Board of Trustees
The Trustees are trusted professionals who are experts in their field and have a deep connection to our community. They specialize in a variety of practices ranging from real estate to charitable administration to investment management. We also represent our fundholders by inviting fundholders to serve as Trustees. Our Trustees are dedicated to ensuring the Foundation serves the community’s best interests, always.
Front Row, L to R: Randy Case, Janet Suthers, Tony Rosendo, Pam Shockley-Zalabak, Andie Doyle, Mari Sinton-Martinez.
Back Row, L to R: Chris Jenkins, Michele Strub-Heer, Rob Wrubel, Joan Gurvis, Mark Hille, Katie Willemarck.
Not pictured: Greg Gandy, Wendel Torres, Ward Berlin, Heather Carroll, Rebecca Kilibarda, Lorne Kramer, and Bonnie Martinez
Chief Executive Officer
Gary was hired in 2016 to lead the Foundation after an 18-year tenure at El Pomar Foundation, a Colorado Springs private foundation. With extensive knowledge and experience in the field of philanthropy and the local community, Gary brings a passion for leadership and impact to PPCF. Gary has served in leadership roles with several statewide and civic organizations, including the Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership, the Broadmoor World Arena, and Colorado Springs Youth Sports, Inc. Gary earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology with a Political Science focus from Yale University and an MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.
Leslie Sabin, CPA
Vice President of Finance and Operations
Leslie Sabin joined the foundation in 2015 as the Vice President of Finance and Operations and oversees the investment and financial administration of the foundation’s 270+ charitable funds. She also has expertise in charitable gift planning and works with current and potential fundholders and their professional advisor team to research and work through the tax benefits and implications of potential charitable gifts. Leslie has spent her 13+ year career in nonprofit finance and has worked at BKD, Catholic Health Initiatives Foundation as well as other nonprofits in Colorado Springs. Leslie is a Certified Public Accountant, a Fellow in Charitable Estate Planning and has also served as a lead instructor for courses on financial best practices for community foundations with the Council on Foundations.
Leslie is passionate about finding unique ways of using philanthropic capital to invest locally to create a vibrant and equitable community, including using mission-related and program-related investments; and
Vice President Philanthropic Services
David joined the Foundation in 2021. He brings over 30 years of social sector experience to help clients achieve their philanthropic goals. David has deep expertise in social impact strategies and is an advocate for the sector and the role that it plays in creating vibrant and healthy society. David has lived in the Pikes Peak Region for many years. He spent much of his career with one of the world’s largest child-focused charities, Compassion International. He then served as CEO of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. David led Geneva Global, an international philanthropic consultancy and founded LiveWell GiveWell, a private philanthropic advisory practice.
David earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from St. Olaf College. He studied theology at Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary and earned his master’s degree in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas.
Executive Director, Pikes Peak Real Estate Foundation
Samuel Clark is the Executive Director of the Pikes Peak Real Estate Foundation, which includes oversight of Aspen Valley Ranch and Venetucci Farm. His public-sector experience includes his work with El Pomar Foundation and the National Parks Service Business Management Group. He joined the Real Estate Foundation out of his desire to see our region’s built environment and conserved space reflect the values that make this area unique. Samuel grew up in Colorado Springs; he loves the city’s potential and Pikes Peak’s constant presence. He has a BA in economics from Whitman College, and a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Director of Community Impact
Mina joined the Foundation in May 2019 as the Director of Community Impact. She is responsible for leading externally-focused community engagement efforts, based on the Foundation’s strategic priorities, via grantmaking and community leadership activities. Prior to the Foundation, Mina served as the Public Health Planner for El Paso County Public Health and has over 18 years of public health experience working at the state, local, and nonprofit levels. Mina has overseen numerous community collaborations and demonstrates a strong history of building local partnerships for positive impact. Sheis deeply invested in her community as serves on the UCHealth-Memorial Hospital System Board of Directors, Pikes Peak Library District Board of Trustees, and the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board of Trustees. Mina was also selected as a Colorado Springs Business Journal Rising Star, honoring 25 of the best professionals under 40, holds a Master of Science in Community Health Education from the University
Director of Marketing and Communications
Kevin Farley joined the Pikes Peak Community Foundation in 2021 as Director of Marketing and Communications. Kevin brings to PPCF more than 15 years of professional communication management, brand development and marketing strategy experience.
He comes to PPCF following five years managing the communications and marketing activities for the national brand of USA Weightlifting, the national governing body for the Olympic sport of Weightlifting.
Prior to his work in the non-profit sector, Kevin spent ten years serving communities across the west coast as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He won two Emmy Awards for his coverage of the Trabing wildfire in Santa Cruz County, California and won a Colorado Broadcasters Association award for his coverage of the funeral of fallen UCCS Police Officer Garrett Swasey.
Kevin lives in Fountain with his husband, Chris. He enjoys traveling, cooking and keeping tabs on the latest technology trends.
Manager of Philanthropic Services
Max joined the Foundation in April 2020 as the Manager of Philanthropic Services. In his role, Max serves fundholders by helping them craft strategic philanthropy plans and connecting them to projects that fulfill their philanthropic values. Before joining the foundation, Max worked as a Program Officer for the Council of Neighbors and Organizations where he helped neighborhoods across El Paso County connect with resources to solve problems. Max has a Master degree of Urban and Regional Planning, along with a Graduate Certificate of Real Estate Development and a BA in Sport Management, all from the University of Michigan. Currently, he sits on the advisory committee for ReToolCOS, the overhaul of the zoning code for the City of Colorado Springs, and is the Head Coach of the Harrison High School Baseball Program.
Philanthropic Services Associate
Libby Ebeling joined PPCF in September 2020 as the new Philanthropic Services Associate. In this role, Libby provides excellent service and communications to fundholders as well as event, grantmaking, and other support. Before joining the Foundation's team, Libby earned her bachelor's degree at Virginia Tech in Public & Urban Affairs and Spanish. After graduating, she completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Mexico City as an English Teaching Assistant where she attained professional proficiency in Spanish. As a recent East Coast transplant, she is excited to explore and engage with the Colorado Springs community and all it has to offer.
Office Manager / CEO Administrative Assistant
Francene joined the Foundation in March 2019 after almost six years in Advancement at Colorado College. Prior to relocating to Colorado Springs in 2008, she spent over a decade at the Walt Disney Studios in motion picture marketing. In addition to her experience in marketing, communications, and fundraising, she is a published author. Francene is delighted to be working at the Foundation, engaging in a meaningful way with the people and community of Colorado Springs.
Program Officer, Transforming Safety Initiative
Eula Tatman joined the Foundation in November 2016. In her role as Program Officer, Eula enjoys engaging with local partners and change makers as she represents the Foundation in her work with the Transforming Safety Initiative. Eula approaches all that she does with a passion to serve others and create positive change and enjoys her work at the Foundation because it allows her the opportunity to connect donors with the local needs. She has a wealth of experience in non-profit administration and grants management. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served 15 years as Vice President of Programs with the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama. Eula holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Kentucky University.
Libby Walton joined the Foundation in March 2018 after 7 years as a Financial Analyst at JDSU/Viavi Solutions. Prior to that, she worked at Kendall Jackson Winery, Hewlett-Packard, and Agilent Technologies in a variety of accounting and finance roles. Libby moved to the Pikes Peak region in 2002, and immediately fell in love with the Colorado lifestyle and beautiful scenery. She is very excited to be working at the Community Foundation and helping to give back to the community and city that she loves to call home.