Executive Board

Harris Kalofonos

Harris Kalofonos

President

Harris Kalofonos is the President of the Board of Directors at Colorado Springs Sister Cities International and the Chair of the Colorado Springs – Ancient Olympia, Greece Program. Harris is also the founder and director for the Young Champion Ambassador Program and an International Relations Consultant for the International Olympic Academy in the U.S. He was instrumental in making Colorado Springs and Ancient Olympia, Greece sister cities in April, 2014. He has also played a significant role in the International Relations and Olympic Hospitality Programs of USAW having worked at four Olympic Games since 2004. He is originally from Greece, and prior to his role at USAW, he served in his home country’s military as a Special Forces Officer. 

Tad Vannaman

Tad Vannaman

Vice President

Tad has extensive experience in leadership, political/military affairs, international relations, finance, partnership building, human resources, small business management and organizational development. During his 20-year career with the U.S. Air Force, much of it spent throughout Europe and Africa, fueled his passion to bring communities, cultures and societies closer together through education and organic human experiences. He is also the relationship Chairman for Ancient Olympia, Greece, and the program director for the Young Champion Ambassador (YCA) program. In this role he positively impacts a global future by developing future leaders, creating for them authentic experiences, honing ambassadorial skills and connecting them to their community and its leaders through the lens of a larger international perspective.

Donna Nelson

Donna Nelson

City of Colorado Springs Liaison

Donna Nelson is the City Liaison for the Board of Directors for Colorado Springs Sister Cities International. She enjoyed her time spent in Europe most of all as she was able to travel to many fun places like Spain, France, and Holland, just to name a few. Currently Donna works for the City of Colorado Springs and oversees the Mayor’s community and recognition programs. Donna is the current Board Chair for Pikes Peak United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council and continues to serve on numerous other Boards of Directors, having served as the Board Chair on most. 

Forrest Senti

Forrest Senti

Treasurer

Forrest Senti is the Treasurer for the Board of Directors for Colorado Springs Sister Cities International. He is also a program coordinator for the Young Champion Ambassador program, where he helps teach and coordinate classes. Forrest started his professional career through ENACTUS, an organization that uses entrepreneurism to create impacts for the local community, and with the Student Center for Public Trust , where he got his first taste of international business through simulated consulting on International Trade and Arms Regulations. Forrest currently advises local start ups, creates classes for the Young Champion Ambassador program and spends his free time writing about marketing and the Pikes Peak Region.

Dan Hannaway

Dan Hannaway

Chair Emeritus

Dr. Dan Hannaway is the Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors at Colorado Springs Sister Cities International.  He is also the immediate Past President and has served the organization for almost 25 years.  Dr. Hannaway is an M.A.and Ph.D. from Syracuse University, fluent in Russian, and became the professor of Russian language at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and also taught Russian at the United States Air Force Academy from 1968 until 1985.  At USAFA, he was a tenured professor and Chairman of the Foreign Language Department in the early 1980s. He served as the Air Attache to the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, Hungary from 1986 until 1988. 

Kelsie Rudolph

Kelsie Rudolph

Secretary

Kelsie Rudolph is the Secretary for the Board of Directors at Colorado Springs Sister Cities International. She is an International Business Student at the University of Colorado, Colorado Spings. She has travelled internationally to countries like Italy, Austria, and Germany where she was able to utilize her German speaking skills. She also participates in multiple volunteer programs around Colorado Springs to give back to the community.