Jay Seaton | Administration/Publisher


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Carefully straddling the iron divide between the newsroom and the business operations.

Education: Jay holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and received his juris doctorate from Kansas University in 1996.

Bio: Jay is a native of Manhattan, Kansas. Prior to his arrival at the Sentinel in August 2009, Jay was a corporate and commercial litigation partner at the law firm of Lewis Rice & Fingersh in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to his position at Lewis Rice & Fingersh, Jay worked in toxic tort litigation at the law firm of Shook Hardy & Bacon.

Personal: Jay has two children, Kate and Beck. Jay enjoys water skiing, snow skiing, cooking, travel, cycling, college sports, wine and reading.


Sandra Rogers | Administration/Director of Human Resources

Plans, directs, supervises and coordinates work activities relating to employment, compensation, safety and employee relations. Serves as member of the Editorial Board.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Business from Mesa State College in 1991.

Bio: Sandra moved to the Grand Valley in 1978 as a child from her native state of Michigan. She has worked at The Daily Sentinel since 1990. Prior to that time she was a counselor for teenage runaways at Mesa County Social Services.

Personal: Sandra enjoys hiking, gardening, golfing and traveling. She is an avid baseball and football fan.






Kathy Rodgers | Accounting Specialist

Bio: Kathy lived in South Dakota and Wyoming prior to moving to Grand Junction in 1981. She has been employed with The Daily Sentinel since 1988. She started out in the Composing Dept (now Graphics) and worked there for 3 years before moving to the Accounting Dept in 1992 as an accounts payable and data entry clerk. In January of 2007 her duties were expanded to include payroll.

Personal: Kathy is married to Matt and they have 2 boys. She enjoys camping, ATVing, boating, hanging out with friends and family, reading, running and the summers!



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Darrel Allen | Director of Business Development


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Darrel is project manager for new opportunities, oversees IT operations, and assists the Human Resource Director.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in marketing from Mesa State College.

Bio: Darrel is a native of the Grand Junction area and currently lives in Fruita. He has worked for The Daily Sentinel since 1991. He also served his country for 16 years in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves including a yearlong deployment to Iraq in 2003–2004. He attained the rank of Sergeant First Class.

Personal: Darrel is married to Amy Allen. They have two sons attending Fruita schools. Darrel’s interests include his kids’ activities, the outdoors, golf, hockey and beer. He believes, “One should never be afraid to try the local fare.”


Jennifer Campos | Advertising Manager

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Jennifer works with the sales team to bring new advertising and marketing solutions to help businesses in the Grand Valley grow.

Education: Attended elementary through high school in the Grand Valley. Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Colorado in Boulder, School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Bio: Jennifer was promoted to Advertising Manager and helps to oversee the Advertising Department. Previously, Jennifer worked as the Classified Manager, and as an Account Executive at The Daily Sentinel. Before joining the Sentinel staff, she worked in San Francisco and Yakima, Washington.

Personal: Jennifer grew up in Grand Junction and returned to the Grand Valley with her husband, Omar, to raise their children. When not at work, she can be found playing tennis, hiking or cheering on her kids at their activities.


Terry Flanagan | Classifieds, legals, obituaries and announcements coordinator


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Terry helps customers with their announcement needs including legals, obituaries, marriages or engagements, and other milestones.

Bio: Terry Flanagan has been with The Daily Sentinel for nine years.

Personal: She moved to Grand Junction from California with her two sons, David and Dale. In her spare time, she enjoys singing with her band, No Outlet.


Melody Henni | Retail Advertising Executive


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Responsible for maintaining and growing current and new advertisers on the local level. Sells advertising products including display newspaper ads, special sections, inserts and online advertising.

Bio: Born in Denver and raised on the Western Slope.

Personal: Melody is married to Randy Henni. They have two daughters and one son. Melody enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Hiking, boating, fishing, travel and shopping are some of her many hobbies.


Diawn Beach | Advertising Administrative Assistant

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Alisha Hull | Multimedia Specialist



Jodi Moore | Digital and Systems Administrator

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Doug Rudd | Digital Strategist



Cindy Whalen | Lead Graphic Artist


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Cindy works closely with sales representatives and clients to create effective display advertising. She also manages the workflow of the Ad Design/Graphics Department, insuring quality and completion of display advertising for the daily newspaper as well as various special publications.

Education: Cindy achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Fine Art from Washburn University, in Topeka, KS.

Bio: Cindy is a native of Osage City, Kansas. Previous to joining The Daily Sentinel, she worked for The Topeka Capital Journal and the Colorado Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle.

Personal: Cindy enjoys singing and numerous artistic endeavors.


Carlene Wood | Inside Sales Manager




Tracy Gibson | Circulation & Classified Director


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Tracy manages the day-to-day operations of the Circulation, Transportation & Classified departments which sell, manage, maintain, distribute and deliver the newspaper across western Colorado and eastern Utah. Tracy also serves as the manager of the Newspapers in Education effort at The Daily Sentinel to facilitate the use of the Sentinel as a learning resource in local schools.

Bio: Tracy is a native of Grand Junction. She began working for the Sentinel as a customer service representative in June of 1980 while still attending Central High School. Within a year she was promoted to the data processing department and later named to the position of business systems computer supervisor. In 1999 she rejoined the circulation department as sales & marketing manager. She was subsequently promoted to circulation manager, and then later to her current position of Circulation Director.

Personal: Tracy has three children: Landon, Bryan and Kenady. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, cooking, camping and riding her ATV.


Karan Brickey | Circulation & Classified Manager


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Karan supervises the customer service staff of the circulation & classified departments and assists the circulation director in all other facets of the circulation operation. Customer service staff fields calls from the loyal subscribers of The Daily Sentinel about subscriptions, delivery & classified ads. Karan also manages subscription sales and renewal efforts — including managing a booth at numerous festivals and farmers markets throughout western Colorado.

Education: Karan graduated from Broomfield High School in 1977 and has attended several courses at Colorado State University.

Bio: Karan grew up in Broomfield, where she spent many years working in law enforcement. Shortly after moving to Grand Junction, she began working for the Sentinel redelivering newspapers to subscribers’ homes. Later she was promoted to Customer Service Rep and then Circulation Sales and Marketing Manager and then, finally, to her current position. Karan has been with The Daily Sentinel since 1999.


Dale Shrull | Managing Editor

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Dale leads a team of talented and dedicated journalists.

Education: Bachelor’s in journalism, Metropolitan State College of Denver

Bio: Dale is a Western Slope Colorado native born in Glenwood Springs and raised in New Castle.

He joined the Sentinel sports department on April 1, 2013.

He wrote a book about his hometown of New Castle and its rich history of coal mining, railroads and wild-west roots.

Prior to finishing college at 31-years-old, he worked in a variety of fields, some of those include coal mining, garbage collection, cemetery worker, pizza delivery (Dale was robbed three times!), cook, bartender, janitor, waiter, construction worker, carpenter, forklift operator, truck driver and disc jockey, to name a few.


Patti Arnold | Sports Writer

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Patti is a sports columnist and covers Colorado Mesa University sports, plus leads coverage of the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series and the Grand Junction Rockies.

Education: University of Kansas, School of Journalism, 1981.

Bio: Patti grew up in Overland Park, Kan., and is the only member of her family to leave the greater Kansas City area. She worked at the Lawrence Journal-World and the Olathe (Kan.) Daily News before heading West in the fall of 1985. She has covered everything from trapping snapping turtles to Major League Baseball and the NFL, and among her career highlights are covering the World Series in Denver and photographing a Kansas-Kentucky basketball game, sitting on the sideline of Naismith Court at Allen Fieldhouse.

Personal: Patti shares her home with Rookie, a rescue Schnauzer mix who enjoys snow much more than Patti, keeps the yard safe from cats and loves to bark at the trash truck each week. Patti enjoys playing really bad golf, Jayhawks basketball, traveling, reading and movies, especially when the popcorn is fresh.


Charles Ashby | Legislative/Political Reporter

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Charles covers state and local politics and the Colorado Legislature.

Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado in 1986.

Bio: Charles has worked in newspapers across Colorado and in a handful of other states since graduating from college, but has covered politics and the Legislature in Colorado since 1997, working at the State Capitol Building in Denver for various daily newspapers in the state. Now he lives in Grand Junction, but still goes to Denver during the legislative session.

Personal: Charles is an unaffiliated voter who has never been registered in a political party since he became eligible to vote.



Tess Furey | Copy Editor/Page Designer

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Education: Bachelor’s degree from University of Florida.

Bio: Tess is a native of Eustis, Fla. Previously worked at Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, Pensacola News-Journal, USA Today, Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald, Boulder Camera and Rocky Mountain News.

Personal: Broncos and SEC college football fan.


Tammy Gemaehlich | Community News Coordinator

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Tammy coordinates all aspects of community news through numerous columns, calendars, briefs and stories.

Bio: Tammy joined The Daily Sentinel in 1980, working in the circulation and accounting departments. After a 13-year absence from the Sentinel, she returned to the newspaper’s accounting department in 1998, joined the newsroom in 1999, and was named the community news coordinator in 2004.


Dan West | Editorial Page Editor

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Sherida Warner | Copy Editor/Page Designer

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Education: Marymount College

Bio: Sherida is a native Kansan. She has been with the Sentinel since 2001 and has written her weekly

Art of Quilting column since 2006. Before that, she worked more than three years at the Colorado Springs Gazette. Previously, she was Lifestyles Editor for 20 years at the Salina Journal in Salina, Kan.

Personal: Sherida is married to Joe Warner. She enjoys reading, traveling and quilt making.


Dennis Webb | Reporter

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Covers energy and natural resource issues, and serves as a regional reporter based out of western Garfield County.

Education: Bachelor’s degrees in political science and communications, minor in Spanish, University of Akron, Ohio.

Bio: Dennis was born and grew up in Ohio, and worked in reporting and editorial page jobs at newspapers in Medina and Canton, Ohio, before moving to Colorado in 1989. Over more than 18 years he served as managing editor and in other newsroom positions at what is now the Glenwood Springs Post Independent before joining The Daily Sentinel in 2008.

Personal: Dennis is married to Joyce Webb, a professional ceramicist. No kids, three dogs. Enjoys mountain climbing, running, biking, hiking, back-country skiing, travel, photography, reading, collecting and playing stringed musical instruments. Long-suffering Cleveland professional sports fan who was there in person for The Drive, but not as a Broncos fan.


Ann Wright | Features Editor

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Ann is the editor for newsroom’s various feature pages and publications: Out & About, Lifestyle, You Saw It, Food and Home & Garden.

Education: Bachelor’s degree from Taylor University in Upland, Ind.

Bio: Ann is a Colorado native. She has worked at The Daily Sentinel since 1997 in the positions of Copy Editor, Reporter and Features Editor.

Personal: Ann is married and has two children. She enjoys running, reading, knitting, cycling, skiing, hiking, theater, art and live music.



Michael St. Clair | Special Sections Editor and Real Estate Weekly Editor


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Michael helps readers find interesting things to do, see, or read about, and helping advertisers find those readers by creating informative, eye-catching sections and pages.

Education: A bachelor’s degree in English, with a lot of philosophy and a love of science. Michael learned graphic design and layout at a young age by sitting-in on classes while his mother attended graphic arts courses, with a little formal training later at Mesa State College.

Bio: A young Michael St. Clair quickly learned that being in outer space made everything much cooler. Too tall to be an astronaut, he learned that imagining things was almost as good, so he pursued ways to turn imagination into something tangible.

This course led to being the production editor of his high school paper, one heck of a good bookseller in two local book stores, and finally to a career in newspaper starting in Fort Collins at the Fort Collins Coloradoan, where he made things read well and look good for nearly a decade.

Returning to the Grand Valley, he does his best to continue his goals while being closer to friends and family.

Personal: Born a few centuries too late, Michael has a fascination with the Napoleonic Royal Navy in particular and the age of fighting sail in general. Born a few centuries too early, he also enjoys science fiction and speculative fiction of all types, and is an avid reader of many types of books, often including ones that are written during the time period they are set in.

In his actual era, he enjoys drawing and computer art, writing, building his own computers, fixing his and other people’s computer woes, creating gadgets and solutions to make his life easier, and staring back at his dog, Jack, trying to figure out what the critter is thinking. He firmly believes that Jack is attempting the same thing.


Penny Stine | Special Sections Staff Writer


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Penny writes feature articles for the special sections department with a focus on promoting business, events and seasonal activities in the Grand Valley. She also writes the feature story in Real Estate Weekly and is the special sections photographer.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from the University of Arizona.

Bio: Penny has lived all across the western United States, growing up mostly in Wyoming, graduating from high school in Alaska, attending college in Arizona, getting married in California and having kiddos in Washington before settling on the Western Slope. Her first job was delivering newspapers at the tender age of 11 for the Cheyenne Tribute-Eagle. She’s worked a variety of jobs since then, but likes her job with The Daily Sentinel best.

Personal: Penny has been married to Kent Stine since 1984. They have three sons and one grandson. Penny enjoys hanging out with her boys, gardening, rafting, skiing, knitting, cooking, camping and riding on the back of Kent’s Harley.


Scott Crabtree | Packaging Manager


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Scott keeps the packaging machines running and manages all post-press production of everything printed by The Daily Sentinel.

Bio: A native of Ohio, Scott moved to the valley in 1980. He started part-time employment with The Daily Sentinel in 1981 while attending high school, and continued while attending CMU. Since that time he has held several different positions.

Personal: Scott enjoys family, fishing, camping, boating, gardening, golf and good food.


David Drayer | Prepress Manager


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Dave gives physical form to all the photos, graphics, stories and text that, within the computer system, make up the pages of The Daily Sentinel each day. The prepress department creates the plates from which the pages of a publication are printed on press, while also ensuring that all data making up each page transfer from the computer to the plate correctly.

Bio: Between stints in Illinois (birthplace), Oregon (twice) and Oklahoma (where he discovered the newspaper industry), Dave has called Colorado home for the better portion of his life. He began working at The Daily Sentinel in 1997 in the Composing department. He has helped to guide the Sentinel, as printing technology has changed, into finding more advanced, cost-effective, and greener ways to produce a newspaper, culminating in 2010 with the introduction of a computer-to-plate system that uses no chemistry of any kind in the making of the plates for the press.

Personal: A big proponent of the Great Indoors, David’s interests include reading, NFL football, watching movies (at home), and playing action, shooter and role-playing video games. Despite taking place outdoors, he also enjoys going to Renaissance festivals and mountain biking. He is an aspiring author in the genre of epic fantasy, and hopes to publish his first novel in the not-so-distant future.


Bob Eicher | IT Manager


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Bob handles computer management throughout the organization.

Bio: Bob is a Colorado native and a longtime Sentinel employee.

Personal: Bob is married to Deana Eicher. He enjoys golf, bowling, books, movies and music.


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