North Region

Counties:  Boulder, Larimer, Weld

Cities:  Boulder, Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley

The North Regional Council continues to focus on the mental and behavioral health of students across the region. This process began when the Council hosted a convening meeting with superintendents and mental health specialists from Boulder, Larimer and Weld Counties. Ensuing meetings with mental health service providers allowed the Council to identify the growing importance and need to place mental health clinicians into schools. To this end, the Council has focused on developing a funding model and multiyear grant structure to place clinicians in high needs schools across the region.

Looking to the future, the Council strives to ensure its multiyear grantees will be in a position to continue to provide high quality care and services 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

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

Former 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

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.

Jeannine Truswell has over 30 years’ experience in non-profit management. She has been the President & CEO of United Way of Weld County since 1986. Prior to this Ms. Truswell was the Executive Director for Weld County Partners and owned and operated a private child care business for children 3 to 12 years old. She has a Bachelor’s degree in both elementary education and special education. She has hundreds of hours of course work and training in business and non-profit management. Ms. Truswell leads a successful $4 million non-profit organization employing over 30 people. She’s responsible for overall supervision including resource development, resource investment, financial management, volunteer management, marketing and communications, program development and delivery and community building.

Ms. Truswell is an active volunteer and has served on several local, regional and statewide community boards and committees.

Jeannine Truswell

President and CEO, United Way of Weld County

Dave Young serves as the Colorado State Treasurer. He previously represented House District 50 in Greeley, Evans and Garden City, and was 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 Treasurer

Senior Staff, North Regional Council

Contact Julia:

Julia Lawton

Director of Communications, El Pomar Foundation

Contact Doug:

Doug Palmer

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation