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:

  • June 17, 2020 (Annual Meeting) - This meeting is closed to the public due to risks associated with COVID-19. 
  • September 11, 2020 - This meeting is closed to the public due to risks associated with COVID-19. 
  • November 11, 2020 - This meeting is closed to the public due to risks associated with COVID-19.
  • February 10, 2021 - This meeting is closed to the public due to risks associated with COVID-19. 
  • April 21, 2021 - This meeting is closed to the public due to risks associated with COVID-19.
  • June 16, 2021 - This meeting is closed to the public due to risks associated with COVID-19.

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.

Brad Greenwald, Vice-Chair

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. Mr. Greenwald has a B.A. from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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.

Michelle Sobel, Secretary

Michelle Sobel is the COO at Unify America, a nonpartisan bridge-building organization with a mission to replace politics with problem solving. 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. Before entering healthcare, Michelle was the Creative Director at Jellyvision, a maker of games and interactive conversations. Prior to that, she was a film editor with credits 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 local DECA high school chapters, mentoring students with an interest in pursuing careers in entrepreneurship. Michelle received her B.A. from Brown University.

Directors

Linda Appel Lipsius

Linda Appel Lipsius joined the board of Denver Urban Gardens in 2020 and became Executive Director in 2021. She brings strong business and entrepreneurial experience and a commitment to regenerative business and living. As Co-Founder & former CEO of Teatulia Organic Teas (a public benefit corporation) and Co-Founder of the mama ‘hood, she built universally-respected national brands known for doing things better. Prior to that she was a Vice President at Orange Glo International. She earned her BA in Political Science from Columbia University, MBA in Finance and Organizational Management from NYU’s Stern School of Business, completed her Permaculture Design Course in 2019 and was part of the Leadership Denver class of 2020. In her spare time, Linda runs, cycles, practices yoga, reads and escapes to her cabin in the mountains.

Ricardo Baca

Ricardo Baca is a 20-year veteran journalist, keynote speaker, entrepreneur, TEDx veteran and Indigeneous-born Colorado native. He served as The Denver Post’s first-ever marijuana editor and founded news vertical The Cannabist, where he extensively covered the advent of adult-use cannabis and related issues across the country and around the world. In 2016, Ricardo launched marketing firm Grasslands: A Journalism-Minded Agency to work directly with business leaders in highly regulated industries, including cannabis, real estate, technology, media and traditional healthcare. Named Marketer of the Year by AdCann in 2019, Ricardo has received numerous accolades for his trailblazing work across the media paradigm.

Lori Bergen

Lori Bergen is the founding dean of the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she holds the James E. De Castro Chair in Global Media Studies. A former journalist, she has been a faculty member and served in academic leadership roles at Kansas State, Texas State and Marquette universities. Currently a trustee of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Lori is a member of the Arthur Page Society, and has served on the board of eTown and as president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She is co-author of a new book, News for Us: Citizen-Centered Journalism, and holds a PhD from Indiana University.

Dr. Robert Contiguglia

Dr. 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.

Steve ErkenBrack

Steve ErkenBrack has enjoyed a diverse, 40-year career in both law and health care, serving as President & CEO of Rocky Mountain Health Plans, as Mesa County’s elected District Attorney, and as Colorado’s Chief Deputy Attorney General. He has founded two law firms, one in Grand Junction in the 1980s and one in Denver and Grand Junction in the 1990s, with a practice emphasis in litigation. He is currently Of Counsel with Hoskin Farina & Kampf, P.C. in Grand Junction.

Steve’s legal and health care acumen has been recognized on a statewide and national basis. He has served a health care resource for numerous state and federal officials in both political parties. The Colorado legislature has repeatedly appointed Steve as its health plan representative on multiple health care Commissions and Boards.

Steve has also served as Chair of the Board of Law Examiners, appointed by the Colorado Supreme Court, on the Board of Governors of the Colorado Bar Association, and as President of the Colorado District Attorneys Council. Steve received his law degree from the University of Colorado and his undergraduate education at the United States Naval Academy and Washington & Lee University. He is admitted to practice before all courts in Colorado and before the United States Supreme Court.

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.

Ned Harding

Ned Harding co-founded the data analytics company Alteryx in 1997. He stepped down as CTO in 2018 after the company went public. 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.

Sherisse Hawkins

A creative minded CEO with strong engineering background, Sherisse Hawkins has a proven record in meeting impossible deadlines, delighting customers, and re-imagining how things can be done. She believes anything is possible in the digital world. Sherisse, an engineer and technologist, has a passion for driving the evolution of digital narrative content, and believes she has the best job ever as founder and CEO of Pagedip. As an award-winning business owner and accomplished international speaker, Sherisse loves helping others on their life journey. She has appeared in Vanity Fair and on ABC’s Shark Tank.

Sherisse has an engineering degree from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Engineering Management from University of Colorado at Boulder. She worked as a Walt Disney Imagineer, building theme park attractions around the globe, and a system architect specializing in digital video delivery. Prior to starting PageDip, Sherisse held a VP engineering position at Time Warner Cable where her team's product was deployed to over 13 million subscribers.

She has been recognized as Women of the Year in Technology by WICT, is a Betsey Magness Leadership Fellow, and has served on industry, education, and nonprofit boards including YWCA, SCTE, Regis Executive advisory board and Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance.

Rishi Hingoraney

Rishi Hingoraney is VP of Client Partnerships at Ibotta, a mobile shopping platform based in Denver, CO. In his current role, he leads a team that develops and expands partnerships with leading U.S. retailers. During his tenure at Ibotta, he has focused on pioneering innovative new approaches to measuring and optimizing mobile marketing performance at a time of rapid evolution in the industry. Rishi has more than 15 years of experience in the media and tech spaces across a wide range of disciplines. 

Adrian Miller

Adrian Miller is a food writer, attorney and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, CO. Adrian received an A.B. in International Relations from Stanford University in 1991, and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1995. He is currently the executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches and, as such, is the first African American and the first layperson to hold that position. Miller previously served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton with his Initiative for One America—the first free-standing office in the White House to address issues of racial, religious and ethnic reconciliation. Miller also served as a senior policy analyst for Colorado governor Bill Ritter Jr. 

Robert Moore

Robert Moore will become the acting Co-President of Colorado College on July 1, serving until a new president begins. He is also the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration/Treasurer of the college. His areas of responsibilities include endowment management, controller's office, budget office, human resources office, facilities services, purchasing services, dining operations, and bookstore operations.

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, Balan 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.

Jay Rolls

Jay Rolls is an advisor in the telecommunications industry. He was the SVP & Chief Technology Officer at Charter Communications in Denver, Colorado from 2011 to 2019. During that time he and his team had the responsibility for Engineering & Architecture across all aspects of Charter's wireline business. Previously, Mr. Rolls served in a variety of roles during 13 years at Cox Communications including SVP of Technology. 

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.

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.

Andra Zeppelin

Andra Zeppelin is a community leader, the executive director of the Zeppelin Family Foundation, and a principal at Zeppelin Development where she is in charge of strategic community partnerships, civic engagement, and key business and political relationships. She serves on the boards of Denver Film and the Colorado Symphony, as well as on the development committee of her daughters’ school, the International School of Denver. She recently joined Electing Women as an official sponsor, a group she has supported for years as she is dedicated to supporting more women in elected office. 

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.