Meet the Trustees

Arnold Salazar, Chair

Executive Director - Colorado Health Partnerships, L.L.C.

Alamosa, Colorado
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

Alamosa, Colorado

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. She also represents the Trustees on the ASU Foundation Board.

Ms. Rogers  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.  Her 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, Ms. 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.



Pam Bricker

Business Owner - Three Barrel Brewing Company

Del Norte, Colorado
Appointed December 21, 2016
Term expires December 31, 2020

M.A. Adams State University
B.S. University of Northern Colorado

Pam Bricker is a third generation Colorado native and has lived in the San Luis Valley since 1975. Prior to being elected a Rio Grande County Commissioner, she had a gratifying career as an educator and school administrator. Pam holds a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages (Spanish and Russian) with a secondary education endorsement from the University of Northern Colorado. She earned a Master's Degree in Language, Literacy, and Culture, followed by Educational Leadership, both from Adams State University. She completed her career as the Byran Syring DELTA Center Principal and Adult Education Director in the Monte Vista School District.

Pam's present and past community, state, and professional involvement is diverse. It includes the following: Rio Grande Board of County Commissioners, Action 22 Executive Board , Upper Rio Grande Economic Development, Colorado Department of Criminal Justice and Safety Sex Offender Management Board, Rio Grande Planning and Zoning Commission, charter Board of Directors member of the Colorado Coalition of Alternative Education Campuses, Colorado Adult Education Professional Association, and Monte Vista City Council.

Pam and her husband, John, own a thriving family business in Del Norte which has helped spur economic growth in the town. They have two adult children and four grandchildren. Her favorite pastime is being outdoors and enjoying time with her family, two dogs, and horses.



Reeves Brown

Project Coordinator - Building a Better Colorado

Denver, Colorado
Appointed December 21, 2016
Term expires December 31, 2020

B.S. Montana State University

Reeves Brown is an independent public policy consultant and Project Coordinator for the “Building a Better Colorado” project, a non-partisan effort to engage Coloradans in a constructive conversation about how to improve their state and seek consensus public policy recommendations to that end.

Reeves served on Governor John Hickenlooper’s cabinet as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) from 2011-2015. DOLA provides technical assistance on all aspects of local government administration, housing solutions, and property tax administration.

Prior to his appointment at DOLA, Reeves served as the Executive Director of CLUB 20, a non-profit political advocacy organization representing the diverse interests of the 22-county Western Colorado region. He also served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and oversaw the creation of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agriculture Land Trust (which has led to the protection of over 2 million acres of agriculture land nationwide).

Reeves grew up on his family’s 5th generation cattle ranch in eastern Montana and later received a B.S. in Agriculture Business and a minor degree in Economics from Montana State University. Having spent his formative years working in and around cow manure, Reeves feels that he is uniquely qualified to work in the public policy arena.

Reeves and his wife, Dianne, have four children (Kyler, Keaton, Seve and Abigail), a cat with an attitude, and a grateful heart for God’s boundless grace.


Michele Lueck

President and CEO - Colorado Health Institute

Englewood, Colorado
Appointed May 18, 2016
Term expires December 31, 2019

M.A. University of Melbourne, Australia
B.A. Harvard University

Michele Lueck is the president and CEO of the Colorado Health Institute. She joined the organization in November 2010, bringing nearly 20 years of health experience. Over the course of her career, she has worked for organizations that inform health care delivery and policy decisions with research, data and insight.

Previously, Ms. Lueck held leadership roles in two health-related nonprofits located on Colorado's Western Slope. And before entering the nonprofit world, she worked at Sg2 and Thomson Reuters.

She has consulted with many nonprofits including the Children's Health Foundation, the Aspen Medical Foundation and the Redford Center (previously the Sundance Preserve).

Ms. Lueck has an undergraduate degree from Harvard, and a master's degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia.



Wendell L. Pryor

Director - Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation

Denver, Colorado
Appointed May 18, 2016
Reappointed December 21, 2016
Term expires December 31, 2020

J.D. University of Denver
M.A. University of Colorado
B.A. Western State Colorado University

Wendell Pryor is Director of the Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation, an adjunct professor/lecturer with the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs, and was recently appointed a Senior Fellow for the Buechner Institute with the School of Public Affairs.

He retired as the State of Colorado Civil Rights Director and has extensive executive level management experience in civil rights, human resources, and nonprofit management in Colorado and California. A former lobbyist and social entrepreneur, he served as chair of the Foundation Board for Innovage, a senior care organization, and on its Board of Directors.

Mr. Pryor holds a law degree from the University of Denver, a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, and an undergraduate degree from Western State Colorado University. He does consulting with law enforcement, as well as with underrepresented and underserved populations. Most recently, he consulted on broadband deployment to rural areas and provided training on racial bias to the City of Boulder, Colorado, Police Department.



Cleave Simpson

General Manager, Rio Grande Water Conservation District

Alamosa, Colorado
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. The couple has one son Jared, who currently resides in Huntsville Texas.

Mr. Simpson 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, Mr. Simpson enjoys classic American Hot Rods, particularly his 1957 Chevy Cameo pickup, as well as spending time camping and fishing with his wife.

Mr. Simpson has served on the County Land Use Planning Commission, the Farm Service Agency County Committee, and local school district accountability committees in the past.



John Singletary

Real-estate Broker and Developer, Farmer, and Consultant

Pueblo, CO
Appointed December 15, 2015
Term expires Dec. 31, 2018

B.S. Colorado State University-Pueblo

John 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.



Randy Wright

Executive Director, Alamosa County Economic Development Corporation
Director Alamosa County Chamber of Commerce

Alamosa, Colorado
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 Adams State.

After completing his degree, Mr. Wright 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, Mr. Wright 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.

Mr. Wright is married to Tammy, his wife of 25 years. They 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. Mr. Wright 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.

Mr. Wright 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.


Rob Benson

Robert Benson Ph.D.
Faculty Trustee

Professor of Geology and Earth Sciences

Alamosa, Colorado
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.


John Owsley
Student Trustee

Major:  Accounting/Finance

Alamosa, CO
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, Mr. Owsley 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, Mr. Owsley plans to improve communication between him and the student body as much as possible.