Marcy Morrison

Marcy Morrison, cofounder of the Advocates for the Pikes Peak Summit House, is the former Mayor of Manitou Springs and a former Colorado legislator.  She is now the Vice President of The Trails and Open Space Council, and a board member of the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau and Office of Economic Development and was formerly CFO of the organization.

Bill Ruskin

William (Bill) Ruskin, cofounder of the Advocates for the Pikes Peak Summit House, has a strong background in economic development, park planning, design and development. Bill earned a BS in Forest Management at the University of Montana, and served as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers. Bill completed the Norwegian Army Basic Winter Infantry Course and served two winters with the Royal Norwegian Army.

As Assistant Director of Economic Development for the City of Colorado Springs, Bill was the primary liaison with Chamber of Commerce Office of Business and Industry Development (OBID).  Through the OBID’s Business climate Initiatives Group (BIG), Bill visited over 1200 businesses and primary employers in Colorado Springs from 1990-99, resolving hundreds of issues resulting in business growth and enhancement of the business climate in the city.  As manager of the Planning, Design and Development Division of the Colorado Springs Parks & Recreation Department from 1976-90, Bill was responsible for all phases of land acquisition, planning, design and development of the city park system.

Walter Hecox

Walt Hecox, co-chair of the Advocates group, received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University (1969).  Now he is professor emeritus of economics, environmental program, Colorado College.  His specialization in courses and research related to regional resource, sustainable development and ecological economics questions. He also created and directed the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project for its first 12 years.  As a consultant he has managed and performed research for the World Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development, Southern African Development Coordination Conference, U.S. Military Academy, Ford Foundation, National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy and Colorado Department of Natural Resources.  Currently he is Guest Contributor to the Colorado Springs Business Journal on Pikes Peak region tourism and recreation issues.

Charles Campbell

Having grown up in New England, Charles was mesmerized by the "real" Colorado mountains when he attended Colorado College - he first climbed Pikes Peak in 1960 as a college freshman.  Charles always knew that he would live in Colorado, so after graduation, service in the USN and graduate school on the east coast, he returned permanently to the area in 1971.  Charles retired from his architectural practice in 2008.

Lisa Hickey

Lisa Tormoen Hickey joined the Advocates for Pikes Peak Summit House to help minimize human impacts while promoting sustainable recreation and economic development around Pikes Peak.  

Lisa has practiced law for 30 years after graduating from Colorado College and Colorado University Law School. 

Her practice currently focuses around regulated businesses, including energy regulation, promoting renewable energy in each of the Intermountain Western states, commercial real estate, and medical practice transactions and management.

Lisa and her husband Rich enjoy bicycling, hiking, and horseback riding around the Pikes Peak Region.

Ron Ilgen

Ron Ilgen has been President and Race Director for the Pikes Peak Marathon & Triple Crown of Running for 14 years.  He is also a ski instructor for Vail Resorts and a member of the Colorado Springs Park & Recreation Advisory Board.  He previously worked in the telecom industry and graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.A. in Mathematics.  Ron is a Colorado native and long time Colorado Springs resident.

Mary Lou Makepeace

Mary Lou Makepeace , Colorado Springs’ first female mayor, was elected in 1997 and re-elected in 1999. As mayor in a Council-Manager form of government, she led a 9-member city council, served as chairman of the board of Colorado Springs Utilities and provided oversight to the city owned Memorial Hospital. Makepeace was known for her open and innovative leadership. She initiated the successful Springs Community Action Program (SCIP) engaging hundreds of citizens in prioritizing capital improvements needs in the city resulting in citizen approval of the largest bond.

Term limited in 2003, she joined the Gill Foundation becoming the Executive Director of the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, distributing millions of dollars to nonprofits across the state of Colorado.

She continued her affiliation with philanthropy and nonprofit organizations in the Pikes Peak area when she became Executive Director of the highly successful Indy Give! campaign raising over $1 million in the last two months of 2013.

She currently is on the faculty of the political science department at UCCS.

Ann Nichols

Ann Nichols is the former CFO of Colorado Springs Utilities. Currently she is Vice Chair of the Manitou Springs Urban Renewal Authority, Treasurer of the AdAmAn Club and the Barr Camp Board of Directors, as well as a member of the Manitou Springs Mineral Springs Foundation and the El Paso County Park Advisory Board.

Randy Rogers

Randy Rogers is the designer and developer behind the Pikes Peak Website – the planet’s most comprehensive source of information about Pikes Peak. A relative newcomer to the Pikes Peak region, Randy wrote, produced and narrated the “Audio Tour of Pikes Peak" in 2001, and built “The Guide to Pikes Peak” Android app in 2009. Randy volunteers his time on these Pikes Peak endeavors while working for a Fortune 100 company as a digital marketing manager.  He is an avid photographer, writer and traveller.

Bob Sallee

Bob Sallee is Chairman of the Board of Directors, Pikes Peak Observatory, Inc.  An Air Force Academy graduate and retired Colonel, he completed a 30-year Air Force Career, with assignments including assistant professor and curriculun director for Aviation Science at the Air Force Academy, Air Staff Planner, and senior staff positions at Air Force Space Command and United States Space Command. He also served as a senior systems engineer and program manager for companies providing contracted support to the development of the Space Defense Operations Center, Consolidated Space Operations Center, and Undergraduate Space Training.

Don Sanborn

Don Sanborn is President of Unique Solutions, Inc.  Unique Solutions, founded by Don in 1987, creates custom engineering and mapping software.  A second generation Colorado Native, Don was raised in Cascade, graduated from Manitou Springs High School and obtained a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Colorado State University.  Don is President of the AdAmAn club, Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Barr Camp and has been on the Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.  He has also been Timing Director and Information Management Officer for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, has been on the Pikes Peak Marathon Race Committee and is Vice President of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Historical Society.  He has served as commissioner of the Pikes Peak Highway Advisory Commission and the Telecommunications Policy Advisory Committee for the City of Colorado Springs.

Don hales from a family which has been very active on Pikes Peak.  His Grandfather, Don Lawrie, founded and was first President of the Pikes Peak Ski Club.  He was also the first Superintendent of the Pikes Peak Highway and the only person to drive to the summit of Pikes Peak completely "off the road".  Don’s father and Uncle, Frank and Nick Sanborn both raced in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.  Nick won the Stock Car division five times and was the Race CEO for many years.  Building on his family's accomplishments and interests, Don is the only person who has raced in the Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb, run the Pikes Peak Marathon and climbed with the AdAmAn club.

Jim Strub

James E. (Jim) Strub, Colonel USAF (Ret), PhD (Aerospace Engineering, UT Austin).  Former Registered Architect (Florida) briefly, then 30 years in USAF, including duties in civil engineering, air transport, Vietnam in-country airlift, teaching Astro at USAFA, creation of computer algorithms, management of intelligence imagery satellite resources, and space defense operations in Cheyenne Mountain. Fascinated with mountains, having hiked to 14000' summits some 750 times (including all Colorado 14ers) and Pikes Peak summit some 490 times, one of which included spending two blizzard nights in the Summit House. Served six years on the former Pikes Peak Highway Advisory Commission and as their rep on the North Slope Watershed Committee.  Served as a citizen participant in the Pikes Peak Multi-Use Plan (with special focus on a ring trail around the Peak) and then on committees for opening the South Slope, and as an Orientation Tour Guide for that area.  Currently on Board of Directors of Friends of the Peak.