Pikes Peak Region

Counties:  El Paso, Teller

Cities:  Colorado Springs, Woodland Park

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 In 2014, El Pomar Foundation and the Pikes Peak Regional Council granted $60,000 to Harrison School District 2 to support the expansion of the physics program for middle school students. This grant also paid for a 27 unit Mac computer lab to aid with the students’ studies. Additionally, in 2015 the Council supported Community Partnership Family Resource Center in Teller County with a grant of $75,000.
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Meet Our Regional Council Members


Judy Bell was the first woman President of the United States Golf Association (USGA) in 1996 and 1997. 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 Bell

Trustee, El Pomar Foundation

Lieutenant General Michael Gould, USAF (Ret.) serves as El Pomar Regional Trustee. General Gould 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. General Gould is a command pilot with more than 3,000 hours in a variety of aircraft.

Lt. General Michael Gould, USAF (Ret.)

Special Trustee, El Pomar Foundation

Dr. Lance Bolton is the 7th president of Pikes Peak Community College. Lance earned a bachelor of business administration, a master’s degree in food science and technology, and a doctor of philosophy (1997) in food science and technology from the University of Georgia. Prior to 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. Regionally, he served on El Pomar’s Northeast Regional Council and on the Eastern Colorado Workforce Board. He has been a board member for nonprofit organizations including the Economic Development Corporation, Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary Club.

Lance F. Bolton, Ph.D.

President, Pikes Peak Community College

Jordan Bridwell is the Senior International Program Project Manager at Compassion International where she oversees a portfolio of projects that help improve Compassion International’s program outcomes 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. Following the Fellowship, Jordan pursued a long-time dream of living in South Africa working for His People Christian Church. She received her bachelor of arts in sociology from Southern Methodist University and a master of business administration from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Jordan serves on the boards of Cornerstone Ranch, Boulder Street Church, and the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival.

Jordan Bridwell

International Program Manager, Compassion International

Senator Bill Cadman represents Colorado State Senate District 12, which includes northeastern Colorado Springs and rural El Paso County. He is the Senate President and represents the voice of the Colorado Senate Republican Caucus in the state senate. Prior to the senate, he served seven years in the House of Representatives. Bill serves on the Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority Board. Before running for office in 2000, Bill was the district office manager for Congressman Joel Hefley. Bill is a marketing and public affairs professional and operates his own firm, Advantage Marketing and Public Relations. Bill’s marketing successes include winning campaigns with candidates in local, state, and national races, as well as statewide and municipal initiatives and referenda. Bill is a veteran of the United States Army.

Bill Cadman

Colorado State Senator (Senate President), District #12

Gail Benjamin Colvin is Director of Staff at the United States Air Force Academy. As the Chief Business Officer, Ms. Colvin oversees a broad range of administrative, policy and organizational functions of the Academy’s 350 person staff. She manages and integrates headquarters activities supporting the commissioning and university missions as well as the installation’s 3,000 personnel workforce, $350 million budget and over $3.5 billion in real property and infrastructure. Born and raised in New York City, Gail earned a bachelor of science and commission from the United States Air Force Academy. She also earned a masters degree in business administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a masters in national security and strategic studies from Air War College. Her career is marked by diversified leadership experience in a wide variety of disciplines including joint military doctrine, research and development, and weapons system acquisition. She is an advocate for culturally responsive leadership based on access, equity and inclusion. She served on the Mayors Commission for Women in Minot, North Dakota and the Board of Directors for TESSA, a Colorado Springs domestic violence/sexual assault victim service agency.

Colonel Gail Colvin

Director of Staff, United States Air Force Academy

Jeff Crank is the President of Aegis Strategic, LLC, a political consulting firm, specializing in campaign research, candidate identification and training. He also hosts The Jeff Crank Show, a top rated Saturday morning show on Colorado’s 740 KVOR. Previously, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of Americans for Prosperity, a grassroots free-market, free-enterprise organization. Prior to that, Jeff served as the Colorado State Director of AFP. He is also an entrepreneur as the President of his own real estate investment company.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 also 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. During this time on Capitol Hill 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. In Colorado Springs, Jeff served as President of the Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition and on the board of Life Network.

Jeff Crank

President, Aegis Strategic, LLC

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 support primarily education, health care, and medical research. Prior to his work with the Foundations, Jerry practiced law in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He earned his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of 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 Selection Commission for The Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Jerry is a Director of the 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.

J. Jerry Dickman

Trustee, Chapman Foundation

Dave Ogrean served as the Executive Director of USA Hockey from 1993 to 1999, and 2005 to present. He was on the senior staff of the United States Olympic Committee twice. From 1980-1988, Dave worked at ESPN in corporate communications and programming. Following ESPN, Dave joined the College Football Association as Assistant Executive Director for television. During his two-year tenure, he worked with CBS Sports on remote production, with CBS and ESPN on game scheduling and selection, and helped launch the syndicated series, “This Week in College Football.” Dave served as Executive Director of USA Football from 2002-2005. He was the Chairman of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation in the mid-1990s and its President and Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2002. In 2011, Dave became a member of the United States Olympic Committee Board of Directors, and has been a board member of the Colorado Springs World Arena since 1998.8.

Dave Ogrean

Executive Director, USA Hockey

Norm Steen moved to Teller County in 1998 when he relocated the corporate office of his transportation services business from Kansas to Woodland Park. As a small business owner of 18 years, he brought new jobs to Teller County while providing a wide range of transportation services to his customers over a four-state region. He sold that business in 2011, and now serves full time as a Teller County Commissioner. Significant work as a Commissioner includes Co-Chair of the State Works Allocation Committee, with oversight of distribution of Temporary Aid to Needy Families funds to counties statewide; work on developing a state hotline system for reporting child abuse; and Pikes Peak Area representative to the Statewide Transportation Advisory Committee. After serving with the United States Army on active duty and with the Army National Guard, Norm retired in 2010 as a Brigadier General. He has extensive experience in senior leadership, organizational management, government finance, emergency management, long range planning, public works, logistics and working with state legislatures. He 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

Contact Nicole:
719-577-7094
nmagicsoto@elpomar.org

Nicole Magic Soto

Vice President and Assistant Corporate Secretary, El Pomar Foundation

Contact Davis:
719-577-7018
dtutt@elpomar.org

Davis Tutt

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation

Contact Terrell:
719-577-7030
tbrown@elpomar.org

Terrell Brown

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation