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.
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.
Griffin and Associates
Reappointed December 7, 2012
Term expires Dec. 31, 2016
J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law B.A. in History fromColorado University.
Mary Griffin has spent the last 17 years of her career in Human Resources in the high-tech sector along Colorado's Front Range. Presently she has her own Human Resources consulting firm in Boulder, Griffin and Associates.
She holds a J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law and a B.A. in History, also from C.U. Griffin is a fifth generation Coloradan, and has long been active in state and local politics.
Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Patient Relations
San Luis Valley Health
Appointed December 31, 2013
Term expires Dec. 31, 2017
Kathy Rogers is a lifelong resident of the San Luis Valley. Kathy's diverse background includes nursing, business, bereavement facilitation, law enforcement victim services and municipal government. Recently, Kathy completed 12 years in municipal government serving first as a city council member and most recently served as the first female Mayor for the city. Kathy chose not to run for re-election in 2013 to pursue other interests. She continues to be involved in the community and state by serving on various boards and committees including: the Regional Council of the El Pomar Foundation; 12th Judicial District Victims Compensation Board; is Vice-Chair for Rio Grande Savings and Loan Association; and Trinidad State Junior College Advisory Committee, as well as others.
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.
Program 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 of over 30 years Cathy, returned to their home town of Alamosa to be close to family and friends. Cleave and Cathy have one son Jared,who recently graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Texas.
Cleave is a third 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 have served on the County Land Use Planning Commission, the Farm Service Agency County Committee, and local school district accountability committees in the past.
Valentin "Val" Vigil
Owner, Vigil & Company, LLC
Accounting and Real Estate
Appointed December 14, 2011
Term expires Dec. 31, 2015
B.A. Adams State College
Val graduated from Adams State College in 1971 and is the
third from his family to graduate from Adams State. He served in the Colorado State Legislature from 1999-2006
and during that time he served for eight years in the Finance Committee, as
chairman for two years; eight years in the Appropriations Committee; and six
years in the Legislative Audit Committee, as chairman two years. He also
served for two years as the Assistant Minority Leader.
Val currently is in the City Council for the City of Thornton (6th largest city in Colorado). In addition he runs his Accounting and Real Estate business and has for the last 38 years. He is an advocate for education and volunteers many hours at the local schools as guest speaker or as a motivational speaker. He is in much demand to speak on immigration issues, as he was the first legislator in Colorado to introduce the in-state tuition legislation in 2000 and reintroduced it three additional years and is considered an expert in this topic.
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 is a 1984 graduate of Adams State University. Randy received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.
After graduation from Adams State University, Randy went to work for his father, Larry Wright, who also graduated from Adams State, as Assistant Manager of their first Stop-N-Shop convenience store in Alamosa. Seventeen years later, Randy had worked his way to general manager of three successful stores. When Larry sold the business, Randy worked for KSPK Radio as sales representative, on air, and creative ad work. Randy joined Alamosa County Economic Development Corporation in 2011 as Executive Director where he is also Director of the Alamosa County Chamber of Commerce.
Randy is married to Tammy, his wife of 23 years. Randy and Tammy have two children, Michael and Brian; both are currently enrolled at Adams State University. Michael will graduate in the spring of 2014 with a Business degree, and Brian, a sophomore, is also studying business. Randy has two older children, Sarah, who is married to Justin Ruiz and currently lives in Orem Utah with the Wright's three granddaughters; and Loren, a 2008 graduate of the Adams State Business School who has an Edward Jones Office in Greeley Colorado. Loren is married to Kristen Jordan of La Jara and they now live in Eaton, Colorado.
Randy's interests are related to outdoor activities such as photography, hunting, fishing and barbeque. He has been a board member of Ducks Unlimited, Colorado Guides and Outfitters (local chapter), and the Colorado Bowhunter's Association. He has been a member of the NRA and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Randy also serves Secretary of the Forbes Wagon Creek Land Owners Association Board of Directors.
Robert Benson Ph.D.
Professor of Geology and Earth Sciences
Elected January 1, 2013
Term expires June 30, 2015
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.
Kaylee Amber Gomez
Elected August 2014
Term expires June 30, 2015
A San Luis Valley native and an Alamosa High School graduate, Kaylee is in her senior year at Adams State University. Outside of being the student trustee, Kaylee is also involved with the Adams State University Cultural Awareness and Student Achievement center. As the event coordinator for CASA, she has planned activities for Hispanic Heritage Month and Cesar Chavez Week. Kaylee is currently studying business marketing and plans to enroll in the Higher Education Administration and Leadership Masters program upon graduation. Kaylee wants to pursue a career in higher education.