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Board of Trustees


The ESMRC Board of Trustees is currently accepting applications for Board Member positions. Fraternal affiliation not required. The Board meets on a monthly basis throughout the year and selected members serve a five-year term. Interested applicants may contact Larry Lillo, Executive Director, for specific information, 303-753-2174. 


Interested current Masonic Lodge or Eastern Star Chapter members, who would like to take in active role in helping shape the current and future direction of the Eastern Star Masonic Campus, should contact their Lodge or Chapter Secretary about becoming a House of Delegate Representative. Meetings are held on a quarterly basis throughout the year. Contact Larry Lillo, Executive Director, for further information at 303-753-2174.

If interested fill out our application here.

Ashley Buss, Chairperson (2019)

Vice Chairperson at Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Campus in Denver, COBorn and educated in England, I won an apprenticeship to study Micro-Electronic with a major defense contractor, which placed me in many and varied situations. I then worked for a major computer supplier and transferred to the United States, to work their Optical Scanning subsidiary, later this subsidiary was obtained by an English business. I was then promoted to manage the entire US operations, after ten years, I then sought self-employment. I have been working in Information Technology and custom programming ever since. Ashley is very active in the Masonic Community and has been a Mason for 18 years.

Terry Hudson, Vice Chairperson (2022)

Vice Chairperson at Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Campus in Denver, COTerry 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 56 years ago and they 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 and presently Associate Patron. He is also a dual member with Loyalty #145 and a member of Blackhawk Lodge #11. 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 is a member of Scottish Rite and York Rite, and past High Priest of Royal Arch Chapter #2 in Denver, Past Commander of Denver Commandery #1 and now DM in Denver Council #1 Cryptic Masons. Terry has been a Board of Trustee for 12 years and served as a House of Delegate member 4 years.

Kathy Easterday, Treasurer (2023)

Active member at Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Campus in Denver, COKathy is an active member of South Gate #104 Order of the Eastern Star since 2009. She works full time as a Quality Manager for CenturyLink. Her work group, a global network operations center, meets the international standards of ISO 9001:2015 and TL positions, including accounting, finance, contract management, process support, and engineering. Kathy and her husband, Ken, have five children and six grandchildren.Although retired, Ken picks up and distributes food for a community food pantry. Kathy is excited to serve on the Board of Trustees and advocate for the retirement community.

Carrie Andree, Secretary (2021)

Secretary at Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Campus in Denver, COCarrie is originally from Kansas and attended Wichita State University but relocated to Colorado in 1985 where she continued pursuit of her degree at Metropolitan State University and finished her degree in Business Management at the University of Phoenix. Carrie started her career in a Primary Care office at the tender age of 16 as a medical biller and back office assistant. She has worked in various industries including Medical, Insurance, Landscaping, Non Profit, High Tech, Financial and Global Relocation. She has 36 years of accounting experience and 15 years of human resource management experience. Carrie was initiated into Eastern Star in 1983 at Ninnescah Chapter #423, Clearwater, Kansas and was involved with the Kansas Masonic Home and Organist for multiple Bethels. Recently, she was back home and participated with the Comanche Lodge #295 Community Thanksgiving Dinner and served meals alongside the Deputy Grand Master. She moved her membership to Dawn Chapter #125, Aurora, Colorado in 1986. She is a charter member of Star Catchers, a group dedicated to raising awareness of Masonic bodies in Colorado, active in multiple Chapters as Organist and for 2016-2017 Grand Chapter as Grand Organist. Carrie has served her chapters as Adah, Ruth, Esther, Martha, Electa, Chaplain, Marshal, Organist, Associate Conductress, Conductress, Associate Matron and Worth Matron. Since the return from her sabbatical to raise her daughter, Carrie has been very active at the Robert Russell Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Campus activities. She looks forward to increasing participation in and awareness of the Home during her tenure as a Board member. In her spare time, Carrie likes to can, quilt, sew, play the piano, do crafts and swim. She is excited to represent all the residents of the Home and especially honored to steward for members of the Home that have served our great Order.

Jim Jarvis (2021)

Paster Master at Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Campus in Denver, COJim Jarvis is a Past Master of Fountain Valley Lodge #191, Past Grand Patron of Colorado Eastern Star and currently Treasurer of his lodge. Jim came to Colorado in 1978 by being assigned to Cheyenne Mountain Air Station in Colorado Springs. After retiring from the United States Air Force, he worked for Defense Contractors as an Instructional Manual Writer until he retired in 2016. Now volunteers at the Grand Lodge Library. Jim married Mary Kae Knight in 1987, and has two daughters, one is a Math Teacher at Widefield High School and the other is Purchasing Agent for Interior Logic in Phoenix, AZ. Jim became a Master Mason in 1975 while stationed in Taiwan, the Republic of China. He looks forward to supporting the residents of our beautiful retirement center.

Rev. Steve Schroeder (2019)

Rev. at Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Campus in Denver, COSteve is a Denver native who currently lives in Parker with Janie, his wife of 40 years; they have 4 grown children & 5 grandchildren under the age of 11. He loves to play golf, ski, bounce on his trampoline and go for walks with Janie. He has been a mason for 42 year and is past master of Perfection Lodge 193 in 1982, member of Centennial lodge, Blackhawk lodge, the Denver Consistory and Metro Chapter of the Eastern Star. Steve has over 40 years in the residential Real Estate & Mortgage business in Colorado and is President of Colorado First Real Estate, Ltd. He still works full time assisting people who need to buy, sell or refinance their real estate with FHA, VA, Conventional and Reserve Mortgages. He retired in 2015 as a part-time gymnastics coach. He spent Saturday mornings for 25 years teaching gymnastics at the South Suburban Recreation Center. Before that he was the men’s gymnastics coach at Arapahoe High School. He attended the University of Denver on a full scholarship for gymnastics and diving, and graduated with a Business Degree in Real Estate in 1973. Beginning in 2001, at the age of 50, he attended Denver Seminary and spent 8 years of part-time study learning about the Christian faith. He is the Pastor of the Master’s Community Church. Over the past 10 years he has conducted a non-denominational Church service on Sunday mornings at the Robert Russell Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Community. Sunday service is at 10:00 am and all Masons & Eastern Star members, along with their friends & families, and everyone who lives at the Home are invited to come and be part of our worship service. Steve believes that serving on the Board is an honor. He also believes that in the priorities of life that we should put God 1st, family 2nd, work 3rd and all other activities come after that. And in the middle of everything we do we should serve those around us in His holy name.

Bart Wegner (2023)

Bart was raised in an active Masonic family in Arvada, Colorado.  He joined Georgetown Lodge #12 in 2002, and has served as Master three times. He also belongs to Denver Consistory, where he is currently an officer in the Centennial Lodge of Perfection, and El Jebel Shrine. He has career experience in both architectural and mechanical drafting, and works as Lead Engineer for a luxury retail store fixture manufacturer.

John Warren (2020)

John Warren is a true Colorado native, having been born and raised in a small southeastern town.  He moved to Denver in 1977, working for the Colorado National Guard, retiring in 1994.  After that, he went to work at Stapleton Airport and shortly after, was in on the move to DIA .  He finally retired in 2004 from everything.  He has been a Master Mason for 27 years and a Scottish Rite Mason for 26 years.  He also is a member of all three York Rite Bodies and of course, the Order of Eastern Star.  He has two daughters and three grandchildren.  His hobbies include reading and some traveling.

Dick Surroz (2021)

Vice Chairperson at Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Campus in Denver, CODick’s early life and elementary school years were spent in Illinois. He came to Oregon with his parents in 1954 and graduated from Grants Pass High School in 1958. Following high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, trained as an Aviation Electronics Technician and served in a Naval Air Patrol Squadron. After receiving an Honorable Discharge, he returned to Oregon and acquired business experience working in his father’s new car dealerships, culminating as a General Manager. In 1974 he married Judith, a teacher, and a decision was soon made to return to school. In 1976 he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Degree with a concentration in Accounting. After receiving this degree, he fulfilled the requirements and was granted a Public Accountant’s License in 1978 and a Certified Public Accountant’s license in 1980 by the Oregon Board of Accountancy. On June 30, 2017, he retired after practicing 39 years in Oregon and 2 years in Colorado.

During his years of active practice, he participated in certified audits of private businesses, banking, municipal and not-for-profit entities. His experience in tax services, preparation and consulting, include individuals, banks, small businesses, municipalities, and not-for-profit entities.

Dick received his Masonic Degrees in Grants Pass Lodge # 84 AF&AM of Oregon in 1975. Presently he is a member of Weston Lodge #22 in Colorado, is Treasurer of the Weston Masonic Temple Association, and also several lodges in Oregon. His path through offices in the Grand Lodge of Oregon culminated as Grand Master of Masons in Oregon in 1998-1999.

Later he was actively involved in the York Rite bodies in Oregon, fulfilling offices through and including M.E. Grand High Priest R.A.M. of Oregon; M.I. Grand Master Cryptic Masons of Oregon; R.E. Grand Commander Knights Templar of Oregon; as well as honorary bodies of Red Cross of Constantine, K.Y.G.C.H., and others. In addition he has served as a DeMolay advisor for 20 years and maintained membership as a Scottish Rite Mason, Hillah Shrine, and life member of Royal Order of Scotland for about 40 years. After joining Heritage Chapter #154 O.E.S. in 2017 in Colorado, he is currently A.P. and Worthy Patron-elect, 2019.

Other Civic Positions include:

  • Rotary International, Grants Pass Rotary Club
  • Church, 20 year Finance Committee member
  • Better Life Broadcasting Network, Better Life TV, Inc.: Board Member/Past Treasurer
  • Asante Foundation, Former Board Member
  • Wildlife Images Education and Rehabilitation, Former Board Member
  • Oregon Society of C.P.A.s, Life Member
  • American Institute of C.P.A.s

He and his wife moved to Denver from southern Oregon in 2015 to be closer to family and enjoy first-hand the 2 granddaughters who live here. Two of their 4 children now live in Denver; family activities are special.