Meet Our Board

Mike Luginbuhl

Board President, April 2014 – April 2017:  Mike has over 30 years of aerospace and defense expertise with industry and as an active duty Naval Officer. He provides overall leadership and guidance for multiple programs, directing all program activities as well as new business efforts related to the Colorado Operations business area. Mike had amassed over 4500 flight hours as a Naval Aviator.

Mike and his wife Donna have lived in Colorado Springs since 1997.

Greg Garrison

Board Vice President, September 2015 – September 2018:  Greg has lived in Colorado Springs for over 20 years. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Northern Colorado. He later continued his education at Everest University where he obtained a Master’s in Human Resource Management. Greg is a Sales Manager for Academy Bank in Colorado Springs, with over 25 years of Sales Management experience. He has previously volunteered with Junior Achievement and Care & Share.

Greg is a step-parent to a special needs child and recognizes the importance of the organization in Colorado Springs.

Sarah Kelso

Board Secretary, April 2014 – April 2017:  Sarah is a single parent of two school-aged children and has lived in Colorado Springs for 22 years. Her gifted son was diagnosed with ADHD at five, then Autism at age eight. Both of Sarah’s children receive services from SKSF which allows Sarah to indulge in both her career and service. Sarah has been working in a Quality Assurance role for over 10 years and is currently employed at Wide Open West, an Internet Cable and Phone provider as a Reporting Analyst.

Sarah is a lover of outdoors, and includes her children in cycling, hiking and family oriented community events.

John Butts

John is a Lead I&E (Instrument and Electrical) Technician at NuStar Energy. He’s been employed by NuStar and its predecessor Diamond Shamrock for over 20 years. John and his family are dedicated SKSF volunteers supporting fundraising events and program support. He has served on various SKSF fundraising and staff appreciation committees and also volunteers his time with other local organizations such as Meals on Wheels and Care & Share. Over the years, John has recruited co-workers, friends and neighbors to support SKSF.

John has been a longtime Colorado Springs resident, since 1986. He and his wife, Jenny, have 3 children, are adoptive parents to their youngest daughter, and were foster parents for 10 years.

Linda Ellegard

Executive Director:  Linda has been the Director of the organization since 2000. Under her oversight, the organization has grown to include three locations and many significant programs to support individuals with special needs and their families throughout the individual’s lifespan.

Before serving as the Executive Director at SKSF, Linda was an area Director for a local agency and for a local Foster Care Program.  Linda received her BSW from the University of North Dakota and has a Master’s Degree in Counseling, with over 25 years of experience in the Human Services Field. Linda has served on the Special Education Advisory Board.

As a single mother of a special needs son, who passed away at the age of 15, Linda is passionate about helping other families who are raising children with disabilities.

Contact: 719.447.8983.