Meet the Trustees
The board consists of 28 voting board members, divided into four classes of seven members each, all elected and appointed for four-year terms.
Chair Denise M. O'Leary
Director, Calpine Corp., Medtronic Inc. and
US Airways Inc.
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
Vice Chair Kevin C. Gallagher
President and CEO
Gallagher Industries LP
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.
Edward T. Anderson, BFA '71
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.
Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO
Zayo Group Holdings, Inc.
Dan Caruso is the chairman and CEO of Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ZAYO), a global provider of communications infrastructure services. As a founder of the business in 2007, he has led the company from startup to IPO. Today, Zayo serves more than 7,700 carrier, content and enterprise customers and generates $2.6B in annualized revenue.
Prior to founding Zayo, Dan was the President and CEO of ICG Communications, where he led the “take-private” buyout in 2004. In 2006, ICG was sold, which yielded a return of approximately 25X the $8.7M investment. In 1997, Dan co-founded Level 3 Communications and served in a variety of strategic and operational leadership roles during his tenure, including oversight of engineering, construction, operations and marketing. Earlier in his career, Dan served on MFS Communications’ senior management team. He began his career at Illinois Bell/Ameritech. Dan holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois.
Dan is an investor in several high impact Colorado companies including Galvanize, Just Right Surgical and Secure Set. Dan helped launch Envysion, another Colorado company, and served as chairman from 2006 to 2013. Previously, Dan invested in the Colorado companies Datavail and New Global Telecom as well as the European telecom providers euNetworks and GTS Central Europe.
Dan is an avid supporter of Colorado’s and Chicago’s entrepreneurial community, and is particularly interested in the intersection between For Profit Impact Investing, Inclusion, and Entrepreneurship. Dan serves on the board of Chicago Booth’s Polsky Center and CU Boulder’s Chancellor Strategic Advisory Council. He was the original steering committee chairman for the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network and supported Startup Colorado from its inception. Dan supports Silicon Flatirons Entrepreneurship Initiative, DU’s Project X-ITE, Greenhouse Scholars, Chicago Booth’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange, and the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). In 2016, Dan launched the Boulder Think Tank, an informal gathering of Boulder’s most impactful serial entrepreneurs. In 2015, Dan and his wife Cindy established the Caruso Family Foundation to inspire and support entrepreneurship, advance knowledge and empower healthier lives.
Dan received the 2016 Chicago Booth Distinguished Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship, the 2013 Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2015 Colorado Governor’s Corporate Citizenship Medal (Zayo), the 2015 Boulder Chamber of Commerce Industry Leadership Award, the 2015 Gold Stevie Winner for Executive of the Year in the Telecommunications, the 2010 Boulder Chamber of Commerce Esprit Award, and the 2009 Communications Technology Professionals Communications Executive of the Year. Dan was also a Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 regional winner and 2011 national finalist.
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.
Mary Sue Coleman
Association of American Universities
Mary Sue Coleman began her tenure as president of the Association of American Universities on May 31, 2016.
Prior to joining the AAU, Coleman was president of the University of Michigan from 2002 to July 2014 (where she is now president and professor emerita) and president of the University of Iowa from 1995 to 2002. Long involved with the AAU, Coleman served as chair in 2011-2012.
Dr. Coleman has during her career as a faculty member and administrator been a national leader in higher education. 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 in 2014.
At the University of Michigan, Dr. Coleman oversaw the groundbreaking partnership with Google to digitize the University’s 7 million volume library, launched enduring institutional partnerships with universities in China, Ghana, South Africa, Brazil, and India, revitalized student living and learning experiences through a residential life initiative, and worked tirelessly to promote economic revitalization and innovation within the state of Michigan.
In recognition of these efforts, Dr. Coleman was named by President Obama in 2010 to help launch the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, and U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke named her as co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Throughout her career, she has promoted the educational value of diverse perspectives in the classroom and within the academic community, and she has worked in numerous venues to improve access to higher education for all.
Elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine), Dr. Coleman is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In those roles, she has led major studies on the consequences of lack of health insurance within the U.S. and erosion of state and federal support for the nation’s public research universities.
As a biochemist and faculty member at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Coleman built a distinguished academic career through her teaching and research on the immune system and malignancies. Prior to becoming a university president, Coleman was vice chancellor for research and graduate education at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and provost at the University of New Mexico.
Dr. Coleman earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Grinnell College and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds honorary doctorates from a number of institutions including Grinnell College, Dartmouth College, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Notre Dame University, the University of North Carolina, Indiana University and Michigan State University.
She is the recipient of distinguished alumnus awards from the University of North Carolina and Grinnell College. The Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and and Inclusion honored her as Humanitarian of the Year, and the Michigan Women’s Foundation presented her with its Trillium Lifetime Achievement Award.
Currently, Coleman is also a member of the boards of trustees of the Kavli Foundation, the Mayo Clinic Foundation, the Gates-Cambridge Scholars Program, the Society for Science and the Public, and the University of Denver.
Coleman’s husband, Kenneth M. Coleman, is a political scientist specializing in Latin America; recently he served as the Country Director for Nicaragua in the 2014 biennial survey conducted by the Latin American Public Opinion Project at Vanderbilt University. Previously, he was chair of political science and director of Latin American Studies (today Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies) at the University of Kentucky, as well as professor of political science at the Universities of Kentucky, New Mexico and North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has held Fulbright Lectureships in Mexico, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.
At AAU, he serves as Director of Partners Programs.
The Colemans’ son, Jonathan, lives in Denver with his wife Aimee and two children, Emerson and Quincy.
Deborah DeHaas P ’18, P ’22
Deborah DeHaas serves as a Vice Chairman for Deloitte, LLP. In her role, she serves as the chief inclusion officer and national managing partner for the Center for Board Effectiveness. In her role at Deloitte, she drives strategy to deploy a diverse workforce and foster an inclusive environment. She leads the Center for Board Effectiveness by setting the strategic direction and establishing board and C-suite relationships through innovative programs and engaged with boards to address timely governance issues.
Deb joined Deloitte in 2002 as Regional Managing Partner, Strategic Clients and was promoted to Vice-Chairman in 2004. Prior to joining Deloitte, Deb worked for Arthur Andersen and served as partner throughout her tenure. She employed various roles, including Partner-in-Charge, Financial Statement Assurance Practice; Managing Partner, Chicago Office; and Managing Partner & Business Advocacy Assurance, Central Region.
Deb is a noted community leader, serving as Trustee at Northwestern University, Vice Chair for United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and a Director for World Business Chicago.
Deb and her husband Dave Underwood are parents to Alex, a rising DU senior and Men’s Soccer captain. Their youngest son, Matthew, will matriculate to DU in the fall of 2018. Deb and Dave are founding members of the University of Denver’s Parent Leadership Council.
Navin Dimond, MBA ‘87
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.
Founder, Continuum Partners
Mark founded Continuum Partners, a Denver-based real estate development and investment company in 1997. Since its inception, Continuum has successfully completed or initiated over $2.5 billion in development. Throughout his career, Mark has been actively engaged in the advancement of more sustainable settlement patterns, both within his industry and amongst public policy makers. Mark has served in several volunteer leadership positions for the Nature Conservancy and various other nonprofit organizations engaged in the advancement of ecological sustainability within the built environment.
Mark has been acknowledged by a broad group of organizations for his progressive leadership in the industry. In 2014, Mark was named CEO of the Year by Colorado Biz Magazine for his leadership on the internationally acclaimed Denver Union Station Transportation Center. Over the years Continuum has received dozens of awards for its developments including 2 Urban Land Institute Awards of Excellence.
Prior to forming Continuum, Mark worked with the Rouse Company’s division of Office and Community Development in Baltimore and served in several key roles in his family’s real estate organization, the Pioneer Companies.
Mark graduated from Colgate University in 1985 and is a trustee emeritus member of its Board of Trustees. He is also a Trustee of the Bonfils Stanton Foundation, and trustee emeritus of the Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver.
Margot Gilbert Frank, BA ‘71
Lewis D. and John J. Gilbert Foundation
- 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
Peter A. Gilbertson, BA ‘75
Chairman, President and CEO
Anacostia & Pacific Co. Inc.
Peter A. Gilbertson is founder and chief executive officer of Anacostia & Pacific Company and Anacostia Rail Holdings (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 formerly held posts as chairman of the Regional Railroads of America; member of the Executive Committee of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association; chairman of the Railroad Shipper Transportation Advisory Council of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board; chairman of the Hill Reference Library; member of the board of the Center for Neighborhood Technology; and member of the board of the Association of American Railroads.
He has degrees from the University of Denver and University of Minnesota. 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 is married to Mary Ashmun Gilbertson (University of Denver BA).
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.
Craig Harrison, BSBA '03
Arrowhead Partners LLC
Ryan Heckman is the co-chairman of Quarterly Forum and has spent his entire 19-year career as a private equity investor and business owner. His passion for entrepreneurship, leadership and Colorado led him to join Quarterly Forum as its Chairman.
Ryan began his career as an investment professional for Booth Creek Management Corporation, a family-owned private equity firm based in Atlanta, Georgia, and then, as a principal of KRG Capital Partners, a Denver-based, middle-market private equity firm. As a co-founder of Excellere Partners in 2006, Ryan and his partners raised a $265 million institutional private equity fund, and more recently, a $472 million second fund. Excellere is renowned for its entrepreneur service model and industry-leading investment returns.
In 2014, Ryan co-founded the Colorado Impact Fund, a Denver-based private equity fund that provides growth capital to emerging Colorado companies and entrepreneurs and became the President of ICON, an emerging surgical eye care healthcare company.
Ryan grew up in rural Colorado and his early years skiing led him to become the youngest member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team. After a successful athletic career that included two Olympic Teams and four world championships, he graduated with honors from the University of Colorado. He resides in Denver with his wife, Katie, and their two young children.
Brandon Johnson, BSBA '98
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.
John W. Low, JD '51
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
John A. Miller, MBA '76
President and CEO
North American Corporation
Greg Moore is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Denver Post, a position he occupied from 2002-2016. The Post is the largest news organization in the Rocky Mountain region and is one of the nation’s premier metropolitan newspapers. It has won four Pulitzer Prizes since 2010 and has been a finalist five other times since 2004.
Prior to joining the Denver Post, Greg was Managing Editor at the Boston Globe (1994 to 2002). He started with the Globe in 1986; prior to his appointment as Managing Editor, he held positions as Assistant City Editor, City Editor, Metro Editor and Deputy Managing Editor.
Early in his career, Greg held positions with Ohio newspapers the Plain Dealer (Cleveland) and the Journal Herald (Dayton). He became an editor of the Plain Dealer when he was 28-years-old.
INDICATORS OF INFLUENCE:
- Trustee, Ohio Wesleyan University
- Founding Member, Cleveland chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists
- Former Director, American Society of News Editors
- Former Member, Pulitzer Prizes Board
Trygve E. Myhren, Chair Emeritus
Myhren Media Inc
Trygve Myhren is president of Myhren Media, Inc. (Denver, CO) a private investment and advisory firm concentrating in traditional media, telecommunications and related internet applications, software and enabling technology. Mr. Myhren serves on the board of AdPay, Inc. [Denver, CO] and as an advisor to Boomcloud, Inc. [Denver, CO] and Spruceview Capital Partners, LLC [NY,NY]
Myhren is Chairman-Emeritus and a trustee of the University of Denver Board of Trustees. He is also a trustee of the Denver Art Museum and the Colorado Forum and Trustee-Emeritus for the National Cable Television Center. Myhren served the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) as Team USA Chief of Mission for the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino & Sestrierre, Italy), and was one of nine members of the Committee which selected the current CEO of the USOC.
From 1990 to 1996, Mr. Myhren served as President and a Board member of Providence Journal Company (PRJ), which owned and managed the Journal-Bulletin newspapers, 14 broadcast television stations, cable television systems with 800,000 subscribers, a number of programming networks for multi-channel delivery systems and significant positions in other programming, interactive and multimedia ventures. He served concurrently as CEO of King Holdings, an owner and manager of broadcast and cable television properties, a subsidiary of the Providence Journal Co. In late 1995, Providence Journal merged its cable television subscribers – Colony, Copley/Colony, King Video and Palmer – into Continental Cablevision, Inc., and in 1996 arranged the sale of the remainder of the Company to A.H. Belo Co.
During Mr. Myhren’s tenure, the value of stock in The Providence Journal Company quadrupled.
From 1975 until 1988, Mr. Myhren was employed in Denver by American Television and Communications Corporation (ATC), the cable television subsidiary of Time, Inc. (now Time/Warner Cable), where he served as chairman and chief executive officer from 1981-1988. During this period, ATC revenues increased from $60 million to $1.5 billion, employment exceeded 10,000 and, during 1986, the company successfully conducted that year’s largest IPO.
Myhren served as chairman of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) in 1986 and 1987 and on its executive committee from 1981-1991. He is a Cable Pioneer and a member of the Cable Television Hall of Fame. He received the cable industry’s premier achievement award, the Distinguished Vanguard Leadership Award, in 1988. Myhren also co-founded CTAM, the industry’s marketing and programming organization, served as its president in 1978 and 1979 and received its Grand Tam Award (1986) and One-of-a-Kind Award (1994). Mr. Myhren organized the first serious link between the advertising industry and cable and he co-founded six cable networks, with Food Network and Northwest Cable News being the most recent.
Myhren was inducted into the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2010 and is a past trustee of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation. He also served on the board of the non-sectarian National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine (Denver, CO) from which he received the 1996 Humanitarian Award for Southeastern New England. In 2010, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Jewish Committee. During his six years in Rhode Island he served on the boards of the Rhode Island Hospital and Lifespan Corporation, then the largest health services consortium in New England.
Myhren previously served on the corporate boards of Dreyfus Founders Funds, J.D. Edwards, Inc. (JDEC, Denver, CO), now part of Oracle (ORCL), VERIO, Inc. (VRIO), now part of NTT; Turner Broadcasting Systems (TBS), now part of Time Warner (TWX); Peapod, Inc. (PPOD), now part of Ahold (Zaandam, the Netherlands); Continental Cablevision, Inc. (Boston, MA), now part of Comcast; the Providence Journal Co (PRJ), now part of A.H. Belo; and Citizens Bank (Providence, RI).
In the 1980s, he was a member of the Time, Inc. operating committee and served on several internal boards – Home Box Office, Temple Eastex and Time Magazine Group. He also served on the FCC’s Advisory Committee on High Definition TV. In 1989 he formed Saguaro Cable Investors, L.P. and served as its general partner until its sale in 1996. , Mr. Myhren was also a director of the Colorado Baseball Commission (from which he was appointed by Governor Romer to help assemble the Colorado Rockies ownership group), and a founding member and director of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts.
Myhren has an undergraduate degree in political science and philosophy from Dartmouth and an MBA from the Amos Tuck Graduate School at Dartmouth. He served three and one half years as a naval officer with the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Executive Chairman of the Board
Nancy serves as the executive chair of the board of Flexential, which was born of the combination of IT infrastructure powerhouses Peak 10 and ViaWest to create a leading provider of data center solutions spanning colocation, connectivity, cloud, managed solutions and security services. The company, with more than 4,200 enterprise customers, owns and operates 41 data centers and 13 cloud nodes in 21 markets.
Nancy is a 30-year veteran of the telecommunications and IT infrastructure industry. She has spent her entire career building and growing service-focused organizations demonstrating the power of people in a technical world. A longtime leader inDenver’s tech industry, she co-founded ViaWest in 1999 and served as its President & CEO, successfully scaling the company to become one of the largest colocation and cloud providers in the industry until its $1.675 billion acquisition by GI Partners in 2017. Nancy played an integral role in orchestrating the company’s combination with Peak 10 and subsequent rebrand to Flexential.
Previously, Nancy served as president of Shaw Business Infrastructure Services, a division of Shaw Communications (NYSE:SJR). Nancy held founder and executive leadership positions with numerous technology companies, including TSC, ConferTech International, ITC, RMI.net and Intrepid Communications, where she enabled significant growth while maintaining a deep customer-centric focus. She has raised over $1.1B in equity during her career and consistently provided strong returns to her shareholders.
Nancy is a passionate supporter of the Colorado entrepreneurial community as well as furthering the participation and advancement of women in computer science. She serves on the boards of the National Center for Women and Information Technology, where she is chair; Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network; National Cybersecurity Center; Startup Colorado; FoodMaven and the University of Denver, where she serves on the Board of Trustees. She has also been honored by the technology industry and her peers with numerous awards, including the Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement and Technology Business Woman of the Year awards, as well as the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) annual capital raise award.
Nancy has received numerous accolades for her visionary leadership and, in 2016, was honored with the inaugural Colorado Governor’s Citizenship medal for Growth and Innovation, which recognized her as an entrepreneur with exceptional ingenuity who seeks to inspire and create new possibilities for others. She also was selected as the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Technology Services for the Mountain Desert Region. Nancy has also been recognized in the global technology community when she received the Canadian Governor General’s Medallion in recognition of her distinguished track record building technology businesses.
Nancy embraces the best of Colorado by spending time with family in the mountains skiing, cycling and hiking. A native of Toronto, Nancy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens University in Canada.
Mary K. Rhinehart, MBA '98
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
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.
Ray Robinson, BSBA '70, MBA '71
Ray Robinson (BSBA '70, MBA ’71) retired in 2003 after a career-long tenure at AT&T, where he retired as the president of AT&T’s Southern Region. He was responsible for marketing, sales and promotions of AT&T’s Business and Consumer Services across the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. He has also previously held numerous management positions in operations, corporate relations and regulatory affairs in Albuquerque, Portland, Chicago, San Francisco, Denver, Colorado Springs and New Jersey for AT&T.
Ray serves as Chairman of Citizens Trust Bank and corporate director for American Airlines, Aaron’s Rent Inc., Avnet, Inc. and Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors.
Ray is an avid golfer, and led the transformation of Atlanta’s historic East Lake Golf Club and the surrounding inner-city neighborhood’s redevelopment effort that included the East Lake Family YMCA and Junior Golf Academy. Under his leadership, the club negotiated a multi-year partnership with the PGA as a primary host venue for the PGA Championship Tour. He also serves on the board for the Georgia Aquarium, and is a former trustee of Meharry Medical College and Spelman College.
Douglas G. Scrivner, JD '77, Chair Emeritus
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, Mr. Scrivner built a legal group of over 400 lawyers in 35 countries, 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. This has included serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Denver where he was Chair from 2014 to 2018 (and designated Chair Emeritus in 2018) and chairing the advancement committee during the public phase of DU’s ASCEND comprehensive campaign. Mr. Scrivner has also served as chairman of the visiting committee at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, national co-chairman of the Second Century Campaign at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, member of the advisory board of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers at IAALS, as well as member of the executive committee of IAALS and the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the Sturm College of Law.
Mr. Scrivner has served as a member of the board of visitors at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, a member of the Arts & Sciences Campaign committee at 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 he has served as 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.
Catherine C. Shopneck, BFA '76, MBA '79
South Woods Financial LLC
Catherine “Cappy” Shopneck has been actively involved in the non-profit community since the early 1980’s, serving on a variety of boards in leadership positions. She is also the owner of South Woods Financial LLC., a private mortgage lending company. Ms. Shopneck received BFA and MBA degrees from the University of Denver. A member of the varsity women’s tennis team, she was honored as Tennis Sportswoman of the Year in 1976 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She worked in New York City for Ted Bates Advertising and at Kent Denver School in Englewood, Colorado before focusing on non-profit work.
Ms. Shopneck has served on the boards of the Joseph H. Thompson Fund, University of Denver Pioneer Sportswomen, Denver Tennis Club, Mile High Transplant Bank, City Park Alliance, The Park People, the Independence Institute and the University of Denver. She has volunteered at the Boys and Girls Clubs of metro Denver, serving as the co-chair of their Youth of the Year Dinner in 2005. She was also a member of the Junior League of Denver from 1984-1994.
Currently, Ms. Shopneck serves on the board of the University of Denver, the Independence Institute, the Denver Tennis Park, the Joseph H. Thompson Fund and the Shopneck Family Foundation.
She and her husband, Bob, reside in Denver, Colorado, as do their two grown sons.
Otto Tschudi, BSBA ‘75
San Francisco, CA
Born: Oslo, Norway Jan. 22, 1949
Hometown: 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)
- 1990 - present Board of The Directors International Ski Classic (DISC)
- 1991 - present Board of Trustees at University of Denver
- 1993 - present Board of The Norwegian American Cultural Foundation
- 2012 - present Board of The Bob Beattie Ski Foundation (BBSF)
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
Frederick T. Waldeck, BSBA ‘71
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.