Meet the Trustees
Arnold Salazar, Chair
Executive Director - Colorado Health Partnerships, L.L.C.
Reappointed December 31, 2013
Term expires December 31, 2017
Mr. Salazar has a long and extensive experience in Colorado in the field of community mental health. He began his career at the San Luis Valley Mental Health Center after completing his graduate work at the University of Michigan. He directed the center for 10 years prior to organizing SysCare LLC a managed care company offering mental health services. In 2005 he became CEO of Colorado Health Partnerships. Colorado Health Partnerships includes 8 non-profit community mental health center providers, and ValueOptions, a for profit management services provider. Colorado Health Partnerships contracts with the Department of Health Care Policy and Finance, the state agency for the Medicaid mental health risk contract.
Kathleen Rogers, Vice Chair
Vice President and Director of Marketing - Rio Grande Savings and Loan
Appointed December 31, 2013
Term expires Dec. 31, 2017
Kathy Rogers, a lifelong resident of the San Luis Valley, currently serves as Vice Chair for the Board of Trustees.
Kathy recently accepted a position as Vice President and Director of Marketing for Rio Grande Savings and Loan where she has served on the Board of Directors for 10 years. Kathy’s previous 14 year career was spent at San Luis Valley Health Regional Medical Center as Vice President of Development and then Director in Public/Patient Relations and Marketing.
In 2001, Rogers was elected to the Alamosa City Council and then as the city’s Mayor in 2009, serving 12 years in city office. She has been appointed to multiple boards and commissions statewide and locally including the Governors Rural Healthcare Grants Council, Colorado Victims Service Board, 12th Judicial District Victims Comp Board, Trinidad State Junior College Foundation Board, Colorado Municipal League Policy Board Chair, El Pomar Regional Council, Alamosa Chamber of Commerce Board and numerous other service related commitments.
Kathy also represents the Trustees on the ASU Foundation Board.
Assistant United States Attorney
Appointed December 7, 2012
Term expires December 31, 2016
J.D. University of Denver College of Law
B.A. University of Colorado
Paul Farley has been with the United States Attorney's Office in Denver since 2006. Previously, he served for five years as the Deputy Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration, where he was the chief operating officer of the cabinet department responsible for the state civil service system, facilities, real estate, and archives, as well as business services ranging from telecommunications and computing to financial accounting, purchasing, insurance and risk management. From 1991 to 1999, he served as Colorado Deputy Attorney General, where he was responsible for the representation of a dozen cabinet departments, including education, higher education, human services, and labor, and the administration of the state peace officer certification program.
From 2002 to 2012, the Governor appointed and reappointed him to the State Judicial Performance Commission, where he served as chair for the last six years. His familiarity with the Alamosa area includes climbing the Crestones, Blanca Peak, and other notable points in the Sangre de Cristos. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, church activities, and traveling with his family. He and his wife Leslie have been married for 30 years, and have three grown children.
Rancher, Farmer, Engineer, Management Consultant
Appointed April 5, 2010
Term expires December 31, 2015
M.S. Colorado State University
B.S. Colorado State University
LeRoy Salazar is currently a rancher, farmer, engineer and consultant. From 1982 - 2000 he was president and CEO of Agro Engineering, Inc. He has served as a member of the Colorado Agricultural Commission, as director of Citizens for Colorado Water and has also served on the North Conejos School District Board of Education with several years as its president. He is vice president of the Hope for Children Foundation and is also a board member at the San Luis Valley Federal Bank. He holds a Master's and Bachelor's degrees in agricultural engineering from Colorado State University earned in 1977 and 1974 respectively.
General Manager, Rio Grande Water Conservation District
Appointed December 15, 2015
Term expires Dec. 31, 2018
B.S. Colorado School of Mines
Cleave Simpson is a 1984 graduate of the Colorado School of Mines, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering.
After spending time working in Texas and Australia, he and his wife, Cathy, of over 30 years , returned to their home town of Alamosa to be close to family and friends. Cleave and Cathy have one son Jared, who currently resides in Huntsville Texas.
Cleave is a fourth generation San Luis Valley farmer and rancher and works closely with his father to manage their family farms and cow herds.
When not working on Valley water issues or farming/ranching, Cleave enjoys classic American Hot Rods, particularly his 1957 Chevy Cameo pickup, as well as spending time camping and fishing with his wife.
Cleave has served on the County Land Use Planning Commission, the Farm Service Agency County Committee, and local school district accountability committees in the past.
Real-estate Broker and Developer, Farmer, and Consultant
Appointed December 15, 2015
Term expires Dec. 31, 2018
B.S. Colorado State University-Pueblo
Singletary, a native of Pueblo, Colorado, is a real-estate broker and
developer, farmer, and consultant. He
served three Colorado governors on a variety of State Commissions, including
Parks and Wildlife, Department of Agriculture, Lower Arkansas Valley Water
Conservancy District, and COGO.
He has been a member of several organizations including the Colorado Cattleman's Association, Pueblo County Planning and Zoning Commission, Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, and the Farm Bureau.
He and his wife of 45 years raised two children while farming and ranching in southeastern Pueblo County. Along with five grandchildren they continue to enjoy the rural lifestyle and outdoor activities.
Alamosa County Economic Development Corporation
Director Alamosa County Chamber of Commerce
Appointed December 31, 2014
Term expires Dec. 31, 2017
B.S. Adams State College
Born and raised in Alamosa, Colorado, Randy Wright received
a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, with a minor in chemistry in 1984 from
After completing his degree, Randy worked for his father,
Larry Wright, also an Adams State alumnus, as assistant manager of their first
Stop N Shop Convenience store in Alamosa. Within seventeen years, Randy was the
general manager of three successful stores in the San Luis Valley. After the
business sold, Randy worked for KSPK Radio as sales representative in sales, on
air, and creative advertisement work. In 2011, he accepted the position as
executive director for the Alamosa County Economic Development Corporation. He
is also the director of the Alamosa County Chamber of Commerce.
Randy is married to Tammy, his wife of 25 years. Randy and
Tammy have two children, Michael, a 2014 Adams State School of Business
alumnus, and Brian, who will graduate from the School of Business in the fall
of 2016. Randy has two older children and five grandchildren. Sarah (Justin
Ruiz) lives in Orem, Utah, with their 4 daughters. Loren, a 2008 Adams State
School of Business alumnus, has an Edward Jones Office in Greeley, Colorado,
Loren and his wife, Kristen Jordan of La Jara, live in Eaton, Colorado, with
their new daughter.
Randy’s interests include photography, hunting, fishing and
barbeque. He has served on many local boards including Ducks Unlimited,
Colorado Guides and Outfitters and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He also
served on the State Board of Directors for the Colorado Bowhunter’s
Association. He is a member of the NRA and served as secretary of the Forbes
Wagon Creek Land Owners Association Board of Directors for 12 years.
Robert Benson Ph.D.
Professor of Geology and Earth Sciences
Elected January 1, 2013
Term expires June 30, 2018
Ph.D. Colorado School of Mines
M.S. University of Idaho
B.S. University of Washington
Rob Benson is by birth a Connecticut Yankee, but spent little time there, growing up, going to school, and working in Massachusetts, Illinois, California, Maine, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Nevada, and longest of all, in Alamosa, Colorado.
His early working days were spent teaching sailing, doing yard work and such before pursuing an education in marine biology. He quickly saw the folly of his ways and pursued a fascination with the complexities and challenges of ore deposits in the field of economic geology. He spent field seasons chasing base and precious-metal deposits during school, and settled into a post-graduate decade of successful pursuit of gold deposits in Nevada and Colorado.
A market downturn uprooted him from the mining business, providing him a chance to pursue a love of teaching and sharing the lore of geology. He started at Adams State University in 1996, and served as department chair from 1998 through 2004. He is the Director of the Edward M. Ryan Geology Museum, a wonderful teaching exhibit that Adams State University was fortunate to receive as a donation. He considers himself lucky to be working with world-class faculty who share his love of teaching. He lives in Alamosa with his soul mate, Sheri.
Elected August 2016
Term expires June 30, 2017
John is an Alamosa native and a proud fourth-generation student at Adams State University. He is in his junior year. He plans to graduate with a double major in accounting and finance within three years and then would like to attend graduate school or join the Peace Corp.
As well as serving a student trustee, John is a member of Phi Beta Lambda, Toastmasters and the Art League on campus. He also works at the local Chile’s Bar and Grille.
As student trustee, John plans to improve communication between him and the student body as much as possible.