Northeast Region

Counties:  Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Yuma 

Cities:  Burlington, Fort Morgan, Limon, Sterling, Julesburg

The Northeast Council has focused on postsecondary workforce readiness for the last several years. Most recently, the Council funded Holyoke School District’s Homegrown Talent Initiative program as a part of this focus. Additionally, the Council funded Break the Silence to support its emerging focus in behavioral health. The Council continues to explore future funding opportunities in childcare and behavioral health.

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Meet Our Regional Council Members


Matt Carpenter is Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Secretary for El Pomar Foundation. He joined El Pomar in 1999 as a participant in the Fellowship program and now oversees grant and program operations. He currently serves on the boards of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs Sports Corporation and Empty Stocking Fund Advisory Board. Matt is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a bachelor's degree in political science, and earned a master's degree in public administration from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, with an emphasis on nonprofit management.

“Including my time at the Air Force Academy, I have been in Colorado for more than 25 years. I appreciate the outdoors and as a member of a soccer family, the variety of soccer fields and parks around the state of Colorado.”

Matt Carpenter

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, El Pomar Foundation

Jon Becker is Morgan County Commissioner. Jon previously served in the Colorado House of Representatives, representing House District 63. Jon is a native of Morgan County where he worked as Executive Director for the Morgan County Economic Development Corporation as an adjuster for Farmers Insurance Group. Jon formerly worked as the Vice President of Business and Government for Viaero Wireless and currently serves as President of Industrial Tower and Communications

Jon Becker

Morgan County Commissioner & President of Industrial Tower Communications

Born and raised in Northeast Colorado, Justin Coughlin spent the majority of his childhood in Yuma. He attended the University of Denver where he received a degree in finance and played basketball all four years. After graduating from DU, Justin joined the El Pomar Fellowship in Colorado Springs for two years. He married his high school sweetheart during the Fellowship and returned to Northeast Colorado in 2014 to be an agricultural lender at Bank of Colorado. In March of 2018, Justin and his family moved back home to Yuma where he now works for Seward Farms Seward Cattle Company in a finance and accounting role. Justin and his wife, Katherine, enjoy being back in Yuma with their three sons ages six, four and one.

Justin Coughlin

Seward Farms Seward Cattle Company

Jean Johnson and her husband Scott own and operate The Flying Diamond Ranch near Kit Carson. This commercial cow-calf/stocker operation has been in the family over 100 years and Jean and Scott have expanded the business which now operates in Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska. They raised four, fifth generation children in Kit Carson who are all involved with the business at some level.
Jean currently serves on the Colorado State University Dean's AgIndustry Leadership Council and is an officer for the Cheyenne County Cattlewomen. She served 14 years on the Kit Carson School Board and two years on the Cheyenne County Hospital Board.

Jean Johnson

Owner, Flying Diamond Ranch

Karen Loyd is a registered nurse, and has served the Wray community in a variety of ways over the past 32 years. Karen’s husband, Dr. Robert Loyd, is a third-generation native of Wray. She is a founding Board Member of the Wray Community Learning Center. The Loyds act as Trustees of the Kitzmiller/Bales Trust and the Powell Trust, philanthropic trusts serving Eastern Yuma County.

Karen Loyd

Retired Registered Nurse

Trae is the 5th generation of a local farming and ranching family. After graduating from Merino High School, he received a Business Marketing degree from Colorado State University. He returned to Northeast CO with his family in 2015 for his current role and now lives in Sterling with his wife, Allie, and their son Layton and daughter Lilly. Prior to entering the field of economic development, he worked in business development and feed formulation for J.D. Heiskell & Co in Windsor, CO, and several years for Cargill Food Distribution as an account manager and head buyer in both Utah and Denver locations.

Trae Miller

Executive Director, Logan County Economic Development Corporation

Anna Scott is from Julesburg, Colorado. She is the Executive Director of the Ernest and Lillian E. Campbell Foundation, the Director of the "South Platte River Trail" a Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway and a member of the Hippodrome Arts Centre Board of Directors. In 2004 Anna was awarded the statewide Colorado Nonprofit Association William Funk Award. Anna and her husband, Randy, raise Black Simmental Cattle and grow corn, wheat and alfalfa.

Anna Scott

Executive Director, Ernest and Lillian E. Campbell Foundation

Contact Mike:
719-577-7026

Mike Buth

Vice President and Director of Historic Properties, El Pomar Foundation

Contact Dylan:
719-577-7018

Dylan Craddock

Program Director, El Pomar Foundation

Contact Boe:
719-577-7046

Boe Gold

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation