LEAD Staff

Jessie Pocock

Jessie Pocock | Executive Director

Jessie has over 8 years of experience in nonprofit administration. She joined the LEAD Foundation in 2015 as someone skilled at pulling resources and people together to advance social, educational, artistic and human service causes.

Jessie graduated from Colorado College in 2008 with a BA in Sociology. She has a Masters in Public Administration from UCCS and was named “Outstanding MPA Graduate of 2014”. She was awarded the inaugural “2014 Grandma Lottie Nonprofit Entrepreneur Award of the Year” by the Colorado Springs Independent Newspaper and the Pikes Peak Community Foundation and named a 2014 “Rising Star” by the Colorado Springs Business Journal.

Jessie was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper in 2016 to serve on the Colorado State Civil Rights Commission where she continues to advocate for the civil rights of Coloradans.

Salle Hill Howes

Salle Hill Howes | Program Assistant

Salle’s involvement with the LEAD Foundation began at its inception in 2002. Her daughter Hillary, a struggling high school student with learning disabilities and ADHD, had recently joined the LEAD program at CMHS and it’s positive effects were evident. As a board member and eventually chairperson, Salle’s goal was to see more students and parents benefit from the skills of self-advocacy and the power of self-knowledge that LEAD provided. In 2013, Salle became the foundation’s first Executive Director, during which time the LEAD curriculum became a reality. Happy to turn the reigns over to Jessie Pocock, but unable to entirely leave LEAD behind, Salle has recently shifted to the role of administrative assistant.

Alan Pocock

Alan Pocock | LEAD Class Educator

For the past 44 years, Alan Pocock (Po) has dedicated his life to helping teenagers with the social, emotional and intellectual aspects of dealing with learning and mental health disabilities. He established the Learning and Educating About Disabilities (LEAD) program in 1997. Students with disabilities participate in the LEAD class to gain insight into their unique learning styles, identify their strengths, overcome their weaknesses, learn their legal rights, and develop self-advocacy skills. They then participate in writing their own individual education plan (IEP).

Po has served on the Colorado Learning Disabilities Association Board of Directors, the Colorado Advisory Board for Learning Disabilities, and is on the Board of Directors for the LEAD Foundation. He also earned the U.S. Department of Education’s No Child Left Behind American Star of Teaching award for the 2007-2008 school year for his ground-breaking LEAD program at Cheyenne Mountain High School and was named the 2014 “Hero of Mental Health” by AspenPointe for giving “students, their families and others in a similar position hope for a successful future” – Dr. Mick Pattinson, AspenPointe President and CEO

Board Members

Alan Pocock

Founding Director

LEAD Class Educator

Pocock Education Consultations, LLC

Richard Groat ’05

Board Chair

University of Denver MBA candidate

Email: Richard.Groat@du.edu

EEB 3, 75th Training Division, US Army Reserves

Linda Knight

Recording Secretary

Early Childhood Coordinator

Cheyenne Mountain School District 12

Alex La Joie ’14

Fundraising Chair

UCCS Student

Beth Lieberman

LEAD Parent Support Group Co-Chair & Mentorship Coordinator


Sarah Michel

LEAD Parent Representative

CSP, Vice President, Professional Connexity

Velvet Chainsaw

Robert Naughton ’06

Board Treasurer

Assistant Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Commercial Banking

US Bank