Board of Directors
PMCN’s Board of Directors provides key leadership and guidance for PMCN.

LTG (Ret) Ed Anderson, Board Chair

edLTG (Ret) Ed Anderson currently serves as the Executive Director for Strategic Military, Science, Space and Security Initiatives at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs since September 2010 and served as the President of the National Homeland Defense Foundation in Colorado Springs, Colorado from September 2012 through June 2015. Prior to becoming the Executive Director, he was with Booz Allen Hamilton where he served as a Principal and as a business leader in multiple areas including missile defense, space, homeland defense/security, cyber security and Army programs. He joined Booz Allen Hamilton after serving 39 years of active duty in the United States Army.


LTG (Ret) Anderson has a Master’s of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He also holds a Master’s of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy and is a graduate of the British Higher Command and Staff Course.


LTG (Ret) Anderson previously served as an Assistant Division Commander for the 1st Armored Division, and then the 3rd Infantry Division. He then became Commander of the Combined Arms Center—Combat Developments (CAC-CD) and was also the first Director of the Battle Command Battle Lab. He was then assigned to the Army Staff where he was the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations—Force Development (ADCSOPS-FD) responsible for developing the Army’s modernization strategy and funding priorities.

He commanded the Army Space and Missile Defense Command and then served as Director for Strategic Plans and Policy (J5), Joint Staff.  As the J5, LTG (Ret) Anderson also served as the military advisor to the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.


He then became the Deputy Commander, United States Space Command, and Vice Commander, US Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command; and Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), the first and only Department of Defense joint organization totally dedicated to homeland defense and homeland security.


LTG (Ret) Anderson retired from the United States Army on 31 July 2004 as a Lieutenant General. Since his retirement, he has remained very active in the community and in space, homeland defense/security, cyber security, missile defense and Army activities through his multiple contacts in NORTHCOM, NORAD, DHS, OSD, SMDC, the Missile Defense Agency and the National Guard Bureau. LTG (Ret) Anderson served as the Chairman of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Senior Advisory Group for four years. He was approved by the SECDEF as a member of the National Security Space Independent Assessment Panel and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the Board Chair of the Peak Military Care Network and a Trustee on Colorado Thirty Group Board of Trustees; he also serves on the Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Red Cross, Discover Goodwill of Colorado Springs and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. In 2009 he was the Chairman of the Military Affairs Council, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce (now Regional Business Alliance) and previously he served as the President of The Home Front Cares here in Colorado Springs. His awards include: Defense Distinguished Service Medal w/1 OLC; Army Distinguished Service Medal w/1 OLC; Canadian Meritorious Service Medal Service Award.

Christopher P. Riley, MS, CFO, MIFire

chrisInternationally Accredited Agency, CFAI


Christopher P. Riley was appointed as Fire Chief for Colorado Springs in 2013 and retired in March 2016. Chief Riley’s fire service career began in 1981 and includes experience as a Chief Officer since 1996; he was Fire Chief of the City of Pueblo for seven years (2006-2013). He holds Master and Bachelor Degrees from California State University, Long Beach, where he graduated with Phi Kappa Phi academic honors and has an Associate Science Degree in Fire Science from Mt. San Antonio College, California.


In 2004, attained Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation status through the Center of Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) and is a member of the Institute of Fire Engineering (IFE). Chief Riley has served as President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Missouri Valley Division (2012-2013) and is Past President of the Colorado State Fire Chiefs (CSFC) Association (2009-2010). He is Chairman of the IAFC Professional Development Committee; Secretary of the IFE, and a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1021 Technical Committee.

Chief Riley co-authored the Center for Public Safety Excellence Mentor Program, created a Professional Standards Model for the Fire Service, and lead the IAFC revision process of NFPA 1021 (Fire Officer Professional Qualifications) and the IAFC Officer Development Handbook. United States Fire Service Delegation Representative to Russia in 2004. Extensive experience in all-hazards emergency management and fire/rescue operations that includes wildland/urban interface, emergency operations center, structural firefighting and command, and emergency medical services (EMS).


Chief Riley is committed to collaborating at all governmental and community levels. He has lectured in areas that include leadership, professional development and standards, strategic planning, organizational development, and labor-management relations. Fire service athletic achievements include Gold Medalist, California Firefighter Summer Olympics and participation in the Firefighter Combat Challenge World Championships.


Local community involvement as a civic leader and board member include: Colorado Municipal League, United Way, Catholic Charities, Historic Arkansas River Project, Action 22, Phi Kappa Phi at CSU-Pueblo, and the 100 Club of Pueblo.


Chief Riley enjoys outdoor activities and physical fitness along with spending time with his son and daughter.

Steven Kuhr, M.S.

steven-300x300Steven Kuhr has an extensive portfolio in leading and advising organizations throughout the nation in preparing for catastrophic disasters, major emergencies, terrorism, and business continuity and resiliency.


Steven leads the Emergency Management and Business Continuity Department at Colorado Springs Utilities. His team is responsible for an enterprise-wide comprehensive crisis management program which integrates the principles of emergency management and business continuity. He is also a Senior Fellow and Faculty member with the Homeland Security Management Institute at Long Island University; a Member of the Board of Directors with the National Homeland Defense Foundation; and, a credentialed Subject Matter Expert with the Homeland Security and Defense Education Consortium Association.


Steven served as Executive Deputy Commissioner and Director of the State Office of Emergency Management with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, where he led statewide emergency management activities and served as state coordinating officer (SCO) for a number of major incidents and disasters involving hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and wildland fires.

Steven was with the City of New York for 20 years where he served with FDNY as EMS Deputy Chief & Special Operations Commander. He was certified as a Paramedic in 1982. He joined the NYC Office of Emergency Management in 1996 where he served as deputy director overseeing emergency operations & multi-risk emergency preparedness planning.


Steven has enjoyed a rich consulting experience, advising organizations such as Amtrak, NJ Transit, Port Authority of NY&NJ, The NY Yankees, Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, US DoD JPM Guardian, NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services, NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, The World Bank, Washington DC EMA, and more.


Steven has a Master of Science in Homeland Security Management from the Homeland Security Management Institute at Long Island University and a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management Administration from the State University of New York.

Major General (Ret) Wesley Clark

mg-wes-clark-240x300Major General G. Wesley Clark is vice commander, Air Force Space Command, with headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. General Clark was born in Huntington, W.Va., in 1932, and graduated from Milton (W.Va.) High School in 1950. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from the University of Southern Colorado in 1965 and a master’s degree in business administration from Auburn University in 1969. The general was a distinguished graduate of Air Command and Staff College in 1969 and Naval War College in 1977. He also completed the National Defense University’s Institute of Higher Defense Studies in 1983. He enlisted in the Air Force in March 1952 and was a nuclear weapons electronic technician until 1956. He then was assigned to Strategic Air Command bombardment wings at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.; Andersen Air Force Base, Guam; and Castle Air Force Base, Calif. He attained the rank of staff sergeant, then was commissioned through Officer Candidate School, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in March 1957.


After completing airborne electronics and navigation training at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., in February 1958, the general was assigned to the 325th Fighter Wing, McChord Air Force Base, Wash., as an F-102 communications officer. He became squadron armament and electronics officer when the wing transitioned to F-106s in 1959. In September 1960 he was transferred to Headquarters Air Defense Command, Ent Air Force Base, Colo., as a missile maintenance officer. In July 1965 he was assigned to 10th Air Force, Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, Mo., as chief of the Munitions Division and later served as deputy director of maintenance. General Clark entered the space operations field in July 1969 as a senior director for the North American Air Defense Command’s Space Defense Center, Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Colo.

He later served as chief of the Space Defense Center and in August 1972 became operations officer with the 16th Surveillance Squadron, Shemya Air Force Base, Alaska. In September 1973 he was assigned as director of command control, 14th Aerospace Force, Ent Air Force Base, and in June 1975 became assistant deputy chief of staff for operations. After completing Naval War College in 1977, he was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., as chief, Space and Defensive Forces Division, Directorate of Plans.


He also chaired the strategic defense panel of the Air Staff board. From November 1979 to June 1980 he was deputy to the deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for space plans and policy. He also served as deputy executive secretary to the Defense Space Operations Committee. In June 1980 he was assigned to the Aerospace Defense Center, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Colorado Springs, Colo., as director of space defense and missile warning. General Clark became the Space Command director of space, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, in September 1982. In January 1983 he moved to Peterson Air Force Base and became the first vice commander of the 1st Space Wing. He returned to Space Command headquarters in August 1984 as assistant deputy chief of staff for plans, and in June 1985 became deputy chief of staff for plans. He assumed his present duties in June 1989.


The general wears the Master Missile and Master Space badges, and holds the Aerospace Defense Command rating of Master of Space Defense. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster. He was promoted to major general May 1, 1987, with same date of rank.

Terry Schwartz

terryDr. Schwartz began her graduate education with an M.Ed. from the University of North Carolina. With this degree she taught in and administered programs for children with severe emotional and behavioral disorders for fifteen years. This work led to a consuming interest in public policy and public organizational systems that were impacting the ability of children and families to change their lives and she completed her MPA and Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. Subsequent to leaving special education, she held senior and executive positions in nonprofit organizations, and owned and was principal in a consulting and evaluation firm.


Ultimately she determined that teaching and continuing evaluation work for public and nonprofit agencies was where she could best contribute to positive impact for individuals, communities and systems.


Dr. Schwartz has taught in the UCCS School of Public Affairs (SPA) since 1999. She became Associate Dean of the school in 2004 and served as the school’s Interim Dean from June 2014-2015. SPA includes the Center for Human Security and she is a member of the Center’s Advisory Board.  Dr. Schwartz is currently Interim Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor. Her Board service also includes the Police Foundation of Colorado Springs.

Steve Dant

steveSteve joined KXRM/KXTU in 2003 as Vice President and General Manager. In 2008 he was promoted to the position of President of the stations. Prior to KXRM/KXTU Steve spent six years as Vice President and General Manager of KWBP in Portland Oregon. Steve has 27 years of General Manager Experience in small, medium, and large markets managing both traditional and emerging network television stations.

Steve started his career as an account executive at WVII TV in Bangor Maine. An Army Vietnam Veteran and graduate of the University of Delaware Steve is active in the community working with business and charitable organizations including Regional Business Alliance Military Affairs Council, currently serving as Immediate Past Chair, American Red Cross, and JDRF. Steve and his wife Sharon have three grown children and three grandchildren.

Bernd (Bear) McConnell

bearUntil retiring from the career Senior Executive Service in 2012, McConnell oversaw the interagency coordination elements of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) in Colorado.


Before coming to Colorado, McConnell served as the Director of the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) at the Agency for International Development (USAID). Earlier he was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Security Affairs and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Earlier still, he was Director of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy’s Balkans Task Force.


McConnell was a USAF pilot, a commander and completed service as a Colonel. He served overseas in the United Kingdom, South East Asia and South Africa.

He is a Naval Academy graduate with a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California. He is a member of the State Department’s 39th Senior Seminar and attended the Harvard Senior Leader Security Program.


McConnell is a Naval Academy graduate, with a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California. He is a member of the State Department’s 39th Senior Seminar and the Harvard Senior Leader Security Program.  His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal, the Brazilian Order of St Dumont, two awards of the Secretary of Defense Award for Meritorious Civilian Service and the Department of Defense Award for Distinguished Civilian Service.


He is married to Jody Meyer McConnell and has a son Kees, a daughter-in-law Kirstin, a grandson Garrett, and a granddaughter Peyton. The McConnells reside in Colorado Springs, CO.

Keith Klaehn

Keith is the 2016 Chairman of the Military Affairs Council and an Army Retiree of some 21 years Aviation service.  He is the Founder and President of Town & Country Realty, Inc. in Colorado Springs, CO., established in 1995 and the Co-Founder and President of Investor Realty Affiliates of Phoenix, AZ., established in 2003.  He has been a volunteer for the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce for over 15 years on all things Military Community related.


In every year since 2002, Keith has travelled to Washington D.C. with the Chamber of Commerce and participated in briefings and meetings on Capitol Hill and at the Pentagon as a member of the “Defense Team” on the Annual Legislative Action/Impact DC missions. Also since 2002 he has served on, and now leads, the Armed Forces Week Panel of Judges who interview and select the best of the best from our local military bases and commands to be honored by the Community at our annual Armed Forces Week Luncheon.  In 2013 Keith was publically recognized by the Regional Business Alliance with their annual “Award for Excellence” in the category of Military Support.

Keith is active in the national level Association of Defense Communities, and the local chapters of the Air Force Association, the Association of the United States Army and the Army Aviation Association of America which bestowed upon him their Order of Saint Michael, Bronze Award, in 1998 for his career contributions to the Aviation Branch. He is a combat veteran whose military awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and multiple Meritorious Service Medals, Army Commendation Medals and other Citations, as well as the Master Aircraft Crewman’s Badge.


He is  Board Secretary and Internal Affairs Committee Chairman on the Board of Directors for the Peak Military Care Network. He has also served on the Boards of The Home Front Cares and for 5 Star Bank which serves Peterson Air Force Base and the Community at large and where he was a member of the Audit Committee and led the development of the Director’s Commercial Loan Committee.


Keith and his wife Elisabeth are the proud parents of five children and four grandchildren between them, four of whom are either on active duty in the military, or who are veterans or spouses.

Terrance McWilliams

t-240x300Terrance D. McWilliams serves as Vice President of Military and Veteran Affairs for El Pomar Foundation, where he began working in 2007. He implements programs to provide direct services and support to the Colorado military community, including service members and their families.


Terrance served in the Army for over 30 years and was the Command Sergeant Major and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Commanding General of Fort Carson.  Terrance also serves on the board of directors for many organizations including the American Red Cross, Pikes Peak Chapter.


Terrance earned an Associate of Science degree from Hawaii Pacific University and a Bachelor in Business Administration from Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio.

Buddy Newton

Buddy began his career in public accounting with Stockman Kast Ryan + Co in 2008. He graduated with a Bachelor in Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and is currently pursuing his Masters in Taxation from North Eastern University. He has served in several leadership roles in the firm and has significant client responsibilities serving as the “In Charge” for over 100 client relationships, including large and small businesses as well as individual clients. He specializes in serving auto dealers and construction clients.


Buddy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Construction Financial Management Association and the Colorado Springs Rising Professionals. He was named one of the 2016 Rising Stars of the Colorado Springs Business Journal and was the Young Professional focus in their 8/23/2013 issue.

Buddy also volunteers as a reserve deputy for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. These responsibilities include working community events such as the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, the County Fair, Air Force Academy football games and graduation, etc.


Buddy is married to Brandy, and they have three young children – Brooklyn, Brayden and Bentley. Buddy feels his best personal accomplishment is his happy family!