Meet the USO Colorado Team

Linda Mays, Executive Director

Linda joined the USO Colorado Family in August 2019. She serves alongside her team of staff and volunteers diligently keeping America’s service members and their families connected through various programs. Primary duties include supporting the command teams, building relationships, understanding the needs, and taking care of the troops.

Prior to relocating to Colorado, Linda served as the Director for the Aggieville Business Association, a small nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the business community, developing city relationships, and stimulating economic development. She also served as a representative for the Military Relations Committee, and as the Chapter Captain for the Fort Riley Red White and Blue team (RWB).

Linda holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, and completed coursework in Project Management and Non Profit Fundamentals. Linda is a veteran, a mother of three amazing grownups, one of which is currently serving in the Army. In her spare time, she can be found backpacking with her fur-babies Olaf and Chloe or finding a random road side diner enjoying local cuisine.

Phone: (303) 324-2231

Ron Kriete, USO Pathfinder Transition Manager (Colorado Springs)

Ron is a retired Air Force Command CMSgt who transitioned and is now responsible for the planning, delivery and evaluation of the operations and development of the USO Colorado Pathfinder Transition Program. He understands those leaving the military need a plan to reintegrate into the communities they are returning to with a civilian career path.

Ron’s passion is working with our service & family members and veterans keeping them connected to family, home and country. His demanding military and corporate experiences provide a strong platform to assist service members and military spouses to develop a plan, pursue new career paths, and strengthen their community networks. He has had incredible success in maintaining a coordinated network of public and private service providers. Ron is very instrumental in developing new and nurturing existing relationships with the military and local community leadership in-order to maximize the awareness and delivery of the USO Colorado Pathfinder program.

Phone: (719) 338-9322

Gayle Melges, Senior Operations & Programs Manager (Denver/Wyoming)

Gayle joined the USO Family as a volunteer with USO South Carolina, relocating to Denver in September 2014 to join our staff team as a Center Operations and Programs Manager. She continues to serve alongside her team of staff and volunteers who are dedicated to keeping America’s service members and their families connected through a wide variety of programs and events. Primary duties include overseeing operations of USO Colorado’s Denver International Airport and Denver MEPS Center locations as well as coordinating, implementing and evaluating creative, fun and engaging USO programs, events and activities to increase quality of life for our military community.

Gayle holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sports, Entertainment and Event Management both from Johnson & Wales University. Gayle is no stranger to the military community, growing up in a Navy family with a father who served over 29 years.

In her spare time, Gayle enjoys photography, traveling, marksmanship, thrift shopping, volunteering as a mentor, and diamond painting, as well as getting out and exploring with her best friend and husband, Brian.

Phone: (720) 550-3330

Katie Barley, Center Operations and Programs Manager (Colorado Springs)

Katie Barley has been part of the USO Colorado Family since 2008. Starting as a volunteer and then moving up the ranks as an Administrative Assistant, Program Coordinator, Center Operations Supervisor and now Center Operations and Programs Manager. Growing up in Colorado Springs, as well as coming from a family scattered with Military, she is passionate about giving back and supporting the military community in where she was raised.

While with the USO, Katie has had the opportunity to support many events and programs such as Operation That’s My Dress, Jingle Bell Rock, Summer Concert Series, Celebrity Visits, Sports Camps, Date Nights, and Holiday Events - and even a Presidential Visit! Katie is married with 4 awesome kids. She loves spending time with her family and outdoor activities.

Phone: (571)217-9573