The mission of the Pueblo Medal of Honor Foundation is to preserve and expand the memorial dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients; to advance the history of the Medal of Honor; honor the legacy of those who have received the Award nationwide; to promote democratic ideals; and encourage among the people of the United States, and especially it’s youth, citizenship, character, integrity and selflessness as epitomized by the Medal of Honor.
Jim Stuart, President, is a native of Pueblo. He graduated from Pueblo Central High School and began his career as an employee of Sparkletone Photo processing plant in Pueblo as Wholesale Products Manager and buyer for 16 years, and then moved on to Assistant to the President of Estes Industries, the world’s largest manufacturer of Model Rockets. For the next 30 years he was part owner and CEO for of Sangray Corporation in Pueblo, a business that manufactured and marketed giftware throughout the US and several foreign countries.
Jim was an invaluable member of the Pueblo Committee who helped plan and implemented each of the events during the Congressional Medal of Honor Society 2000 Convention here in Pueblo. Since his retirement from Sangray Corporation in 2001, he has taken an active role in Pueblo.as a volunteer with the Community Services Advisory Commission, Pueblo City/County Library District, the Pueblo Library Foundation, and member of Friends of the Library as well as manager of the Friends Books Again used bookstore.
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Dr. Andrew “Andy” Hauk, Vice President, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but was raised in Southern California. He retired in 1994 from the US Air Force and spent his career as an Education and Training Manager. He received a BA in History from the University Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2002 and an Executive MBA from Colorado Technical University in 2006. In March of 2014, Andy successfully completed his Doctorate of Management in Organizational Development and Change.
As Vice President of the Pueblo Home of Heroes Association, Andy has assisted with the 2011-2014 Golf Tournaments and school sponsored essay contests, and has been interested in the health, welfare and education of returning military. He adds a depth to the Association with his knowledge of the needs of returning veterans.
He is the Past President for Colorado Junior Chamber of Commerce; is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Pueblo and serves as a community board member for the Colorado Springs Military Affairs Committee (MAC).
Paulette Stuart, Secretary/Treasurer, is a native of Walsenburg, Colorado and a graduate of Southern Colorado State College in Pueblo with a major in both Home Economics and Behavioral Science. She has worked for the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce in the Conventions and Tourism department from 1975 – 1985 and then went on to work at The Pueblo Chieftain for 24 years, retiring in 2014. At The Chieftain she was the promotion and events manager as well as working with the Rawlings Foundation as the grants manger.
Paulette has been a member of the Pueblo Home of Heroes Association since 1997 when the Pueblo Medal of Honor Foundation was first being formed. It began as an organization to oversee the creation of the Medal of Honor Memorial in Pueblo, and then to help bring the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s national convention to Pueblo in 2000. Since that time this group oversees the upkeep and promotion of the Memorial.
Currently she is a member of the Southern Colorado Community Foundation in Pueblo, the Spanish Peaks Community Foundation in Walsenburg, the chair of Destination Pueblo Tourism Association, Southern Rockies Crossroads of Culture 5-County Tourism Council and a member of the Board of
Directors for the Song of Pueblo Oratorio.
Nathan Cape is a Pueblo, Colorado Native, four generations strong, and upon graduating from South High School, Nathan continued his education at the University of Northern Colorado and later pursued his Master’s Degree with Colorado State University in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Finance. Professionally, he has developed a diversified skill-set in financial services and is currently the Branch Manager of Aventa Credit Union, serving members throughout Pueblo and Southern Colorado.
In addition to spending time with his wife, friends and family, Nathan participates in the sport of triathlon and enjoys spending time outdoors hunting and fishing. Nathan is excited and honored to be a part of this organization and looks forward to helping to share and develop the ideals epitomized by the Medal of Honor and Military Heroes in Pueblo and beyond.
Jeff Chostner is Pueblo County District Attorney, who is a retired Colonel from the US Air Force. Jeff graduated from Pueblo East High School and attended the University of Colorado, then the University of Mississippi Law School and Air War College. He was with the Judge Advocate Department during his military career. He retired in 2001 and returned to Pueblo to practice law.
Jeff served on the Pueblo City Council from January 2004 through December 2006. He served as a Pueblo County Commissioner from 2007-2013.. He has many community and military boards he is associated with and is the current chairman of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee at the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce. He has been involved with the Pueblo Home of Heroes Association for several years.
Ronald L. Diodosio is a native of Pueblo, Colorado. He graduated from Pueblo Catholic High School in 1961 and the University of New Mexico with a master’s in Science in 1967.
Ron began his career in Pueblo as a stock broker with E.F. Hutton. He recently celebrated 35 years as the Resident Manager, Senior Vice-President of Investments and Financial Planning Specialist with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.
Ray LeMasters was born in Pueblo, but grew up primarily in La Junta, Colorado until High-School age. He returned to Pueblo and began high school and working for his family business (LeMasters’ Janitor Supply- Established in 1948). After graduation from high school Ray began college and continued to work for his family business. At 22 he joined the Marine Corps- enlisting as guaranteed infantry Marine. He served for four years and rose to the rank of Corporal (E-4) and held an E-6 to E-7 billet as a Section Leader in an anti-tank infantry platoon. After the Corps, Ray came home to continue his education and continue working for LeMasters’. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science in 200 and began teaching at Pueblo East High School (where he still teaches today). He now also has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and a Master’s Degree in History.
Ray has received the 2007 Colorado Troops-to-Teachers Teacher of the Year award, the 2011 Pueblo County Colorado Teacher of the Year award, the 2011 Inaugural Patriotic Citizen of Pueblo award, and the 2015 Inaugural “Champion of Character” Educator Award. He also spent years working with the American Legion as the Pueblo County Boys State program Chairmen and, while on the Executive Board at the American Legion Post #2,
Don Gray, is a new member of the Pueblo Home of Heroes Association. He would like to contribute in any way he can. He has a strong interest in Golf. Don is a retired teacher in School District 70, and has been co-owner of Grays Coors Tavern for 31 years. His past affiliation is pretty much about Runyon Field. Don is excited and honored to be part of this organization.
Billy Martin is a graduate of Central High School and Southern Colorado State College in Pueblo. His degree is in business management which served him well as he worked for 30 years for the City of Pueblo and 25 of that as the Director of Finance. Billy served in the Army during Vietnam War and spent 14 months in Vietnam. He was a specialist 4th class.
Since his retirement he volunteers with Pueblo’s Senior Resource and Development Association, was on the Board of Director for 9 years but now is on the finance committee as a non-member. He golfs, enjoys fishing, cooking and traveling. He has been on the Pueblo Home of Heroes Board of Directors since 2013.
Roy Miltner was born in Eastern Pennsylvania and grew up in New Jersey. He received a degree in Forestry from Paul Smith’s College in upper New York state, and after working for two years as a land surveyor, went back to college and seminary in Gettysburg, PA to become a Lutheran pastor. He served in New Jersey, Colorado, and Iowa before retiring in Pueblo in 1998.He has volunteered with Colo. Div. of Wildlife, United Way, Friends of the Library, El Pueblo Museum, Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, and the Pueblo Home of Heroes Association. Roy is currently a trustee of the Pueblo City/County Library District.
Chad Novak was born and raised in Pueblo, CO and attended Centennial High School class of ’08. He attended CSU-Pueblo on a golf scholarship where he was lucky enough to compete for four years on the men’s team and win a conference championship and was named an All-American his junior year. He graduated with a degree in business management.
Currently Chad works for BIG R Stores as a re-buyer for the sporting good, feed and automotive departments at their corporate headquarters in Pueblo, CO.
His job is primarily focused on supply-chain management, making sure that product is ordered and on the shelves for customers to purchase. This also includes the merchandising, promotional planning, and product development.
When he is not working or playing golf Chad enjoys spending time with family and friends. This includes camping, fishing, hunting, and watching football on Saturday and Sunday. Besides working with the Pueblo Home of Heroes Association, which he joined in the fall of 2013, he volunteers with the First Tee Program at the YMCA as well as help with the PCC foundation golf tournament.
Rudy Padula graduated from Pueblo County High School in 1957 and went on to Pueblo Junior College, the University of Denver and Creighton University Dental School. He began his dentistry career in 1964. He worked in his dental practice until 2006 when he retired. Along the way he was a member of the American Dental Association, the Colorado Dental Association, the Southeastern Colorado Dental Society and retired founding member of the Southeastern Colorado Dental Study Club. He worked in the community by supporting PEDCO as a member as well as the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, the Pueblo Zoo and the YMCA.
Rudy is a member of Friends of Football and a major contributor to CSU-Pueblo, and a member of the CSU-Pueblo Foundation.
In July of 2007 he purchased and started the refurbishing of the Waterfront Building at 101 S. Main Street along the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo. Today is houses the Center for American Values of which Rudy is a founding donor.
John Saenz Born in Pueblo Colorado, John graduated from Centennial High School in 1963 and joined the U.S, Air Force in 1964. He remained in the Air Force until 1969. From 1971 – 1977 he was in the Navy Seabees Reserve while attending college. He graduated from CSU in 1977 with a BA degree in History.
He received a US Army commission as a 2nd Lt in 1977 and joined the Army from 1977 through 1986. He went back on active duty with the Army from 1986 through 2006
During that time he received his Master Degree in HR Hawaii
His duties have stations have included :Viet Nam, Desert Storm and Iraq Freedom
John has been married for 45 years and they have 2 sons
With his active duty years numbering 26 and 10 years of Reserve/Guard, John’s natural concerns are with many veterans concerns especially in the Pueblo area. He is active in Veterans Affairs in Pueblo Colorado;
Chairman of Pueblo Veterans Council; Commander of Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team; Member of USAF Association; USMC League;, American Legion Post 2;Veterans of Foreign Wars; Disabled Veterans of America Chapter 2; Member of National Cemetery committee for Southern Colorado; and a Member of Pueblo Home of Heroes Association. In addition he is a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree (50 years).
Mike Sumida joined the board in 2014. He served 30 years in the AF and flew in the Iranian Hostage Rescue Mission, Desert Storm, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and aerial firefighting on the Hayman fire. His plans include evaluating essays and working on the Foundation’s golf tournament. He can be a guest speaker on the Iranian Hostage Rescue Mission and Aerial Firefighting. He also worked for 32 years with Lockheed Martin Aerospace as an engineer on the Peacekeeper ICBM, Titan IV, and Missile Defense Programs. He is currently the VP for operations of the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum.