Meet the Board of Directors

For 2018

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John Stiehl, 


hn Stiehl, President

BA (Physics), MBA (Technology Management)

30 years engineering and project management, 12 years consulting in business and mfg. technology, 22 years restoring historic buildings

Cofounder: Ranch of Hope and Historic Church Conservancy

Board President: Pueblo Loco and Railway History Society,

Pueblo Habitat for Humanity.

12 of 18 grant requests written have been funded.

Buildings such as 701 Macon Ave. were conceived and built during our country’s zenith of caring and craftsmanship. They deserve our care, respect, and support as their equivalent will never again be duplicated. Our children and theirs need this perspective on who we are, have been, and the level of character that provided the foundation and realization of their dreams to serve God and country.

Joe Garkovich

Joe Garkovich, 

Vice President



Leonard Nelson,  Secretary/Treasurer


University of Colorado, Boulder:  BA and MA

Biology/Life Sciences teacher 1966-1988; Adams County SD 12.

Director of the Outdoor Education Program, Adams County SD 12


Principal, Windy Peak Outdoor Education Laboratory School 1987-1999; Jefferson County Schools.

North American Association for Environmental Education:  life member and member of the Board of Directors 1982-1988

Member of United Presbyterian Church 1999-2017 Elder and Finance Chairman; member of Session

AARP Safe Driving Instructor 10 years

Fremont Retired School Employees:  president 4 years

Colorado School and Public Employees Retirement Association: Board of Directors 10 years; Parliamentarian 2 years

Meals on Wheels of Canon City: Secretary

Canon City Noon Lions 2001-present

Senior Mini College, Pueblo Community College, Fremont Campus: Board of Directors

Runnymede Townhomes Homeowners Association Board of Directors: currently president

The formation of the Historic Church Conservancy of Fremont County was a major milestone in filling a great need within our community; by providing a centrally located place for non-profits to reside; making available a historic building to be used for concerts, weddings, funerals, meetings and other gatherings.


Sharon Haunschild

Sharon Haunschild, 

Board Member

BFA (Fine Arts/Design)

30 years graphic design and interior design, 20 years landscaping/gardening, 10 years on crews restoring historical houses

Over the past 25 years, served as nursery and Sunday school teacher, Deacon, Session Member, Grounds Maintenance, and Praise Band at the United Presbyterian

Cub Scout Pack 128 and Boy Scout Troop 128 Leader for 12 years

Since completion in 2012, I continue to maintain the Fremont Center for the Arts
Sculpture Garden in Macon Plaza. This was my son’s Eagle Scout Project which took 14 months and a community of volunteer donors and workers.

Our mission as HCC board members is to care for and responsibly preserve and repurpose historical church buildings. This is currently, and will continue to be, a team effort based on community volunteers and historical grants. Our best years are yet to come!

Don Brightwell

Don Brightwell, Board Member