Northeast Region

Counties:  Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Yuma 

Cities:  Burlington, Fort Morgan, Limon, Sterling, Julesburg

The Northeast Regional Council has made an impact by focusing on economic development and the fostering of an entrepreneurial spirit.  The Council created Business to College, an opportunity for local business owners to enroll in a class designed to learn the skills to successfully run a business, including budgeting and marketing. At the culmination of the class, participants pitch their business plan to a panel of judges. The winner is awarded up to $25,000 to put towards their business venture. The Council partnered with Northeastern Junior College and Morgan Community College to provide the classes.  The Northeast Regional Council made a $50,000 grant to each school to cover the cost of the curriculum and the prize money for the winning business.  This program has been successful in creating jobs in the region and establishing sound business practices in local business leaders. Most recently, the Council provided Morgan Community College with $75,000 ($40,000 in 2016, $25,000 in 2018 and $10,000 in 2020) to allow for the college to identify sustainable local support for the program.

Grant Highlight Northeast Regional Council grants $100,000 to Business to College Program at Northeastern Junior College and Morgan Community College to foster jobs and local business leaders.
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Meet Our Regional Council Members


Bill Ward grew up in Pueblo and attended Colorado College, graduating in 1964 with a bachelor of arts in political science. He received a juris doctorate degree from the University of Colorado in 1967. He was president of Ward Transport, Inc., a family-owned trucking company, and is a past chairman of the American Trucking Association. Bill’s activity in the nonprofit sector includes serving as chair of Colorado College’s board of trustees. In that capacity he was actively involved in a record-setting capital campaign of $93 million and provided leadership during a successful presidential transition. He has also served on the board of trustees of Denver Seminary, twice serving as its chair.

Bill Ward

Vice Chairman, El Pomar Foundation

A lifetime resident of Colorado, Travis has been the president and chief executive officer for Eaton Metal Products and Eaton Sales and Service since 1981. Travis currently serves numerous nonprofit boards statewide including, the Board of Directors for the University of Colorado Health System, CoBiz Financial, the National Western Stock Show, and Raffles Insurance Co. Ltd.

Tim Travis

Regional Trustee

Jon Becker is a Colorado State Representative for House District 65. Becker previously served in the Colorado House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013, representing House District 63. Jon worked as executive director for the Morgan County Economic Development Corporation, adjuster for Farmers Insurance Group, director of Economic Development for Viaero Wireless, and is an adjunct professor at Morgan Community College.

Jon Becker

Colorado State Representative, House District #65

Born and raised in Northeast Colorado, Justin spent the majority of his childhood in Yuma. He attended the University of Denver where he received a degree in Finance and played basketball all four years. After graduating from DU, Justin took part in the El Pomar Fellowship in Colorado Springs for two years. He married his high school sweetheart during the Fellowship and decided to move back to Northeast Colorado to pursue a banking career in Sterling. Since 2014, he has been a loan officer with the Bank of Colorado in Sterling and focuses primarily on agricultural lending. Justin is passionate about basketball and became a father in September 2015. He enjoys working and living in Northeast Colorado and looks forward to raising his family there.

Justin Coughlin

Loan Officer, Bank of Colorado

Jean and her husband, Scott own and operate the Flying Diamond Ranch near Kit Carson, Colorado. This commercial ranch has been in the family over 100 years and Jean is involved in all aspects of its operation. She and Scott have raised four children in Kit Carson, who are 5th generation ranchers and are all involved at some level with the family business. Jean is active in the community having served on the Cheyenne County Hospital Board and served 13 years on the Kit Carson School Board. She is a member of the United Methodist Women and an officer of the Cheyenne County Cattle Women.

Jean Johnson

President and Manager, Flying Diamond Ranch Foundation

Karen has lived in Wray for over 25 years. Her husband, Dr. Robert Loyd, is a 3rd generation native of Wray. Karen is a founding board member of the Wray Community Learning Center. The Loyds act as trustees of the Kitzmiller/Bales Trust and the Powell Trust, philanthropic trusts serving Eastern Yuma County. Karen is currently a member of Caring for Colorado Board of Directors.

Karen Loyd

Trauma Nurse, Wray Community District Hospital

Anna Scott is from Julesburg, Colorado. She is the president of the Hippodrome Arts Centre and the executive director of the Ernest and Lillian E. Campbell Foundation. In 2004, Anna was awarded the statewide Colorado Nonprofit Association William Funk Award. Anna and her husband, Randy, raise Black Simmental Cattle and grow corn, wheat, and alfalfa.

Anna Scott

Executive Director, Ernest and Lillian E. Campbell Foundation

Senior Staff, San Luis Valley Regional Council

Contact Cathy:
719-577-7063
crobbins@elpomar.org

Cathy Robbins

Senior Vice President and Director of Regional Partnerships, El Pomar Foundation

Kaitlin Johnson is a first year Fellow. As a Fellow, Kaitlin works with the Alumni Relations team and staffs Awards for Excellence, the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program, Regional Partnerships, and the Rocky Mountain Tax Seminar, in addition to working in the Northeast region.

Contact Kaitlin:
719-577-7024
kjohnson@elpomar.org

Kaitlin Johnson

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation