Carol Balkcom

Carol Balkcom moved to Denver with her husband in 2010 and retired in 2014. She has more than twenty-five years in product marketing and development in consumer and B2B products and services. Carol currently volunteers weekly for Warren Village in Denver. Her past volunteer activities have included board service and administration for a community land trust for affordable housing, housing commission and after-school reading center in Evanston, Illinois; and a Great Books centered seminar program for public school teachers in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Jill Barkin

Jill Barkin has over 15 years of experience in corporate philanthropy, nonprofit management and strategy consulting. She is passionate about creating a disciplined approach to social change and has committed both her profession and personal time to a wide range of local and national efforts to improve public education and reduce economic inequality. Jill is currently the Vice President of Board Governance for Teach for America and serves on the Board of Directors for Chalkbeat, a national network of local education news bureaus, as well as A+ Denver, a NGO working to harness the power of Denver’s civic leadership to increase student achievement in Denver Public Schools. In 2011, Jill was also appointed by Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock to serve on Denver’s Homelessness Commission and the Denver Education Compact.   

Mark F. Bell

Mark F. Bell is a partner with Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher LLP.  He has practiced law in Colorado for twenty five years emphasizing finance, business and real estate.  Mark can be found at the Hi-Dive or the Tattered Cover searching out new music and literature. His community involvement is extensive and focuses on furthering the arts and assisting the homeless.

Fred Brown*

Fred Brown is a semiretired Denver Post reporter, editor and columnist. He teaches media ethics at the University of Denver and is active in the Society of Professional Journalists, where he served as national president (1997-98) and a longtime member of its ethics committee.

Christopher Carrington

Chris Carrington practices law at Richards Carrington LLC where he maintains a commercial litigation practice. In his non-legal life, Chris is a songwriter who has recorded music for film, including a recent PBS Documentary about Neal Cassady, and has had songs play on CPR's OpenAir.

Dan Grossman

Dan is the regional director of the Environmental Defense Fund. He served six years in the Colorado House and was the state’s youngest House Minority Leader. Dan also served four years in the Colorado Senate, and chaired the Judiciary Committee and was vice chairman of the Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee.

Adam Lipsius

Adam is a writer, producer and director with 20 years in the film business. His television and feature work has appeared in movie theaters on Video On Demand, PBS, Tennis Channel, iTunes and Netflix. He has worked in advertising with the Kids Connection Worldwide Division of Saatchi & Saatchi. He founded the Colorado-based Front Range Production Group and Denver-based film studio Uptown 6, and he completed his first Young Adult novel, "Knox Chase on the Case." 

Brian Prendergast 

Brian is a digital forensics investigator with the Colorado-based company Coalfire Systems, Inc. where he assists clients with digital investigations including data breaches, proprietary information theft and financial fraud and embezzlement. His background includes various technical roles in public broadcasting while employed at Colorado Public Television (CPT 12) and as a volunteer with KUVO. Brian is also an active participant in Denver’s music scene as both a musician and avid music fan. 

Marissa Volpe

Marissa Volpe has worked in cross cultural communication for over ten years. She is currently the Diversity and and Inclusion Coordinator at the Alzheimer's Association where she focuses on providing culturally appropriate programming for diverse populations living with Alzheimer's Disease. She has an interest in spirituality and dementia and has presented before seminary, church and lay organizations. Marissa holds a master's degree in intercultural communication from American University and a doctorate in spirituality and story from Wesley Theological Seminary. 

Mary Wickersham

Mary is currently director of the Center for Education Policy Analysis at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. Mary served as senior director of policy and innovation at the Piton Foundation. Prior to that, she was a senior fellow at the Children's Campaign; she also served as senior policy advisor for education to Governor Ritter and helped create and oversee the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program when she was policy director for State Treasurer Cary Kennedy.

*Former member of the CPR Board of Directors