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Hickenlooper names 32 civic and business leaders as Governor’s Fellows

Author: Joey Bunch - June 8, 2018 - Updated: June 11, 2018

Governor's Fellowship ProgramGov. John Hickenlooper speaks at the kickoff of the Governor’s Fellowship Program in 2016. (Photo courtesy of the Quarterly Forum)

The Quarterly Forum inducted 32 executives and community leaders on Friday who will make up the next class of Colorado Governor’s Fellows from across the state.

The nonpartisan fellowship started in 2016 under Gov. John Hickenlooper with endorsements from former Govs. Bill Ritter and Bill Owens. The idea is to train leaders and cultivate their ideas to strengthen government, as well as the private and nonprofit sectors. The program is based on the 54-year-old White House Fellows Program and Dr. Geoff Smart’s book, “Leadocracy.”

“Colorado is leading the nation in creating how we involve these emerging leaders in government,” Hickenlooper said in a statement Friday. “This fellowship program was designed to develop a pipeline of future talent in government to complement and enhance the great talent we have. This program both prepares our community leaders for government service and inspires them to take the step to get involved.”

The fellowship is led by civic leadership program Quarterly Forum.

“To see the interest from these leaders to use their leadership skills and creative minds to make an impact in the public sector is inspiring and humbling,” its director of programs, Eric Hopfenbeck, stated. “At QF, we are honored to provide this opportunity for the best and brightest to help shape the future of public service in our state.”

Hickenlooper, who approved each of the new fellows, is scheduled to induct the class at a ceremony on June 28.

The class is made up of:

  • Maggie Anderson – senior vice president, DaVita Inc., Denver.
  • Frankki Bevins – partner, McKinsey & Company, Denver.
  • Dennis Bianucci – retired principal, Deloitte Consulting, Arvada.
  • Brian Boonstra — partner, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Denver.
  • Melissa Brownstein – partner, EKS&H, Morrison.
  • Matthew Burkett – CEO, The Flyfisher Group, Denver.
  • Jorge Castañeda – partner, Casteñeda Law, Denver.
  • Kyle Chism – Turner Construction Co., Denver.
  • Nick Christensen – co-founder, Chrisland Companies, Fort Collins.
  • Fred Colen – portfolio manager/investment analyst, ArrowMark Partners, Evergreen.
  • Patrick Cowan – senior vice president for commercial banking, US Bank, Denver.
  • Kelly Galloway – director of patient care services, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver.
  • Gino Greco – CEO, American Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming, Denver.
  • Josef Hoelscher – director of corporate development, Liberty Media, Denver.
  • Zaneta Kelsey – director of STech Marketing, Arrow Electronics, Centennial.
  • Taylor Kirkpatrick – president & CEO, Babson Farms, Denver.
  • Patricia Landaveri – senior Colorado community affairs adviser, Noble Energy, Denver.
  • Peter Maiurro – senior vice president, El Pomar Foundation, Colorado Springs.
  • Stephanie Matlock –pProfessor, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction,
  • Katie McNerney – founder and partner, LeaderFit, Denver,
  • Christian Reece – executive director, CLUB 20, Grand Junction.
  • David Ryan – CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, Denver.
  • Tim Seibert – vice president, Nor’wood Development Group, Colorado Springs.
  • Andy Seth – chairman, Minds Matter of Denver, Denver.
  • Sarah Shrader – owner and co-Founder, Bonsai Design, Grand Junction.
  • Edie Sonn – vice president of communications and public affairs, Pinnacol Assurance, Denver.
  • Sumer Sorensen-Bain – chief of programs and operations, Manufacturer’s Edge, Denver.
  • Jocelyn Stephens – executive director of education, Public Education & Business Coalition, Denver.
  • Sean VanBerschot – vice president and partner, Prosono, Denver.
  • Jonathan Vaughters – CEO, Slipstream Sports LLC, Boulder.
  • Chad Vorthmann – executive vice president, Colorado Farm Bureau, Centennial.
  • Alana Watkins – owner and president, VOCA Public Relations, Denver.

Fellows will attend sessions each month next year to hear speakers and take part in conversations with public officials, including the governor, “to apply their innovative skills and experiences toward solving the state’s most challenging issues” by recommending policy changers, according to the Quarterly Forum.

The fellowship program is supported by the Boettcher Foundation and Quarterly Forum in partnership with the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs, the Governor’s Office, and The Commons on Champa.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.