New chairman and four new trustees for Foundation board


The Colorado State University-Pueblo Foundation has chosen four new board members and a chairman to serve the university’s fundraising arm, which is responsible for the “On the Move” campaign which will bring Occhiato University Center upgrades, six new sports set to debut this semester and more scholarship money to the university.

Russell DeSalvo, new Chairman of the CSU-Pueblo Foundation, is a 1991 alumni.
Russell DeSalvo, new Chairman of the CSU-Pueblo Foundation, is a 1991 alumni.

Adam Carroll, Big R Corporation, Angela Giron, Former State Senator and youth advocate, Louis Nazario, H.W. Houston Construction, and Michael Occhiato, Former City Councilman and realtor have been chosen as director trustees. Long-time board member Russell DeSalvo will act as the chairman.

This news comes after former Chairman Dan De Rose and board member Louie Carleo quit their positions in May. It’s still unclear why the two left the Foundation. Both CSU-Pueblo President Lesley Di Mare and Foundation Executive Director Todd Kelly said they knew of the resignations but the reasons why were never given.

In emails between Carleo and DeRose obtained by the Pueblo Chieftain the resignations seemed to be a result of a local contractors “not being considered” during the bidding process for the OUC renovations. Neither DeRose nor Carleo commented on their resignations.

An earlier version of this article stated, “H.W. Houston Construction got the bid for the project.” The OUC renovation is just now in the resubmittal phase of the bids process and no contractors have been selected. H.W. Construction has worked on the LARC and Massari arena.