Top from left to right: Ed Smith, John Beavers, Scott Bond, McDennis Thomas, Bill Levis.  Bottom from left to right: Carolyn Pace, Melissa Kerr, Shirley Stewart, Robin Thorne.  Missing: Kit Roupé, Dan O’Rear


Bill Levis
Consumer Counsel and Director of the Office of the Consumer Counsel (Retired)
Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies


Bill Levis has been Chair of the Board of Directors of RMHCS since 2015 and joined the board in 2008. Bill was the Colorado Consumer Counsel and Director of the Office of the Consumer Counsel in the  Department of Regulatory Agencies where he represented residential, small business and agricultural consumers in energy and telecommunication proceedings before the state Public Utilities Commission.  Bill was also the President of the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado.  His son Jon suffered a severe brain injury in 2005 and spent over seven years as a resident of the Lodge before moving to Arvada in 2014.


Ed Smith
Vice Chair
Colonel (Retired) US Air Force
Consultant, Front Range Executive Service Corps (FRESC)
Higher/Public Education Facilities Management


Ed Smith is currently Vice Chair of the RMHCS Board of Directors, completing three years of service on the Board.  Ed is now in “full retirement” mode after a highly successful 40 year career of service to the nation and several public entities. He spent 24 years in the U S Air Force with noteworthy tours of duty in Turkey, the Vietnam War, at the Air Force Academy and as Commander of the NORAD Missile Warning Complex.  After his time in service, he spent time managing facilities at his alma mater, the University of Rhode Island, at Pueblo School District 60 and the University of Southern Colorado, and at the University of Colorado Health Sciences campus in Denver. Ed enjoys exercise, often working out with his wife Joy, and they travel regularly, including river cruising in Europe.


Robin Thorne
Occupational Therapist
Genesis Rehab Services


Robin Thorne has been the Secretary of the RMHCS Board of Directors since 2015 and has been a member of the board since 2014.  Robin received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Towson University in Towson, Maryland.  Robin is an Occupational Therapist in practice since 1999.  Her primary field of work is with seniors in a variety of settings including skilled nursing facilities.  Dementia care and rehabilitation of physical impairments are among her special interests and experience.  Robin is an aspiring quilter and a new grandma. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and their two dogs.


Dan O’Rear
Treasurer, Member at Large
Executive Director, Myron Stratton Home
CASA Board of Directors


Daniel O’ Rear has been the Treasurer on RMHCS Board of Directors since 2014.  Daniel has been actively involved in the nonprofit community of Colorado Springs since moving to the area in 1985 and has served as a board member for CASA, the YMCA Foundation, the Humane Society, the Fine Arts Center, and Life Network.  Prior to arriving at his current position as Executive Director of the Myron Stratton Foundation, Dan spent 22 years at Discover Goodwill serving as Chief Financial Officer and later as President of the Goodwill Industrial Services Corp.  Originally from Montana, Dan has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado and is a CPA.  Dan resides in Colorado Springs with his wife Sandy.  They have three children and one grand-daughter all living in Colorado.


John Beavers
Officer and Trustee, Harry C. Moores Foundation
Head of Bricker & Eckler’s Counsel for Boards and Executives


John Beavers has been a board member of RMHCS since 2015.  After practicing business law for over 44 years in areas of capital formation, mergers and acquisition and corporate governance, John retired to Colorado Springs and became a board member for organizations headquartered in Ohio and Colorado.  While practicing law, John was recognized as the 2014 Columbus, Ohio Corporate Compliance Lawyer of the Year, the 2013 Columbus, Ohio, Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year and the 2010 Columbus, Ohio Corporate Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America.  He also served as managing partner of his Ohio-based firm for 11 years and received the Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award from the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Performing and Cultural Arts and was recognized by the American Bar Association for support of women in the practice of law.  John now resides with his wife, Susan, in Colorado Springs.


Scott Bond
Director Commercial Sector Services – DSoft Technology, Engineering & Analysis
Founder and Principle Consultant – CMP, LLC

United States Army – Operations, Sergeant Major (Retired)


Scott Bond has been a board member of RMHCS since December of 2016.  His experience in leadership and management has spanned over three decades.  Beginning with his military service of twenty-one years, Scott enlisted in the United States Army in 1982, where he rose to the highest enlisted rank.  He is a retired Airborne Ranger who served twice and earned two bronze stars and an Army Commendation Medal for his actions in combat during Operations Desert Shield and Storm, the Liberation of Kuwait, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Scott joined Compassion International after retiring from military service in 2004.  Scott is the founder of CMP LLC., a Management Consulting firm that provides engagements in pro bono volunteer work to other organizations and their leadership teams. He is currently the Director of Commercial Sector Services at DSoft Technology, Engineering & Analysis.


Melissa Kerr
Lending Credit Analyst, Ent Credit Union


Melissa Kerr has been a member of the RMHCS Board of Directors since 2015.  Melissa has spent over 24 years in the financial banking industry and is currently a Corporate Credit Analyst for Ent Credit Union.  Her professional appointments include board positions with the Pikes Peak Chapter of Credit Unions and Colorado Springs Customer Service Association, evaluator for the BBB -Excellence in Customer Service Award, committee member for the United Way Allocation Committee and team leader for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society among others.  Melissa is a native to Colorado Springs and enjoys lending her expertise to non-profit organizations.


Carolyn Pace
Vice President of Human Resources (Retired), Peak Vista Community Health Center


Carolyn Pace is the immediate past chair of the Board of Directors of RMHCS and has been a member since 2010.   She retired as vice president of Human Resources of Peak Vista Community Health Centers. Prior to entering the non-profit world, Carolyn was in management and leadership roles in education and training, procurement, and administration in Honeywell and Digital Equipment Corporation; adjunct professor at Colorado Technical University,  and independent management consulting in the U.S. and Canada.  She holds a B.S. degree in Management and Master’s degrees in Management and Computer Resource Management. Her human resources and management background, particularly in the health care industry, bring significant value to RMHCS. Carolyn enjoys traveling, exercise, reading, theater, and movies.


Kit Roupé
Former State Representative
Certified Communication Planner


Kit Roupè has been a member of the RMHCS Board of Directors since March of 2017.  Kit is originally from Columbus, OH and moved to Colorado Springs in 1975 as a soldier at Fort Carson, CO.  Kit has a BSBA and a MPA from UCCS.   Kit served as the Colorado State Representative for southeast Colorado Springs from January 2015 to January 2017.  Her work experience involves land use planning, project and contract management, organizational management and transportation planning.  Her volunteer experience is extensive and covers more than two decades of different boards and commissions, including the Pikes Peak Area Council of Government Citizens Advisory Committee, the 4th Judicial District Performance Review Commission, the Colorado Springs Police Department Citizens Advisory Commission, and Global Villages Charter School Board.  She has two children and four grandchildren and enjoys art, pop culture, reading, music, and skiing.


Shirley Stewart
Health Care Consultant, Community Volunteer
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), United States Air Force


Shirley Stewart has been a member of the RMHCS Board of Directors since September of 2013.  Shirley is a Retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force.  She is a Health Care Consultant Community Volunteer, a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, a retired small business owner, and holds a Master of Science in Nursing.  Shirley is the President of the Board of Directors of Central Colorado Area Health Education Center (CCAHEC) and the President and Founding Member on the Board of Directors of the Vera Gang Scott Foundation, Inc.  She was appointed to the Women Economic Development Counsel-Colorado State House of Conference of Small Business and is a graduate of Leadership Pikes Peak.


McDennis Thomas
Research Development, Program Development, Government task forces and commissions, Adult/Youth Counseling Services and Case Management


McDennis Thomas has been a member of the RMHCS Board of Directors since April 2016.  McDennis holds a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University.  McDennis has directed and coordinated a myriad of programs including youth programs, senior centers, homeless shelters, HIV/AIDS prevention programs, adolescent pregnancy prevention and therapeutic residential facilities.  He has been a Counselor for adults, children, and families, has experience as a Case Manager, and as an educator, teaching both adolescents and adults.  McDennis suffered a stroke in May of 2016, which caused two language disorders, aphasia and apraxia.  He says he appreciates it when people take the time to let him get his message out because he is the same person he always was, just with a communication difficulty that he strives to overcome daily.


Dannis Schanel
Oncology Certified Social Worker, LCSW, OSW-C
Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers


Dannis joined the RMHCS Board of Directors in October 2017. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work. For over 25 years, Dannis has been an advocate in the healthcare community for individuals and families impacted by serious illness or injury. Currently, she provides clinical Oncology Social Work services for Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers as part of their southern Colorado division. Prior to this, Dannis spent several years at UCH-Memorial where she helped develop a successful comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation program, including specialty recognition in brain injury. In 2007, she became Director of The Lodge for RMHCS-Brain Injury Services (now called BrainCare) providing daily management and oversight for brain injury participants and acted as Clinical Liaison for admissions to both residential and day programs. Dannis was chair of RMHCS Fundraising and Brain Injury Conference committees, board member for the Colorado Brain Injury Program and President of the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado. Dannis is a native of Colorado Springs and loves spending time with her family, friends and her dogs, enjoying all that Colorado has to offer.