People on the Move – May 31, 2013

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Dr. William Coplin has joined the Centura Health network as medical director of Neurocritical Care for both St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood and the network throughout Colorado and western Kansas. Coplin is internationally known for his expertise in neurocritical care, and he will be developing care programs for patients with brain injury, stroke, epilepsy and other neurological disorders.


Golden Triangle Construction has named Keith Meier as its business development manager for southern Colorado. Since 1977, GTC has been located in Longmont, and the firm opened its second office in Colorado Springs in 2006. Meier will be based in the Colorado Springs office and will manage GTC’s client base in south Denver, Colorado Springs and the surrounding region.


The Army and Air Force Mutual Aid Association has opened its first office in Colorado Springs and appointed John Sledgianowski as its services advisor. He will oversee all aspects of AAFMAA Member Services in Colorado Springs. Since 1879, AAFMAA has provided service members, veterans and their families with survivor assistance, veteran claims coordination and financial protection.

Special Kids Special Families has hired Sherry Alvair as accounts payable coordinator. Alvair, originally from Hawaii, moved to Colorado Springs in August 2011. Special Kids Special Families was founded in 1998 to provide community support and services to families who are raising young people and caring for adults with developmental disabilities and special needs.


Laurel Prud’homme has joined the Downtown Partnership as director of communications, research and events. She has worked locally in the advertising and marketing industry for nearly 20 years.

Sandy Friedman has joined the Downtown Partnership as public space manager. He will be responsible for ensuring that downtown Colorado Springs looks great and is a welcoming environment.

Lara Garritano has moved to the Downtown Partnership as creative district manager. She most recently worked for the Seattle-based organization 4Culture. Locally, She is vice chair of the COPPeR board and served as chairwoman for the Public Art Commission. She will help highlight downtown’s cultural community and position arts and culture as an innovative solution to local issues. She will coordinate the Art on the Streets program, the Acacia Park Concert Series and First Friday Art Walks.

The Downtown Partnership has promoted Jacque Stanley to the position of business manager. She has been a bookkeeper and office manager for more than 40 years and has a legal and real estate background.

Diane Dillinger has joined the Downtown Partnership as administrative and membership coordinator. She has worked locally in academic, nonprofit and corporate environments with a background in teaching, customer service and management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in organizational leadership.

Molly Graber has taken a position with the Downtown Partnership as a summer intern. She is studying economics, math and geography at the University of Colorado Boulder. She graduated from Palmer High School as valedictorian of her class and of the International Baccalaureate program.


Vanessa Nagel has joined the Colorado Publishing Company as an account executive. She is founder of the Radio Shopping Show and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and political science from the University of Southern Colorado.