San Luis Valley Region

Counties:  Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache

Cities:  Alamosa, Creede, Del Norte, Monte Vista, South Fork

The San Luis Valley Council recently concluded multi-year funding toward workforce development and access to healthcare through nursing scholarships. The Council is currently engaged in a $133,500 grant for youth development in the region and continues to explore funding opportunities that will benefit youth across the San Luis Valley.

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Meet Our Regional Council Members


William J. Hybl is Executive Chairman of El Pomar Foundation. Hybl has also been engaged in a variety of public service activities. He is a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (Senior). In 2008, Hybl was confirmed by the United States Senate as Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Public Diplomacy, a position he was appointed to by President George W. Bush. He was reappointed by President Barack Obama June 1, 2011, and currently serves as Vice Chairman. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Hybl as U.S. Representative to the 56th General Assembly of the United Nations.

In addition, Hybl was Chairman of the Board of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) from 2003-2009 and currently serves as Chairman Emeritus. He is Chairman of the United States Olympic Endowment having served as President during four Olympic Games. He was named Citizen of the West by the National Western Stock Show of Denver in 2003.

Hybl is a graduate of Colorado College and earned his juris doctor at the University of Colorado School of Law. He was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1972 and was Special Counsel to President Ronald Reagan in 1981. He is married to Kathleen Horrigan and they have two sons, B.J and Kyle, and six grandchildren.

William J. Hybl

Executive Chairman, El Pomar Foundation

Andrea Aragon is Executive Director of the Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation. Andrea was appointed by Governor Bill Ritter to serve on the Caring for Colorado Board of Trustees and was reappointed for a second term by Governor John Hickenlooper. Prior to this service, she was appointed by Governor Owens to serve on the College Invest Board. Andrea has received honors for her community involvement by the Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation, the YWCA and the Pueblo City/County Library. Andrea received the 2015 Charles W. Crews Business Leader of the Year Award from the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, and in 2016 Andrea was presented with the President’s Medallion for Distinguished Alumni Achievement from Colorado State University – Pueblo.

She is a member of US Bank Pueblo Community Advisory Board, the GCC Rio Grande Corporate Advisory Board, the Colorado Nonprofit Association Board, and was recently named to the Colorado State University – Pueblo President’s Advisory Board.

Andrea Aragon

Trustee, El Pomar Foundation

Keith Cerny is Publisher of the Valley Courier, a daily newspaper covering the entire San Luis Valley. In addition to serving on El Pomar’s San Luis Valley Regional Council, Keith is a Division Manager for News Media Corporation and personally oversees eight newspapers in Colorado. He also serves on the Adams State University Foundation Board, Adams State University Grizzly Club Board, Alamosa Economic Development Council, Rotary Club, and has rejoined the Creede Repertory Theatre Board.

Keith Cerny

Publisher, Valley Courier

Born and raised in the Mosca-Hooper area of the San Luis Valley, Lori graduated high school from Sangre de Cristo. Attending the then University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo, she received her bachelor's in sociology, later attending the University of Houston for a master's degree in sociology with an emphasis in medical sociology.
Lori’s working career has always been in business management and she owned a successful business for 12 years. Currently, she manages the Mineral County Dental Clinic. Working part-time allows time to serve the community in a variety of volunteer positions. Lori's volunteer groups include the Victims Assistance and Law Enforcement Board (VALE), Victims Assistance Board, Ladies Aid Society and the Mineral County Action Coalition. Lori is also an elected City Trustee for Creede.

Lori G. Dooley

Trustee, City of Creede

Cheryl D. Lovell, who holds a Ph.D. in higher education from Florida State University, was named President of Adams State University in 2019.Adams State’s mission is to provide access and opportunity to all students, regardless of ZIP code or economic status Herself a low-income, first-generation college student, she brings a keen understanding and passion for higher education access to the San Luis Valley Regional Council. Dr. Lovell is from metro-Denver, where she has been a mainstay in higher education circles during the past 20 years, including most recently special advisor to the chancellor and to the chief academic officer for the Colorado State University System. She served as president and CEO of Rocky Vista University, a private osteopathic medical school in Parker, and was the chief academic officer for Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Dr. Cheryl Lovell

President, Adams State University

Kathy Woods is the former Mayor for the City of Alamosa, serving the community for 12 years as an elected official. She has served on many boards and commissions including the Colorado Municipal League Policy Board, Governors Rural Health Care Grants Council, American Red Cross (State and Local), Victims Compensation, and Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance. She currently serves on the Adams State University Board of Trustees as Vice Chairman and on its Foundation Board, Alamosa Chamber of Commerce, and Executive Committee for the San Luis Valley US Veterans Coalition. After previous service on the Board of Directors for RGS & L, Kathy was invited to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer. After spending a good part of her career in health care including nursing and as a hospital administrator for San Luis Valley Health, Kathy now serves as the Economic Development Director for the City of Alamosa.

Kathy Woods

Economic Development Director, City of Alamosa

Karla Shriver served three terms as a Rio Grande County Commissioner. She is a Colorado native, and earned her bachelor’s degree in agriculture business at Colorado State University. She has a background in agriculture finance, farm/ranch real estate brokerage, and farming. Karla raises over 900 acres of potatoes, small grains and hay. She also oversees the management of a ranch along the Rio Grande river. She has served on numerous state and local business and civic boards including Great Outdoors Colorado, San Luis Valley Federal Bank, and numerous water related boards including San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District, Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration, the Commonwealth Irrigation Board, and as legislative representative to the Rio Grande Basin Road Table. She is on the core team of the Rio Grande Water Shed Emergency Action Team (REACT) which was born out of the 2013 West Fork Fire and is a collaborative work-in-progress with those counties impacted by the fire. She also serves as the chair of the economic committee for REACT.

Karla Shriver

Farmer and Former County Commissioner

Until her recent retirement, Pattie Swift served as a judge in the San Luis Valley for thirty-one years.She served as Costilla County Judge for fourteen years beginning in 1989 and then was appointed as a District Judge for the 12th Judicial District (which encompasses the six counties of the San Luis Valley). In 2011, she was appointed Chief Judge for the Judicial District as well as Water Judge for Colorado's Water Division No. 3. She was instrumental in creating the 12th Judicial District's original Family Drug Treatment Court in 2006 and presided over that court until 2012. She served on the Colorado Judicial Department Bail and Pretrial Committee and on the 12th Judicial District Best Practices Court Team. She was chair of the Colorado Judicial Ethics Advisory Board for eight years and served on the Colorado Panel on Multi-District Litigation for over six years. She also served as a member of the Executive Oversight Committee for the Colorado Dependency and Neglect Statewide System Reform effort. She is currently vice-chair of the San Luis Valley Community Corrections Board on which she has served for more than thirty years.

Pattie Swift

Retired Judge, 12th Judicial District

Larry Zaragoza is currently serving as the Town Manager of La Jara. He has been involved in civic government since 2007. Larry is a retired educator and after 32 years of teaching and coaching, he continues to coach at the high school level. He also serves as a substitute teacher for the Center and Alamosa School Districts. Larry serves on the Board of Trustees for the Council of Governments, San Luis Valley Development Resources Group, the Northerner’s Senior Citizen Board, and has been an active member of the La Jara Glory Day’s committee. For his service and dedication to the youth of the San Luis Valley, Larry was awarded the Colorado Education Association’s John and Gladys Bates Humanitarian Award in 1992. In 2003, Larry was inducted into the Adams State University Athletic Hall of Fame; in 2008, he was inducted into the Colorado High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame and most recently in 2016 into the Adams State University Educators Hall of Fame.

Larry Zaragoza

Town Manager, La Jara

Senior Staff, San Luis Valley Regional Council

Contact Chris:
719-577-5763
csohn@elpomar.org

Chris Sohn

Chief of Staff to the Chairman, El Pomar Foundation

Contact Sam:
719-577-7066
shinkle@elpomar.org

Sam Hinkle

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation