WHO ARE WE?
Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center provides transition and employment assistance, behavioral health and wellness, supportive services, connection to community resources, and safe event space for veterans, military members and their families. Mt. Carmel was a dream of Mr. Jay Cimino and his strong desire to support our veteran community in meaningful ways.
The Transition and Employment team directly assists transitioning service members, veterans of all eras, and their family members in gaining meaningful employment, emphasized support for military spouses. The team collaborates with employers, military installations, and community partners to ensure success. The Colorado Governor recently extended state funding five years for the Veterans Service to Career program based on strong success of our pilot program.
Our Health and Wellness services include individual, group & couples therapy, no-cost therapeutic retreats, and non-traditional therapies including trauma-focused yoga, PTS-focused art and photo therapy, tai-chi and more. Services are confidential and open to veterans of all era and regardless of discharge status.
Our Military, Veteran, and Family Services team offers a hand-up to members of the veteran community experiencing crisis. Working with national and community partners, the goal is to help people stabilize their lives allowing them to access other wellness and career services they may need.
Mt. Carmel also provides a safe, multi-functional space to support groups and our partners. We collaborate with dozens of community partners to ensure success for our clients.
To provide best practices for our military, veterans, and their families through accessible programs,
integrated resources, and collaborative partnerships that empower lives and strengthen our community.
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BOARD OF TRUSTEES
GERALD (JAY) D. CIMINO
Chairman of the Board and Trustee
Mr. Jay Cimino was born and raised in Trinidad, Colorado. After graduating from Holy Trinity Parochial School, he joined the Marine Corps and proudly completed his tour of duty. Jay then attended Trinidad State Junior College and transferred to the University of Denver, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Jay is best known for parlaying Phil Long Ford in the Phil Long Family of Dealerships, encompassing 19 dealerships spanning the Front Range from Raton, NM to Glenwood Springs, CO. He is also known for his philanthropy, which includes a broad spectrum of charitable organizations, needs, people and causes. Jay is the founder of the Trinidad Community Foundation, La Puerta de Colorado project and Mt. Carmel of Colorado’s two non-profits: Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center in Trinidad and Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center in Colorado Springs.
GINA M. CIMINO
Vice-Chairman of the Board and Trustee
Gina M. Cimino is President and Broker of Kip Hampden, LLLP. She also serves as President of Mt. Carmel of Colorado as well as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for the non-profit, which has two distinct centers – Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center in Trinidad and Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center in Colorado Springs. Being part of a philanthropic family has always inspired Gina to give back to her community. She has participated and volunteered in various activities including those by the National Charity League, Newborn Hope, Boys and Girls Club, Care and Share, and the National Cancer Society. She currently serves on El Pomar’s Southeast Regional Council. Gina is a Colorado native who attended Cheyenne Mountain High School and is a graduate of the University of Colorado.
ANGELA ANN CESARIO
Angela Ann, a Trinidad native, now makes her home in Colorado Springs after 40 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. She serves as Board Secretary for the Mt. Carmel of Colorado Board of Trustees and has served as board secretary for Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center and Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center, as well as the Trinidad Community Foundation and the PILLAR Institute of Life Long Learning. Angela Ann serves Mt. Carmel of Colorado as Special Projects Coordinator. Angela Ann retired from corporate-level administrative management, is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and did post-graduate work in journalism at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago.
Marcia joined the Mt. Carmel family in April 2019. She has an M.S. degree in accounting and over 15 years’ experience working with non-profit organizations in the Colorado Springs area, including health care and science education organizations. Having recently completed the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit certificate program, she is excited about working with the team to strengthen systems and processes and develop a financial model for organizational sustainability. The daughter of a career Marine and Vietnam veteran, Marcia has lived on both coasts but decided to settle in beautiful Colorado 25 years ago after visiting it in a cross-country motorcycle trek. She loves to walk her dachshund dog, go on road trips, and she tries to do something creative every day with paper and paint.
Greg practices as a Wealth Management Advisor and Vice President with Merrill Lynch, a Bank of America Corporation. For more than 20 years, in Colorado Springs, Greg has helped businesses and individuals set and attain financial goals. Concurrently, he has spent community time in leadership positions with nonprofit organizations helping them achieve their financial and operational goals and objectives. Greg says, “My goal in life is to leave my corner of the world in better shape than I found it while helping my friends and family along the way.”
Lou retired after 35 years as Vice President and General Manager of KILO and KRXP. A graduate of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute in 1999, Lou served on the board of numerous civic and nonprofit groups in the area and has earned many awards, among which are the Colorado Springs Chamber Business Citizen of the Year Award in 1998, the Pikes Peak Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal Award in 1997, and the Fort Carson Good Neighbor Award in 2006.
Dave was raised in Southern California and first came to Colorado to attend the United States Air Force Academy. After a career in the Air Force, he returned to Colorado and joined the El Pomar program staff. In 2007, Dave was recognized as the Colorado Springs Citizen of the Year by the (then) Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. He retired as El Pomar’s Chief Operating Officer in 2013. He currently serves as an El Pomar Foundation Trustee, President & CEO of the Broadmoor World Arena and the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts, Chairman of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, President of the Air Force Academy Foundation, and is a board member of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund and the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Hall of Fame.
BOARD OF MANAGERS
Larry is a Wealth Management Officer and Owner at Integrity Bank & Trust. Prior to joining Integrity Bank & Trust, Larry served 20 years in the Air Force, where he was primarily responsible for managing communication resources and mentoring cadets at the Air Force Academy. Larry combines his background in the military with a broad range of financial understanding to provide his clients with a distinctively practical perspective on money management. Larry is an active member in the community and a highly motivating lecturer on financial independence. He earned his MBA from the
University of Phoenix and is a graduate from the School of Trust & Financial Services sponsored by the Kansas and Nebraska Bankers Association.
CHARLES (CHUCK) MURPHY
Chuck has owned and operated Murphy Constructors for over 50 years. He has served on numerous boards of directors and is Chairman of the Pioneer Museum Foundation and the Department Chair of the Colorado Springs Planning Department. He is presently a commissioner for the governor’s Budget Task Force. Chuck is a graduate of Regis University.
Leslie, a native of northern California, has spent the last 32 years in Colorado, primarily as administrative support in the legal field. Leslie serves as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and Director of Operations of the Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center. She is also behind the scenes working on the Social Solutions ETO case management system to ensure we deliver the best support possible to the veterans and families that use our services.
Marcia joined the Mt. Carmel family in April 2019. She has a M.S. degree in accounting and over 15 years’ experience working with non-profit organizations in the Colorado Springs area including health care and science education organizations. Having recently completed the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit certificate program, she is excited about working
with the team to strengthen systems and processes and develop a financial model for organizational sustainability. The daughter of a career Marine and Vietnam veteran, Marcia has lived on both coasts but decided to settle in beautiful Colorado 25 years ago after visiting it in a cross-country motorcycle trek. She loves to walk her dachshund dog, go on road trips, and tries to do something creative every day with paper and paint.
LONGINOS GONZALEZ, JR.
Longinos Gonzalez, Jr. serves District 4 on the Board of County Commissioners. He took the oath of office for his first four-year term on January 11, 2017. His background includes graduating from the Air Force Academy in 1992 and continuing on to a 20-year career as an Air Force Intelligence officer, retiring as a Lt. Colonel in 2012. He has a Master’s in science education and he was a teacher with Harrison School District 2 prior to his election as County Commissioner. Longinos is the county representative on the Board of Health, Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority, Pikes Peak Workforce Consortium Executive Committee, and the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control District. He serves as liaison on numerous other boards and committees — including the City/County Drainage Board and El Paso County Board of Retirement. Longinos’ community involvement includes serving on the State Board of Veterans Affairs, Colorado Springs Public Safety Sales Tax Oversight Committee, and being a volunteer Sunday school teacher and lector at his church.
Paulette serves on the FEMA board at United Way and the Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center board. She chairs the Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance committee on fundraising to provide programs. She is also on the Community Outreach Committee for the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
Jim is a third-generation career military veteran who served for 33 years in the Air Force, retiring in the grade of Colonel. He earned three master’s degrees and completed executive programs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, and the University of North Carolina. Jim is a long-time advocate for improved veteran’s benefits and spouse services. He also supported the concept of Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center from the very beginning. He is married to Marta, and together they have four children: Kenneth, Jamie, Tyler and Mitchel.
Michael has been in banking for 29 years, the last 25 in Colorado. He serves as Chairman, President, and CEO of Little London Bancorp. Mike has been President and CEO of 5Star Bank since 2007, and in 2015 he formed a local community shareholder group to acquire the bank. League started his banking career with United Missouri Bank of Kansas City and has held numerous leadership positions with prominent banks in the area as well as civic organizations. League holds a BA in Economics from the University of Kansas and a Master’s in Business Administration from the College of William and Mary. He is on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Transit Institute for Public Safety and the Association of Military Banks of America. He serves as director on numerous nonprofit and community organizations.
As the Vice President of Military and Veterans Affairs for El Pomar Foundation in Colorado Springs, Terrance is responsible for El Pomar’s outreach activities to the military, military families, and veterans. This includes implementation and management of innovative programs designed to provide direct services and support to the Military’s Active Reserve members and their families. Terrence serves on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, Pikes Peak Chapter, Southeast Armed Services YMCA, The Salvation Army Military Affairs Committee, and Operation TBI Freedom Advisory Board. He previously served on the Executive Advisory Board for the TriWest Healthcare Alliance, and is a Past Board Chair of Pikes Peak United Way and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence Board.
Donna is currently Spirit of the Springs Program Leader for the City of Colorado Springs. She is a dedicated, honest professional who serves her community in many ways. She started her professional career as a Medical NCO in the United States Army, serving nine years around the world to include a six-month tour in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm/Shield. Donna continues her service in Colorado Springs by serving on numerous
boards, often in a leadership capacity to help shape the future of our community. After transitioning from the military, she was a leader at a local credit union, then was appointed as the city’s first Economic Vitality Specialist. She continues in that role, with a title change, overseeing special programs for the Mayor.
Michelle Ruehl is a flight instructor, English professor, veteran, and theater director. She spent 16 years on active duty in the Air Force, where she was a mission commander and instructor pilot. She fl ew 807 combat hours in Afghanistan, providing real-time airborne targeting data to air and ground forces during Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force raids. She also worked as a NATO/ISAF Intelligence and Surveillance aviation liaison in Kabul. From 2014 to 2019, she served as an English Instructor, Theater Director and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate for her alma mater the United States Air Force Academy. Additionally, she served as a volunteer teacher and humanitarian in Ghana, Tanzania and Nepal. She has presented papers on community violence prevention and is the creator/director of Social Impact Theater Project, an interactive bystander intervention program, which she facilitated for 2750 military members. Michelle is also a certified PATH therapeutic riding instructor and equine specialist in mental health. She earned two M.A. degrees, one in Psychology and one in English (University of Colorado, Denver). To honor fallen military colleagues, she founded Parwana LEADership Legacy, a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership camps to veterans and their families to enhance empathy, communication, and teamwork so youth can then use these concepts to lead others.
Kevin serves as the Vice-President of Operations for Phil Long Dealerships, overseeing all 21 Phil Long dealerships. He joined Phil Long in 2006 as the General Sales Manager at Phil Long Ford of Denver. Kevin assumed the General Manager position at Phil Long Ford of Denver in 2011 and became the Managing Partner in 2013. Kevin attended Eastern New Mexico University from 1986-1990. He has served on the National Ford Dealer Council and currently serves on the Phil Long Enterprise Board of Directors.
AMY GILLENTINE SWEET
Amy graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor’s in Journalism. She’s lived in Colorado Springs since 2004 and is currently the group publisher for the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group, the Colorado Springs Business Journal, and The Transcript, six of the eight papers associated with Colorado Publishing House. Amy is married to Maj. John R. Sweet (Wyoming National
Guard) and together, they have four children.
Mark serves as an El Paso County Commissioner (District 2). Mark received his Bachelor’s in Political Science from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He then studied at the University of North Dakota where he received his Master’s in Space Studies, followed by his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, College of Law.
Ross was born and raised in the Amarillo, TX area. He has spent most of his career working for local television stations in news, marketing and sales roles. That work took him around the country in various roles, most recently as Vice President and General Manager of KOAA TV. Ross and his family found a home in Colorado Springs. He has served on a number of nonprofit boards through the years, and appreciates the opportunity to give back to veterans in the area.
BARBARA J. WINTER
Barb Winter recently retired from Ent Credit Union where she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Community Offi cer. She was responsible for executive oversight of human resources, payroll, training, and the real estate development and facilities divisions
of Ent. She also coordinated community outreach and philanthropy along the Front Range. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University. Barb has served and currently serves on numerous boards in the community. She is the 2002 recipient of the Athena Award from the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and is a 2004 CSBJ Woman of Infl uence, as well as a 2013 Girl Scout Woman of Distinction award winner. She was also named as the 2017 Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Accolades Business Executive of the Year. She also has recently received community leadership awards from the Pikes Peak YMCA, Leadership Pikes Peak, and Silver Key Senior Services. She is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership Community Leaders program.
ANGELA ANN CESARIO
Angela Ann, a Trinidad native, now makes her home in Colorado Springs after 40 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. She serves as Board Secretary for the Mt. Carmel of Colorado Board of Trustees and has served as Board Secretary for Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, Mt. Carmel Health, Wellness, and Community Center as well as the Trinidad
Community Foundation and the PILLAR Institute of Life Long Learning. Angela Ann serves Mt. Carmel of Colorado as Special Projects Coordinator, is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and did post-graduate work in journalism at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago.