Pikes Peak Region

Counties:  El Paso, Teller

Cities:  Colorado Springs, Cripple Creek, Manitou Springs, Monument, Woodland Park, Victor 

The Pikes Peak Regional Council has effectively identified needs in El Paso and Teller Counties through talking to community leaders, conducting focus groups, and meeting with various organizations. Early on, the Council elected to concentrate on two populations: children birth to five and nine to 15. Given this focus, the Council has researched organizations working in both early childhood education and middle school, and has held discussions with executives from several of these organizations. From conversations with nonprofit leaders, as well as continued research, the Council has approved two grants serving the desired populations.

Grant Highlight The Pikes Peak Council continues to support high school and college students. Their funding endeavors include the Southern Colorado Mentor 2.0 program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Colorado and the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative at both UCCS and Pikes Peak Community College. The Council is currently researching a possible role in affecting homelessness in the Region.
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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

Lieutenant General Michael Gould, USAF (Ret.) serves as Trustee Emeritus for the Pikes Peak region. Mike served as the superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from 2009 to July 2013. Prior to assuming the position of superintendent, he was director of operations and plans, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, III. His operational and staff assignments include Air Force aide to the president and senior military assistant to the secretary of the Air Force. Mike is a command pilot with more than 3,250 hours in a variety of aircraft.

Lt. General Michael Gould, USAF (Ret.)

Trustee Emeritus, El Pomar Foundation

Dr. Lance Bolton is the seventh President of Pikes Peak Community College. Before working in higher education, Lance gained extensive professional experience in technical support and sales as well as research and development as a Global Director on Research and Development for DuPont Qualicon. Lance was President of Northeastern Junior College from 2006-2011. Lance served on the Governor’s Green Jobs Council and the Colorado Children’s Campaign. He has been a board member for nonprofit organizations including the Economic Development Corporation, Chamber of Commerce, Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado, and Center for Social Impact.

Lance earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, a master’s degree in food science and technology, and a doctor of Philosophy in food science and technology from the University of Georgia.

Lance F. Bolton, Ph.D.

President, Pikes Peak Community College

Jordan Bridwell is the Senior Partnership Management adviser at Compassion International where she serves as lead expert for developing and improving Compassion’s relationship with field partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Prior to joining Compassion International, Jordan worked as development director at Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity. Jordan is from Abilene, Texas, and began her career as a special education teacher. She then joined El Pomar Foundation’s Fellowship program. Jordan serves on committees for the Pikes Peak Continuum of Care, Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, and International Anglican Church.

Jordan received her Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Southern Methodist University and a masters of business administration from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Jordan Bridwell

Senior Partnership Manager, Compassion International

Bill Cadman is the Vice President of Corporate and Government Relations for Whiting Petroleum Corporation in Denver, Colorado. Bill joined Whiting in July 2016 as he was concluding a 16-year legislative career in the Colorado General Assembly. Departing the legislature in January 2017 as the president of the Senate, his legislative service includes nine years in the Senate preceded by seven years in the Colorado House of Representatives. While serving in the legislature, Bill operated a successful marketing and public affairs company focused on political campaigns at the local, state and national levels. Prior to seeking public office, Bill served as the district office manager for congressman Joel Hefley in Colorado Springs.

Bill is a veteran of the U.S. Army and holds a Bachelor of Arts in business administration and marketing from California State University.

Bill Cadman

Vice President of Corporate and Government Relations, Whiting Petroleum Corporation

Colonel (Ret) Gail Benjamin Colvin is the Director of Staff of the United States Air Force Academy. Her 30 year military career is marked by diversified leadership experience in a wide variety of disciplines including joint military doctrine, research and development, and weapon systems acquisition. She has commanded the fifth Mission Support Squadron, the fifth Services Squadron and the 49th Mission Support Group. Colonel Colvin has held a variety of positions at the Joint Staff Headquarters United States Air Force and major command levels. She served as the chief of joint doctrine for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, she headed the U.S. delegation to the NATO subcommittee on Allied Joint doctrine and chaired the NATO Joint Warfighting Interoperability subcommittee. In her terminal assignment, she served as USAFA’s vice commandant for culture and climate.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Gail graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy as a member of the first coed class in 1980. She earned a Master of Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from Air War College and is a certified level 3 acquisition professional.

Colonel Gail Colvin

Director of Staff, United States Air Force Academy

Jeff Crank is a Regional Director at Americans for Prosperity, a grassroots free-market, free-enterprise organization. Jeff also hosts The Jeff Crank Show, a conservative talk radio show on Colorado’s 740 KVOR. Further, Jeff owns a real estate investment company in Colorado. He has previously served as the president of Aegis Strategic, a political consulting company, and as the Colorado state director and chief operating officer of Americans for Prosperity. He was a candidate for U.S. Congress in the 5th Congressional District Republican Primary in 2008 and 2006. Jeff has served as vice president, government sales for XAware Corporation, a data integration company and previously served as the senior vice president for governmental affairs for the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. Jeff served on the Washington staff of U.S. Congressman Joel Hefley from 1991-1998 where he focused on military issues and served as the administrative director. He helped author several pieces of legislation including the Military Family Housing Privatization Act and legislation to stop the transfer of U.S. missile technology to China.

Jeff Crank

Regional Director, Americans for Prosperity

J. Jerry Dickman currently serves as Co-Trustee of two private charitable foundations, the H.A. & Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust and the Mary K. Chapman Foundation. These foundations primarily support education, health care and medical research. Prior to his work with the foundations, Jerry practiced law in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a member of the Order of Barristers at University of Oklahoma and serves on the University of Oklahoma College of Law Board of Visitors. He is also trustee emeritus of the University of Tulsa having served on that board for 15 years. Jerry is the founder and chairman of The Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Awards Selection Commission. Jerry is the chairman of the Board of Tulsa Community Foundation and is a director of the board of visitors of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and research facility in Houston, Texas.

Jerry earned his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Oklahoma.

J. Jerry Dickman

Trustee, Chapman Foundation

Dave Ogrean served as the Executive Director of USA Hockey from 1993 to 1999, and again from 2005 until he retired in 2017. He continues to serve as adviser to the president. Dave twice served on the senior staff of the U.S. Olympic Committee, as director of broadcasting and chief marketing officer. From 1980 to 1988, he worked at ESPN in corporate communications and program acquisition. He had two chapters of his career in the sport of football: at the College Football Association as assistant executive director for television, and as the founding executive director of USA Football. Locally, he was chairman of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation in the mid-90s, and its president and chief executive officer from 2000 through 2002. As a volunteer, he serves on the board of directors of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Broadmoor World Arena and is the chairman of the U.S. Olympic Museum.

Dave Ogrean

Chairman, U.S. Olympic Museum

Norm Steen serves as a County Commissioner for Teller County CO, first elected in 2012. Prior to that, he was president of a transportation services company serving a 5-State region, moving business headquarters from Kansas to Woodland Park CO in 1998. Among his significant work as a County Commissioner, he serves as Chair of the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, state co-chair of the Works Allocation Committee with oversight of distribution of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funds; chair of the transportation and telecommunications legislative steering committee at Colorado Counties Inc.; and Pikes Peak area representative to CDOT Statewide Transportation Advisory Committee. He also serves on national advisory committees for transportation and veterans affairs. After serving 32 years with the United States Army on active duty and with the Army National Guard, Norm retired in 2010 at the rank of brigadier general.

Norm holds a Bachelor of Science in economics, a Master of Public Administration, and a Master of Strategic Studies.

Norm Steen

County Commissioner, Teller County

Senior Staff, Pikes Peak Regional Council

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