Our Foundation

Our Mission, Our Trustees, and Our Officers

RMLEIF's Mission

Today the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute Foundation (RMLEIF) continues its mission by:

The Foundation's eleven-member Board of Trustees is made up of two members elected by the Lions in each of Colorado's four Lions Districts and three members elected by the Lions in Wyoming's single Lions district. Trustees serve 3-year terms and can serve up to two consecutive times. The Foundation's officers are elected annually by the Board of Trustees; officers are selected by the Board and can be either trustees or non-trustees. The Board of Trustees meets three times per year at the Eye Institute in Aurora, Colorado, once annually at the Colorado or Wyoming state Lions Convention, and meets in special session when required. Committees meet more frequently using internet video conferencing services. 

Trustee Meeting Schedule

The Trustees of the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute Foundation meet four times per year. All Wyoming and Colorado Lions are welcome to attend. Please contact us before attending a Trustee meeting by sending an email to Lions@RMLEIF.org to let us know you are coming. Trustee meetings are scheduled for

In addition our annual meeting with all Wyoming and Colorado Lions is on May 4, 2024 Saturday in Akron, CO

2023-2024 Trustees and Officers

Trustees are elected to 3-year terms at Lions Conventions, take office soon after election, and can’t serve 3 terms in a row. Officers are elected annually by the Trustees. Make a difference, become a Trustee!


President John Harper, Wyoming

Vice President Ken Schwols, Colorado

Vice President Dave Orr, Wyoming

Secretary Dave Orr, Wyoming

Treasurer Steve Allen, Colorado


*Steve Allen CO District 6C, 1st term ends 2024

Ted Peterson CO District 6C, 1st term ends 2025

Scott Nasman CO District 6NE, 2nd term ends 2026

*Ken Schwols CO District 6NE, 1st term ends 2024

Betsy Denney CO District 6SE, 2nd term ends 2026

Danielle VanEsselstine CO District 6SE, 1st term ends 2025

*Bob Johannes CO District 6W, 2nd term ends 2024

Wayne Wells CO District 6W, 1st term ends 2025

Dave Orr WY District 15, 2nd term ends 2026

*Gary Roadifer WY District 15, 2nd term ends 2024

Craig Thompson WY District 15, 1st term ends 2025

*Term ends in 2024.

PDG Betsy Denney, Trustee, Colorado 6SE

Lion Danielle VanEsselstein, Trustee, Colorado 6SE

Lion Scott Nasman, Trustee, Colorado 6NE

PID Ken Schwols, Trustee and VP, Colorado 6NE

PDG Bob Johannes, Trustee, Colorado 6W

Lion Wayne Wells, Trustee, Colorado 6W

Lion Steve Allen, Trustee and Treasurer, Colorado 6C

CC Ted Peterson, Trustee, Colorado 6C

PDG Dave Orr, Trustee and Secretary, Wyoming

PDG Gary Roadifer, Trustee and VP, Wyoming

PDG Craig Thompson, Trustee, Wyoming

PID John Harper, President, Wyoming