Amner Carmona Molina (he/him/his) has served on the Ithaka Board for the past three years. He has worked in a higher education setting for the past six years, focusing on direct support of underserved student populations at both PPCC and UCCS. He is well connected with the immigrant community here in the Springs and serves as an advocate for our Hispanic families.
Amner serves as our Board Chair and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Spears has been Chief Librarian and CEO of the Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) since 2016. He has over 20 years of experience working in urban, suburban, and rural libraries, and prior to coming to PPLD he served as Director of Libraries in Salt Lake City (UT), Naperville (IL), and Joliet (IL). Locally, he serves on the Governing Board of the Pikes Peak Continuum of Care and the Boards of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs. He seeks to have his own lived experience with homelessness and addiction inform all that he does and enjoys traveling, cooking, and taking care of their three dogs with his partner, Brian. John currently serves as Ithaka's Vice Chair.
Brent is a marketing and financial services professional with a background in financial education and content marketing. He currently works for Ent Credit Union as a Digital Curriculum Coordinator where he is developing their online financial education center. From his experience working in financial assistance and education, he has seen many of the factors that contribute to poverty and homelessness. He was drawn to the programs and work that Ithaka has done/is doing to support at-risk communities and making sure they get the support they need to improve their outlook and quality of life. Brent currently serves as Ithaka's Treasurer, providing support to the organization by reviewing financial reports and contributing guidance for other initiatives.
Laura Liibbe has lived in Colorado Springs for the past 10 years with her husband and spent 6 of those years working with vulnerable populations of newly arriving refugees/asylees with Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains. Laura has also volunteered with Big Brother Big Sister of Colorado and been involved with the Sanctuary Coalition and currently works to scale civic engagement, ESL tools, and social/legal services for immigrants with Accelerate Change, Inc. Laura is passionate about equality and believes that everyone deserves the the right to getting their basic needs met in a personal and compassionate way. Laura serves as Ithaka's Secretary.
Patty Froehle has worked with nonprofit organizations for more than twenty years as Chief Financial Officer, Project Manager, and Consultant. She brought her prior twenty years of private industry expertise to international health and environmental organizations, including Helen Keller International and World Wildlife Fund, working to improve their operational and financial health. She was also Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer of Bread for the World, a grass roots lobbying organization focused on prioritizing Federal legislation to end hunger in the United States and the world. She understands the importance of stories and how one person can make a difference. Patty is now retired and moved back to Colorado in 2011 after working in Massachusetts, Washington D.C., and NYC. She is a board member of the Pikes Peak Library Foundation and is also a member of a task force expanding the Manitou Springs Carnegie Library.