonmembers and will include a lunch buffet provided by Zia Taqueria.

To RSVP, email Betsy Fitzpatrick at or call 403-1843 by 4 p.m. Monday.

Chamber to host business after hours

The Durango Chamber of Commerce will host Business After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Colorado Pongas, 121 W. Eighth St.

The cost is $7 for members and guests, and there will be free pool.

Herald Staff

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