Board of Directors

Colorado Public Radio's board structure and board membership is designed to enhance and facilitate CPR’s ability to be a high-performing organization that carries out its vision and mission.

The Board as a whole is responsible for setting organizational direction and authority and then delegates management and the implementation of policy and CPR’s approved plan to the CPR President.  

Board Meetings

CPR's Board of Directors meets in open session several times a year.  However, as permitted by law, portions of Board meetings and various Committee meetings are held in executive session due to discussions on individual employees, proprietary matters, information obtained on a confidential basis or matters requiring confidential advice of counsel. Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Board meetings are held at the Bridges Broadcast Center, 7409 S. Alton Court, in Centennial, unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 1-800-722-4449.

The Board of Directors will be meeting in open session on the following dates at 11:45 a.m. unless otherwise noted:

  • October 16, 2019
  • December 11, 2019
  • February 12, 2020
  • April 22, 2020
  • June 17, 2020 (Annual Meeting)

All dates may be subject to change.

Board Officers

Philip Johnson, Chair

Philip Johnson is a retired Denver attorney. Most recently, Mr. Johnson served as a co-founder and partner of Bennington, Johnson, Biermann & Craigmile. 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.

Joanna Rosenblum, Vice-Chair

Joanna Rosenblum 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. Ms. Rosenblum 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.

Diane F. Reeder, Treasurer

Diane Reeder has been a financial and management consultant with Thompson White, LLC since 2007. Prior to that she worked in banking and trust management, involved with numerous interstate trust acquisitions and running a 10-state corporate trust region for US Bank. She then served as EVP and Senior Trust Officer for Guaranty Bank and Trust and helped to create a new nationally chartered trust bank (AMG Guaranty Trust, N.A.). Ms. Reeder has been on numerous non-profit boards holding positions of Chairman, Treasurer, Vice Chairman, Development Chair, etc. She is immediate past Vice Chairman of Goodwill Industries of Denver and worked on the organization’s recent merger with Discover Goodwill of Colorado Springs, creating the new, statewide organization, Goodwill of Colorado, of which she is on the board.

Bob Steele, Secretary

Bob Steele’s 45-year career spanned journalism, academia and military. He spent two decades as a journalism ethicist on the faculty of The Poynter Institute teaching and guiding reporters, editors and media leaders across the country. He consulted for dozens of news organizations including NPR, leading the review and rewrite of NPR’s News Code of Ethics. Bob also was a distinguished professor in journalism ethics at his undergraduate alma mater DePauw University where he also served as director of the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics. Bob enlisted in the Army in 1969 and was a Signal Corps officer in Vietnam. He received a M.S. degree in television-radio at Syracuse University and worked for a decade as a television reporter and newsroom manager. Bob earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa writing his dissertation on journalism ethics. The Society of Professional Journalists honored him in 2010 as a Fellow of the Society, the highest honor SPJ bestows upon a journalist for extraordinary contributions to the profession.

Directors

Rachel Romer Carlson

Rachel Carlson is the co-founder and CEO of Guild Education, a certified B-corporation on a mission to unlock opportunity for the American workforce through education. Guild helps companies offer Education as a Benefit to their frontline employees, aiming to support the 64 million working Americans who have yet to earn a college degree, with a benefit that advances their education and their career. Guild partners with Fortune 1000 companies, including Walmart, Disney, Chipotle, Lowe’s and Discover. Guild has raised $71.5M, and has been named Top Woman-Owned Business of the Year, Employee Initiative of the Year and a Fast Company Most Innovative Company.

Prior to founding Guild, Rachel was the CEO of Student Blueprint, led teams at American Honors, and worked for the 2008 Obama campaign before serving in the Obama White House. Rachel holds an M.B.A. from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business as well as a M.A. in Education and B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University. Rachel lives in Denver with her husband, David, and their twin girls, Lily Grace and Magnolia.

Dr. Robert Contiguglia

Bob Contiguglia served on the CPR board from 2009-2017 and was Board Chair from 2014-2017. A retired nephrologist, he has also served on the board of US Soccer, serving as president of their board from 1998-2006. Dr. Contiguglia was recently elected into the National Soccer Hall of Fame and is currently the board chair. He also serves as co-chair of the World Cup Denver 2026 bid committee.

In addition to his extensive experience in soccer, he is President of Colorado Kidney Associates in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Contiguglia is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and has published extensively in the area of clinical dialysis.

Jack Finlaw

Jack Finlaw has been the president and chief executive officer of the University of Colorado Foundation since 2014.  Before he joined the Foundation, Jack spent more than a decade in public service.  He was chief legal counsel to the Governor of Colorado from 2011 to 2014 and he held several senior governmental positions with the City and County of Denver between 2003 and 2011.  Prior to his public sector career, Jack was a corporate and securities lawyer in the cable television industry for almost twenty years.  Jack’s current community service includes membership on the board of Visit Denver and he chairs the board of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.  He has also been a member of the boards of the Colorado Symphony, the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation and Opera Colorado.  Jack is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the University of Denver College of Law.

Bradley Greenwald

Brad Greenwald is the Founder and Managing Partner of Hilltop Venture Partners which invests in and manages early stage technology businesses. Brad has held senior management roles in global companies including Time Warner and Polaroid. He is the founder of Education Funding Partners, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver and an invited speaker at several national venture capital conferences.  He has served on the Board of Directors for Oxfam America, Food Bank of the Rockies and Cooking Matters, and currently serves on the Jewish Colorado Investment Committee. He is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow and a co-founder of the Evergreen National Education Prize. Brad has a B.A. from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Ned Harding

Ned Harding co-founded the data analytics company Alteryx in 1997. He stepped down as CTO in 2018 after the company went pubic. He now serves as a special adviser. Ned has more than 40 years of experience in software programming, software architecture, and product development and has been involved in multiple startups.

Balan Nair

Balan Nair is President and CEO of Liberty Latin America. Liberty Latin America is an integrated telecommunications company, focused on the Caribbean Islands and Latin America. Prior to joining Liberty Latin America, Mr. Nair served as Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President for Liberty Global and for AOL LLC, a global web services company, from 2006 thru 2017. Prior to his role at AOL LLC, he spent more than 12 years at Qwest Communications International Inc., most recently as Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer. He currently sits on the public company boards of Charter Communications, a leading cable operator in the United States, Adtran Corporation, an IP Technology company and Liberty Latin America. He is also an inductee into the Cable Hall of Fame.

Wag Schorr

Wag Schorr is a retired nephrologist. He recently established the Schorr Family Medical Scholarship Fund, which has committed funding for five years. In 2017, Dr. Schorr received the CU School of Medicine’s Florence Rena Sabin award for exceptional contributions to the Anschutz Medical Campus and the health of the citizens of Colorado.

Karen Secor

Karen has owned Secor Consulting since 2007. She was a member of the board for Cherry Creek Academy from 2006-2012, where she also served as board chair. Karen has worked as Chief Operating Officer of Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, VP of Account Management at Broadband Associates, and numerous other roles both professionally and as a volunteer. She holds an MBA from CU-Boulder.

Michelle Sobel

Michelle Sobel is a digital health innovator who is on a mission to help patients and their families lead healthier, happier, and more connected lives. In 2002, Michelle co-founded Emmi Solutions, a patient engagement technology company, and in 2008 co-founded Analyte Health, a virtual care company which integrates lab testing in a telehealth setting. She is currently the Director of Innovation for Centura Health with a focus on making healthcare easier to access and navigate for the Coloradans it serves. Before entering healthcare, Michelle was a Creative Director for Jellyvision, a maker of video games and a Film Editor with credits on numerous films including Merchant-Ivory’s “Howards End” and “Remains of the Day". She supports local Denver non-profit organizations as a member of Impact 100 Metro Denver and volunteers with the local DECA high school chapters, mentoring students with an interest in pursuing careers in entrepreneurship. Michelle received her B.A. from Brown University.

W. Dean Salter, Emeritus Board Member

Dean Salter has served on the CPR Board of Directors for six terms, consisting of nineteen years (1992-1998, 2005-2012, 2013-2019). In June of 2019, in recognition of his sustained and exemplary service, he was unanimously elected Emeritus Member of the CPR Board of Directors. Mr. Salter is of counsel with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. Before retiring from active practice, he was a corporate partner with Holme Roberts & Owen, which combined with BCLP in 2012. 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 and Goodwill Industries of Denver. Mr. Salter received his LL.B. from University of Virginia and his A.B. from the University of Kansas.

Stewart Vanderwilt, Ex Officio

Stewart Vanderwilt came to Colorado Public Radio in July 2018 after 18 years as the director and general manager of KUT and KUTX in Austin. The 15 years prior, he held various roles at Indiana Public Radio, including as general manager. Mr. Vanderwilt has a bachelor’s of science degree in business and marketing from Ball State University. He currently serves on the board of Public Radio International and previously served on the board of Greater Public and the Station Resource Group.