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 from across the region 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 is currently considering how to best contribute within this focus area through strategic grant making.

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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.

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 the Executive Director of the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments in Cañon City. During her 36-year tenure, including 22 years as executive director, Judy has led numerous collaborative efforts in human services throughout Fremont, Chaffee, Lake and Custer counties. She is currently facilitating the Colorado Blueprint and Sectors Launch Initiative for the region. She recently facilitated a regional broadband strategic plan process for a five-county region. In addition to her professional efforts, Judy serves as the Secretary of the Boys & Girls Club of Fremont County. She serves on the Board of Directors for SolVista Health, Fremont Economic Development Corporation, Southern Colorado Economic Development District, and the Community Board for St. Thomas More Hospital.

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 Trahern is the former Chief Executive Officer at St. Thomas More Hospital in Cañon City, part of Centura Health Network. Sheri is also a certified public accountant, a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and is 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, the Colorado Hospital Association, and Pueblo Community College Advisory Board–Fremont Campus.

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 business administration, finance and accounting from Regis University.

Sheri Trahern

Former Chief Executive Officer, St. Thomas More Hospital

Senior Staff, Central Peaks Regional Council

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Kaitlin Johnson

Associate Vice President - Community Stewardship, El Pomar Foundation

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Erin Kerr

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation

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Jonathan Royal

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation