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Colorado Public Radio Board of Directors

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Chair

Dr. Robert Contiguglia

Colorado Kidney Associates | Denver

 

Vice-Chair

Laura Perry Barton

Denver

 

Secretary

Carolyn Daniels

Bryan Cave HRO | Denver

 

Treasurer

Justin Borus

Lazarus | Denver

 

Directors

 

Christie Cadwell

Boulder

 

John Carlen

ESCThul | Denver

 

Liane Clasen

Denver

 

Ron Cooper

Denver

 

Gary Ferrera

National CineMedia, Inc. | Denver

 

Michael Grace

Colorado College Music Department | Colorado Springs

 

Karen Newman

Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver | Denver

 

Melinda Quiat

Quiat Companies | Denver

 

Bryant Reber

Boulder

 

Max Wycisk

Ex Officio

Colorado Public Radio | Denver

 

Tania Zeigler

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado | Denver

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Perry Barton | Vice-Chair

Laura P. Barton is a philanthropist and community volunteer. She started her career with TCI in the cable television industry, and worked on Federico Pena’s mayoral campaign. She raised her three children with her husband Peter Barton, who served on the CPR board prior to his death in 2002. Laura is a trustee for The Childrens' Hospital Foundation and currently serves on advisory committees for The Denver Foundation, Mile High Montessori, Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST), and Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

 

 

 

Justin Borus I Treasurer

Justin Borus is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Lazarus Investment Partners LLLP, a private investment partnership which invests in public microcap companies. Justin was also the co-creator and writer of "Girls & Sports," a nationally syndicated comic strip which appeared regularly in over 150 newspapers across the country and on ESPN.com.

 

 

 

Christie Cadwell

Christie Cadwell has had an extensive career in engineering and telecommunications. She has worked for the Department of Defense, Palm Inc., and served as a Professor of Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has recently started graduate school at CU Denver, studying architecture.

 

 

 

John Carlen

John is CEO of ESCThul, a leader in transforming the way people interact with their homes. ESCThul is dedicated to providing the world's finest residential integrated technology solutions. He is past President of Johnson Storage & Moving Company, a Denver based business providing national and worldwide services though its affiliation with United Van Lines. Prior to his current position, he was a leader in the payroll, employment services, construction services and retail fields, including several years as Chairman of the May D&F Division of the May Department Stores and as the CEO of Pumpco Inc., one of the country’s largest Concrete Pumping Companies.

 

 

 

 

Liane Clasen

Liane Clasen has served as a trustee on the board of several non-profit organizations associated with education and the arts, including Opera Colorado, Denver Academy, The Denver Film Society and The National Arts Centre Foundation. Her involvement has focused primarily on development, marketing and strategic planning. Prior to her community work, Clasen had a distinguished career in communications, serving as a senior executive for several major broadcasting and cable companies, including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where she was Director of Strategic Planning. Clasen holds a master’s degree from Carleton University. 

 

 

 

Dr. Robert Contiguglia | Chair

Dr. Contiguglia is President of the Colorado Kidney Associates, PC, practicing nephrology in Denver for 36 years. Currently retired from direct patient care, he is a clinical professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. In the past, he has served on the Rose Medical Center Board of Trustees, the Rose Foundation Board of Directors, and the United States Olympic Committee. He is the immediate past president of the United States Soccer Federation and currently serves on the boards of the United States Soccer Federation, the National Soccer Hall of Fame, and Denver Scores.

 

 

 

Ron Cooper

Ron Cooper was the chief executive officer of Clear Channel Outdoor Americas from 2009-2012 and previously held positions as president and chief operating officer of Adelphia Communications, chief operating officer at AT&T Broadband and founder and president of RELERA, an information services company serving corporate customers. He also served as executive vice president of MediaOne, where he oversaw all broadband service operations. Cooper was a director on CPR’s governing board from 2006-2010 and has also held seats on the board of the CTAM Educational Foundation, The Cable Center and the Denver Art Museum. Cooper holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.

 

 

 

Carolyn Daniels | Secretary

Carolyn Daniels is a partner at Bryan Cave HRO, and has been with the firm since 1976.  She has previously served on the boards of the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation, Colorado Endowment for the Humanities, and on the Denver Foundation Arts and Culture Advisory Committee.

 

 

 

Gary Ferrera

Gary Ferrera has been the chief financial officer of National CineMedia, Inc., based in Centennial, since moving to Colorado in 2006. For over 20 years, he has held various positions in accounting and finance in both the U.S. and Europe. Ferrera received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bentley University.

 

 

 

Michael Grace

Michael has been a member of the Colorado College music faculty since 1967, and is currently Professor of Music and Chair of the department. In addition to his faculty appointment, he has served as Acting President of Colorado College and Dean of the Summer Session. He is also Director of the Collegium Musicum and has performed with them as an instrumentalist since the inception. Michael's teaching has focused on music history courses for the music majors, as well as topics courses on Mozart, American Music, Twentieth Century Music and interdisciplinary courses in Renaissance Culture and the history of art and music.

 

 

 

Karen Newman

Karen Newman is 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.

 

 

 

Melinda Quiat

Holding two Bachelor’s degrees from The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a Master’s degree from the University of Denver, Melinda Quiat is the Chief Executive Officer at The Quiat Companies.  This Family Business is actively involved in real estate and oil and gas investments. Melinda also serves as a Director on the Board of Denver’s Anti-Defamation League.

 

 

 

Bryant Reber

Bryant Reber was Executive Vice President at First Western Trust Bank, responsible for Wealth Management, 401(k), Trust, Insurance and Mortgages.  Prior to this, he was President and CEO of Reber/Russell Company, which was acquired by FWTB in 2006.  Bryant earned his law degree from Seattle University.  

 

 

 

Max Wycisk | Ex Officio

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.

 

 

 

Tania Zeigler

Tania Zeigler is a health care communications professional and currently works in the Colorado region office for Kaiser Permanente as director of member experience and customer engagement. Previously she led their corporate communications department, which included media and public relations, and member, employee and physician communications. She is a former reporter for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and also worked as a health reporter in North Carolina.