Governing Board

Board of Trustees:

Gerald D. (Jay) 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 & 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 – 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.

Marcia Mitchell – Treasurer

Marcia joined the Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center family in April 2019. She has a M.S. degree in accounting and over 15 years’ experience working with non-profit organizations in the Colorado Springs area including health care and science education organizations. Having recently completed the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit certificate program, she is excited about working with the team to strengthen systems and processes and develop a financial model for organizational sustainability. The daughter of a career Marine and Vietnam veteran, Marcia has lived on both coasts but decided to settle in beautiful Colorado 25 years ago after visiting it in a cross-country motorcycle trek. She loves to walk her dachshund dogs, go on road trips, and tries to do something creative every day with paper and paint.

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
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 and is the organizational sponsor for a local Boy Scouts of America troop.

Board of Managers:

Larry Dozier – Chairman

Larry is a Wealth Management Officer and Owner at Integrity Bank & Trust. Prior to joining Integrity Bank & Trust, Larry served 20 years in the Air Force, where he was primarily responsible for managing communication resources and mentoring cadets at the Air Force Academy. Larry combines his background in the military with a broad range of financial understanding to provide his clients with a distinctively practical perspective on money management. Larry is an active member in the community and a highly motivating lecturer on financial independence. He earned his MBA from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate from the School of Trust & Financial Services sponsored by the Kansas and Nebraska Bankers Association.

Charles (Chuck) Murphy – Vice Chairman
Chuck has owned and operated Murphy Constructors for over 50 years. He has served on numerous boards of directors and is Chairman of the Pioneer Museum Foundation and the Department Chair of the Colorado Springs Planning Department.  Chuck is a graduate of Regis University.

Leslie A. Abrams – Secretary
Leslie, a native of Northern California, has spent the last 32 years in Colorado, primarily as administrative support in the legal field. Leslie serves as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Operations of the Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center.

Marcia Mitchell – Treasurer

Marcia joined the Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center family in April 2019. She has a M.S. degree in accounting and over 15 years’ experience working with non-profit organizations in the Colorado Springs area including health care and science education organizations. Having recently completed the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit certificate program, she is excited about working with the team to strengthen systems and processes and develop a financial model for organizational sustainability. The daughter of a career Marine and Vietnam veteran, Marcia has lived on both coasts but decided to settle in beautiful Colorado 25 years ago after visiting it in a cross-country motorcycle trek. She loves to walk her dachshund dogs, go on road trips, and tries to do something creative every day with paper and paint.

Paulette Greenberg – Member

Paulette serves on the FEMA board at United Way and the Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center Board. She chairs the Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance committee on fundraising to provide programs. She is also on the Community Outreach Committee for the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Michael S. League – Member
Has been in banking for 29 years, the last 25 in Colorado. He serves as Chairman, President and CEO of Little London Bancorp. Mike has been President and CEO of 5Star Bank since 2007, and in 2015, he formed a local community shareholder group to acquire the bank. League started his banking career with United Missouri Bank of Kansas City and has held numerous leadership positions with prominent banks in the area as well as civic organizations. League holds a BA in Economics from the University of Kansas and a Master’s in Business Administration from the College of William and Mary. He is on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Transit Institute for Public Safety and the Association of Military Banks of America. He serves as director on numerous nonprofit and community organizations.

Terrance McWilliams – Member
Senior Vice President, Military and Veterans Affairs for El Pomar foundation in Colorado Springs. Terrance is responsible for El Pomar’s outreach activities to the military, military families and veterans. This includes implementation and management of innovative programs designed to provide direct services and support to the Military’s Active Reserve members and their families. Terrance serves on the board of directors for the American Red Cross, Pikes Peak Chapter, Southeast Armed Services YMCA, The Salvation Army Military Affairs Committee, Peak Military Care Network, Pikes Peak Community College Advisory Board and Operation TBI Freedom Advisory Board. He previously served on the Executive Advisory board for the TriWest Healthcare Alliance, Past Board Chair – Pikes Peak United Way and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence board.

Douglas P. Price – Member
President and CEO, Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau. Douglas has thirty five years of multi-faceted experience having held key positions in management of marketing, sales, training and human resources. He is a recognized public speaker and author of three successful books on the subjects of change management, creating exceptional customer service and high-touch selling in high tech environments. Educated at Florida International University, Miami FL, 1978 B. S. Hospitality Management and Northern VA Community College, Annandale VA, 1976 A.A. Hotel, Restaurant Management and holds numerous professional and civic honors.

Amy Gillentine Sweet – Member

Amy graduated from the University of Memphis with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She’s lived in Colorado Springs since 2004 and is currently the group publisher for the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group, the Colorado Springs Business Journal and The Transcript — six of the eight papers associated with Colorado Publishing House. Amy is married to Maj. John R. Sweet (Wyoming National Guard) and together, they have four children.

Mark Waller – Member

Mark serves as an El Paso County Commissioner (District 2). Mark received his undergraduate degree in political science from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He then studied at the University of North Dakota where he received his Master’s Degree in Space Studies, followed by his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, College of Law.

Angela Ann Cesario – Advisor
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.