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Regional Council Members: Local Insight Equals Maximum Impact

When it comes to grantmaking and program development in communities throughout Colorado, El Pomar relies on its Regional Council members to make decisions that can truly offer support where it is needed most. Our Regional Council members are community leaders who are actively involved on a daily basis in the different areas where they live. They come from the business, government and nonprofit sectors and include numerous college presidents and elected officials.  Divided into 11 Regional Councils, they provide the kind of insight that allows El Pomar to distribute its resources effectively.


The Honorable Bill Cadman

Colorado State Senator and Senate Minority Leader, District #10

Senator Bill Cadman represents Colorado State Senate District 10, which includes northeastern Colorado Springs and rural El Paso County. He is the Senate Minority Leader and he represents the voice of the Colorado Senate Republican Caucus in the state senate. Prior to the Senate, he served seven years...


Merle Baranczyk

Owner, Editor, and Publisher, The Mountain Mail

Merle Baranczyk is the owner, editor, and publisher of The Mountain Mail, a Salida-based company which publishes numerous newspapers including The Mail (a daily paper), as well as weekly papers in Buena Vista, Leadville, Bailey, and Salida.  A  contributing member of his community, Mr. Baranczyk...


Charlie Forster

Collegiate Peaks Bank, Chairman and CEO

Charles “Charlie” Forster is the Chairman and CEO of Collegiate Peaks Bank in Salida and Buena Vista.  In addition to six years of service to the El Pomar Central Peaks Regional Council, Mr. Forster is currently the President of the Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Foundation...


Kevin Grantham

Colorado State Senator, District #2

Mr. Kevin Grantham is a Colorado State Senator for District 2 elected in 2010 and formerly served on the Cañon City Council in 2007. After being sworn into office on January 12, 2011, Senator Grantham has since served on a variety of committees including Appropriations, Ag & Natural Resources...


Herbert C. (Lee) Phillips

Hayes, Phillips, Hoffman & Carberry, P.C.

Lee Phillips is a graduate of the University of Colorado (B.S. in Political Science, 1975) and the University of Denver (J.D. 1978).  In 1985, he founded the law firm Hayes, Phillips, Hoffmann & Carberry, which specializes in local government law. He built his home outside of Alma in 1995...

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