Jenny ‘Pasqua’ Ampietro
I have been on the 1971 GHS Football Memorial Foundation, Inc. since 2007.
I wanted to be on this board to help in anyway I could so this tragedy would never be forgotten.
This board is a small group but is very powerful in all its accomplishments including GHS Scholarships every year and participating in Bus Safety.
Roxie graduated class of 1973, she joined the Foundation Board in 2007. She and her family continue to own and operate Western Lumber of Gunnison as they have for many years. She decided to get involved with the foundation because she didn’t want the past to be forgotten. She believes that by giving scholarships to Gunnison High School Student every year, it keeps the memory of those we lost in 1971 going. Roxie hopes others will continue to be involved and support this very worthy cause.
Matt was born and raised in Gunnison County and graduated from Gunnison High School in 1973. He is married to Denai, and they have raised raised 3 children, Mandy, Nicole, and Matthew in the Gunnison Valley. Matt was almost 16 years old when the entire community was rocked by the Junior Varsity football team’s bus accident in 1971. The 1971 football team dedicated the rest of our season to their fallen coach and team mates. Years later, Matt contacted Steve Stone, Clint Spencer, and Pat McIntosh, and in 1994 they formed this non-profit foundation to honor those that were lost in the accident. The goals of The 1971 GHS Football Memorial Foundation, Inc. are to honor those who perished and to let their families know, we will always remember these team members and we will strive to grant scholarships and bus safety awards to deserving recipient’s in their honor and memory. Please consider supporting us in this effort.
Ray is a Gunnison native. He attended Gunnison High School and participated in football and basketball. After graduating high school in 1974, Ray attended and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute with an Associate Degree and Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Upon graduating from Colorado State he also received his commission into the Army of which he served eight years in the Army Reserve in Air Defense and Adjutant General Corp. Ray has made banking a career for 35 years. He and his wife, Loretta (GHS class of 1975), reside in Gunnison where they raised their boys, Brad and Steve. Ray has been involved in a variety of organizations including: Gunnison Elks, Western State College Mountaineer Athletic Assoc., various banking professional associations, numerous clubs in Gunnison and of course the 1971 GHS Football Memorial Foundation. “Being a part of the 1971 GHS Football Memorial Foundation has been one of the most rewarding and gratifying boards I have been on. Helping Gunnison High School students and honoring our fellow students from that tragic day has been an experience that I am truly grateful for.”
Pat was on the bus in September of 1971, and like Bill, lost several friends in the tragedy. He has been a member of the board and foundation since it’s inception and continues to be especially involved in the bus safety arm of the same. Pat and his wife Susan, raised their daughters in Gunnison and continue to live and work here. Pat is fleet manager for the City of Gunnison and his knowledge of mechanics is a blessing to the board in monitoring bus safety.
Tammy Lee Dyce
Tammy is our newest board of director and we are so happy to have her on board.
Bill graduated in the GHS class of 1974 and was a member of the team and on the bus on September 11, 1971.
Jessica Stone Waggoner
Jessica graduated from GHS and is the daughter of Jess and Jeannie Stone, the wife of Dillon Waggoner and the mother of Tea Waggoner. She also graduated from Denver University School of Law and is currently an attorney in the DA’s office in Gunnison. She joined the board in 2010 as profession council and has been a wonderful addition to our foundation.