Debi Bauer ~ Board President
Debi is retired from Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in Plano, TX. Assisted clients in improving the performance of individuals and leadership teams in the areas of communication, decision making, managing change, performance management, and results orientation; certified trainer in the Linkage Inc./William Bridges & Associates programs – Managing Organizational Transition and Individual Transition in Organizations.
Bertha Koch ~ Board Vice President
Bertha has been involved in the Colorado Springs Community for 42 years. She is retired from Girl Scouts as a Volunteer Service Manager for Girl Scouts of Colorado, where she was a staff member for 25 years for legacy council Wagon Wheel. She was part of a statewide team that managed over 10,000 volunteers. Her position included recruitment, interviewing, volunteer applications, references, background checks, training, enrichment, fund raising and conflict management. Her lead position on the team is statewide recognition for all volunteers. She has partnered with many groups over the years including RAP (Board Member of Reducing Adolescents Pregnancies), Youth Community & Suicide Awareness, TEPP (Tobacco Education Prevention Partnership), El Paso County Department of Health and Environment- Fetal & Child Mortality Review Program, El Paso Court Truancy Committee, Department of Human Resource Foster Care, Falcon Business Alliance and Instructor of Trainers American Red Cross, NSID (National Society Interior Design), Community Networking, DOVIA. Bertha is currently serving on the National Board Member at Large for Association of Executive Girl Scouts and chairing Pikes Peak Girl Scout Alumni. Her work experience over the years have been diverse from design, advertising, to Registered, Certified Medial Assistance for several medical practices here in Colorado Springs. She also worked for NY design showrooms, advertising firms, and Compassion International.
Melanie Wehrle ~ Board Treasurer
Melanie is retired from the Pikes Peak Library District, where she was the Senior Services Librarian. She has a BS in Accounting for Southern Illinois University and a MLIS from University of Denver. She is a current PILLAR instructor.
Deirdre McCormack ~ Board Secretary
A resident of Colorado Springs since 2000, Deirdre retired in 2016 after a 36-year career in commercial banking as a Vice President and Credit Manager. In addition, she developed and managed advanced credit training programs for business bankers. Community involvement included serving on the Colorado Springs Steering Committee for The Women’s Foundation, Homeward Pikes Peak Finance Committee, and Board member of Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado. She is a graduate of Leadership Pikes Peak (2004), the University of Texas at Arlington, BA, History; and the University of New Mexico Anderson’s School of Business, MBA.
Judy Casey ~ Board Member
Judy has been an educator all of her life. She has been a School Principal, Literacy Director, and State Literacy Association President. She serves as a mentor and Board member for KPWE at UCCS. She was a member of the Colorado Springs Rotary Club (Downtown) and was Rotarian of the Year in 2016. She has a B.A. Elementary Education from University of
North Carolina and a M.Ed in Reading from University of
Massachusetts. She is a current PILLAR instructor.
Angela Ann Cesario ~ Board Member
Angela Ann is a Trinidad native. She has served as the Board Secretary for the Trinidad Community Foundation and the PILLAR Institute and is a member Trinidad Historical Society. She is a member of the Trinidad Board of Managers and assists Mt. Carmel of Colorado as a Special Projects Coordinator. Angela Ann has served as secretary for all three boards. Angela Ann retired from corporate-level administrative management. She is an honors graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and has done post-graduate work in Journalism at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism..
Trish Grihalva ~ Board Member
Originally from California, Trish is a retired CPA and the previous owner of Forest Financial & Accounting Services LLC. She was the VP of Finance for the Savvy Women's Network, a Board member/Treasurer for the Colorado Springs Women's Express Network/ABWA, a Member of AICPA, and the Past Treasurer Black Forest Business Group.
Derek Wilson ~Board Member
Derek serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for Silver Key. Prior to his current role, he was the Donor Relations Director for the Southern Colorado Region of The Salvation Army primarily responsible for major gifts. Before that, Derek was Director of Extended Studies at the Helen and Arthur E Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences at UCCS. He holds a BS in Political Science and a Masters in Educational Leadership, both from Northern Arizona University. He’s also a 2010 graduate of Leadership Pikes Peak (LPP).