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


Matt Carpenter is Executive Vice President and corporate secretary for El Pomar Foundation. He joined El Pomar in 1999 in the Fellowship program and currently oversees the grants office operations. He currently serves on the boards of Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC, Peak Vista Community Health Centers, Philanthropy Southwest, and YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region.

Matt is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in political science and earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado Springs, with an emphasis on nonprofit management.

Matt Carpenter

Executive Vice President and Trustee, El Pomar Foundation

A lifetime resident of Colorado, Tim Travis has been the President and Chief Executive Officer for Eaton Metal Products and Eaton Sales and Service since 1981. Tim 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

Trustee

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

Jon Becker

Colorado State Representative House District 65

Born and raised in Northeast Colorado, Justin Coughlin 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 joined the El Pomar Fellowship in Colorado Springs for two years. He married his high school sweetheart during the Fellowship and returned to Northeast Colorado to pursue a banking career in Sterling. Since 2014, he is a loan officer with the Bank of Colorado in Sterling and focuses primarily on agricultural lending.

Justin Coughlin

Loan Officer, Bank of Colorado

Jean Johnson and her husband Scott own and operate The Flying Diamond Ranch near Kit Carson. This commercial cow-calf/stocker operation has been in the family over 100 years and Jean and Scott have expanded the business which now operates in Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska. They raised four, fifth generation children in Kit Carson who are all involved with the business at some level. Jean currently serves on the Colorado State University Dean's AgIndustry Leadership Council and is an officer for the Cheyenne County Cattlewomen. She served 14 years on the Kit Carson School Board and two years on the Cheyenne County Hospital Board.

Jean Johnson

President and Manager, Flying Diamond Ranch Foundation

Karen Loyd is a registered nurse, and has served the Wray community in a variety of ways over the past 28 years. Karen’s husband, Dr. Robert Loyd, is a third-generation native of Wray. She 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, the director of the "South Platte River Trail" a Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway 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, Northeast Regional Council

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

Kaitlin Johnson

Deputy Director of the Fellowship, El Pomar Foundation

Contact Rettie:
719-577-7032
rduke@elpomar.org

Rettie Duke

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation

Contact Morgan:
719-577-7052
mharrison@elpomar.org

Morgan Harrison

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation