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.

Paul Farley

Assistant United States Attorney

Centennial, Colorado
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.

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
Term expires December 31, 2016

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.

LeRoy Salazar

Rancher, Farmer, Engineer, Management Consultant

Manassa, Colorado
Appointed April 5, 2010
Term expires December 31, 2016

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.

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.