Board of Directors
Cole Herk, Real Estate Broker, Cassidy Turley, Board Chairman
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.
Mary Alice McComb, Professional Licensed Psychologist, Board Vice-Chair
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.
Teresa Kaufman, Associate at Dryg & Associates, CPAs, P.C., Board Treasurer
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.
Anne G. Fisher, President, Innovative OT Solutions and Affiliate Professor, Colorado State University
Anne is an occupational therapist who has many years of experience working with clients and as an occupational therapy educator and researcher. Upon retiring from Umeå University, Sweden, she returned to Colorado. She was a professor at Colorado State University (CSU) before moving to Sweden, and she currently supervises graduate students at CSU and internationally. She owns a small business in Fort Collins that develops assessment tools and provides educational programs to occupational therapists worldwide. She is a volunteer for Homeless Gear’s Street Outreach team and a member of the volunteer team for Homeless Gear’s One Village One Family Program.
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, Homeless Gear Founder, Emeritus Board Member
Ken John was co-owner and served as President of Promats, Inc. for 20 years until selling the company in January 2008. In May of 2008 he founded Homeless Gear and–until mid-2014–served as Executive Director. He and his wife, Nancy, helped to develop and launch Homeless Gear’s One Village One Family Program in 2015. Ken has been the Murphy Center Development Director since January 1, 2016 and is currently a member of the Homeward 2020 Board of Directors. Ken graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Business (marketing concentration) and a Master’s in Business Administration. Ken and Nancy live in Fort Collins and have two children.
Andrew Lemley, Government Affairs Representative, New Belgium Brewing Company
Andrew Lemley is the Government Affairs Representative for New Belgium Brewing Company, where he advocates for policies related to alcoholic beverages, employment and the environment, among other areas. He has served on the State Trade Association’s Board of Directors and serves on the Government Affairs Committee for the National Trade Association. He also serves on the Board of Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center, a Denver-based organization.
Bill Locklear, Former Business Owner, Philanthropist, Investor
Bill Locklear came to Fort Collins in 2002 when he retired. He has been active with philanthropy, real estate development and angel investing in Northern Colorado. He served two terms as Board Treasurer for Crossroads Safehouse and was a Co-Chair for their successful capital campaign to build a new facility. Bill’s career began as an information systems consultant with Ernst and Young. He then started an accounting software company that specialized in the not-for-profit sector. After running the company for 22 years, the company sold to Sage Software and Bill was with their U. S. management team until he retired. He is an Honors graduate of Stephen F. Austin University.
Ken Pilot, Senior Pastor, Metropolitan Community Church
Ken Pilot was, until recently, 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.
Bryan Tribby, Community Advocate, College Student
Bryan Tribby is a military veteran and community advocate who — in March of 2011, as a result of numerous life events — became homeless. Bryan joined the Board of Directors of Homeward 2020 (a community organization that oversees Fort Collins’ ten-year plan to make homelessness rare, short-lived and non-recurring) in January of 2012. Since that time, Bryan has tirelessly lent his voice, his experiences and his wisdom to the cause. He obtained housing in February 2013 and enrolled in college in June 2013; He expects to complete his certificate in Paralegal Studies in 2015 and plans to eventually attend law school.