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2014 Hall of Fame Inductees


Marylin Mendell-Lile ('66)

Marilyn Mendell–Lile, graduated in 1966. She then graduated from Southern Colorado State College with a degree in Behavioral Science. She found her niche as an Infant/Toddler developmental specialist and studied for two years under Dr. Cordelia Robinson at Myers Children’s Rehabilitation Institute in Omaha, NE, where she worked for Eastern Nebraska Community Office of Retardation as a child development specialist. She did extensive training and teaching there with deaf and blind children. Mendell-Lile was part of one of the first home-bound therapy programs for infants and toddlers with special needs. She traveled a five-county region serving families of children who were developmentally delayed. She collaborated on a research based model to validate the need for in early home intervention services for special needs children from birth to 3 years old. In 1978, Marilyn began her 33-year career as an Early Interventionist in the Infant Toddler Program at Pueblo County Board for Developmental Disabilities, commonly known as Colorado Bluesky Enterprises. She and her specialists evaluated more than 1,500 children in the Pueblo County area and participated in more than 7,200 home visits assisting families to better understand their child’s delays and to facilitate their development. While she provided services for children with delays in all areas of development, Mendell-Lile specialized in working with the visually impaired.


Leslie Dreier Nazario ('86)

Leslie Dreier Nazario is a well-known Pueblo photographer who was inducted for her service to others and her community involvement efforts.  Nazario worked at several orphanages in Mexico through Rotary 43.  She played an active role in establishing the Rotary Medical Mission in Chihuahua, Mexico, and was able to drive $250,000 worth of medical supplies and an ambulance to be used for mobile medical checks. Her community involvement includes sitting on the President's Advisory Council at CSU-P, Vice President Broadway Theatre League, Vice President Pueblo Sister Cities Commission and  Past President of Pueblo Rotary 43.  Nazario is also Past President Pueblo Rape Crisis Center and serves on the Advisory Board of the Hasan School of Business.  She is a past board member of “Neighborworks."


Anthony Nuñez ('65)

Anthony Nuñez grew up in a single-family household in one of the poorest areas of Pueblo and has dedicated his adult like to serving and helping others.  He has been a board member with the Southern Colorado Sports Foundation, Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation, serving as president of the latter. He helped raise money to pay for young fathers to go to college. Nuñez also served on the Colorado State University-Pueblo Board of Directors and was former president of the Pueblo City/County Library Board of Directors.  He has also served on the board of the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, Pueblo Economic Development Board, Pueblo Regional Board, Airport Advisory Board, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the 10th Judicial Performance Commission and the Arkansas Valley Conservancy Board.  Nuñez has served as chairman of the Pueblo Democratic Party and two terms as a Pueblo County commissioner.


Kent "Tiny" Reed ('70)

Kent Reed graduated from South in 1970 where he was very involved in vocal music  programs, including Concert Choir, Carolairs, All-City Choir, All-City Men’s Choir and All-State Choir.  He earned a BA degree in music education from Southern Colorado State College and his MA degree in creative arts in education from Lesley College. Kent is an accomplished accordion player, guitarist, and vocalist.  He has performed locally in the Pueblo Symphony Chorale, Seven Centuries Singers, several different bands, and various church and community activities. Kent has taught both instrumental and vocal music in School District #70 at all levels, K-12. He also coached girls’ volleyball and basketball and was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as a co-huddle leader. He also was an adjunct professor at CSU-P for several year as a teacher mentor for the Teachers-in-Residence program in the Education Department.  Kent has participated in various programs at the Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center and works at the Buell Children’s Museum as a presenter and as Santa Claus. Currently, he teaches at the Pueblo Connect School and works with his wife Christine as a consultant for the Bella Prima Musica Children’s Chorale.

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