Dancing with Your Farmington Stars
March 11, 2017
Doors Open at 6:00 PM
The show includes children's and professional dance exhibitions as well as performances from the Farmington Stars!
You may also purchase a VIP pass that will get you into the after party where you can enjoy dancing and refreshments with the talent including your Farmington Stars.
Ginger PalmerWitten's Warriors
Ginger Palmer was born and raised a Methodist preacher’s kid in Oklahoma with five siblings. She graduated from Hooker High School (yes, Hooker) in Hooker, Oklahoma. Ginger has been in banking since 1976.
She moved to Farmington, NM in 1978. Ginger started as a receptionist at a small bank in Oklahoma and worked her way through the ranks at First National Bank in Farmington. Ginger currently serves as Vice President and Branch Manager for Washington Federal in Farmington.
Ginger has been married to Rick Palmer for 13 ½ years. Together they have six children and seven grandchildren.
Ginger has served on the Farmington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 2006 and was Chairman of the Board in 2011. Ginger has been Chairman of the Redcoat Ambassadors and continues to serve on the Executive Committee for Redcoats. Ginger also serves as Chairman of the Chamber’s Promotion and Special Events Committee and is a member of the San Juan Rotary Club. Ginger enjoys traveling, golfing, hiking, snow skiing, snow shoeing and spending time with friends and family.
Councilor Nate DuckettChildhaven CASA
Nathan Duckett graduated from Farmington High School in 1996 and received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of New Mexico in 2001.
A 12 year store management career with Hastings Entertainment was followed by an equally successful career as a Farmers Insurance agent. Nathan’s desire to serve his community along with his new career’s schedule offered opportunities to become a board member of the Farmington Chamber of Commerce, a member of the San Juan Rotary Club, and a graduate of Leadership San Juan, where he is a member of the LSJ board. His volunteer work with those organizations and its members lead him to consider a more diverse opportunity as a public Servant. In 2014, Nathan was elected to the Farmington City Council.
Nathan ran for the council because he loves his community and believes his community needs and deserves honest, accountable leadership from those who are honored to serve. Nathan’s wife of 15 years, Barbie, is a registered nurse at San Juan Regional Center. The couple has a daughter, Hannah, who is 12, and a son, Ethan, who is 9. Nathan is quick to tell anyone and everyone that his family is supportive of his civic responsibilities and they encourage his commitment to the community.
Connie DinningChildhaven Foundation
Connie Dinning has called Farmington home for the past 34 years. She lives here with her husband Bob, the love of her life. Three grown kids and four grandkids add lots of fun and spice. For the past 20 or so years, she has worked as an engineer at Merrion Oil and Gas. She has served as a volunteer and board member at many non-profits such as United Way, Four Winds Rehab, The Foundation for Educational Excellence, and she currently is serving as president of the Childhaven Foundation. Connie and Bob love to travel, ski, hike, run, dance, hang out with friends and generally have tons and tons of fun.
George SharpeFarmington Boys & Girls Club
Born and raised in Farmington, George went off to school and lived here and there before returning in 1990 to work at Merrion Oil & Gas. He is the Investment Manager at the company, responsible for re-investing operating cash flow in drilling and acquisition opportunities to try to maintain and grow Merrion’s reserve base. George served two terms on the Farmington School Board and two terms on the Farmington City Council, and is active in various education initiatives in the community. As his knees aged, George has said good-bye to all of his court games and has turned into a bit of a Zumba queen. He is hoping to make his Zumba peeps proud by claiming the coveted mirror ball trophy.
Jane Banes and her late husband, Dick moved from Albuquerque, NM to this area in 1979. Together they ran a Mom & Pop convenience store on the New Mexico/Colorado border, Dick and Jane's Place. They worked hard and customers became friends. Jane went to work for the Aztec School District as a substitute teacher and later, the substitute caller. She worked for the district about 12 years. In 1997 Jane took up the game of golf. It became one of her passions. She is very active in her golf league and is captain of their competition golf league. Jane, along with a few others, in 2000, was instrumental in starting the Special Olympics golf program in Farmington. Since the beginning, this program has grown and expanded immensely and is a positive program for all in our community.
Jane is one of the event organizers of her high school reunions and regularly sends out news blasts to her class to keep them informed on the event happenings and what is going on with classmates. Jane has volunteered at San Juan Regional Auxiliary and has served on the board of the ARC. She helps at the San Juan Medical Foundation when called upon. Jane is currently on the Board of Directors for The First Tee Program which is a program that helps young ones learn the game of golf and instill pertinent values in their daily lives. Jane also serves as a member of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Commission for the City of Farmington. She enjoys serving on this board as it is involved with many new projects the City is working on.
You can find Jane at many community events and she stays busy with enjoying all the ones she comes in contact with.
Mayor Scott EcksteinBloomfield PAL
Scott Eckstein has lived in Bloomfield for over 36 years. He attended Junior High and High School in Bloomfield, where he graduated. He retired from Law Enforcement in 2007 after serving for over 20 years.
Eckstein, a graduate of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, began his law enforcement career in 1987 with the Bloomfield police depatment. He served as a patrol officer, detective and was promoted to Sergeant. In 1995, Eckstein transferred to the San Juan County Sheriff Office, where he also served in various roles including Community Policing, Detectives and was promoted to Sergeant in 1999. He remained a patrol sergeant for the remainder of his career, and retired in 2007.
For many years, Eckstein had a desire to serve the citizens of Bloomfield as a City Councilor, so in 2004 (three years before retiring) he ran for Bloomfield City Council and was elected. Half way through his 4 year term, he learned that the current Mayor would not be running for re-election, so he ran, and was elected. He has been re-elected as mayor two more times, and is now serving his 3rd term. Additionally, Mayor Eckstein was elected to the San Juan County Commission and served two terms from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2016, when he became term limited. During his time as County Commissioner for District 3, he served as Chairman of the Commission in 2013 and 2016. Mayor Eckstein has received honors such as Humanitarian of the Year by San Juan County, Habitat for Humanity, Citizen of the Year by the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce and Alumnus of the Year by Leadership San Juan. Mayor Eckstein also serves on several boards adding to his community involvement.
Eckstein and his wife Tonya have been married for nearly 27 years. They have three children, who are all graduates of Bloomfield High School. Mayor Eckstein enjoys camping, going to Denver Broncos football games, riding motorcycles with his wife, swimming, and working around his yard.