Board of Directors //
Jim Vance | Chairman
I was born in Illinois and was raised on a dairy farm. I attended Aeronautical school after High school and worked on General Aviation aircraft. I also have my pilot’s license. I then joined Lanier Worldwide as a field engineer and worked for over 20+ years, moving to Colorado in 1979. I worked as a program Manager for MCI in Colorado Springs for 4 years on their internal data network, then moved to EDS which was purchased by HP 2 years ago where I work as a Data Network Project Manager in Network Security. I enjoy hiking with my llamas, Fly fishing and skiing. I also help my wife with raising foster kittens for TCRAS and enjoy working with animals on the ranch. I have been the president of the Llama’s of Central Colorado for over 8 years. I joined the board of directors in 2004 and have been the Chairman since 2005. It has been both challenging and rewarding to serve on the board. We have come a long way in the last 6 years. I consider it an honor to give back to the community I’ve lived in for 13 years.
Bill McPherson | Vice Chairman
Bill's family came to the Colorado Territory in 1865. He is a retired Army Infantry Officer and Helicopter Gunship Pilot having served 30 years in the military. He graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Business/Management, and also attended the Army Command & Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS, The Infantry School, Ft Benning, GA, and the Army Aviation School, Ft. Rucker, AL. After retiring from the Army he served as Vice President/General Manager for 3 multi-million dollar corporations in Colorado, North Carolina and Georgia. He then formed his own corporation and as President/CEO built 250 residential homes. Bill then served in County government for several years. Most recently Bill served as City Administrator, City of Cripple Creek and retired in January 2010. Bill and his wife Judith have 5 children, 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Bill currently serves as Honorary Commander of an Air Force Squadron at Peterson, AFB, President of the local American Legion, and a member of The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, The 1st Cavalry Division Association and The Disabled American Veterans, and now runs Historic Vietnam Helicopter, Inc.
Anita Braun | Secretary
I was born in Arizona, (Dad was in the army), raised in New Hampshire and after the blizzard of 1978 decided I didn’t want to live in the cold anymore, so moved to Southern California where I lived for twenty-five years. I moved to Cripple Creek eleven years ago after meeting my husband through online dating. My career in Southern California centered on all things managed care: enrollment, eligibility, contracting, writing procedure/process manuals, provider relations, training, helping to create and implement new software programs, etc. My husband and I own The Hitchin’ Post on Bennett Avenue, right next to City Hall. I am also the creator, editor, etc. of Cripple Creek Today, a local community centered blog. My husband and I have both been active in the local community in various ways including being members of the committee to help Southern Teller County EMS pass a mill levy to increase funding for our local ambulance service. I have two daughters, one granddaughter and two grandsons. I enjoy spending time with my daughters and their families whenever I get a chance. I love gardening, reading, writing and learning new things.
Brenda Vance | Finance Officer
Born in Wisconsin and raised in Colorado since I was two years old. I Have been a Teller County land owner since September 1985 and a resident since May 1997. Although I was awarded a music scholarship to Adams State College in Alamosa (I play piano and alto saxophone), I attended the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a focus on business. I Have two adult children, both are living and working in Colorado Springs. My parents live in Colorado Springs and my 3 brothers also live in Colorado. From 1986 to 2008 I worked in the construction industry. I worked both commercial and residential construction – first for GE Johnson Construction (1986 to 1988), then as an onsite Office Manager for MA Mortenson Construction on The Palmer Center and then Atmel jobsites (1988 to 1997). Worked for ScottHomes in WoodlandPark as Office Manager from 1997 to 2008. Retired” from my “real job” in June 2008 to work our llama ranch and my fiber business full time. I am a fiber artist: I shear our llamas and sell their fiber or process it into rovings or batts for spinning, felting or fiber art. I am a handspinner and a dyer. I sell my products on-line and occasionally at llama shows or fiber festivals/events. We volunteer for TCRAS (Teller County Regional Animal Shelter) as a foster home for kittens. I have been Treasurer for Llamas of Central Colorado since 1998. I served as Vice President of Architectural Administrators for several years in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s. I enjoy spending time with family and friends and tending to/working with/playing with our animals: horses, llamas, dogs, cats, and rabbits. I love all things fiber: spinning, knitting, crocheting, dyeing, blending and carding fibers for spinning and felting, needle felting, wet felting and I am learning to weave on a triangle loom. Some day I hope to learn to use the tabletop loom I have in my studio!
David Schoenberger | Board Member
David is a Colorado native and was raised in Denver along with his eight siblings. He married his wife Stephanie in 1970 and presently has two children, eight grand children, and is anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first great grandchild. David was an active volunteer at the church they attended for over twenty years, leading marriage and personal growth studies, and directing the youth group activities for fifteen years. He operated a successful small business for eight and a half years until a large competitor bought it, giving them the opportunity to purchase property in Teller County, take a short “retirement” and build their own home in the mountains. To which their children also pulled up stakes and followed them to their new surroundings. David is currently involved in the construction industry providing crane service to the local framers and contractors. Hobbies include hiking, gardening, fishing, and any time they can spend with their grandkids. David also enjoys volunteering at the Cripple Creek Rehab and Wellness Center.
Patty Martin| Board Member
I was born and raised in Wisconsin. My husband Bill and I married in 1969 and I spent the next 26 years as an Air Force wife and mother. We are blessed with 3 children and 9 grandchildren. We have lived throughout the United States, and spent 7 years overseas in Italy and Germany.
After retirement from the Air Force we lived in Wisconsin where I had a floral design business. Our desire was to live in Colorado and 10 years ago it became a reality. We built our home in the area and love the peace and quite of the mountains.
I worked for the City of Cripple Creek as Marketing and Events Coordinator for 7 years, and currently serve as a client advocate at Choices. We are active in the Cripple Creek Baptist Church where our heart is to serve there and our community. I enjoy bible study, crafting, hiking, fishing, traveling, and spending time with my family.
Will You Serve? | Board Member
There is one position open on our Board. If you would like to learn more, or apply for this spot, please contact the office at the Cripple Creek Care Center: 719-689-2931.
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