President, Founding Board Member
As president of WSVC, Charlie is committed to the success of the organization and to evolving partnerships and enhancing resources that support veterans and their families. He is focused on maintaining an active, working board of directors, who are jointly responsible for ensuring that the important work of the WSVC is professional, meaningful and fiscally responsible. He strongly believes in connecting veterans with opportunities for growth and support, as well as celebrating the successes they have brought to communities as a result of their military service experience.
Charlie is a U.S. Army veteran. During his five years of active duty, he served in Korea and then served in the U.S. Army Reserve for five years.
Treasurer, Founding Member
John served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 to 1968. He served as Fire Direction and Control Specialist in an 81mm mortar section with 3rd Battalion 26th Marines in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. All of his tour was spent in I Corps and along the DMZ from Con Thien to Khe Sanh.
John received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has been an entrepreneur and businessman throughout his life. He enjoys teaching adaptive skiing to veterans and people with disabilities as a volunteer with the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center.
Patricia Hammon, RN
Founding Board Member
Patricia (Pat) joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps while she was in nursing school at Yale New Haven Hospital. It was a wonderful program that paid her tuition and a monthly stipend, which resulted in owing the Nurse Corps some time. Her first duty assignment (after basic training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas) was The Presidio Army Hospital in San Francisco — a terrific assignment for a young woman from New Jersey. However, a year later orders for Vietnam followed, and she spent a year at the 24th Evacuation Hospital in Long Bien.
Upon retirement, Pat and her husband moved to Colorado in 1993. Pat is the Eagle County Veterans Service Officer and represents the Western Slope on the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs and the Colorado Board of Public Health. She is honored to be a founding board member and remains an active board member of WSVC.
Tim was born in Tillamook, Oregon on 28 May, 1943, officially making him a “war baby”. Following graduation from Tillamook High School in 1962, he attended Southern Oregon College, where he played on the football and wrestling teams for two years. He served on the School Senate for one year. At the end of his fourth year, Tim was drafted into the Army. He attended the Fort Benning NCO Academy, where he earned E-5 status.
He was sent to Fort Carson, Colorado, where he served as a fire team leader with the 1st / 61st / 5th Division (Mechanized Brigade). He flew to Vietnam, landing in Danang near the end of July. The combat zone in which he served was near the DMZ. Tim was wounded by a mortar blast on September 9th, when his company was establishing control of a North Vietnamese-controlled area. After spending time hospitalized in Japan, he was medevaced to the the States.
After military service Tim returned to Southern Oregon college and completed his education, obtaining a BA in Secondary Education, with a focus on Social Studies. On graduation, he taught Ancient Civilization in Carrollton, GA, where he started a wrestling program that continues to this day at the school. Tim resigned his teaching post to attend West Georgia College in the Psychology Masters Degree program. After graduating with an MS degree, he moved back to Oregon and worked as a high school and junior high counselor for 23 years.
Tim has been active in the Lion’s Club since 1980. His volunteer work in the communities in which he’s lived include working with the Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center (WRC), facilitating the development of a men’s group against sexual and physical assault, and contributing to the successful partnering of those two groups into an alliance. He was appointed to the Oregon Attorney General’s task force on Violence Against Women.
For ten years Tim substituted for the county school system, and started focusing on the alternative school where he worked with a member of the WRC to start a men’s group for male students. The purpose of the group was to encourage young me to take responsibility for their choices, and to reduce the occurrence of abuse toward men and women. The program continues to this day with the assistance of a men’s group who take responsibility for the program.
Tim lives in New Castle, Colorado, and continues to volunteer for the Lion’s Club. He is working to develop a Lion’s service club in the local schools.
Geno moved from Wisconsin to the Western Slope in 2013. He attended the University of Wisconsin for two years on a football scholarship. Geno is now retired after 45 years in the construction business. He has been a WSVC board member since 2015, when Charlie Hopton and John Pettit asked him to be part of the organization. He was happy to serve because he wanted to help veterans in need. Not having been a veteran, Geno says, makes the position all the more rewarding. Since 2016, Geno and his brother have organized a veterans benefit/fundraiser, held in the town of Silt, to raise money for the WSVC emergency fund.
I was born and raised in Glenwood Springs. I have over 24 years working at Colorado Mountain College, ranging from Admissions, to Registration and Financial Aid. About 4 years ago, I began to certify courses for veterans who are using VA education benefits. My interest and responsibilities have developed more over the years with veterans, with helping them with the admissions application process, to applying for their VA benefits as well as financial aid. Having experience in several areas of student services, it helps me to better serve and support this growing student population.
Colonel (Retired) Gregory J. Rosenmerkel
Greg Rosenmerkel is the Engineering, Minerals and Fleet Staff Officer for the White River National Forest in Glenwood Springs CO. He leads a team of engineers and technicians to support the sustainable operations within five ranger districts and multi-use management of 2.3 million acres of Forest Service lands in Western Colorado.
He grew up in Waukesha, WI and graduated from Catholic Memorial High School in 1984. He earned his commission and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in 1988, and later earning a Master of Science in Management from Colorado Christian University, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering/Construction from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Master of National Security and Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College in Newport RI.
Throughout his over 25-years as an Air Force officer and engineer, he had over a dozen assignments, commanded multiple times at both squadron and group levels, and led teams on deployments to Somalia, Panama, Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan and several other locations. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and many others.
He now lives in Glenwood Springs CO with his wife of 27 years, Linda, and their two kids, Allison and Raymond. He joined the board in order to give back to fellow veterans and the community. Greg also supports the local Air Force JROTC detachment and Project Healing Waters, a fly fishing program for disabled vets.