Board of Directors

vera egbertVera Egbert – Vera is a 25-year resident of Woodland Park. She has managed Peoples Bank of Woodland Park for the last five years, and has over 2 decades of banking experience. Vera is very involved in the Woodland Park Community. She not only serves on the Help the Needy Board of Directors, but she also serves as a Board of Director for Woodland Park Downtown Development Authority and the Woodland Park Arts Alliance. Vera is also a member of the Pikes Peak Rotary Club. For fun and relaxation, Vera enjoys making jewelry, reading, gardening and taking her Chow-chow, Sasha, for long walks.

mikeMike Hazelwood – Mike is the owner of Hazelwood Computer Support, Inc. He began his career in Wichita KS. in 1977, and has been servicing computers in southern Colorado since 1980. He established his own company in 1986, servicing banks and Savings and Loans. The company has evolved into networks and business class computer systems. He is an active member of the local community charity support systems, including The Teller Senior Coalition and Help the Needy.

David R. Mals, LMT, CST – David is the owner/operator of the Healing Touch. David’s education background is from Wright State University, Communication Arts and Self Health Incorporated School of Medical Massage. He has been in the healing arts for 25 years facilitating individuals on their journey of healing using multiple modalities ie: Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Reiki, etc. David moved from Ohio to Colorado in 1996 as part of his spiritual journey. While reestablishing the Healing Touch in Colorado, David worked for Dillard’s as the stores cash auditor. Also, at the same time, he worked for the Spa of the Rockies in Manitou Springs as the sole therapist/office manager. The Healing Touch opened in Woodland Park in 1999 to continue serving clients whom were searching for alternative services to assist in their journey of healing. David continues to serve his clients by continuing to find new avenues to facilitate individuals journey in healing.

rick schaferRick Shafer is a CPA. He is a graduate of the University of Texas and was a healthcare finance executive for many years in Texas. He was a volunteer for several years with Habitat for Humanity in both Texas and Teller County and served on their Board and as Executive Director.

EileenEileen Zytka is the owner of Clarion Mortgage of the Rockies. She and her family moved to Chipita Park in 1974 and in 1976 Eileen went into the automotive industry and eventually became General Manager of Gene Osborn Lincoln Mercury and also General Manager for Phil Long Mitsubishi. In 1999 she decided to go into the mortgage business, establishing her company in 2000. Eileen has been helping people with their mortgage needs and continues to work and look for new solutions to important issues.

John Pearring – John is active in Catholic Church ministries – Knights of Columbus, adult education facilitator, bible studies, and Catholic men’s groups. He retired in January 2015 from STORServer, Inc., where he held positions as CEO and Vice President, and served as their Chairman of the Board. John has been very active with a publishing company he formed with his wife, Joanne, where they held contracts to produce The Catholic Herald newspaper for the diocese of Colorado Springs, and added production of the Chronicle of Catholic Life, the newspaper for the Diocese of Pueblo. In 1990, John and Joanne served as founding board members for Greccio Housing, established to provide affordable rental housing for low to moderate income residents of Colorado Springs. John holds a degree in English and Communication Arts from Loyola Marymount University, and taught at the high school level for three years. He loves writing, and has several yet-to-be-published works. John lives in Woodland Park with his wife, Joanne. They have six children.

Alex Paul – Alex was born and raised in rural New York State. At age eighteen he moved to Colorado to attend the Colorado School of Mines. Since graduation he has pursued a 40-year career as a mining geologist. In 1981 Alex and family moved to Woodland Park while working in the gold mines of Cripple Creek. Alex and Kathy’s two sons attended school in Woodland Park during the decade of the 1980s. Alex was Scoutmaster for Troop 25 and living in Woodland Park when Help the Needy was started. In 1990 Alex and family moved away from Woodland Park to pursue his profession in mining. This took them to Arizona and Alberta, Canada. In Canada Alex was co-founder of a small Canadian Junior Mining Company providing mining expertise to the major oil company developing a mine in the Athabasca oil sand district. When the junior company was bought out in 2007, Alex and Kathy finally found their opportunity to retire and return to Woodland Park.

Rose Carpenter – Rose is a new member to the Board of Directors for Help the Needy. She considers herself a work in progress with so much to learn from an amazing group of people. She has lived in Woodland Park since 1972. Her heroes are her parents, her husband and Greg Schilling, founder of Help the Needy, all who taught her about compassion. When Greg asked, she helped to the best of her ability. Along with her husband, family and friends she has been raising funds for those in need for 30 years. She has been a homemaker and bookkeeper for 39 years. She taught Sunday school for 16 years and worked in the schools with children in need. She has worked professionally and personally as a bookkeeper and investment advisor for multiple real estate and construction companies. In her spare time she is a rustic artist, a playmate to a busy two year old granddaughter named Lena Lee and an avid reader. Her heart belongs to her family, Help The Needy and Jesus Christ.

Chief Executive Officer

Vince Scarlata – Vince was reared in the Bronx, and received his higher education in Alabama and Massachusetts. He has an extensive background in managing sales and strategic alliances. He has spent the last 25 years in various high-level sales management positions selling computer systems, software and services to worldwide markets. Vince’s career began as a teacher and later moved into the high-tech field where he created and managed sales and service divisions for Fortune 500 companies. Vince has also spent time volunteering as assistant development director for the Wolf Rescue Center; is a senior advisor for an online educational services company; and a Board member for high-tech start-up. He moved to Divide in 1999 with his wife, Rachel. His three children are grown, giving him the opportunity to focus on giving back to the community. Vince’s interest in Help the Needy stems from his early years in the Bronx where he saw community needs not being addressed. During his early years as a teacher he spent time volunteering as an English teacher in the poorest areas of southern Alabama. Later he taught fifth grade subjects at a catholic grade school. In his spare time Vince works as a silversmith and reads history books about the Civil War, World War II and the Indian Wars. His intent with Help the Needy is to grow its visibility to ensure greater funding in order to best serve the needs of our clients. Vince holds an MBA in Organization Development and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education and English.

Advisory Board

mary gonzalesMary Gonzales is a former Management Analyst with the Federal Government and has been working with Help the Needy since 2002. She served as the Administrator for the Forest Fire Victims Task Force, during the Haymen Fire, and then as the Director of Administration for Help the Needy. She was selected as the CEO of Help the Needy when Greg Schilling retired in 2008 and passed the reins on to Vince Scarlata.

Greg Schilling – Greg’s mother was an immigrant. He and his wife of fifty-four years are both cradle Catholics. They are the parents of seven children. The family moved to Colorado from New Jersey in 1981. Their youngest child, Andy, was brought up in Teller County. Greg founded Help the Needy in 1982, and for the first ten years was the primary/only interviewer. He was CEO from its foundation until his retirement in 2007. In the beginning HtN also gave clothing and food to the clients. As part of this project HtN distributed Federal Commodities as well as food collected locally. These activities were later given to other agencies.