Our Board of Directors
Walter Partridge, Chairman
Walter Partridge and his wife Stephanie have lived in the Pinery for 23 years. They have 6 children, 12 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.
Walt operates Partridge Auction Services from his office in Parker. Before becoming a professional auctioneer, Walt worked in industrial explosives for over 30 years. He started his explosives career as a sales representative for DuPont in Alaska and ended his career as President of Explosive Technologies International, Export Division. During his explosives career he traveled to many mining and construction operations through out the world. He and his family lived in New Zealand, Australia, Alaska, Delaware, Washington State, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. Walt has had several interesting experiences traveling overseas. For example, on 9/11 he was at a remote site in the Sierra Desert and saw the towers come down on an Arabian speaking station watching with several members of the Muslim community. Several days passed before he was able to get back to the United States.
Before becoming a professional auctioneer, Walt conducted benefit auctions in each area he lived and continues to do so. He is certified by the National Auctioneers Association as a Benefit Auction Specialist. Walt joined the Colorado Auctioneers Association and the National Auctioneers Association in 1998. He was elected to the Colorado Auctioneers Association (CAA) Board of Directors in 2002, and along with chairing several committees, served over 8 years as treasurer and was president for 2 years. He was 2005 Colorado State Bid Calling Champion and inducted into the CAA Hall of Fame in 2013. He is past President of the Explosives Distributors Association, an organization of explosives distributors in the United States and Canada. Walt is active at his church and enjoys fishing and traveling with his family and friends.
Walt has served multiple terms on the Pinery Water Board. He is honored to serve on the board and understands his responsibility to the Pinery residents. He continues to work for cost effective reliable water and sewer services.
Heidi Tackett, Secretary
Heidi Tackett has been a Board Director since August 2010. She and her family moved to the Pinery, from Aurora, in August 2002. Her work background is in healthcare – she was previously a Senior Account Manager for PacifiCare Health Systems – and her consulting business focuses on project management. She has always been active in the business, school, and homeowner communities.
Her service includes the Aurora Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for six years, serving as Chairperson from 00-01; the Leadership Aurora Board for six years, serving as Chairperson from 94-96; the Lake Shore Homeowners Association Board for three years; the Aurora Citizen’s Advisory Budget Committee for five years; and service on all of the School Accountability Committees in the Ponderosa feeder area since 2003. Heidi lives in the District with her husband, Gary, their son, David and their daughter, Rachel and she is looking forward to her service on the Pinery Water Board.
Stephan Tinnes, Treasurer
Steve has been a Pinery resident since 1984 and you may know him from his lawn care business in the area. He was a board of director and treasurer for the Colorado Association of Lawn Care Professionals from 1996-2008. He was also a local schoolteacher and freshman wrestling coach at Ponderosa High School during the 1990-91 season.
Prior to that, he was an operations consultant for McDonald’s Corporation in several locations to include Chicago, Paris France, and Denver. In 1983 he opened the World’s highest volume McDonald’s in downtown Chicago. In 1975 he managed the highest volume McDonald’s in the Midwest located in Aurora, Illinois. As the newest director for the district, he hopes to lend some perspective on water use and conservation as it relates to lawns and landscapes.
Russ Hokanson, Assistant Secretary
Russ and his wife (Doris) have lived in the Pinery since 1993. When he graduated from high school he served in the Army Reserve for 6 years.
He graduated from College in Automotive Engineering Technology / Business Management and then landed a career with Chrysler Motors Corporation (CMC), went though their Management Training Program, worked in Cost Accounting, Quality and Product Engineering and Special Projects and was a Vehicle Test Driver. He worked for (CMC) 41 years before retiring in 2008.
Russ has one patent with (CMC) in his name. He managed the (CMC) Denver Emission Test Center in Aurora for 32 years.
Jim McGannon, Director
Jim McGannon joined the Board in May 2018. He is a forestry/arborist consultant. His career includes working as City Arborist in Bismarck, N.D. and most of his career as City Forester in Colorado Springs. His profession includes work as a professional/certified forester and certified/arborist. He works with landowners, land trusts, commercial interests, homeowners, expert witness, and agencies. Jim and his wife, Maria, have lived in the Pinery since 2014 and in the Denver/Colorado Springs area most of their lives. Jim is also active on the Pinery HOA.
Jim has volunteered and serve(s) on many community and regional boards and committees. Prior to being on the Board, Jim served as Chair of the Pinery Water Conservation Task Force. Jim will continue to be a Board liaison to the Task Force. His interests in the outdoors and land stewardship has been a passion for him and a force that drives him to be part of volunteering in the communities that he works and lives in. He has experience on Boards and task forces that include Municipal Utilities, conservation groups, homeowner associations, Boy Scouts of America (he is an Eagle Scout), Living History Associations, sportsmans groups, land trusts across Colorado, and many others.
Future water planning for the district is something Jim has a keen interest in for this district.