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Melissa Brunner

Director of Finance

When and why did you join the district?
In March 1998 I started as the Director of Finance under the Business Manager.  The position opened as a retirement from the previous employee (who had been here over 20 years). After about 10 years, the Business Manager retired and I was transferred to the Chief Financial Officer.  I have worked in Human Resources, Business Services, Budget and Finance. I was here for 15 years the first time around.  After leaving the district for 5 years, an opportunity to return came up in December 2018.

What is your experience?
I am a graduate of MCHS and received my BA in accounting after three years of college at Fort Lewis College.  I have had my CPA license since February 1992 and have kept it current.  I have worked for a CPA firm, a construction company, the school district and 5 years as the County Administrator.

What is your favorite thing about our district and/or community?
Montezuma County is my home and where I grew up.  My profession has always been finance and accounting.  I have worked in several different industries and I enjoy giving back to the community I live in.  It is wonderful to be able to serve the community that has given me many opportunities.  I have enjoyed working with many people in the school system and I love it when I see those I have assisted in my position with either payroll questions, budget questions or their transition into retirement.  There is a great sense of pride assisting those who taught me what I know.

Who was your favorite K-12 teacher and why?
Marilyn Haley, High School Accounting/Typewriting Teacher as she sparked my interest that has led me to a career in the exciting and important field of accounting.  Throughout my experiences and industries I have been exposed to, there is always something to learn and ways to assist in the budgeting and management of organizations I have worked for.  It has been a great career, especially with the diversification possibilities in the accounting realm.

Office Location

Downey Admin Building

School District Re-1

400 North Elm Street
PO Box R 
Cortez, CO 81321-0708
(970) 565-7522