“Working as a team to move forward”


El Pueblo, an Adolescent Treatment Community is governed by an elected, volunteer board of directors which consists of individuals who are committed to our mission:

El Pueblo… an Adolescent Treatment Community is a private, nonprofit organization serving the needs of “at-risk” youth and their families. By creating an environment of safety and loving care, El Pueblo empowers youth and their families to learn the skills they need to become productive members of the community.

Josh Wilcoxsin

Chairman of the Board

Joshua Wilcoxson is Financial Advisor and partner at Wilcoxson Wealth Management in Pueblo, CO.  Josh began his career in financial services after attending the University of Colorado-Boulder, joining the Commonwealth Financial Network office in Pueblo, Colorado as a broker’s assistant. Josh later moved to Philadelphia Pennsylvania, where he gained experience with Bank of New York Mellon Wealth Management in Private Banking and Portfolio Management. Josh returned to his hometown of Pueblo. In addition to serving as a member of the board of directors at El Pueblo: An Adolescent Treatment Community, he also is a member of the Rotary Club of Minnequa.

Fred Arellano

Vice Chairman of the Board

Fred Arellano is a colorado native, born in Alamosa Colorado. He graduated from Battle Mountain High School in Vail and attended Adams State College. Arellano retired as a Director from Comanche Station (XCEL Energy Company) in 2012 after 40 years of service. His wife, Nellie and himself have been married for 47 years. Their greatest accomplishments include their three children, Patrick, Shelley and Adam. Arellano’s hobbies include bowling, traveling, wood working and mechanical projects.

Mark Taravella

Treasurer of the Board

Mark Taravella was born and raised in Pueblo, CO. After graduating from Pueblo South High School in 2001, he attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management. Taravella is now a Project Manager at H.W. Houston Construction. He is happily married to his wonderful wife, Candice and has two beautiful children. When not working or attending his kids’ sporting events, his hobbies include hunting, fishing, golfing and skiing. Taravella is passionate about helping the community and striving to make Pueblo a better place to live.

Nancy King

Secretary of the Board

Nancy King, MS, MNM, LPC, is an art therapist, licensed professional counselor and fundraising professional. She is employed with Southeast Health Group in La Junta, where she specializes in grant writing and development. Nancy calls Beulah home with her husband David, rat terrier Grady, and Taz, her orange tabby cat.


Joshua Sparks

Board Member

Bio Coming Soon!

Chris McEvoy

Board Member

Bio Coming Soon!

Margaret Comstock

Board Member

Margaret joined the Operations Board in January 2015. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from University of Southern Colorado, now Colorado State University-Pueblo, and Masters in Health Care Administration from Bellevue University. She has 25 years experience in healthcare working in a number of roles. In October 2013 she joined the Pueblo City-County Health Department as the Regional Epidemiologist in the Emergency Preparedness and Response Program working to support the needs of the South Region in the planning and coordination of public health preparedness activities. Margaret is an active member of the policy committee and strongly supports the mission of El Pueblo in serving the needs of at-risk youth and their families.

Vanessa Trexel

Board Member

Vanessa Trexel is the President/CEO of Power Credit Union.  As a credit union executive, she is responsible for financial management, lending and human resources oversight, asset liability management, strategic planning, budget setting and business development. Trexel earned her bachelor’s in Business Administration with a minor in Accounting from the University of Southern Colorado. She is certified as a credit union enterprise risk management expert. Trexel has served as a volunteer on several boards. She and her husband, Jason Trexel, have four children.

Lori Tapia-Piozet

Board Member

Marie “Lori” Tapia-Piozet is a certified mediator with experience in training, facilitation and organizational design. She has over 36 years of federal sector experience. She has been a member of the Federal Executive Board in San Francisco and served as the Chair of the Hispanic Employment Program Managers Council. Lori has also served as the President of the IMAGE Organization and President of HIRE (Hispanic Internal Revenue Service Employees). She was awarded with the Diversity Manager’s Award from the Internal Revenue Service.