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.

Board Members

Cathey McClain Finlon

Cathey McClain Finlon is the chair of the Denver Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors.

Ms. Finlon has over 30 years experience in marketing and advertising.  Under her ownership of McClain Finlon Advertising, beginning in 1985, she built the agency to the top 50 agencies in the US, as ranked by both Ad Age and AdWeek magazines.  Her company also consistently ranked in the top 5 Colorado based, woman owned businesses.  She was a founder and partner of Linhart McClain Finlon PR.  She recently retired (again) after 3 years as President of the Denver Art Museum and as chair of the Board of Trustees of The Children’s Hospital.  She remains on both boards of trustees.

In 2009, Ms. Finlon was inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame and also received the prestigious Leader Award from the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts.  In 2012, the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce awarded her the Del Hock Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ms. Finlon is past chair of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and past chair of the Junior Achievement board.  Her board service includes Denver Art Museum, Denver Public Schools Foundation. Advisory board of the University of Denver Daniels College of Business and the Center for Colorado’s Economic Future at the University of Denver.  She has also served on the boards of Colorado Outward Bound, National Repertory Orchestra, Alliance for Contemporary Art, World Trade Center and is past chair of the Denver Advertising Federation.  She served on the board of the American Association of Advertising Agencies which represents the top agencies in the US.

She served on two elite think tanks at the University of Denver, which studied economic policies of Colorado and the state’s constitution over several  years.

Ms. Finlon has a BA in Fine Art, College of Wooster, Ohio and an MA in English, Penn State.  She started her career in development at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia and the Denver Art Museum.

An avid sportswoman, she has cycled all over the world and climbed almost half of Colorado’s 14ers.  She has been married to Richard Finlon for over 30 years.

Finlon has been honored with many awards.  A few include AdWeek’s and Ad Age Top 100 US agencies, BtoB Magazine Top 100 Most Influential Business to Business leaders in America, Denver Advertising Federation Lifetime Achievement Award and Professional of the Year, Colorado Biz Magazine Top Professional Services Company, Denver Business Journal Outstanding Woman in Business, Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction, Colorado Historical Society Community Preservation Award, INC Magazine Top 100 Inner City Award, and hundreds of creative awards including 5 Clios.

Steven Abelman

Steve represents banks and creditors in bankruptcy cases and has also represented principals of debtors as well as creditors’ committees. He has extensive experience representing businesses and banks in workouts, litigation, replevin and foreclosures, as well as representing equipment lessors. His litigation practice focuses on commercial collections, Article 9 litigation and adversary proceedings.

Steve is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights topics. Prior to joining the firm, he was a founding member at Cage, Williams, Abelman in Denver.

Seth Belzley

Seth Belzley serves as Partner for Holland & Knight LLP.  Formerly, Mr. Belzley served as Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at TransMontaigne Inc., a privately-held oil trading, logistics and distribution company, and its affiliated master limited partnership TransMontaigne Partners L.P. (NYSE: TLP).

Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. Belzley moved to Colorado to attend Colorado College, from which he received his Bachelor of Arts in International Political Economy.  Mr. Belzley received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, where he served as the Managing Editor of the Texas Law Review and graduated with High Honors.  Following law school and prior to joining TransMontaigne, Mr. Belzley practiced law at Hogan & Hartson LLP in Denver, specializing in corporate and regulatory law.

Mr. Belzley serves on the board of directors for Mental Health America of Colorado, Get Smart Schools and the Denver Scholarship Foundation, as well as on the Denver Foundation Board’s Donor Services Group Committee.

Mr. Belzley and his wife, Cody, live in Park Hill with their daughter Liza (4), son Cooper (2) and dog Truman (54, in dog years).

As chancellor, he oversaw CSU, CSU-Pueblo and CSU-Global, the first public university created to provide 100% online degree programs.  He managed the System’s legislative operations, served as the chief spokesperson for the System, and worked to increase the level of engagement among CSU’s 115,000 alumni statewide.  One of his top priorities was to help provide necessary statewide leadership to find sustainable funding for public higher education.

A Colorado native, Joe was the President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce for nearly a decade.  For nearly twenty years prior to his leadership of the Chamber Blake was part of the senior management team that created the new community of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, home today for nearly 100,000 residents.

He is a graduate of Dartmouth College (B.A., English Literature) and the University of Colorado School of Law (Juris Doctorate). He resides in Denver and is the father of two and the grandfather of four.

Dr. Linda S. Bowman serves with the Colorado Community College System and is President Emerita of the Community College of Aurora (CCA), where she served as President from 2000 to 2012, and has served as Vice President for Executive Leadership Training and Development for the Colorado Community College System since 2010.  She also works as an Executive Coach and Consultant with the University of Denver.

Dr. Bowman served as Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs for the Colorado Community College System from 2005 to 2009 and Interim President of Arapahoe Community College from 2009 to 2010, both concurrent with her Community College of Aurora responsibilities. Prior to joining CCA, Dr. Bowman was the Interim President of Lamar Community College, which was preceded by her roles as Vice President, Dean, Director, and Adjunct Instructor for Red Rocks Community College. Before joining the community college system, Dr. Bowman served as President of Parks Junior College.

Dr. Bowman has served as a full-time and adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education. In Spring 2012, she worked as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Hong Kong, assisting the two-year public and private institutions with planning for the implementation of articulation and credit transfer to the four-year university system.

Dr. Bowman has been an active member of the community and 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 worked on a number of important statewide initiatives, including as a member of the P-20 Council, appointed by Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., to chair a committee to design the legislation for ASCENT, the Colorado concurrent credit and fifth-year senior program, as well as later work on the legislation for associate degrees with designation and statewide credit transfer. Under her leadership, the Community College of Aurora became the largest and most successful concurrent credit provider in Colorado.

She has chaired, among others, the Board of Directors for the Aurora and the Northwest Metro Chambers of Commerce, the Aurora Chamber Governmental Affairs Council, Aurora Chamber Education Council, Adams County Education Consortium, Coalition of Jefferson County Chambers of Commerce, and Arvada Child Advocacy Center. Dr. Bowman has been an active member of community service organizations, including Aurora Rotary and Arvada/Jefferson Kiwanis.

Linda S. Bowman has received numerous honors, including Mile High Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction, Aurora Woman Sculptor of the Community, Honorary Co-command Chief for the 460th Space Wing, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado Community Colleges State Student Advisory Council President of the Year, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Presidential Award of Distinction, U.S. Library of Congress Veterans History Project Appreciation Award, and Special Congressional Recognition.

Dr. Bowman holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration, Masters degrees in Public Administration and in English, and a Bachelors degree in English and Spanish. She and her husband, Roger, are avid travelers and students of world cultures.

Upon stepping down from the Community College of Aurora, Dr. Bowman was recognized by Governor John Hickenlooper, by the Colorado General Assembly, and by Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan and the Aurora City Council.

Tom is currently the Chief Economist at Newmont Mining Corporation and is responsible for generating the company’s assumptions of key metal and energy commodity, foreign exchange and cost escalation rates.  Previously at Newmont, Tom led the Strategic Planning function that developed and implemented portfolio modeling analytics and also held positions in Investor Relations, Treasury and Corporate Development.

Previously Tom was a Senior Manager at Risk Capital Management, a consultancy that advised energy and natural resource companies on financial risk, valuation and commodity hedging.

Tom has also worked with CQG, Inc. where he developed a suite of automated trading systems for commodity futures contracts using the company’s short-term, price and volume charting methods.

Tom holds a Ph.D. in Mineral Economics with research emphases in commodity markets from the Colorado School of Mines. In addition, Tom holds a Masters degree in Mathematics, also from the Colorado School of Mines.

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Kelly Brough is the President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber represents over 3,000 businesses with 300,000 employees working for those businesses in Colorado.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Kelly served as chief of staff for the City of Denver and Mayor John Hickenlooper, overseeing a general fund of $857 million. Kelly also served as deputy chief of staff and director of the Denver office of accountability and reform for the City. In this role, Kelly’s key responsibilities were to implement the new 3-1-1 customer service system and create an organizational culture that embraces performance management and continuous improvement.

Kelly was the first female director of human resources for the City of Denver. She successfully moved the human resource department from an authoritarian culture to one based on service delivery and focused on outcomes. During her two years in this role, Kelly led significant reforms including moving the City to a full pay for performance system and establishing the City’s first bonus plan program.

Kelly also directed an internationally recognized leadership program at the University of Colorado at Denver— the Rocky Mountain Program. She served as a consultant to many local governments facilitating decisions, managing large public processes and comprehensive planning efforts, mediating disputes, and providing strategies to build stronger public/private partnerships.

Kelly earned a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1989 and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sociology, Criminal Justice from Montana State University in 1986. Kelly currently serves on the Board of Directors of Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, Denver Zoo and Visit Denver; the Graduate School Bioscience Advisory Board for University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus; and the Corporate Board of Delta Dental. She is also a member of the Women’s Forum and The Chamber 100 with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Brough was recently named as one of Colorado’s 10 most influential women by The Denver Post, and one of Denver’s most influential people by 5280 Magazine. In 2012, Brough received the University of Colorado Denver Campus Alumni Recognition Award. She has attended a number of leadership programs including the JFK School of Government’s program at Harvard for state and local public officials. She was also named an American Marshall Memorial Fellow in 2001.

Luis Colón has over 20 years of experience in the areas of business strategy, project and change management, and communications. Working with large multinational companies and small businesses alike, he has helped them develop and implement effective plans that drive success in large scale and complex change projects.  Luis is the Managing Partner of Xcelente Global, a strategic marketing and communications firm that helps clients create successful brands in the Latino markets and assists organizations with change management initiatives through the use of effective communication and process improvement techniques. Luis is also a graduate-level professor of Corporate Social Responsibility at Regis University’s School of Management.

Luis spent the first half of his career working for two of the most prestigious management consulting firms, A.T. Kearney and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was responsible for complex change management projects in the Americas, Europe and Asia for clients such as Eli Lilly, Energizer, ARCO, 3Com and Corporate Express. He continued this line of work as an in-house consultant for XOR Inc. and Source One Management until 2003, when he joined then-Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper’s Cabinet as Manager of the Department of General Services. In 2010, Luis joined engineering company CSA Group, heading their western U.S. operations until his departure in 2012 to join Xcelente Global.

Luis 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. Luis previously held seats on Colorado Mesa University’s Board of Trustees, the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board (Past Chairman), and the Advisory Council of the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship.

Luis has been honored with a number of special awards and recognitions. He received the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s highest recognition, the Brillante Award, in 2000. In 2006 he was awarded the prestigious Gates Family Foundation fellowship to attend the Leadership Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard and was selected by the Denver Business Journal as one of their “Top Forty Under 40” award recipients.  In 2009, Luis received the American Diabetes Association’s Father of the Year Award.

Luis was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and now resides in Lone Tree, Colorado with his wife, Toti Cadavid and their three children.

Bob has served on the following boards:

  • Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Chair of the Board
  • Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee, Co-Chair
  • University of Colorado at Denver School of Business Advisory Board, Committee Chair
  • Colorado Succeeds – educational reform, Co-Chair
  • School Finance Partnership, Co-Chair
  • Brighton Economic Development Council Board of Directors
  • Hurricane Island Outward Bound School
  • Metro Denver Aviation Coalition – Vice Chair
  • FacilitiLink/Corporate Workplace Services – Managing Partner
  • Steelcase Dealer Council – Chairman
  • Young Presidents Organization – Forum Chairman
  • World Presidents Organization – Chapter Chair
  • Von’s Vision

He graduated from Colorado College in Colorado Springs with a B.A. in Political Science.  Bob is married with two active daughters, ages 22 and 18, and lives in Castle Pines Village, Colorado. Interests include golf, cycling, fitness and all sports, music, wine, and an avid passion around Denver’s pursuit to become a world class city.

Barry Dorfman has been Market Director for the Rocky Mountain Region since 2009. In this role, he oversees day-to-day operations for the region, manages a team of more than 230 professionals and ensures integrated business development opportunities for all business lines, including Tenant Representation, Corporate Accounts, Capital Markets, Project Development Services, Public Institutions and Agency Leasing. In addition, he continues to work on numerous transactions with the Tenant Representation team and serves on the firm’s Leadership Council, where he is involved in the company’s overall strategic development.

Barry 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. Barry joined JLL in the 2008 merger with The Staubach Company, where he was President and Founding Principal of the Front Range Division for twelve years. During that time, he earned a reputation as one of the most successful negotiators in the region while his office grew exponentially in both number of associates and amount of square footage leased.

Barry received his Bachelor of Science degree from The College of New Jersey and a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He has served or is currently a board member for Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ski Club Vail, Denver Scholarship Foundation, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation and a  is a Tocqueville Society Member of United Way. He is actively involved with Special Olympics, Mental Health Association, and is a member of the Denver Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Denver Partnership and the National Association of Industrial and Office Professionals (NAIOP).


  • 2008 NAIOP “Broker of the Year” and has received this award an unprecedented five other times
  • Denver Business Journal’s Heavy Hitters “Office Broker of the Year” six times  
  • NAIOP 2014 Transaction of the Year –  CoBank HQ BTS
  • NAIOP inaugural Legacy Broker of the Year 2015

Jayne Ford is the Head of Talent Services at RevelOne. Prior to joining RevelOne, Jayne served as Recruiting Director at ghSMART.  Jayne holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BBA in Finance from Texas Christian University.  In addition to DSF, Jayne is an active volunteer with the Harvard Business School fundraising effort and with her children’s schools in Denver.

Mark Goodman currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for the Colorado Nut Company. Mr. Goodman has served as the top executive in leading public and private equity backed companies.  Most recently, Mr. Goodman has served as Chief Executive Officer of MG Capital Group.Mr. Goodman has served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and CRO for Save-A-Lot.  As COO, Mr. Goodman was responsible for retail operations of Save-A-Lot’s network of 1,200 stores, achieving sales, profitability and growth objectives of the company.  He had direct responsibility for licensing development, merchandising, vendor management and supply chain efforts.

Prior to leading the turnaround at Save-A-Lot, Mr. Goodman served as Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Strategy, Membership and E-commerce for Wal*Mart/Sam’s Club where he was responsible for strategy development, marketing and membership enhancement for Sam’s Club.  Previously, Mr. Goodman held the position of Corporate Vice President, U.S. Strategy and Operations for McDonald’s Corporation, with responsibility for development and execution of strategies for profitable growth, as well as full operations management of a 600-store business unit. Prior to this, Mr. Goodman served as President of Agway Retail Services and Vice President of ADR International Consultants.  Previous, Mr. Goodman served on the staff of Senator Edward Kennedy, Massachusetts.Mr. Goodman received his bachelors degree in philosophy of economics and logic from the College of Wooster, masters degrees in philosophy and economics from Tufts University.

Mr. Goodman is active in supporting educational institutions on a national basis.  He has served on the board of directors for St. Louis University School of Business, St. Louis, Missouri, Xavier University, New Orleans, Livingstone College Salisbury, North Carolina, History Makers, Chicago, Illinois, Eton Academy, Birmingham, Michigan, Cal State Dominquez Hills School of Business.

John J. Hanley is senior vice president at Marsico Capital Management and has been with the firm since 2007 where he works closely with Tom Marsico and the investment team to communicate Marsico’s outlook and positioning to clients and shareholders.  In addition, he serves as a fixed income portfolio manager, specializing in the construction of municipal bond portfolios. Prior to joining Marsico Capital, he was executive vice president of George K. Baum & Co., a nationally ranked municipal bond firm, where he worked for 23 years.  At Baum, Mr. Hanley was head of sales, trading and underwriting.  

Mr. Hanley is a 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 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.

Ron Henley is President of GCC of America, Inc. a regional manufacturer of cement, concrete, asphalt, aggregates and coal. With over 30 years in the construction materials and building products industry his experience spans varied facets of business including operations and project management; acquisitions and divestitures; integrating and growing businesses; process improvement; financial management; technology transfer, and strategic planning.  Prior to joining GCCA, Ron was President of Boral Construction Materials.  He is a Board member of the National Ready Mix Association and the Portland Cement Association.

Stephen Kurtz currently is Co-Founder and Chairman of MuscleSound, LLC, a technology company that measures MuscleHealth for patients and athletes in the sports and fitness and medical industries. Mr. Kurtz has spent most of his career in accounting and finance, specializing in negotiation, structuring, and tax planning for mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and leveraged buyouts.  He was president of Shenkin Kurtz Baker & Co., from 1978-2001, selling his company to CBIZ (NYSE:CBZ).  In addition to his role at MuscleSound, is currently a member of several charitable, public and private corporate boards where he acts as Chair of the Finance, Compensation and Audit committees.  Mr. Kurtz graduated from Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts and makes his home in Denver.

Scott Nycum served as a Managing Director of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Based in Denver, Colorado. Scott served a member of the management team of J.P. Morgan’s U.S. Private Bank. The largest Private Bank in the U.S., the J.P. Morgan Private Bank serves high net-worth clients, including 45% of the individuals on the Forbes 400 wealthiest Americans list.

Scott was specifically responsible for J.P. Morgan’s private banking business in the Rocky Mountain Region. In addition, he was directly responsible for several client relationships in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma.

Scott joined J.P. Morgan in New York in 1974. From 1975-1983, he worked with corporate clients in the mining and heavy construction industries as well as large multi-nationals. Scott was assigned to Melbourne, Australia from 1983-1988. As Managing Director of J.P. Morgan Australia Ltd., he was responsible for Morgan’s overall business in Australia and New Zealand, which chiefly included investment management, investment banking, foreign exchange and money market activities.

Scott received a B.A. in History from Williams College (Phi Beta Kappa) and an M.A. from Oxford University (Political Science/Economics). Scott is married with three children and resides in Denver. He currently serves on the Advisory Boards of the Daniels Business School at the University of Denver, the Denver Scholarship Foundation, the Denver Council of the Boy Scouts, The Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, and the Perry Institute of Brigham Young University Marriott School.

Martin M. Pocs serves as Vice Chairman of DHR International and is the Managing Director of the firm’s Denver office. As one of the three top producers in the history of the firm, Martin has made significant contributions in shaping the success of DHR. 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. Notable success has been realized in Private Equity backed transactions. Martin made a very quick rise in being one of DHR’s top producers and is considered one of the world’s top 100 executive search consultants. The chairman of DHR, David Hoffmann has said, “Martin’s professionalism, responsiveness, tenaciousness, sense of urgency and utmost dedication to his clients are themes that distinguish his performance.”

Prior to DHR, Martin had a 14 year career in human resources including experience with Sundstrand Corporation, a Fortune 500 aerospace and industrial products manufacturer, and Founders Asset Management, a financial services firm featuring no-load mutual funds.

Martin has been recognized as:

  • One of the top 40 dynamic business leaders under 40 in the Denver area;
  • Marquis “Who’s Who” in America;
  • Past-Chairman of the Board for Goodwill Industries;
  • An original inductee to the Rock Valley College Hall of Fame;
  • Founding member of Social Venture Partners;
  • A selected participant in “50 for Colorado”;
  • Founder of DAPS (Denver Association of Professional Services);
  • Appointee by the Governor of Colorado as a Real Estate Commissioner;
  • Judge for Denver Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Awards;
  • 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from Goodwill Industries;
  • Board of Executive Advisors for Northern Illinois University, College of Business;
  • Board of Directors for Denver Scholarship Foundation;
  • A featured speaker/presenter on the radio/TV/newspaper, and university sponsored symposiums;
  • A selected Expert Witness in numerous litigations involving executive compensation matters;
  • A featured guest on Next Level Recruiting television, in an online video segment for purchase entitled, “Secrets of the Top Producers,” a training piece Pocs developed.

In addition to his many honors and charity work, he has served as an adjunct professor for management–related subjects and was a licensed representative of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Management from Northern Illinois University.

Leise (pronounced “Liza”) began her career as an elementary school teacher which has been followed by more than 20 years of operations, sales, and marketing experience with both education and healthcare businesses. She has extensive experience in start-up organizations and company turn-around situations where her broad experience in consultative selling, product line management, and both field and inside sales has been instrumental in achieving sustainable growth. Leise has developed global brands and was recognized by “Direct Marketing” magazine for the double-digit response rates she achieved in early data mining and e-marketing initiatives in Europe and Asia. Leise holds a B.A in English from Kenyon College, is certified in teaching classroom management strategies, and has taught US business culture and diversity to international students at University of California at San Diego’s Business Extension School. Leise and her husband are currently developing materials for parents of developmentally-disabled children that will highlight K-12 support services as well as post-school years assisted living support.

Scott Scheirman is a Director and Past Chair of the Denver Scholarship Foundation.

Scott has over 30 years of progressive and successful business leadership experience where he helped create and significantly grow market leading global companies. Scott has extensive strategic planning, human capital leadership, business development, international expansion, product diversification, finance, operations, M&A and Board governance expertise. He has a diverse background in financial services, fin -tech, digital, consumer and business services and products, technology, distribution, marketing, retail, information, and payments.

Scott is the CEO of JKL Advisors, LLC, a firm that provides business and financial advisory services. In addition, Scott is a Director of CPI Card Group (NASDAQ: PMTS) where he chairs the Audit Committee and is also a director at several not­ for-profit organizations focused on education, children and animal welfare.

Previously Scott served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Western Union {NYSE:WU, a Fortune 500 Company) from 2006 to 2013. Scott held a variety of executive leadership and financial officer roles of increasing responsibility at First Data Corporation (NYSE: FDC) from 1992 to 2006. Prior to joining First Data Corporation in 1992, Scott was a CPA with Ernst & Young LLP.

Scott earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Northern Colorado. He has been married to Lisa for 30 years and has three children.

Mr. Silversmith has an extensive background in finance and the planning issues that affect families in their desire to accumulate and transfer wealth. His years of board experience with large charitable organizations have allowed him to help clients whose primary objective is building their estates and leaving a charitable legacy. As Chairman of First Western Trust, Cherry Creek he is responsible for managing the banks financial goals and expanding their presence in the Cherry Creek market.

Mr. Silversmith joined First Western Trust in 2005, through the merger of Sterling Partners, the wealth management firm he founded in 1986. At Sterling Partners he was primarily responsible for helping clients who require advice on wealth transfer planning and business continuity planning. He brings more than 30 years of experience in real estate to First Western Trust.


  • Bachelor of Science in Economics from University of Pennsylvania , Wharton School
  • Chartered Life Underwriter – The American College


  • Board of Directors for the Colorado Ballet
  • Board of Directors for the Denver Scholarship Foundation
  • Vice-Chair of the Board at National Jewish Health
  • Past Campaign Chair and Treasurer for the Allied Jewish Foundation
  • Past Board Member of Jewish Family Service at Colorado


Enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, Lara and Ashley.


Both he and his wife were honored as Business Leaders of the Year – Jewish Family Service at Colorado.

Greg Sissel is a Managing Director of Platte River Ventures. Mr. Sissel has been a private equity investor in numerous industrial and service-based operating companies for more than 15 years.

Prior to joining Platte River Ventures, Mr. Sissel was a Vice President in the Denver office of Vestar Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm that has raised over $7 billion across six funds. At Vestar, Mr. Sissel pursued management buyout transactions across a broad spectrum of industrial and consumer sectors. His responsibilities included structuring transactions and leading diligence and financings for new acquisitions and portfolio companies. While at Vestar, Mr. Sissel led numerous strategic and operational projects for Vestar portfolio companies, as well as capital markets financings and execution of numerous add-on acquisitions.

Previously, Mr. Sissel was an Associate with William Blair Capital Partners, LLC (now Chicago Growth Partners) and an analyst in Leveraged Finance for Goldman, Sachs & Co. (New York and Chicago).

Mr. Sissel holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and a B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from DePauw University.

Mr. Starzer has a degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Alaska. Mr. Starzer has 31 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and has served in numerous technical, managerial, and executive positions. In 1999, Mr. Starzer founded the first Bonanza Creek company serving in positions of Managing Partner, President and CEO and on the board for the four Bonanza Creek companies. In 2014, Mr. Starzer retired from the fourth company, Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc. (NYSE:BCEI). He is now a founder and managing partner of Fifth Creek Energy.

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.

David West is currently Arrow’s Vice President of Global Marketing and Engineering.  David has held numerous roles over his 13 years at Arrow, including Vice President of Engineering, Lighting and CLS

Prior to joining Arrow in 1998, David worked for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) for 11 years in sales, product line marketing and distribution.  David was named North America Sales Person of the Year in 1991, and served three yeas as the company’s Director of World Distribution.  David began his career working in distribution as a manufacturer’s representative for five years.

A native of Los Angeles, David earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University and a Master’s of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

Martha Wofford leads DaVita’s patient experience efforts and also serves as the Interim CEO of a Joint Venture between DaVita HealthCare Partners and Centura Health, called FullWell. Prior to joining DaVita, Martha served at Aetna for nine years in various leadership roles. She led the Consumer Platform effort to deliver simple solutions to help consumers navigate the healthcare system. Immediately prior, Ms. Wofford served as Head of Product and Strategy for Aetna’s Middle Market, Small Group, Individual Pre-65, Medicare, Student Health, Voluntary and Direct to Consumer businesses.  She joined Aetna in 2005 to help lead the Consumer Segment; had accountability for Aetna’s national Direct To Consumer sales capability; and subsequently served as the General Manager for the Northeast Region for Aetna’s Consumer Segment, with full accountability for Profit and Loss.

Prior to joining Aetna, Ms. Wofford was a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton from 2000 to 2005, focusing on growth strategies in the healthcare and media industries. She served in the Clinton Administration for six years in communications and legislative positions in The White House, USAID and USEPA.  Ms. Wofford received an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where she focused on Strategy and Managerial Economics, and a B.A. in History from Swarthmore College. At Swarthmore she received 12 varsity letters, was captain of four teams, and achieved regional and national honors in Lacrosse.

Martha, her husband and daughter moved to Denver in August.

Mr. Thomas G. Wattles co-founded DCT Industrial Trust in February 2003 and currently serves as Executive Chairman of the Board.  Mr. Wattles also served as Chief Investment Officer from 2003 to 2005.

Mr. Wattles brings more than 30 years of experience to DCT. From 1991 until 2002, Mr. Wattles held a number of positions with Security Capital Group and its investees. From 1991 to 1992, he oversaw multifamily acquisitions for Property Trust of America, now known as Archstone Smith. In 1992, he co-founded Security Capital Industrial Trust, now known as Prologis Trust, and served as Chief Investment Officer, Chairman and Co-Chairman, and a member of the Board of Directors. As Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Security Capital Group, Mr. Wattles oversaw real estate research and served as a member of the Operating Committee as well as numerous private company boards of directors. Prior to Security Capital Group, Mr. Wattles spent 12 years with LaSalle Partners, now known as Jones Lang LaSalle in Chicago, Mexico City and New York. He also spent two years with Stanwich Advisors in Stamford, CT.

Mr. Wattles currently serves as a director of Regency Centers—a national owner, developer, and operator of grocery-anchored and community shopping centers. He also chairs the Regency Investment Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Wattles received both his M.B.A. and his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.

Nate Easley, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF).  Prior to joining DSF, Dr. Easley served as President and Secretary of the Denver Public Schools Board of Education.  He also worked as Vice President for National and International Programs for the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) in Washington, DC.  COE is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the expansion of educational opportunities in postsecondary education for low-income and disabled youth and adults.

Dr. Easley serves on Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s Framing Committee and his Education Leadership Council.  He is a current member of the Community College of Denver Advisory Council and the National Advisory Council for Texas Guaranteed Inc., the third largest student loan guarantee organization in the United States.

Dr. Easley has extensive experience helping disadvantaged students realize their dream of a college education and securing grant funding to sustain student programs.  His master’s and doctorate focused on how higher education can better support the academic success and college completion of Black and Latino students. Dr. Easley has worked at the state, national and international levels to create opportunities for first-generation, low-income and ethnic minority students.  He has over 25 years of experience working with college access and retention programs and professionals.

Dr. Easley served as an Upward Bound counselor and assistant director at Colorado State University, President of the Colorado TRIO Association (Colorado ASPIRE), board member for the Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel, director of the Student Support Services program and the campus learning center at the University of California at San Diego, and as a member of Colorado Governor Ritter’s P-20 Council.  Dr. Easley is a proud graduate of Montbello High School in Denver, Colorado.


Ph.D. Education, American University, GPA – 4.0

Dissertation Topic: Factors that Contribute to the Academic Success of Mexican Immigrants

M.S., Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University, GPA – 4.0Master’s Research:  Retention of Black College Students at White Colleges

B.A. History, Colorado State University, GPA – 3.2Senior Paper: “Why Africans Became Slaves in the New World”

Since being appointed as Denver Public Schools Superintendent in January of 2009, Tom Boasberg has led the district’s efforts to accelerate its progress in student achievement and better serve the families of Denver.

Over the past five years, the district has posted record enrollment increases (with a higher rate of enrollment growth than any other major urban school district in the country), increased its four-year graduation rate by 20 percentage points, dramatically expanded the number of preschool and full-day kindergarten slots, and continued the student-achievement gains that began with the creation of the Denver Plan in 2005.

He earned his B.A. in History summa cum laude from Yale College and J.D. with Distinction from Stanford Law School.