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.

Karen Newman, Vice-Chair

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.

Carolyn Daniels, Secretary

Carolyn Daniels is a partner at Bryan Cave LLP, 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.

Justin Borus, 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.

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. 

Michael P. Dowling

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 W. Ferrera

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.

Ann Hinkins

Ann Hinkins is a partner in the audit service area of EKS&H and leads the firm’s nonprofit group. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the School of Accountancy for the University of Denver; 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.

Balan Nair

Balan Nair is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Liberty Global, Inc. In this capacity he is responsible for overseeing the global network and technology operations, which span two continents and over 33 million homes. He is also responsible for new product development, oversees global procurement functions and leads our Technology Investment Venture group. Mr. Nair is an executive officer of Liberty Global and sits on the company's Executive Management Committee and Investment Committee. Mr. Nair sits on the board of Telenet Group Holding NV, Liberty Global’s Belgium subsidiary, and on the board of Adtran Corporation. He holds a patent in systems development and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Colorado. Mr. Nair holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, both from Iowa State University.

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. 

Dean Salter

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. 

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.