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The Lincoln Hills Cares Foundation, founded in 2016, has kept a sharp eye on the future while honoring the extraordinary past of the Lincoln Hills property and programs. From its inception, the Foundation has relied on donations, allowing us to proudly serve over 100,000 youth, young adults, and families to ensure that barriers to the outdoor experience and the many careers that will allow us to continue to enjoy the outdoors are irrevocably erased.

VISION

Diversifying The Outdoors For Generations To Come

MISSION

The Lincoln Hills Cares Foundation provides philanthropic support to develop the next generation of leaders through outdoor and environmental education, cultural history exploration, and workforce advancement.

VALUES & BELIEFS

Core values represent the lens through which all decisions and activities are viewed and considered. The Lincoln Hills Cares Foundation is committed to the following core values.

Equity builds opportunity. We believe that breaking down barriers to provide access to outdoor experiences fosters interest in new concepts that otherwise may not have been accessible. Equity is the cornerstone  of our values.

Education connects us to the world. It is key to fostering interests in, passions for, and respect for the environment, and leads to the diversification of our environmental workforce.

Environmental Stewardship means assisting youth from marginalized communities to help their neighbors to experience nature and understand safe environmental practices that support their communities and the plant.

Respect for ourselves, our history, the environment, and our community, leads to positive change, a greater appreciation for nature, and a willingness to get involved. Respect is critical for our relationships with ourselves, each other, and the Planet.

Community and Partnerships are the Foundation’s greatest assets, supporting and promoting scientific, nature-based opportunities for ALL people. They are critical to the Foundation’s mission. 

Recently the Lincoln Hills Foundation has invested in a new outdoor classroom, dedicated posthumously to the former educator, coach and Lincoln Hills Cares Foundation CEO, Dr. Nathaniel Howard. This state-of-the-art classroom serves as a meeting place and educational venue for students, teachers, families, and many other groups with the shared vision of preserving both the history and the grandeur of the Lincoln Hills property. 

The African American Experience of the West

An African Proverb says, “Until the lion tells the story, the hunter will always be the hero.” It is our responsibility to share stories about the African American Experience in Colorado.

    The History of Lincoln HIlls

Staff
J.R. LAPIERRE

J.R. LAPIERRE

Executive Director
M.S., Sports & Recreation Management, Northeastern University | J.R. earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s from Northeastern University.

Dr. Nathaniel Howard(1962-2021)

FORMER CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Ed.D., Educational Leadership, University of Phoenix; M.A., Biology, University of Colorado Boulder; B.A. Science Education, Clark Atlanta University // Dr. Howard passed away…

Board of Directors

ALTON DILLARD

Board President
Principal, The Dillard Group LLC | Alton has more than 30 years as a communications professional. He has previous experience as a talk show host, anchor, reporter, and former sportscaster. He previously served as Press Secretary and a Senior Aide for U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Communications Manager for the Office of the Denver Clerk and Recorder. His specialties are as a Spokesperson and Media Strategist.

ALLAN SMITH

BOARD MEMBER
Independent Management Consultant, Invictus Management Consulting Ltd. | Allan Smith is the Founder and Managing Director of Invictus Consulting Services Ltd., a St. Kitts and Nevis based management consulting and global investment company.

ANTHONY CAMPOS

BOARD MEMBER
Educator, Cherry Creek School District #5| Anthony Campos has 30 years of experience in public education as a teacher, mentor, club sponsor, Coordinator of Student Achievement, Dean of Students and building administrator.

LETTY LCOLARI

Board Member
My name is Letty Icolari. I am a native of New York City, but have called Denver home for over forty years. I was the director of Administrative Services managing Human Resources, Facilities and Security for the Denver Public Library (DPL) from 2000 to 2016.

Mike Roque

BOARD MEMBER
Mike Roque is a seasoned nonprofit professional having spent over 30 years in the sector as an Executive Director, Development Director, and Community Organizer. Mike is President of Adobe Consulting which provides fundraising, development, and strategic planning for nonprofit organizations.

Steve O’Dorisio

BOARD MEMBER
As a fourth-generation Coloradan, County Commissioner Steve O'Dorisio represents over a half-million constituents in Adams County, Colorado, where he advocates for strong economic development and quality of life. He is especially passionate about the outdoors and protecting the Colorado way of life through conservation and responsible stewardship.
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