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Melissa Kerr
Corporate Lending Officer, Ent Credit Union

Melissa Kerr has been the Chair of the RMHCS Board of Directors since September 2019 and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2015.  Melissa has spent over 24 years in the financial banking industry and is currently a Corporate Lending Officer 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.

Shawn Thompson
Vice Chair
Market President – BBVA Compass,

Shawn J. Thompson has been the Vice Chair of the RMHCS Board of Directors since August 2020 and a member of the board since 2017. He became enamored with the splendor of the Rockies during family vacations as a child, and when he graduated from Michigan State University, he pursued that childhood infatuation and moved to Colorado to start a career in banking. Today, Mr. Thompson is the Market President in southern Colorado for BBVA Compass, a global financial conglomerate that operates in 30 countries. He channels his natural curiosity and passion for learning into all aspects of his career. For more than two decades, those foundational attributes have been intrinsic to the process of creating solutions for clients throughout a broad spectrum of the banking industry. Outside of his professional endeavors, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Michelle, and their three tireless daughters. Mr. Thompson is actively engaged with several community organizations and is fortunate to currently advocate for the health and wellness of the community by serving on the boards of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region and Rocky Mountain Health Care Services. During those few moments of unallocated time, Shawn and his trusty labrador, Oscar, can often be found exploring the great outdoors.

Dave Kast
Stockman, Kast, and Ryan CPA’s (Founding Partner)

Dave Kast has been a member of the RMHCS Board of Directors since October 2017. Dave has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Colorado State University and has been in public accounting since 1975, which includes performing, planning and supervising audits of numerous companies in virtually all segments of the southern Colorado economy. He specializes in financial institutions, healthcare, real estate and high tech industries. Dave is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants (COCPA), and has been an accredited Certified Valuation Analyst since 1998. He was appointed in 1999 by the Governor to the Board of the Colorado Education and Cultural Facilities Authority (a State of Colorado conduit debt issuer), currently serving as chairman. He serves as secretary of the Garden of the Gods Foundation. Dave is also involved with many local community organizations, including Pikes Peak Council Boy Scouts of America, ComCor, Inc., Community Partnership for Child Development (Head Start), Pikes Peak United Way, Pikes Peak Mental Health Center, Pikes Peak Foundation for Mental Health, Palmer Land Trust and the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation.

Shirley Martinez

Colorado Springs Utilities,
HR Professional,
ADA Initiative/Procedural Planning,
Pikes Peak Diversity Council

Shirley Martinez joined the RMHCS Board of Directors in March of 2018. Shirley is a Retired Sergeant First Class in the United States Army. She is a Senior Compliance and Diversity/Inclusion Advisor for Colorado Springs Utilities. She holds a Master of Science in Psychology and License Professional Counseling, and is currently in a PhD program with University of Phoenix in Organizational Management (DM). Shirley is currently Co-Chair of Employer Support of Guard and Reserves (ESGR) for Colorado Springs, Co-Chair Pikes Peak Diversity Council, Lead member of MLK Jr. March and member of several non-profit groups. She was recently selected to the EEOC Veterans Task Force. Shirley loves to read and cook and helps to raise her twin grandsons.

Members at Large

James T. Flynn
Flynn & Wright, LLC (Attorneys at Law),
Commercial Law,
Mediation re Financial Services,
Real Estate,
United States Navy,
Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region

James (Jim) T. Flynn joined the RMHCS Board of Directors in September of 2019. Jim’s background includes an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, awarded magna cum laude with departmental honors and membership in Phi Beta Kappa, and a law degree from Stanford Law School. Jim began practicing law in Colorado in 1974 and was a partner in the Colorado Springs office of Holme Roberts & Owen (now Bryan Cave) for many years, before going into practice in a smaller firm with Stanford Law School classmate, Bruce Wright. Jim is the author of three lawyer novels, and a column in the Colorado Springs Gazette. Jim is now mostly retired, but in an of counsel capacity, he continues to consult with the other lawyers in the firm and provide meditation services in connection with financial services, real estate, probate, and business-related disputes. Jim is married to Anne Marie; has a son, Ian; and enjoys fly fishing in the rivers and lakes of Colorado.

John Hoelscher
RTA Architects (Principal),
Healthcare and Educational Facility Projects,
American Institute of Architects (AIA),

Healthcare Architecture Certified Specialist

John Hoelscher became a member of the RMHCS Board of Directors in September 2019. John received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Nebraska. He has over 45 years of experience working on healthcare and educational facility projects. In the past 30 years, he has focused on providing planning and architectural services for healthcare clients and their projects. He excels in the early programming and planning phases of a project. John is particularly adept at working with large groups and committees and helping them sort through differing opinions and programmatic needs. John was one of the first Colorado architects to be board-certified by the American College of Healthcare Architects.

Dan O’Rear
Executive Director – Myron Stratton Home,
Former CFO, Vice President, Finance and Contracts – Goodwill Industries,
Board Member – CASA of the Pikes Peak Regions

Daniel O’Rear has been a member of the RMHCS Board of Directors since January 2014, including service as Chair. 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.

Ed Smith
Consultant, Front Range Executive Service Corps (FRESC),
Colonel (Retired) US Air Force,

Higher/Public Education Facilities Management

Ed Smith has been a board member of RMHCS since 2013. 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
Genesis Rehab Services,
Occupational Therapist

Robin Thorne has been a member of the RMHCS Board of Directors since 2014, including service of Vice Chair. Robin received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Towson University in Towson, Maryland. Robin is a retired Occupational Therapist who was in practice for over 20 years. Her primary field of work was with seniors including in skilled nursing facilities where dementia care and rehabilitation of physical impairments were among her special interests and experience. Robin is also a board member of a local animal sanctuary for senior dogs and an aspiring quilter. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs. As well as traveling — especially to visit her grandchildren.

Patricia Yates
Rocky Mountain PACE,
Participant Advisory Council

Patricia Yates became a member of the RMHCS Board of Directors in July 2018. Patricia was born in St. Louis, MO and moved to Colorado Springs in 1973. She was an HR Professional for 25+ years in the telecom, education and call center industries. She volunteered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for 25 years and in 2002, Patricia was honored by the Colorado Springs Business Journal as one of Colorado Springs’ Most Dynamic Women. She currently serves on the Citizens Advisory Committee and Fountain/Chelton Partnership, both affiliated with CSPD’s Sand Creek Division. She has 2 children (one deceased), 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Patricia has been a Rocky Mountain PACE participant since 2016. She states, “It’s a pleasure to serve. I want to give back to an organization that has done so much for me.”

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

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.