Board of Advisors
Our Guiding Support
We have an ambitious vision for the future and, to achieve that vision, we draw upon the help of a dynamic group of community leaders and mental health experts. They assist in increasing the school's visibility and expanding our impact throughout Colorado and across the globe. Learn more about each member of our Board of Advisors, and discover the ways they're helping us achieve our goal of redefining mental health.
Vice President of Teammate Experience and Development, DaVita Medical Group
Marney Andes is an accomplished leader having designed and implemented performance solutions to business challenges through the lens of employee experience, engagement and development
She has provided leadership and consultation to organizations on talent management strategy, focused on developing and fostering learner-centered and performance-based system architectures. Marney has experience in a variety of industries, including healthcare, medical research, information technology, construction and finance. She has a master’s degree in Information and Learning Technologies, with an emphasis in corporate training from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Currently, as the VP of Teammate Experience and Development for OptumCare – part of United Health Group, Marney is responsible for leading the team focused on organizational talent strategy including early talent development programs, onboarding, individual and leadership development, engagement, talent management, and digital learning systems.
Although Marney is a born and bred Nebraska Cornhusker, she has called Colorado home for the past 20 years. She is married to Allen and is the proud mom of Owen (14) and Brody (5). Marney and her family enjoy a broad spectrum of activities, everything from sporting events, working in the yard, to enjoying a quiet evening at home. She and Allen both played college athletics and continue to have fun competitions post “glory days.”
Portfolio Director, The Colorado Health Foundation
As Portfolio Director at The Colorado Health Foundation, Maribel’s key focus areas are Affordable Housing, Children Move More, Food Access and Security, and Healthy Schools.
Maribel was born in Guatemala City, is a fluent Spanish speaker, and has lived in the United States for most of her life — so she considers herself to be bi-cultural. Her mother is her hero, because she made incredible sacrifices to come to this country and set Maribel on the path to success. This history has shaped her life as well as her work at the Foundation.
Maribel’s passion for working in philanthropy comes from a deep personal desire to help stop the suffering of people whose health and wellness is compromised. She is particularly committed to behavioral health and ending the stigma of mental illness for every family in our beautiful state. She is a firm believer in prevention — detecting problems and intervening as early as possible — and improving access, quality and affordability of care.
Maribel plays many roles at the Foundation. She is a collaborator, a strategic thinker, a disruptor, an ambassador, a partner and a learner — all in the service of our mission to improve the health of Coloradans. She has a degree in Nursing from the University of Colorado, Denver.
In her downtime, Maribel enjoys meditation, hiking and believes in following your bliss. For her, that is found in her most rewarding life experience — as a mother and wife in a blended, multi-racial family, where some how they make it all work in their own wonderful and colorful way.
Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice
Dr. Gail Hashimoto is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Manhattan (NY, NY). Although she treats the life span, her specialties are children, parent counseling, and couples therapy; and, subspecialties in young children, children with developmental issues, and gifted children. Gail graduated from GSPP in 1992 with three areas of concentration: Child Therapy, Family Therapy, Psychological Assessment. Her internship and post-doctoral fellowship were at Yale University's Child Study Center. She remained at Yale part-time, until 1995, teaching Developmental Psychology in the Medical School and providing weekly pro bono consultation to the Pediatric AIDS Clinic.
Gail previously earned degrees in Nursing and Child Development. In her late teens, she left college to dance with the Martha Graham Company (short-lived career due to a serious knee injury). She had previously declined the opportunity to study piano at The Juilliard School or Eastman Conservatory.
Gail's Board involvement has been in the arts: New York International Piano Competition, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company (contemporary ballet), Jacoby and Pronk (contemporary ballet company), New York City Center Dance Council, The Warhol Museum (also co-underwrote Youth Invasion and the Children's Play Space). She is also a major supporter of the Guggenheim Museum's Works & Process (co-underwriting programs), Heart and Soul Charitable Fund that provides resources for marginalized populations National Public Radio, and Carnegie Hall.
In addition to her practice, for 21 years, Gail served as the Consulting Psychologist at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Day School, a developmentally based preschool, where she provided consultation on individual children, clinical discussions with the staff, and conducted parent groups. She has provided pro bono supervision for the staff of the Lower Eastside Girls' Club. She was part-time psychology faculty at various institutions in NYC. While on the Board of the New York International Piano Competition, Gail conducted sessions for parents addressing developmental and psychological issues often experienced by child prodigies.
Nourished by the arts, Gail has multiple subscriptions to the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall, subscribes to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, regularly attends art museums, dance, theatre, and lectures, travels internationally for music, dance, and visual art.
Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending, Central Bank & Trust
Mary has been a commercial banker for 30 years in a variety of positions including leadership, marketing and credit. She currently works for Central Bank & Trust.
Mary is a Denver native and feels strongly that the health and quality of any community is dependent on the involvement and contribution of each member. Mary has been involved in many community-based organizations over the years, including the Housing Trust Council and Rocky Mountain Mutual Housing which addressed affordable housing.
She has also been active in education. She was one of the founders of The Rise School, a preschool for differently abled and typically developing children, served on the board of Montclair Academy, and is a founding board member of IN! Colorado Initiative for Inclusive Higher Education, which is helping to create pathways to college for students with intellectual disabilities.
Mary is married with three children and lives in Wash Park. She is an abstract painter, and in her free time enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and the mountains.
Senior VP of Commercial Banking, Citywide Banks
Ron Hoskins has more than 30 years' experience in commercial banking, business development and credit authority. Since 2004, Ron has developed a large client portfolio as Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking for Citywide Banks. Previously, Ron held Vice President of Commercial Lending positions with both Union Bank and Trust (Key Bank) and Colorado National Bank (US Bank).
Ron earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kansas State University and completed the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado. He has also been active in the community, including his work as Capital Campaign Co-Chairman for the Washington Park United Methodist Church. Ron lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife Michelle and children, Ryan and Emily.
Janzen Ventures, Inc.
Howard Janzen has served as CEO and Chairman for several communications and energy companies. He served as the Chairman of Cool Planet, a technology driven startup which CNBC ranked as a “Top 25 Disruptor of 2014” along with SpaceX and Uber.
Janzen also served as CEO of One Communications, then the country's largest privately held supplier of integrated telecommunications solutions to businesses, from March 2007 until its sale to Earthlink on April 1, 2011. From January 2004 to September 2005 he served as President of Sprint Business Solutions, the business unit serving Sprint's global business customer base with 10,000 employees and $12 billion in annual revenue. From May 2003 to January 2004, he was President of Sprint's Global Markets Group, responsible for Sprint's $8 billion long distance business for both consumer and business customers. From 1994 until October 2002, Janzen served as President and Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman from 2001, of Williams Communications Group, where he led the company in completing its $7 billion next generation fiber optics network and completed the largest IPO in the telecom industry, at that time, with peak market capitalization of $30 billion. Beginning in 1979, Janzen served in a number of leadership roles in Williams' energy and natural gas pipeline businesses.
Janzen currently serves as Chairman of CPI – The Cancer Prevention Initiative. He also serves as a board member for the Board of Directors of GTT, Vocera Communications, Bye Aerospace Colorado School of Mines Foundation, and the Denver Area Boy Scouts of America. He is Chairman Emeritus for GIIC, the Global Information Infrastructure Commission.
Janzen earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in metallurgical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He completed the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development. Janzen was named a Colorado School of Mines Distinguished Achievement Medalist and was inducted into the University of Tulsa, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences Hall of Fame.
Janzen is an active instrument rated pilot with over 7,500 hours of flying time and serves on the TBM Owners and Pilots Association Board. He has flown his airplanes to 65 countries.
Former Vice President, Denver Children's Home Board
MA-Sport & Performance Psychology '14
Louisa Jornayvaz is a mental skills coach and professional portrait artist. A former U.S. National Champion equestrian and nationally competitive ballroom dancer, Louisa primarily works with equestrians, and visual and performing artists.
Louisa has been a professional portrait artist for 15 years, and recently unveiled a portrait of President Jimmy Carter for President and Mrs. Carter and a large contingent of Georgia residents. She has painted dozens of portraits that how hang in private homes and educational institutions throughout the country. For four years, Louisa served as the Ambassador from Colorado for the Portrait Society of America, and studied not only with master artist Emanuel Martinez, but also with the National Association of Portrait Artists at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, The Colorado Academy of Art in Boulder, Colorado, and at The Arts Student's League of Denver. Louisa created the "Power Palette', a motivational workshop for visual artists.
Prior to pursuing her passion for art, Louisa was a broadcast journalist for 18 years; covering politics and anchoring the news at the NBC station in Denver, as well as network affiliate stations in several other cities. She created 'Louisa Craft's News for Families'; a company that produced nationally syndicated news stories on family and parenting issues, as well as magazine length stories on parenting for CNN. Louisa has hosted and emceed dozens of events, as well as being a keynote speaker on women's issues and working in the media.
During the past 25 years, Louisa has been Vice President of The Denver Children's Home, a residential treatment facility for youth with emotional and behavioral issues, and has chaired a myriad of events and served on many boards that serve at-risk youth. Louisa founded The Emanuel Project, an arts intervention program that now serves thousands of youth in 50 juvenile facilities in 13 states. She founded Art for Kids with her daughter, Kaytlyn, a program that provides art supplies and educational materials to low-income schools. Louisa received the Graland Country Day School President's Award as the most outstanding parent volunteer for 14 years of service. She has also been honored by the Governor of Colorado for her commitment to family issues.
Louisa also currently sits on the Rosalyn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship Task Force in Atlanta, Georgia and The LARRK Foundation Board in Denver, Colorado.
A native Texan, Louisa graduated with a Masters Degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver; a Journalism Degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and has taken graduate courses in Child and Family Studies at the University of Denver. She is a graduate of Leadership Denver.
Louisa is married to her college sweetheart and has three children. She loves to spend time with family and friends, travel, read, garden (with a passion for tulips), fly fish, play the harp and piano, and play golf.
Taylor Kirkpatrick - Board Chair
President & CEO, Babson Farms, Inc.
DU IMBA '04
Taylor is President and Chief Executive Officer of Babson Farms Inc., a family office with operating businesses in agriculture and insurance, diverse real estate investments, mineral interests and public and private equity investments.
Prior to managing this multi-generational single family office, Taylor was involved in mergers and acquisitions as a Principal and a VP for 13 years. He started his career in financial services working in management and consulting roles for mutual fund companies based in Boston and Paris.
Taylor is active in the community and is currently involved in several philanthropic organizations in Denver:
- Serves as a Director on the Board of Trustees at Alliance for Choice in Education (ACE)
- Serves as a Director on the Board of Trustees at Bright By Three
- Serves as President-Elect on the Board of the Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation
- Chairs the Mothers' Milk Bank Advisory Council
- Serves as President on the Graland Alumni Board
- Serves as a Director on the Board of Trustees at Quarterly Forum
- Serves as a member at Constellation Philanthropy
- Serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology
- Serves as President of the Good Wood Club
- Serves on the Public Artwork Selection Council at Children's Hospital Colorado
Taylor also authored an award-winning children's book, "Worthwhile." The story involves a boy and his grandmother that promotes giving and kindness. Taylor still travels to schools and special events to share his story and meet with children about how they can make a worthwhile difference in the world.
He has been married for 12 years to Molly, and they have a 6 year-old boy, Henry, who loves minerals, bugs and ninjas.
Taylor received a Bachelor of Arts in French from Middlebury College and an International MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Graduate School of Professional Psychology.
Senior Vice President of Internal Audit, FirstBank Holding Company
Jenny Lagerberg has 30 years of experience in the banking industry, including operational and regulatory compliance experience and 25 years of internal auditing experience.
Jenny earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is also a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School – Graduate School of Banking. She also holds Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) certifications.
Jenny is active in her local, school and religious communities and lives in Lakewood, Colorado with her husband Larry and children, Spencer and Sydney. In her spare time, Jenny like to read, travel and spend time with her extended family.
Consulting Director, Equitas Foundation
Robyn Loup is a passionate advocate for systems reform to support individuals with mental disorders and brain challenges. Robyn has first-hand experience with mental disorders as she grew up with a mother who battled schizophrenia. As a result, Robyn understands the immense struggles of both the individuals and the family members of those with mental illness. Living with a mother with schizophrenia inspired Robyn to speak out for those with mental illnesses and through her efforts, she honors and memorializes her mother.
Robyn led the Mental Health America Colorado (MHAC) organization as President in 1995-1996. As part of her role on MHAC, she was assigned to a task force to identify gaps in Colorado’s mental health system. The task force found a severe need for crisis care, and as a result of this finding, Robyn was a founding member of Metro Crisis Services. Robyn currently serves on the Board of Directors at Metro Crisis Services, an organization that hosts Colorado’s 24/7 free hotline for mental health and substance abuse issues as well as a free directory of over 3,000 support resources throughout the Denver metro community. From 2006-2008, Robyn served as a national leader for mental health on the Mental Health America Board as the Vice President of Development. Robyn is also a certified Life Coach accredited with the International Coaching Academy.
Robyn believes that through collaboration and a drive for solutions, we CAN and we WILL create positive changes to our systems to benefit those with mental illness.
Master Chief (Retired), United States Navy
Founder, President & CEO, DeNOVO Solutions, LLC
Founder, President & CEO, Thornberry Consulting, LLC
Danny Moore is President and Founder of DeNOVO Solutions, LLC. Mr. Moore has over 34 years of operational and business experience in Defense, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance arenas. He has lived in Colorado for the past 22 years.
Mr. Moore served in several challenging leadership positions throughout his Naval career with his final assignment being Senior Enlisted Advisor within the Aerospace Data Facility Colorado. Mr. Moore was only the second Navy member to hold the position in the history of the facility. Mr. Moore also holds the distinction of being the first Black Male to ascend to the rating of CTTCM (Cryptologic Technician Technical Master Chief).
Mr. Moore retired from service in 2005 and served in several roles while employed by BAE System Inc. These include Program Manager, System Engineer and finally Director of Global Operations where he oversaw large scale programs of over $250M in value.
In 2012 Mr. Moore started DeNOVO Solutions where he serves as President/CEO of DeNOVO Solutions, LLC. In 2016 DeNOVO Solutions purchased Thornberry Consulting to which Mr. Moore holds the titles of President / CEO. The two companies operate in Colorado, Maryland, Georgia and Texas. His companies provide Professional and Technical services to the Department of Defense and the Aerospace community.
Mr. Moore is a graduate of numerous Navy leadership and technical schools. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Moore is PMP (Program Management Professional) certified and has held that distinction since 2011. Mr. Moore lives in Centennial and is married to Susan Jean Rutt. He has two adult children Constance and Devin Moore.
Polly Weintz Sanna
Entrepreneur, Harbor Lights Foundation
Polly Weintz Sanna is an entrepreneur who earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from DU in 1981. She balances passion and practicality working as a board member of The Harbor Lights Foundation, a family foundation that supports organizations and programs that focus on education and philanthropy with a special commitment to disaster relief.
A former ski instructor, personal shopper, special events coordinator and singer, she lives in Cos Cob, Connecticut with her husband and daughter.
Founder, former president and CEO, Premier Medical Corporation
Emily B. Spencer, businesswomen and entrepreneur, founded and served as president & CEO of Premier Medical Corporation in Denver, Colorado and founded and currently manages Premier RE Holdings, LLC, a real estate holding company. Spencer holds a JD from St. Mary's School of Law and a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas, Austin.
Spencer's initial aspirations held little to no sign of her true entrepreneurial spirit. Her early career path led her from a sales assistant in the high stakes, fast-paced securities trading world to a Senior Vice President of Operations of a regional securities firm specializing in trading government securities to institutions. When her interest turned to compliance, she decided to return to law school at age 27 and pursue a career in securities litigation. While attending law school, Spencer interned as a student law clerk with the Texas Supreme Court, a federal judge, and the Securities and Exchange Commission's legal department. Upon graduating from law school in 1992, Spencer thought she was again destined for the securities world. But, when she was presented with an idea to start a respiratory services company to provide oxygen to home care patients, Premier Medical Corporation was born.
For her longstanding role as founder, president and CEO of Premier Medical Corporation, a healthcare industry leader in providing oxygen-related products and services to Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico hospices, nursing homes and Programs for all Inclusive Care (PACE), Spencer's business philosophy was simple: take care of patients as if they are family. Her mission to provide exceptional service and compassionate care—every patient, every customer, every time—built long-term partnerships, not customers. Her philosophy had an impact as Premier Medical was recognized by Coloradobiz magazine as one of Colorado's Top 250 Private Companies and top 100 Women Owned Businesses. Premier was also recognized as one of Denver's Top 25 Women Owned Businesses by the Denver Business Journal and was named by the DBJ as one of Denver's Fastest Growing Private Companies. Spencer was selected as a finalist for Denver Business Journal's Outstanding Women in Business Award (2011) and Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2010). Spencer also was quoted in the University of Denver's Colorado Women's College, Benchmarking Women's Leadership Study (2013) and was interviewed for and recognized in Tiffani Lennon's book, Recognizing Women's Leadership: Strategies and Best Practices for Employing Excellence (2014).
"I contribute my success to my strong belief that for a company to be successful, it has to be profitable, but you also have to make a difference in someone's life." "Now that I have sold my business after 20 years and moved into the next phase of my life, I want to continue to make a difference in someone's life."
Spencer currently serves as the Chair Emerita of the Board of Advisors for the Graduate School of Professional Psychology and is a past member of the Advisory Board for The Colorado Women's College at The University of Denver, speaks at Leadership and Entrepreneur Events, is an avid supporter of the University of Denver, Colorado Women's College, Benchmarking Women's Leadership Study and is a business consultant.
Jeffrey (Jeff) Thompson
VP of Government & Corporate Relations, UCHealth
In January, 1993 Jeff was named Associate Director of Public Affairs for the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. In 1996, Jeff became the Director of Business Development at University of Colorado Hospital (UCH). He then directed UCH major gift fundraising from 1999 through 2004.
In January 2005, Jeff was named Director of Government and Corporate Relations at UCH and continued that role beginning March 2012 with the new health system, UCHealth.
In April 2015, Jeff was promoted to Vice President of Government and Corporate Relations for UCHealth. In this role, he oversees and coordinates government relations with local, state and federal elected officials and leaders of key governmental departments and agencies. In addition, Jeff works closely with area business organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Organizations and directly with many business and civic leaders.
In representing UCHealth, Jeff also serves on the boards and committees of a number of business and community organizations such as the Aurora Chamber of Commerce (Board Chairman 2012-2014; and named Business Person of the Year for 2014); the Aurora Economic Development Council; the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Corporation; Colorado Dental Lifeline Network. Jeff is also the current chairman of the Colorado Hospital Association's Legislative Council.
A Denver native, Jeff holds a Bachelors' Degree in Political Science from Fort Lewis College (1975), and a Masters' Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver (1978). Jeff is married to Nancy (self-employed), with two wonderful children, Connor, 20, a junior at Colorado Mesa University; and Lauren, 29, employed with a Denver-based personal information security firm.
Clinical Psychologist (Retired)
Dr. Pegi Touff is a retired clinical psychologist. She graduated from the University of Colorado with honors in 1971 and majored in English Literature. Soon after she completed a masters degree in Contemporary English and American Literature at the University of Dayton where she was awarded a scholarship and taught Freshman English. At that time the personal growth movement took hold across the country and she felt an immediate connection. She changed direction, graduating from St. Thomas in Minneapolis in counseling psychology where she worked at The Minneapolis Women's Therapy Clinic. She moved on to complete a doctorate from Union University and from there to Denver where she completed her internship and dissertation, Body Image Disturbance in Anorexia Nervosa.
Dr. Touff completed her internship at Denver Health and Hospitals and then opened her private practice specializing in eating disorders. At that time very little was known about this life threatening condition and it was exciting to be on the forefront of the study and treatment of these severe afflictions. As she expanded her practice she developed a number of other areas of expertise: family, couples and individual therapy with specializations in psychoanalytic and developmentally oriented treatment, cognitive psychology and psychological evaluations. Dr. Touff also created with another psychologist a practice in forensic psychology conducting custody evaluations. In addition, she was an adjunct professor at GSPP supervising students' clinical cases.
Dr. Touff's community involvements have included: The Colorado Psychological Association and ANAD—The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. She has served on the boards of The Denver Children's Home, The Center for Women's Health Research, Pro-Choice Colorado and Mental Health Colorado where she was presented with the President's Award for outstanding service. Other volunteer activities include The Women's Bean Project and Reading Partners.
Dr. Touff is married to Michael Touff who is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of MDC Holdings, Inc. They have two grown children, Katherine and Daniel. During the years Pegi was raising her children she was a dedicated volunteer. She was on the Board of the Denver School of the Arts. There, and in other organizations, she volunteered extensively including chairing and planning events. As well, Pegi has given a great deal of time and effort working on political campaigns.
Emeritus Board Members
Director of Behavioral Health, Swedish Family Medicine;
Director, Integrated Primary Care Postdoctoral Fellowship
Laurie Ivey, Psy.D. is the Director of Behavioral Health and the Director of the Integrated Primacy Care Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Swedish Family Medicine Residency in Littleton. She is Associate Clinical Professor in the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine. She is a clinical psychologist by training (GSPP grad) and enjoys teaching both family medicine residents and post-doctoral psychology fellows to work side-by side in the integrated primary care setting.
She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology where she teaches an Integrated Primary Care Class in the clinical psychology doctoral program, hoping to inspire young psychologists' to pursue a career path in primary care. She is passionate about the impact of integrated behavioral health care on the primary care population and about promoting a solid behavioral work force development strategy to ensure quality care delivery in the primary care setting.
Founder & Managing Principal, The Optimas Group, LLC
DU '85, MBA '86
Doug Wilwerding is the founder and Managing Principal of The Optimas Group, LLC, a venture investment firm founded in 2008. Doug and the Optimas team guide capitalization efforts and work closely with management teams to develop differentiated market positions and create lasting value. The Optimas Group portfolio companies focus on business-to-business services, technology, and specialty finance.
Currently, The Optimas Group is invested in:
- Adventos- focused on enabling municipal governments and public safety entities in providing for safer communities through better logistics and resource management technology;
- AllCom Global Services - a prime and sub-contractor providing communications infrastructure engineering and installation to the government sector;
- Javlin Capital – offers specialty financing to the consumer finance, real estate, legal, and healthcare markets;
- MySidewalk - the leading provider of municipal and electoral geospatial layered data mining and analysis services; and
- Rova- the leading provider of marketing and advertising agency client project management and revenue enhancement SaaS solutions.
Prior to founding The Optimas Group, Doug worked from 1986 to 2008 in the accounts receivable management industry with Accent Service Company, Accent Insurance Recovery, Omnium Worldwide, and West Corporation. During that time, Doug developed an in-depth understanding of consumer finance, commercial finance, telecommunications, insurance, and healthcare accounts receivable in the U.S., Central American, and South American markets. Throughout his career, Doug has served on industry boards in both the consumer credit and health insurance sectors.
Following Doug's leveraged buyout of Omnium Worldwide in 1998, he served as Chairman and CEO until selling the company to West Corporation in 2007. In 2008, after completing post transaction integration and leadership transition, Doug left West Corporation to form The Optimas Group.
In addition to serving on the boards of the Optimas portfolio companies, Doug's board experience includes banking, industrial machinery, livestock and agriculture, business services, and technology companies ranging in annual revenue from a few million dollars to more than $500 million. Doug has also served on and chaired numerous non-profit boards focusing on public policy and primary, secondary, and higher education.
Doug holds BSBA and MBA degrees from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.
Doug and his wife Elaine have three grown daughters. Doug and Elaine live in Omaha, Nebraska and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Doug is an avid fly fisherman, golfer, snow skier, cyclist and reader.
Lisa comes from a diverse background of leadership and management experience, with a passion for advocacy and policy work that empowers individuals and advances the public good.
Lisa spent more than 15 years in public service at several Texas state agencies and in the Texas Legislature, where she provided strategic counsel to elected officials on state and federal policy issues, and led key management and outreach efforts.
Additionally, Lisa worked at two institutions of higher education – the University of Denver's Colorado Women's College and Texas A&M University – focusing on the advancement of women and the expansion of their educational opportunities, as well as the impact and reach of academic research in the US and abroad. In 2017, Lisa became President of HERdacity, an online women's engagement platform that promotes the empowerment of women—and the ways they dare to be who they want to be in life.
Having started her professional career in politics, running political campaigns and grassroots efforts in Texas, Lisa brings an external, communication-oriented perspective to GSPP's Board of Friends. She holds a BA in Law & Society with a minor in Gender & Women's Studies from the University of Denver's Colorado Women's College and currently serves on their Board of Advisors.
Vice President, HR, Kaiser Permanente
Jerry Hartbarger is vice president of Human Resources for Kaiser Permanente Colorado, the state’s largest nonprofit health plan with more than 622,000 members. In this role, he is responsible for the region’s human capital functions, including talent management, total rewards, workplace safety, workforce wellness and employee and labor relations.
Hartbarger has 25 years of experience in human resources, including more than 15 years at Honeywell International, where he served as vice president of human resources, among various other executive roles. Hartbarger also served as a human resources executive for Johns-Manville and, most recently, senior vice president of human resources and communications at Flatiron Construction Corp. for the last six years.
Hartbarger is passionate about aligning human capital strategy with the short- and long-term needs of Kaiser Permanente. “It is a privilege to be part of a team focused on providing the highest quality care available for our members and creating the best place to work for our employees.”
Hartbarger’s work in the community has included leadership roles with the Boy Scouts of America, Social Venture Partners of Denver, an organization that cultivates strong individual and business relationships to tackle challenges that face the Denver community, and Bridges to Prosperity, an organization that provides isolated communities with access to essential health care, education and economic opportunities by building footbridges over impassable rivers.
A New Mexico native, Hartbarger holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in organization development and learning from the University of New Mexico. He enjoys mountain biking, fly fishing and spending time with his wife, Paula. They have three sons, Timothy, Tyler and Andrew.
Chief Master Sergeant (Retired), USAF
Executive Vice President, Aurora CO Chamber of Commerce
DU MPS '13
Rene (“Ree-nee”) Simard is a retired U.S. Air Force senior enlisted leader with 38 years of converging management and leadership experience across multiple disciplines including leadership training, academic advising, veterans services, career services, logistics, human resources, personal training and military security.
Currently, Rene is the Executive Vice President for the Aurora Colorado Chamber of Commerce. He directs and manages the Chamber’s flagship Leadership Aurora program where he plans, coordinates, and conducts monthly sessions, monthly board meetings, various committee meetings, recruiting strategy, and annual class and board retreats. He also manages the Aurora Defense Council, a joint organization of over 350 members representing military commands and local business leaders of the major segments of the community.
Previously, he was the Director of Academic Advising at the Community College of Aurora where he managed a staff of 15 advisors, career services, veteran’s services, and administration. His department provided services to over 8,000 enrolled students with approximately 20,000 student contacts per year. Prior to this position, Rene was the Assistant Director of Academic Advising and prior to that he was the Military/Veterans Affairs coordinator.
Prior to the Community College of Aurora, Rene was Assistant General Manager for Mesa Moving Systems and Storage in Aurora, Colorado, where he was responsible for daily operations and customer service for 40 employees assigned to a significant United Van Lines agent.
In October 2006, Rene retired from the U. S. Air Force after more than 28-years of service. In his final assignment, Rene was the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 460th Space Wing at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, where he advised the base commander on matters influencing the health, welfare, morale, effective utilization and quality of life for more than 3,000 enlisted personnel assigned to the base’s area of responsibility. During his Air Force career he served at various command levels and also deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield/Storm and Southern Watch. His assignments included bases in Maine, Nebraska, Nevada, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Delaware, Washington, DC (Pentagon) and Colorado.
Rene graduated with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Denver in June 2013 where he achieved a 3.97 GPA. He received a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Logistics/Business Management from Peru State College in Nebraska and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Logistics Management from Community College of the Air Force.
While on active duty he graduated from a number of professional development institutions, including the 8th Air Force Noncommissioned Officer Leadership School (distinguished graduate), Strategic Air Command’s Noncommissioned Officer Academy and U.S. Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy (distinguished graduate), and the Center for Creative Leadership.