The Board of Trustees is the governing body for Colorado Seminary, known publicly as the University of Denver. The Board delegates to the Chancellor, other leadership and the faculty broad responsibility for management of the University and for day-to-day operations. Its primary roles include selection and oversight of the Chancellor, management of the endowment and investments of the University, oversight of financial and other controls, legal and other compliance, and approval of strategic plans and annual budgets. The Board operates in significant measure through its committees.
The board consists of 28 voting board members, divided into four classes of seven members each, all elected and appointed for four-year terms.
The board meets at least three times per year.
The Board of Trustees is the governing body for Colorado Seminary, known publicly as the University of Denver. The Trustees provide guidance and oversight in the following areas: Athletic Affairs; Audit; Building and Grounds; Faculty and Educational Affairs; Finance and Budget; Investment; Nominating and Governance; Strategy; Student Affairs; and University Advancement.
Meet the 2016-17 Officers
Retired General Counsel
Los Altos Hills, CA
Douglas G. Scrivner, JD '77
Doug Scrivner, former General Counsel of Accenture, retired in 2011 after 31 years with the company and 14 years as General Counsel. During his tenure, he built a legal group of over 400 lawyers in 35 countries and also oversaw the company's government relations function and served as Corporate Secretary, Compliance Officer and as a member of Accenture's Executive Leadership Team.
Mr. Scrivner has participated and held leadership positions in several educational and professional organizations. At the University of Denver this has included serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Denver, where he became Chair in July 2014, and has chaired the Advancement Committee during the public phase of the ASCEND campaign; Chairman of the Visiting Committee, University of Denver Sturm College of Law; National Co-Chairman of the Second Century Campaign, University of Denver Sturm College of Law; and member of the Advisory Board of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers at IAALS. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the Sturm College of Law.
He has also served as a member of the Board of Visitors, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University; a member of the Arts & Sciences Campaign Committee, Duke University; co-chair of the Sanford School campaign committee in Duke’s Duke Forward campaign; a member of the board of the Gladstone Institutes Foundation in San Francisco; a member of the Advisory Board to the Diversity and Flexibility Alliance (formerly PAR); a member of the California State Bar Academy Strategic Task Force; and an occasional guest speaker at UC Berkeley School of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, Daniels College of Business and Sturm College of Law.
Mr. Scrivner received an A.B. in political science and history from Duke University, an M.Sc. in international relations from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Professor and Dean Emeritus
Director, Strategic Issues Program
Jim Griesemer is professor and dean emeritus at the University of Denver and serves as director of the University's Strategic Issues Program. His background includes extensive public sector executive experience and over 20 years of experience in higher education. During his career he has taught management and strategy at the University of Denver, the University of Colorado and Aurora University in Illinois.
From 1994 to 2004 Dr. Griesemer served as dean of the Daniels College of Business. During his tenure the College increased its enrollment by 70 percent, quintupled its endowment, constructed a new state-of-the-art building, saw a major expansion in degree programs and gained a national reputation for excellence.
The Daniels College was recognized as one of the top 50 business schools by the Wall Street Journal in 2003; in 2004 the Journal ranked Daniels as one of the top 10 regional schools in the U.S. and ranked its business ethics program one of the top five in the world. The Daniels College continues to be a ranked business school.
Before becoming dean, Dr. Griesemer served as chief financial officer of the University of Denver, where he helped lead the financial turnaround of the University in the early 1990s. Prior to joining the University he had extensive experience in public administration, serving as city manager of several cities including Aurora, Colorado. During his years in public service he was the recipient of national and regional awards for excellence and was named Outstanding Public Administrator in Colorado.
Jim holds bachelor and master's degrees from Northern Illinois University and a doctorate in public administration from the University of Colorado. He is the author of two books and numerous articles on management and public policy. He is active in the community having serving on various boards and task forces including the Daniels Fund where he is a member of the board. Jim and his wife, Carol, live in Denver.
South Woods Financial LLC
Catherine C. Shopneck
MBA University of Denver @mdash; 1979
Columbia University, New York, NY Attended MBA program – fall 1978
BFA University of Denver @mdash; 1976 Phi Beta Kappa and Tennis Sportswoman of the Year 1976, Played Varsity Tennis 1973-1976
Ethel Walker School, Simbsury, CT – 1969-1972
- University of Denver, Denver, CO Board of Trustees, 2006 - present, Chair of the Faculty and Educational Affairs Committee
- Independence Institute, Denver, CO Chairman, Board of Trustees, 2003 – Present, Trustee since 2001
- The Park People, Denver, CO Board of Trustees, 1986-2012, have served as President, and on Executive Committee
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, Chairman, Youth of the Year Dinner 2005 Denver, CO YOY committee 2002-2005
- City Park Alliance, Denver, CO Board of Trustees 2000-2004, served as Neighborhood Bond Project member of the selection committee
- Mile High Transplant Bank, Denver, CO Board of Trustees 1987-1992, served on Executive Committee as Vice President
- Denver Tennis Club, Denver, CO Board of Trustees, served as President
- Junior League of Denver, Denver, CO Member 1984-1994
- University of Denver, Pioneer Served as Trustee, President 1086-1987 Sportswomen, Denver, CO
- Kent Denver School, 1980-1982, Director of Communications, Englewood, CO — art teacher, girls JV tennis coach
- Ted Bates Advertising, New York, NY 1977-1978, Media Planner
Sherman and Howard
BA Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1947
JD cum laude - University of Denver, 1951, Order of St. Ives
Professional and Business Activities:
- Counsel, Sherman & Howard, L.L.C., where he has practiced law since March, 1951. Past Chairman (15 years) of Management Committee of Sherman & Howard.
- Admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court
- Member of the Denver, Colorado, and American Bar Associations
- Former Director, First Interstate Bank of Denver, N.A. (now Wells Fargo) (20 years), and other business and financial corporations
- Vice-Chairman, Board of Trustee, University of Denver
- Director, Institute of International Education
- Director Emeritus and past Chairman, Public Education and Business Coalition
- Chairman, Colorado Symphony Foundation
- Director, Central City Opera Foundation
- Chairman Emeritus, First Plymouth Foundation
- Former Member, board of Trustees and past Vice Chairman, Colorado Symphony Association and Former Chairman, board of trustees, Denver Symphony Association; Lifetime (emeritus) trustee Colorado Symphony Association
- Former Chairman, Mesa Verde Foundation
- Former Directors of OASIS Institute
- Former Director, Colorado Neurological Institute
- Former Director, Volunteers of America
- Former Member, Board of Governors, Metro Denver Network
- Member , University Club
- Best Lawyers in America
- Who's Who in America
- Recipient, Learned Hand Award
- Recipient, University of Denver Outstanding Law Alumnus Award
- Recipient, Nebraska Wesleyan Professional Achievement Award
- Recipient, Margaret Phipps Award
- Recipient, University of Denver Evans Award for Distinguished Service
Lewis D. and John J. Gilbert Foundation
Margot Gilbert Frank
1996- 2010 Ruffy Corporation New York, NY
Family Real Estate Corporation (Note: End of corporation due to sale and final distributions) —CEO, President (2002 – July 31, 2013)
—Officer (1996 – 2002)
1975-1999 Jefferson County School District Lakewood, CO
Middle School Teacher at O'Connell Middle School
- American History, Government and Reading Teacher 7th – 9th grades
- 8th Grade Team Leader (1988 – 1999)
- Sponsor of the O'Connell Middle School Newspaper
- Sponsor of the National Junior Honor Society
- Co-Sponsor for the Alameda Area Leadership for the 21st Century
1974 Aurora Public Schools Aurora, CO
- Director & Teacher of ESL Program
1972-1974 Colorado Youth Services Denver, CO
- 1st through 12th grade teacher of students at risk
1967-1971 University of Denver Denver, CO
Bachelors of Arts, History and Political Science
1971-1972 University of Denver Denver, CO
Non Profit Activities
1994-Present Lewis D. and John J. Gilbert Foundation New York, NY
1990-2011 John J. and Margaret R. Gilbert Foundation New York, NY
- Trustee (merged with above foundation)
2002 –2006 Fine Arts Foundation Denver, CO
- Chair of Fine Arts Foundation Fund (Investments and Endowment)
2000-Present University of Denver Denver, CO
- Co-Chair, Sesquicentennial Leadership Committee (2013 – present)
- Board of Trustees (2001 – present)
- 2013 Recipient of University of Denver Evans Award
- Chair of 150th Leadership & Steering Committee (2013 – 2015)
- Co-founder of Korbel Dinner (1999)
- Sponsor & Table Sale Committee for Korbel Dinner (1999 – present)
- Vice-Chair of University Advancement (2010 – present)
- Chair of University Advancement (2002 – 2010)
- Member of Executive Committee(2002 – present)
- Member of Finance and Budget Committee (2001 – present)
- Member of Audit Committee (2010 – present)
- Co-Founder of Advancement Leadership Group (2010)
- Chair of Visiting Committee for the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts Center and the Lamont School of Music (2003 – 2010)
- Advisor for Graduate School of International Studies Center for Teaching International Relations. Formerly known as the Center for Community Enrichment (2002-2007)
- Establishment of the Margot and Allan Frank Scholarship , Morgridge College of Education(2007)
- Trustee Co-Chair of Search Committee for Vice-Chancellor of Advancement(2006)
- Trustee Co-Chair of Search Committee for Vice-Chancellor of Marketing (2011)
- Member of Campaign for the Morgridge College of Education (2006)
- Member of Investment Committee (2003 – 2008)
- Member of Faculty Education and Academics Committee (2001 –2006)
- Trustee liaison to the College of Education (2001 –2008)
- Member of Campaign for Music and Theatre (1999– 2003)
- Advisory Board of Directors for Graduate School of International Studies Center for Teaching International Relations. Formerly known as the Center for Community Enrichment (2000 – 2003)
- Establishment of John J. Gilbert Endowed Chair of Accounting, Daniels College of Business (1999)
- Establishment of the Endowed & Direct John J. Gilbert Scholarship, Daniels College of Business (1999)
- Establishment of first Recent Graduate Challenge and Dinners (2011)
- Establishment of Endowed Scholarship in Daniels College of Business and the Morgridge College of Education (2010)
1999-2006 Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain, Inc. Denver, CO
- Board of Directors
- Executive Committee
- Nominating Committee
- Co-Sponsor Junior Achievement Lecture Series (2000 – 2005)
1998-2003 Mizel Museum of Judaica Denver, CO
- Board of Governors
- Marketing Committee
1993-Present Denver Center for Performing Arts Denver, CO
- Board of Trustees (2002 – present)
- Audit Committee (2003 – 2008)
- Development Chair (2014)
- Development Committee Co-Chair (2002 – present)
- Education Committee (2007 – present )
- Co-Chair Governance & Nominating Committee (2007 – 2014)
- Co-Sponsor Denver Center Theatre Company Yearly Production (2003 – present)
- Chairman's Circle (1999, 2000, 2001)
- Chair of Women in Philanthropy (2001)
- Co-Sponsor – A Stage for Dionysus Exhibit (2000)
- Co-Chair of Saturday Night Alive (1997)
- Denver Center Alliance Nominating Chair (1995 – 2001)
- Denver Center Alliance Member (1993 – present)
1991 – 2001 National Jewish Medical and Research Center Denver, CO
- Dinner Committee
1993-2001 F.A.C.E.S. – Family, Advocacy, Care, Education, Support Denver, CO
- Board of Directors
- Fundraising Committee
- Co-Chair John Elway Celebrity Auction (1993, 1994)
1993-1995 Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Denver, CO
- Board of Directors
- Chair of Monopoly Event (1995)
- Founding President of Juvenile Diabetes Volunteer Auxiliary (1994)
- Chair of Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Chief Celebrity Dinner (1993)
1989-1993 Junior League of Denver Denver, CO
- Holiday Mart Special Events Chair (1990 – 1992)
- Fund Development Chair (1992)
- Fundraising Evaluation Chair (1993)
1986 – 1991 Jefferson County Education Association Lakewood, CO
- Alameda Area Director (1986 – 1991)
- Crisis & Arbitration Team Leader (1988 – 1990)
- Children's Diabetes (1991 to present)
- Hospice of Metro Denver (1999 to present)
- University of Miami Project to Cure Paralysis (1999 to present)
- Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies (2008 to present)
- Wheaton Club Rescue Committee (2012 to present)
- Craig Hospital Foundation Campaign Committee (2014)
- Craig Hospital Foundation PUSH Dinner Auction Committee (2014)
Family, our Dogs, Fitness Training, Travel, Reading, Theater, Board Governance & Fundraising Strategies, Investments
Meet the 2016-17 Trustees
Founder and Managing General Partner
North Bridge Venture Partners
My goal in starting North Bridge was to build a firm made up of highly motivated partners, who have that hard-to-find mix of entrepreneurial experience and investment savvy.
Our partners are dedicated to helping founders turn their vision, creativity and drive into big business through team building, development of strategy and operational excellence. My advice to any entrepreneur thinking about outside capital "whether it's $100,000 or $10 million" is to focus on the backgrounds and accomplishments of your partners; the professionals providing capital. North Bridge partners specialize in five industry segments: Communications and Infrastructure, Software, Materials, Healthcare Technology and Digital Media.
For the past 25 years, Ed Anderson has provided financing and advised entrepreneurs who are focused on building game-changing companies. Ed's involvement almost always starts with a modest seed investment.
Over the past three decades, Ed has had the good fortune to be involved as a seed or first round investor and director in some of the communications industry's most successful start-ups including: Arris Networks (Cascade), Arrowpoint Communications (public), Broadband Access Systems (ADC Telecom), Camiant Networks (Tekelec), Cascade Communications (public), NetCore Systems (Tellabs), New Oak Communications (Bay Networks), Redstone Communications (Siemens), Sonus Networks (public), Spring Tide Networks (Lucent), Starent Networks (public), Sycamore Networks (public), SQA (public), Wellfleet Communications (public) and Winphoria Networks (Motorola).
Ed is a graduate of the University of Denver and Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He has numerous philanthropic interests outside of North Bridge.
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Katherine Archuleta began her career as a school teacher in Denver, and worked in local government for Denver mayors Federico Pena and John Hickenlooper. She worked for the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Energy in the Clinton Administration and was chief of staff to U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis during the first two years of the Obama Administration.
Archuleta has had an extensive career in government and until 2015 served as the first Latina to head the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, a position to which she was appointed by President Obama in 2013. In addition to her government experience, she is a founder of the Colorado Women’s Foundation and Mi Casa Resource Center.
Archuleta recently created the Latino Data Project in partnership with Latino Decisions to provide a combination of demographic analysis, polling and voter file-modeling in the state of Colorado.
D.C. Burns Realty & Trust Co.
Joy S. Burns' work with the University of Denver started in 1972 when she began volunteering with the Women's Library Association. In 1981 she joined the Board of Trustees. Nine years later she became Chairman of the Board, becoming the first woman to hold the post. In addition to her nearly 30 years as a trustee, Mrs. Burns has supported the University as a sports fan, arts patron and tireless campaigner on behalf of DU initiatives. The Joy Burns Arena at the Ritchie Center and the Joy Burns Plaza in the Newman Center for the Performing Arts were made possible through her generosity. In addition, the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management, named after her late husband, benefits from her support.
Mrs. Burns is the President and CEO of the D.C. Burns Realty and Trust Company and the Owner of The Burnsley Hotel. She is extensively involved in the Denver community and serves on a number of Boards including the Denver Metro Convention and Visitor's Bureau; Sportswomen of Colorado, Inc.; the Denver Center for the Performing Arts; and the Metropolitan Football Stadium District. Mrs. Burns is also a founder of the Colorado Women's Foundation and of the Colorado Business Bank. She was inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame in 1998, the Colorado Tourism and Travel Hall of Fame in 1999, and the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame in 2000.
As for her DU honors, Mrs. Burns was inducted into the University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. She is also the recipient of the 2005 Josef Korbel Humanitarian Award and the 2008 award for Distinguished Service to the University.
Chancellor, University of Denver
Rebecca Chopp, PhD, has been chancellor of the University of Denver since September 2014. Informed by a campuswide listening tour during her first 100 days, Chopp announced a community-wide strategic planning effort called Imagine DU. Through consultation with thousands of community members, the planning process is focused on transforming knowledge (in terms of teaching, research and scholarship), the student experience inside and outside the classroom, and the University's relationship with Denver and beyond. Chopp has emphasized the importance of community—among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University—and creating a welcoming and inclusive campus where people from all backgrounds can thrive.
From 2009 to 2014, Chopp was president of Swarthmore College, founded in 1864 outside Philadelphia and ranked the third-best liberal arts college in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. At Swarthmore, Chopp passionately upheld the college's longstanding commitment to admitting the most highly qualified students without regard for their financial circumstances. She supported innovative ways for faculty and students to interact at Swarthmore and extended the distinct role the school plays in educating students to build inclusive communities and to become leaders motivated to contribute to the common good.
Before joining Swarthmore, Chopp served as president of Colgate University, where she led a comprehensive strategic plan that expanded the university's academic space, strengthened academic programs and developed new interdisciplinary centers. She also served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory University and as a dean at Yale University.
Chopp is a widely published author and editor. Her six books include Remaking College: Innovation and the Liberal Arts (2013), which she co-edited with Haverford College President Dan Weiss. Her other notable publications are The Praxis of Suffering: An Interpretation of Liberation and Political Theologies (1986) and The Power to Speak: Feminism, Language, God (1989). She has published more than 50 articles.
Chopp serves on the governing board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and is the immediate past chair of the Centennial Conference President's Council. Previously, she was on the board of the National Survey of Student Engagement. Chopp has also served as a member of the executive committee of the Annapolis Group and the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Foundation for Teaching and president of the American Academy of Religion.
A native of Kansas, Chopp received a BA from Kansas Wesleyan University, a MDiv from St. Paul School of Theology, and a PhD from the University of Chicago. Each of her alma maters has honored her with distinguished awards, and she has received six honorary doctorates from other colleges and universities.
Chopp is married to Frederick Thibodeau. They have three sons, one living in Colorado, as well as other family who also reside in the state.
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Mary Sue Coleman
Mary Sue Coleman is president emerita of the University of Michigan, an institution she led for 12 years before retiring in July 2014.
Prior to her time at Michigan, she served as president of the University of Iowa. Time magazine named her one of the nation’s “10 best college presidents,” and the American Council on Education honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award. She is regarded as a national spokesperson on the educational value of diverse perspectives in the classroom, and she continues to be a recognized higher education leader at the national level.
While University of Michigan’s president, Coleman was tapped by President Obama to help launch the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a national effort bringing together industry, universities and the federal government. In 2010, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke named her co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Under Coleman’s leadership, the University of Michigan launched and expanded academic partnerships with universities in China, Ghana, South Africa, Brazil and India. She also announced a groundbreaking partnership between the university and Google to digitize the text of the university’s 7-million-volume library.
She led “The Michigan Difference,” a campaign to raise $2.5 billion for the future of the institution. At its conclusion in December 2008, the campaign had raised $3.2 billion – the most ever raised by a public university.
Coleman earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Grinnell College and her doctorate in biochemistry from the University of North Carolina.
For 19 years, she was a member of the biochemistry faculty at the University of Kentucky. Her work in the sciences led to administrative appointments at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of New Mexico, where she served as provost and vice president for academic affairs.
She serves on the board of trustees of the Mayo Clinic, the Society for Science & the Public, the Kavli Foundation, and the Gates Cambridge Scholars. She is on the boards of directors of Johnson & Johnson and the Meredith Corporation, and is also co-chair of the Lincoln Project, an initiative of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences to explicate to the nation the importance of public research universities.
Founder, President & CEO
Navin Dimond is the founder of Stonebridge Companies, a privately owned hospitality firm headquartered in Englewood, Colorado. He serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, overseeing the company's development, acquisition and investment functions.
Since its inception in 1991, Mr. Dimond and Stonebridge have been responsible for the development of over 85 hotels encompassing a wide variety of brands in multiple markets. Today the company owns and operates 55 hotels across the United States, with approximately 8,500 rooms.
Navin is the recipient of the Award of Excellence from the American Asian Hotel Owners Association, the Hotelier of the Year Award from the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association and the prestigious Hilton Hotels Multi-brand Developer of the Year Award. In 2007 Navin received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the Real Estate and Hospitality category for the Rocky Mountain Region. Most recently, Navin and Stonebridge Companies received the coveted Marriott Partnership Circle Award, granted to Franchisees for their excellence and commitment to growth as well as dedication to their associates and guests.
As a result of his expertise and proven track record, Mr. Dimond has served in an advisory role for a wide variety of organizations. Currently, Navin serves on the Franchise Advisory Council for Hampton Inn Hotels by Hilton and Marriott's Residence Inn Advisory Board (TRIA Board). Navin has been involved with the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association (CH&LA) for many years, serving as Chairman in 2003. In 2008 Navin was inducted into the CH&LA Hall of Fame. In addition Navin serves on the Washington State University College of Engineering and Architecture Executive Leadership Board, Cornell University's Dean's Advisory Board for the School of Hotel Administration and the Daniels College of Business Executive Advisory Board at the University of Denver.
Involvement in the local community is important to Navin. Currently he serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Denver, the Denver Kent School and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, Navin serves on the Foundation Board of the Metropolitan State College of Denver and is a Board Member of the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau (VISIT DENVER).
Mr. Dimond is a graduate of Washington State University where he earned his B.A. in Business Administration and his B.S. in Construction Management. He earned his MBA in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver.
President and CEO
Gallagher Industries LP
Kevin C. Gallgher
K.C. Gallagher is Chief Executive Officer of The Little Pub Company, owners and operators of 26 Colorado-based neighborhood restaurants/pubs. He also serves as Chairman of West Creek Partners, LLC, and Vice Chairman of Gallagher Industries, LLC, both private investment firms.
Mr. Gallagher currently serves on the boards of UMB Financial Corporation, UMB Bank Colorado, Love Grown Foods, Event Rents and BikeSource. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Denver, the Denver Foundation, the Colorado Restaurant Association and the Graland Country Day Foundation.
Mr. Gallagher holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of San Diego and an M.B.A. from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.
He and his wife, Kelly, reside in Denver, Colorado, with their three children, John, Caroline and Thomas.
Chairman, President and CEO
Anacostia & Pacific Co. Inc.
Peter A. Gilbertson is founder and chief executive officer of Anacostia & Pacific Company, Inc (www.anacostia.com).
Anacostia is a transportation development and management services firm. It has formed, and its shareholders control, six operating freight railroads operating in seven states. He is also Chairman of Anacostia Rail Holdings and the Chicago South Shore & South Bend, Louisville & Indiana, Northern Lines and Pacific Harbor Line railroads.
He has held posts as Board Chair of the Regional Railroads of America, Executive Committee of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, and the Board of Directors of the Association of American Railroads. He also served as Chairman of the federally-chartered Railroad Shipper Transportation Advisory Council to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board.
He served as Chairman of the Board of the Hill Reference Library, a non-profit, independent library serving entrepreneurs and businesses nationwide.
He is a graduate of the University of Denver, (BA-1975) and University of Minnesota (JD-1979).
At the University of Denver he was an American Studies major and participated in the Honors Program, Phi Beta Kappa, the Alpine Club, and the alpine ski team.
He joined the University of Denver Board of Trustees in 2009.
He is married to Mary Ashmun Gilbertson (University of Denver BA-1974). Mary is a member of the Board of Directors of Twin Cities Public Television.
Their twin children Hannah and Louis graduated in 2014 from the University of Denver and Iowa State University, respectively.
Arrowhead Partners LLC
Johnson Financial Group, LLC
Brandon Johnson, BSBA '98
Principal, Johnson Financial Group, LLC
Brandon Johnson (BSBA ’98) is the founder and CEO of Johnson Financial Group, a boutique multifamily office based in Denver, Colo. He received his master of science in finance from the University of Denver in 2002 and a bachelor of science in business administration (magna cum laude) from DU in 1998.
Johnson serves on the boards of the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, where he chairs the Investment Committee, sits on the Executive Committee, Board Nominating & Governance Committee, and the Leadership Council. Additionally, he serves on the Development Board of Colorado UpLift, as well as the Advisory Boards for ACE Scholarships and the Boy Scouts of America Denver Area Council.
Johnson is a trustee of the Carson Foundation, a Denver-based philanthropic foundation that supports educational reform and after-school initiatives for underprivileged youth in the greater metro Denver community.
President and CEO
North American Corporation
Myhren Media Inc
Ralph J. Nagel
President of Top Rock, LLC
Founder of Meridian Retirement Communities located in Colorado and Texas. Full Continuum of Care Retirement Communities.
Artist: Oil and Watercolors.
- Trustee: University of Denver
- Benefactor: Nagel Residence Hall Nagel Art Studio Nagel Scholars Program Moye Hall
- Member: World Presidents' Organization; Former Member: Young Presidents' Organization
- Trustee: ACE – Alliance for Choice in Education; Founder and former Chairman
- Former Chairman: Colorado Commission on Higher Education
EDUCATION Washington University, St. Louis Missouri.
Master of Architecture
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Master of City Planning
Master of Architecture
Director, Calpine Corp., Medtronic Inc. and
US Airways Inc.
Denise M. O'Leary
Private Investor and Corporate Director: Invest in early stage technology companies and serve on several large corporate and not-for-profit boards as described below.
CURRENT CORPORATE DIRECTORSHIPS
American Airlines Group, Inc., 2013-present
World's largest airline formed from the merger of American Airlines and US Airways
Calpine Corporation, 2008-present
Independent natural gas and geothermal power producer
Chair, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Medtronic, Inc., 2000-present
$16 billion revenue medical device company
Previous Chair, Audit Committee
PRIOR CORPORATE DIRECTORSHIPS
- ALZA Corporation: sold to Johnson & Johnson, 1996-2001
- America West Holding Corporation: merged with US Airways, 1997-2005
- Chiron Corporation: sold to Novartis AG, 2002-2006
- Del Monte Foods Company, 1997-2003
- US Airways Group, Inc.: merged with American Airlines, 2005-2013
- Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, 2011-present
- The Denver Foundation, 2013-present
- University of Colorado Hospital Authority, 2014-present
- University of Denver, 2013-present
- Corporation for Supportive Housing, 1997-2013
National developer of housing with social services for the homeless
Chair of the Board, 2005-2012
- Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, 1997-2011
- Stanford Hospital and Clinics, 1994-2011
Chair of the Board, 2000-2005
Stanford University Board of Trustees, 1990-1995; 1996-2006
Menlo Ventures, Associate 1983-1987; General Partner, 1987-1997
Large, institutionally funded venture capital firm focused on technology and healthcare investments.
Stanford University, BS Industrial Engineering, 1979
Harvard University, Graduate School of Business Administration, MBA 1983
Colorado Impact Fund
Vestar Capital Partners
The Honorable Federico F. Peña is currently a senior advisor to the Colorado Impact Fund and to Vestar Capital Partners, a private equity firm with offices in New York, Boston and Denver. He already serves at DU as member of the board for the Latino Leadership Institute at the Daniels College of Business. Peña has practiced law, served in the Colorado Legislature, served as mayor of Denver, founded an investment advisory firm, and served in two cabinet positions in the Clinton administration — as secretary of the Department of Energy and secretary of the Department of Transportation. Peña received a JD from the University of Texas. He is originally from Brownsville, Texas, and lives in Denver with his wife, Cindy, and their four children. Peña currently serves on the boards of Wells Fargo & Co., Sonic Corp. and Toyota Motor North America’s Diversity Advisory Board. Peña was a national co-chair of Obama for America 2012. He served in the same role in 2008 and was a national board member of the Obama-Biden Transition.
Scott J. Reiman
Scott Reiman is a University of Denver alumnus with a BSBA in Finance. In 2000, Mr. Reiman was honored with the University's Ammi Hyde Award for Recent Graduate Achievement.
Mr. Reiman is the Founder and President of Hexagon, a private investment company with offices in Denver and Milwaukee. Since 1992, Scott has directed all aspects of Hexagon's diverse portfolio of real estate, private equity placements, venture capital, and energy investments.
Mr. Reiman has a long and established history of business and philanthropic leadership, serving on various corporate and civic boards. Scott is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Denver, Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Network, The Denver Art Museum, Graland Country Day School, and ACE Scholarships.
Mr. Reiman is also President of Hexagon's non-profit organization, the Reiman Foundation. Through his work with the Reiman Foundation, Scott actively supports a number of diverse organizations and initiatives that directly benefit the arts, education, healthcare, and children's programs.
Originally from Wisconsin, Mr. Reiman lives in Denver with his wife and their two sons. In his free time, Scott enjoys family, golf, tennis, hiking, reading, travel, and the arts.
Active business and civic organizations:
- ACE Scholarships
- Denver Art Museum
- Graland Country Day School
- Quarterly Forum
- Reiman Foundation
- Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Network
- University of Denver
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
Mary K. Rhinehart
Mary K. Rhinehart (MBA ’98) serves as the president and CEO of Johns Manville (JM), a global manufacturer of premium building materials and engineered products. Prior to becoming CEO, she was CFO of JM with responsibility for all financial elements of the organization as well as global supply chain.
Rhinehart has been pivotal in the growth of JM’s corporate philanthropy program. She serves on several boards including University of Colorado Health Systems, CoBiz Financial and Ply Gem Industries Inc. Rhinehart is on the executive committee for the Policy Advisory Board of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, a member of the International Women’s Forum, The Colorado Forum, C200, The Leadership Investment, the Boy Scouts of Colorado, and has been honored with several prestigious recognitions, both professionally and as a community leader.
Rhinehart was named Woman of the Year by Women’s Vision Foundation and in 2008, she was named CFO of the Year by the Denver Business Journal. Rhinehart previously served on the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business Executive Advisory Board.
A native of Wichita, Kansas, she earned a BS degree in finance cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MBA from the University of Denver.
Former Chairman and CEO
San Francisco, CA
Joseph W. Saunders
Joseph W. Saunders was named Chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc. upon its formation in May 2007, and retired from Visa in March 2013.
As chairman and chief executive officer of Visa Inc., Joseph W. Saunders leads a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories. He was elected to this role in May 2007, after serving Visa International as executive chairman of the Transition Governance Committee.
During his tenure at Visa, Saunders has strengthened Visa's position as the world's leading payments technology company. Under his leadership, Visa transformed from a private association of banks into a public company that in 2008 completed what was then the largest initial public offering in U.S. history. Since then, Saunders has built on Visa's history of innovation, diversifying its business and expanding its product offerings through the acquisitions of CyberSource, PlaySpan and Fundamo as well as the introduction of Visa's digital wallet—V.me.
Prior to this role, Mr. Saunders was President and Chief Executive Officer of Providian Financial Corporation from November 2001, and Chairman of the board of directors from May 2002, until Washington Mutual's acquisition of Providian in 2005. Following the acquisition Mr. Saunders agreed to remain with Washington Mutual as President of Card Services, for a transitional period from October 2005 to February 2007. From 1997 until 2001, Mr. Saunders served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fleet Credit Card Services at FleetBoston Financial Corporation. Prior to joining FleetBoston, Mr. Saunders spent 12 years at Household International, Inc., where he held various senior roles including Chief Executive of Card Services and head of the private label credit card business.
Mr. Saunders also was a member of the Visa U.S.A. board of directors from October 2002 to February 2007, a member of the Visa International Service Association board of directors from October 2005 to February 2007, and the Executive Chairman of Visa International's Transition Governance Committee until the formation of Visa Inc. in May 2007.
From 1993 to 1997, while Mr. Saunders was at Household International, Mr. Saunders served as a member of the boards of MasterCard International Inc. and MasterCard U.S.A., and was elected Chairman of MasterCard International's board in 1996. He also served as a director of NewStar Financial, Inc. from December 2006 to October 2007.
A Chicago native, Saunders holds both a B.S. in business administration and an MBA from the University of Denver, and remains active in alumni activities. He also works in the non-profit segment with organizations working to expand educational opportunity and standards both domestically and globally, by serving as chairman of the board for Teach For All and as a member of the StudentsFirst board.
Thomas Weisel Partners
San Francisco, CA
Born: Oslo, Norway Jan. 22, 1949
Home town: Norefjell (site of 1952 Olympics alpine events)
Family business: Hotel Owners and Operators
2010 - TWP merged with Stifel Financial (SF on the NYSE) MD Intern. Sales.
2003 - 2010 Thomas Weisel Partners: Partner/International Sales San Francisco Office
1999 - 2003 Thomas Weisel Partners: Partner/Managing Director International Sales
London, England. Opened and ran this operation with 30 employees.
1983 - 1999 Montgomery Securities: Senior Managing Director International Sales
(Nations Bank bought the firm and then Bank of America and changed the name to Bank of America during the last couple of years)
1972 - 1983 Rossignol Ski Company, Inc./Atomic Ski Company/Head Ski Company
Ski racing on the World Professional Skiing Circuit, marketing and running Otto Racing, Inc. which manufactured ski racing clothing.
Director of Skiing at Winter Park Recreational Association in Colorado.
Alpine Consultant for Swix Sport Int'l. Product research, development and marketing.
International Management Group (IMG) Winter Sports Division; athlete management.
1973 - 1976 Vice President of the International Ski Racers Association
1981 - 1982 President of the Professional Ski Racers Association (PSRA)
1994 - to date Board of Trustee at University of Denver
1993 - to date Board of The Norwegian American Cultural Foundation
2012 - to date Board of World Pro Skiing Foundation
Amateur and Professional Skiing Results:
1964 - 1972 Member Norwegian National "A" Team. Top ranked slalom skier World Cup.
Represented Norway in 1970 World Championships
Competed in 1968 and 1972 Olympics for Norway. Placed third in history by winning five NCAA titles in Alpine skiing for University of Denver.
Captured the CANAM Slalom Championship and was consistently in the top in the world in slalom. Since turning Pro in 1972-73 placed in the top both in earnings and points until retiring from ski racing in 1980. Placed in the top four annually in the Legends of Skiing in Vail, Colorado since its inception in 1981. Competed for 17 years at the top level.
1963-1969 College Prep High School, Riis Skole, Oslo, Norway
1969-1974 University of Denver, Colorado BSBA in Hotel and Restaurant Management.
Languages: Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, French, German, English and some Italian
1979 Spider Sabich Memorial Trophy. Awarded to the person that has contributed the most to the sport of skiing.
1996 Inducted into the University of Denver's Athletic Hall of Fame
1983 The Winter Park Award for appreciation for contribution
1983 Governor R. Lamm of Colorado's proclamation in appreciation of the work as ambassador the State of Colorado.
1996 Ski Hall of Fame University of Denver 1996
2009 Inducted in the the Colorado Ski hall of Fame
Founder and Former Owner
The Hue-Man Experience
New York, NY
Clara Villarosa is an entrepreneur who knows how to get down to the business. She became nationally known as the founder of two influential bookstores, and is an author and NAACP image award Nominee for her book "Down To Business: The First 10 Steps to Entrepreneurship for Women" as well as a business coach and motivational speaker. Her second book "Words of African-American Hero's" a collection of inspirational quotes celebrating the wisdom of notable African Americans was published in 2011.
Educated in her Chicago hometown, Villarosa received a BA in Education and Psychology at Roosevelt University and an MSW in Social Work from Loyola University. Always a devoted bibliophile she pursued a career that began in psychiatric social work at Mount Sinai Hospital and left in 1959 to begin her family. While being a full time mom, she worked one day a week as a school consultant. Once the daughters were in school all day, the family moved to Colorado she began working as a Chief Psychiatric Social Worker in the Department of Behavioral Science at the Children's Hospital in Denver Colorado. She rose to the Director of the Department of Behavioral Science and ultimately became an assistant hospital administrator responsible for the directors of 16 outpatient departments.
After navigating the complexities of a hospital environment, Villarosa decided to leave and return to school after 25 years to attend the Graduate School of Social Work Doctoral Program and College of Law at the University of Denver and chart a new career path. When the funds became low, she took a temporary job a the Manager of Employee Relations at the United Bank of Denver. Stretching her skills in the corporate world started a new path Her experience also proved valuable and she became Vice president of Human Resources and Strategic Planning at the bank before hitting the glass ceiling. That corporate roadblock became her opportunity and the catalyst pushed her explore her entrepreneurial ambitions.
Her first entrepreneurial enterprise was the original Hue-Man Experience Bookstore, which she opened in Denver in 1984. The bookstore hosted notable authors as James Baldwin, Colin Powell, Alice Walker and Terry McMillan. In 2000 after, "retiring" and moving to New York to be close to her daughters and grandchildren, she found herself reenergized by the vibrant pace of Harlem and decided to open the second Hue-Man. Located in the Harlem USA retail complex around the block from the world-famous Apollo Theatre, Villarosa transformed the 4,000 square feet space into the largest African American bookstore in the U.S.
The Hue-Man "brand" in both Denver and New York has been aided by Villarosa's high-profile membership in the American Booksellers Association where she served on its board for seven years. She became the industry "go-to" person for African American books and authors and her association with ABA helped solidify her status and allowed her to build recognition for the bookstore. She served as a trainer for the ABA Bookseller school focusing on marketing and finance. Hue-Man became an important destination for both Harlem residents and visitors to the uptown community as well as for notable authors like Walter Moseley, E.Lynn Harris, Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou. Not the least of which was former president Bill Clinton who chose Hue-Man as one of only two stores to host an in-store book signing on the release day of his bestselling memoir, "My Life". The event attracted local, national and international media including CNN, Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight and was considered by the publisher as one of Clinton's most successful market outings signing 2,500 books.
Retiring again 2004 as Managing Partner of the Harlem bookstore, Villarosa is a business coach offering workshops on "The First Ten Steps to Entrepreneurship" and a keynote speaker. Villarosa is a Trustee of the University of Denver where she serves on the Finance and Budget Committee as well as spearheading the University's diversity enrollment and retention programs.
The recipient of numerous industry awards, she is the founder of the African American Booksellers Association. She has also served on the boards of Colorado Small Business Development Center, New York is Book Country, New Federal Theatre, Malcolm X, Betty Shabazz Education Center--for ten years--has organized workshops and chaired panel discussions for the Booksellers Expo annual conference, past officer of the Business Owners Ministry of Abyssinian Baptist Church. She has been featured in print and electronic media, sharing insights and observations on business and entrepreneurship. She also speaks at Small Business Centers on marketing, business plan development and finance.
Although still retired, in 2014, Villarosa became the President and co-founder of Villarosa Media a publishing company with her two daughters, Linda and Alicia. The primary goal of the business is to publish quality fiction and nonfiction books primarily by and about Africa Americans and the African diaspora in paper and e-book formats. They are wanting to fill the gap resulting from the exit of mainstream publishing houses and provide readers access to excellent literature and authors an outlet and marketplace for them to publish their works.
Frederick T. Waldeck
Mr. Waldeck is a Senior Managing Director in the Equity Capital Markets group, primarily focused on managing investor relations in the western U.S. and Asia. Prior to joining Tishman Speyer in 2009, he was a managing director in Lehman Brothers' Global Real Estate Group. Previously, Mr. Waldeck was with JPMorgan, which he joined in 1998 as head of the firm's West Coast real estate and lodging investment banking group, and then moved to their Private Bank in 2001. Prior to JPMorgan, Mr. Waldeck held several executive positions with Ford Motor Company Financial Services Group, where he was responsible for managing and disposing of real estate assets and financial entities owned by Ford Motor Company. Prior to his time at Ford, Mr. Waldeck was the executive responsible for the management and disposition of distressed real estate assets acquired by the Robert M. Bass Group, through their acquisition of American Savings Bank from a division of the U.S. Government. He also served as head of North American investment and corporate banking activities at Security Pacific National Bank in Los Angeles.
Mr. Waldeck received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a BSBA from the University of Denver.