Gary was hired in 2016 to lead the Foundation after an 18-year tenure at El Pomar Foundation, a $550 million private foundation. With extensive knowledge and experience in the field of philanthropy and the local community, Gary brings a passion for leadership and impact to PPCF. Gary is also involved with several statewide and civic organizations, serving as President of the Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners and on the boards of the Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership, and the Broadmoor World Arena. Gary earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology with a Political Science focus from Yale University and a MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.
Mina joined the Foundation in May 2019. She is responsible for leading externally-focused, community engagement efforts based on the Foundation’s strategic priorities through grantmaking and community leadership activities. Prior to the Foundation, Mina served as the Public Health Planner for El Paso County Public Health and has over 18 years of public health experience, working at the state, local and nonprofit levels. Mina has overseen numerous community collaborations and has demonstrated a strong history of building local partnerships for positive impact. Mina serves on the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board of Trustees, the Pikes Peak Library District Board of Trustees, as Vice Chair of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute and as Chair of the UCHealth-Memorial Health System Board of Directors. Mina was selected as a Colorado Springs Business Journal Rising Star, honoring 25 of the best professionals under 40, holds a Master of Science in Community Health Education from the University of New Mexico, and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.
David joined the Foundation in 2021. He brings over 30 years of social sector experience to help clients achieve their philanthropic goals. David has deep expertise in social impact strategies and is an advocate for the sector and the role that it plays in creating a vibrant and healthy society. David has lived in the Pikes Peak Region for many years. He spent much of his career with one of the world’s largest child-focused charities, Compassion International. He then served as CEO of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. David also led Geneva Global, an international philanthropic consultancy and founded LiveWell GiveWell, a private philanthropic advisory practice.
David earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from St. Olaf College. He studied theology at Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary and earned his master’s degree in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas.
Michele Strub-Heer has been a PPCF Donor Advised Fund holder since 2010 and a member of the PPCF Board of Trustees since 2018. Michele has been quite active in the Colorado Springs' philanthropic community since retiring from a career as an executive at Progressive Auto Insurance. In addition to the Board of Trustees at the Foundation, she currently serves on the Board of Fostering Hope and is a founding member of the Giving Together co-funding initiative. Michele has a Bachelor's Degree from Iowa State University and an MBA from UCCS.