The time has come- yesterday we welcomed the El Pomar Fellowship Class of 2014. Our new class is driven, passionate, and full of energy as they embark upon their two years of personal and professional growth through the Fellowship. These 12 individuals join us from all walks of life, each bringing their own unique perspective as well as a shared commitment to bettering the state of Colorado. Their academic backgrounds range from Philosophy and Law to Dance and Economics. Included in this class is Suzanne Scott from the USA Paralympic swim team and Wayne Caudill, former U.S. Army Combat Medic. Suzanne and Wayne will be completing a one-year Fellowship, working on community outreach programs as well as a dynamic professional development curriculum designed to prepare them to be leaders within our community. It is with great enthusiasm that we warmly welcome all new Fellows and wish great success for their tenure.
Charlie was raised in Scottsdale, Arizona where he graduated from Desert Mountain High School. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a major in Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law (PPEL). Charlie spent the last four summers as an intern for a local Colorado Springs nonprofit, where his love for the community of Colorado flourished. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain biking, hiking and playing sports.
Samantha Barlow joins El Pomar Foundation after a year-long tenure as the Colorado College public affairs fellow at the Colorado Center on Law & Policy. Born and raised in rural New Hampshire, Samantha graduated from Colorado College (CC) in 2013 with a major in Political Science and minors in Education and African Studies. Samantha enjoyed a variety of public relations and advocacy positions at CC, including her time as student trustee and co-chair of the institution’s Amnesty International chapter. Samantha’s greatest passion lies in the world of social entrepreneurship, and she has been on the founding team of two international startups. In her spare time, Samantha loves skiing, hiking, board games, and political debates over home-cooked meals.
Molly Brown was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She moved to Colorado in 2010 to attend Colorado College, where she pursued a degree in Economics and Business. At Colorado College, Molly was a member of the President's Council, the Senior Class Committee, captain of the women’s varsity swim team, and worked as an intern in the Summer Conference Office. Additionally, Molly served as the CEO of her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, and was actively involved in the student run education program “Kids Are Dramatic”. Molly had the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, where she explored topics such as social justice and community engagement. In her spare time Molly enjoys running and reading.
Eric Hopfenbeck was raised in Lakewood, Colorado where he graduated from Colorado Academy. He then attended the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington where he graduated with a major in Economics and a minor in Business. In addition to his studies, Eric was heavily involved on campus as a member of the two-time DIII National Runner-Up Ultimate Frisbee team, a campus tour guide, and as a fraternity member. In search for a new experience, Eric studied abroad for a semester in Freiburg, Germany during his junior year. As he developed a passion for leadership and helping others, he was elected student body president for his final year at Puget Sound. In his spare time, Eric enjoys spending time outdoors, particularly skiing and fly-fishing, and he is an enthusiastic Colorado sports fanatic.
Paige is a 2014 graduate of Princeton University, where she majored in International Relations and minored in both Political Economy and Dance. She focused her research on quantitative analysis of international economic issues. As an accomplished ballet dancer, Paige was a member of the Princeton University Ballet for four years and was elected Artistic Director in 2013. Additionally, she worked with the Princeton Numismatics Collection for four years, helping to catalog their holdings online. Paige spent her summers interning for the Vail Valley Foundation, the Princeton Politics Department, and Senator Michael F. Bennet's Office in Washington, D.C. Growing up as an Air Force dependent, Paige has lived across the country, finally settling in Colorado Springs as a high school student. She graduated from Air Academy High School in 2010.
Nathan Mackenzie grew up in Denver and went to Denver East High School. He attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, graduating with honors in Government with a concentration in comparative politics. At Wesleyan, he led one of the largest student groups on campus and worked in the Office of Community Service. After graduation, he moved to Nairobi, Kenya, where he spent a year-and-half working with a nonprofit organization that addresses gender inequality and extreme poverty in urban slums.
Jordan Miranda was born in Pueblo, Colorado, and has lived across the state in cities such as La Junta, Colorado Springs, Alma, and Boulder. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2013 with a double major in History and Anthropology. In college Jordan participated in the CU Criminology Club and was chosen as the sole undergraduate member of a University appointed committee to examine and report on the Anthropology Department’s efficacy, as well as the efficiency of its mission and policies. Jordan spent the summers following his sophomore and junior years working at an archaeological dig near Siena, Italy where he participated first as a student and then as an instructor. Since graduating, Jordan has spent his time working and looking for ways to serve Colorado’s interests and its people. In his spare time, Jordan enjoys reading, writing, hiking and playing guitar.
Marissa Moreschini is a native to southern Colorado, born and raised in the Pueblo area. She graduated in 2014 from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho where she received a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in Business. During her time at Idaho, Marissa studied abroad in Costa Rica and was very active on campus planning leadership conferences and events, working in student government and being involved in numerous student organizations. Marissa also shared her passion for youth development by serving in the community as a Youth Recreation Leader. In her free time, Marissa enjoys hiking, fishing, as well as spending time with family and friends. Marissa served as an intern at El Pomar during the summer of 2013.
Allie Romo was born and raised in Colleyville, Texas. In August of 2010, she moved to Colorado Springs to attend Colorado College. In May 2014, she received an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts in Classics, History and Political Science, with a minor in Art History. While at CC, she was an active member of the campus community, working as a resident advisor her sophomore year, serving on student government for two years, and co-chairing the annual fundraiser for the Colorado College Soup Kitchen, Empty Bowls, all four years. Empty Bowls brought together Allie’s passion for community engagement and service, allowing her to tangibly see the positive affect the fundraiser could have on the hungry and homeless populations of Colorado Springs. During college, Allie had the privilege of traveling to Spain, Italy, and France for her studies. In her free time, Allie enjoys studying medieval history, watercolor painting, and exploring the Rocky Mountain West. Allie served as an intern at El Pomar during the summer of 2013.
Hannah Staller was born and raised in Centennial, Colorado. She attended Willamette University in Oregon where she majored in English. In the spring of her junior year, Hannah studied Irish culture and history in Galway, Ireland. In addition to studying, Hannah worked as a coordinator in the Office of Community Service, where she planned service projects and awareness events for her fellow students. Her favorite events included tree planting and organizing a Thanksgiving dinner for community members experiencing homelessness. In her free time Hannah enjoys traveling, hiking, and cooking. Hannah served as an intern at El Pomar during the summer of 2013.
Suzanne Scott- Team USA Fellow
Suzanne Scott was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and moved to Colorado Springs to begin training as a swimmer in preparation for the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, where she earned a Bronze. Scott completed high school, and began taking college courses in Colorado Springs, while training full time. After earning two Bronze medals and a Silver medal at her second Paralympic Games in London, as well as undergoing a spinal cord surgery, which limited her ability to train, Scott retired from swimming and has been pursuing her Associate of Arts at Pikes Peak Community College. Volunteering in an ESL Kindergarten classroom inspired her to realize her dream of positively impacting youth through education. Scott has also spent time volunteering with Interfaith Hospitality Network, Urban Peak, and a youth group for middle school students, which confirmed her goal of a career in social work. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, cooking and gardening.
Wayne Caudill- Military Veteran Fellow
Wayne Caudill, a former U.S. Army Combat Medic, came to Colorado in 2007 after his second tour overseas. He graduated from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs with a Bachelor’s of Innovation in Business Administration, Creative Communication, and a minor in Leadership Studies. He has worked with organizations like Goodwill, Africa Development Promise, and Mission Medical on many projects, including a veteran employment program. As an entrepreneur, Caudill is part of several startups that include importing, manufacturing, business-to-business sales and consulting operations. In his free time, he can be found enjoying Colorado’s beauty with his children. A strong believer in local business, social entrepreneurship, and Colorado, Caudill is excited to learn and raise the stakes to the next level as part of the El Pomar Fellowship.