Leadership

Board of Directors
11 Positions Authorized in By-Laws (Voting Members)



James Griffith
Chairman
• American Red Cross
• American Legion Post #209
 
From November 2011 until October 2014 Chaplain (Colonel) USA Retired James Griffith worked for the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross as their Service to the Armed Forces Outreach Coordinator for the US Air Force Academy, Peterson and Schriever Air Forces Bases, the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, and for the 70% of Fort Carson military families that live off post.
 
Chaplain Griffith currently volunteers with the Red Cross, VFW 4051 and DAV Post #26 and has supported Homeless Veteran Stand Downs in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Durango, Fort Collins, Loveland, and Grand Junction, Colorado.


Brian L. A. Wess
Vice Chairman
• American Legion Post #209
• Defenders of Freedom Veterans Recognition Ride
 
Brian is a Cold War U.S. Army Veteran and the Realtor / Broker Owner of Infinite Horizons Realty (www.BrianWess.com) since 2003 as well as the Founder/Organizer of the Annual Defenders of Freedom: Veterans Recognition Ride (www.VeteransRide.com) that since 2008 has generated tens of thousands of dollars for Pikes Peak Region fallen, severely wounded and at risk Military Veterans and their families. Brian served as a Tank Crewman and Border Operations Controller in the storied 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry along the Iron Curtain Border with the Warsaw Pact/Soviet Union Countries during the Cold War in Europe during the 1980’s.


John Crouse
Treasurer
 
The Treasurer handles and controls all funds received and expended by the El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition, maintains the EPCHVC budget and financial records, reports to the BOD concerning transactions related thereto, and files applicable tax returns.
 
John spent over 22 years in the Army as a Signal Corps Officer. Was stationed at various posts in the United States and overseas, including Ft Hood, TX, Ft Ritchie. MD, Ft Gordon, GA., two tours in Germany, and two in Korea including one as the Battalion Commander of the 307th Signal Battalion. He received a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. After retiring in 1995 as a Lieutenant Colonel, he moved to Monument, CO where he worked for several defense contractors primarily in support of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command as a program manager. John has been Treasurer of the El Paso County Homeless Veteran’s Coalition for the past 3 years.


Shirleen Murrell
Secretary
• Rocky Mountain Human Services
 
Shirleen Blue-Murrell, is a Veteran Support Specialist for Rocky Mountain Human Services; providing services to homeless veterans. Grew up in a military family; parents were both military. Was married to a Vietnam veteran, and has 3 sons and 8 grandchildren all of which live in other states. Attended Suomi Community College, in Hancock, Michigan for Criminology and Accounting. Presently on the CHAP task team for Homelessness and Housing.


Dinah Carney
THI Committee Chair
• Vets4Vets
• Combat Veterans MC


Amber Hargrave
THI Committee Deputy
 
Amber is an active duty military spouse with detailed knowledge of veteran specific organizations in our local community that assist our warriors of any era. As the Gera list Navigator with Mt. Carmel Veteran Service Center, Amber not only builds relationships with our community partners, but also understands the struggles of active duty, veterans and their families. Amber conducts non-clinical case management of various challenges, and partners with both the client and community partners to find a resolution. Educationally, Amber holds a Master’s in Health Administration from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Art in Sociology from Ashford University.


Lieutenant Colonel Michael K. Schriever
 
Logistics
• U.S. Air Force
 
Lt. Col. Michael K. Schriever is the 2nd Space Operations Squadron commander, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. He is responsible for the command and control mission for the GPS satellite constellation. The 2nd SOPS operates and maintains the world’s premiere space-based position, navigation and timing system, which is the largest Department of Defense spacecraft constellation.
 
Schriever has 27 years of military service with 12 years enlisted as a Navy nuclear operator. He has served in multiple Air Force acquisition, operations and command and control organizations. Prior to taking command, he was the 2nd SOPS director of operations leading the squadron through significant modernization to on-ramp the next generation GPS era and codify the GPS Warfighter Collaboration Cell serving a joint and coalition warfighter, interagency, civilian and commercial global user community. Before 2nd SOPS, Schriever served in a variety of leadership roles at U.S. Strategic Command, the Congressional Space Corp task force, Headquarters Weapons and Tactics and the National Reconnaissance Office.


Jenni McCullough
Member at Large


Andrew Gilbert
Member at Large
• American Legion Post #209


Carrie Wolf
Member at Large
• Sodexo
 
Carrie Wolf is the Regional Chair to Sodexo’s employee business resource group Honoring Our Nation’s finest with Opportunity and Respect (HONOR). The mission of the Military Resource Group HONOR is to provide support, guidance and resources to employees and families connected to the military by establishing partnerships with community groups that support veterans, active duty, National Guard and military reserve. Sodexo has provided meals along with employment services at Stand Down events in multiple cities across the United States.
 
Carrie grew up in a military family whose father, grandfather, and grandmother served in the Marine Corps.


Katie Travis
Member at Large
• Mt. Carmel Veterans Center
 
Katie has been assisting EPCHVC since early 2018. She has been with the Mt. Carmel Family since January 2017. She recently completed her Bachelors of Social Work and is currently working towards her MSW. After working as a case manager with the VFR team for three years, Katie has now taken on the role as Director of Veteran and Family Resources at Mt. Carmel and moved up from the advisory board with EPCHVC. She is ecstatic to have more involvement in both programs and help take them to the next level while continuing to support our veterans in becoming the best versions of themselves. As a proud Army Brat of 27 years, Katie is a strong advocate for the military community. Although she spent her childhood traveling the greater Army bases, she has lived in Colorado for 17 years now and intends to call it home for quite some time.

Advisory Board
11 Positions Authorized in By-Laws (Non-Voting Members)

 
Keith Anderson
• VA PFC Lindstrom Clinic
 
Barry Bateman
• American Legion Post #38
 
Joshua Beaston
• Volunteers of America
 
Plovelyn Bulawan
• El Paso County Veterans Service Office
 
Evan Caster
• Pikes Peak Continuum of Care
 
Alison Gerbig
• Rocky Mountain Human Services
 
Kassandra Haynesworth
• Greccio Housing
 
Melissa Mollenkamp
• Disabled American Veterans #26
 
Nick Palarino
• Medicare Mentors LLC
 
Victoria Scafuto
• VA PFC Lindstrom Clinic