The newly created Memorial Board of Trustees met for the first time today and elected the officers that will guide the new board through the transition to the election for University of Colorado Health.

Marcy Morrison, longtime community advocate, former mayor of Manitou Springs and most recently, the former Colorado Commissioner of Insurance, was named chairwoman of the board. Morrison has long been a consumer advocate, and as commissioner of insurance, fought to make sure premium hikes were necessary and legal. Morrison has served on the Memorial board before.

Jan Weiland, also a former board member, was named vice chairwoman for the board. She is senior vice president at Cascade Investment Group and has more than 20 years in commercial banking and 14 years in investment services. She’s lived in Colorado Springs for 20 years and serves on the boards of Artemis, Imagination Celebration, the Colorado Springs Child Nursery Centers Foundation, the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and the Karen Possehl Women’s Endowment Steering Committee and the Memorial health System Foundation Investment Committee.

Dirk Draper, a newcomer to the Memorial board, was chosen as secretary. He is the area manager for CH2MHIll’s Colorado Springs office and a vice president with the Fortune 500 company.

He has a degree in agricultural and natural resource economics, including a graduate degree from Colorado State University. He is a former board member for the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and also serves on the board of the Center for Strategic Ministries at Woodmen Valley Chapel, the board of directors at the Catamount Institute, the board of the Center for Regional Advancement of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and EDC.