Board of Directors
Ken Pilot, Board Director
Retired Senior Pastor, Metropolitan Community Church
Ken Pilot was, until recently, the senior pastor at the Metropolitan Community Church in Fort Collins. He has also served agencies and churches in Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri. His Bachelor”s degree is from Concordia University, River Forest, IL, and his Master’s degree is from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has also been employed as a special education administrator and a human resources administrator. While in Fort Collins, Ken has volunteered at Pathways Hospice and Volunteers of America. He has also served as President of the Board of both Northern Colorado AIDS Project and the Geller Center and was a board member of the Colorado Health Network. Ken routinely volunteers with Homeward Alliance’s Street Outreach program.
Chris Banks – Board Treasure
Chief Financial Officer, Odell Brewing Company
Chris Banks is an owner and the Chief Financial Officer of Odell Brewing Company located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Chris started with Odell Brewing Company in March of 2012. He is the department leader for accounting, finance, information technology, and alcohol compliance. His experience also includes consultant services, specialty tax services, corporate tax and attestation services. Chris graduated with a BS in Accounting from the University of Colorado. Chris is married with five children, ages 9 to 19, and three dogs.
Anne G Fisher
Affiliate Professor, Colorado State University
Anne is an occupational therapist who has many years of experience working with clients and as an occupational therapy educator and researcher. Upon retiring from Umeå University, Sweden, she returned to Colorado. She was a professor at Colorado State University (CSU) before moving to Sweden, and she currently supervises graduate students at CSU and internationally. She owns a small business in Fort Collins that develops assessment tools and provides educational programs to occupational therapists worldwide. She is a volunteer for Homeward Alliance’s Street Outreach team and a member of the volunteer team for Homeward Alliance’s One Village One Family Program.
Ken John – Emeritus Board Member
Homeless Gear (Homeward Alliance) Founder
Ken John was co-owner and served as President of Promats, Inc. for 20 years until selling the company in January 2008. In May of 2008 he founded Homeless Gear (renamed Homeward Alliance in 2018) and–until mid-2014–served as Executive Director. He and his wife, Nancy, helped to develop and launch Homeward Alliance’s One Village One Family Program in 2015. Ken has been the Murphy Center Development Director since January 1, 2016 and is currently a member of the Homeward 2020 Board of Directors. Ken graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Business (marketing concentration) and a Master’s in Business Administration. Ken and Nancy live in Fort Collins and have two children and one grandson.
Computer Engineer, Intel, Fort Collins Design Center
Isabelle graduated from Northwestern University in 2015 with a BS in Computer Engineering. She has lived in Fort Collins and worked at Intel for the last four years. She has been a volunteer with Homeward Alliance over two years through the Street Outreach, OVOF, Warming Center, and Children in Need programs. She loves volunteering and advocating for Homeward Alliance because “the organization’s mission is made clear in everything they do.”
Paula Stearns – Board Secretary
Retired RN, MSN
Paula Stearns is a retired nursing professional with experience in direct patient care and management. She is a past Executive Director of the Colorado Nurses Association. In this role Paula was responsible for the development and oversight of continuing education, major meeting planning, legislative planning, volunteer and committee support and fiscal oversight. She spent 15 years providing direct patient care in Denver area hospitals, eventually moving into health services research. Paula was previously on the Board of Directors of the Action Center in Jefferson County in Lakewood. She currently participates in the Partnership For Age-Friendly Communities in Larimer County and is a Homeward Alliance volunteer.
David Rizzotto has a 15 year-plus record of building brand affinity by telling authentic stories that garner attention with organizations such as UCHealth, Harvard, and Discovery Channel. By working across business, not-for-profit, academia, and start-up sectors, he’s gained expertise on how to best drive action among each segment. Currently, Dave runs Signal, a consultancy providing brand architecture, marketing strategy, and creative, dedicated to driving behavior and business performance. Dave also has extensive not-for-profit experience, including his role as Executive Director and co-founder of Newbury Film Series. He also led marking efforts at JChoice.org, an online giving platform, Dave has also been a Homeward Alliance volunteer (then called Homeless Gear) for almost ten years.
Kathy is a long-time Fort Collins resident who managed and worked for Nicol Realty (the family real estate company) from 1979 until her retirement in 2017. She was the President of the Junior League of Fort Collins and remains its Sustainer. She joined the Fort Collins Rotary Club in 1996 and served on the Board of Directors from 2015 through 2019.
Financial Program Manager, Nutrien
For Julie, volunteering and working with non-profits are a big part of her life. She currently leads the Community Investment Committee for Nutrien’s 800-employee U.S. Headquarters campus in Loveland. In 2018, she led a small team to execute a record-breaking United Way Campaign at our site that was ultimately deemed “Campaign of the Year.” Her “day job” is Program and Project Management at Nutrien’s IT organization, supporting our financial services software application deployments and processes.
Executive Vice President, Bobo’s Bars
Rob served on the Board of Directors for Education and Life Training Center in Fort Collins prior to its merge with the Matthews House. Rob has volunteered with the Street Outreach and One Village One Family programs and secured food and financial donations with Bobo’s.