After a distinguished 27-year career with the Space Foundation, Charles P. “Chuck” Zimkas Jr., the organization’s president, retired July 1. President since 2012, Zimkas has played a key role in the continued success of the annual Space Symposium, and in recent years in the relocation of the Space Foundation to its world headquarters on Arrowswest Drive, and the creation of the Space Foundation Discovery Center.
Cameron Moix has joined the Colorado Springs Business Journal editorial staff as a reporter. He moved to Colorado and accepted the job after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. As a student, he interned his final semester at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the state’s largest newspaper. He also was named Reporter of the Year for 2013 by the Arkansas College Media Association.
The U.S. Olympic Committee announced the hiring of Jon Denney as chief development officer and president of the newly created United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation. In his role, Denney will oversee all organizational fundraising initiatives. Denney joins the USOC from Stanford University, where he played a senior role in the university’s office of development for more than a decade.
Eric Parthen joins the El Pomar Youth Sports Park as executive director. He brings more than 17 years of nonprofit experience, including positions with US Taekwondo, WSB Americas, USA Boxing, the United States Olympic Committee and Andersen Consulting (Accenture). He is a graduate of Augustana College.
Since becoming a full-time part of the family business of Pikes Peak Chocolate and Ice Cream, David Thomason travels around the United States to bring unique gifts back to Colorado Springs. Bacon dental floss, cupcake toothpaste and more.
Leadership Pikes Peak has added four new members to its board, and selected its board leadership for 2013-14: Kevin McTernan, president; Michael Johnson, president-elect; and Paul Perea, secretary. McTernan is senior consultant at The Compass Group LLC, Johnson is an attorney at the Mountain States Employers Council, and Perea is a vice president and private banking manager at US Bank. New board members are: Beth Braaten, campus vice president Colorado Technical University, Southern Colorado; Mary Coleman, marketing liaison, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital; Steve Dubay, deputy fire chief, Colorado Springs Fire Department; and Tara Nolan, Tara Nolan Advisory Services, USAFA ’94, Air Force Reserves.
Megan Black has joined the staff of Colorado Springs World Arena as new media communications manager. Black will manage the Arena’s social media community, websites and interactive initiatives. A native of Kent, Wash., Black comes to the World Arena team after serving as a graphic designer and social media manager for Drive-in Auto Sound. She also has event experience from Arizona State University.
Jane Turnis has been named vice president for communications at Colorado College effective July 1. Turnis joined Colorado College in 2003 and became director of communications in 2009. Prior to her tenure at CC, Turnis worked as a newspaper journalist for 17 years.
Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care (PPHPC) welcomes Leslie McLean, M.D. as a hospice and palliative physician. Dr. McLean comes to PPHPC from Sutter North Home Health and Hospice in Yuba City, Calif. Dr. McLean attended the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and trained as a family medicine resident at Shasta-Cascade Family Practice Program, Redding, Calif. She is board certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine.