Meet the Trustees

Trustees on the Board of Trustees are elected to four-year terms, renewable up to three times. They come from a wide variety of fields and backgrounds, and many are DU alumni.

  • Chair Denise M. O'Leary
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    Private Investor
    Director, Calpine Corp., Medtronic Inc. and
    US Airways Inc.
    Denver, CO


    CURRENT OCCUPATION
    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

     

    NOT-FOR-PROFIT DIRECTORSHIPS

    • 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

     

    PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

    • Menlo Ventures, Associate 1983-1987; General Partner, 1987-1997

    Large, institutionally funded venture capital firm focused on technology and healthcare investments.

     

    EDUCATION

    • Stanford University, BS Industrial Engineering, 1979
    • Harvard University, Graduate School of Business Administration, MBA 1983
  • Vice Chair and Chair-Elect John A. Miller, BSBA ‘ 75, MBA ‘76
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    President and CEO
    North American Corporation
    Glenview, IL

    John Miller serves as chairman of Envoy Solutions, a distribution company, where he was previously CEO. Additionally, Mr. Miller serves as chairman and CEO of Rellim Capital Management, a multi-asset investment firm.

    Mr. Miller currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sally Beauty Holdings, a public company, including serving on the Audit Committee and as chairman of the Executive Committee. As well, he serves on the board of Breakthru Beverage, a national beverage distribution company, including as chairperson of the audit and compensation committees and on the Wirtz Corporation board, including serving on the compensation committee. 

    Mr. Miller is a noted community leader actively involved with the Economic Club of Chicago, The Commercial Club, Young Presidents Organization, CEO Organization, and various philanthropic organizations.

    Mr. Miller received his BSBA in finance and MBA from the University of Denver.

  • Edward T. Anderson, BFA '71
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    Founder and Managing General Partner
    North Bridge Venture Partners
    Waltham, MA

    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.

  • Peter Burwell, BSBM '11
    Peter Burwell

    President &
    CEO Burwell Interprises Inc.
    Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

    Peter is the president and chief executive officer of Burwell Enterprises Inc. Burwell Enterprises holds a number of companies, including the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club, a 367 room hotel adjacent to the capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, the Ingleside Hotel & Water Park in Waukesha, WI, ECHO Mountain Ski Area, in Idaho Springs, Colorado, Proform Fabrication, a custom fabrication and contract manufacturing company in Winsted, Minnesota, C & B Operations, which operates thirty-eight John Deere dealerships through the Midwest. 

    Peter is a licensed and avid pilot, flying both airplanes and helicopters. He is a member of Angel Flight, a non-profit organization that transports individuals who are financially distressed and in need of medically needed transportation and Aerobridge, a non-profit disaster relief organization. 

    He is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization, Minneapolis Chapter and a member of the Recreational Aviation Foundation Board. 

    Peter graduated from the University of Denver in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. 

    Hobbies include flying, boating, fishing, hunting and snow skiing. 

  • Susana Cordova, BA '89
    Susana Cordova

    Superintendent
    Denver Public Schools<
    Denver, Colorado

    Ms. Cordova has served as Superintendent of Denver Public Schools since January 2019 and has spent the entirety of her career working for the district. She became a teacher in 1989 and a principal in 1998. She has served in various leadership positions within the district, including Deputy Superintendent, Acting Superintendent, Chief Schools Officer, Chief Academic Officer, and Executive Director of Teaching and Learning. 
     

  • Mary Sue Coleman
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    President
    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.

  • Susan Decker, P '22
    Susan Decker

    CEO and Founder
    Rafter
    San Francisco, CA

    Sue currently serves as CEO and founder of Raftr, a communication and community-building platform to help students thrive and universities prosper. She has experience in tech, business, investing and public policy, with an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science from Tufts University. Sue has served as president of Yahoo!, and as a managing director at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. Sue also currently serves on several influential boards, including Berkshire Hathaway, Costco, Vail Resorts, SurveyMonkey and Vox Media.

  • Deborah DeHaas P ’18, P ’22
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    CEO
    Corporate Leadership Center
    Denver, CO

    Deb joined Corporate Leadership Center as CEO in 2020, having served as a board member since 2015 and an advisor to the organization since 2019. Most recently, she was vice chairman and national managing partner of the Center for Board Effectiveness at Deloitte, where she was responsible for Deloitte’s boardroom programs that support corporate boards and directors in fulfilling their governance-related responsibilities. Prior to that, Deb completed a six-year term as the chief inclusion officer for Deloitte US, where she drove Deloitte’s strategy to recruit, develop and promote a diverse workforce and foster an inclusive environment where leaders thrive.

    Deb served as a lead client service partner or advisory partner for many of Deloitte’s most significant clients. She served on the Deloitte LLP Board of Directors, represented the US Firms on the Deloitte Canada Board of Directors, was a member of the Deloitte US Executive Committee, and was Deloitte’s managing partner for the central region and Chicago office.

    Deb was named to Accounting Today’s “Top 100 Most Influential” list in 2013 and 2014, the CPA Practice Advisor 2014 Most Powerful Women in Public Accounting list, and to the 2015 - 2020 NACD Directorship 100, which recognizes influential leaders in corporate governance. She is an NACD Fellow and frequently speaks and writes on key topics impacting corporate governance and boards.

    Deb was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Dover Corporation and CF Industries, where she serves as a member of the Audit and Environmental, Sustainability and Community committees.

    A noted community leader, Deb serves as a member of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago; trustee at Northwestern University and University of Denver; director of the Value Reporting Foundation; and chair of the Civic Consulting Alliance. Deb has received recognition for her civic leadership from a variety of organizations, including being honored as a member of the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, with the Daniel H. Burnham award by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago Leadership Award, and the Bertha Honoré Palmer Making History Award for Distinction in Civic Leadership from the Chicago History Museum.

    Deb was named one of the “100 Most Powerful Chicagoans” in 2012 by Chicago magazine as well as one of the “100 Women of Influence 2013” by Today’s Chicago Woman.

    Deb graduated from Duke University with a BS in Management Science and Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of several state and national professional societies, including the AICPA and the Illinois CPA Society.

  • Navin Dimond, MBA ‘86
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    Founder, President & CEO
    Stonebridge Companies
    Englewood, CO

    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.

  • Mark Falcone
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    Founder, Continuum Partners
    Denver, CO

    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.

  • Kevin C. Gallagher

    President and CEO
    Gallagher Industries LP
    Denver, CO

    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.

  • Margot Gilbert Frank, BA ‘71
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    Trustee
    Lewis D. and John J. Gilbert Foundation
    Denver, CO

    Margot Gilbert Frank was president of a land lease business in New York City that she just sold. Previously, she was a teacher at O’Connell Middle School in the Jefferson County School District for 24 years, teaching American history. She also taught at-risk students for Colorado Youth Services for two years. Frank is a trustee for the Lewis D. and John J. Gilbert Foundation; she established the John J. Gilbert Chair in Accountancy and the John J. Gilbert Accounting Scholarship. She is a lifetime trustee for the Denver Center of the Performing Arts (DCPA). Frank is past chair of the Fine Arts Foundation Investment Fund, a past board member for Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain, the Mizel Museum of Judaica, F.A.C.E.S., Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and many other organizations. Frank is an active trustee with the University of Denver, currently serving on the Advancement Committee, Audit Committee, Faculty Education &Academic Committee and a member of the School of Accountancy Board of Advisors. She has served on many committees throughout her tenure as a trustee at the University.

    EDUCATION

    Frank holds a BA from the University of Denver and was married to her late husband M. Allan Frank, who held a JD from the University of Denver.

  • Peter A. Gilbertson, BA ‘75
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    Chairman, President and CEO
    Anacostia & Pacific Co. Inc.
    Chicago, IL

    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).

  • James Griesemer
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    Professor and Dean Emeritus
    Director, Strategic Issues Program
    Denver, CO

    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
    Craig Harrison

    Managing Director
    Teton Partners 

    Craig Harrison is the managing director of Teton Partners, a holding company focused on developing agricultural and water-related assets throughout the Western United States. Prior to Teton Partners, Mr. Harrison co-founded and sold Hydro Advisors – a water infrastructure firm, HouseFront – a real estate technology company, US Capital – a financial services firm, and Scout Cleaning – a residential and commercial cleaning company. 

    Mr. Harrison serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Denver. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Denver Art Museum’s Petrie Institute of Western American Art, the Metro Council for the El Pomar Foundation, the Advisory Committee for the Coors Western Art Exhibit, and the Board of the Michigan River Water Conservancy District. 

    Mr. Harrison received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Denver.

  • Brandon Johnson, BSBA '98
    Brandon Johnson

    Principal, CEO
    Johnson Financial Group, LLC
    Denver, CO

    Brandon C. Johnson (BSBA ’98) is the principal and CEO of Johnson Financial Group. He also serves as the chief investment officer, guiding the strategic investment decisions across client portfolios. After serving as the CEO of his family’s private investment office founded by his grandfather, Brandon formed Johnson Financial Group to evolve the family’s approach to wealth management. In 2010, he expanded his family office to serve other families across the United States.

    Brandon received a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Denver. While at the DU, Brandon played lacrosse and served as the team captain his junior year. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1998.  Brandon has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, passing level 1, 2 and 3 in 2001, 2002 and 2003 respectively and is a graduate of the Leadership Denver class of 2011.

    Brandon serves on the Boards of Trustees for the University of Denver, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation and ACE Scholarships. He is co-founder and director of the Brandon & Wendy Johnson Family Foundation, which is a Denver-based private philanthropic foundation that supports numerous charitable organizations throughout the region. He is also a proud member of Stand Together Ventures, the CCC Alliance, the CFA Institute, and the CFA Society of Colorado. Brandon regularly speaks at industry conferences across the country and is a thought leader in the Family Office and Wealth Management industry.

    Brandon enjoys cooking and is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Paris where he earned a Diplome de Cuisine degree.  He also enjoys mountain biking, skiing and fly fishing.

  • Greg Moore
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    Denver, CO

    PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:

    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:

    Nonprofit:

    • 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
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    President
    Myhren Media Inc
    Denver, CO

    Trygve “Tryg” Myhren is president of Myhren Media, a Denver-based private investment firm concentrating in media and telecommunications. Since 1988, Myhren’s clients have included Fortune 500 companies such as Bell South, the JW Marriott Corporation, and Telecommunications Inc., as well as budding business executives and entrepreneurs across various industries.

    A dedicated and longtime member of the University of Denver community, Myhren has served on the University of Denver’s Board of Trustees for over 23 years. He served as board chairman from 2009 to 2014 and became chairman emeritus in 2014. He additionally serves on The Social Science Foundation at the University’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and received the School’s Humanitarian Award (2012).

    Alongside his support of the University, Myhren’s board service includes The Denver Art Museum Board of Trustees, Spruceview Capital Partners Board of Advisors, No Excuses and The Cable Center Honorary Board of Directors, and participation in leadership forums such as the Colorado Forum and the Aspen Institute. He was also a founding member and director of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts.

    Myhren’s past board positions have included Continental Cablevision (now Comcast), Turner Broadcasting (now AT&T), The Cable Center, Verio (now NTT), J.D. Edwards (now Oracle), AdPay (now Ancestry.com), Citizen’s Bank (now Royal Bank of Scotland), Dreyfers Founders Funds, PeaPod (now Ahold), National Jewish Medical Center, Rhode Island Hospital and Lifespan.

    In the 1980s, he was a member of the Time Inc. Operating Committee and served on several internal boards: Time Magazine Group, Home Box Office and Temple Eastex. 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.

    In 1995, he co-founded SkiTAM (now Adaptive Spirit) to support the U.S. Paralympic Ski and Snowboard Teams. Myhren was also named the U.S.A. Chef de Mission for the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Torino and was inducted into the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame in 2010. In 1990, he was appointed by then-Governor Roy Romer to a small committee that formed the Colorado Rockies ownership group.

    Apart from his philanthropic efforts, Myhren is most notably recognized for his pioneering work in cable and communications. With over 30 years of experience in the industries, he has been at the epicenter for many significant moments and contributions, including the founding and co-founding of the Food Network, E! Entertainment, Northwest Cable News and three other major networks.

    As CEO of American Television and Communications Corporation (ATC, now Charter Communications), Myhren led the development of a “clustering strategy” that provided substantial operating economies and positioned cable as a viable advertising marketplace. After leaving ATC, Myhren oversaw the Providence Journal Company as it tripled its company’s cable subscriber base, nearly quadrupling its broadcast station count, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Newspaper Reporting and tripling corporate valuations.

    Myhren is also known for leading the effort to pass the 1984 Communications Act. He co-founded several industry organizations including the Cable Advertising Bureau, Cable Labs and the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing. From 1986-1987, he acted as chairman of the National Cable Television Association. Myhren is the recipient of the industry’s premier achievement award, the Distinguished Vanguard Leadership Award (1988), the Grand TAM Award (1985) and the CTAM One of a Kind Award (1994). He was inducted into the National Cable Television Hall of Fame in 2004.

    Myhren majored in philosophy and political science at Dartmouth and earned an M.B.A. from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck Graduate School. He served three and a half years as a naval officer with the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Myhren and his wife, Vicki, reside in Denver. They have four children and six grandchildren.

  • Mary K. Rhinehart, MBA '98
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    Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
    Johns Manville
    Denver, CO

    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.

  • Douglas G. Scrivner, JD '77, Chair Emeritus
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    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, 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; 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; member of the Advisory Board of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers at IAALS; and 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.

    He has 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; an Overseer of the Hoover Institution (where he chairs the Development Committee); a member of the board of the Gladstone Institutes Foundation (where he chairs the Nominating Committee) 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.

  • Catherine C. Shopneck, BFA '76, MBA '79

    Principal
    South Woods Financial LLC
    Denver, CO

     

    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.

  • H. Andre Thomas, BS '85
    H. Andre Thomas

    CEO and Founder
    Wireless Ingenuity LLC
    Bellevue, WA

    Andre currently serves as founder and CEO of Wireless Ingenuity LLC, a venture capital development company that connects innovative companies with capital and global commercial market opportunities. He has 30 years of strategic experience in the technology sector with a special focus on wireless communication. He holds a Bachelor of Science from DU and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has served as chief strategist for Vodafone, chief of staff at AirTouch Communications, Verizon’s predecessor, and at Coopers & Lybrand in Denver, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area. Andre also currently serves on the advisory board at Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, Loyola Marymount University, and on a number of boards of privately funded start-ups.

  • Otto Tschudi, BSBA ‘75
    Otto Tschudi's headshot

    Partner
    Stifel Financial
    San Francisco, CA

    Born: Oslo, Norway Jan. 22, 1949

    Hometown: Norefjell (site of 1952 Olympics alpine events)

    Family business: Hotel Owners and Operators

     

    Professional Experience:

    • 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.

     

    Organizations:

    • 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.

     

    Education:

    • 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

     

    Awards:

    • 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
    Frederick T. Waldeck's headshot

    Senior Managing Director
    Co-head of Global Equity Capital Markets
    Tishman Speyer
    New York City

    Mr. Waldeck is a senior investor relations manager currently charged with co-leading Tishman Speyer's global Equity Capital Markets group. In this role, he is primarily focused on leading strategy and capital raising across Asia, including China, Korea, Singapore and Japan. Prior to joining Tishman Speyer in 2009, Mr. Waldeck was a managing director in Lehman Brothers' Global Real Estate Group. Previously, Mr. Waldeck held several senior executive positions with Ford Motor Company Financial Services Group, the Robert M. Bass Group and Security Pacific National Bank in Los Angeles. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BSBA from Denver University, where he now serves as a member of the Board of Trustees.

  • Michael D. West, BS ’75, MBA ’81
    Mike West

    Chief Financial Office
    Millennium Bridge Capital
    Denver, CO

    Mike currently serves as chief financial officer at Millennium Bridge Capital, a middle-market private equity firm. He also served nearly 30 years at Arthur Andersen in audit, assisting audit clients and recruiting and human resources, identifying talent and helping other accountants build careers. He holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from DU, as well as an MBA from DU’s Daniels College of Business. In addition to his impressive career, Mike is very involved in public service, serving in leadership roles on many non-profit and government boards and task forces as well as several alumni groups at DU, including serving as a founding member of the Alumni Council. He is currently serving DU’s School of Accountancy Advisory Board, the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association Board and the editorial board of the CO Society of CPA’s magazine, “News Account.”

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