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John L. Ballagh - Treasurer

John L. Ballagh is a member of Lions District Colorado 6 West and Colorado at-large and has been a Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank board member since 2013.

He received a Bachelor of Science in horticulture from California State Polytechnic University and a Master of Science in forestry from Colorado State University, Fort Collins.

John served in the US Navy from 1968 through 1972 and was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant, Naval Flight Officer. Over his career, he held positions including Assistant Director, Mesa County Planning; Land Development Consultant; Project Coordinator, Grand Valley Drainage District; and Manager, Grand Valley Drainage District with responsibilities for the operation, maintenance, and improvement of agricultural and urban drainage over 100 square miles in the Grand Valley. He was instrumental in bringing Mesa County, the cities of Grand Junction and Fruita, the town of Palisade, and the Drainage District (a special district) into a new 521 Drainage Authority to deal with the EPA's unfunded non-point source regulations. He was also elected to Clifton Water Board six times where he served as a director, secretary and president for the domestic water provider whose customer base rose from 6,200 to more than 11,000 while transitioning to a nano-filtration process treating in-stream flows of Colorado River water. In addition, he was elected to the Colorado Special District Association where he served from 1993 to 2010 and then served as President from 2003 until 2007. He maintains his Commercial Pesticide Applicator's Qualified Supervisor license through the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

John and his wife, Tammy, have two sons; Jeffrey and Preston, and six grandchildren (five girls and one rascal boy). He is an avid white-water rafter and has done two Grand Canyon runs. In addition, he is a big game hunter, gardener and cook, including stints as the Clifton Lions Chili/Spaghetti Marinara Sauce Chef. He is proud to house Grand Junction Rockies rookie league baseball players during the summer.

He has been a Clifton Lion since 1986 and held the offices of club director, secretary, treasurer and president as well as cabinet zone, region, youth chairman and cabinet secretary in 2013-2014. He earned the designation of Able Toastmaster from Toastmasters International, and he is a qualified member of the Tailhook Association.

Brian Ballard - Director

Dr. Ballard graduated from the Pacific University- College of Optometry in 1977. He is a member of the Riverton Lions.

Mike Bussey - President

G. Michael Bussey (Mike) has been a member of Lions District Colorado 6 West Orchard Mesa Lions since 1974.  

Mike earned an Associate Degree from Casper College.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming and a degree from the Colorado Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, CO. 

He worked for the regional accounting firm of Dalby, Wendland, & Jensen for two years.  In 1976, he became a certified public accountant. Mike spent the next 14 years in banking with the First National Bank in Grand Junction, the last 10 years as Senior Vice President of Operations. He returned to public accounting in 1989 until 2017; he then joined the practice of Grisier, Bussey, & Kaper CPA’s until his retirement in July 2018.

Mike has served on numerous boards including Hilltop Community Resources, Hospice Planned Giving Council, Riverview Technology Corporation and The Pregnancy Center. He is currently Treasurer of Orchard Mesa Lions and Redlands Community Church.

He and his wife, Bev, have two grown sons and five grandchildren. Mike enjoys most sports, traveling, ATVing, reading and an occasional hand of poker.

 

Wes Dorman - Director 

Wes graduated from Rice University with a BA and from the University of Houston School of Law with a JD. He was a licensed attorney in Texas, working for over 35 years as a Trust Officer. He assisted individuals and nonprofits with investments and estate planning. Organizations he served include the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country, the Hill Country Youth Ranch, the Riverside Nature Center, the Lions District 2A2 Lions Sight Foundation and the Dietert Senior Center.

West and Marcy moved to Colorado to be near family. Their son is an officer with the Florence Police Department, and their youngest granddaughter attends Florence High School. 

West joined Lions in 2002, becoming a member of the Kerrville Host Lions Club. He and Marcy were co-chairs of the District 2A2 2015 Convention and were named co-Lions of the Year by the Kerrville Host Lions Club. 

Bruce Heimbuck - Director

Bruce Heimbuck is a member of Lions Wyoming District 15 and has been a Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank board member since 2017.  He is currently a member of the Cheyenne Sunrise Lions Club.  He was a member of the Guernsey Lions Club for 36 years, prior to his move to Cheyenne.

He served in education for 33 years, starting his teaching career in a one-room county school in South Dakota and ending it as Superintendent of Schools at Platte County School District #2 in Guernsey in 2006.  He spent the next few years working in Community Development in Guernsey until his move to Cheyenne in 2016. 

He enjoys being active in his community and his club and sees the work of the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank as a way to serve others in a way that often changes a life for the better.

Carole Kitchell - Vice President

Carole T. Kitchell is a member of Lions District Colorado 6 Northeast and has been a Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank board member since 2014.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in social work and a Master of Social Work from Colorado State University. She is a member of both the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

Carole spent her career in the secretarial field, starting as a secretary/receptionist and progressing to levels of increasing responsibility. She was an executive secretary to the director of Tri-County Health Department in Englewood and the executive secretary to the senior vice president of the wholesale operations group of Servco Pacific in Honolulu, HI. She finished her career at Cyprus Minerals as the relocations specialist for transferring/incoming employees as well as a COBRA administrator. Since "retiring" she has volunteered at the Gateway Battered Women's Shelter in Aurora; the 8th Judicial District Court, as a deputy probation officer; Elderhaus Adult Day Care; and the Fort Collins Lions Club where she is a Melvin Jones Fellow; site supervisor of the 9Health Fair in Fort Collins, trustee, and former club president. Currently, she chairs the club's KidSight Program, which performs vision screening of preschoolers and elementary-age children.

In her spare time, she reads, sews, gardens and cares for three dogs – two of which were therapy dogs in CSU's HABIC (Human Animal Bond in CO) program.

Terry Lutts- Director

Terry Lutts is a member of the Denver Lions Club, which he joined in 1991. He served as club president in 2015-2016. He has been chairman of the Sight Committee since 1998.

Terry joined the RMLEB Board of Directors in 2017.  He also served as president of the Rude Park Board from 1992 to 1994.

He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1974 and then from the University of Denver College of Law in 1977. Terry practiced as a trial attorney until he retired in 2012.

Terry and his wife, Kay, have two daughters, three grandchildren and one great grandson.

Joe Rall - Secretary

Joe Rall is a member of Lions District Colorado 6 Southeast and has been a member of the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank board since 2014.

He received his Bachelor of Science in business management from Southern Colorado State College. He attended the Wharton School of Real Estate and Investment Analysis at the University of Pennsylvania as well as the American Management Association for Cash Forecasting Analysis.

Joe is recently retired and is now focusing his efforts on Lions Clubs International within Southeastern Colorado. He has been a Lion with the Cañon City Noon Lions Club for 26 years, and he is Past District Governor of Colorado 6 Southeast District. 

He recently worked with Congressman Doug Lamborn as his deputy district director in Colorado Springs. Joe served two terms as a Fremont County Commissioner from 1995 to 2002. He also was the Vice President of Finance with Craddock Development Company during the seventies and early eighties. 

Joe has served as past chair on the Colorado State Medical Services Board, the Colorado State Workforce Coordinated Council and the Fremont Community Foundation Board as well as serving on other local or state boards. As a dad and grandfather, he has organized and coached youth football and basketball.

Joe has been married to his Lion wife, Brenda, for nearly 22 years. They live in their country home between Cañon City and Florence, Colorado. They have seven children and eight grandchildren, plus Rudy and Pudgie- their two wonderful pets. They enjoy traveling and being together. When Lion Brenda retires from being a child protection social worker, they want to see more of the sites and beauty of the states of America.

Jim Rapp - Director

Lion Jim became involved with Lions in 1972, joining the Sparta Lions Club in Wisconsin. After moving to Wyoming in 1977, he joined the Lions Club in Sheridan where he has held all of the club offices at least once.

From 2014 to 2015 he was District Governor of District 15, followed by serving as President of the Lions of Wyoming Foundation the next year. In addition, he is a progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, has received five International President's Certificate of Appreciation awards, a Group Coordinator award for Campaign Sight First for the year of 1993-1994; and in June 2018 he was awarded a Presidential Medal from Lions Club International President, Dr. Naresh Aggarwal.

He has been married to his wife, Lion Leslea, since 1963. They have two children, one granddaughter and one great-granddaughter. He finally officially retired in 2016, after working for 36 years as a tax accountant for a CPA firm.

Jim is also a member of the Sheridan Elks Club, the Sheridan County Sportsmen’s Association, the International Studebaker Drivers Club, where he served on the Board of Directors for 6 years; the Wyoming Chapter of Studebaker Drivers Club, and is also a member of several other local and regional car clubs. After 12 years he finished the restoration project of a supercharged 1963 Studebaker Avanti and is now starting to restore his parents' 1964 Studebaker pickup with the help of his granddaughter.