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 – Non-Member
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.
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.
Bill Miller – Controller – Non-Member
A graduate of Colorado Mesa University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Billy worked primarily in the healthcare industry and has over 15 years’ experience working for non-profit organizations. His desire is to continue to contribute to Mt. Carmel and the people that it serves. Bill is active in his church and enjoys hiking and fishing with his wife Marsha. Bill spent most of his first 29 years in Western Colorado before moving to Southern California for 14 years. Since 2014, he has lived in beautiful Colorado Springs. He and Marsha have two adult sons.
Larry Dozier – Member
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.
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.