Carpenter addressed more than 500 graduates and their families at the Broadmoor World Arena during the Dec. 20 commencement ceremony.
Several alumni from the El Pomar Fellowship share their favorite parts of this program and how it influenced their personal and professional journey.
Claire Girardeau, a 1st Year Fellow with El Pomar, discusses how her understanding of community service has evolved over recent years. She hopes her experience as a Fellow will teach her how to channel time and resources into well-informed endeavors that address community need.
El Pomar Foundation would like to thank Debbie Howard for her service and dedication to the Foundation, its mission and staff over the past 34 years.
Kathryn Benson, a 1st Year Fellow with El Pomar, describes how her work at the Foundations has introduced her to the incredible diversity of Colorado and expresses her excitement to work with the Northwest Regional Council.
Deb Mahan, Executive Director of Gazette Charities, shares how the Gazette Charities/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund raises money for 20 health and human service agencies that support those in need in the Pikes Peak region.
From Colorado Springs comes retired Command Sgt. Maj. Terrance McWilliams.
Jonathan Royal, a 1st Year Fellow with El Pomar, explains his perspective on service through the experiences he had directing a youth center in a low-income neighborhood. To Jonathan, service is about building bridges across divisions and healing wounds through mutual connection.
El Pomar Intern Max Blackburn discusses the more recent work of El Pomar with Spencer and Julie Penrose as if he was able to travel 82 years into the past to lunch with them in person. Work as the Award for Excellence Intern and interactions with El Pomar staff ignited his interest in serving Colorado communities post-graduation.
Hannah Grace, a 1st Year Fellow with El Pomar, reflects on how her Army ROTC cultural exchange program with the Rwanda Defense Force has informed the style of leadership she hopes to emulate.
Learn more from High Country Regional Trustee Dave Palenchar about the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize, the excellent work of Lake County and how the High Country Council's grantee partner played a role.
She is also a longtime member of El Pomar Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Development program.
When deciding to join a board, making a personal contribution or recommending a grant, a variety of signs can indicate the financial health of a nonprofit organization. El Pomar’s Chief Financial Officer Elaine Martinez highlights a few of these financial and managerial indicators and how they provide insights to the organization’s well-being.
Sam Hinkle, a 1st Year Fellow with El Pomar, explores a formative leadership experience while helping run an annual restoration workshop in the Valle Vidal of northern New Mexico. This role helped him formulate what kind of leader he wants to be looking forward.
Empty Stocking Fund sparks the giving spirit of the Pikes Peak Region to benefit local nonprofits serving neighbors in need.