Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees: Members
Walt Richter is serving his second two-year term as Board President. He represents District E, which includes Johnstown and Milliken, and a portion of Greeley and Evans. Richter earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wagner College in New York and his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Vermont. Additionally, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Alabama. Richter has a long history in education in Weld County starting as an adjunct instructor at the University of Northern Colorado, then as a biology professor at Aims before becoming faculty chair, then academic dean at the college until his retirement in 2004. He served on the Aims Foundation Board before being elected to the Aims District Board in 2007.
Through his involvement with Aims, Richter has served as an educational consultant to Kasetsart University and was named as Honorary Advisor to The Senate, Parliament, Bangkok, Thailand. He has also served District 6 on its Citizens Blue Ribbon Panel for Academic Programs and on the Budget Advisory Committee. Richter has also been involved in the Boy Scouts, Leadership Weld County, United Way of Weld County, the Greeley Chamber Orchestra, the Kiwanis Club of Greeley, Weld County Workforce Development Board–Youth Council, Greeley Area Habitat for Humanity, and served on the Institutional Review Board for North Colorado Medical Center.
Mike Geile serves as Board Secretary and represents District B, which includes Gill and Kersey, and parts of Greeley and Evans. Prior to serving as a Weld County Commissioner for two terms, Geile was owner/broker of Century 21 Geile and Associates, a Regional Manager for Public Service Co. of Colorado and General Manager for Home Light and Power Co. He also served as a consultant for Union Pacific Railroad. Geile is currently a board member of Northern Colorado Medical Center Inc. and United Way as chair of the 2-1-1 advisory committee.
He is past president/chairman of Ball Fields for Kids, Economic Develop Action Partnership, Weld Information and Referral, United Way, Greeley Dream Team, Aims Foundation, Embrace Northern Colorado, Co-founder of Promises for Children, Weld Housing Task Force and the Private Industry Council. He has also served on the boards of the Northern Council of the El Pomar Foundation, Greeley Rotary, Greeley Area Chamber of Commerce, Upstate Colorado, Bank One, UNC Foundation, LULAC Dollars for Scholars and the Northern Colorado Regional Transportation Committee.
As a county commissioner, he served on several statewide and regional committees including chairman of the Upper Front Range Transportation Planning Committee, chairman of the North Front Range Water Quality Planning Association, chairman of Colorado Counties Public Lands Committee and the Reliable Energy Infrastructure committee. Geile was a torchbearer in the 1996 Olympics. He has received the EDAP Community Excellence Award (1996), United Way Humanitarian of the Year (1994) and the Greeley Board of Realtors Citizen of the Year (2000); Leann Anderson Community Care award (2012)
Carol Ruckel, represents Aims District A, including LaSalle, Gilcrest and Platteville; Keenesburg, Hudson and Prospect Valley; and Fort Lupton. Ruckel has extensive experience in education, most recently retiring from Weld School District Re-8 where she directed a five-year, $3.6 million federal grant program to design and implement performance pay for instructional staff. Prior to that she worked for Denver Public Schools from 1997 to 2003 as director of licensing programs and director of human resources. Ruckel currently is an instructor for McGrath Training Systems, where she teaches education and business leaders communication and organizational performance skills. She earned her master’s in organizational management from The University of Phoenix and her bachelor’s degree in international relations and organization from The American University. Ruckel is vice-president of the Forlurado Club, a women’s service club supporting education, the arts and local humanitarian needs; a founding member and former board member of the Pikes Peak Leadership Academy; served on Governor Romer’s Education Advisory Council from 1989 to 1992; and the Colorado PTA from 1978 to 1991, including serving as state president in 1988-1989.
At its November 2013 meeting, the Aims Board of Trustees seated Ray Peterson as the new director for District C, representing Eaton, Windsor, Ault-Highland, Briggsdale, New Raymer and Grover school districts. Peterson operates Peterson Ranches of Nunn on the property where he was raised. He earned his bachelor’s in Animal Science and his master’s in Adult Education from Colorado State University before earning a doctorate in Educational Administration from Arizona State University. His professional experience includes serving as state senator from 1982 to 1994, more than a decade in CSU’s Extension Service and nearly 30 years in the Colorado Department of Education. He currently serves on several boards including President of the Weld County Farmers Union, member of the Weld County Livestock Association, the Greeley/Weld League of Women Voters, and the High Plains District Board of Trustees.
He has also served the following organizations: Colorado Endowment for the Humanities, Board Member; Colorado Mental Health Institute, Fort Logan, Advisory Council; Literacy Coalition of Jefferson County, Treasurer; National Community Education Association, Board Member; Partners of the Americas, Board Member; Colorado Association of Community Educators, President; Colorado Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, Board Member; Colorado Adult Education Professional Association, President; Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board Member; Mountain Plains Adult Education Association, President; Colorado Business and Education Council, Board Member; Academy of Intergenerational Scholars, Board Member.
Larry Wood represents District D, serving parts of Greeley and Evans. Wood earned his bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and holds an MBA from the University of Michigan. Wood is the Chief Lending Officer for First National Bank. Wood began his banking career in Grand Junction at First National Bank. Since then he has worked for Central Bank of Greeley, Central Bank of Colorado Springs and Centennial Bank of the West. Throughout his career he has been primarily involved in commercial and real estate lending.