Peak Military Care Network Staff

Please take a few minutes to get to know our amazing staff.

Kate Hatten: President/CEO

kateKate Hatten is a long-time Colorado Springs resident, having moved to Colorado with her husband who served in the U.S. Air Force.  Kate has been with PMCN since its inception and previously served as Military Impact Planning program manager for the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG), coordinating the Fort Carson Regional Growth Plan and military-community partnering efforts, including addressing the community effects of military growth and deployments.  Prior to returning to Colorado and joining PPACG, Ms. Hatten was a senior project manager for the International City/County Management Association in Washington, D.C.   She previously served in local government in Colorado, holding different positions with Douglas County, including assistant county manager. Ms. Hatten also served as legislative deputy for a Los Angeles City Councilmember, covering a wide range of topics, including community and economic development and public safety issues. Ms. Hatten has a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University and Bachelor of Arts degree from Occidental College.

Jennifer Wilson: Operations Director

Jennifer graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1999 with an undergraduate degree in Political Science focused in International Relations and a minor in Systems Engineering.  She completed a master’s degree in 2003 in Human Resource Management and a second master’s degree in 2015 in Public Policy from the University of Colorado Denver.  Jennifer served on active duty from 1999-2006 in Germany with the 1st Infantry Division Artillery (Communications Platoon Leader) and the 121st Signal Battalion (Adjutant) and also at Fort Bragg in the XVIII Airborne Corps (Brigade S-3, Operations Officer and Company Commander).  Jennifer’s husband, Norm, is stationed at Peterson AFB assigned to USASMDC/ARSTRAT. They have two children, Addysen and Jack and a chocolate lab- Bailey. In her spare time, Jennifer loves to spend time in the outdoors! Jennifer also volunteers in her children’s classrooms each week and serves as Vice President of the school PTA Board, Chair of the CTE Silent Auction Committee, Co-Chair of the Academy School District 20 Accreditation Committee, and serves on the School Accountability Committee and the District Accountability Committee.

Christian Nunez: Navigator

chChristian Nunez is a Retired Staff Sergeant from the US Army with three Deployments to Iraq. He was born and raised in San Diego, California and he is the youngest of five children. All of his siblings served or continue serving in the US Military.

 

He moved back to Fountain with his wife who serves as an Army Officer.  He has completed his Bachelors of Science in Psychology and is pursuing a Masters in Social Work (MSW) to adequately help assist veterans along with their families.  Christian recognizes that El Paso County is like no other county in the nation with five military installations and a heavy rate of deployment.

 

He has a genuine desire to help the local military community and his fellow veterans.

Tammi Tiefel: Program Coordinator

tammiTammi Tiefel and her family moved to Colorado Springs in 2013, when her husband received orders to move here from Virginia. Tammi has been helping military and veterans who are in financial crisis for over 5 years. In Virginia, she was a level 3 Case Worker with the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society.  She also was an AmeriCorps Navigator in the Hampton Roads area, helping connect veterans to local support organizations.  Prior to working with veterans, Tammi’s background was in Montessori education both teaching and in administration.  With a degree in Sociology, Tammi has research and analysis experience with social service networks.  As a military spouse of 16 years and mother of 2 teenagers, Tammi has experience working with varied military resources.

 

Amanda Nurmi: Community Outreach Coordinator

Amanda Nurmi recently moved to Colorado Springs from Northern Virginia. She graduated with her BA in Communication Studies from Longwood University and worked in Washington DC for two years. Amanda is behind PMCN’s social media, communications and outreach and is ready to connect people to resources.

PMCN has partnered with the Campus Compact of the Mountain West (CCMW) to station an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) volunteer at its offices in Colorado Springs.

James (Jim) Garrett

Jim is a retired Masters Level Social Worker, non-profit leader and Federal grant writer, and will be serving PMCN full time over the next 9 months to “help build the capacity of…PMCN and its network members…to support veterans’ access to and persistence in higher education and their successful transition to the civilian workforce.”  VISTA was founded in 1965 as a national service program to fight poverty in America.

Jim enlisted in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.  He was assigned to an infantry (grunt) company in the field south of DaNang as tactical air control officer.  Jim escaped any serious injuries during the war although Agent Orange has left him with diabetes and still suffers from PTSD.  He was honorably discharged after 2 1/2 years of active duty and was able to use his GI Bill to get a degree and build a career in Social Work.