Volunteer Opportunities

Instructors (see class page)



Classroom Hosts

Data Entry

​Curriculum Department

Mission, Vision, and Goals

Mission:   To foster lifelong learning as part of the culture of the Pikes Peak Region.
Vision:  To be the premier provider of affordable lifelong learning programs in the Pikes Peak region.
Goals: To offer significant and relevant volunteer opportunities to members of our community.
To be a leader in making the Pikes Peak region a vibrant and remarkable community in which to live, to grow and to age. 
To partner with similarly focused organizations to enhance the quality of life of the citizens of our community. 
To manage our resources - physical, financial and intellectual - responsibly.


We thank our grantors, sponsors, and partners                      for their support.

Grantors 2017

​Bruni Foundation

EM & FE Everett Charitable Trust (PPCF)

​Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund

Grantors 2016:

Inasmuch Foundation

Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund

EM & FE Everett Charitable Trust (PPCF)

Susan N. Bernstein Fund at Schwab Charitable

​The J. V. Bruni and Company Foundation

The Moniker Foundation​
Grantors 2015:
Pikes Peak Community Foundation
Gazette Charities
The J. V. Bruni and Company Foundation
The Leighty Foundation
El Pomar Foundation

Grantors 2014:
Inasmuch Foundation
The J. V. Bruni and Company Foundation

Sponsors for 2017:

Broadmoor Court


Ent Credit Union

Sponsors for 2016:

The Real Estate Company

Ent Credit Union                                 
Sponsors for 2015:                                      

Carnick and Kubik

Partner Organizations for 2017:

Colorado Technical University

Pikes Peak Library District

Mt Carmel Center of Excellence
WES - Women's Educational Society of Colorado College     
Colorado Springs Philharmonic Guild
MacVan Maps​​

Palisades at Broadmoor Park

Myron Stratton

Inn at Garden Plaza​

​​Volunteer Staff

PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning

About Us

PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning is the only independent lifelong learning organization in the Pikes Peak region.  It is a volunteer-driven membership organization that is open to all.   PILLAR produces over 300 liberal arts and science classes each year for those young at heart.   In addition, there are community lectures by community leaders, Living History portrayals, Reader's Theater performances, day tours and extended trips. 


PILLAR was originally known as the Peak Institute of Living, Learning and Rejuvenation.  It was founded in March of 1998 and was originally an institute for learning in retirement supported by Pikes Peak Community College and inspired by Elderhostel (now Road Scholar).  In 2000, PILLAR opted to become an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit.  

Now in its 18th year, PILLAR has classes throughout the Pikes Peak region, from Gleneagle to Fountain and west to Woodland Park.    PILLAR is partnered with many local organizations who appreciate lifelong learning.

Board of Directors

Annual Reports​

Vickie Heffner, 

PILLAR's Executive Director

June 2014 - 

Post Graduate Certificate in Executive Nonprofit Management

Masters of Science  in LSIS

​Bachelor's of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Major in Earth Science and Minor in History

30 years of nonprofit experience

PILLAR is largely a volunteer run nonprofit.

Executive Director

Electronic Payments

PILLAR is a member of the Road Scholar Network.

PILLAR is a member of the Senior Resource Council and Center for Nonprofit Excellence.

PILLAR is on the Social Participation Task Force of the Colorado Springs Age Friendly Initiative.


Judy Casey, Board President
Occupation/affiliations:  Educator, School Principal, Literacy Director, State Literacy President,  Women’s Foundation of Colorado Regional Steering Committee, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Griffith Centers, the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, Colorado Springs Rotary Club (Downtown), and presently serves as Chair of Local Service Projects for the club and as District Literacy Chair for Rotary District 5470.  University of Denver supervisor of student teachers and principals, University of Northern Colorado student teacher supervisor

Bertha Koch, Board Vice President 
Occupation / affiliations: former Volunteer Services Manager, Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Angela Ann Cesario, Board Secretary 
Occupation/affiliations:  Board Secretary for the Trinidad Community Foundation and is a member of the Friends of Historical Trinidad, the Trinidad Historical Society and History Colorado. She is Board Secretary for Mt. Carmel Health, Wellness and Community Center and on the Advisory Board of Mt. Carmel Health and Wellness Clinic where she also serves as secretary pro-tem. Angela Ann retired from corporate-level administrative management and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

Trish Grihalva, Board Treasurer  
Occupation/affiliations: Retired CPA, previous owner Forest Financial & Accounting Services LLC, Savvy Womens Network-VP Finance, Board member/Treasurer Colorado Springs Womens Express Network/ABWA, Member AICPA, Past Treasurer Black Forest Business Group, UC Berkeley MBA.

Paula Dahl, Board Member
Occupation/affiliations: Colorado native and healthcare executive; Vice President with large Colorado healthcare company. Expertise in healthcare management, business development, marketing & sales, operations and compliance. Regis University MBA. 
James C. Furfari, Board Member
Occupation/affiliations:  Retired Air Force Fighter Pilot; Retired Project Management Colorado Springs Utilities; Former Board Chair for Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center; Tour Guide at Glen Eyrie Castle.

Sheri Gagliardi, Board Member

Occupation/affiliations:  Current  Private Banker at Ent Credit Union.  Board member/Treasurer Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Meredith Jobe, Board Member
Occupation / affiliations: Retired Special Education Supervisor, Speech/Language Pathologist in Colorado School District 11; Former Board Member for Colorado School Medicaid Consortium; Former President of Pikes Peak School & Public Employees Retirement Association (PPSPERA); volunteer at Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care.

James Pleiman, Board Member

​Occupation/affiliations:  Retired VP Supply Chain; Board Member/Colorado Springs Food Rescue; Former Board President/JDRF Mid-South; Former Board Member/United Way Mid-South; Indiana University Graduate​​​.