Karol Flowers, Director
Karol has been the director of the BVPC since 2005. She began her work with the Center as a volunteer counselor in 2002. Karol almost qualifies as a Buena Vista native, having lived in the community since 1970. She married her Buena Vista High School sweetheart, Ron, in 1975. They worked with Young Life while rearing their three sons and take great delight in their 7 grandchildren.
Karol is excited about the many programs added to the center. She believes it is not only about pregnancy but also about parenting, healthy life-style choices, relationships, and speaking the truth in love. "It is a blessing to shine the light of Christ into the lives of clients who walk through our doors."
Donna Cortese, Nurse
I was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to Buena Vista in the fall of 1980 after marrying my husband Tony. We raised 6 children here and are anticipating the arrival of our 6th grandchild.
I have been an RN since 1978 and in the early years did medical-surgical, and extensive care nursing. I took 20 years off to raise and homeschool my children then returned to the work field as a school nurse for 13 years.
I am blessed to be a part of the Buena Vista Pregnancy Center to receive, pray for, encourage, assist and show the love of Jesus to all who enter our doors no matter what their needs.
Carolyn Calhoun, Bookkeeper and Board Treasurer
Carolyn and her husband Bill moved from a suburb of Albany, New York to retire in Twin Lakes, Colorado in 2005. After a taste of the retired life, she began volunteering at the BVPC as a receptionist in October of 2008.
Carolyn was drawn to the center by its Christian message and the love and respect shown to their clients. Having been a mother at 19, she was very impressed with the Earn-While-You-Learn program and wished something like that had been available to her when her baby was young.
In the Summer of 2012 the BVPC bookkeeper position opened, and Carolyn volunteered to learn the job. She loves working with computers and the challenge of learning something new. In 2013 she was officially hired as the bookkeeper and thoroughly enjoys her job.
Our Board Members
Board members serve a three year term. New board members come on each September. They are involved in the planning and are active in the events. To find out how you can become a BVPC board member, please contact Karol Flowers at 719-395-6703 or by email at email@example.com.
Kari Cox - President
I have lived in Buena Vista my entire life. My husband works for the Colorado Department of Transportation and we have two small boys that keep us on our toes 24/7. I’ve worked in the banking industry for 15 years and am currently a Credit Analyst in a local bank. Having been a participant in the Pregnancy Center’s Celebrate Life Walk for a number of years, I became aware of the center and how helpful it is to individuals within my community as well as the surrounding communities. I was asked recently to be on the BVPC board and it just seemed to be the right time to become a part of such a great organization. I look forward to helping with the decisions being made in this much needed organization.
I was born and raised in New York City, educated in public schools including The City College of New York . I resided in the East Bronx for twenty five years, subsequently relocating to Connecticut following a job opportunity. Another and better opportunity arose in New York. I followed and accepted and worked for the Hartford Insurance Company, marketing their products in the Capital District, residing in Clifton Park, a suburb of Albany until retirement. My wife and I purchased our current home in Twin Lakes in 2006.
I worked for the St. Vincent ambulance service for seven years, also serving in several capacities for the Mount Elbert Water Association, subsequently being voted as President, a position I have held for three two year terms.
I worship regularly and serve with the Deacon Board at Valley Fellowship Church. With humility I also serve as a Board member at The Buena Vista Pregnancy Centre. I emphasize humility because we as a board and as individuals serve as our Lord directs. Miracles abound within this Spirit driven service.
Austina has been in Buena Vista since 1987. She comes from a family of Realtors where four of seven family members are Brokers.
Austina attended Western State College in Gunnison, CO, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English/Kinesiology. She spent her summers traveling abroad. Her favorite places were Germany, Hawaii and Mexico. After graduation, Austina began teaching high school English, creative writing, speech and drama in Billings, MT. She moved back to Buena Vista in 1997, where she taught 5th/6th grade at Darren Patterson Christian Academy (DPCA) for two years.
Austina has accumulated a number of accomplishments in the real estate field including: Rookie of the year in 2005, GRI-Graduate Realtor Institute, MRE-Master of Real Estate and CRS-Certified Residential Specialist.
Austina loves contributing to the Buena Vista community. She has coached basketball, volleyball, soccer and fast pitch softball for DPCA, served on the DPCA’s school board and is currently on the Buena Vista Pregnancy Center’s Board. She believes that no matter what you do, you do it with passion and fervor.
Austina’s hobbies include writing poetry, camping, fishing, hiking, participating in all sporting activities and most of all, she loves spending time with her daughter, Keely. What she cherishes most about Buena Vista is that it will always be a place that she can call home..
I have resided with my family for the past 15 years in this beautiful valley. I have been a home building contractor my entire career. My beautiful wife Jill is a pilot & manages the Buena Vista airport for the town. My younger son, Nathan lives at home with us & is very active in rodeo, basketball & outdoor activities such as mountain biking, hunting & fishing. My older son Duke, lives in the area with his lovely wife Michelle, & my precious granddaughter & grandson. They are involved with the local baseball teams & love to fish & camp. Duke is also involved in our home building business. I was very pleased to be asked to participate in the work of the pregnancy center here in our town, a very much needed service. I pray the Lord will bless all the effort given by the staff & bless the community thru them.
I've lived in Buena Vista long enough to call it my home (over 30 years). My husband, Pat, works for Sangre De Cristo Electric and we have 6 children, and 12 grandchildren. I retired in 2013 from the Buena Vista Correctional Facility where I ended my career there as a Case Manager. After meeting with Karol and attending my first BVPC Board Meeting as a guest I knew joining their team would be a perfect fit for me. I have a deep rooted faith and firm belief in the sanctity of life which includes a testimony that life begins at conception. The Pregnancy Center's simple mission is all about demonstrating love and compassion . I am honored to be on the Board and to rub shoulders with people, like me, who desire to make a positive impact on this world.
I was born in California and have lived in Kansas, Texas and now Buena Vista, Colorado...the best places of all! I have been married to the sweetest man EVER fir 24 years and have 5 just as sweet kids. Life in BV started for me in 1998. We moved back as a family to where Doug had grown up to raise our family. A busy mom of 5, I had heard of the Pregnancy Center, loved everything about it, but it just was not the right time to offer my time to the Center. Now that my kids are older, I can jump on board and give all the time I have been wanting to give to an amazing organization that has always had my heart.
I moved to Buena Vista with my husband Michael permanently in March of 2007. Mike and I have been married 30 years. I currently work at TBK Bank formerly CO East Bank & Trust since 2007. Michael has worked for Colorado Department of Corrections since 2007. He is the Life Safety Coordinator at the Buena Vista facility. We have two sons, Allen a crane operator and his wife Kenda who is a math teacher in Brazoria TX. Cheikh our adopted son farms in Burlington CO and his wife Rachel a stay at home mama for our two beautiful granddaughters, Jabrie 3 and Nylan1.
Formerly my husband and I worked for Girls and Boys town where we cared and mentored over 89 young boys over 17 years. Since moving to Buena Vista, I have heard wonderful things about the pregnancy center and I wanted to get involved. When a position opened on the board I decided to get involved. The pregnancy center is such a blessing to have in our community and I am pleased to be a part of the board.
Thomas Navarrette married to Bernadette for 25 years. I've lived in the Arkansas Valley for 30 years. We have 2 children Sarah and Antonio, both live in New Mexico, so we travel a lot. On November 1st, we were Blessed to meet our 1st grandchild, Leo Prince Navarrette Martin, he's beautiful. Bernadette and I are Health and Life insurance Brokers, for the Perry Ward Agency, prior to that I taught and coached at DPCA, also started and ran various businesses during my time in Buena Vista. We are members of St Rose de Lima Catholic Church, and I'm an active member of the Knights of Columbus. I look forward to serving our community.