El Pomar Foundation has promoted two executives as part of an effort the Colorado Springs-based foundation began in July to groom a new generation of leaders.
The foundation promoted Gary Butterworth, who directs its Fellowship Program and oversees operations of its Penrose House Nonprofit Conference and Education Center, and Matt Carpenter, who directs El Pomar’s grants office and is deputy director of its Regional Partnerships program, to senior vice president.
The promotions come two months after El Pomar promoted six other executives, including Dave Palenchar as chief operating officer, Rob Hilbert as chief financial officer; Theo Gregory, George Guerrero and Cathy Robbins as senior vice presidents and Peter Maiurro as vice president. Also in July, Kyle Hybl was named to the foundation’s board. He is the son of El Pomar CEO Bill Hybl, 68, who was the foundation’s first employee in 1973.
Butterworth joined El Pomar in 1998 and also serves as a grants officer and senior staff representative to the High Country Regional Council, a 12-member group that helps El Pomar make grants in Eagle, Lake, Pitkin and Summit counties. He is a former El Pomar fellow, which is the foundation’s post-graduate leadership and professional development program.
Butterworth also is a board member of Colorado Springs Youth Sports Inc., the Colorado Springs World Arena and the Air Force Academy Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s degree in business administration from University of Denver.
Carpenter joined El Pomar in 1999 and serves as the senior staff representative for its San Juan Regional Council, which helps the foundation make grants in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties. A graduate of the Air Force Academy, he served as an Air Force intelligence officer for six years. He also holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and is a former El Pomar fellow. He serves on the board of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the Air Force Academy Foundation.
The foundation, founded by Spencer and Julie Penrose in 1937, has assets totaling $456.1 million and makes grants of about $20 million a year to nonprofits in health, human services, education, arts and humanities and civic and community initiatives.
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