Board of Directors
Jennifer Bowman, Chairman, CEO at Illada, LLC
Jennifer Bowman currently serves as a contractor for the Office of the Chief Information Officer for the United States Department of Agriculture. She has been with the USDA for the past 8 years and has worked on many enterprise information technology application deployments like HSPD-12 and ICAM. In 2009, Jennifer founded Illada, LLC with business partner Peter Cox. Illada strives to improve and enrich the lives and prosperity of individuals, businesses and communities through innovative and sustainable technology solutions. Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science from Regis University, Denver and is a native of Fort Collins, CO.
Joseph Davis, Secretary, Attorney at Sherman and Howard
Joe Davis is an attorney at Sherman & Howard L.L.C., a Denver-based law firm. He is an associate in the Business Department, and his practice is focused in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, commercial finance, and general corporate and securities work. Joe also provides advice to non-profit organizations regarding governance, compliance, and policy development. Joe holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Colorado State University.
Doug Geilert, Engineer Hilton Fort Collins
Doug is an Engineer at the Hilton-Fort Collins. He has held that position for nearly 5 years and was a Hand-Up Cooperative Graduate during its infant stages. Prior to this, Doug worked for nearly 15 years in the printing industry where he held a variety of positions before relocating back to Fort Collins to raise his daughter. Doug’s “real life” homeless experience brings a unique perspective to the challenges that people encounter during their road back to self-sufficiency. When not at work Doug enjoys spending time with his daughter, is an avid sports fan and loves going to his hometown of Shawnee, Colorado as often as possible to be with the most important part of life……..family!
Cole Herk, Real Estate Broker, Cassidy Turley
Cole Herk is a commercial real estate broker with Cassidy Turley Commercial Real Estate Services. He has been in the industry since 1999 and is active in both sale and lease transactions throughout Colorado. Cole graduated from Colorado State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance. He currently resides in Fort Collins with his wife and two children. He is an active member of his community and has spent time volunteering with a number of non-profits.
Megan Jacobson, Lead Executive Administrator, OtterBox
Megan Jacobson is the Lead Executive Administrator at OtterBox and a Lead Ambassador for OtterCares (the philanthropic arm of OtterBox). She began working there in mid-2010. She graduated with honors from The University of Phoenix with her Bachelors of Science in Human Services Management. Megan was part of the first, original Homeless Gear Outreach team and continues to volunteer on outreach shifts. She has volunteered weekly as a night intake volunteer at Catholic Charities since January 2010, in addition to teachinga monthly Conflict Management class at Catholic Charities. Megan has also served as a committee chair for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and volunteers during the holidays with the Salvation Army.
Ken John, Founder of Homeless Gear
Ken John was co-owner and served as President of Promats, Inc. for 20 years until selling the company in January 2008 to “retire.” In May of 2008 he founded Homeless Gear and served as the full time “volunteer” Executive Director until July 2014. He has also been active on the Homeless Day Services and Overflow Night Shelter committees. Ken graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Business (marketing concentration) and a Masters in Business Administration. He and his wife Nancy live in Fort Collins and have two children.
Teresa Kaufman, Treasurer, Associate at Dryg & Associates, CPAs, P.C.
Teresa is a CPA with eleven years of experience in public accounting specializing in individual, partnership and corporate taxation as well as tax and retirement planning. She was on the board of directors of Partnership for Sustainability prior to happily accepting her board position with Homeless Gear. Teresa is currently an associate at Dryg & Associates, CPAs P.C. where she prepares and also reviews complex tax returns. Teresa enjoys spending time with her two beautiful teenage daughters. Teresa currently serves as the Treasurer of Hand Up.
Mary Alice McComb, Vice-Chair, Professional Licensed Psychologist
Mary Alice has been in private practice for many years. Her areas of competency are forensic/violence evaluation, behavioral medicine, workplace and systems consultation, and disability adaptation. She still works part time. She comes from a family tradition of community activism. Her most recent involvements include Concerned Larimer, Pathways Past Poverty, Network of Spiritual Progressives, Homeless Day Services, Network of Northern Colorado Social Legislation, United Way Public Policy, Interfaith Immigrant Rights Coalition and Homeless Gear. She has a B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. She has lived in Fort Collins since 1969.
Sister Mary Alice Murphy, Founder, Hand Up
Sister Mary Alice Murphy, MSW, has worked in the Fort Collins Community as an advocate for the homeless for over twenty-five years. She came to the community as Director for Catholic Charities Northern. With the aid of numerous people in Fort Collins the Mission, a shelter for the Homeless was built. Seeing that the homeless needed affordable housing, with a dynamic Board of Directors, Care Housing was started and now serves over two hundred low income families with safe and attractive affordable housing. Realizing that a small infusion of cash at a critical time in a families’ life could keep a family from becoming homeless, Homelessness Prevention Initiative was started through the help of United Way, local Churches, dedicated volunteers and public and private funding. Because there was no daytime shelter for the homeless in the city dedicated volunteers with staffing from Catholic Charities and assistance from a local church a winter day shelter was started and staff for two years. That program through a coalition of The Murphy Center for Hope, Catholic Charities, United Way and dedicated volunteers are promoting a Homeless Day Services Initiative which will provide shelter and services for the homeless year round.
Ken Pilot, Senior Pastor, Metropolitan Community Church
Ken is the senior pastor at the Metropolitan Community Church in Fort Collins. He has also served agencies and churches in Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri. His Bachelor”s degree is from Concordia University, River Forest, IL, and his Master’s degree is from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has also been employed as a special education administrator and a human resources administrator. While in Fort Collins, Ken has volunteered at Pathways Hospice and Volunteers of America. He has also served as President of the Board of both Northern Colorado AIDS Project and the Geller Center and was a board member of the Colorado Health Network. Ken routinely volunteers with Homeless Gear’s Street Outreach program.
Andrew Troccoli, CEO at Anfeald & Hand Up Co-Founder
Andrew Troccoli is the CEO and Principal Consultant of Anfeald, an independent occupational safety and environmental training and consultation company located in Northern Colorado. Andrew and the Anfeald team provide services to a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, breweries, food and beverage, upstream oil and gas, agriculture and government agencies, to name a few. www.Anfeald.com.
Andrew was previously the co-founder and a board member of Hand-Up Cooperative. Andrew has worked over fifteen years in the brewing industry and over seven years in microelectronics manufacturing. Andrew is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Health from Colorado State University.
Scott Turner, Sam’s Club, Senior Manager, Technology Services for Colorado and Wyoming
Scott Turner is the Senior Manager of Technology Services for Sam’s Club in Colorado and Wyoming. Prior to that, he was the Club Manager of the Fort Collins Sam’s Club. He has been with Sam’s Club for eighteen years and has worked in seven different states. Scott has been involved with many support organizations across the country: CASA, Relay For Life, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Operation Shoebox. He has held Board positions with the Child and Family Support Center and The Salvation Army. When not at work Scott spends him time with his wife Susie and their three beautiful children in the mountains and streams of Colorado. Scott served in the United States Army and attended Missouri State University.