Our board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. The members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that the funds raised directly affect those in need.
Ray Dowdle, President
Ray Dowdle is currently Vice President of the EChO Board. Ray grew up in Colorado, attended the University of Colorado. He and his wife Cathy have been married for 29 years and have lived in Evergreen since 1991 while raising their sons; Rick, Patrick, and Jack. Ray is president of AdGorilla, a provider of software and services to the cable and broadcast television industry, and previously was Vice President of Sales for the FOX Television Stations group for 15 years. Ray brings his experience in strategic planning, finance, and project management to EChO. Ray remains an active volunteer with Christ the King Catholic Church, previously as General Chair of the Building on Faith fundraising and building campaigns.
John Olson, Vice-President
John Olson is a semi-retired attorney who is passionate about serving others in need. He is actively involved with EChO's Board and serves on the Governance, Strategic Planning and Fundraising Committees. John has served an several Boards, including Habitat for Humanity and Second Chance Animal Rescue in Mason, Texas. He and his wife Karen are active members of the United Methodist Church in Evergreen where John has served on the Finance Committee. In his spare time John enjoys fly fishing, playing golf and spending time with his grandchildren.
Virginia Hartmere, Secretary
Virginia came to EChO as a volunteer in our Food Bank and was quickly invited to join the Board of Directors. A graduate of Colgate University, Virginia has over 15 years of management and leadership experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Centum Health Properties Inc in Denver where she crafts and implements action-oriented plans. Virginia has focused her time and efforts over the years on leadership honing her skills with organizations such as the Junior League and the Westchester Children's Association.
Sue Dunlop, Treasurer
Sue Dunlop moved to the Evergreen area from Wichita, Kansas in 2013 to be closer to her and her husband's children. Sue holds a B.S. from Vanderbilt University in Economics and Business. Beginning in January 2019, Sue agreed to serve as Treasurer on EChO's Board of Directors. Sue currently works part-time as an accountant for clients she had while living in Wichita. She also volunteers at the EChO Resale Shop, serves on the board of Evergreen Newcomers and Neighbors, belongs to P.E.O. which is a philanthropic educational organization for women built upon service and philanthropy and Daughters of the American Revolution.
Leslie Hess, Board Member
A native of Kansas, Leslie spent most of her professional career practicing law, first as a partner in the firm of Patton, Kerbs and Hess in Dodge City, then as a solo practitioner and then concluding her law practice days by opening a satellite office for the firm of Kennedy, Berkley, Yarnevich and Williamson. Leslie moved to Evergreen with her husband and decided to use her legal skills in the field of real estate. She is currently an Associate Real Estate Broker with Sage and Sparrow Real Estate. Leslie has fulfilled her passions through her pro bono work while in private practice, she served as an originating advisory board member for a local CASA program in her native Kansas, and is now a club member of a local P.E.O chapter here in Evergreen.
Mark Hines, Board Member
Mark grew up in Ohio and Wisconsin but has been in living in Evergreen since 2001. Mark worked for Coors Brewing Company as Corporate Director of Employee and Labor Relations. He holds both a B.S. degree and a Master's degree. During 2008, Mark began volunteering for Evergreen Christian Outreach by helping unemployed clients find jobs. Mark served as President of the Board of Directors during 2016-2017. One of his primary goals while serving at EChO is to help move clients to self-sustainability. Mark has three children and seven grandchildren and enjoys following the University of Wisconsin Badgers and the Green Bay Packers.
Gretchen MacArthur, Board Member
Gretchen was born and raised in Minnesota. She graduated from University of Minnesota with a B.S. degree in Special Education and has M.A. degree from Lesley College in Boston, MA. She is married to Dr. John MacArthur and has three children. Gretchen is a Senior Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc., a career she began in 1968. After moving to Colorado in 2007, Gretchen served as President of Evergreen Rotary during 2011-12. She is an Evergreen Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and volunteers regularly at Echo Resale and Senior Resource Center.
Joe Niemeyer, Board Member and Past President
Following a career in the US Air Force, Joe became a manager with Lockheed Martin and led several groups in satellite operations. While in the Air Force he logged over 5,000 hours as a pilot in C-141 and C-17 jet transports. He is a 1977 graduate of the USAF Academy and holds two additional Masters degrees. He now uses his leadership experience serving as President of the EChO Board of Directors. Joe also volunteers with the Evergreen Shelter Program (ESP), EChO Job Center, and through singing and playing guitar and bass in the Bergen Park Church worship band. Joe is also an avid hiker, scuba diver, skier, and photographer. He has lived in Evergreen since 2010 with Louise, his wife of over 40 years. His adult son Brian also lives and works in Evergreen.
Bill Weisenborn, Board Member
Bill graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering & an MS in Petroleum Engineering from Kansas University. He worked in the refining industry before retiring and moving with his wife, Deanna, to Evergreen in 2004. He is currently president of the Brook Forest Water District Board & joined the EChO board in January 2019. He has always been impressed with the way EChO provides help for folks to get back on their feet & become self-sufficient again.
Jim Benson, Advisory Board Member
Jim moved to Evergreen in 1978 and in 1987 was one of the founders of Evergreen Christian Outreach. He grew up in a small town in northern Wisconsin and graduated from the Univ. of Wisconsin with a degree in accounting. A ten-year stint at 3M in St. Paul, Mn. followed until the lure of the Colorado mountains brought him west with his wife and 2 children. Settling in Lakewood, Co. for 5 years, he owned a liquor store there . Subsequently he owned a manufacturing business, was a securities broker and then a contractor designing and building houses. Always attached to EChO’s development, he was instrumental in getting all the churches in Evergreen involved and eventually forming a board on which he served for over 20 years.
Pat Korbel, Advisory Board Member
Over the last 14 years that Pat and her family have made Evergreen their home, she has strongly supported the efforts of EChO to improve people’s lives. The programs EChO offers offered have changed and expanded over the years to address the needs of the community. She is proud to be an Advisory Board Member and a volunteer dedicated to helping those with the greatest needs.
Art Martin, Advisory Board Member
Art Martin was a Science teacher in Michigan for 33 years and after retiring moved to Evergreen in 2006. Art started volunteering at the EChO food bank that year and was very impressed with the services provided. When an EChO board member at Lutheran Church of the Cross retired, Art filled her vacancy and served for over 10 years. He feels that EChO provides a great way for volunteers and donors to serve God and help their neighbors.
Jean Wells,Advisory Board Member
Jean Wells has been married to Mike Wells for 51 years. She was born and raised in Illinois, graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Accountancy. Jean is a retired CPA in Colorado and has served as Treasurer of the EChO Board of Directors for nine years. Beginning in January 2019, Jean will continue to serve on EChO's Board as Secretary. and as a member of the both the Finance and Fundraising Committees. She volunteers at the EChO Resale Shop and is an active volunteer and member at Christ the King Catholic Church. Jean has been the Vendor Co-Coordinator for Alternative Gift Fair for since 2014.