W. Dean Salter is of counsel with Bryan Cave LLP. Before retiring from active practice, he concentrated on corporate law and securities, corporate governance issues, and financing transactions. He has served on the Board of Advisors for the University of Colorado at Denver’s Center for Entrepreneurship and the College of Business. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Rocky Mountain Junior Achievement; Goodwill Industries of Denver; and Colorado Public Radio (1992-1998, 2005-2012). Mr. Salter received his LL.B. from University of Virginia and his A.B. from the University of Kansas.
Virginia is the retired president of Colorado Business Bank and served on the CPR Board from 2004 through 2012, as Chair for the last two years. She has also served on a number of boards in Denver, including the Denver Metro Chamber, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Denver Branch, Planned Parenthood, COPIC Companies, and Mountain States Employers Council.
Philip E. Johnson is a retired Denver attorney. Most recently, Mr. Johnson served as a co-founder and Partner of Bennington, Johnson, Ruttum & Reeve LP in Denver (formerly known as Bennington, Johnson & Reeve, PC and Mosley, Wells, Johnson & Ruttum PC). In March 2015, firm partners retired and closed the firm after 40 years. Mr. Johnson has practiced law in Denver since 1975 in the areas of environmental law, real estate development, and commercial litigation.
Ann Hinkins is a partner in the audit service area of EKS&H and leads the firm’s nonprofit group. She is a Board member of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants, past board member of Young Americans Bank, Colorado Nonprofit Association, Colorado Ballet, Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado, and Colorado Council of Camp Fire, Inc. Hinkins earned her B.A. in Accounting, magna cum laude, from the University of Denver.
Michael P. Dowling has spent his professional life at the intersection of natural resource conservation, business, policy, and finance. Michael is current board chair of the national Land Trust Alliance, former chair of the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission; co-founder and former chair of the Colorado Conservation Trust; former chair of the Colorado Wildlife Federation; former vice chair of the Colorado Symphony; and founder and president of The Dowling Foundation. He was the 2010 recipient of Colorado Open Lands’ George E. Cranmer Award, which honors career achievement in open space preservation. Earlier in his career, Michael worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and as entrepreneur and investment manager in the energy industry. Michael has a BS in Geology and Geophysics from Yale College (with highest honors), an MFS degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and an MPPM degree from the Yale School of Management.
Gary Ferrera has served as the Chief Financial Officer of DigitalGlobe since March 2015. Previously, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Intrawest in 2014, Great Wolf Resorts in 2013, and the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of National CineMedia, Inc., based in Centennial, from 2006 to 2013. For over 20 years, he has held various positions in accounting and finance in both the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Ferrera received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and graduated with a BS in Accounting, magna cum laude, from Bentley University.
Gary B. Lutz is currently the President of Product Groups and Commercial Banking for First Western Trust Bank. Gary has been in leadership and management positions at various financial institutions, including JFG Wealth Management and Wells Fargo, since the mid-1980s. Mr. Lutz graduated with honors from the CU Leeds School of Business with his BS in Business Administration and Finance. He has served on the boards of the Denver Art Museum, ACE Scholarships, and the CU Leeds School of Business Professional Mentorship Program.
Karen Newman is a professor of management for the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver and also served as the Dean of the college from 2005-2007. Prior to that, Newman was the Dean of the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. She has been a faculty member at various institutions throughout her career, including Bucknell University, Case Western Reserve University and Georgetown University, where she was also Associate Dean of the McDonough School of Business. Newman has served on the boards of the Women’s Forum of Colorado, South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement and United Way of Richmond, and holds a doctorate in behavioral sciences from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.
Mary E. Ricketson is Dean Emerita to the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver as well as a lawyer, mediator, fund-raiser, public speaker, educator and nonprofit consultant. Mary has served as an Assistant Colorado Attorney General, a Deputy District Attorney and as the CEO of an Award winning nonprofit organization. As a University Professor, she has taught nonprofit management, board building, nonprofit ethics, leadership and fundraising.
Joanna retired from her position as Vice President of the Image and Printing Services Business Unit at Hewlett-Packard in 2007, after more than 23 years with the company. Her previous roles include General Manager of HP's Enterprise Finance Division, Vice President of Marketing for HP's Global Computer Support business, and Project Lead in Corporate Development, HP's mergers and acquisition group. She has served on the Boards of the Denver chapter of SCORE, the National Association for Olmsted Parks, the Boulder Public Library Foundation, and the Jaipur Literature Festival. Joanna started volunteering with CPR in 2010, and chaired CPR's Community Advisory Board for two years before joining the Board of Directors. Born and raised in Chicago, Joanna holds a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Bob Steele has spent the past 25 years advising journalists and media leaders across the country on ethical standards and practices. He directed the ethics program at the Poynter Institute for many years and also served six years as director of the Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University, his undergraduate alma mater. He has consulted on journalism ethics for NPR and dozens of newspapers and television stations. His professional background includes ten years as a local television reporter, executive producer and news director, and he has written many articles, case studies and handbooks on ethics issues. His B.A. from DePauw was in economics, and he earned an M.S. from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. from The University of Iowa writing his dissertation on ethical decision making in journalism.
Max has been with Colorado Public Radio's flagship station KCFR since 1974, first as an announcer, then Program Director, and since 1978, President. From 1984 - 1990, Max served on the board of National Public Radio, and he is a past chair of the board of the Station Resource Group. In 1996, Public Radio International gave Max the William H. Kling Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.