The executive board is made up of a group of CO-ACME members that play vital roles to the success of this organization.
Jon Haar is an Enrollment Counselor and Military Liaison for Colorado Christian University. He has been with CCU for more than 5 years serving military students primarily in the Colorado Springs area. He is a retired Army Sergeant First Class (E-7) with both Active Duty (15 years) and Army Reserve (USAR, Ret.) experience. During his Active Duty time, he was awarded the FORSCOM MG Aubrey ‘Red’ Newman Leadership award and led a 32 member Brigade level combined intelligence Fusion Cell during the surge in Iraq in 2007. As a Reservist, he was the unit Training NCO for a Reserve Basic Combat Training Company out of Ft. Carson. In his current position, he enjoys working with young (and not so young) Service Members to guide them toward their academic and career goals and takes great pleasure seeing them reach their goals. His goal for students is that they maximize their military benefits during their service regardless of where they attend (preferably CCU of course…). He is a firm believer that an educated military is a stronger military because an educated force knows how to think through problems and find better solutions in less time.
Paul served for nearly 29 years in the United States Army as an Infantryman and later a Foreign Area Officer. Paul has served in assignments across all regions in the United States, deployed to Asia, the Persian Gulf, Caribbean and to Afghanistan and was stationed overseas in multiple countries in the Western Hemisphere – Guatemala, Venezuela and Ecuador. Currently Paul serves as the Director of Military and Veterans Programs for Pikes Peak Community College. He also is the college’s representative to the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce’s Military Advisory Council as well as the college’s outreach representative to the many military and veteran supporting organizations found in the Pikes Peak region. In addition to PPCC, Paul is on the advisory board for the Peak Military Care Network, volunteers for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and also coaches his daughter’s sports teams.
Fletcher served five years in the in the United States Army as a medical unit supply specialist supporting Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Fletcher currently serves as the Coordinator of Veteran Services at Front Range Community College. In his tenure he is proud of the community they have built on their three campuses; including three separate veteran resource centers, Salute Honor Society, an SVA chapter, and numerous on-going programming for veterans, dependents, and their caregivers. FRCC was ranked #2 for Military Friendly Schools in the U.S. in the large community college category. Outside of work he is actively engaged in veteran organizations, including Team Red, White, and Blue, the Mission Continues, and the Colorado Veterans Project, where he hopes to help build a stronger, more supportive veteran community for all Colorado Veterans.
Rita joined the United States Navy shortly after her husband was injured during his second deployment to Iraq with the US Army. Rita served five years in the Navy as both an Active Duty service member and as a Reservist. She worked as a Logistics Specialist and made the rank of 2nd Class Petty Officer. Rita is now the Director of Veteran and Military Student Services at Metropolitan State University of Denver.