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Board of Directors
Cole Herk – Board Director
Vice President, Cushman & Wakefield
Cole Herk is a commercial real estate broker with Cassidy Turley Commercial Real Estate Services. He has been in the industry since 1999 and is active in both sale and lease transactions throughout Colorado. Cole graduated from Colorado State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance. He currently resides in Fort Collins with his wife and two children. He is an active member of his community and has spent time volunteering with a number of non-profits.
Mary Alice McComb – Board Vice-Chair
Professional Licensed Psychologist
Mary Alice has been in private practice for many years. Her areas of competency are forensic/violence evaluation, behavioral medicine, workplace and systems consultation, and disability adaptation. She still works part time. She comes from a family tradition of community activism. Her most recent involvements include Concerned Larimer, Pathways Past Poverty, Network of Spiritual Progressives, Homeless Day Services, Network of Northern Colorado Social Legislation, United Way Public Policy, Interfaith Immigrant Rights Coalition and Homeless Gear. She has a B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. She has lived in Fort Collins since 1969.
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 Treasurer
Co-Owner and C.F.O. 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
President, Innovative OT Solutions and 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.
Justie Nicol, Esquire
Owner, Nicol Law Offices LLC
Justie Nicol is the owner of Nicol Law Offices and works as a Criminal Defense Attorney throughout Northeastern Colorado. She also works for Project Safeguard in the Denver metro area, helping victims of Domestic Violence get permanent protection orders. In addition, she donates her time educating animal control office on how to investigate and prosecute animal cases. As the owner of a property management company she manages about 30 commercial tenants in six buildings in Loveland and Fort Collins, including the Campus West Shops. She’s very active on the Campus West Merchant’s Association Board of Directors, as well, and serves as Treasurer for this newly formed group. Justie is a Colorado native and grew up in rural, northeastern Colorado.
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 Administrator for Grants, Programs and Employee Engagement, OtterCares
As the Executive Administrator for Grants, Programs and Employee Engagement, Meg acts as the OtterCares lead on Otter Products VTO and employee engagement opportunities, manages the Dollars for Doers grant program and facilitates the OtterCares introduction at New Otter Experience. She also supports all of our employee engagement programs. Meg has been a part of the Otter family for almost 10 years and is passionate about helping Otter Products employees connect with opportunities to give back in ways that they are passionate about.