Meet Our Board
Amner Carmona Molina (he/him/his) has served on the Ithaka Board for the past four years. He has worked in a higher education setting for the past six years, focusing on direct support of underserved student populations at both PPCC and UCCS. He is well connected with the immigrant community here in the Springs and serves as an advocate for our Hispanic families.
Amner serves as our Board Chair and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Spears served as Chief Librarian and CEO of the Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD). He has over 20 years of experience working in urban, suburban, and rural libraries, and prior to coming to PPLD he served as Director of Libraries in Salt Lake City (UT), Naperville (IL), and Joliet (IL). Locally, he served on the Governing Board of the Pikes Peak Continuum of Care and the Boards of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs. He seeks to have his own lived experience with homelessness and addiction inform all that he does and enjoys traveling, cooking, and taking care of their three dogs with his partner, Brian. John currently serves as Ithaka’s Vice Chair.
Brent Sabati is a marketing and financial services professional with a background in financial education and content marketing. He currently works for Ent Credit Union as a Digital Curriculum Coordinator where he is developing their online financial education center. From his experience working in financial assistance and education, he has seen many of the factors that contribute to poverty and homelessness. He was drawn to the programs and work that Ithaka is doing to support at-risk communities and making sure they get the support they need to improve their outlook and quality of life. Brent currently serves as Ithaka’s Treasurer, providing support to the organization by reviewing financial reports and contributing guidance for other initiatives.
Patty Froehle has worked with nonprofit organizations for more than twenty years as a Chief Financial Officer, Project Manager, and Consultant. She brought her prior twenty years of private industry expertise to international health and environmental organizations, including Helen Keller International and World Wildlife Fund, working to improve their operational and financial health. She was also Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer of Bread for the World, a grass roots lobbying organization focused on prioritizing Federal legislation to end hunger in the United States and the world. She understands the importance of stories and how one person can make a difference. Patty is now retired and moved back to Colorado in 2011 after working in Massachusetts, Washington D.C., and NYC. She is a board member of the Pikes Peak Library Foundation and is also a member of a task force expanding the Manitou Springs Carnegie Library.
Mackenzie Tamayo has over fifteen years in the hospitality industry, most notably as the Sales Director of The Pinery at the Hill and Business and Marketing Regional Director for Altitude Hospitality Group. Mackenzie has assisted in opening and/or strategizing with a handful of local hospitality businesses including Sprig Eats, Till Kitchen, GOG Market and Café, The Pinery at the Hill, GOG Catering, Kinship Landing, Hearth House Venue and many more. With ties to various nonprofits in the area including Dream Centers, Mary’s Home, Converge Lecture Series and the like, Mackenzie is well versed on both the for-profit and nonprofit experience. Mackenzie has planned and executed over 1,000 events in the Colorado Springs and metro areas as well as received the Visit COS Community Builder Award and CSBJ Rising Star Award. She currently is contracted with the SBDC to provide programming for cybersecurity, veteran’s affairs, creative communities and rural initiatives. She also was head marketing strategist for Exponential Impact’s Survive and Thrive grant which was co-oped with the City of Colorado Springs. She loves hiking and stand up paddle boarding with her two sons.
Frank Sinclair is a life coach, business consultant, and empowerment coach in Colorado Springs. With a background rooted in business strategy, leadership, diversity, and interpersonal communication, Frank coaches people to put a plan together to achieve their dreams, all while restoring hope and giving the encouragement that everyone needs! Born and raised in a rural, racially and socially segregated North Carolina town, Frank was the second of fifteen children. He is an Air Force veteran with personal experience battling hopelessness, homelessness, and alcoholism. Frank knows how to help those who feel discouraged and lost, because he was once that person himself. Now, it is Frank’s mission to instill the same feelings of love and encouragement in others. Frank received a business education through the University of Maryland and a theology degree from Nazarene Bible College. He has worked with individuals, entrepreneurs, business owners and CEOs to help them become the best version of themselves and carry out their dreams.