North Region

Counties:  Boulder, Larimer, Weld

Cities:  Boulder, Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley

The North Regional Council continues to focus on the creation of an education continuum for the students of the Boulder, Larimer, and Weld Counties. This process began when the Council approved three multiyear grants in 2014: $88,000 to Greely Dream Team, $132,000 to Partners Mentoring Youth, and $80,000 for the replication of Colorado State University’s Campus Corps program at the University of Northern Colorado.  These grants were made to promote wrap around services and organizational sustainability. To this end, the Council has focused the grants to increase the diversification of funding, leveraging existing funding, and increasing organizational and community partnerships.

Looking to the future, the Council strives to ensure its multiyear grantees will be in a position to continue to provide wrap around services and a continuum of care long after the North Council’s funding concludes. 

Grant Highlight The Council approved a grant of $80,000 to replicate Colorado State University’s Campus Corps program at the University of Northern Colorado. Campus Corps is an innovative, evidence-based, therapeutic mentoring program for at-risk youth ages 10 to 18.
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Meet Our Regional Council Members

Judy Bell was President of the United States Golf Association (USGA) in 1996 and 1997. She was the first woman to hold that position and one of only two in USGA history. Born in Wichita, Kansas, Judy played her first Broadmoor Invitational Tournament at age 11 and won that competition in 1957, 1958 and 1960. She competed in 38 U.S. Golf Association events and joined the USGA Executive Committee in 1987. Judy has been inducted into the Colorado Golf and the Colorado Sports Halls of Fame. She served as a director of Bank One from 1982 to 1995 and operated Bell’s Deli as well as several other retail businesses in Colorado Springs. Judy has served as a Trustee of El Pomar Foundation since 1996

Judy Bell

Trustee, El Pomar Foundation

Nechie Hall founded Vladimir Jones, Colorado’s third largest woman-owned business and one of the state’s oldest and largest strategic marketing, advertising and public relations firms. Nechie has served as the company’s president, chief executive officer, and is currently chairman of the board. Nechie was the interim chief executive officer of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in 2014. She was recognized as the Chamber Business Citizen of the Year and in 2014 was named the Business Leader for the Arts recipient by COPPeR, (Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region). She has served on numerous boards including the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center Board for Bioethics and Humanities. Additionally, she served in numerous leadership roles on committees to enhance and build the presence of the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado. Nechie currently serves on the Myron Stratton Foundation board of trustees, and is a board member of the City of Colorado Springs Homeless Initiative. Nechie has served as a Trustee of El Pomar Foundation since 2015.

Nechie Hall

Trustee, El Pomar Foundation

Randy Bangert is the Editor of The Greeley Tribune. He came to Greeley to study journalism at the University of Northern Colorado, and started at The Tribune in 1974 as a part-time sports writer. Randy has been the editor since 2006 and manages the Tribune’s local news content. He also has editorial oversight over several other sister publications that are part of a northern Colorado group, including the weekly newspaper Windsor Now and the Fence Post, a weekly farm-ranch publication.

Randy Bangert

Editor, The Greeley Tribune

Cecil Gutierrez was re-elected Mayor of Loveland in 2011. A graduate of Western State College, Cecil also received a master’s degree at Colorado State University. During 29 years as an educator, Cecil served as president of the Thompson Education Association, President of The Northeast UniServ Unit of the Colorado Education Association, and chair of the Instrumental Affairs Council of the Colorado Music Educators Association. Cecil served nearly 29 years in the Army on Active Duty, the Reserves and National Guard.

Cecil Gutierrez

Mayor, City of Loveland

Kathay Rennels, Assistant Vice President of Community and Economic Development at Colorado State University, works with the Office of Engagement, Extension, and Regional Economics Institute to advance collaborative networks across the state and create economic development opportunities. As a former county commissioner and state board representative, she has significant experience fostering public and private partnerships in regional and workforce development. Kathay is currently a member of the Northern Colorado Economic Development Council; she also works closely with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade on the Governors’ Blueprint and is the co-lead for the Food and Agriculture Industry Concentration.

Kathay Rennels

Assistant Vice President of Community and Economic Development, Colorado State University

Nancy Richardson is the Co-Founder and a board member of Blue Ocean Enterprises, Inc. and Blue Ocean Holdings LLC. She focuses her time and efforts on giving back to the community through the initiatives of the Richardson Foundation. In 2010, she founded the OtterCares Foundation, which champions innovative education that inspires youth to become entrepreneurs and philanthropists. She also serves as a board member for CURE International and Rescue: Freedom International.

Nancy Richardson

Co-Founder and Board Member, Blue Ocean Enterprises, Inc.

Gordan Thibedeau recently retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of Larimer County. After serving 29 years in the military, Gordan became the executive director of Partners of Larimer County, a youth mentoring program. He moved to his current position with United Way in 1998. He sits on numerous area boards including the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce and 2-1-1 Colorado Governing Board. Gordan holds two master’s degrees in business and nonprofit management.

Gordan Thibedeau

President and CEO, United Way of Larimer County

Bob Tointon is the Chair of the Downtown Development Authority in Greeley. He also sits on the advisory board for the Tointon Institute for Educational Change and is a trustee for the Longs Peak Council of the Boy Scouts. Bob has been involved in the construction business his entire career. Prior to forming Phelps-Tointon, he was chief executive officer of Hensel Phelps Construction.

Bob has also served as a pilot in the United States Air Force after graduating from Kansas State University with a degree in engineering.

Bob Tointon

President, Phelps-Tointon, Inc.

Dave Young represents House District 50 in Greeley, Evans and Garden City, and is currently a member of the Colorado General Assembly Joint Budget Committee. Prior to being elected to the Colorado Legislature, Dave was a senior instructor for the information and learning technologies program at the University of Colorado Denver, and taught math and technology in the Greeley Weld 6 School District before that.

A lifelong Coloradan, Dave earned his master’s degree in information and learning technologies from the University of Colorado Denver in 2000 and his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Colorado State University in 1975.

Dave Young

Colorado State Representative, District #50

Senior Staff, North Regional Council

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Devanie Helman

Director of the Fellowship, El Pomar Foundation

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James Lonergan

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation

Contact Kincaid:

Kincaid Hoffman

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation