Board Details and Roster
Ordinance No. 13-32
The purpose of the Audit Committee is to assist the City Auditor and advise City Council on matters relating to the City’s fiscal soundness, compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, management of the citywide risk environment and performance of inter and external auditors. The Audit Committee may, at the specific request of the Mayor or Colorado Springs Utilities Chief Executive Officer and other, provide assistance or advice with the approval of City Council.
Number of Members: The Audit Committee will be composed of at least two members of City Council and three members from the business community.
Length of Terms: Staggered three-year terms
Frequency of Meetings: 3rd Thursday of every month, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Pikes Peak Room, City Hall
Committee Members Bios
Councilmember Merv Bennett
In addition, the YMCA Camp Shady Brook was rebuilt after extensive wildfire damage in 2002 to ensure children continued to have learning and recreational opportunities. Besides his work with the local YMCA, he provided international leadership as a council member of the North American YMCA Development Organization (U.S., Canada and Mexico) and later served as chair for three years.
As your council member at-large, Merv served on the Memorial Hospital Task Force and was the council representative on the lease negotiations. He also established the Colorado Springs Health Foundation. In addition, he served as the chair of the Colorado Springs Utilities Board. Currently, he is council president, chair of the Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Authority, a member of the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Board and an ex-officio member of the Regional Business Alliance Board of Directors.
Merv has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Anderson University in Anderson, Ind.
He, and his wife of 45 years, Roseann, have three daughters, Julia Wallace, Angela Merckx and Leah Vanagas, and five grandchildren.
Councilmember Andy Pico
For his service to his country, Andy received the National Defense Service Medal (twice), the Joint Meritorious Service Medal (twice) and the Meritorious Service Medal. He also received the Air Force Combat Readiness Medal and was named Squadron Naval Flight Officer of the Year in 1983.
After retiring from the Navy, Andy worked as a defense contractor for more than 16 years supporting Air Force Space Command, U.S. Space Command, U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. Northern Command and NORAD. Combining both active duty and contractor time, Andy spent more than 15 years in NORAD Operations.
Now “semi-retired,” Andy keeps active in the community by serving as your District 6 representative, as the vice chair of the Colorado Springs Utilities Board of Directors and as chair of Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Board of Directors. In addition, he is a founding member of the Coalition for a Conservative Majority - Colorado Springs, and has held leadership roles in service organizations that support veterans and children with special needs, and has also served various charitable organizations, and his Parish and the Diocese of Colorado Springs.
Andy received his Bachelor of Business Administration with emphasis on transportation and public utilities from the University of Arizona, and his master’s degrees from Salve Regina University in international relations and the Naval War College, College of Naval Command and Staff in national security affairs and strategic studies.
He and his wife, Janice, have been married for more than 40 years. They have nine children and 14 grandchildren. Andy enjoys hiking and rifle shooting.
Brian McAllister, Ph.D., CPA
Dave Wood is currently a Senior Vice President – Business Banking for First National Bank-Monument. Dave, throughout his banking career, has held numerous senior executive roles including President & CEO two community bank, Chief Credit Officer and a Bank Director for three different financial institutions. Dave has been recognized by the US Small Business Administration for his small business advocacy as well as being recognized for his efforts in economic development. Dave has received two gubernatorial appointments: Real Estate Board as well as appointed to a statewide economic development commission. Dave is a graduate from Boise State University as well as an honor graduate from the Pacific Coast School of Banking.
Paul P Bradley:
Paul Bradley is the Head of IT Risk & Policy within PricewaterhouseCoopers’ global security organization. Paul has over 20 years of diversified experience in internal audit, risk management, and information security governance and assurance. Paul has directed and led global groups of professionals on IT security, internal and regulatory compliance, financial, and operational audits within the financial services industry.
Paul has been a Colorado Springs resident since 1982 and received a B.S. in Accounting from Regis University and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado. Paul is a Certified Public Accountant (Colorado, active license), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Mr. Welensky Nathan CRCM, CCEP, Six Sigma Greenbelt
For over 16 years, Mr. Welensky Nathan has been a well-respected leader in the Mortgage/Financial Services Industry. His vast experience spans across Corporate Audit, Corporate Compliance, Risk Management, Enterprise Program/Project & Change Management, Consulting and Business Analysis. He has coordinated many projects both locally and internationally.
Mr. Nathan has served in many senior roles within topnotch organizations such as Santander Consumer USA, Bank of America, Fannie Mae, Citi Group, and Wells Fargo.
Mr. Nathan has a passion for participating in humanitarian activities in Africa and the United States. Some of the projects he has sponsored and/or contributed to include providing healthcare materials to hospitals in the Shira local government areas of Bauchi State in Northern Nigeria and donating his time to serve as an ongoing judge for Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), now ENACTUS – a non-profit organization geared towards college students worldwide.
Mr. Nathan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Colorado State University-Pueblo, Colorado and Master of Science degree in IT/Project Management from Colorado Technical University, Colorado. He is a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) with the Institute of Certified Bankers (ICB) of American Bankers Association (ABA), a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) with the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE), a Six Sigma Greenbelt, and an active member of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).
For more information, contact Denny Nester, City Auditor, at 385-5694.