Board of Directors

Douglas M. Price, CEO

Doug Price became chief executive officer of Rocky Mountain PBS in January 2009. Prior to that, Price had a highly successful career in banking with FirstBank Holding Company of Colorado. A 1978 graduate of the University of Colorado, he became president of the FirstBank of Boulder in 1982. Price was promoted to president of FirstBank of Denver in 1988 and retired in 1999 as president of FirstBank of Colorado, the lead bank in the then $4 billion FirstBank Holding Company.

In 1995, Price became the founding chairman of Qualistar Early Learning, a nonprofit organization in Denver. Qualistar developed a standardized quality rating system for childcare facilities that is being emulated in more than 40 states. He continued to serve Qualistar until 2006. During this time, Price also served on the U.S. Treasury's Working Group on Childcare under the Clinton administration. He was also active with the University of Colorado's Student Leadership Institute for 20 years and currently sits on the Executive Committee of the French American Foundation, which is tasked with improving relations between France and the United States. In 2009, Price was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado, and elected to the board of directors of the Public Television Major Markets Group.

Price earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado with magna cum laude honors and attended the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.


Jim Foster, Chairman

A retired advertising and public relations executive, Jim Foster has been a Durango resident since 1992, first as a part-time resident and then full-time since 1999. An Iowa native, he lived in New York City most of his adult life, retiring as Chairman and CEO of Brouillard Communications, the corporate communications division of J. Walter Thompson Company. Jim actually started his career as a journalist with the Des Moines Register, with assignments ranging from sports to politics. He joined J. Walter Thompson in 1961 and was one of three founders of Brouillard Communications in 1968.

Jim's corporate work at Harvard Business School, Columbia College and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University led him to volunteer on marketing projects at Durango's Fort Lewis College, where he has served on the Marketing Committee of the College. He was Chairman of the Fort Lewis College Foundation for three years, and is also a member of the Professional Associates Council and several other committees. Jim is also a long-time supporter and member of the board of directors of Music in the Mountains, Durango's summer festival of classical music, and served as President of the organization from 2000 through 2003. He was named Volunteer of the Year for 2005 by the Durango Chamber of Commerce and was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by Fort Lewis College at the December 2005 commencement ceremony.


Chad Hollingsworth, Co-Vice Chair

Chad Hollingsworth has been Vice President, Corporate Development, at Liberty Media Corporation since January 2012. He joined the Corporate Development group at Liberty in November 2007 as a Manager and later was promoted to Director. Chad participates in corporate development and governance work for most of the Liberty portfolio companies, with particular attention paid to Live Nation, Barnes & Noble, Charter Communications, the Liberty Digital Commerce group, TripAdvisor and QVC. He focuses on transaction and structuring opportunities within the Liberty portfolio, new M&A idea generation in the global cable, Internet, retail and entertainment sectors, valuation/modeling projects (internal and external) and strategic advisory work around international expansion efforts at the subsidiary level. In addition, Chad’s other responsibilities include venture capital investment evaluation and coordinating project allocation for the corporate development team.

Prior to Liberty, Chad worked at Janus as a Health Care Research Analyst for five years and at RBC Daniels as a Telecom and Cable Banking Associate for two years. He received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in human biology, with honors, in 1999. In 2004, Chad earned the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst. Prior to his position as vice chairman of Rocky Mountain PBS, from 2011-2013 he served as chairman of KUVO, Denver's public radio jazz station. On a personal note, Chad has played jazz saxophone since he was 10 years old, and has had the honor of playing with such greats as Cedar Walton, Louis Bellson, Bobby Hutcherson and James Moody.


George A. Sissel, Co-Vice Chair

George Sissel is retired as a member of the board of directors and chairman and CEO of Ball Corporation. He joined Ball in 1970 in Boulder, Colorado, and transferred to the former Muncie, Indiana, headquarters in 1973, where he served as general counsel, corporate secretary, senior vice president, president and CEO.  George relocated, along with Ball's corporate headquarters, to Broomfield, Colorado, in 1998. He retired as CEO in January 2001 and Chairman in 2003.  Prior to his career with Ball, he was an attorney with the Denver law firm of Sherman & Howard.

He is currently a member of the CU Foundation Board of Trustees and a member of the Board of Directors of CACI, and the past chair of the University of Colorado Foundation. He also is a member and past chairman of the board of Governors for the Can Manufacturers Institute; was a director of the National Association of Manufacturers, the Mountain States Employers Council, chairman of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, and First Merchants Corporation; and was a member and chairman of the University of Colorado at Boulder Engineering Advisory Council and a member of the Board of Advisors for the University of Colorado at Denver College of Business. George has served on the Banc One Equity Capital Board of Advisors, is a member of the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council, a former member of the Denver's School of Science and Technology and is a member of Rotary International in Denver.

George received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1958, and served in the U.S. Navy until 1963. In 1966, he received a J.D. (cum laude) degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and was an editor of the Minnesota Law Review.  In 1984, he completed the MIT Sloan School of Management's Program for Senior Executives, where he was class chairman.  He is married to Mary Sissel, community volunteer. They have two children and three grandchildren, all living in the Denver area.


Hubert Farbes, Secretary

An experienced attorney, Hubert's work at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck focuses on construction law, regulatory law, public utility law and natural resource law.

Hubert has represented a wide variety of clients, including design and engineering companies; commercial developers; manufacturing and agricultural companies; regulated utilities; lenders and insurers; air, water and land regulatory agencies; local, regional and state governments; individual landowners; and public interest groups. He has represented construction contractors for Colorado's $1.7 billion T-REX highway and light rail expansion project, as well as for the state's $845 million E-470 Public Highway Project. He has counseled on contract formation, worked in design and construction claims and disputes, and litigated cases related to the Denver International Airport Terminal and Concourse C Project, Colorado's Jefferson County Government Center Project, the Black Hawk Casino by Hyatt Project, the Denver Convention Center Hotel Project, and the Ray Nixon Power Plant (Colorado Springs, CO).

Hubert's broad range of civil trial experience includes more than one hundred litigated matters. He has argued cases in the state courts of Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Texas and California and in the Federal District Courts of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Nevada, California and the District of Columbia.

Hubert's Recent engagements in the construction and engineering litigation/dispute resolution arena include: providing ongoing contract formation and construction dispute advice to Southeast Corridor Constructors, the construction contractor for Colorado's $1.7 billion T-REX project, the largest public works project in the region's history; representing the Ports of Long Beach, CA in procurement proposals for a zero-emissions container movement system; representing Washington Group International in contract formation, design and construction claims and disputes, and litigation matters related to the $845 million E-470 Public Highway Project; counsel to PCL Construction Services in contract formation, design and construction claims and disputes related to the Black Hawk Casino by Hyatt Project; construction disputes resolution for Faulkner, USA, design builder for the $240 million Denver Convention Center Hotel Project; and other projects in Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska and Idaho. Hubert's advice as contract formation and construction claims counsel helped Del American proceed with the massive Vegas Grand Condominiums, the largest condominium development project in Nevada history; and he has represented Asphalt Specialties Company in resolution of tort and contract claims related to the catastrophic steel girder failure at the C-470 Expansion project.

Hubert also has considerable experience handling litigation and dispute resolution in natural resource, regulatory and water rights matters. He has recently served as lead counsel for a consortium of homebuilders in precedent-setting cost recovery claims against the Department of Defense [U.S. Air Force] regarding asbestos in soils at the former Lowry Air Force Base; and he successfully represented Lennar Homes in cost recovery claims against the Department of Defense [U.S. Army and Army Corps of Engineers] regarding remediation of unexploded ordnance at the former Lowry Bombing and Gunnery Range. He continues to represent real estate developers and management agencies in cost recovery claims respecting formerly used defense sites. Hubert previously represented consortiums of utility groups (including Xcel Energy) in defense of challenges to both operating permits and plant compliance under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, and in defense of challenges to permit approvals for wind power plants in Wyoming and Colorado. Hubert provides counsel to developer, financier and operator interests in compliance proceedings and litigation under RCRA, CERCLA and the related regulatory statutes of Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.

Prior to commencing his private practice, Hubert served as a Colorado Assistant Attorney General for three-and-one-half years.



Susan Greenberg, Treasurer

Susan Greenberg joined the RMPBS Board of Directors in 2013 after serving on the Jazz89 KUVO Board for over 4 years where, as a jazz fan and advocate of KUVO’s mission, she continues to volunteer her time and efforts.

Susan is an architect and was the managing partner of Greenberg Short & Brennan, formally Greenberg and Greenberg Architects in Denver prior to retiring in 2008. Her clients included Denver Water, the City and County of Denver, and the National Park Service among other private, governmental, and non-profit businesses and organizations.

Susan moved to Denver in 1972 after serving in the Peace Corps in Honduras. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from the University of Arizona’s School of Architecture. Susan enjoys design and architecture, traveling, reading, scuba diving, and playing and listening to jazz.


Colleen Abdoulah
Colleen Abdoulah, who was the only female CEO to lead a top-ten cable operating company, is widely respected for her passionate focus on customer experience and company culture. In April 2014 Colleen implemented a four year succession plan and moved to the Chair of the Board. Colleen guided WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone for 12 years, overseeing industry-leading financial success and creating unprecedented value for employees and shareholders. During her tenure, WOW! quadrupled the customer base served, from 200,000+ to more than 800,000 with revenues of over $1.2B. Under Colleen’s leadership, WOW! earned a remarkable 19 J.D. Power and Associates awards for customer satisfaction, multiple top-provider awards from Consumer Reports, and the PC Magazine Readers’ Choice Award for top cable Internet service provider. She is equally proud of the many awards WOW! received as an employer, including recognition as a 2012 and 2013 National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For winner.

Prior to joining WOW!, Colleen spent much of her career at Tele-Communications Inc. (TCI) where she served in a number of positions including Assistant COO and Executive Vice President of Cable Operations.

Within the telecommunications industry, she serves on the Board of the American Cable Association, a lobbying organization representing the interests of independent cable operators. She also serves on the board of C-SPAN, and is a past Vice President of the Executive Board of Women in Cable and Telecommunications as well as past Chairperson for the WICT Foundation.

In the non profit world, Colleen is an ardent voice for those who have been marginalized. She is past Chair of the Board for the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, a non-profit advocacy group for abused and neglected children. She currently serves on the board for The Women’s College of the University of Denver; the Colorado Chapter of the International Women’s Forum; and World Pulse.

As keynote speaker at a variety of management conferences and business forums, Colleen has shared her views on the strategic importance of customer experience and company culture; development of gender-balanced management and leadership; and cultivation of authentic leadership, among other topics. She delivers her messages with stunning honesty and energy, stories of personal courage, and always a keen sense of humor.

Colleen received her undergraduate degree in Public Relations and Marketing from Mount Royal College in Calgary, and her MBA from the University of Denver.

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Jim is the executive director of the Latin American Educational Foundation (LAEF).  Prior to his appointment as executive director, Jim served on the Board of Directors for LAEF for 6 years.  Jim has dedicated much of his professional life working for education related causes. As a board member and staff member of the Colorado Student Obligation Bond Authority, Jim was instrumental in creating Colorado's first prepaid college tuition program, which became known as CollegeInvest, and then worked across the country to develop and implement numerous state college savings programs or Section 529 plans. He began his career as a certified public accountant with the firm Ernst & Young.  

Jim serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Northern Colorado and is a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Denver Housing Authority. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees for Clayton Early Learning. He is a graduate of Colorado State University.

Kwesi T. Coleman
KT Coleman has been a financial professional since 1999. His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with an emphasis in Statistics and a Master of Business Administration with a dual specialty in Finance and Accounting.

KT is a *Certified Financial Planner™ and personal financial planning is the cornerstone of his wealth management practice. He believes that a successful wealth management strategy must be prepared through a disciplined holistic process that looks at all aspects of your financial life. He has extensive knowledge and experience assisting high-income and high-net-worth clients with financial and investment strategies, wealth preservation and transfer, retirement strategies and solutions, risk management, estate planning strategies, philanthropic strategies, banking & lending - private, retail, corporate, and investment, Section 16 and Rule 144 strategies, concentrated stock strategies and business qualified and non-qualified retirement benefit services.

KT’s wealth management team is composed of highly trained, experienced Morgan Stanley Wealth Management specialist across the complete spectrum of wealth management disciplines. These resources are brought to the table, whenever needed, to help our clients achieve their financial goals and aspirations. The clients we serve comprise professional athletes, artist, and entertainers, affluent families and individuals, business executives and owners, non-profit organizations, endowments, foundations, professional organizations, and red zone retirees who value the discipline approach, resources, and intellectual capital we bring to the relationship.

KT is originally from Detroit, MI but currently lives in Denver, CO. He played four years of Division 1 basketball and for four years after, his collegiate career ended, both domestically and abroad. He believes in being active in the community and has previously volunteered for organizations such as Big Brother Big Sister, Special Olympics, Max Fund, and Junior Achievement. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Rocky Mountain PBS and on the Executive Committee for the Minority Enterprise and Education Development non-profit. In addition to these activities, he values spending quality time with family and friends.

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Dr. Ramon Del Castillo
Ramon Del Castillo is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Chicano and Chicana Studies Department at Metropolitan State College of Denver. As past Chair of the Masters Program of Nonprofit Management at Regis University for 5 years, Dr. Del Castillo managed and taught leadership, ethics and diversity classes in the program. He developed and implemented the “Making Connections in Mexico Program,” with ITESO University in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, designed to develop binational curricula in the area of the nonprofit and civil society sectors between Mexico and the United States. 

Educationally, Ramon Del Castillo possesses a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Mexican American Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. His Masters Degrees are in Social Science and Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. Dr. Del Castillo completed his doctoral studies from the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver. His doctoral dissertation, using the theory of innovation, examined Curanderismo, a traditional approach to holistic healing, and its institutionalization within a publicly funded mental health agency.

As a Chicano poet for the last 3 decades, Ramon’s work has appeared in a variety of magazines and books including but not limited to: Cantos Al Sexto Sol: An Anthology of Aztlanahuac Writing; Cool Salsa edited by Lori M. Carlson and Encyclopedia Chicana. His next book, entitled Quetzales are not Extinct should be published soon. He has 4 published books entitled, 1) Broken Concrete; 2) From the Corazon of a Bato Loco! 3) When the Owl Can’t Sleep at Night; and 4) Tales from a Michoacano. He was recently transformed into a conguero with a local group, Great Kiva, where he has developed the written work in a concept referred to as 'flor y canto', or 'poejazz'.

As a past columnist for the Rocky Mountain News and a current columnist for El Semanario, Dr. Del Castillo is known for his thought-provoking and insightful essays regarding the plight of persons of color and public policy concerns and issues. He is an activist scholar and co-founder of the Cesar Chavez Peace and Justice Committee of Denver, that organizes a yearly march and celebration and participates in many struggles for the human and civil rights of all people. Ramon was awarded the Richard T. Castro Memorial Community Service Award for multi-cultural mental health program innovation. In 1998, he was awarded the prestigious Colorado State Division of Civil Right’s Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award. His awards also include the “Spirit of Tlatelolco Award,” (2005) and national recognition from the Latino and Latina Student Law Association for his contributions to humanitarianism.

“I am involved in KUVO because it is the best jazz station in the country. I believe that public radio is one of the last bastions of free speech. ORALE!”

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Lesley Di Mare (ex-officio)
On December 1, 2011, Lesley A. Di Mare became the 14th president of Colorado State University - Pueblo.   Di Mare earned a bachelor's degree in theatre arts from California State University-Chico (1972), a master's degree in speech communication from California State University-Hayward, East Bay (1981), and a Ph.D. in speech communication from Indiana University (1984).

Before becoming the first permanent female president in CSU-Pueblo's history, Di Mare served as the Interim President & CEO at Nevada State College (NSC) in Henderson after first serving for three years at the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs.  While at NSC, Di Mare spearheaded a number of initiatives to enhance the college's academic standing and visibility in the community.  Working with faculty and administration, she developed NSC's Standards of Academe, which provides the campus community clear expectations and criteria for making progress towards promotion and tenure as well as merit.  Di Mare also led the development of the Technology Fellows Institute, a program that affords faculty and staff the opportunity to produce and deliver innovative pedagogy in the classroom through technology.  As the college's chief academic officer, Di Mare also was responsible for overseeing the institution's path towards accreditation.

Before joining NSC as provost, Di Mare held administrative positions at California State University Los Angeles and at Arizona State University, where she served as Department Chair of Communication Studies for 11 years, Interim Dean of the College of Human Services for two years, and Associate Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies for two years. In her administrative capacity, Di Mare implemented the Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the Communication Learning Assessment Lab, and the Japan Business Library.

She has published articles on American and Japanese communication styles, gender and communication, and rhetoric and persuasion. Di Mare has worked closely with many community agencies and consulted with the Japan External Trade Organization (Los Angeles), the Ministry of International Trade (Tokyo), and other international organizations. She was a visiting fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK and at the Japan Studies Institute, San Diego State University, 2003. From 1988-1990, Di Mare served as Communications Advisor to the Representative of the Nagano Prefecture, JETRO.

Tim Foster (ex-officio)
Tim Foster has served as the tenth president of Mesa State College since March 2004, when he was appointed by the Mesa State College Board of Trustees.

As a member of Governor Bill Owens' cabinet, Tim served as the executive director for the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. He was initially appointed to the position by Governor Owens in 1999 and reappointed in 2003. Tim also served as head of the Department of Higher Education, which includes the Colorado Historical Society and the Colorado Council on the Arts, and served on the boards of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, the Denver Chamber of Commerce and its Committee on Science and Technology.

Prior to directing the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, Tim was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1988 and served as the Majority Leader from 1993 to 1996. He received numerous awards from diverse groups such as the Sierra Club, Ducks Unlimited, the Iron Skillet award from the Colorado Restaurant Association, and the Guardian Award from the National Federation of Independent Business. During that time, Tim was also a partner in the general practice law firm of Foster, Larson, Laiche and Griff in Grand Junction.

A Grand Junction native, his numerous community activities include service on the Board of Governors of the Colorado Bar Association, the Board of Powderhorn Ski Area and as chairman of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the chamber board.

Tim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics with honors from Kenyon College in 1980. He completed graduate coursework for a master's degree in mineral economics at the Colorado School of Mines from 1982 to 1984. Tim also earned a J.D. degree from the University of Denver's College of Law in 1984.

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Richard Gonzales
Pueblo native and Denver-based attorney Richard Gonzales is in-house general counsel for Colorado Mountain College. He holds a law degree from Stanford Law School, as well as a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. Prior to Colorado Mountain College, he served as the Denver representative of the national law firm Reno & Cavanaugh, and has previously been a partner at GCR, a partner at Lindquist & Vennum, general counsel for the Stapleton Development Corporation, university counsel for the University of Denver and a partner at Sherman & Howard.

Gonzales is currently the president of the Mi Casa Resource Center Board of Directors, and also serves on the board of directors of Rocky Mountain Public Broadcast System. Among his many other community service roles have been mayoral appointments to St. Anthony’s Central Hospital Community Advisory Task Force, the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District Board of Directors and the Lowry Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors.

Image - richard-hiller.jpgAllegra "Happy" Haynes
Allegra "Happy" Haynes was elected in November 2011 to the Denver Public Schools Board of Education and is Vice President of the Board. Prior to that, she served as the Chief Community Engagement Officer for the District for five and a half years. She is currently the Director of Civil and Community Engagement at CRL Associates, Inc., a public affairs consulting firm. Happy is a Denver native and her nickname is derived from the Spanish translation of her first name, Allegra. She attended Denver Public Schools and received her undergraducate degree in Political Science from Barnard College at Columbia University and a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of Colorado at Denver. Within a career spanning 30 years in state and local government, Happy served 13 years on the Denver City Council from 1990 - 2003 and was President from 1998 - 2000.

She currently chairs the Colorado Advisory Board of the Trust for Public Land, is a member of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and serves on the boards of the Stapleton Development Corporation and City Park Jazz. Ms. Haynes was a founding member of the Mile High Youth Corps, Colorado Black Women for Political Action and the Foundation for Human Excellence. She previously served on Colorado Children's Campaign board, the Colorado State Parks board, Greenprint Denver, the Colorado chapter of the Nature Conservancy and the Denver Welfare Reform Board, She is single, an avid jazz fan and enjoys gardening, science fiction, basketball, golf and outdoor sports.

Andrew Hudson
Andrew Hudson is Denver’s jobs guru!

He is the Founder and CEO of Andrew Hudson’s Jobs List, the Rocky Mountain Region’s premier job-search website.  More than 25,000 subscribers receive the weekly updates and hundreds of thousands more visit the website each month.  Currently, the website lists more than 10,000 jobs per-year and recent surveys have shown that Andrew Hudson’s Jobs List has become one of the most effective job-seeking websites for employers looking for qualified candidates.

From 2006 to 2008, he served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications for ARCADIS, U.S., a global environmental engineering firm based out Arnhem, the Netherlands.  

From 2002 to 2006, he served as Senior Director of Sales, Marketing, and Communications for Frontier Airlines where he directed the popular and award-winning ‘talking animal’ advertising campaign.

From 1995 to 2002, he served as the Director of Communications for the City and County of Denver and as the Chief Spokesman for Denver Mayor Wellington E. Webb. 

From 1991 to 1995, he was the Chief Public Affairs Officer for Denver’s Regional Transportation District, one of the nation’s largest public transportation systems.

From 1988 to 1991, he served in Washington D.C. as Press Secretary to United States Senator Tim Wirth from Colorado.

Andrew is also a professional jazz bassist and performs in a variety of jazz clubs and festivals throughout Colorado.

A third-generation Denverite, Andrew lives in Englewood, Colorado with his wife, Christine and their three children, Nick, Julia and Mateo.

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A Western Slope resident for over 20 years, Tom Kenning is Alpine Bank's Chief Operations Officer. Based in Glenwood Springs, he is responsible for retail operations for all 37 locations. Tom sits on the bank's board of directors and previously had eight years of experience with FirstBanks in Denver. He then moved to Ouray to become president of First National Bank. After First National Bank's 2006 merger, he was promoted to the San Juan regional president.

Currently, Tom serves on El Pomar Foundation's Regional Council and as Chair of Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley. As a Ouray resident, he served as Vice President and Director of the Imogene Pass Run, Vice President of the Ouray Board of Education, President of the Ouray County Regional Service Authority, President of the Ouray Performing Arts Guild, and Treasurer of the Mount Sneffels Education Foundation. Tom earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1983 from Colorado State University with a major in accounting and later attended the Pacific Coast School of Banking. He and his wife Tammy have two grown sons.

David Leonard
Mr. Leonard brings more than 30 years experience in media and telecommunications to KUVO.

Leonard is the former CEO WildBlue Communications and previously worked with Liberty Media International overseeing their operations in Argentina, Chile and Puerto Rico.

He was also founder and CEO at VeloCom Inc. which established the largest competitive local exchange carrier in Latin America. He has served as either CEO or Board Member of several foreign and domestic entities including VTR (Chile); Cablevision (Argentina); Metrocall Wireless (USA); United International Holdings; Kabelvision (Sweden), and United Cable of Colorado (a subsidiary of United Cable Television Corporation).

Leonard was named Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2000. Best of all, David is a long-time member of KUVO, a passionate lover of jazz and a hard swingin’ pianist! KUVO welcomes David’s experience and expertise in telecommunications, technology and business.

Image - RonLevine.jpgRon Levine
Ron Levine serves on the Executive Committee of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. His practice centers on corporate finance and merger and acquisition transactions for public and private companies. He has served as counsel for bidders and targets in acquisitions of public and private companies in various industries, including technology, business services, restaurant/retail, manufacturing, and natural resources.

He represents a number of major private equity funds in investment and merger and acquisition transactions, as well as a number of hedge funds. In the corporate finance field, he has served as underwriters' and company counsel in debt and equity offerings for domestic and foreign companies in a variety of industries, including tech services, oil and gas, restaurant/retail, banking, biotechnology, mining, health care, medical instruments, semiconductors, and services.

Mr. Levine has acted or acts as the outside general counsel for a number of public companies. His practice also includes counseling clients on securities disclosure and compliance issues, technology transfer, executive compensation, and general corporate counseling.

Mr. Levine is actively involved in community affairs, having served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Montclair Academy, Board of Directors of The Children's Museum of Denver and Adoption Options, and as a member of the Management Committee of the Colorado Baseball Commission. Mr. Levine is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cornell Football Association.

Mr. Levine has been recognized as a leading Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions lawyer by Chambers USA for the last 10 years. He has been named in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, and Venture Capital Law. Annually, Mr. Levine has been selected for inclusion in Colorado Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters.

Mr. Levine speaks and writes regularly for seminars on corporate, securities, and merger and acquisition issues. He is a member of the Securities Subsection of the Colorado Bar Association and the Corporations, Banking and Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Nancy Lewis 
Nancy Lewis is the past President and a current Trustee of the Garden of the Gods Foundation and the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center. She is also a long time advisor and Trustee for the Lyda Hill Foundation in Dallas, Texas. 

Lewis is the retired Director of the Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Department, where she served the city for 27 years. She has recently published a book, The Parks of Colorado Springs – Building Community, Preserving a Legacy, and there is a municipal park in Colorado Springs that bears her name. 

Lewis is past Chair of the Penrose/St. Francis Health Services Foundation, and has served as a Trustee of the Penrose St. Francis Hospital Board for the past nine years. She serves as a Chancellor’s Ambassador for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and received the 2012 Alumni and Friends Award from the University of Colorado and the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Colorado Board of Regents. 

She is a past Chair of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and a past Chair of Experience Colorado Springs (Convention and Visitors Bureau). Lewis was also appointed by the Governor of Colorado to the Tourism Board. 

Among numerous other personal recognitions, Lewis has been honored as a community Trustee by Leadership Pikes Peak, Colorado Business Journal Women of Influence, and has received the prestigious of Athena Award.

Richard Lewis 

Mr. Richard Lewis, the owner of RTL Networks, Inc. is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and William and Mary’s MBA program. Additionally, he has a Masters degree in Computer Systems Security and over 20 years of military and corporate leadership experience. Lewis received his honorable discharge from the U. S. Air Force at the rank of Captain after serving his country in Operation Southern Watch and various international assignments. Lewis was awarded several military commendations including the Air Force Outstanding Unit and Air Force Organizational Excellence Awards, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and awarded Air Force Commendation Medal (on two occasions). He was also elected by peers to teach and enforce the Air Force Academy honor code.

Before founding RTL Networks, Inc., Lewis served in senior leadership positions for Cisco Systems, Qwest and Avaya, where he was responsible developing and executing strategic plans and delivering network consulting services to Fortune 500 and national service providers. As President/CEO of RTL Networks, Lewis has effectively leveraged his education and wealth of past experiences to grow his company from an idea into a multi-million dollar organization.

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Currently the principal and owner of IMPACT Strategic Cause Marketing, Pat provides consulting services to facilitate partnerships between businesses and charitable organizations. Prior to running her own business, Pat was hired as President and CEO of the Kempe Children's Foundation, for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect, where she directed a $10 million capital campaign and managed a 14-person staff.

From 1999 to 2001 Ms. Loewi was President and CEO of Colorado Special Olympics. There, she directed a 22-person staff and thousands of volunteers providing year-round athletic training and competition to over 7,000 developmentally disabled Coloradoans.

In 1994, Ms. Loewi and two partners won a ten-year battle to secure a new FM radio license, founding the alternative rock station, 96.5 The Peak. Building upon the station's early success, she then conceived and directed the Peak Foundation - the nation's first charitable foundation associated with a commercial radio station. Her efforts earned several local and national awards for the station, including the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts and the Exceptional Merit Award for Community Service from the Community Action Network.

From 1988 to 1993, Ms. Loewi was Senior Vice President of Russell, Karsh & Hagan, then Colorado's largest public relations agency. From 1983 to 1987, she was Manager of Marketing for MCI Communications, directing that company's advertising and promotional efforts in a 15-state region.

In 1980, Ms. Loewi worked as an investigator and administrator for Denver District Attorney Dale Tooley, where she investigated nursing home fraud and authored the grant proposal for Denver's first Neighborhood Crime Watch program. From 1982 to 1983, Ms. Loewi managed Tooley's third and final campaign for mayor of Denver, in which he was narrowly defeated by Federico Pena.

Long active in community affairs, Ms. Loewi has served as president of the Leadership Denver Association (a Denver Chamber of Commerce program) and on the boards of ArtReach, the Denver Chapter of the American Cancer Society, and Mile High United Way. Since 1991 she, with the help of family and friends, has raised over $1 million for research on muscular dystrophy. For these and other efforts, Ms Loewi has been honored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the American Jewish Committee, the Denver Optimists Club, and the Mile-Hi Girl Scouts.

Ms. Loewi, a graduate of the University of Utah, is a widow and her late husband Andy, was a trial lawyer and managing litigation partner with the Denver firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck. She has two daughters, Kim Knous Dolan and Samantha Loewi.

Terry Lopez
Terry E. Lopez is a litigator and the Managing Attorney of the Family and Children Unit at Colorado Legal Services in Denver, Colorado.  She is a Denver native and a West High School graduate.  Terry obtained her Bachelors Degree from the University of Denver, and majored in Political Science and Latin American Studies.  She completed graduate work in Information Management at DU and obtained her Juris Doctorate from DU Law School.  She is responsible for the supervision of attorneys and support staff in the Family and Children’s Unit at CLS. Terry carries an active domestic relations case load and provides bilingual representation to adults and children who are victims of domestic violence. Terry provides Courtroom supervision, client interviewing and litigation training for law student interns from law schools throughout the country. 

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Terry Minger is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of The Piton Foundation in Denver, Colorado. Prior to his appointment as Piton's CEO, he served as Chairman of the Piton Foundation Board. In that capacity, he built a strategic link between business and the Foundation's community investment objectives, facilitating successful outcomes for Colorado's struggling children and families. Minger enlisted the broader business community, political leaders, and public institutions in the foundation's initiative through the Denver-Aurora "Children's Corridor."

Prior to his work at Piton, Terry served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Resource Management (CRM). The CRM is a Colorado-Utah based nonprofit that, since its founding in 1981 by Robert Redford, has been dedicated to environmental problem solving and bringing together parties with divergent, often conflicting, interests to find common ground and to reach sustainable solutions.

Minger's interests and career span the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. He has served as a business, environmental, and community advisor to many notable corporations, foundations, and governments. He is founder and honorary chairman of the 40-year-old Vail Symposium and the cofounder of Western Rendezvous. He has served on many nonprofit, education, and environmental/sustainability boards, and is currently a member of Colorado Concern. Minger also serves on the board of directors for Denver City and County Department of Human Services, Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting, and the National Civic League. Minger is an author, and a frequent writer and a speaker on children and families, education, green business, sustainable communities, health and wellness, and global environmental and resource management issues.

Minger received a BA in History and Economics from Baker University, an MPA from the University of Kansas, and an MBA from the University of Colorado. He was an Urban Executive Fellow, Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard University, and a graduate of the Executive Management Program at Stanford University. Minger received the 1999 Jane Silverstein Ries Foundation Award for his lifelong environmental contributions to the Rocky Mountain West. He also received one of the first Solstice Sacred Mountain, Sacred Earth Gold Medals in 2005 for his lifetime of service to the environment.

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Dr. Pacey formed her economic and business consulting firm, now known as Pacey Economics, Inc., in the early 1980’s while she was teaching at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is frequently called upon to assess economic issues in the litigation arena. In her litigation support she incorporates labor market data and other micro- and macroeconomic data to measure damages for claims relating to personal injury, wrongful death, and employment termination as well as for commercial and class action matters. She has had wide and diverse experience testifying as an expert witness in state and federal courts and also before legislative bodies.

In addition to litigation work, her firm contracts with government agencies and corporations to conduct economic studies. Since 2000, Pacey Economics, Inc. has contracted with the Office of the State Auditor to develop the model measuring the impact of future educational funding and spending for K-12 education required by Amendment 23, replicated and critiqued the Colorado Lottery forecast model, provided an analysis of the economic performance of the Regional Transportation District (RTD), in addition to several other projects. Pacey Economics, Inc. also was awarded several contracts by the Colorado Legislative Council to conduct the Colorado School District Cost of Living Study and the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) awarded the firm a nearly year-long contract to conduct a comprehensive review of funding and student performance issues in our K-12 system. Dr. Pacey is retained by Colorado Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) to conduct economic and fiscal impact studies, analyze the impacts/benefits of alternative pension plans as well as other economic related analyses for the organization. Over the past two decades she has regularly assisted the Boulder Municipal Employee's Association (BMEA) in their wage and benefit contract negotiations.

Dr. Pacey graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from the University of Florida and went on to receive her Ph.D. in economics, also with honors, from the same institution. Upon receiving her Ph.D., she became an analyst for the then nascent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in Washington D.C., preparing cost estimates for proposed legislation related to education, human resources, and Social Security. She left government service to join the faculty of the University of Colorado where she taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including antitrust, managerial economics and finance, microeconomics, statistics, and econometrics and published articles in The Southern Economic Journal, The Journal of Industrial Economics, Economic Inquiry, Journal of Business, and Telecommunications Policy.

Dr. Pacey currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE), the coordinating agency that establishes higher education policy and funding, and recently joined the board of Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Service (RMPBS). She has participated as a speaker/lecturer for continuing legal education programs, is a member of several economic organizations and of Beta Gamma Sigma, an honorary business fraternity, and is active in fulfilling other community service commitments.

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Scott Reiman is one of Denver’s top business, civic and philanthropic leaders. As the founder and president of Hexagon, a private investment company headquartered in Denver, Reiman focuses on key areas including private equity, energy and real estate. Scott Reiman’s firm is also a long-time investor in Denver’s commercial sector, supporting the development of high-profile downtown landmarks including Larimer Square and Market Street Center.

This business leadership has also put Hexagon at the center of many important real estate projects across the country and internationally including numerous residential, commercial and hospitality developments.

Scott Reiman couples his business acumen with a strong sense of philanthropic and civic duty to his community. From his Milwaukee childhood, Reiman’s family instilled in him a strong sense of commitment to the common good. After earning a finance degree from the University of Denver, Reiman remained in Colorado and founded Hexagon in 1992.

In addition, Scott Reiman is the managing director of the Reiman Foundation, Hexagon’s non-profit foundation. With a focus on children’s initiatives, education, the arts and healthcare, Reiman has remained a faithful supporter of some of Colorado’s most important institutions including the Denver Art Museum, the Alliance for Choice in Education Scholarships, the Denver Dumb Friends League and more.

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Jeannie leads the Mental Health Ambassador initiative at the Mental Health Center of Denver to build public will for change.  It is a movement to inspire action to increase mental health literacy, expand support for mental health services, and ensure access to those services.  She began her advocacy work around mental health and wellness while serving as the First Lady of Colorado, 2007-2011.  Jeannie currently serves as the Co-Chair of the legislative task force (House Bill 2013-1296) to make recommendations for updating Colorado’s civil commitment laws. Jeannie taught in Denver Public Schools for 10 years.   She remains active in her community serving on numerous boards and committees, including the Depression Center, CeDAR (Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation), Rose Community Foundation Health Committee, the Colorado Coalition for Parity, Rocky Mountain PBS Board, Wells Fargo Bank Community Forum, and the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund. She and her husband Bill have four young adult children.

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Brian Turner
Brian Turner currently works as General Manager of the Denver office of Slalom Consulting. In this position, Turner works to build strong growth in Denver, further solidifying Slalom's position as one of the leading business and technology consulting firms in the area, and the company's nationwide growth. Prior to joining Slalom, Brian served as a Systems Integration Senior Executive specializing in communications companies at Accenture, the management consulting company, where he was recognized in the Accenture Circle of Excellence as a top performer.  Brain graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1995.

Brian is actively involved, from fundraising to teaching, in Denver's chapter of Junior Achievement, whose hands-on, experiential programs teach the key concepts of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy to young people.  He and his wife Amy have two sons, James and Jackson.

Niki Tuttle
A Denver native, Niki Tuttle is a partner in the Denver office of the international law firm, Hogan Lovells. Niki has more than 25 years of legal experience, most of which has been spent advising many of the nation's largest cable television system operators in connection with the acquisition of television and online programming from a variety of television programming networks, such as Disney, ESPN, MTV, CNN and USA. In addition, she represents programming networks seeking distribution on a variety of platforms, including television, online and mobile. Niki also advises professional sports teams in connection with their local media rights and sponsorship packages, and she represented the cable television industry in its first agreements for out-of-market sports packages with the NBA and the NHL. Prior to the merger with Sirius Satellite Radio, Niki worked with XM to acquire programming for its satellite radio service.

Niki serves on both the board of directors and executive committee for Denver Options, which provides services and support for people with intellectual disabilities.  Niki and her husband, Garrett, have two children who enjoy playing soccer.  As a result, most of their free time is spent on the soccer fields of Colorado.

Niki earned her J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

E. Alexander Wiegers

Mr. Wiegers, co-founder and managing partner of Wiegers Capital Partners, is responsible for the daily management of WCP and its investment activities. He currently represents WCP’s interests on the boards of Hart Energy Publications and KPA and participates in the financial management and development of most of its portfolio companies. Prior to WCP, Mr. Wiegers was an associate of Western Growth Capital, an institutional private equity fund, where he was involved in the financing and corporate development. Mr. Wiegers has a BA from the University of Colorado, studied post-graduate finance at The University of Denver and is a Certified Financial Analyst.


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