Connect the Dots Consulting, Managing Director
Brenda Hampel is the Managing Director at Connect the Dots, which provides leadership solutions that help transform companies and the leaders at their helm. Brenda, a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BA in Communications, is a nationally recognized speaker, and co-authored several leadership books. Brenda is a certified coach from both the Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching and the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches. Brenda is passionate about helping women develop their own leadership brand and improving the lives of underserved children. When not at work, Brenda loves family time, as well as hiking, kayaking and rooting for the Denver Broncos.
Dan V. Clark
Clark Consulting Group, Owner
After 12 years in the automotive finance industry and 26 years in banking, Dan retired from full-time employment in 2010 as the CEO of Ross Reels, the world’s largest high-quality fly fishing reel manufacturer/products distributor. During his varied career, Dan has always been active in a variety of organizations giving back to the community. For the past 35 years, he has been a member of the Commerce City Rotary Club, where he is currently Treasurer of the Club and the Foundation. He has served as District Governor for 50 Rotary Clubs and as the Chair of the Rotary Club’s World Peace Programs. He has also provided leadership as the Treasurer for Colorado’s largest micro lender, an advisory committee member for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and the Chair of the National Association of Small Business Development Centers in Washington D.C.
Ascent Medical Consultant
Curtis Stepan is an owner and COO of Ascent Medical Consultants, a multi-specialty practice in Thornton, Longmont and Loveland, Colorado. Originally from Minnesota, Curt has over 25 years of experience owning/managing medical practices in Colorado. He received his undergraduate from the University of Colorado and he holds a master’s degree in Management from Regis University. Throughout his career, Curt has served on various boards/ committees, including the YMCA of Boulder Valley and Roche of Colorado. Curt has been on the Kids First Board for seven years.
Lynn H. Gilbert, RN, PhD, PNP-C
FAAN Associate Professor Emerita, Retired
University of Colorado College of Nursing
Lynn Gilbert, an associate professor emerita, retired from the University of Colorado College of Nursing in 2013. She earned her doctorate in behavioral pediatrics and community child health from Union Institute in 1994, her bachelor’s degree in nursing and international relations from Stanford in 1965, and master’s in public health nursing from the University of California San Francisco in 1968. She worked in Africa for much of her early career before moving to Boulder CO in 1978, where she supervised the People’s Clinic pediatric program for ten years. Lynn taught pediatric primary care to graduate nursing students for two decades, including clinical services in Kids First clinic sites. Lynn was awarded the 2019 Boulder County Healthy Community award for her work to pass the sugary drink tax, which provides funding for health equity, healthy eating and activity programs.
Community Affairs Representative
Tom Green is a Community Affairs Representative for United Power, a local, not-for-profit electric cooperative along the north central range of Colorado. Tom serves on the Kids First Board as part of United Power’s commitment to contributing to the sustainable development and support of worthy causes in the areas they serve. Tom is also a member of the Commerce City Rotary Club, the CC Chamber of Commerce Board, the CC Business and Professional Association, the Almost Home Board, the Diversity Equity & Inclusivity Council of Brighton, the Richard Lambert Foundation and other community-focused organization as part of his role at United Power.
Via Mobility Services
Bill Patterson is the CFO of Via Mobility Services, a 40-year-old nonprofit transportation agency serving the elderly, people with disabilities, and others with limited mobility options. The agency is based in Boulder and provides services throughout the Denver metro region. Prior to working at Via, Bill spent over 30 years as an owner and operator of successful manufacturing and distribution businesses. His nonprofit experience also includes many years on the Board of the Colorado Chautauqua Association, a National Historic Landmark. Bill believes financial sustainability is critical for nonprofits to fulfill their long-term mission.
Akshay Pradhan, JD, LLM
Akshay is a Colorado-licensed attorney with a Master of Laws in taxation. Akshay has been in legal practice for over 12 years, providing guidance in a multitude of areas including the Fortune 500, religious organizations, and non-profit organizations. In addition to sitting on the board of directors for Kids First Health Care, Akshay is on the board of directors for ICON and Chief Operations Officer of Join the Journey, organizations that assist the indigent in areas such as education, entrepreneurship, and finance. Akshay is now transitioning to a Guardian ad Litem to represent the best interests of children in child abandonment and neglect cases.
Former Revenue Development Director
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
As Revenue Development Director for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Alex currently focuses his energies on high level membership retention, sales, strategic partnerships, non-dues revenue strategies, direct budget line reduction opportunities, corporate social responsibility, and process efficiency improvement. Alex is a Colorado native with over 25 years of sales and marketing experience with a deep passion for his community. He attended Metro State College of Denver and graduated with Bachelor of Science Degrees in Urban Sociology and Political Science.
City of Thornton Council Member
Jessica Sandgren is a Colorado native, who has lived in Thornton since 2003 with her husband and two daughters. She is a K-12 licensed science teacher and has been teaching since 2007. She has been awarded numerous science and STEM related grants for her students. In 2017, Jessica was elected to City Council in the City of Thornton. She is a community advocate who works to help combat opioid addiction and volunteers with the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse. She is also a certified first responder with Youth Mental Health First Aid. Jessica serves on a number of non-profit boards and committees including BUDS Warehouse, SmartCommute, Colorado Municipal League, and Denver Regional Council of Governments. Jessica is also a member of the Northglenn/Thornton Rotary Club and a graduate of the Thornton Citizen’s Police Academy.
University of Colorado Denver
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Adams 14 Education Foundation
A native of Denver, Dale previously served as the President/CEO of the Denver/Boulder Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the BBB Foundation’s Executive Director. Prior to the BBB, Dale enjoyed a successful career of nearly 23 years at FirstBank Holding Company. Since 1985, Dale has served on advisory committees and boards for more than 50 philanthropic, community-oriented organizations including multiple Chambers of Commerce, educational institutions, Mile High United Way, the Aurora Public Schools Bond Accountability Committee, and Hispanic Annual Salute. Dale completed the Pacific Coast Banking School graduate banking program at the University of Washington and the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He and his wife Teri have two children: Addison and Ticen.
If you are interested in becoming a Board member, please contact Executive Director Whitney Gustin Connor at email@example.com.