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Andrea Aragon and Matt Carpenter Elected to El Pomar Foundation Board of Trustees

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MEDIA ADVISORY                                                         

August 22, 2016

Lori Bellingham, Vice President, Communications



COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, August 22, 2016— El Pomar Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Andrea Aragon and Matt Carpenter to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. The Foundation is pleased to announce the advance of Lori Bellingham as Vice President, Communications and welcome Devanie Helman as Director of El Pomar Fellowship.

“The Trustees of El Pomar are pleased to welcome Andrea Aragon and Matt Carpenter.  Both have a deep and demonstrated commitment to their communities and the state of Colorado and we are pleased to have them join us.” William J. Hybl, Chairman and CEO El Pomar Foundation

Trustee, Andrea Aragon is the President/CEO of the United Way of Pueblo County. Andrea was appointed by Governor Bill Ritter to serve on the Caring for Colorado Board of Trustees and was reappointed for a second term by Governor John Hickenlooper. Prior to this service, she was appointed by Governor Owens to serve on the College Invest Board. Andrea has received honors for her community involvement by the Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation, the YWCA, and the Pueblo City/County Library. Andrea received the 2015 Charles W. Crews Business Leader of the Year Award from the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, and in 2016 Andrea was presented with the President’s Medallion for Distinguished Alumni Achievement from Colorado State University – Pueblo.  She is a member of the US Bank Pueblo Community Advisory Board, the GCC Rio Grande Corporate Advisory Board, the Colorado Nonprofit Association Board, and was recently named to the Colorado State University – Pueblo President’s Advisory Board.

Trustee, Matt Carpenter is El Pomar’s Executive Vice President in charge of grants. Matt served as an Air Force Intelligence Officer before joining the Foundation.  He currently serves on the boards of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, Peak Vista Community Health Centers, Philanthropy Southwest and YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region.  Matt earned a B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Vice President, Communications, Lori Bellingham joined El Pomar Foundation in 2013. She currently directs communications and is deputy director of Regional Partnerships. Lori’s prior experience includes working for The Digital Senior's Classic, a Senior Tour PGA tournament, the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, City Year, Inc., Element Six Public Relations and Pikes Peak United Way in Colorado Springs. She currently serves on the boards of the Children’s Literacy Center and the Central City Opera. Lori earned her B.A. in English from Tufts University. 

Director of El Pomar Fellowship, Devanie Helman began working at El Pomar Foundation in 2012 as a participant in the Fellowship Program and also served as the Deputy Director of the Fellowship. Devanie left the Foundation and in 2016, she graduated Stanford University with her Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Policy, Organization, and Leadership studies. 

El Pomar Foundation is one of the largest and oldest private foundations in the Rocky Mountain West.  El Pomar contributes more than $22 million annually through grants and Community Stewardship programs to support Colorado nonprofit organizations involved in health, human services, education, arts and humanities and civic and community initiatives.  Spencer and Julie Penrose founded El Pomar in 1937.


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Trustee, Matt Carpenter
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Trustee, Andrea Aragon