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WHO WE ARE
During the Spring of 2005, a group of local volunteers assembled to determine whether a new children’s museum was feasible for Colorado Springs. These volunteers consisted of parents of young children with backgrounds in education, non-profit organizations, law, project management, hospitality operations, tourism and finance. Together they pooled their expertise and determined a way to conduct research and build a way forward to make this dream a reality.
CURRENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lance James, President
Lance James currently serves as Harrison School District's Development Officer, leading the district's philanthropic giving efforts to help fund the 21st century curriculum. Previously, James served for 14 years as Vice President of Development and Youth Baseball Director for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, creating the MLBPAA's charitable giving program, Legends for Youth baseball clinic program and the Heart and Hustle Award. He earned a M.S. in Sports Management from Eastern Kentucky University and holds a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Physical Education from Kentucky Wesleyan University. His wife Jessica and he have two children, Tyler and Clare.
Richard Markley, Vice-President
Richard Markley is currently a Strategic Product Planner for Agilent Technologies. In his current role, Mr. Markley is tasked with defining future products for the $1B+ oscilloscope market. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University and a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Finance from the University of Colorado. Outside of work, Mr. Markley enjoys spending time with his wife and two small children.
Susan Gentry, Treasurer
Susan Gentry is a licensed C.P.A. (inactive) who performs part-time accounting work while volunteering and raising her family. She has formerly been the Chief Financial Officer of Early Connections Learning Centers as well as held the position of Accounting Officer of a community bank and performed audit and tax services for financial institutions and non-profits organizations.
Lisa Ruhnow, Secretary
Lisa Ruhnow has an advanced degree in Electrical Engineering and was previously a Systems Engineer for a number of defense contractors. She has served on the PTO boards of her community schools and volunteered with multiple non-profit organizations
Jo Walker, Co-Founder and Past-President
Jo Walker was previously a Civil Engineer and Project Manager overseeing multi-million dollar projects for the Army Corps of Engineers, Navy Civil Engineering Corps and Air Force Space Command. Ms. Walker holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Engineering Administration from The George Washington University. Ms. Walker formed the Pikes Peak Children’s Museum Project and was remained its President until February 2014.
Kathy Allen, Member-at-Large
Kathy Allen has a B.A. In Communication from UCCS, graduating with her youngest son is 2001. Her business, Marketing with Heart, lends fundraising experience to nonprofits. Kathy writes regularly and is published in numerous magazines internationally. A longtime community advocate, Kathy's energy is currently behind creating a world class children's museum for the front range.
Rich Hughes, Member-at-Large
Rich has worked over 40 years in higher education, including 30 years on the faculty of the Air Force Academy and 12 years on the faculty of the Center for Creative Leadership. He has a PhD in clinical psychology, but much of his experience has been in the field of leadership development. Rich’s community service includes being a past president of the Pikes Peak Mental Health Center Board of Directors and extensive involvement at First Presbyterian Church. Rich is senior author an undergraduate textbook on leadership now going into its 8th edition as well as co-author of a book on strategic leadership going into its 2nd edition. Rich and his wife Georgeann have three married daughters and eight grandchildren who love children’s museums.
Whitney Johnson, Member-at-Large
Whitney Johnson is a Broker Associate at Hoff & Leigh. She has previously worked for El Paso County as a grant writer and also has experience in customer service and restructuring businesses. Whitney is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Program of the Rockies. Whitney is also a Graduate of Leadership NOW! 2012 and was named a 2012 Rising Star for the top 40 under 40 by the Colorado Springs Business Journal. In her spare time Whitney enjoys helping local non-profits, she is a board member of the Pikes Peak Children’s Museum and is on the steering committee for Leadership Pikes Peak’s new teen program. In addition to community involvement, Whitney is an avid reader and enjoys watching football, hiking, and spending time with her husband and their son Ethan.
Molly Kinne, Junior League Liaison
Molly Kinne is currently the Associate Director of Residence & Life and Housing at University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She works closely with professional and student staff to maintain a vibrant residential community at UCCS. Molly holds a bachelor's degree from University of Northern Colorado in Sociology and a Master of Higher Education Administration from Ohio University. Outside of work, Molly volunteers with the Junior League of Colorado Springs and has served this organization in a number of different roles for the last six years, including Membership Vice President for the 2012-2013 year and currently as the JLCS liason for the PPCM board. She enjoys giving back to her community and spending time in the great outdoors of Colorado.
Kate Sandusky, Member-at-Large
Kate Sandusky is a certified elementary teacher in both the United States and the United Kingdom, having taught in both the Chicago area and London. She has taught elementary school as well as science and social studies at the middle school level. She holds a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois and a Master's in Educational Research from Cambridge University.
Pikes Peak Children's Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.
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Pikes Peak Children's Museum
P.O. Box 50042
Colorado Springs, CO 80949
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P.O. Box 50042
Colorado Springs, CO 80949