Board of Directors
Loring Wirbel (Co-Chair) Loring Wirbel is co-chair of PPJPC and has served in board positions intermittently since the early 1990s. He has worked with the social justice ministry at United Methodist Church, and was a former chair of the Colorado Springs chapter of ACLU. He serves as president of the multi-state Poetry West arts group. He has been involved with several regional energy and sustainability conferences, and leads jeep tours to the summit of Pikes Peak. Wirbel has been involved in technology journalism for more than 25 years. He writes a weekly music column for the Colorado Springs Independent, and has been the recipient of a Pikes Peak Arts Council micro-grant. He is a two-time winner of Sonoma State University’s Project Censored award, and is the author of a book on space militarization plans during the Bush era.
Debbie Vitulli (Co-Chair) Originally from southeast Pennsylvania, Debbie’s Air Force career as an Aero Medical Specialist brought her to Colorado Springs for a few years. After her service, Debbie and her family found themselves relocating back to the Springs in 2008. Debbie has a passion and desire to serve. In many ways, she is accomplishing this. She is presently employed by Pikes Peak Library District at the downtown Penrose Library. Through her position as the PPLD’s Green Team Co–Chair and her active imagination, she is able to reach out to the community and make a difference in their lives. From harvesting the 3 urban community gardens at Penrose Library for donation to the Marian House Soup Kitchen, to creating the partnership with Studio 809 Peak Environment podcast (a collaboration with a variety of organizations to bring programs focused on environment and sustainability) and just making all of the visitors to the library feel welcome, Debbie is always finding ways to improve the quality of life of those around her. Debbie is heavily involved with the PPJPC Urban Experience which focuses on educating our community on how those without permanent housing survive in Colorado Springs. She is a volunteer and appointed Board Member of the Pikes Peak Road Runners club and recipient of the 2018 PPRR Volunteer of the Year award. One of her new passions is being a blacksmith apprentice for RAWTools Inc. turning no-longer-wanted guns into items for life, love and beauty. Debbie has taken Loring Wirbel’s Jeep tour to the top of Pikes Peak and swears there was a sighting of Big Foot. Debbie enjoys the solitude of running with her dogs in Ute Valley Park, just steps away from her house. This is her time to think, reflect, and enjoy the wonderful outdoors of Colorado. When not trying to make a difference in the community, you can find Debbie at home with her two dogs, three cats and six chickens, gardening and being buzzed by hummingbirds.
Carolyn Kelly (Vice Chair)
Marguerite Terze (Treasurer) Marguerite Terze is serving her 2nd year as PPJPC Treasurer. She retired after working as an HR Director for small IT companies for 20+ years, and practiced non-violent communication in business. Trained in public policy and data analysis, she contributed her data analysis skills to building fair competitive legislative districts after the 2000 census and worked on successful election campaigns. She regularly serves on the canvas board of the El Paso County Election Department. She is an officer of the El Paso County Democratic Party. She is a member of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. And, she is a wife and mother of two talented adult daughters.
Max Kelly (Secretary)
Debra Fortenberry Debra Fortenberry is a mother, activist and lawyer in private practice with the Fortenberry Law Group. In service to our community, Ms. Fortenberry has provided pro bono legal services after the wildfires, planted trees in the burn area, taught attorney education related to foreclosure defense and participated in lobbying efforts to create greater protection for homeowners facing foreclosure. She currently serves on the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission Board of Directors and has previously served on the Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado Board of Directors.
Steve Flynn Steve Flynn is serving a second term on the J&P board, being term limited after 6 years the first time. He retired in 2015 after 28 years as a legal services attorney, the last 23 in Colorado Springs working for Colorado Legal Services. This was a practice of civil “poverty law”. His progressive orientation became engrained during the Vietnam War, i.e., the U.S. war against Vietnam and neighboring countries. The 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, police riots, etc., was also a significant factor in his education. He has long had a soft spot for anarchism. Though there were pre-law school “drop-out” periods, as hippy-dom beckoned, his fundamental perspective has remained solid. He is most pleased to continue his progressive/radical journey serving on the board of the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission.
Victoria Stone (Executive Director)