Governing Board

Governing Board

Board of Trustees:

Gerald D. (Jay) Cimino – Chairman of the Board and Trustee –
CEO and majority partner in the Phil Long Dealerships, Founder and Board Member Emeritus of the Trinidad Community Foundation and community philanthropist. Cimino is a native of Trinidad, CO, attended Trinidad State Junior College and graduated from the University of Denver.

Gina M. Cimino – Vice Chairman of the Board & Trustee –
Gina manages the day-to-day operations of the Mt. Carmel Center and serves on the Mt. Carmel Clinic board. Gina is a licensed real estate agent and serves as the President and Broker of Kip Hampden Properties. She also has 25+ years in business and marketing and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Angela Ann Cesario – Secretary – Non-Member –
Angela Ann is a Trinidad native. She served as the Board Secretary for the Trinidad Community Foundation and the PILLAR Institute and is a member of the Friends of Historical Trinidad, the Trinidad Historical Society and History Colorado. She assists the Trinidad Operation as a Special Projects Coordinator. Angela Ann retired from corporate-level administrative management and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and did post-graduate work in Journalism at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.

Gary J. Brunette, Jr. MBA – Treasurer – Non-Member –
Gary, a native of Michigan, has spent the last 17 years in Colorado, primarily in various accounting positions in the nonprofit sector. Gary served as a security Sergeant in both the Air Force and the Army and continues security work as a volunteer in his church. Gary holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Minot State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Gary is Controller of the Mt. Carmel of Colorado group and serves as treasurer for all three boards.

David Palenchar – Three Year 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) – Three Year 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.

Greg Garcia – Two Year 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.”

Board of Managers:

Lou Mellini – Chairman of the Board –
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.

Charles (Chuck) Murphy – Vice Chairman –
Chuck has owned and operated Murphy Constructors for 51 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. He is presently a commissioner for the governor’s Budget Task Force. Chuck is a graduate of Regis University.

Leslie A. Abrams – Secretary – Non-Member
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. She is also behind the scenes working on the Social Solutions ETO case management system to ensure we deliver the best support possible to the veterans and families that use our services.

Gary J. Brunette, Jr. MBA – Treasurer – Non-Member –
Gary, a native of Michigan, has spent the last 17 years in Colorado, primarily in various accounting positions in the nonprofit sector. Gary served as
a security Sergeant in both the Air Force and the Army and continues security work as a volunteer in his church. Gary holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Minot State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Gary is Controller of the Mt. Carmel of Colorado group and serves as treasurer for all three boards.

Amy Lathen – Member –
A native Coloradan, Amy served as an El Paso County Commissioner for District 2 for over 8 years. Amy entered politics in the year 2000 and subsequently worked as regional director for the George Bush campaign and as an elected bonus member to the El Paso County Republican Party Executive Committee for 14 years. During her 18 years in politics, she has involved herself in numerous action groups and committees, working diligently for her constituents. Amy was named Chair of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority, received certification from the National Emergency Training Center and was named among the 2011 “Women of Influence” by the Colorado Springs Business Journal. Amy has a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. After leaving public office, Amy served as Executive Director of the nonprofit, Colorado Springs Forward and has just accepted the position of Vice President of Victor Marx, All Things Possible Ministries. She and husband Bob have been married 25 years and have three children together.

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.

Anne League, M.D. – Member –
In addition to a number of ranking assignments as a member of the psychiatry staff at Ft. Carson since 1993, Anne has served psychiatric patients in private practice and with Penrose St. Francis and Memorial Hospitals, and was Chief of Staff at Cedar Springs Hospital. Presently, Anne is Deputy Chief of Staff at Ft. Carson, overseeing a multidisciplinary behavioral department, and a staff of 180 members. Anne’s education includes a BA in Biology from Cornell University, an MS in Physiology and an M.D. from Georgetown University, where she earned the Francis L. Clark, Jr. Award of Outstanding Academic Performance in Psychiatry. She earned the Rock Sleyster Memorial Scholarship presented by the AMA Education and Research Foundation for dedication and professionalism in the field of medicine. Anne is a member of the Warwick Evans Society.

Terrance McWilliams – Member –
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.

Mark D. Scraba, BG US Army (Ret) – Member –
President and Chief Champion Officer (CCO) 29K LEADERS, Int’l., LLC. Mark served as an Army General Officer ’09–’14, culminating his 33-year career by leading two consecutive U.S. Task Force organizations in Europe, notably the Joint Interagency Counter Transnational Center (JICTC). Mark spent half his career in the Pentagon, including Joint Service and key roles on the Army Staff, National Guard Bureau (NGB), and serving in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a Senior Military Advisor. Abroad, he held numerous positions within United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany, including Commander of the Army Element. Mark has immersed himself in philanthropic endeavors with a focus on veterans, their family members and at-risk children. He serves on numerous boards, including Vice President of the Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center (PPTRC) and is a member of MyVA, a consortium of regional leaders partnering with the U.S. Veteran Affairs to improve veteran care. Mark has multiple masters degrees and also graduated from two of Harvard’s Senior Executive Schools at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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