Board Bios

Scot Somes – Chairman and Founder, Director of Events

Scot has been running a non-profit, Veterans Acupuncture Center of Colorado, for over 8 years and the Center for Integrated Eastern Medicine as the owner/practitioner for over 16 years.

Prior to running his own business, Scot, worked at AT&T Broadband as a Senior Manager running the business analytics department, an investment banker for CBIZ, and CFO for Problem Solving Products engineering firm.

Scot has over 35 years of leadership experience he garnered from being a Captain in the US Navy.

In the summer, you can find him cycling throughout the Front Range and the mountains, swimming and hiking.  He loves to ski and workout in the winter.

Education: Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, MSTCM (2006); University of Denver, MBA (Finance) (1998); United States Naval Academy, BS Engineering (1990)

Christina Somes – Director of Grants

I’ve been an entrepreneur my entire life.  I have been in the jewelry business for 30 years.  My passion is custom design for my clients.  I have dabbled in real estate for about 10 years.  This includes remodels, scraping houses and flipping them.  I love having input on the interior design of the properties. 

I am a breast cancer survivor and am passionate about raising money to support women going through treatment and trying to mentor them.  It allows me to pull something positive out of this horrible, common disease.

Kristina Schermer – Director Communication

Diagnosed just before turning 27, Kristina is a 8 year Breast Cancer Survivor, wife and mom of two under two. With an extensive family history of breast cancer Kristina is passionate about early detection and individuals knowing their family genetic history.

In her spare time Kristina enjoys playing golf, riding her bike, walking with her family and being outside. In addition to her time on this board, Kristina is Manager of Investor Relations for Echo Real Estate Group. While she is a born and raised Kentucky girl, Kristina is proud to have called Colorado home for over 17 years. Kristina and her husband Kyle live in Greenwood Village with their son Hap, daughter Abby Jo and Goldendoodle Steve.

Simon Cole – Director of Finance

Simon is a lifelong geologist who started his rock collection before he could talk. He spent 15 years in the Oil and Gas industry before transitioning into the Aerospace industry and Geospatial Satellite Imagery. Now he can study rocks anywhere on the planet!

He is a West Virginia native and an avid outdoorsman. If he is not in the woods chasing game then he can be found on his boat catching walleye. He spends as many days hunting and fishing as his wonderful wife, Karri, will tolerate, and then a few more. When at home he enjoys spending down time with his wife and their three dogs; the Miles Dogg, Bijou and the Mutt Man.

He welcomes the opportunity to serve the Colorado Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation as a member of the Board. He looks forward to assisting the CBCAF grow and increase its ability to provide support to people affected by breast cancer.

Karri D. Cole – Director of Technology

Karri has over 20 years of IT experience in the Oil and Gas industry. She has spent over a decade fundraising for many foundations including Veterans Passport to Hope, MS150, Junior Achievement, United Way, Tri for a Cure and Susan G. Koman.

Originally from Georgia, Karri moved to Colorado in 2002 and fell in love with the outdoors lifestyle it offers. She’s an avid snowboarder, rafter, cyclist, camper, diver, world traveler and home chef. She and her husband, Simon, have three dogs – two Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Miles and Mutt, and a Mountain Cur, Bijou – they love snuggling and taking on adventures.

Like so many others, Karri has family and friends that have battled cancer, and is inspired by CBCAF’s mission to support those fighting cancer so they can focus on recovery instead of finances. She is honored to join CBCAF and hopes to help the foundation grow and support many people in the future.

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