Meet our Trustees and Staff

C. David McDermott

C. David McDermott, Myron Stratton Home, Staff

C. David McDermott is a licensed Colorado attorney and practices in the fields of Commercial, Corporate, Real Estate and Business law. He completed his undergraduate education at The Colorado College, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He received his Juris Doctorate from Washburn University. After serving as President of the School Board for Cheyenne Mountain School District 12, the Colorado Association of School Boards recognized Mr. McDermott as one of five outstanding school board members of the 176 school districts across the State of Colorado.

After serving as a Board member and Chairman of the Board of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Mr. McDermott was recognized for his service to the Chamber and to business in the Colorado Springs region.

Mr. McDermott is a previous recipient of the Bryan S. Gardner Young Lawyer of the Year Award and has been recognized multiple times as a Top Attorney in the fields of Corporate and Business law through peer rated surveys published by the Colorado Springs Style magazine.

David’s interests include fly fishing, golf and reading history. David and his wife, Dana, have three children and two grandchildren.

Tom J. Naughton

Tom J. Naughton, Myron Stratton Home, Staff

Thomas J. Naughton is Regional President for U.S. Bank, overseeing all banking operations in the Southern Colorado Region. Tom has over 37 years of experience in the banking profession. He started his career with Iowa – Des Moines National Bank (nka Wells Fargo Bank – Des Moines) with assignments in the Bond Investment, International Banking and Commercial Loan Departments.

In 1984, Tom and his family relocated to Colorado Springs, and he has been associated with U.S. Bank (formerly Colorado National Bank – Exchange) for 30 of those 32 years. Tom was named Market President of the Bank in June of 2000 and Regional President in March of 2001. He has held numerous leadership positions, including Chair – Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce (2004), Chair – Metropolitan Board of Directors, YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region (2007 to 2008), Chair – Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, Inc. (2014 to 2016) and President of the East Colorado Springs Rotary Club (2000 to 2001). Tom has held board positions on numerous local nonprofit boards. He has a B.S.B.A. in Finance from the University of Denver and graduated from The Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

He and his wife, Ann, have four grown children and two grandchildren.

Meredith Vaughan

Meredith Vaughan is Chief Executive Officer for Vladimir Jones. As the daughter of the founders, Jim and Nechie Hall, Meredith returned to Vladimir Jones in 1999 after spending most of the ’90s working for powerhouse agencies such as BWA\Chiat\Day in Los Angeles and Goldberg Moser O’Neill in San Francisco. Between 1999 and 2008, when Meredith became VJ’s president, she grew agency billings by more than 600% through new client acquisition and retention strategies in a wide range of industries.

Meredith became CEO in 2014 and continues to focus on ensuring that VJ is an agency designed to bring to life creative and innovative solutions to achieve our clients’ business goals, as well as a place where the VJ team is fulfilled and has a sense of purpose. Meredith’s current and previous client work covers a wide range of industries, including extensive work in the nonprofit, sports marketing, retail, travel and tourism, and Native American gaming categories.

Meredith currently sits on the board of directors for the American Indian College Fund, The Women’s Foundation of Colorado and Ent Credit Union (the largest credit union in the state of Colorado), and previously was on the advisory committee for the University of Colorado–Colorado Springs College of Business.

Steve Woodford

Steve Woodford is the President of WCM Industries, which is headquartered in Colorado Springs.

Steve grew up in Colorado Springs and graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School in 1986, Gustavus Adolphus College in 1990, and then later received his MBA from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife Kristin moved back to Colorado Springs in 2003, where they raised their nine children.

Before re-joining the family business in 2000, Steve worked at a company called Buckbee-Mears in St. Paul that manufactured tight tolerance chemically etched components for a broad range of applications (computers, pacemakers, stents). He then moved down to Kansas City in 2000, to become the Plant Manager at Watco Mfg., before returning to the Springs in 2003, to work at Woodford Mfg.

Steve enjoys hiking, fishing, camping, and playing garage hockey with his family. In addition to being on a number of corporate boards, he’s been actively involved with the following local non-profit boards: Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado, Pikes Peak YMCA, the Bastiat Society of Colorado Springs, the Woodford Foundation, as well as being a member of the Deacon Board at his local church.

Jon Medved

Jon Medved, Myron Stratton Home, Staff, Colorado Springs

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Jon has an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a MBA from Northwestern University. He moved to Colorado Springs in 1974 to work in marketing at Current Inc. In 1987 he became president/CEO of Current. In 1996, he was named president/CEO of the Walter Drake company. When he and his investors sold that business in 2003, he orchestrated the purchase of Chefs Catalog from Neiman Marcus in 2004 and oversaw its move to Colorado Springs in 2005. The business was sold in April, 2013 and Jon retired.

In addition to the Myron Stratton Home, he is active in community affairs and has chaired the boards of the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra, Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region, and presently serves or has served on the boards of Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs Conservatory, Fountain Valley School, Goodwill Industries, and the Pikes Peak United Way. He also serves on several corporate boards. Jon and his wife Becky have a son, 29 years old, and a daughter, 27.

Al Farr

Al Farr, Myron Stratton Home, Staff

Al Farr is a retired healthcare executive. He has served as CEO of St. Francis and Penrose-St. Francis Healthcare Systems. Also, he served as COO of one of their Minnesota Divisions. He retired in early 2004 and returned to Colorado Springs.

Al has been married to his wife Barbara for 47 years. They have five children and nine grandchildren.  He has been a resident of Colorado Springs for 30 years and a member of numerous non-profit boards during this time.

Daniel O'Rear

Daniel O’Rear, Myron Stratton Home, Staff, Colorado Springs

Daniel O’Rear has been actively involved in the nonprofit community of Colorado Springs since moving to the area in 1985 and has served as a board member for Rocky Mountain Health Care Services, CASA, the YMCA Foundation, the Humane Society, the Fine Arts Center, and Life Network.

Prior to arriving at his current position as Executive Director of the Myron Stratton Foundation, Dan spent 22 years at Discover Goodwill serving as Chief Financial Officer and later as President of the Goodwill Industrial Services Corp.
Originally from Montana, Dan has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado and is a CPA.

Linda Buendorf

Linda Buendorf, Myron Stratton Home, Staff, Colorado Springs

Linda K. Buendorf is a third-generation Coloradoan, having grown up in northern Colorado and living in Colorado Springs for 45 years. Linda has over 30 years working in the senior housing industry, most recently, 17 years working with low-income seniors and Medicaid-only assisted living residents at The Myron Stratton Home. She received her Certificate in Gerontology from UCCS and is a licensed Alternative Care Facility Administrator. She has been active in the senior industry serving on two State of Colorado Department of Health and Environment committees: Assisted Living Council and Internal Dispute Resolution Committee. She was appointed by the Governor to serve for 8 years on the Colorado Commission on Aging representing Congressional District #5, as well as various committees with the Pikes Peak Area on Aging. She has also served on several community boards through the years.

Richard White

Richard White, Myron Stratton Home, Staff, Colorado Springs

Richard H. White is a native of Boundary County, Idaho, where he resided until entering the United States Army for a 28-year career. His duties in the military were centered on equipment and facilities maintenance and culminated in all facets of logistics. Richard is married to the former Sally K. Phillips, who was born in the same hospital room four days after his birth. They have two adult children; Ryan and Becky. He has a degree in facility maintenance management and has been a member of the Myron Stratton Home team since 24 May, 1999.

Candice Harvey

Candace Harvey, Myron Stratton Home, Staff

Candice Harvey is our Director of Finance. She carries a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants. Her goal is to provide our governing board with tools that help manage risk and ensure the Home’s long-term financial health. She is highly skilled in budgeting and forecasting. Her most rewarding career challenge has been navigating employee benefits regulation and compliance. She takes pride in working for an organization that provides safety and peace-of-mind to individuals seeking to make their “golden years” golden.

Candice has been married to her “chef/teacher” husband for 29 years. They have a son serving our country in the U.S. Navy. She enjoys playing classical violin, running, and reading historical nonfiction.

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