2015-2016 Board of Directors
|Sustaining Advisor||Dana Rinderknecht|
|Vice President Communications||Kali Handford|
|Vice President Community||Nora Heitmann|
|Vice President Finance & Operations||Angela Andrews|
|Vice President Fundraising||Allie Ingalls|
|Vice President Membership||Megan Whelan|
|Vice President Public Policy||Jennifer Stickel|
|Vice President Sustainers||Rio Gossweiler|
|Vice President Training||Kristin Bieberly|
|Nominating Chair||Angela Hooper|
|Board Manager||Janelle Williams|
|Vice President-Elect Community||Julia Lazure|
|Vice President-Elect Fundraising||Becky Schaub|
|Vice President-Elect Training||Rachel Levine|
2015-2016 Junior League of Denver Board of Directors
President: Rebecca (Becky) Theis
Becky is honored and grateful to have the opportunity to serve as President for the 2015-16 JLD year. Since she began her tenure as a member of the Junior League of Denver in 2008, she has been amazed at the vast talent and passion that resides in the members of the JLD. Each day has truly been an opportunity for her to learn and grow, and she is excited to lead a dynamic group of women to continue to markedly make a difference in the lives of children, women and families of the Denver metro community. Becky first heard about the Junior League while living in Madison, WI and decided to join when moving to Denver in 2007 because of her desire to become involved in the Denver community and connect with like-minded women. Becky grew up in an environment where volunteering time and resources was a strong value and natural contribution as a human being. Since joining the JLD, Becky has spent most of her time in Community as a member and chair of the committee responsible for evaluating the various community programs the JLD sponsors and manages, and as the Vice President of Community. Most recently, she has been leading the Strategic Planning Committee to develop a 5-year strategic plan that will take the JLD through its 100-year anniversary.
Becky grew up in Wales, WI and went to college at the University of Wisconsin - Madison where she earned her B.A. in Personal Finance. She currently works full time as a Trust Officer at Steele Street Bank & Trust/MidFirst Bank. In addition to being a member of the JLD, Becky served as a Board Trustee for the CoBiz Cares Foundation for two years and is a former Board member and an active member of the Women’s Estate Planning Council. She is also a certified therapy team with her beloved 11 year old yellow lab named Stella. As a therapy team, she and Stella visit the staff and patients at Swedish Medical Center. Their favorites to visit are the ER and Pediatric floor! In her free time, Becky enjoys running, cycling, reading, traveling, and being an Auntie to three adorable nieces as well as to her good friend's children here in Denver.
President-Elect: Laura Perry
Laura joined the Junior League of Denver (JLD) to fulfill her desire to be part of a network of women leaders working together to have an impact in the Denver community. Her involvement in the JLD has strengthened her dedication to improving lives through community programs and civic leadership. Laura holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Political Science with a graduate minor in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida. Laura currently works as the Capital Improvement Program Administrator for Denver’s Budget and Management Office, overseeing a budget of over $100 million, with the mission of enhancing Denver’s quality of life through its unparalleled infrastructure. In addition to being a member of the JLD, Laura has served on the Board of Directors for the Colorado City and County Manager’s Association (CCCMA), various committees for the International City and County Management Association (ICMA), and is a leader in organizing the Colorado Women Leading Government group, a statewide group focused on the development of women leaders in local government. In her free time, Laura enjoys traveling, running, cooking, spending time with her husband Charlie, and cheering on the Florida Gators.
Sustaining Advisor: Dana Rinderknecht
Dana is excited and honored to serve as Sustaining Advisor. She is the Director of Online Giving at Community First Foundation. Responsible for ColoradoGives.org, a year-round, online giving website featuring more than 1,700 Colorado nonprofit organizations. She was also a driving force behind the introduction of Colorado Gives Day, the state’s largest online giving day. Dana was President of the JLD in 2008-2009 and then President of the JLD Foundation the following year. Currently, she sits on the Board of the Colorado Women’s Golf Association and the West Chamber Foundation. Dana is a Commissioner with the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships. She holds a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics from Colorado State University (Go Rams!). When the sun is shining, Dana will most likely be found on a local golf course or enjoying time with her dog, Maggie.
Communications Council Vice President: Kali Handford
Kali has been a member of the JLD since 2008 and has had the pleasure of serving in a variety of roles, including the Strategic Planning Committee, Superfund Committee, and as the Vice President of Communications in 2014-2015. Her favorite JLD moment was distributing 2,000 books to local kiddos at PBS’s Fun Fest. Kali has served as an alumnae advisor to Pi Beta Phi Fraternity, volunteered at the Tennyson Center for Children and participates in several professional organizations. After earning her MBA and M.S. Marketing degrees, she worked for an integrated marketing and CRM provider handling strategic partnerships with multi-million dollar companies and demand generation marketing for North America. Kali's latest pursuit is as an entrepreneur as founder and owner of Berriegood Co., a superfruit café. As a self-described foodie you can find her trying new restaurants, taking Pilates classes, and entertaining friends with her husband and their furry-child, Makenzie the bulldog.
Community Council Vice President: Nora Heitmann
Nora was raised in Greenwood Village, CO, and attended the University of Denver. She graduated Cum Laude with honors in both political science and communications in 2000. After a year of working for Governor Bill Owens, Nora left the public sector to begin a sales career at Airborne Express. Consistently winning awards and top rankings, she was promoted to Senior Sales Rep after only one year. Nora stayed with Airborne until they were sold to DHL in 2004. It was in 2004 that Nora began her career in freight forwarding. As a Freight Forwarder, Nora was the number one sales rep for her company nearly every month. In 2009 Nora won an award from ColoradoBiz Magazine naming her one of the top 25 most powerful salespeople in Colorado. After being nominated twice as Denver Business Journal's 40 under 40, she was featured in the publication’s “Making Their Mark” series. In January of 2015, Nora and her longtime business partner opened the Denver office of Axiom Worldwide Logistix. Nora serves on several boards at the University of Denver. In 2010 the University of Denver recognized her success and dedication and awarded her with the Ammi Hyde Award for Recent Graduate Achievement, an award reserved for the top alumni within 10 years of his/her graduation. In addition to her work for DU, Nora has served on the board for the Junior League of Denver as Vice President of Fundraising. Nora also volunteers her time at History Colorado. Additionally, Nora was on the founding Denver board for Reading Partners, a literacy tutoring program based in Oakland, CA. She continues weekly tutoring with that group. In her free time, Nora enjoys playing tennis, running, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Finance & Operations Council Vice President: Angela Andrews
Angela joined the JLD in 2009 because she was inspired by the League’s mission to train women to serve in the Denver community. Angela has served on the Board of Directors for three years and is excited to serve on the 2015-2016 Board as Vice President of Finance and Operations. Angela’s prior service to the league includes Board Secretary, Vice President of Communications, co-chair of the PR/Marketing Committee, and as a finance council liaison. Professionally, Angela has worked in or for legislatures for more than 10 years and serves as a policy analyst at the National Conference for State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan organization that provides research and services to all 50 state legislatures, more than 7,300 state legislators, and 30,000 state legislative staff. She participated in the League’s Leadership Institute, graduating in the 2010-11 League year. She received her Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from Suffolk University (Boston, MA) in 2008. Angela is a native of Denver, but has also called Washington, D.C. and Boston, Massachusetts home. When she’s not visiting our nations’ state capitols, Angela takes advantage of every moment with her husband Kevin and 3-year-old daughter, and future Leaguer, Scarlett.
Fundraising Council Vice President: Allie Ingalls
Allie was raised in Greenwood Village, CO, and attended Miami University of Ohio. Upon graduation and after a year spent in Chicago, she joined the Junior League of Chicago. Allie grew up at the Junior League of Denver, tagging along with her mom as she attended her numerous committee and Board meetings. Through her position at the Foundation and her mother’s influence, Allie became involved with Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver and the Junior League. With Girls Inc., Allie served on the Alliance Board for 3 years and assisted in the planning and execution of the organization’s largest fundraising event, Girls and Guys Night Out. Since joining the Junior League of Denver as a transfer in 2009, Allie has served on the Holiday Mart Steering Committee for two years, chaired the Kids in the Kitchen Committee, co-chaired the Day of Operations Committee for the immensely successful first year of The Journey, and co-Chaired last year's Journey event. Allie, currently a Social Marketing Manager at WhiteWave Foods, enjoys weekends in Grand Lake, Colorado, reading, running, and spending time with her wonderful family and friends.
Membership Council Vice President: Megan Whelan
Megan joined the Junior League of Denver in 2006 after graduating from the University of Colorado – Boulder, looking for a way to get involved in the Denver community, help make a difference, meet new friends, and have fun. In her nine years in the League, Megan has served on several different Councils – first as a committee member on the Auction and Solicitation Committee for two years, then as a committee member on Kids Connect Children’s Outreach Project for two years. Following those placements, she assumed leadership roles as the Membership Services Committee Co-Chair and the Connections Committee Co-Chair before stepping into the role of the Membership Council Manager, a role she was honored to serve for two years. Originally from southern California, Megan now calls herself a Coloradan. She lives in Wash Park with her husband, Matt, and their dog, Tucker. She works in Boulder as a Senior Account Manager at the advertising agency, Sterling-Rice Group, and enjoys skiing, working out, and drinking wine!
Public Policy Council Vice President: Jennifer Stickel
Jennifer is a Colorado native. She is currently in her fourth active year in the Junior League of Denver. She has served on the Healthy Habits Committee in the past, as well as three years on the Public Policy Council. Two of those years she served as the Events Chair of the Public Policy Council. Jennifer graduated from Colorado State in 2003 with a Microbiology degree and again in 2015 with a MBA. She has been the territory sales manager for Berkshire Corp for the past seven years. Jennifer lives in Denver with her husband and their daughter. Jennifer greatly enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
Sustainer Council Vice President: Rio Gossweiler
Rio feels privileged to serve as Vice President of the Sustainers. She first joined the Junior League while living in Zionsville, IN. Moving to Lakewood in 2013, she transferred as a Sustainer because of her desire to become involved in the Denver community and to enjoy the camaraderie she knew she would find within the Junior League. She has worked with the American Dialogue series, which brought noted lectors and authors to the Indianapolis area on the Butler University campus. She has also worked to launch the new Winners Cookbook. Rio helped bring the Komen Race to Indy and participated on the yearlong Strategic Planning Committee that helped optimize the community impact of the JLI organization. Within the Denver League, she has completed placements as Vice President-Elect, Membership Chair, and Nominating Chair. Rio has relished the personal and leadership growth she has gained through her placements and JL training. In addition to being a member of the JLD, Rio serves as a lector for Christ the King Catholic Church and is the Vice President of Membership for the Excelsior Advanced Toastmasters Club. She is also a licensed Project Manager Professional. Rio fills her days volunteering or studying with professional, civic, and the arts organizations. She pays the rent by working as an office manager for a local biotech company, making her biology and chemistry degrees relevant once again. Go IU! Rio loves just about any outdoor activity. Introduced this past August to the world of 14er’s by a fellow Junior Leaguer, Rio’s been inspired to hike nine of them thus far. Rio has three children: a son, André who is a sophomore at CU Boulder; a daughter, Stormy, who is a Junior at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia; and her eldest son, Austin, who is a United States Army 75th Regiment Airborne Ranger and presently studying in North Carolina to be a medic.
Training Council Vice President: Kristin Bieberly
Kristin has been an Active in the Junior League of Denver for five years. Her love of helping the community brought her to the JLD shortly after moving to Denver. She has served mainly on the Community Council during her time in the JLD. First serving as Step-Up Chair, and then as Chair of Kids in the Kitchen. She worked closely with the VP of Community as the Council Manager and then sat on the Board of Directors as the VP of Community. She sits on the Strategic Planning Committee as well, to help determine the future of the League. She has enjoyed not only working in the community, but also the incredible amount of training that she has received from the League. Kristin grew up in Dallas, Texas and after completing her BBA in International Business and Marketing from the University of Oklahoma, she moved to Denver. In addition to the JLD, Kristin serves as President of her college alumni association for Colorado and raises money through different events and fundraisers to offer college scholarships to Colorado students. Professionally, she has spent the last seven and a half years working to design experiential learning programs for teachers across the US to take their students overseas. Her career has taken her to over 50 countries through the years. When she is not traveling, she loves to hike, cook, and spend time with her two huskies, Bailee and Boomer.
Secretary: Kerry Pietrasiewicz
Kerry is currently in her sixth Active year in the Junior League of Denver, having spent time on the Done in a Day and Nominating Committees, chairing the Training and Development Committee, and most recently, being a part of Membership Services. Kerry graduated from Boston University with a degree in Photojournalism and now works as a Trademark Paralegal at the world headquarters of RE/MAX, LLC. She is a member of the Education Committee for the Denver Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and is also a committee chair for the Komen Denver Race for the Cure. In her spare time, Kerry enjoys traveling, reading, running, and spending time with friends and family. She lives in Park Hill with her husband.
Treasurer: Laurel Walk
Laurel Walk has been a member of the Junior League of Denver for six years. She has been active on several committees, including Chair for the Publications Committee and as a member of the Marketing Committee for Colorado Classique. She completed JLD's Leadership Institute and most recently served as the Nominating Committee Chair on the 2013-2014 Board of Directors. While not a Colorado native, Laurel has lived in Colorado for many years. Her family was welcomed to Colorado with the JLD’s amazing cookbooks. Later Laurel joined the JLD because she wanted to give back to the Denver community. The JLD has provided Laurel with training and leadership experience and she has remained an active member to further the focus of promoting literacy in Denver. Laurel currently works as the Production Manager (504) for Colorado Lending Source, and assists Colorado small businesses with SBA loans. A University of Colorado graduate, she lives in Denver with her husband, son, and dog, Lucy. Laurel enjoys running, cycling, reading, and cooking.
Nominating Chair: Angela Hooper
Angela is entering her 9th active year in the Junior League of Denver and was a Transfer from Texas in 2007. This is her 4th active year on Nominating and is excited about identifying and placing talent in the League. She has served on the Communication Council as Chair of the Website Committee, as well as the Admin Council as the Technology Advisor. Outside of the League, Angela is an active volunteer for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, participating in Light the Night teams as well as The Man and Woman of the Year campaigns. Though busy as a volunteer, holding a full time job with a tech start up, and being a mother to 4 children under the age of 8, Angela and her husband Chad try to find time to enjoy activities such biking, reading and home renovation.
Board Manager: Janelle Williams
Janelle is honored to serve as Board Manager and to support the Board of Directors throughout the year. She joined the Junior League of Bakersfield 5 years ago as a provisional. Her positions in JLB included In-League (Get Connected) chair, Director of Communications, and Secretary. Janelle joined the Junior League of Denver as a transfer in 2014 after moving to Denver for work. Janelle is originally from California but has lived in Washington, Florida, Kansas and now Colorado. She graduated from Washington State University in 2008. Go Cougs! Janelle currently works as an Instructional Designer. In her free time she enjoys playing with her labradoodle Riley, traveling, and participates in runDisney half marathons in Disneyland and Walt Disney World. She plans on hiking her first 14er this summer.
Community Council Vice President-Elect: Julia Lazure
Julia Kneeland Lazure joined the Junior League of Denver in 2011 for several reasons, including giving back, contributing to the community, and developing leadership skills. She completed the Leadership Institute during her first active year and is currently serving her second active year as the 123 Grants Committee Chair. Julia has a BSBA in Accounting from Creighton University and a J.D. from the University of Colorado. She worked at Denver District Court as the Family Court Facilitator for five years and is now a partner at Kneeland Law, LLC, practicing in the areas of family law, estate planning, and business law. Julia volunteer guest lectures and trains at Denver District Court and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, as well as serving on the Judicial Nominating Committee for the Colorado Women’s Bar Association. In her free time, she and her husband enjoy skiing, running, reading, and traveling.
Fundraising Council Vice President-Elect: Becky Schaub
Becky is a long time Colorado resident. She was raised in Colorado Springs, CO and went to college at The University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS where she earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Finance. Becky then went on to attend graduate school at The University of Denver, Daniels College of Business where she earned her MS in Finance. Becky worked for several years at various firms in Fixed Income Securities on the Institutional sales side of the market. She has been a member of the JLD since 2006. She has served on the Community, Communications and Fundraising Councils during her time. She has been a member of the Kids Connect Committee, as well as the Chair of Kids Connect COP. She has served on the JLD’s Communications Council as Communications Council Manager and is heavily involved in Fundraising; being on both the Steering Committee for Colorado Classique from 2007-2009 and chairing Corporate Sponsorship for our major events for the past two years. Becky also volunteers with the Graland Country Day School, Wash Park United Methodist Church Missions Committee, and the Denver Art Museum Young Associates. She is partner in a small real estate investment LLC. Becky is married to Brian and has two children, Carson and Whitney. Her family loves spending their time in Steamboat Springs skiing, hiking, and biking.
Training Council Vice President: Rachel Levine
Rachel Levine joined the Junior League of Denver in 2008. She has served as a member and as Chair of the Done In A Day Committee, as a member of the Nominating Committee, and as Membership Services Co-Chair. She has also served on the Board of Directors as the Vice President of Training. She has a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MPhil. from the University of Cambridge, UK. Rachel is the Director of Human Resources for Tony's Markets. In her free time, Rachel enjoys traveling, yoga, spending time outdoors, reading, cooking, and being with friends and family. She and her husband, Michael, live in Denver with their two daughters, Sydney and Zara, and their dog, Avon Barksdale.