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Susan Pappas (Chosen by Coach Troy Calhoun)

Susan Pappas Susan Pappas received both her undergraduate degree (BA Business) and graduate degree (MS Exercise Science) from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Prior to having children, she worked with the US Olympic Committee for 13 years; first with the Drug Education/Anti-Doping Program and then as an Exercise Scientist. Susan is married to Glen Pappas (USAF Ret.) with whom she raised two amazing young men: Ryan (1996-2014) and Brandon, a sophomore at CU Boulder.

More importantly, Susan is the Director and CEO of the Ryan Pappas Memorial Foundation.

The Ryan Pappas Memorial Foundation was created in memory of Ryan Pappas, a high school senior who was killed as the result of a drunk driver on Sept 1, 2014. The crash that killed Ryan occurred at the beginning of his senior year in high school and three days after his 18th Birthday. The weekend that he died was the first time that Ryan had attended high school parties, and although Ryan had not been drinking, nor doing drugs, he got into a car with a student who was under the influence of both marijuana and alcohol.

The primary mission of the foundation is to provide safe and sober activities for high school students; and to provide impactful, factual information to teens regarding drugs and alcohol and the risks associated with use.

Mark & Carol Rickman (Presented by Coach John Wristen)

Mark and Carol Rickman Mark and Carol Rickman, along with CSU-Pueblo mascot Tundra, will begin their 11th season as "Team Tundra" this fall. Since 2009, they have been blessed to be part of the Pack Family and have supported the student athletes from all 22 teams at CSU-Pueblo by attending as many athletic events as possible. They also attend many other events on campus in support of both current and future students. Tundra, a rescued mixed-breed that includes husky, is also a certified therapy dog and brings her sweet, gentle spirit to the schools, hospitals, and care facilities that she visits.

Mark is an anesthesiologist at Parkview Medical Center, serving on their foundation board, as well as the vestry at Ascension Episcopal Church. He serves on the Wild Earth Guardian board and has done several medical missions to Honduras and Nicaragua. Carol is a retired medical technologist and serves as a docent and member of the Pueblo Zoo Board of Directors, along with the CSU-Pueblo Alumni Board and vestry member at Ascension.

Together, their vacation time is spent in Yellowstone National Park, where they help the Yellowstone Wolf project by locating and recording observations of the wolf packs within the park. Mark is an avid runner and snowshoe racer and the entire Rickman Pack enjoys hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

Dr. Peter Springberg (Presented by Coach Mike Bobo)

Peter Springberg Dr. Peter Springberg retired from the United States Air Force in 1998 after 23 years of active duty. He had been the national consultant in his medical subspecialty, Nephrology, and later commanded first an Air Force hospital, then a medical center.

After moving to Fort Collins in 1999 he became active in fundraising, successfully completing a $1.5 million capital campaign for a small theatre company and serving on the boards of a number of various nonprofits.

Dr. Springberg and his late wife, Lynnette Jung, set up a fund in 1999 to match donations made to Crossroads Safehouse. Dr Springberg has become one of Crossroads Safehouse's strongest supporters, and his generosity has allowed the charity to flourish.

Stephen Tebo (Presented by Coach Mel Tucker)

Stephen Tebo Stephen Tebo, founder and owner of Tebo Properties, was born in 1944 in the small mid-western town of Hill City, Kansas. When Stephen was eleven years old, he discovered his passion for collecting coins. A passion for coins combined with an incredible business savvy led Stephen to create a coin collecting business, which eventually allowed him to pay off all of his college expenses while obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and a Master's Degree in Computer Science.

After receiving his Master's Degree in 1968, he headed west toward the majestic city of Boulder, CO and opened Tebo Coin. Tebo Coin became a fruitful business and was sold to Daryl Mercer in 1978. The shop is still open to this day.

The enormous success of Tebo's businesses forced Stephen to find more space for his businesses. This is when Stephen Tebo realized that he sincerely enjoyed the idea of investing in commercial property. To this day Stephen still pursues his passion for commercial real estate and establishing quality relationships with the local business community. He now owns over 225 properties comprising over 3,500,000 square feet and leasing to over 600 commercial tenants.

Rebecca Koppes Conway (Presented by Coach Earnest Collins)

Rebecca Koppes Conway Rebecca is a Colorado native who was educated at the University of Colorado as an undergraduate and law school. She began her practice in Greeley in 1980 with an emphasis on child welfare law eventually transitioning to civil litigation. She served her profession as the president of the Weld County Bar Association and the Colorado Bar Association.

Rebecca joined the Weld County bench as a Magistrate Judge in 2002 and remained there until 2014. During her practice and as a magistrate judge, she represented and assisted hundreds of youth in finding a better path to adulthood.

During her career and civic activities she has also focused on improving the community for the benefit of the youth. She has served on several boards including United Way, Partners, Weld County Boys and Girls Club and North Range Behavioral Health. During her term at North Range, the mental health provider was able to begin consistent services for youth between the ages of 10-18-a service that had not been available previously.

Rebecca has also worked as a founder of two charter schools in Weld County from inception through the building of new schools that today serves over 2500 students and is a proud supporter of Colorado Coaches for Charity.