About Us

OUR MISSION

To collaborate with community partners providing best practices in transition and wellness services for Veterans, Military and their Families by delivering expertise, resources, space and sustainablity.

WE ARE SUPPORTING

42,493 Total Clients Since Opening

OUR STORY

Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center provides transition and employment

assistance, behavioral health and wellness, supportive services, connection to community resources, and safe event space for veterans, military members and their families.

Mt. Carmel was a dream of Mr. Jay Cimino and his strong desire to support

our veteran community in meaningful ways.

The Transition and Employment team directly assists transitioning

service members, veterans of all eras, and their family members in gaining

meaningful employment, emphasized support for military spouses. The team collaborates with employers, military installations, and community partners to ensure success. The Colorado Governor recently extended state funding five years for the Veterans Service to Career program based on strong success of our pilot program.

Our Behavioral Health and Wellness services include individual, group &

couples therapy, no-cost therapeutic retreats, and non-traditional therapies including trauma-focused yoga, PTS-focused art and photo therapy, tai-chi and more. Services are confidential and open to veterans of all era and regardless of discharge status.

Supportive Services are a hand-up to members of the veteran community

experiencing crisis. Working with national and community partners, the goal is to help people stabilize their lives allowing them to access other wellness and career services they may need.

Mt. Carmel also provides a safe, multi-functional space to support groups

and our partners. We collaborate with over 40 community partners to ensure success for our clients.

Board of Trustees


Gerald (Jay) D. Cimino

Chairman of the Board and Trustee

Mr. Jay Cimino’s story began in 1936. Born and raised in Trinidad, Colorado, he spent his high school years at Holy Trinity Parochial School. After graduating in 1954, Mr. Cimino joined the Marine Corps. Upon completion of his tour of duty, he attended Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado, transferring to the University of Denver and graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1960. Immediately after graduation he married Emily Roitz at Holy Trinity Church in Trinidad.

After serving in various positions at various dealerships in Pueblo and Santa Fe, Jay joined Phil Long in 1975 as the General Manager. Many years and multiple promotions later, he entered into his current role as President and CEO of the Phil Long Family of Dealerships.

Over the decades Jay’s philanthropic nature fostered a multitude of community partnerships, sponsorships and campaigns which ultimately led to a greater sense of need for the underserved populations. Always pushing to do more, Jay implemented his idea to help our military community by creating the Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center in Colorado Springs and the Mt. Carmel Health, Wellness, and Community Center in Trinidad, Colorado.


Gina M. Cimino 

Vice-Chairman of the Board and Trustee

Gina M. Cimino is President and Broker of Kip Hampden Properties. She also serves as President of Mt. Carmel of Colorado as well as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for the non-profit, which has two distinct centers.  Being part of a philanthropic family has always inspired Gina to give back to her community. She has participated and volunteered in various activities including those by the National Charity League, Newborn Hope, Boys and Girls Club, Care and Share, and the National Cancer Society. She currently serves on El Pomar’s Southeast Regional Council.  Gina is a Colorado native who attended Cheyenne Mountain High School and is a graduate of the University of Colorado.


Angela Ann Cesario

Angela Ann Cesario

Secretary

Angela Ann, a Trinidad native, now makes her home in Colorado Springs after 40 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. She serves as Board Secretary for the Mt. Carmel of Colorado Board of Trustees and has served as board secretary for Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, Mt. Carmel Health, Wellness and Community Center as well as the Trinidad Community Foundation and the PILLAR Institute of Life Long Learning. Angela Ann serves Mt. Carmel of Colorado as Special Projects Coordinator. Angela Ann retired from corporate-level administrative management, is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and did post-graduate work in journalism at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago.


Greg Garcia

Member

Greg practices as Wealth Management Advisor and Vice President with Merrill Lynch, a Bank of America Corporation. For more than 20 years, in Colorado Springs, Greg has helped businesses and individuals set and attain financial goals. Concurrently, he has spent community time in leadership positions with nonprofit organizations helping them achieve their financial and operational goals and objectives. Greg says, “My goal in life is to leave my corner of the world in better shape than I found it while helping my friends and family along the way.”


Lou Mellini

Member

Lou recently retired after 35 years as Vice President and General Manager of KILO and KRXP. A graduate of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, 1999, Lou served on the boards of numerous civic and nonprofit groups in the area and has earned many awards among which are the Colorado Springs Chamber Business Citizen of the Year Award, 1998, the Pikes Peak Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal Award, 1997, and the Ft. Carson Good Neighbor Award in 2006.


David Palenchar

Member

David was raised in Southern California and first came to Colorado to attend the United States Air Force Academy. After a career in the Air Force, he returned to Colorado and joined the El Pomar program staff. In 2007, Dave was recognized as the Colorado Springs Citizen of the Year by the (then) Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. He retired as El Pomar’s Chief Operating Officer in 2013. He currently serves as an El Pomar Foundation Trustee, President & CEO of the Broadmoor World Arena and the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts, Chairman of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation and President of the Air Force Academy Foundation and is a board member of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund and the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Hall of Fame.


Louis (Lou) Simpleman COL USMC (R)

Member

Lou was born and raised in Trinidad. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy with an MS in Electrical Engineering, Lou spent 27 years in the Marine Corps where he served in a number of high-level assignments, including a tour in Vietnam. Since his retirement, Lou has been a consultant for the Institute of Defense Analyses (IDA) and has been an IDA consultant to the Missile Defense Agency at Schriever AFB, Colorado Springs. He acts as the City of Trinidad Military Liaison Officer and serves as board member for the Trinidad Community Foundation, the Procurement Technical Advisory Center an


Board of Managers


Larry Dozier

Chairman

Chuck Murphy

Vice-Chairman

Leslie Abrams

Secretary

Paulette Greenberg
Paulette Greenberg

Member

Jim Hannon
Jim Hannon

Member

Michael League

Member

Terrance_McWilliams
Terrance McWilliams

Member

Evan Pappas
Evan Pappas

Member

Doug Price
Doulas Price

Member

Michelle Ruehl

Member

Kevin Shaughnessy
Kevin Shaughnessy

Member

Amy Gillentine Sweet
Amy Gillentine Sweet

Member

Mark Waller
Mark Waller

Member

Angela Ann Cesario
Angela Ann Cesario

Administrative Advisor

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