CWEE’s Board of Directors are 100% committed to the mission of the organization and contribute financially. The board meets monthly, and hosts an annual day-long planning retreat. Board members are expected to regularly attend board meetings, serve actively on a committee, assist in fundraising efforts, participate in the annual board retreat, and make a personal financial donation. CWEE also has a Board Governance Committee.
Chair of the Board
Susan is the Chair of CWEE's Board. She has 30 years of experience in public health and philanthropy. After earning a Masters in Public Health, Susan went to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to help create a statewide program of community-based health promotion/disease prevention. As the first executive director of Colorado Action for Healthy People (CAHP), Susan was a leader in developing a community needs assessment and seed grant process that received funding from a number of foundations. In 2001, Susan became the Director of Programs and was later named Vice President for a new Colorado foundation, Caring for Colorado (CFC), where she worked for 13 years. Susan's initial role at CFC was to lead the development of the foundation's grantmaking strategies and processes. Since 2014, Susan has been a consultant to foundations and nonprofits through Sullivan Hill Consulting LLC. In 2017 she became a program officer at the NextFifty Initiative, a foundation dedicated to improving and sustaining quality of life for people age 50 and over.
"CWEE has helped me build my self-esteem. I feel worthy and inspired to do something positive everyday. Because of my wonderful experience at CWEE, I’m able to share it with others."
– Shawan, Alumni Award Winner 1998 & former CWEE staff member for 13 years
"I sit on many boards and councils but the endeavor that I am most passionate about is sitting on the Board of Directors for the Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE). CWEE helps individuals receiving TANF get the education and skills necessary to obtain viable employment putting them in a position to eventually transition off of public assistance and hopefully out of poverty."
– Taryn Lewis,
Board of Directors
"CWEE has given me the confidence I need and brought me some hope through this difficult time in my life. I am really grateful to be here."
– Michelle, CWEE Participant
CWEE has been a wonderful and positive experience for me. I’ve updated my skills and am preparing to re-enter the workforce. It has revived my self-worth.
– Rochelle, CWEE Participant
"One of the highlights of my year is taking pictures of the women and men of CWEE. I have the utmost respect and admiration for the graduates of this program, and especially the Alumni Award Winners."
– Whitney Yeager,
Whitney Yeager Photography
"Presenting at CWEE is an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. The participants are fun, interactive and willing to learn."
– Linda Hicks, Premier Members
Vice Chair of the Board
With a strong personal connection to CWEE’s mission, Diane joined CWEE’s Board in 2017 rounding out a record of committed service to Metro area organizations. For over fifteen years Diane has worked closely with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) mentoring a young Latina woman. For the past ten years, she has served as a BBBS Board member, Board Chair, and briefly as the Interim CEO. She is also involved with JeffCo Women’s Club and Light of the World. Creating self-supporting families resonates with her.
Originally from Omaha, Diane received her Bachelor of Business degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Currently, Diane is a Partner at DMS Leasing, which leases construction equipment. Prior to DMS Leasing, she was a Vice President with First Data. Diane loves the outdoors, hiking, walking her dogs, and traveling with her husband.
Bart is the Managing Partner of Oakwood Real Estate Partners, LLC (Oakwood), a commercial real estate private equity firm in Denver. Recognizing that real estate investing is a localized business, Oakwood invests nationally in joint ventures with local operators who routinely outperform their peers. Oakwood has built a number of valuable relationships, many of them cultivated over years of successful investing. This strategy began 20 years ago with Trammell Crow Company Funds, where Oakwood's Chairman successfully raised and invested 5 separate Funds from 1994 to 2005.
Bart oversees all aspects of the Firm's business, including the day-to-day operations. Prior to his current position, he was Managing Partner of Greystar West based in Denver. Greystar West is an affiliate of Greystar Real Estate Partners, a national multifamily real estate company focused on development, investment, property management, and construction. He was responsible for multifamily investment origination, development, condominium conversions, and property management. He began his career with ProLogis Trust, specializing in industrial distribution facilities. Bart holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is active in the charitable community in Denver. He has been a CWEE Board Member since 2014.
Secretary of the Board
DaLinda Grimm has been a member of the CWEE Board for 10 years, and has served as the Secretary of the Board for many of those years. She has served on the Finance Committee and Executive Committee of CWEE. Prior to joining the Board, she volunteered in the CWEE classrooms. DaLinda has been in the financial services industry for more than 30 years focused on retail sales, sales management, customer experience, and learning and sales development. Her educational background is in Elementary Education. DaLinda and her husband recently moved to Castle Rock in order to live closer to their two children.
Marpessa Allen is a Colorado Native and graduate of the University of Colorado at Denver. She is passionate about equity issues that effect marginalized communities including a livable wage, education, health/wellness, and affordable housing in Colorado. She has her Bachelor's in Communications and uses her talents to inform, engage, and empower a diverse audience with the use of media, public speaking and policy work. She has worked for Senator Rhonda Fields, the Healthy Boulder Kids Initiative, and the CrossPurpose. She an active member of the Young Professionals Council with Denver Kids, the Mile High Connects. As a CWEE alumna she is most grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board. She is most proud of her 3 children and has served other mothers as a certified Doula. She loves to support other mothers to be the best versions of themselves.
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David Craig is in his first year of a 3-year Board term with CWEE and currently serves as the Senior Director of Corporate Finance for Arrow Electronics, a Denver-based Fortune 120 technology company. His 15-year career includes domestic and international assignments with DaVita Healthcare, Molson Coors, First Data Corp and Western Union. David obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance from Colorado State University and Masters of Science in Finance from the University of Colorado.
A Colorado native, David resides in Denver with his wife and 5-year old son and remains philanthropically active in his time with the Read12 Literacy Foundation and the Denver Metro Chamber.
Katie Dix Elsner
Katie is a Senior Legal Counsel with Hitachi Data Systems Corporation and acts as the company's lead privacy and employment law attorney. Prior to working at HDS, Katie worked as an associate at Littler Mendelson, PC and a law clerk to the Honorable Justice Alex J. Martinez at the Colorado Supreme Court. Katie received her law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law and a bachelors from Johns Hopkins University.
A Colorado native, Katie resides in Denver with her husband and three daughters. Katie acts as a mentor the Colorado Attorney Mentorship Program and is a member of the Colorado and Colorado Women’s Bar Associations.
Mr. Hartman brings a background in organizational management, strategic and financial planning, mergers and acquisition financing, and translating complex ideas into understandable language to the CWEE board. He has more than 20 years of leadership experience in entrepreneurship and finance serving in executive and board roles in the governmental, real estate, and banking industries. His career has been focused on analyzing, financing and leading complex business transactions and working with business owners to finance and run family, private equity and publicly owned businesses.
Most recently, Mike served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Revenue with responsibility for all strategy and daily operations of the Division of Motor Vehicles, Division of Taxation, Colorado Lottery, and the Enforcement Business Group (including licensing, regulation and law enforcement activities for all aspects of the Alcohol, Marijuana, Casino, Horse Racing and Auto Dealership industries). The Department accounted for the collection of $12BN of the State’s $30BN annual budget, with nearly 1,500 employees and a $367MM operating budget.
Mike is excited to serve on the CWEE Board and advance the mission of providing career skills and employment education and low-income families to aid them in obtaining self-sustaining long-term employment.
LaTonya Keaton, Asset and Operations Examiner - II, supports and leads, as assigned, the reviews of all portfolios. Ms. Keaton joined CoBank in 2018 bringing 20 years of credit and banking experience. Prior to joining CoBank, LaTonya Keaton served for six years as Corporate Banking Risk Lead and an Underwriting Manager with PNC Financial Services. Previously, LaTonya spent fourteen years with JPMorgan Chase as a Relationship Manager with responsibilities for a diverse not-for-profit/government lending and treasury management portfolio and as Senior Underwriter helping customers assess needs, deliver solutions, manage change and evaluate outcomes.
Ms. Keaton holds a Master’s in Professional Accountancy from Georgia State University; a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership from Butler University; and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from The University of Notre Dame.
Pax Moultrie Murphy
Pax Moultrie, an Assistant County Attorney with the Human Services Litigation Section of the Arapahoe County Attorney’s Office, joined CWEE’s Board of Directors in 2017. Ms. Moultrie received her B.A. in Anthropology and International Studies from Washington University in St. Louis in 2001. After receiving her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2006, Ms. Moultrie served as law clerk to the Honorable Brian D. Boatright, Colorado Supreme Court Justice, during Justice Boatright’s tenure as Presiding Juvenile Judge for the First Judicial District. Ms. Moultrie also served as law clerk and judicial assistant to the Honorable Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr., Colorado Supreme Court (ret.), during the Court’s 2007-2008 term. Prior to joining the Arapahoe County Attorney’s Office in 2011, Ms. Moultrie litigated child welfare matters as an Assistant County Attorney with the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office from 2008-2011. Ms. Moultrie has been actively involved with the Juvenile Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association for several years. Her additional community involvement includes serving as a member of the Respondent Parents’ Counsel Work Group in 2014, serving as a board member for Governor’s Executive Clemency Advisory Board, serving as a board member for Colorado’s Office of the Child Protection Ombudsman, and volunteering as a reading tutor for elementary school students. Ms. Moultrie joined the CWEE Board in 2017.
Keith Peterson is the Director of Community Benefit for the University of Colorado Hospital. Keith is responsible for the hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment and implementation planning as well as general community outreach. Keith also works in tandem with Public Relations to facilitate funding of community partnerships and sponsorships. Keith has been with the University of Colorado Hospital for over 30 years. His previous position as the Director of Guest Services included leadership of Environmental services, Patient Transport, Parking and Transportation, Volunteer services, Hospital Gift Shops, Event Center operations and Information Desks.
Keith is an active participant in numerous community organizations. He serves on the Aurora Health Alliance Board of Directors, Region 6 Program Improvement Advisory Committee and the Aurora Chamber Board of Directors. He is also a Board member of Visit Aurora and serves as the University of Colorado Hospital’s representative on the Community Campus Partnership Steering Committee.
Charlton A. Rugg is chief compliance, legal, and technology officer at Obermeyer Wood Investment Counsel, LLLP, in Denver, Colorado. A licensed attorney, he formerly operated a solo law practice. Before moving to Denver, he conducted regulatory investigations of registered entities and individuals in the securities industry as senior counsel at FINRA's Department of Enforcement. For almost seven years, he investigated and prosecuted financial frauds and other federal crimes as an assistant United States attorney. In private practice, Mr. Rugg worked on antitrust litigations, government investigations, and other matters. Before law school, he led backpacking, canoeing, and mountain biking trips; guided groups on ropes courses; and led teams of volunteers in trail repair and maintenance projects. Mr. Rugg is also a competitive sailor who has won national championships in two different classes of one design sailboats.
Ethnie Groves Treick
Ethnie Groves Treick joined the CWEE Board in 2012, and is the chair of the Development Committee. Originally from South Dakota, Ethnie lives in Fort Collins with her husband, Kyle, and their young sons. In addition to the CWEE Board, Ethnie serves as Vice President of the BlueFlower Fund Board and Membership Chair on the Board of the Denver Area Alumnae of Alpha Omicron Pi. Ethnie has worked in both the private and public sector. Most recently, she led the government affairs team for Xcel Energy in Colorado, working on state energy policy, including the Clean Air Clean Jobs Act and Renewable Energy Standard. Previously, Ethnie worked as a reporter, in media relations, and in the communications offices of Governor Jim Doyle and Senator Tom Daschle.
Chris serves as the Regional Vice President of Technical Operations for Comcast's Mountain West Region in Denver, CO. In this role he is responsible for Comcast's front-line technician employee group and technician logistic center employees across Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. Chris, an accomplished operations and customer experience leader, has been in the industry for more than 20 years in a variety of different positions. He joined TCI Cable as an installer and held leadership positions supporting the field, network operations and customer service strategy. Prior to his current role, he served as Vice President of Business Partner Operations for Comcast's West Division.
A Colorado native, Chris and his wife Angie reside in Littleton and have three daughters. A lover of all things outdoors, Chris enjoys fitness, fly-fishing and golf.
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