Board of Directors
PMCN’s Board of Directors provides key leadership and guidance for PMCN.
LTG (Ret) Ed Anderson

LTG (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.

Luke Anderson

Luke Anderson, community bank president of ANB Bank’s five Colorado Springs Banking Centers, is responsible for overall operations and customer satisfaction. He provides personalized service that allows him to understand his clients more deeply and provide financial solutions to enhance their lives and businesses.

Luke brings over 14 years of experience in the financial services field to his role.  Prior to joining ANB Bank, he was the senior vice president for another large Colorado financial institution.  Luke spent a decade working in the Colorado Springs market before spending the last two and half years in Phoenix.  He holds his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Northern Colorado with an emphasis in finance, and graduated from the Graduate School of Banking in Seattle, Washington.

Luke has always been an active member of his community and in addition to serving on the board for Peak Military Care Network; he serves on the board for Griffith Centers for Children Foundation Board, and Silver Key Foundation Board.

Steve Dant (Board Chair)

Steve 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.

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.

Steve Kuhr

Steven 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.

Bernd "Bear" McConnell

Until 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.

Terrance McWilliams

Terrance 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!

Michael Pennica

After a career serving our United States Air Force (USAF), Michael joined the financial services industry in 1993 and opened his first office in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1996. A year later, Carol (spouse) joined the firm from USAA and has continued to serve as Chief Operating Officer. As an independent financial services firm, PFG is able to teach “Main Street” financial concepts that often times elude today’s middle class families. The firm works with military/retirees/DOD Contractors and small business owners to help them gain a better concept of wealth creation thru planning, risk management, and exit strategies. PFG has expanded its operation in Colorado by hiring good people that care about others and their financial future. Additionally, PFG has been recognized as a leader in hiring veterans and helping them make a career transition. As noted by such organizations as the Southern Colorado SBDC in awarding PFG the Veteran-Owned Business of the Year in 2014 and the U.S. Department of Defense for support of the Guard and Reserve (2013-2015).

Michael’s service to the USAF permitted him to work in many operational facets, such as our military intelligence, foreign weapon systems analysis and capabilities, space systems/communications and systems integration, operations and maintenance of the USAF   F-4, F-16, and C-130 aircraft. Analysis and execution have been at the core of his skill set for several decades. During his service Michael had the opportunity to directly support and participate in combat operations for Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada), Operation Just Cause (Panama), Operation Provide Promise (Bosnia) and Desert Storm (Iraq).

Michael has earned multiple degrees in military studies, intelligence and imagery analysis, logistics/business administration with an emphasis in business management. Moreover, he holds multiple licensing as a registered financial representative, investment advisor representative and insurance advisor.  He is a published author within the military intelligence community and believes that learning should be a lifelong experience. Additionally, he has given advice and counsel to several prominent for-profit and non-profit organizations regarding financial planning, investment strategies, and has been featured on several radio and television shows to include Fox 21 “Financial Tips”.

Michael’s board of director knowledge and experience includes: Make-A-Wish Foundation (Colorado), Colorado Springs Chamber, Colorado Springs Chamber Business Board, Satellite Homeowner’s Association, Military Affairs Committee (MAC), Goodwill Industries, Colorado Springs Conservatory, Southern Colorado Better Business Bureau Foundation, the El Paso County Retirement Board and National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).

Michael and Carol enjoy being involved in their community, donating time and resources to our magnificent Colorado Springs community and non-profits, travel, and dreaming together! Living by the credo “when much is given, much is expected”, Michael hopes to make a difference in the quality of life for fellow Clients and Coloradoans. Service to mankind is one of the noblest causes that one can devote their life’s work.

Bill Ramey

William J. Ramey Jr. currently serves on the PMCN Board of Directors as well as the Internal Affairs and Resource Development Committees.

Previously, Ramey was the Vice President of Business Development and Colorado Springs Operations for C4 Programs at Serco, Inc.  Ramey led C4 Business Development and Operations for the Defense and Intelligence Group of Serco and is driving the growth of new business areas in C4 as well as ensuring continued success in core base programs. Prior to joining Serco in 2012, Ramey was the President of ISYS Technologies, a small woman owned business where he worked transformation efforts to improve company infrastructure and revenue growth.

Prior to working at ISYS in 2010, he served as the Vice President of operations for the Space and Information Solutions Division at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).  SAIC is a Fortune 500 scientific, engineering and technology applications company.  Ramey led program success and drove revenue and profit growth for this $90M organization, which included customer interfaces to HQ AFSPC, HQ NORAD-USNORTHCOM, and UAV operations for ACC and AFSOC.  He also served on the SAIC Corporate CIO board.

Prior to joining SAIC in 1994, Ramey served 20 years in the United States Air Force in a variety of technical, acquisition, and management positions before retiring.

As AF Program Manager for the US Nuclear Detonation Detection System, an ACAT 1 Joint weapons system, Ramey delivered the initial operational capability into the AF inventory for this space-based system that supports treaty monitoring, tactical warning, and Intel. Ramey also served in numerous other AF program management and technical positions, providing information networks, computing and software services to the Space Range at Patrick AFB, and special purpose super-computer design at the National Security Agency.  He has also served as a Master Instructor at the AF Cryptologic School.

Ramey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.  He has AF Acquisition Certifications in Program Management, Test Engineering, Communications and Computers, and Research and Development Engineering.  Ramey is also certified by the NSA as a Senior Cryptologic Engineer.

He lives with his wife, Liz, in Peyton, CO.

Mark Richardson

Mark Richardson, CGMP is the current Director of Sales & Catering for the Antlers, a Wyndham Hotel.
He heads the military markets for the Antlers, A Wyndham Hotel Colorado Springs, The Mining Exchange, a Wyndham Grand Hotel Colorado Springs and the Sagebrush Inn and Suites, Taos New Mexico. He has 22 + years in hospitality experience with a focus on the military.
Former board member for the Military Affairs Council, Pikes Peak Region & the Association of the United States Army, Pikes Peak Region. Current committee member for the Association of the United States Army, Pikes Peak Region. Current National board member for the Society of Government Meeting Professionals.
Mark & his wife Deborah have been happily married for 25 years with three children and seven wonderful grandchildren.
He was honorably discharged from the United States Army.

Dave Tohlen

Mr. David R. Tohlen is a retired Air Force officer and business leader.  He now works as a community volunteer, serving on the board of directors and committees for non-profit organizations, including recently serving as the Board Vice Chairman for The Home Front Cares.  Mr. Tohlen has been a member of PMCN’s strategic impact committee since 2016.

Mr. Tohlen was an executive in the Colorado Defense industry, employed by Science Applications International Corporation and Exelis, Inc. for a combined 17 years.  During this time he worked as a business development director, capture manager, account manager, strategic planner, division manager and space systems engineer. He supported programs in military space systems, remotely piloted aircraft, homeland security and defense, and mission/enterprise information technology.

Previously Mr. Tohlen, a retired Air Force Colonel, had extensive space systems experience in plans, requirements, acquisition, command & control, and operations.  He worked many high priority national security space and cyber programs related to space control, space surveillance, satellite operations, and classified mission areas.  Over the course of his 27 year military career, he had multiple assignments in Colorado Springs, serving at NORAD in Cheyenne Mountain, and in the United States Space Command and the Headquarters Air Force Space Command while stationed at Peterson Air Force Base.

Mr. Tohlen and his wife, Diana are the proud parents of three daughters and have three terrific grandsons.