Community Advisory Board

Colorado Public Radio’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) meets 3-4 times a year to help ensure that Colorado Public Radio is meeting the educational and cultural needs of the communities served by the station.

The CAB has as its purpose strategic analysis and possible answers to the broad question of how CPR can better serve its stakeholders. A wide range of topics may be available for discussion. These may be relevant to programming, fundraising or general organizational issues.

The composition of the CAB is intended to be reasonably representative of the diverse needs and interests of  the community. A community’s interests may be driven by a number of factors, including ethnicity, economic variation, gender considerations, political preferences, age, and the geography of the areas served by the station among others.

Members are selected by the Nominating and Governance Committee of the CPR governing Board of Directors, on recommendations from staff and current CAB members. Each CAB member will serve for a term of two years, with the possibility, subject to invitation, of serving a second such term. After one year following the expiration of the second term, a member may be reappointed to the board.

The CAB meets throughout the year on a quarterly basis. Efforts are made to provide a call-in opportunity for those who cannot be physically present. Materials may be supplied to members in advance of any meeting, to help them become familiar with the matters to be discussed and to be more effective in the discussions.

From time to time, members may be given the opportunity to join a task force charged with doing specific work that will ultimately be brought to CPR’s Board of Directors. Task force jobs will be designed so that they can be completed in a meeting or two. It is hoped that certain skill sets of individual members may make their role in any given task force both important and enjoyable, but participation is optional.

The CAB works toward specific outcomes.  Although the Board may determine its own “areas of interests” to explore, and upon which to make recommendations to the governance board – generally, the CAB will consider those issues brought to it by CPR staff.  It is understood that staff has been directed to work closely with the CAB, and to provide any information required by the Board in making its determinations.

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Meeting Dates:

Colorado Public Radio's Community Advisory Board meets in open session on the following dates at 9:00 a.m., unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held at Bridges Broadcast Center, 7409 S. Alton Court, in Centennial, unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 1-800-722-4449.

  • November 21, 2019
  • February 20, 2020
  • May 13, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.
  • August 20, 2020
  • November 18, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.

All dates may be subject to change.

CAB Members

Judith Lajoie, Chair

Judith Lajoie is a lawyer with decades of real estate and commercial lending experience. Currently, Judith is General Counsel of CoBiz Bank, a $4 billion, state-chartered bank and financial services company, where she has been employed since 2009. On the nonprofit side, Judith sits on the board of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, which serves the public with its year round arts-in-education program, and has served on several other arts-focused boards over the years, including the Foundation for the Denver Performing Arts Complex and Colorado Contemporary Dance. 

Jeneye Abele

Jeneye Abele is the CEO of the Argosy Foundation, a family foundation that provides funding in environment, health, education and art. She has been a trustee with the foundation since it's inception in 1997. She holds a BA from the University of Colorado in psychology, where she first developed a deep curiosity for altruism and ethics. Her experience with Argosy and on several non-profit boards, including Conservation Colorado (now Colorado Open Lands), Concord Academy and Thorne Nature Experience have channeled much of this curiosity into philanthropic and social impact ventures.  She lives in Boulder with her family. 

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 shareholder at Hall Estill. He has practiced law in Colorado for over 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.

Justin Bresler

Justin Bresler has more than 20 years of advertising, marketing and product development experience, currently as the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for VISIT DENVER, a nonprofit that seeks to bring conventions and leisure visitors to Denver for the economic benefit of the City. At VISIT DENVER, Justin is responsible for managing a wide array of marketing operations, including brand and advertising management, interactive operations, social media, public relations, publications and membership. 

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.

Michael P. Dowling *

After a successful career as a consultant, investment manager, and corporate entrepreneur, Michael Dowling has fashioned a second career in nonprofit and public sector board leadership. He has served as board chair of the national Land Trust Alliance, chair of the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, co-founder and chair of the Colorado Conservation Trust, chair of the Colorado Wildlife Federation, vice chair of the Colorado Symphony, and in various Alumni Association roles at Yale University. Michael currently serves on the boards of Colorado Open Lands and Scenic Hudson. Earlier in his career, he was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and an entrepreneur and investment manager in the energy industry. Michael has degrees from Yale College (with highest honors), the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and the Yale School of Management. He is a former two-term member of the CPR governing Board, serving from 2013 to 2019, and was an active member of the Development Committee, Facilities Task Force Committee, Nominating Committee, and Search Committee.

Andrea Howland

Andrea Howland has spent her adult life working and volunteering in all aspects of non-profit advancement, focusing on building relationships with community members and donors. Currently Communications Manager at the University of Denver, and a writer for Sansum Clinic, her focus is to create meaningful engagement and pride of affiliation among an organization’s constituents. At the University of Denver, she also managed Community Relations for the University Libraries and coordinated the Undergraduate Research Center. Andrea previously held development roles at Rush Medical Center in Chicago and Middlesex School in Concord, MA.

A lifelong volunteer, Andrea visits hospice patients weekly. She dedicated time as Secretary and President of the Lamont Society which supports DU's Lamont School of Music. She has held numerous volunteer roles including Alumni Association President for Carleton College from which she graduated and was the youngest-ever recipient of Carleton's alumni award for exceptional service. With a mandate to engage younger alumni, she initiated the creation of an annual prize that recognizes and brings to campus a recent Carleton graduate. Andrea has volunteered at public radio stations in Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, and at CPR.

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. 

Dennis Ryerson

Dennis Ryerson retired in 2012 as editor of The Indianapolis Star and soon thereafter moved to Denver to be near his two adult children and their families. His career includes senior editor positions at The Denver Post, The San Jose Mercury News and The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Iowa native also served for more than six years as editor of The Des Moines Register, during which time he moderated three nationally televised presidential debates and won national awards for service to the First Amendment and for coverage of issues involving children.

Ryerson has a strong record of professional and community involvement. He was a four-time Pulitzer Prize juror and chaired juries three of those four times. He was a founding board member and past president of the Indiana Debate Commission, a non-profit, non-government organization formed to broadcast voter-oriented political debates statewide. He moderated three of those debates involving candidates for governor and U.S. senator.

Since retiring, Ryerson has translated his love of the arts into service on the boards of professional dance companies in Indianapolis (Dance Kaleidoscope) and Wonderbound in Denver, including serving as board chair.

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