Leadership

Board of Directors


Amber Hargrave
Homeless Prevention Coordinator
 
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.


Andrew Gilbert


Brian Wess
Vice Chairman
 
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 Pack/Soviet Union Countries during the Cold War in Europe during the 1980’s.


Carrie Wolf
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.


Dinah Carney
THI Coordinator


James Griffith
Chairman
 
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.


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.


Jenni McCullough


Katie Travis


Lieutenant Colonel Michael K. Schriever
 
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.


Shirleen Blue-Murrell
Secretary
 
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.


Alison Gerbig
RMHS


Christian Nunez
Representing PMCN
 
Christian Nunez is a retired US ARMY Staff Sergeant who has deployed in three occasions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). He moved back to Fountain, CO with his wife who serves as an Army Officer. Christian was born and raised in San Diego, California and is the youngest of five children; all siblings served or continue serving in the US Military. He has completed his Bachelors of Science in Psychology and is pursuing a Masters in Social Work (MSW) to adequately help assist veterans along with their families. He has a genuine desire to help the local military community and his fellow veterans. This is demonstrated by his participation in various veteran friendly organizations and through his current employer, Peak Military Care Network (PMCN).


Edward Adelman
 
Eddie spent 25 years in the Air Force as a Force Support Officer. Was stationed at various posts in the United States and overseas including, Holloman AFB, Pentagon twice, ROTC Instructor at SDSU, two tours in the United Kingdom and one at Aviano AB. Retired in 2010 as a Colonel and worked at the Dover Port Mortuary and most recently RAF Lakenheath, UK. He moved to Cascade, CO in Oct 2015 and started at the PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom Clinic as the Volunteer Coordinator. He has been married to his wife Connie for 37 years and has three children.


James Peaslee
 
Raised in Santa Clara, California, James entered the U.S. Army in September 1966. Served in Vietnam from early February, 1967 to late October, 1968 as a Classified Documents Clerk and Grunt. Returned to the U.S. to be stationed at Ft. Carson, Colorado. Left service in June 1969 to return to college. James obtained his B.S. in Behavioral Science from the University of Southern Colorado. Additionally, he has obtained a certificate as a Paralegal, and as an EEOC Investigator. A Life Member of VFW Post 7829, and a member of American Legion Post 209.


Jeane Turner
Representing the Salvation Army


John Shaffner
Treasurer
 
Upon graduating from high school in 1962, I went straight into the Navy. After I was honorably discharged, I went to Guilford College for two years then UNC, NC State, and High Point University before finishing at WS University. I’ll spare you the particulars of my credentials.
 
I taught school for five years and then went to the N C Governor’s office to write speeches and then worked at the N C Parks and Recreation, about for twelve years, before moving to Colorado when a new governor came in and I was in the wrong party.
 
Town of Aspen, trail Supervisor; sold Cameras and taught photography classes for eight years; Now I write Historical novels: LEGACY OF BLOOD, published 2010; Currently I’m working on trilogy novels, on the American Civil War; having finished two books, both poems for adults and children.


Josh Gates
Advisory Member
 
Josh works as an Associate Veterans Service Officer with El Paso County Veteran Services and has been an advisory board member with EPCHVC for approximately 1 year. He was a member of the 3rd US Infantry (The Old Guard) in Washington DC from 1998 to 2002 and after 12 years in law enforcement has been doing veteran service officer work for the Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs and El Paso County Veteran Services for the past 4 years.


Kassandra Haynesworth
Leasing Manager, Greccio Housing
 
For the last four years she has played an active role in placing the VA Homeless population into housing in Colorado Springs. Kassandra has a strong military presence in her immediate family life. Her Grandfather, Uncle, Brother, and Husband are all Veterans who served our country. The pride they showed in serving gives her the same sense of pride when helping out other veterans.


Nick Palarino
Representing Mt. Carmel
 
Nick, a U.S. Army retiree, was raised an Army brat and his family settled in Bowie, Maryland. After graduating from The Citadel, he served 22 years as an artilleryman. His last eight years were assigned at Fort Carson serving in different positions that included Rear Detachment for three separate brigades, division level staff and two separate deployments. Nick married the girl next door while stationed at Fort Sill and they have a daughter who graduated from University of Colorado Boulder and a son in the Marines. During the summer months, you will find Nick hiking the Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. He currently serves as the Director of Partner Development of Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center .


Victoria Scafuto
HUD-VASH / HCHV Supervisor
 
Victoria Scafuto is the HUD-VASH/ HCHV Supervisor at the Colorado Springs CBOC. She has over 7 years experience working with our Homeless Veteran population and 6 of those years was direct contact as a social worker on the HUD-VASH team in San Francisco, CA. She has a Masters of Social Work from San Diego State University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Victoria oversees the VA Homeless Program and leads a team of HUD-VASH social workers whose mission is to end Veteran homelessness. She and her team work hard everyday to reach this goal. Victoria is very proud to work with such a dedicated group of social workers, colleagues and community partners in ending Veteran homelessness.