Who We Are

Christopher Liedel

Chief Executive Officer

Liedel joined the USOM team as CEO in May of 2018. Liedel previously served for nearly six years as president of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-producing arm of the Smithsonian Institution. Before that, he was with National Geographic for 16 years, becoming the executive vice president and chief financial officer. At Smithsonian Enterprises, he had oversight of the key commercial activities of the Smithsonian, including Smithsonian Media, retail, e-commerce, educational and consumer-branded products, and food services. During his tenure, the organization saw significant growth in revenue and earnings performance.

His board affiliations have included the Nobel Prize Education Fund; the National Philanthropic Trust, which he chaired from 2005 to 2008; EdWeek Magazine; and the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research Foundation. He currently serves on the board of the PGA of America, and previously served on the executive committee of the United States Golf Association, where he was chair of the museum committee.

Liedel, a resident of Vienna, Virginia, earned his bachelor’s degree at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and his master’s degree at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He is a Wharton Fellow from the University of Pennsylvania.

Peter Maiurro

Senior Advisor

Pamela Shockley-Zalabak, Ph.D. is President of CommuniCon, Inc., an organizational and leadership development corporation. She is Chancellor Emerita of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs(UCCS) and the author of 9 books and over 100 other publications and productions. She is the founding member of the UCCS Communication Department and continued to teach and research throughout her tenure as Chancellor. As Chancellor, Dr. Shockley-Zalabak was responsible for guiding a 75% increase in students to over 12,500, was responsible for supporting new academic programs, and was part of an over $500,000,000 expansion in campus facilities. As part of her consulting responsibilities, Dr. Shockley-Zalabak served as the Interim CEO of the United States Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame from August 2017 – May 2018, and will continue as a Senior Advisor to the project. She has two degrees from Oklahoma State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Peter Maiurro

Interim Chief Operating Officer

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In September of 2016, Peter Maiurro was named Interim Chief Operating Officer by the USOM Board of Directors. Peter is on loan part-time from El Pomar Foundation where he began working in 2003. He participated in El Pomar’s Internship and Fellowship programs and is currently a Vice President and the Director of El Pomar’s legacy properties; The Penrose House, The Penrose Heritage Museum, and The Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun. Peter is involved with numerous community organizations such as Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado and The United States Olympic Endowment.

Peter earned a B.A. from Colorado College and Master's in Public Administration from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Stan Rovira

Project Manager/Owner’s Representative 

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Stan Rovira is a LEED accredited professional with a proven track record in sustainable building practices. He has successfully managed and completed projects totaling over $180 million in higher education over the past 16 years. All were completed within their budget and time constraints, and five earned LEED certifications. 

Stan Rovira

Executive Administrative Coordinator

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Julia provides project management and administrative support to the staff and Board of Directors, manages fundraising administration and gift tracking, and coordinates between project partners and consultants. Previously, Julia Lawton joined El Pomar Foundation as a member of the 2015 Fellowship Class. At the Foundation, Julia worked with Empty Stocking Fund, Hundred Club of Colorado Springs, and Police Foundation of Colorado Springs.
 
Julia is from Durango, Colorado. She graduated from Colorado College where she studied mathematical economics.

 

Abby Pearson

Development Associate

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Abby provides development and logistic support to the community campaign executive committee and assists with community fundraising events, development communications, and database management. Abby is on loan part-time from El Pomar Foundation where she works as the deputy director of both the Fellowship and communications. 

Abby is from Colorado Springs and graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins where she studied biology.

 

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