Author: Boettcher Foundation

DENVER, December 23, 2020 — The Boettcher Foundation has awarded more than $10.6 million in grants and scholarships in 2020. The grantees include organizations leading transformational initiatives, connecting communities through infrastructure or programming, and others increasing leadership opportunities. A major focus of the Foundation’s grantmaking also emphasized rural depth and statewide breadth. “Our philanthropic support this past year reflects our mission to invest in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans,” said President & CEO Katie Kramer. “2020 was an unprecedented year in so many ways, and we remain as committed as ever to organizations and individuals who continue to lead transformational work in their respective communities.” The Foundation continued its longtime investment in biomedical research through its support of the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program. In addition to announcing its 11th class of Boettcher Investigators, Boettcher created the COVID-19 Biomedical Research Innovation Fund and supported the Help Colorado Now statewide relief work in response to the pandemic. Meanwhile, the Boettcher Scholarship Program added 42 Scholars to its influential network. To date, the Foundation has invested more than $105 million in 2,672 Colorado students dating back to 1952. Below are additional details about some of our 2020 grant and scholarship recipients. FOCUS AREA: PROMISE OF COLORADO San Luis Valley Ski-Hi Event Center ($100,000): Located in Monte Vista, this new facility will feature a conference center and multiple indoor athletic courts. The complex has long served as an anchor for the community and the new, modern version is vital to the future health and prosperity of the region. Center for African American Health Hudson Street Facility ($75,000): The Center for African American Health is the preeminent organization focusing on the health of Colorado’s African American residents. Their new facility will increase the organization’s capacity to serve clients and collaborate with numerous onsite partners. Rural Theaters Support Fund ($50,000): Movie theaters are local hubs for entertainment, education, and civic life in rural Colorado. In partnership with other foundations and the State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the fund will help ensure rural theaters can reopen their doors after the COVID-19 pandemic. RISE Planning and Design Support Grants ($25,000): In September 2020, Governor Jared Polis announced the $32.7 million Response, Innovation, and Student Equity (RISE) Education Fund to help Colorado address the learning challenges that students are facing due to COVID-19. Our assistance for RISE planning grants helps eligible educational organizations develop their initiatives and strengthen their applications to the fund. Prodigy Coffeehouse – Globeville Expansion ($25,000): Prodigy employs future community leaders through an intensive apprenticeship program that builds skills, mindsets, and economic capital for sustainable careers. The second location will double the number of apprentices employed and help unleash the talent of the Globeville neighborhood. FOCUS AREA: POTENTIAL OF COLORADANS Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation – Civic DNA Fellows ($25,000): In 2020 we continued to empower Colorado’s leaders through support of the Civic DNA Fellows program. The eight-month, cohort-based experience helps leaders with a demonstrated community commitment further develop their leadership skills so they can increase their civic impact. Latino Leadership Institute ($10,000): The Latino Leadership Institute (LLI) at the University of Denver advances Latino professionals to positions of influence and prepares organizations for a more diverse and equitable future. The fellowship program and leadership and inclusion trainings emphasize Latino leaders from across Colorado who work in different sectors and industries. Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program ($1.8 million): This year’s awards supported eight promising, early career Investigators, allowi­ng them to establish their independent research and be more competitive for major federal and private awards. Each recipient is awarded $235,000 in grant funding to sustain up to three years of biomedical research. Including the class of 2020, 76 Boettcher Investigators have received funding through the Webb-Waring program. Since 2010, Investigators have gone on to earn a collective $100 million in subsequent independent research funding. For more information, please visit here. Boettcher Scholarship Program ($4.1 million): The 2020 Boettcher Scholar class include the founder of a nonprofit organization that provides cybersecurity services, a composer for ballet and jazz routines, and the founding board member of the Native American Youth Summit. The cohort of 42 Scholars mark the newest class of students who will be the next generation of Colorado’s dynamic thinkers and leaders. The Boettcher Scholar network includes more than 2,600 Alumni who have made their marks in business, government, the nonprofit sector, and academia, among other industries. The four-year scholarship, established in 1952, includes full tuition and fees, a book allowance, and an annual stipend for living expenses. For more information, please visit here. COVID-19 RESPONSE COVID Biomedical Research Innovation Fund (Approximately $1 million): In May, the Foundation awarded six grantees with a total of just under $1 million in biomedical    research funding to fight COVID-19 and future pandemics. The grantees represent several of  Colorado’s top research hospitals, universities – and included several partnerships. The grantees were selected from a pool of 120 applicants; they are collectively leading research efforts around COVID-19 risk factors, treatment, testing, and vaccines. For more information, please visit here. Help Colorado Now COVID Relief Fund ($100,000): Hosted by the State of Colorado and Mile High United Way and administered by a committee of community leaders from across Colorado, the Help Colorado Now fund has provided more than $20 million to aid Colorado communities affected by COVID-19 and organizations working in prevention, impact, and recovery.   About the Boettcher Foundation At the Boettcher Foundation, we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come....

Felisa Gonzales Boettcher Scholar Year: 1997 Alma Mater: Colorado College What does being a Boettcher Scholar mean to you? Being a Boettcher Scholar means that someone believed enough in me and my potential to support my undergraduate education. It means being part of a community of smart and caring people who reflect the diversity of talent in Colorado and share a commitment to giving back. What inspires you to get more involved with the Boettcher Foundation? I haven’t been involved with the Boettcher Foundation and am very much looking forward to becoming more connected with Boettcher Scholars and leaders in Colorado. The Boettcher Foundation has invested in me, and I look forward to now having the opportunity to invest some of my time and skills into the efforts of the Alumni Board. What is one overarching thing you hope to accomplish as a member of the Alumni Board? I’m interested in accomplishing two things as a member of the Alumni Board: 1) increasing our understanding of the contributions of the Alumni Board to the Boettcher Foundation’s efforts and 2) increasing outreach to, and connections among, scholars from Southern Colorado. What’s one interesting fact about you that might surprise others? I’ve developed an interest in the flora and fauna of Colorado and have started trying to identify flowers and birds on hikes and walks with my partner and son. Dominic DiSanti Boettcher Scholar Year: 2005 Alma Mater: Colorado State University What does being a Boettcher Scholar mean to you? Boettcher Scholars represent Colorado’s finest in terms of scholastic achievement, leadership, and community service. I am humbled and proud to be a part of this community that represents the best of Colorado. What inspires you to connect with and/or get more involved with the Boettcher Foundation? It is very important to me that I give back in any way possible to the Boettcher community. I am so grateful for the opportunities that the Boettcher Foundation gave to me, and I am eager to pay it forward. I am at a point in my career where I feel I could provide a unique perspective to the Scholar and Alumni community. What is one overarching thing you hope to accomplish as a member of the Alumni Board? I am most looking forward to reconnecting with the Alumni and Scholar community. I aim to provide meaningful insight and perspective from rural Colorado. What’s one interesting fact about you that might surprise others? As a Colorado native, many are surprised to hear that I have never been skiing. Perhaps an Alumni event on the slopes could change that!...

Mary Margaret Hesse Boettcher Scholar Year: 1992 Alma Mater: CU Boulder What does being a Boettcher Scholar mean to you? Receiving the Boettcher Scholarship changed my life by freeing me from pressing concerns about how to pay for college. My continued affiliation with the Boettcher Foundation has given me many opportunities to continue learning and to maintain and make contact with delightful people. What inspires you to get more involved with the Boettcher Foundation? I am grateful for the many opportunities the Boettcher Scholarship gave me and I enjoy helping to extend the Boettcher Foundation's reach a bit on Colorado's western slope. What is one overarching thing you hope to accomplish as a member of the Alumni Board? I look forward to getting to know other members of the Alumni Board and assisting in any way I can. What’s one interesting fact about you that might surprise others? I have enjoyed serving as an international election observer in eastern Europe in recent years, at least until COVID. I can affirm after observing Belarus's parliamentary elections last year that chaotic American democracy is infinitely preferable to eerie autocracy. Griffin Hampton Boettcher Scholar Year: 2018 Alma Mater: Colorado School of Mines What does being a Boettcher Scholar mean to you? I believe that being a Boettcher Scholar means that you actively seek out opportunities to improve yourself and your community. A Boettcher scholar also finds ways to persevere and enjoy their journey through life, looking for enriching unique experiences. What inspires you to connect with and/or get more involved with the Boettcher Foundation? I have valued the connections that I have made within the Boettcher community. I want to make sure that there are opportunities for other scholars to make similar connections and that they take advantage of them. What is one overarching thing you hope to accomplish as a member of the Alumni Board? I plan to dedicate my overarching focus on the Alumni Board to encourage stronger relationships between the current scholars and the Alumni network. I believe this will primarily come from the Boettcher Buddy program. Still, I will be thinking about other avenues and ways to encourage involvement in programs like Boettcher Buddies. What’s one interesting fact about you that might surprise others? I can count up to 31, using only one of my hands....

Mission Spark, a social impact consulting firm founded by 1994 Boettcher Scholar, Kara Penn, continues a close relationship to Boettcher Scholars by selecting Scholars and other high performing undergraduate and graduate students, or recent graduates, interested in social impact careers, to serve as Mission Spark Fellows. Each year, Mission Spark offers paid fellowships to dynamic and social impact-minded individuals. Fellows receive mentorship on career and educational pathways from Mission Spark consultants, as well as six sessions of professional and personal development coaching by a CTI-trained coach through the Boettcher Coaching Program. In addition, Fellows work independently on high impact projects, with guidance from Mission Spark consultants and clients. Current Mission Spark Fellow and 2019 Boettcher Scholar, Anila Narayana, is a sophomore at the University of Colorado Boulder studying Integrative Physiology, Geography, and Public Health. She is interested in helping close gaps in healthcare access for marginalized communities. Anila shares, “Working at Mission Spark has been an irreplaceable experience for me. Being a fellow has given me the opportunity to work on projects important to me and specific to my interests in health and equity. Specifically, I have been helping draft data products based on the Health eMoms survey conducted by CDPHE, highlighting inequities in paid family leave in Colorado. I’ve also been able to work with Her Future Coalition, an NGO empowering survivors of human trafficking, to create business plans for a social enterprise recycling center in Kolkata, India, and to revamp their impact tourism programming. Contributing to these areas has taught me how to create a data-driven story and improved my research skills, while also helping me explore how I can better incorporate activism into my future career. In addition, the coaching experience provided by Mission Spark has prompted me to more intentionally examine my goals for the future, growing my sense of self in the process. I am incredibly grateful to be part of a network that connects me to such meaningful opportunities and values my development, both professionally and personally.” 2016 Mission Spark Fellow and 2013 Boettcher Scholar alumna, Scarlett Jimenez, now serves as the Development Director for Alliance for Youth Action. She shares that “As a fellow at Mission Spark in 2016, I had the opportunity to support the robust re-visioning process for the Denver Public School’s teacher performance pay incentive program, ProComp. This process brought together stakeholders including the District and Denver Classroom's Teacher Association (DCTA) to review national research related to teacher incentives and tackle the unique challenges and opportunities within the Denver Public School district. At the time of my fellowship, I was a rising Senior at the University of Denver and saw a clear connection from this work to my public policy studies, so I pursued turning this experience into an independent study. Working alongside Professor Robert Fusfeld, I dove into the world of theory and research surrounding teacher performance to both inform my time at Mission Spark and jumpstart a career in social impact work. As an almost lifelong community organizer and political science/public policy major, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in social justice. My time with Mission Spark broadened my perspective of what a career in public service and social impact could look like and cemented my commitment to this work. After graduating, I took a role with the Alliance for Youth Action in Washington, DC. Today, I serve as the Alliance's Development Director, leading our efforts to partner with philanthropy and individual donors to build young people's political power. We are a network of locally-rooted grassroots organizations across the country (including a fantastic Colorado affiliate!). I continue to be grateful for my experience with Mission Spark and the opportunity to work closely with public stakeholders and explore emerging approaches for creating a more just and equitable system for young people.” The Mission Spark Fellowship represents a unique and informal collaboration between an organization run by a Scholar Alum and the Boettcher Scholar Program, by creating mentorship and career opportunities for current or recently graduated Scholars. For more information or to become involved by contributing a project for Fellows to tackle or to be considered as a Fellow in the future, please reach out to Kara Penn at kara@missionspark.org....

From going through the same degree program to working at the same company, Boettcher Scholars Christopher Allison and Jake Fuhrman have a lot in common. Christopher always wanted to be an astronaut – and that’s still his dream. A 2009 Scholar, he majored in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, the same program Jake is in as a 2017 Scholar. Both Scholars shared a few of the same professors. “CU was the obvious go-to for aerospace,” said Jake. He always wanted to build airplanes after growing up watching his dad fly them as a pilot. After graduating, Christopher traveled to all seven continents and even ran his first half-marathon in Antarctica. He currently owns four restaurants in addition to his Senior Systems Engineer – Federal Agencies Integration Lead position at Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). At SNC, Christopher is responsible for licensing high-tech projects through the appropriate federal agencies. “Basically, I’m a translator of technical-speak to government-speak,” Christopher said. Jake is a Technical Intern at SNC, a position he had applied for as a sophomore and junior but had received rejections both times. He applied a third time after seeing Christopher’s profile in a newsletter from the Presidents Leadership Class, a leadership program at CU Boulder that both Scholars were (and are) involved in. Jake reached out to Christopher and they connected as Boettcher Scholars. “I knew the cloth Jake was cut from,” said Christopher. “The vetting had been done from other organizations.” As a Technical Intern, Jake has a plethora of different projects he’s working on. “My main focus right now is taking a high-level overview of a project – a whole life cycle – and breaking it down into individual steps,” Jake said. Christopher’s entrance to the company was not too different from Jake’s. He was actually at a Boettcher Finalist event when he made the connection to SNC. “I sat at a table of a prospective Scholar whose dad was a program manager at Sierra Nevada,” said Christopher. “I asked if he determined internships at SNC, and he said he was pretty integral.” After following up, Christopher was offered a job. Both Scholars are now working at their dream aerospace company – one that allows them to not only practice their skills but challenge them. “These projects haven’t existed before. My favorite aspect is the futuristic innovation – like having the technology to put humans on the moon,” Jake said, referencing SNC’s Lunar Lander project. “Every day is a new adventure,” added Christopher. “We have audacious goals and we’re always pushing the envelope. In the paradigm of regulation, there’s isn’t a script written on how you do this.” Outside of work, Jake enjoys hiking on Boulder’s many trails and playing tennis. He plans to graduate next year and potentially pursue a fifth-year master’s program. Christopher brews beer and wine and loves to cook. COVID-19 has put some plans on hold – including his now-rescheduled wedding – but with four restaurants to look after, Christopher is still plenty busy. Christopher and Jake offered some advice for Boettcher Scholars. “Take advantage of all the opportunities,” said Jake. “And be grateful for all that Boettcher gives you. Without Boettcher, many opportunities would have never been open to me.” “Don’t be afraid to take opportunities, but also learn to say ‘no,’” Christopher said. “We say ‘yes’ to everything as Boettcher Scholars. Know your limitations.” Both Scholars encourage others to be bold and reach out – just like they did....

Boettcher Scholar Year: 2015 Hometown: Eads, CO University & Degrees: CSU, B.A. in Journalism and Media Communication What are you currently interested in pursuing after graduating? I graduated last year and am now working as a grain merchandiser with Tempel Grain in Wiley, CO. I also do freelance web design and social media management. I grew up on a fifth-generation farm and ended up at Tempel Grain by being part of the community. I’m able to apply my communication skills to the role I now have. Tell us about what activities, groups and/or organizations you have joined in college and why you joined them. I looked for things that sparked my interest - some agricultural and some political. I kept myself busy, though I do wish I would have tried a few more clubs and organizations outside of my comfort zone. Involvement: - College Republicans - Sigma Alpha (agriculture sorority) for professional and social connections - In my freshman year at DU, I participated in CRU and in the Presidents Leadership Program (PLP) - At CSU, I participated in honor societies Experiences: - The highlight at CSU was my study abroad trip to five countries in Europe, where I saw media outlets. We were in London during the royal wedding madness, which was good representation of major media events. - We recorded my cousin’s first album in Nashville, and I worked to help promote his first album and shows. Tell us about an important mentor you have had. My dad has been one of the best mentors. He always encouraged me and never had any doubt that I could do anything. He would listen, nod and say, “OK. Go do it.” What's the best advice you've ever received? Take chances. You’ll never know unless you try. Applying for the Boettcher was one of those stretches that worked well. If you could have dinner with one person or a few people from history, who would you choose and why? Joan of Arc and/or Harriett Tubman. Both were so selfless and brave for their beliefs. That is what I aspire to be....

Boettcher Scholar Year: 1999 Hometown: Dillon, CO (still hails from Ames, IA, from where he moved to elementary school in Highlands Ranch, CO) College/Degree: Colorado College, Mathematics Major; Denver Seminary, Master of Divinity Tell us about your current work and how long you’ve been doing it. What is your favorite aspect of your current occupation? After training to be a math teacher, I got involved in youth ministry. Now, I am helping start new nondenominational churches near Bountiful, Utah. I was a pastor in the church in Ogden, Utah that started this new church. Utah is growing. My favorite parts of this work are the organizational development and strategy for expansion. I love people and have a pastoral heart. It is sacred to be with people in their highest highs and lowest lows. In my area there is no local theological education, so we raise up people within the church who have a call to serve. What role has being a Boettcher Scholar played into where you are and what you are doing now? On one side of the coin, the scholarship was a gift for me and my family. My sister, brother and I were raised in a single parent household where attending a private college, like Colorado College where we all ended up, was not affordable. All three of us were Boettcher Scholars at CC. We were fortunate to receive a gift of great value from the Boettcher Foundation. On the other side of the coin, I am paying the gift forward. Even though I live outside of Colorado, I keep the commitment to service and apply what I have been given to find strategic ways to invest in the lives of people for the good of the community. This means making intentional choices and keeping an open hand for others. In the COVID crisis that is coming to Davis County, I will be reaching out to residents strategically for the good of the community. Tell us about your involvement in activities, organizations, or groups outside of work. Since 2014, my wife Jennifer and I have been foster parents. I have a growing family with three daughters (3rd, 5th, 6th grades). In warm weather, I am the softball coach for my oldest daughter. We may or may not get a season this year. For us, homeschooling is a new thing. It is hard to balance work and teaching. We are looking to buy a house with our growing family. Also, we have a small group of Boettcher Scholar Alumni in Utah that I’m happy to be organizing. What’s the best advice you’ve received and what advice do you have for current graduates entering your career field? “It takes five years to recover from seminary.” You’ll learn more than you ever learned in school after you graduate. Love learning as a discipline. Succeed for the sake of others. Apply learning to more learning. If you could have dinner with one person or a few people from history, whom would you choose and why? Corrie Ten Boom:  She was a Dutch woman who bravely assisted Jews escaping the Nazi regime and showed incredible courage and forgiveness to lead, serve, forgive and battle without murdering everyone in her path. Rich Mullins: He was a Christian musician who at first struggled with making money. He chose poverty by setting up his estate worth millions of dollars (from his tours and albums) to go to charity while he was paid the average wage of single person. He lived in New Mexico among Native Americans. He was killed in a car accident....

DENVER, May 22, 2020 — The Boettcher Foundation has selected eight researchers to receive funding through the Boettcher Foundation’s Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards program. The recipients, known as Boettcher Investigators, represent five of Colorado’s top research institutions: Colorado College, Colorado State University, National Jewish Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and the University of Colorado Boulder. The $1.88 million in awards support promising, early career scientific researchers, allowi­ng them to establish their independent research and make it competitive for major federal and private awards. Recipients are awarded $235,000 in grant funding to sustain up to three years of biomedical research. “This class of Boettcher Investigators are the example of Colorado’s innovation in bioscience research that aims to improve our preparation, response, and deepen our knowledge of human health issues,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “We are proud to support their expert work at this significant juncture in their research careers.” Including the class of 2020, 76 Boettcher Investigators have received funding through the Webb-Waring program. Since 2010, Boettcher Investigators have gone on to earn a collective $80 million in subsequent independent research funding. Ninety-five percent of award recipients remain at Colorado research institutions, advancing the foundation’s mission of keeping Colorado’s top scientific minds in the state. “Colorado BioScience Association congratulates the 2020 Class of Boettcher Investigators,” said Jennifer Jones Paton, president & CEO of Colorado BioScience Association. “Boettcher Foundation and the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards support our state’s most promising scientific researchers. Our life sciences ecosystem applauds Boettcher Foundation’s investments in early-stage research and looks forward to collaborating with the newest Boettcher Investigators.” The Webb-Waring awards announcement comes one week after the Foundation announced its grantees of nearly $1 million in biomedical research funding to fight COVID-19 and potential future pandemics.  The Boettcher Foundation has been a leading philanthropic supporter of biomedical research in Colorado dating back to the 1940s. The 2020 Class of Boettcher Investigators and their research topics are: Colorado College Jennifer F. Garcia, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology – RNA degradation and autophagy Colorado State University Daniel Regan, D.V.M., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Cancer Pathology – Tumor microenvironment modulation of metastasis and anti-cancer drug response National Jewish Health James Scott-Browne, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biomedical Research – Transcriptional Control of T cell Function University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Petter Bjornstad, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine – Mechanisms underlying early diabetic kidney disease Suet Nee Chen Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiology Division – Molecular genetics and pathogenesis of inherited cardiomyopathies Andra Lee Dingman, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, Division of Child Neurology – Chronic changes in brain plasticity after neonatal stroke Sridharan Raghavan, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine – Understanding genetic and non-genetic contributors to diabetes risk University of Colorado Boulder Justin Brumbaugh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology – Post-transcriptional regulation and stem cell biology For more information about the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards, visit the Boettcher Foundation website. High-resolution photos of individual recipients are available by request. About the Boettcher Foundation: At the Boettcher Foundation, we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come....

DENVER, May 18, 2020 — The Boettcher Foundation today announced that it is recognizing a group of standout Colorado teachers for their exemplary influence in educating some of the state’s top students. As part of the Boettcher Scholarship Program, which provides Colorado’s most talented students with scholarships to attend a Colorado college or university, the Boettcher Foundation also honors the teachers who have committed themselves to supporting the high-achieving students who compete for the scholarship. “We know that teachers are a critical component in the success of Colorado’s students,” said Tiffany Anderson, director of programs at the Boettcher Foundation. “For every student who leads a club, organization, or excels in the classroom, there is an inspirational educator behind the scenes who is motivating and accelerating that student's thinking." This year’s teacher honorees were selected by the 100 finalists for the Boettcher Scholarship. Each educator will receive a plaque, a personalized tribute from the student who selected them, and a $500 grant to be used for a project or activity to benefit students at their school. “These dedicated and passionate educators have championed excellence in their classrooms, and we are proud to recognize them for helping Colorado students to achieve their goals and prepare for their futures,” Anderson said. A complete list of the 2020 Teacher Recognition Award recipients follows. About the Boettcher Foundation: At the Boettcher Foundation, we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. 2020 Teacher Recognition Award Recipients School District High School Educator Name Academy 20 Discovery Canyon High School Janelle Watkins Academy 20 Pine Creek High School Kelly Newcomb Academy 20 The Classical Academy Kurt Mueh Adams 12 Five Star Schools Horizon High School Jason Stevens Adams 12 Five Star Schools Legacy High School Beth Bynarowicz Adams 12 Five Star Schools Northglenn High School (nominated by finalist from Stargate Charter School ) Kelly Lamsal Adams-Arapahoe 28J Rangeview High School Lorenzo Brown Boulder Valley RE 2 Boulder High School Nathan Hobbs Boulder Valley RE 2 Broomfield High School Zachary Hindman Boulder Valley RE 2 Broomfield High School Andrea Binion Boulder Valley RE 2 Fairview High School Peter Szameitat Boulder Valley RE 2 Fairview High School Paul Strode Boulder Valley RE 2 Fairview High School Tracy Brennan Boulder Valley RE 2 Peak to Peak Charter School Jacob Lehr Boulder Valley RE 2 Peak to Peak Charter School Andy Matthews Boulder Valley RE 2 Peak to Peak Charter School Allen Hankla Boulder Valley RE 2 Peak to Peak Charter School Nathaniel Kingsbury Boulder Valley RE 2 Peak to Peak Charter School Robert Hettmansperger Charter School Institute Animas High School Sara Price Charter School Institute Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins High School Collin Turbert Cherry Creek 5 Cherokee Trail High School Stephen Fromme Cherry Creek 5 Grandview High School Lise Olsen-Dufour Cherry Creek 5 Smoky Hill High School Katherine Palmer Cherry Creek 5 Smoky Hill High School Catherine Keller Colorado Springs 11 Doherty High School Jeff Neumeyer Colorado Springs 11 Doherty High School Rob Duensing Delta County 50(J) Cedaredge High School Craig Cerise Delta County 50(J) Delta High School Tonya MacKendrick Delta County 50(J) Hotchkiss High School Jeannette Carey Denver County 1 Bruce Randolph High School Melodie Koss Denver County 1 Denver East High School Angela Rivas Denver County 1 Denver Montessori Junior Senior High School Rachel Balkcom Denver County 1 Denver School of Science & Technology: Byers High  School Casey Andree Denver County 1 Denver School of Science & Technology: Green Valley Ranch Madison Perry Denver County 1 Denver School of Science & Technology: Montview Kailey Buttrick Denver County 1 Denver School of Science & Technology: Montview Hannah Hathaway Denver County 1 Denver School of the Arts Miranda Popp Denver County 1 Denver South High School Jennifer Redlin Denver County 1 George Washington High School Laurie Buchanan Denver County 1 John F. Kennedy High School Paul Mahoney Denver County 1 Skinner Middle School Christopher Martin Denver County 1 STRIVE Prep – SMART Grant Thomas District 49 Sand Creek High School Nathan Wood Douglas County RE 1 Castle View High School Tia Yaryan Douglas County RE 1 Castle View High School Monte Sutton Douglas County RE 1 Douglas County High School Kelsey Faletra Douglas County RE 1 Douglas County High School Matt Leach Douglas County RE 1 Highlands Ranch High School Deborah Lynch Douglas County RE 1 Mountain Vista High School Shannon Vance Douglas County RE 1 Mountain Vista High School Jody Lanterna-Lewis Douglas County RE 1 Rock Canyon High School Susanne Petri Douglas County RE 1 Rock Canyon High School (Note: now at Cherry Creek HS) Sanae Popplewell Eagle County RE 50 Battle Mountain High School Timothy Caudill Eagle County RE 50 Eagle Valley High School Hannah Shapiro Elizabeth C-1 Elizabeth High School Robyn Poirier Estes Park R-3 Estes Park High School Barton Tofany Garfield 16 Grand Valley High School Julie Lana Garfield RE-2 Coal Ridge High School Michael Schwager Greeley 6 Greeley West High School Lea Sanford Greeley 6 Northfield High School Peter Wright Greeley 6 Northridge High School Darrin Ekern Gunnison Watershed RE1J Gunnison High School Bob Howard Harrison 2 Atlas Preparatory School Christopher Novak Hoehne Reorganized 3 Hoehne High School Constance Hass Home School Saguache County Karen Hoffner Jefferson County R-1 Chatfield Senior High School Cathy Galindo Jefferson County R-1 D'Evelyn Jr/Sr High School Becky Paschke Jefferson County R-1 D'Evelyn Jr/Sr High School Briant McKellips Jefferson County R-1 Jefferson Academy High School Eric Thimsen Jefferson County R-1 Ralston Valley High School Marcus Pennell Jefferson County R-1 Standley Lake High School Jeremiah Coraggio Jefferson County R-1 Wheat Ridge High School Arik Heim Lake County R-1 Lake County High School Cody Jump Lewis-Palmer 38 Palmer Ridge High School Debra Breazzano Lewis-Palmer 38 Palmer Ridge High School Tyler Dall Limon RE-4J Limon High School Greg Scherrer Littleton 6 Heritage High School Nathan Ubowski Mesa County Valley 51 Palisade High School Jeff Mason Pawnee RE-12 Pawnee High School Bret Robinson Platte Valley RE-7 Platte Valley High School Tonya Davies Poudre R-1 Fort Collins High School Chris Lee Poudre R-1 Poudre High School Wendi Miller Private School Colorado Academy Luis Terrazas Private School Colorado Rocky Mountain School Jeremy Wolf Private School Faith Christian Academy Courtney Waters Private School Kent Denver School Bradley Jackson Private School Mullen High School Katie Abeyta Private School Resurrection Christian School Angela Smith Private School Saint Mary's Academy Anne Evans Private School Valor Christian High School Denise Paswaters Pueblo City 60 Pueblo Centennial High School Cheryl Farrer Pueblo City 60 Pueblo Central High School Joanne Griego Pueblo City 60 Pueblo East High School Christine Kurtz Pueblo City 60 Pueblo East High School David Henderson Pueblo County 70 Pueblo West High School Sheila Sloan Salida R-32 Salida High School Todd Bright Springfield RE-4 Springfield High School Renee Loflin St. Vrain Valley RE1J Apex Homeschool Shelly Cox-Robie St. Vrain Valley RE1J Niwot High School Teresa Ewing Swink 33 Swink High School Judy Jenkins Telluride R-1 Telluride High School Derek Engebretsen Thompson R-2J Berthoud High School Allison Lanter Thompson R-2J Loveland High School Gregory Morrison Walsh RE-1 Walsh High School Joe Mundell  ...

Innovation Fund Recipients Include Expert Researchers at Colorado Universities, Hospitals DENVER, May 15, 2020 — Today the Boettcher Foundation is announcing the six grantees who will be awarded a total of just under $1 million in biomedical research funding to fight COVID-19 and potential future pandemics. The grantees represent several of Colorado’s top research hospitals and universities, including a number of collaborative partnerships. The grantees all are leading existing biomedical research efforts around COVID-19, with a collective emphasis on risk factors, treatment, testing, and vaccines. “As a group, the six projects are innovative in how they are researching multiple facets of COVID-19 and its impacts on Coloradans,” said president & CEO Katie Kramer. “We are proud to support these efforts at a time when biomedical research is a public health priority for response, treatment, and future pandemic prevention.” The Boettcher Foundation launched the COVID Biomedical Research Innovation Fund last month, creating a rapid response RFP targeted at the state’s leading investigators. More than 120 grant applications were submitted in the 10-day time frame before an initial team of experts reduced to a list of 39 finalists. From there, a review panel comprised of biomedical experts selected the six grantees last week. Awards will average $165,000. The following researchers submitted the winning proposals: James Crapo, MD, National Jewish Health and BioMimetix Elena Hsieh, MD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Children’s Hospital Colorado Kara Mould, MD, National Jewish Health Rushika Perera, PhD; Brian Geiss, PhD; David Paterson, PhD, Colorado State University Theodore Randolph, PhD, University of Colorado Boulder and VitriVax Sue VandeWoude, DVM and Nicole Ehrhart, VMD, MS, Colorado State University   The Boettcher Foundation has supported biomedical research in Colorado since the 1940s. Since 2008, the investments have included more than $15 million in research grants through the Foundation’s Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards. The awards have supported 68 Boettcher Investigators to establish their bioscience and biomedical research, encouraging Colorado’s top scientific minds to remain in-state. “Colorado has long been home to incredible innovation, so it’s no surprise that we’re seeing an effort like this to support research around our state that could help us address this pandemic,” said Gov. Jared Polis.   About the Boettcher Foundation: We believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come....