Our Board Of Trustees

Voting Members


Ashley Buss, Chairperson

  • Centennial Lodge # 84 A.F. & A.M. Past Master
  • Nevada Lodge # 4 A.F. & A.M. Past Master
  • Central Lodge # 6 A.F. & A.M. Past Master and Current Secretary
  • Black Hawk Lodge # 11 A.F. & A.M.
  • Georgetown Lodge # 12 A.F. & A.M. Past Master and Current Secretary
  • Saguache Lodge # 32 A.F. & A.M.
  • Minneapolis Lodge # 19 A.F. & A.M.
  • Rathcreendan Lodge # 8690 A.F. & A.M.
  • Denver Consistory A. & A.S.R. Past Master of Kodoh
  • Central City # 1 RAM Past High Priest
  • Georgetown # 4 RAM Past High Priest
  • Triyan Council # 11 CM Past Grand Master
  • Georgetown # 4 KT Past Commander
  •  33rd Scottish Rite Southern Jurisdiction 
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Terry Hudson, Vice Chair-person

Terry retired in 1999 after 38 years after of working for five railroads as a Special Agent and a Manager Damage Prevention Services. He became very familiar with change due to mergers and closures during career.

Terry married Bonnie 54 years ago and have 3 children and 4 grandsons.

He became a Master Mason in Blue Island, Illinois in October 1967. After moving to Colorado, he joined Perfection Lodge #193 and was Worshipful Master in 1978 and in 1995. Terry joined Unity Chapter #97, The Order of Eastern Star, with his daughter in 1996 and served with her as Worthy Patron in 2004 and 2012 and was also Worthy Patron in 2010. He is also a dual member with Loyalty #145 and a member of Blackhawk Lodge #11.

Terry is a member of Scottish Rite and York Rite, and past High Priest of Royal Arch Chapter #2 in Denver and is now Commander of Denver Commandery #1.

Terry has been a Board of Trustee for 10 years and served as a House of Delegate member 4 years.

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Karen Karns, Treasurer

Karen was raised north of Denver in Fort Lupton. Upon graduation from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Karen went to work for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell as a staff accountant. In 1983, she began working in the oil and gas industry and has been with the same company for nearly 30 years.

Karen was initiated into South Gate No. 104 Order of the Eastern Star on April 26, 2007. She has served as Esther, Conductress, and Associate Matron and Worthy Matron. Karen was elected as a member of the Board of Trustees in September 2009.

Karen is married to Richard Karns and has two grown children and two grandchildren.

After many years in the accounting and finance profession, Karen feels that her experience will enable her to be a knowledgeable contributor to the Board of Trustees. She is committed to the values and beliefs that the Masonic Family holds to be true and hopes that serving on the Board of Trustees will provide her with the means to further serve this Family.

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Janet Nelson, Secretary

Janet Nelson is a 27 year member of Mt. Zion Chapter #133, OES. She is currently District Deputy of the Denver area, I.O.R.G. She is widowed with 4 children, 9 grand children, and still counting on the great grands! Janet is retired from the work force with a background in administration/banking.

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Lesle Thomas


Lesle is a Denver native, recently returned to Colorado. She was initiated in The Order of Eastern Star in the Trinidad Chapter #1 in 2010 along with her sister and husband. She is a dual member with South Gate #104 in Denver where she was installed as Worthy Matron in Sept 2014. She has been either a delegate or on the Board of Trustees since 2011. She has been actively involved in the construction process of the new Mary Barry Building while serving on the Board of Trustees.

Before retirement from the Corporate world she worked in management and construction of video conference facilities in multiple locations; worked in database management for several non-profits; and has worked over 20 years in the travel industry.

She is looking forward to the opening of our new facility and welcoming all the new residents. She is very proud of the management team and all the staff members at our facility they have received many well deserved honors this year.

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Lynn Brown Jones

I have been a member of Eastern Star for 25 years. During that time I have served two chapters at the same time, holding offices in the two chapters. At present I am Worthy Matron of Golden Queen #17. I have been a delegate to the House of Delegates for about 17 years.

I am also a member of Amaranth and have served this organization as Grand Royal Matron 2011-2012. At this time I am conductress of Edgewater Court #14.

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James (Jim) Harris

Rev. James Harris is the recent appointment of Grand Master Karl Hinkle to the Trustee Board. He has been a Mason since 2000 and has served in numerous offices in the various Masonic bodies. He is currently Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge and Grand Chaplin of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons. He is a retired United Methodist Minister, service 37 years in the ministry.

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Gary G. Malara

Gary Malara has been Master of his Lodge, Fidelity 192, twice, and has been Worthy Patron 4 times for Collins #26. He has been the High Priest, Trice Illustrious Master and Commander of the York Rite in Ft. Collins. He has had the privilege of receiving the KYCH (Knights of the York Cross of Honor) and is a 32nd degree Scottish Rite member. He is the 1st Master Mason of his family, his wife Janet is a Past Grand Matron, and his 2 daughters are both members of OES.

Non-Voting Members

Genie Wilcox, WGM (2015)

Jim Jarvis, WGP (2015)

CherylAnn Craven-Linblad, AGM (2016)

Byron Walker, AGP (2016)

Dexter Koons, GM (2016)

Robert D. Elsloo, DGM (2017)

Teressa Hudson, Recording Secretary