Central Peaks Region

Counties:  Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Park

Cities: Buena Vista, Canon City, Fairplay, Salida, Westcliffe

In 2018, the Central Peaks Council convened community leaders in order to identify and prioritize regional challenges and opportunities. From this initial meeting, the lack of affordable housing emerged as a central concern, which led the Council to host an affordable housing summit to better understand the issue. The Council approved four grants in 2019, providing $40,000 to each of the four counties to pursue creative housing projects including a rental deposit assistance program, infrastructure in a sweat-equity subdivision, and attainable housing development projects.

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Meet Our Regional Council Members

Kyle Hybl currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for El Pomar Foundation and General Counsel for The Garden City Company. He joined El Pomar Foundation in 2000, and served as Chief Operating Officer from 2013 – 2019. Kyle is Chairman Emeritus of the University of Colorado System, a board he served on from 2007-2018. In 2018, Kyle was appointed as a member of the Air Force Civic Leaders Program. Kyle currently serves as Chairman of Police Foundation of Colorado Springs and Corporate Secretary for Junior Achievement, USA. He also serves on the Boards of Directors for American Council of Young Political Leaders, Broadmoor World Arena, Employers Council, Exponential Impact and National Cybersecurity Center.

Kyle earned bachelor's and juris doctor degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is a former Air Force Captain and Judge Advocate.

Kyle H. Hybl

President and Chief Executive Officer, El Pomar Foundation

General Gene Renuart, USAF (Ret.) culminated a 39-year Air Force career as Commander, NORAD and US Northern Command. In this last role, he was responsible for providing for the Homeland Defense and Defense Support to Civilian Authorities for the United States. He previously served as Senior Military Assistant for both Secretaries Rumsfeld and Gates. General Renuart is the Chairman and CEO of the Indiana Innovation Institute and serves both locally and nationally as Director, The Griffon Corporation; as Chairman of the Board of Directors, TIMCO Line Services, LLC; as Director of Capco Inc; as Director of Indiana Energy Systems Network; as Chairman, Memorial Hospital Board, UCHealth and Director, UCHealth. General Renuart is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

General Gene Renuart, USAF (Ret.)

Trustee Emeritus, El Pomar Foundation

Charlie Forster is a former Director of Collegiate Peaks Bank and the retired Chief Executive Officer of the organization. In addition to 11 years of service to El Pomar's Central Peaks Regional Council, Charlie serves as a Director of the Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation and is the past Chairman of the Heart of the Rockies Regional Center and the Centers Foundation. He previously served as the Chairman of the Colorado Mountain College Foundation and as an El Pomar Regional Trustee.

Charlie Forster

Former Director, Collegiate Peaks Bank

Jim Little is the former Owner and Publisher of the Wet Mountain Tribune, a weekly newspaper serving Custer County. An active member of the community, Jim is a founding member and current President of the Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundation, past President of the West Custer County Library District, former Director of Custer County Chamber of Commerce, and past President of Fremont-Custer Historical Society. A member of one of Colorado’s earliest families, Jim was born in Cañon City and attended Colorado Mountain College. He has been a resident of Wetmore since 1975.

Jim Little

Former Owner and Publisher, Wet Mountain Tribune

Judy Lohnes is currently the Executive Director of the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments in Cañon City. After 41 years with the organization, including 27 years as the Executive Director, Judy will retire in March of 2020. During her tenure she has led numerous collaborative efforts in human services throughout Fremont, Chaffee, Lake and Custer counties. She recently facilitated a regional broadband strategic plan process for a five-county region and is an active convener of four industry sector partnerships. In addition to her professional efforts Judy has served on numerous non-profit boards and will continue her many community based efforts in retirement.

Judy Lohnes

Executive Director, Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments

F. Charles Schultz has lived in Park County near Fairplay since June 2001. After earning his bachelor's degree in architecture from Kansas State University, Charlie briefly worked for an architecture firm but quickly transitioned to building and general contracting. Charlie spent 34 years as a commercial general contractor in Kansas. Since moving to Park County, Charlie has been involved in the local community through his church, the school district, and the Salvation Army. He also served on the Board of South Park Health Service District as well as Chairperson of the Park County Planning Commission and the Board of Adjustment.

Charlie Schultz

Chairperson, Park County Planning Commission

Sheri is a certified executive coach through Hudson Institute of Coaching. Before her executive coaching practice, Sheri led the executive team at St. Thomas More Hospital in Cañon City as Chief Executive Officer, a position she held since 2013. She spent her entire 32-year career with Centura Health, having served in various roles since her start as a junior accountant at St. Joseph Hospital in 1986. Sheri is a Certified Public Accountant and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Active in the community, Sheri is a Board Member of the Cañon City Chamber of Commerce and a Board Member of Fremont’s Exceptional Women.

Sheri’s education includes a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern Colorado (now Colorado State University-Pueblo) and a master’s degree in finance and accounting from Regis University.

Sheri Trahern

Certified Executive Coach, Hudson Institute of Coaching

Senior Staff, Central Peaks Regional Council

Contact Elaine:

Elaine Martinez

Chief Financial Officer, El Pomar Foundation

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Claire Girardeau

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation

Contact Will:

Will Keyse

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation