The Board of Directors shapes the future and direction of The Denver Scholarship Foundation. These individuals represent educators, administrators, and others invested in the success of every Denver Public Schools student.
Mr. Deibel is president and owner of OfficeScapes Group, part of an enterprise that holds four companies aimed at fitting out interior office space. His involvement in Denver’s nonprofit community is extensive, having served in board leadership and/or board committee roles for numerous organizations including: Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, University of Colorado at Denver School of Business Advisory Committee, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee, Colorado Succeeds, School Finance Partnership, Metro Denver Aviation Coalition, and Young Presidents Organization. Mr. Deibel graduated from Colorado College in Colorado Springs with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Mr. Wattles, co-founder and retired from DCT, served as Executive Chairman of DCT from 2003 to 2006. He is a member of the Board of Columbia Property Trust, which owns and redevelops office buildings across the United States. Mr. Wattles brings over 40 years of experience in business to his role with DSF, including finance, real estate and investment. He received both his bachelor’s degree and MBA from Stanford University.
Mr. Elofson focuses on securities offerings and compliance on mergers and acquisitions as an attorney at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. His extensive experience in law includes one-year terms as a law clerk for the Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and for the Honorable Douglas H. Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Mr. Elofson is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, has written numerous articles on corporate law, and has been named in The Best Lawyers in America by Woodward/White for Corporate Law.
Dr. Bowman serves as the Interim Vice Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Access and Achievement for the University of Colorado Denver and Clinical Professor in Higher Education Leadership. Prior she was a vice president with the Colorado Community College System and is President Emerita of the Community College of Aurora, where she served as President from 2000 to 2012. She also worked as a Fulbright Specialist in Hong Kong. Dr. Bowman is an active member of the Denver community, has served on and led numerous boards and received appointments to a number of statewide councils and taskforces for the Office of the Governor and the Commission on Higher Education. She holds a Ph.D. in public administration, a master’s degree in public administration and English, and a bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish.
Mr. Abelman is a shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. His practice occupies a unique position at the intersection of litigation and transactional law. He specializes in lending, restructuring, commercial litigation and addressing default scenarios. These areas draw upon his knowledge of business, banking, the Bankruptcy Code, and the UCC. He has been a longtime Board Member of Jewish Colorado and participates in local service projects through his firm’s Karma Committee. In addition, he has served for many years as a mentor at Denver University School of Law. He earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Whittier College School of Law.
Mr. Allen is the CEO and co-founder of Nodin, an artificial intelligence (AI) driven software platform that is enabling a new approach to enterprise data analytics. He has over 20 years of experience leading technology-oriented growth business, having spent most of his career in the telecommunications industry, and has held leadership roles in product management, strategy, and corporate development. He earned an MBA with emphases on finance and marketing from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a BS in communications from the University of Utah.
Ms. Chavez D’Angelo is the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), responsible for helping to tell the inspiring stories of Team USA athletes and the USOPC’s role in helping them as they achieve their dreams. She is also responsible for USOPC government relations. She brings over 30 years of experience as a top marketing and communications executive to her role as a DSF board member. Her experience in the education sector includes positions as Vice Chancellor, General Manager of the University of Colorado South Denver and Western Union, Chief Communications Officer and Western Union Foundation, President. Ms. Chavez D’Angelo holds an MBA in finance from the University of New Mexico.
Mr. Belzley is a partner in the Denver and Houston offices of Holland & Knight LLP. Mr. Belzley focusses his legal work on mergers and acquisitions and other transactional matters primarily in the energy industry. In addition to practicing law and serving on DSF’s board of directors, he has been involved with several worthwhile nonprofit organizations including The Denver Foundation, Teach For America, and Mental Health Colorado. He received his law degree from the University of Texas and his bachelor’s degree from Colorado College.
Mr. Boian is Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Dovetail Solutions, a full-service professional communications firm specializing in media relations, branding and messaging, crisis and issues management, digital marketing and social media, and public/political affairs on behalf of clients. His impressive professional background includes extensive experience in electoral politics and campaign strategy, corporate communications leadership, and postsecondary teaching. He is also remarkably active in the Denver philanthropic community having founded his own nonprofit, ExecConnect, in 2008, as well as being highly involved with several nonprofit organizations in the region.
Dr. Brady is the founder of Brady Commodity Advisors, and is currently serving as the Executive Director of the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities at the UC Denver Business School. Most recently, prior to starting his firm, Dr. Brady was the Chief Economist at Newmont Mining Corporation, responsible for generating the company’s assumptions of key metal and energy commodity, foreign exchange and cost escalation rates. His extensive professional background includes strategic planning, investor relations, treasury, and corporate development. Dr. Brady hold a Ph.D. in mineral economics with research emphases in commodity markets and a master’s degree in mathematics, both from the Colorado School of Mines.
At the core of Albus Brooks’ identity is community development and servant leadership. Albus moved to Colorado in 1997 to study and play football for the University of Colorado. Sports Illustrated named him one of the Top 10 Hardest Hitters, and the NFL took interest in him before injuries ultimately ended his football career.
Albus Brooks pursued his calling for community development by working with young people in Denver’s poor communities. He served as the Director of the Issachar Center for Urban Leadership, an organization that invests in Denver’s emerging leaders. In 2010 Albus worked to elect then-Mayor John Hickenlooper as Governor of Colorado, acting as the statewide Outreach and Political Director.
This exposure to political leadership led him to seek public office, and in 2011 Albus defeated 38 opponents to become the youngest African American ever elected to Denver City Council. Serving two terms on Denver City Council, including two terms as Council President, Albus accomplished an ambitious range of progressive legislative victories with the goal of building a truly inclusive city.
To address the affordability crisis, he co-created Denver’s first – and Colorado’s largest – affordable housing fund. To make Denver a more equitable place to grow up he funded and expanded the Denver Preschool Program, providing universal access to preschool for all 4-year-olds. He also decriminalized marijuana possession for those 18-21 years old, preventing thousands of young people from entering the criminal justice system.
Albus Brooks received his M.B.A. from the University of Denver. He is now the Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for Milender White, a Development and Construction firm operating in Southern California and Colorado.
Albus sits on multiple boards and commissions and has been a part of the following national and international fellowship programs: The Marshall Memorial Fellowship, the NewDEAL Leaders, and the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship.
Although a rising global leader, it is in the heart of Denver where Albus feels most at home. He lives in the Cole neighborhood with his wife Debi and their three young children, Makai, Kenya and Kaya.
Jen Cmil was appointed Executive Vice President, Human Resources at Newmont in October 2019 and as Senior Vice President, Human Resources in June 2019 after having previously served as Vice President, Talent Management since February 2018. Jen joined Newmont in 2010 and has held the roles of Group Executive, Human Resources and Senior Director, Human Resources. Prior to Newmont, Jen held leadership positions in human resources across multiple industries, including Vice President of Human Resources at Level 3 Telecommunications, Senior Human Resources Director at KB Home and Human Resources Business Partner at Sun Microsystems, where she began her career in 1994. She has a proven track record of partnering with senior leaders to increase performance and engagement through partnership with Human Resources and she is passionate about developing individuals and teams. Jen received her Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University and her Master’s of Industrial andLabor Relations from Cornell University
Mr. Coleman is a Portfolio Manager at Janus Henderson Investors and is responsible for co-managing the US SMID Cap Growth and US Small Company Growth strategies. He has been with Janus since 1994 and has held a variety of positions including Chief Investment Officer, Equities. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and has 25 years of financial industry experience. Mr. Coleman was a Fulbright Fellow in Costa Rica, and received his bachelor’s degree in political economy and Spanish from Williams College.
Dr. Shannon Connery earned her Ph.D. in psychology in 1997 and has worked as both a litigation consultant and trauma specialist in Denver for the past 20 years. She began her career with Nicoletti-Flater, where she focused on threat assessment and trauma therapy for first responders, including police officers responding to the Columbine Massacre. She’s been involved in Peak Performance training for private corporations and the Arapahoe Community College Police Academy. For the past decade, she has continued to treat clients with trauma, depression and anxiety in her private practice.
Mr. Colón is the Managing Partner of Xcelente Global, a strategic marketing and communications firm that helps clients create successful brands in the Latino markets. Mr. Colón has over 20 years of experience in the areas of business strategy, project and change management, and communications. Mr. Colón has always taken a keen interest in community involvement, and currently holds seats on the Community Advisory Board of U.S. Bank Colorado, the Board of Trustees of the Iliff School of Theology, the American Red Cross, Teach for America-Colorado, and the Latino Community Foundation. In 2013, Governor Hickenlooper appointed him to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. He is also a graduate-level professor of Corporate Social Responsibility at Regis University’s School of Management.
Dr. Coombe is Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Denver. A faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for many years, he also served as Chair of that department, Dean of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering, Provost, and for the final 9 years of his tenure at DU as Chancellor of the University. During his time as Chancellor he served on a number of Boards including those of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He was a member of the Higher Education Working Group of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Colorado Forum and Colorado Concern. Dr. Coombe holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a doctorate in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author or co-author of numerous peer-reviewed publications in science journals and books, and holds two U.S. patents.
Mr. Dorfman is the Market Director for the Rocky Mountain Region of Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc., where he oversees day-to-day operations for the regions and manages a team of more than 230 professionals. He has over 34 years of experience in commercial real estate and has been involved in more than 25 million square feet of commercial real estate leasing activity in the Denver area. Mr. Dorfman is actively involved in the community and has served, or is currently a board member, for several nonprofit organizations including Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Denver Economic Development Corporation.
Mr. Fallon is President and CEO of Envirocon, a member of the Washington Companies which is a group of privately held industrial companies founded and owned by industrialist and entrepreneur Dennis R. Washington. Previously, Mr. Fallon worked at CH2M, a global project and program delivery firm, where he served on the Board of Directors and held various leadership roles including Managing Director of the Europe Region, President of the Global Nuclear Business, and most recently President of Global Regions. In 2013, Mr. Fallon was appointed to serve on the bi-partisan Advisory Committee to the Export Import Bank of the United States. He began his career in the Clinton Administration as a senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy. He earned a B.A. in Government from Connecticut College in New London, CT.
Ms. Finlon retired as CEO/owner of McClain Finlon Advertising, ranked as one of the top 50 advertising agencies in the US and consistently ranked as a top woman-owned business. She then served as President of the Denver Art Museum during an important transition period, and continues to serve on the museum’s board. A trailblazing community leader, she has chaired the boards of multiple large nonprofit organizations including Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Rocky Mountain Junior Achievement, Denver Scholarship Foundation, History Colorado and Denver Advertising Federation. She was inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame and has received lifetime achievement awards from Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, Denver Advertising Federation and the Denver Art Museum.
Ms. Ford is the Chief People Officer at Green Peak Partners. Prior to joining Green Peak Partners, she served as Recruiting Director at ghSMART. In addition to DSF, she is an active volunteer with the Harvard Business School fundraising effort and with her children’s schools in Denver. Ms. Ford holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BBA in Finance from Texas Christian University.
Mr. Hanley is the Managing Director for J.P. Morgan Private Bank. Prior to this position, he served as Senior Vice President at Marsico Capital Management where he served as a fixed income portfolio manager. Mr. Hanley is a former board member of the City & County of Denver’s public pension plan, the Denver Employees Retirement Plan, and served as its chairman in 2014. He is a member of Metro Denver Economic Development Committee’s Executive Committee. He also serves as a director of the Western Golf Association and as a board member of Metro Denver Executive Club. He has been a member of Denver Scholarship Foundation’s Investment & Finance Committee since 2011. He is a graduate of Yale University.
Mr. Ikard is the retired Chief Executive Officer of FirstBank Holding Company. He started with FirstBank in 1981, was elected President and CEO of FirstBank Holding Company in 1999, and stepped down in early 2017 after 35 years with the company. Mr. Ikard is an active community leader having served as past chairman of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Denver Area Boy Scout Council, and Denver Economic Development Corporation. On a national level, Mr. Ikard has served as Chairman of the American Bankers Association, the nation’s largest financial services association, as well as serving on the Federal Reserve Board of Kansas City. In 2010, he was honored with the prestigious “Community Banker of Year” award by the American Banker magazine.
Dr. Gregg Kvistad is provost emeritus at the University of Denver. He was provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Denver from 2005 until July 1, 2018. In October 2018 he began work in advancement at the University of Denver, helping to prepare for a comprehensive institutional fundraising campaign. He is a tenured full professor and previously served as Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Denver between 1998 and 2005, and as chair of the department of political science between 1992 and 1998. His published research is in the areas of postwar European politics and political theory. He previously taught at Wellesley College. Among other research awards, he has held a Fulbright Fellowship in Cologne, Germany, and a Social Science Research Council post-doctoral fellowship in Berlin, Germany. His recent professional activity includes conference and workshop presentations on the 21st century higher education model, faculty appointments, faculty research and public policy, faculty lifecycles and post-tenure review, faculty workforce models, and technology and pedagogy. Dr. Kvistad received his doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.
Ms. Lockridge currently serves as the Chief People and Systems Officer for CoorsTek. Prior to CoorsTek she served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources in several businesses including Newell Rubbermaid, Western Union, TeleTech, and Colorado Casualty/Liberty Mutual Insurance. Additionally, she has held several human resources leadership positions with Archstone and Accenture. Ms. Lockridge holds a bachelor’s degree in Management from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. MacWilliams brings more than 30 years of finance experience across various industries to her role with DSF’s board of directors. Her expertise includes international business, corporate finance, capital markets, enterprise risk management, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, business integration, and corporate governance. Ms. MacWilliams has been an active community leader for many years, serving several organizations including the Women’s Health Research at the Anschutz Medical Campus at University of Colorado, Center for Out-of-Court Divorce, Women’s Forum of Colorado, Warren Village, Gathering Place, and The Denver Foundation. She received her MBA from the University of Michigan and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois.
Mr. Nycum is a Retired Vice Chairman of J.P. Morgan Private Bank, where he was specifically responsible for J.P. Morgan’s private banking business in the Rocky Mountain Region. He joined the company in 1974, and spent several years in Melbourne, Australia, as well as the United States. In addition to his role with DSF, Mr. Nycum currently serves on the advisory boards of two private companies. Mr. Nycum has served on the boards of Children’s Hospital Colorado, the Daniels School of Business at the University of Denver, the Denver Council of the Boy Scouts and the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, among others. He received an MA in political science and economics from Oxford University and a bachelor’s degree from Williams College.
Mr. Pardun is the CEO of Denver-based Standard Alcohol, Inc., a clean tech specialty chemicals producer focused on next-generation fuel additives. He has nearly three decades of leadership in start-up, private and public companies, where he has a solid track record of applying his skills to commercialize new technologies. He has also co-founded or led several companies, creating hundreds of millions in liquidity for his investors. In addition to DSF, Mr. Pardun serves, or has served, as board director for several other nonprofit organizations including Graland Country Day School, Denver Kids, Inc., and The Gift of Giving. He hold a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of San Diego and attended the International Management program at the London School of Economics.
Mr. Pocs serves as the Vice Chairman of DHR International, an executive search company, and is the Managing Director of the firm’s Denver office. His search practice includes diverse industries such as telecommunications, manufacturing, financial services, real estate, advanced technology, consumer products, aerospace, software, bio-medical, mining, renewable energy and non-profits covering a variety of disciplines and general management positions within those industries. Mr. Pocs has been widely recognized for both his professional and charitable work, and has served as an adjunct professor for management-related subjects. He earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in management from Northern Illinois University.
Mr. Schierburg is the owner/manager of Peregrine Group Development LLC, a real estate investment company headquartered in Denver. His primary focus is land development, but it also develops retail centers and apartment complexes located within land developments it undertakes. Mr. Schierburg is an active leader in Denver’s philanthropic community with several nonprofit organizations including National Jewish Health, Champion’s Committee of Denver Kids, The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, and Urban Land Institute. He earned his bachelor’s degree in math from Seattle University and attended the University of Colorado’s MBA program.
Mr. Starzer is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fifth Creek Energy Company and a Director for HighPoint Resources Corporation. Mr. Starzer has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and has served in numerous technical, managerial, and executive positions. Mr. Starzer serves with several philanthropic and industry nonprofit organizations in addition to his role with DSF. This includes the Denver ACE Scholarship Foundation and Alpha-Omega Seminary. In 2012, he and his wife formed the Starzer Scholarship Foundation at the Colorado School of Mines to provide scholarships for undergraduate education. Mr. Starzer has a degree in petroleum engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a master’s in engineering management from the University of Alaska.
Mr. Starzer serves on the board of Newalta Corporation (TSX:NAL) and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (U.S.) and the Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada). Mr. Starzer is a registered professional engineer in petroleum engineering and is a published author on topics including recovery optimization, investment decision-making and resource extraction policies. He has represented the industry providing expert testimony for private and public companies and to state legislatures and various governmental agencies in Colorado, Alaska and California on advancements in technology and the impact of taxation policies and environmental regulations on industry investment. Mr. Starzer is a member of the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers and in 2013, Mr. Starzer was awarded the Colorado School of Mines “Mines Medal” for exemplary service.
Mr. and Mrs. Starzer serve with several philanthropic and industry non-profit organizations. Mr. Starzer serves on the DSF Board of Directors and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Denver ACE Scholarship Foundation. Mr. and Mrs. Starzer are serving as Co-Chairs for the 2015 Denver Heart Walk with the American Heart Association. In 2012, Mr. and Mrs. Starzer formed the Starzer Scholarship Foundation at the Colorado School of Mines to provide scholarships for undergraduate education. In 2013, Mrs. Starzer was appointed to the Colorado School of Mines Foundation Board of Governors, the first woman appointment to the Board of Governors. Mr. Starzer serves on the Board of Alpha-Omega Seminary and is a past Councilman and Treasurer for Calvary Bible Church. Mr. and Mrs. Starzer are members of the Gideons International and have served in executive positions for the organization. Between 2006 and 2011, Mr. Starzer served as a Director and from 2009 to 2011 as Finance Committee Chairman for Bakersfield Christian High School.
Ms. Trujillo co-anchors Denver 7News at 5, 6 and 10pm, and is the host of “Politics Unplugged”, a weekly talk show covering issues important to Coloradans. She began her career at Denver7 as a general assignment reporter, covering stories from the Columbine and Aurora theatre shootings to the Democratic National Convention in Denver to Super Bowls (when the Broncos manage to make it!) Ms. Trujillo has won dozens of Emmy awards for her work as a broadcast journalist. Throughout her career, she has been active in the community, frequently serving as emcee for events. In addition to DSF, she currently serves on the board of There With Care. She was one of the founders of the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, currently serving as vice president. Anne holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Ms. Wofford runs integrated care for DaVita, managing value based contracts with commercial payors, and leads Patient Experience and Patient Education for DaVita. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Aspen Group, a non-partisan group of healthcare leaders dedicated to developing and promoting meaningful solutions that advance the health and healthcare of all Americans within the next decade. Ms. Wofford’s experience in healthcare includes ten years in leadership roles at Aetna as well as in management consulting. She also served in communications and legislative positions in The White house, the US Agency for International Development and the US Environmental Protection Agency in the Clinton Administration. She received an MBA in strategy and managerial economics from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Swarthmore College.
Ms. Cordova is the Superintendent of Denver Public Schools (DPS). She brings more than 20 years of experience to DPS, serving as a teacher or school leader at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She is a lifelong Denver resident and a DPS graduate. Ms. Cordova received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Denver, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction/education administration from the University of Colorado, and was recently awarded an honorary doctorate in education by the University of Denver.
Ms. Rabinowitz grew up in New Mexico as the daughter of educators and has always sought new, comprehensive ways to build pathways to success by providing access to opportunity. With a natural curiosity and zest for learning, Lorii manifests this passion through her work with Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and her volunteer efforts throughout the community. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of New Mexico, Lorii started her nonlinear professional path in the private and nonprofit sectors with work ranging from media and business development to strategic partnerships, organizational optimization and start-ups. A connector by instinct and later by trade, Lorii has a particular affinity for linking people to each other, and their goals, while simultaneously building relationships and co-creating future successes with diverse groups of stakeholders. The customized approach to student success designed and implemented by DSF, combined with the stellar team, extraordinary Scholars, dedicated Board and community partners drew Lorii into the greatest opportunity of her life, to serve as the organization’s chief executive officer. Learn more about Lorii on LinkedIn.
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