City of Thornton Council Member, K-12 Teacher
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.
Via Mobility Services, CFO
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.
Executive Director, 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.
Incoming Board President
Former City Manager Commerce City
Brian has been a public servant for most of his professional life. He first served four communities over twenty years in southeast Michigan, primarily in the fields of planning and community development, after graduating from the University of Michigan in 1988. Brian relocated to Colorado with his family in 2008, where he served as Community Development Director for the City of Commerce City until 2011 and served at the city’s city manager from 2011 until July of 2020. During his tenure as city manager, the city’s annual budget and population nearly doubled in size and the city completed $250M in capital construction projects to improve the quality of life for each of the city’s 62,000 residents. Brian has been an enthusiastic supporter of Kids First Health Care since he arrived in Commerce City and is honored to help the community in a new way by serving on its board of directors. In his spare time, Brian enjoys spending time with his family, reading anything, exercising and enjoying Colorado’s great outdoors.
Akshay Pradhan, JD, LLM
The Law Firm of Hampton & Pigott, Partner
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, small to medium sized businesses, families, 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.
Dr. Kristine Gauthier
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Kristine is currently serving as the specialty director for CU’s primary care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program. A certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP-PC), Kristine has an interdisciplinary background in nursing and public health. She has over 20 years of experience as a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in a variety of settings, and she currently practices in a school-based clinic. Her research focuses on decreasing health disparities in vulnerable populations with an emphasis on addressing childhood obesity through the use of innovative approaches and techniques. She possesses Masters degrees in both Nursing from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis and Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and received her Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Colorado College of Nursing.
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.
Business & Revenue Development
Former Revenue Development Director for the Denver Metro and the Metro North chambers, Alex currently focuses his energies consulting nonprofits on membership retention, sales, strategic partnerships, non-dues revenue strategies, capital campaigns, 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 BS degrees in Urban Sociology and Political Science.
If you are interested in becoming a Board member, please contact Executive Director Whitney Gustin Connor at email@example.com.