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Foundation Elects New Trustee, Announces Promotions

El Pomar Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Kyle H. Hybl to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. 

Hybl, who joined El Pomar in 2000, will continue to serve as a senior vice president and the Foundation’s general counsel. Hybl also serves as general counsel for The Broadmoor Hotel. In addition, Hybl represents the 5th Congressional District as a University of Colorado Regent. He was elected chairman of the Board of Regents in 2010. He also serves as chairman of the Police Foundation of Colorado Springs. Hybl is also a legal adviser to the National Homeland Defense Foundation in Colorado Springs. Hybl is a former Air Force Captain and Judge Advocate and a graduate of the University of Colorado, where he received both his bachelor of arts and juris doctor degrees.

In addition, El Pomar is pleased to announce several promotions:

Rob Hilbert, named chief financial officer. Hilbert joined El Pomar in 1987. He is responsible for directing El Pomar's financial and accounting activities, tax matters, and the internal administrative activities associated with the grantmaking, programs, personnel, and office administration of El Pomar. Hilbert is a certified public accountant. He also serves as trustee emeritus.

Dave Palenchar, named chief operating officer. Palenchar joined El Pomar in 1990 following a distinguished career as an officer in the United States Air Force with positions as pilot, faculty professor, and European and Asian foreign policy advisor.  Palenchar is president and CEO of the Colorado Springs World Arena and the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts. He is also chairman of the board of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. Palenchar was named 2007 Business Citizen of the Year by the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. He oversees El Pomar’s grantmaking and programs. Palenchar also serves as an El Pomar trustee.

Cathy Robbins, named senior vice president. Robbins joined El Pomar in 2003 after a lengthy career as a nonprofit CEO. Robbins oversees El Pomar’s Regional Partnerships, a rural community outreach initiative. She currently is on the advisory council for the Inasmuch Foundation and serves as secretary of the Board of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region and member of the board of trustees of the Penrose/St. Francis Health Systems. In 2010 Cathy received the Steve Graham Award for Building Nonprofit Capacity from the Colorado Nonprofit Association for remarkable dedication and commitment to the quality of programs and services to the nonprofit sector as a whole.

Theo Gregory, named senior vice president. Gregory joined El Pomar in 1998. He oversees community outreach activities in Colorado Springs and Pueblo related to El Pomar Foundation's Emerging Leaders Development program and the Pikes Peak Community Development Initiative. These efforts are designed to provide direct services to Colorado communities and charitable organizations. Gregory is chairman of the Colorado Division of Housing—State Housing Board and a member of the board of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado. In 2010 he received an honorary doctorate from Johnson and Wales University in Denver for his extensive work in sport/event management, athletic  administration and his extensive community contributions.

George Guerrero, named senior vice president. Guerrero joined El Pomar in 1995 after serving 25 years in the United States Army. He currently oversees the management of all El Pomar facilities, including the Penrose House nonprofit conference and event center, the El Pomar Carriage Museum and the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun. Guerrero is chairman of the board for Peak Vista Community Health Centers.

Peter Maiurro, named vice president. Maiurro was an El Pomar intern and joined the full-time staff as an El Pomar Fellow in 2005. Maiurro directs El Pomar’s Awards for Excellence program, is deputy director of Penrose House and is responsible for many of the Foundation’s special projects. Maiurro serves as the Chairman Partner of the Charitable Venture Partnership and is a member of the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado. In 2009, Peter was chosen for the Rising Star Award by the Colorado Springs Business Journal and in 2010 was selected by Leadership Pikes Peak to receive the Emerging Leader Award.



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