Author: Kristi Arellano

DENVER, May 29, 2019 — Seven biomedical researchers at Colorado institutions have been selected as Boettcher Investigators, marking the 10th class to receive research funding through the Boettcher Foundation’s Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards program. The 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. “Our 10th class of Boettcher Investigators represents Colorado’s most dynamic emerging scientists who are committed to improving human health,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “The Boettcher Foundation is honored to support them at this critical juncture in their research careers.” Including the class of 2019, 68 Boettcher Investigators have received funding through the Webb-Waring program. Since 2010, Boettcher Investigators have gone on to earn a collective $65 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. “The Boettcher Foundation’s Webb-Waring program has been an important addition to Colorado’s biomedical research landscape,” said Jennifer Jones Paton, president and CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association. “We see the impact the program has made over the past 10 years. We congratulate the newest class of Boettcher Investigators.” The 2019 Class of Boettcher Investigators and their research topics are: Colorado State University Seonil Kim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences – Cellular mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease   National Jewish Health Kara J. Mould, M.D. M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Medicine – Macrophage programing in acute lung injury   University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Cecilia Caino, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology – Novel mitochondrial signaling platforms in cancer Robert Dietz, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics – Functional recovery and reversal of impairment after ischemia in the developing brain Neelanjan Mukherjee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics – Systems biology of RNA regulatory networks Kelly D. Sullivan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics – Interferon signaling in Down syndrome   University of Colorado Colorado Springs Tara Cepon Robins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology – Parasite exposure and immune system development   For more information about the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards, visit the Boettcher Foundation website. High-resolution photos of individual recipients and the entire group available by request....

DENVER, May 2, 2019 — A group of Colorado’s top graduating seniors has been named 2019 Boettcher Foundation Scholars, marking the newest class of students to earn the prestigious scholarship recognizing the next generation of dynamic thinkers and leaders. “The Boettcher Foundation invests in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans, and these students represent the very best of our state,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “We are delighted that they have committed to attending Colorado universities.” Established in 1952, the Boettcher Scholarship program annually awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors in Colorado. The four-year scholarship includes virtually all expenses to attend the Colorado school of the recipient’s choice: full tuition, fees, a book allowance and an annual stipend for living expenses. The scholarship also includes programming and support to ensure that students reach their full leadership potential. Scholars are selected based on academics, service, leadership and character, and the Boettcher Scholar network includes more than 2,500 leaders who have gone on to make their marks in business, government, nonprofits, academia and other endeavors. “Our 2019 Boettcher Scholars stood out from a highly competitive pool of nearly 1,500 qualified applicants,” said Tiffany Anderson, the foundation’s director of programs. “This year’s class includes an entrepreneur who launched a dessert-focused catering business, a 13-year dancer in Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s Folklórico group, a student who completed the Junior Firefighter Academy and was certified as an Emergency Medical Technician along with state leaders for FBLA, DECA and Key Club. We’re confident that this year’s class represents the values the Boettcher family sought to encourage.” Scholar names and photos follow. High-resolution images available upon 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 organization, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303-285-6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org Josue Acevedo Grand Junction Central HS CSM Lauren Airey Summit County HS CU Trayana Athannassova Pine Creek HS CU Sunderland Baker Northglenn HS CC Sharon Battula Cherokee Trail HS CU Whitney Buckendorf Poudre HS DU Angie Bustillos Mead HS DU Colleen Campbell Denver South HS CC Max Carere Lamar HS CU Michael Doolittle Berthoud HS CSU Zoe Drigot Poudre HS CU Nick Entin Peak to Peak Charter School CU Abigail Fennell Eaglecrest HS CSU Caleb Frazier Delta HS DU Louis Gonzales Montezuma-Cortez HS Regis Taylor Henderson Greeley Central HS CU Haley Johnson Kit Carson HS CU Sophie Jung Pine Creek HS CU Etash Kalra Douglas County HS CU Jacee Lawrence Lake City Community School CMU Sydnei Lewis Northglenn HS CU Ellie Mayer Two Roads Charter School CSU Ethan Meyer Rampart HS CU Clint Middlemist Centauri HS CSU Colton Moore Platte Valley HS CSU Lorena Munoz Estrada Aurora Central HS DU Anila Narayana Rock Canyon HS CU Preston Nash Legacy HS CSM Paola Ortiz Venzor Coal Ridge HS CU Ethan Perry Heritage HS CSM Mikayla Postma Horizon HS DU Owen Rask Fountain Valley School CC Emily Reynolds Cañon City HS CU Tony Salcido-Alcántar, Jr. Prairie View HS CU Alisa Sautter Loveland HS DU Katie Schutt Windsor HS CU Sam Stoltz Frontier Academy CSU Mikaela Taylor Limon HS DU Solana Teitler Roaring Fork HS CU Connor Voss Rye HS CSM Megan Waitman Idalia HS CU Emily Winn Fort Collins HS DU ...

DENVER, April 2, 2019 — The Boettcher Foundation today announced that it is recognizing a group of standout Colorado teachers for their impact and dedication to 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, programs director for Boettcher Foundation. “For every student that leads a club or organization, there is a teacher who works late to supervise that organization. For every student who takes an independent study, there is a teacher who is spending extra hours guiding and supporting that student.” This year’s teacher honorees were selected by 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 2019 Teacher Recognition Award recipients follows. The Boettcher Foundation will announce the final class of Boettcher Scholarship recipients in early May. District Teacher School Teacher Name Academy 20 Discovery Canyon High School Jeremy Beckman Academy 20 Pine Creek High School Nan Gefreh Academy 20 Pine Creek High School Richard Castle Academy 20 Pine Creek High School Valerie Babbitt Academy 20 Rampart High School Alison Ehrensaft Academy 20 Rampart High School Gregory Andersen Adams 12 Five Star Schools Horizon High School Dave Cialone Adams 12 Five Star Schools Legacy High School Brian Espinoza Adams 12 Five Star Schools Legacy High School Jennifer Dumas Adams 12 Five Star Schools Northglenn High School Lori Egan Adams 12 Five Star Schools Northglenn High School Kasey Nunn Adams 12 Five Star Schools Stargate Charter School Jessika Muñoz Adams 12 Five Star Schools Thornton High School Ann Putsche Adams-Arapahoe 28J Aurora Central High School Kevin Rigot Adams-Arapahoe 28J Hinkley High School David Nickoloff Akron R-1 Akron High School Ali Houston Arickaree R-2 Arickaree High School Beth Ray Arickaree R-2 Arickaree High School Don Myers Boulder Valley RE 2 Broomfield High School Lena Carroll Boulder Valley RE 2 Monarch High School David Farrell Boulder Valley RE 2 Monarch High School Kate Lunz Boulder Valley RE 2 New Vista High School Vanessa Dimiziani-Cascio Boulder Valley RE 2 Peak to Peak Charter School Carla Flanhofer Boulder Valley RE 2 Peak to Peak Charter School Mary Campbell Brighton 27J Prairie View High School Veronica Randall Canon City RE-1 Canon City High School Michelle Curl Charter School Institute Academy of Charter Schools Lorie Grebe Cherry Creek 5 Cherokee Trail High School Alana Stevenson Cherry Creek 5 Cherokee Trail High School Tamara Johnson Cherry Creek 5 Cherry Creek High School Erika Padzik Cherry Creek 5 Eaglecrest High School Stephanie Swenson Cherry Creek 5 Grandview High School Nathaniel Smith Cherry Creek 5 Smoky Hill High School Katie Kleeman Cheyenne Mountain 12 Cheyenne Mountain High School Janie Mueller Cheyenne Mountain 12 Vanguard School Cheryl Holling Delta County 50 (J) Delta High School Danielle Lopez Delta County 50 (J) Paonia Senior High School Kreszenze Allen Denver County 1 Denver East High School Myrna Wilson Denver County 1 Denver South High School Jennifer Redlin Denver County 1 George Washington High School Kevin Vicente Douglas County RE 1 Chaparral High School Qiong Jan Douglas County RE 1 Douglas County High School Steven Fleet Douglas County RE 1 Legend High School Debbie Tawzer Douglas County RE 1 Legend High School Tina Stroman Douglas County RE 1 Mountain Vista High School Charity Smith Douglas County RE 1 Mountain Vista High School Kent Allison Douglas County RE 1 Rock Canyon High School David Ferguson Douglas County RE 1 Rock Canyon High School Matthew Sassali Douglas County RE 1 Rock Canyon High School Matthew Gracey Douglas County RE 1 Rock Canyon High School Shawndra Fordham Eagle County RE 50 Battle Mountain High School Timothy Caudill Englewood 1 Englewood High School Sarah Fuller Fountain 8 Fountain Fort Carson High School Tobin Chandler Fountain 8 Fountain Fort Carson High School Joshua Race Garfield RE-2 Coal Ridge High School Bobbi Jo Wiescamp Greeley 6 Frontier Academy Henry Ainsworth Greeley 6 Frontier Academy Jacque Schmidt Greeley 6 Greeley Central High School Thomas Frasier Greeley 6 Northridge High School Joshua Seematter Hinsdale County RE 1 Lake City Community School Daniel Scroggins Idalia RJ-3 Idalia High School Cindy Soehner Jefferson County R-1 Chatfield Senior High School Stephanie Chavez Jefferson County R-1 Chatfield Senior High School Jeffrey Garkow Jefferson County R-1 Conifer High School Owen Volzke Jefferson County R-1 Evergreen High School Karla Gordon Julesburg RE-1 Julesburg High School Timothy Kossman Kit Carson R-1 Kit Carson High School Tim Hogan Lamar RE-2 Lamar High School Jenna Randle Limon RE-4J Limon High School Greg Scherrer Littleton 6 Heritage High School Michael Rudolph Littleton 6 Littleton High School Kristin Kron McClave RE-2 McClave High School Lance Jagers Meeker RE 1 Meeker High School Naomi Etchart Mesa County Valley 51 Grand Junction Central High School Julie Christianson Miami/Yoder 60 JT Miami-Yoder High School Angela Grimes Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 Montezuma-Cortez High School Katie Zdanowski N/A Arapahoe Community College (concurrent enrollment) Monica Fuglei N/A Fountain Valley School Simon Waldbaum North Conejos RE-1J Centauri High School Cole Miller Platte Valley RE-7 Platte Valley High School Julie Thomas Poudre R-1 Fort Collins High School Jason Clarke Poudre R-1 Fort Collins High School Tiana Song Poudre R-1 Fort Collins High School Christine Matthie Poudre R-1 Fossil Ridge High School Todd Pfeifer Poudre R-1 Fossil Ridge High School Joe Anastasia Poudre R-1 Liberty Common High School Jeremy Tullius Poudre R-1 Poudre High School Cassie Poncelow Poudre R-1 Poudre High School Krista Brakhage Poudre R-1 Poudre High School Kristine Bibbey Pueblo City 60 Pueblo Centennial High School Cheryl Farrer Pueblo City 60 Pueblo South High School Helen Johnson Pueblo County Rural 70 Rye High School Cole Mcgee Roaring Fork RE-1 Roaring Fork High School Carmen McCracken Rocky Ford R-2 Rocky Ford Junior/Senior High School Cindy Von Feldt South Routt RE 3 Soroco High School Kelli Turnipseed St Vrain Valley RE 1J Mead High School Kelly Corne Summit RE-1 Summit County High School Alyssa Giger Swink 33 Swink High School Judy Jenkins Swink 33 Swink High School Bonnie Grossen Telluride R-1 Telluride High School David Lavender Thompson R-2J Berthoud High School Laurie Brandvold Thompson R-2J Loveland High School Richy Lynn Windsor RE-4 Windsor High School Steve Cline Yuma 1 Yuma High School Amy Melby Contact: Kristi Arellano, 303.285.6208, kristi@boettcherfoundation.org 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....

At the Boettcher Foundation, investing in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans means finding and elevating the game changers who are leading in our communities. In 2018 the Boettcher Foundation marked some exciting milestones in our work to advance Colorado and its leaders. Our Boettcher Scholars inaugural summit brought together generations of scholars for an inspiring weekend aimed at teaching them new ways of becoming game changers in their own communities. The Space to Create Colorado initiative, which we helped to convene, broke ground in Trinidad, and new projects are being added to this exciting effort. We are excited to share our 2018 Year in Review, which highlights these milestones and other efforts to elevate our state's game changers. ...

The following article appeared in the Winter 2019 issue of the National Scholarship Providers Association’s Scholarship Times newsletter. In it, Tiffany Anderson, our scholarship program director, describes the foundation's work with its alumni community to establish a model for alumni engagement. By Tiffany Anderson Scholarship Program Director, Boettcher Foundation With contributions from alumni board members Lori Prok and Kyle Blackmer At Boettcher, we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Our scholarship program is dedicated to ensuring that Colorado’s top students attend the state’s colleges and universities, so they can use their immense talents to improve our communities right here at home. Our staff knew our community of more than 2,500 alumni was our most underutilized resource for positively impacting Colorado. In 2011, we committed to harnessing this resource to amplify the foundation’s impact. Seven years later, we are seeing the results and are eager to share our learnings with our fellow scholarship providers. We realize the issue of alumni engagement is one that many scholarship providers are addressing. We also know the process can be daunting due to the time and resources necessary for success. But having experienced the rewards, we can enthusiastically assure you that the investment can pay off exponentially. For example, in 2018, two alumni board initiatives – our Class Champions and Alumni Ambassadors – updated contact information for 905 alumni in our database and presented to more than 7,000 students about college admissions and scholarships. These contacts far exceeded what our own small staff of three could have accomplished. Our alumni board also hosted a wildly successful three-day summit that connected more than 200 alumni and their families through academic talks and networking. They also create and staff events that provide ongoing opportunities for our alumni to engage with the foundation, one another and opportunities for leadership and service. This article shares three key lessons we’ve learned. Lesson #1 – Invest in the groundwork We were eager to launch our alumni programming, and it was tempting to jump in as quickly as possible. But one of the best things we did was commit ourselves to carefully and thoughtfully laying the groundwork for long-term success. In 2012, the Boettcher Foundation began working with a consulting firm led by scholarship alumna Kara Penn. Her firm, Mission Spark, conducted extensive research to determine best practices for alumni engagement. This research determined that an effective alumni board structure would be interdependent and include engagement from both the foundation and alumni. Based on this data, the foundation opted to dedicate more resources toward formalizing what was then a grassroots alumni group. We also hosted our first major alumni gathering in 2013. That event served as a kickoff for our formal alumni efforts. In 2014, a strategically identified group of alumni and staff started developing our alumni board structure by creating the board’s vision and mission, guidelines and structure, recruiting members and defining a structure to ensure buy-in from the foundation’s staff and trustees as well as sustainability. The Boettcher Scholar Alumni Board officially launched with 16 members in 2015. Since launch, our relationship with the alumni board has moved from a joint planning model with shared responsibilities toward one driven by alumni leadership with professional staff support. While we hope our timeline of research, structure and implementation will help others expedite their process, we want to emphasize that establishing a truly interdependent model can take years and phases of implementation. It’s imperative to invest time on the front end to ensure you are properly laying the groundwork for sustained success. Lesson #2 – Share leadership and create multiple engagement and leadership pathways Our alumni board model was designed to support three key factors for our success: integration with foundation staff, shared leadership and a pipeline of future members and leaders. Our board’s organizational structure is as follows: It is anchored by an oversight committee consisting of foundation staff, trustees and an alumni chair team, with each chair position having a three-year term, one year as incoming chair, one as chair and one as past-chair. This ensures that the work of the alumni board is aligned with the foundation’s strategy and that we continue to have investment from our trustees and foundation leadership.  It also creates a leadership pipeline for the board’s chair positions. The alumni executive committee leads meetings with all board members and sets operational goals, while the implementation teams are where work is delegated and completed. We have leadership opportunities at the executive level and within the implementation committees. This allows us to develop our pipeline of leadership while avoiding burnout of our alumni board. The final components of our alumni board structure are our implementation committee and ad hoc committees. Our implementation committees are responsible for executing the primary and necessary functions of the alumni board. Our ad hoc event committees are responsible for discrete events or initiatives such as the three-day summit mentioned previously. On each of our implementation committees and ad hoc event committees, we have participants who are not members of the alumni board. In additional to their implementation and tactical functions, these two components of the alumni board are a key factor in our recruitment and continued engagement with both new and existing alumni. They give alumni a way to engage immediately and in ways that work for them. This allows us to engage more alumni and builds a pipeline for future alumni board participation. Lesson #3 – Engage staff at every level, especially early on We are consistently struck by how much this group of volunteers has allowed us to expand our reach and increase our capacity to impact Colorado. For example, the Alumni Ambassador visits completed by our volunteers saved 26 days of staff time and travel. But we must emphasize that this impact would not have been possible without a significant investment of both foundation staff time and resources in the early years. Structurally, foundation staff should have representation and provide assistance at every level. For example, each committee of the board is staffed by a foundation team member who represents their functional area. This ensures to ensure communication and alignment. We want to be clear: Building a solid alumni leadership board takes programming dollars and years of committed staff time. The planning, recruitment and launch phases are a far greater lift by the staff than alumni, and it is imperative to communicate to staff and trustees that results will not happen overnight. It wasn’t until a few years into our alumni engagement initiative that our staffing load decreased and we started to see the alumni board as an extension to the Boettcher Foundation Staff. Here to Help The lessons we have learned and impacts we have experienced go far beyond what we have detailed here, and we are more than happy to share our experience with any organization exploring a similar effort. If you have questions or would like additional details, please contact Tiffany Anderson at Tiffany@Boettcherfoundation.org....

January 17, 2019 — The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the election of a new slate of officers for the coming year. Officers for 2019 are: Chair – Kenzo Kawanabe, partner with Davis Graham & Stubbs; Chair-elect – Sharon Linhart, founder of Linhart Public Relations; Secretary – Tony Frank, president of Colorado State University and chancellor of the CSU system; Treasurer – Judith Buck Wagner, founder of Wagner Investment Management; and Past-chair – Ted Schlegel, founding member of the Steadman Hawkins Clinic-Denver.   “The Boettcher Foundation is fortunate to be led by a board of talented and committed community leaders,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “We are grateful that this group has stepped into these leadership roles, and we are looking forward to the impact they will make.” The board of trustees also has approved Linhart and Cile Chavez to each serve a third three-year term, and Frank and Pam Shockley-Zalabak have been approved for their second three-year terms. Kramer added that the foundation is especially grateful to former board chair, Russ George, who retired from his role as a trustee at the end of 2018. George’s career in public service has included roles as president of Colorado Northwestern Community College, Colorado Speaker of the House and leadership positions at the Colorado Department of Transportation, Division of Wildlife and Department of Natural Resources. For more information about the Boettcher Foundation, visit boettcherfoundation.org. Contact: Kristi Arellano, 303.285.6208, kristi@boettcherfoundation.org About the Boettcher Foundation: At Boettcher, 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, November 9, 2018 — The Boettcher Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of two new staff members to help build on its mission of investing in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Rob “Waldo” Martin has joined the foundation as vice president/chief of staff, and Lynn White has joined the team as senior accountant. Martin will provide strategic support to the CEO and board of trustees and manage the foundation’s operational resources. He accumulated global experience in operations, team development, policy advising and strategy formulation during a 31-year military career. He served as a strategic advisor to the commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and managed relationships and information-sharing systems with more than 50 national and international mission partners. From 2007 to 2012, Martin directed multiple interagency teams and coordinated counter-terrorism and aerospace defense initiatives as the chief of staff of the operations division at NORAD. “Waldo brings a depth of knowledge, a strategic mindset and a distinct perspective to the foundation thanks to his unique experience and background,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. White brings more than 20 years of experience to her role as senior accountant. She most recently served as director of finance at PetAid Colorado and the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association. White earned her BS/MS in accounting with a specialization in audit and worked in the corporate sector before becoming a certified veterinary technician. She later shifted to the nonprofit sector so she could use her accounting and finance skills on behalf of the community. “Lynn’s background and experience in accounting, combined with her passion for supporting the nonprofit community, make her a wonderful addition to our team,” Kramer said. “Our entire team looks forward to working side-by-side with both Lynn and Waldo as we build on the foundation’s mission and the vision of the Boettcher family.” In addition to the new hires, the foundation announced that Julie Lerudis has taken the title of director of finance and grants to better reflect her responsibilities with the organization. Contact: Kristi Arellano, 303.285.6208, kristi@boettcherfoundation.org About the Boettcher Foundation: At Boettcher, 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....

Members of the Boettcher Scholar Alumni Board are interviewing their fellow Boettcher Scholars to help the community get to know one another better. The following Q&A was compiled by Boettcher Scholar Gergana Kostadinova. Boettcher Scholar Year: 2000 Hometown: Ignacio Colleges/Degree(s): Colorado College, Bachelor of Arts; San Francisco Art Institute, Master of Fine Arts Tell us about your current work and how long you’ve been doing it. What is your favorite aspect of your current occupation? I’m an interdisciplinary artist and educator. I create images, cabinets of curiosity and interactions to address questions about energy, water, climate, health and microbes. My projects inform my work as an instructor and coordinator for STEAM (science, technology engineering, art and mathematics) related programs with the Genesis Innovation Lab at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles (since June 2018) and at the UCLA Sci | Art Nanolab Summer Institute (since July 2014). I love activating people’s curiosity and creativity as tools for exploring and ameliorating the beautiful worlds inside and around themselves, from the molecular to environmental scale. What role has being a Boettcher Scholar played into where you are and what you are doing now? The Boettcher Foundation supported my vision of becoming an artist who integrates many disciplines by allowing me to attend my dream school of Colorado College, a hotbed of interdisciplinary thinking. Being a Boettcher Scholar has fueled a lifelong commitment to contribute inspiration to communities in many forms and in many places, with a special tie to Colorado. Although I am not currently based in Colorado, I return every few years both to create artistic projects in the state and to lecture at my alma maters: Ignacio High School and Colorado College. Tell us about your involvement in activities, organizations or groups outside of work. In 2013, I began practicing yoga to deal with stress-related health issues. To share the benefits, I recently completed a yoga teacher training, and have been imparting classes to friends, co-workers and the general public in Echo Park, Los Angeles. My wife, Frida Cano, and I are founding members of an interdisciplinary cooperative called XOCIARTEK, through which we help organize and impart workshops and long-term projects for communities and youth in Mexico City, her hometown. We also work together building props for film and television and have created projects for 826LA, a nonprofit that helps children write stories. What’s the best advice you’ve received and what advice do you have for current graduates entering your career field? The best advice I received was from Buster Simpson, one of my mentors, who recommended not to get stuck making one definable art product or style, but to instead develop a conceptual and flexible process, to include contextual research and collaboration. I recommend that you find artists you admire and try to work for them and learn from them. Develop your vision through a daily practice, and inspire and educate others. If you could have dinner with one person or a few people from history, whom would you choose and why? I would love to have dinner with Lynn Margulis, to speak with her about her theories of endosymbiosis, the ideas that ancient microbes engulfed smaller bacteria to form partnerships that became animal and plant cells, and how the Gaia hypothesis arose from cellular musings. Physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrodinger, Yogis Maharishi Yogananda and Yogi Bajan, and artists JMW Turner and Joseph Beuys would ideally be at the table, to speak with them about the energies of the universe and ways of grasping those energy patterns through inquiry, imagination, and intuition....

DENVER, October 3, 2018 — Michelle Lucero, chief administrative officer and general counsel for Children’s Hospital Colorado, has joined the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees. Lucero brings a deep knowledge of the issues impacting Colorado and a commitment to advancing the state. “Michelle’s breadth of experience, strategic mindset, service ethic and dedication to the people of Colorado make her an ideal addition to our board,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “Her focus on leadership and mentorship as well as her dedication to rural Colorado are a great fit for the Boettcher Foundation.” Lucero grew up in the southwestern Colorado town of Ignacio. She attended Rockhurst College in Kansas City and received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. Prior to joining Children’s Hospital Colorado, Lucero served in leadership roles at Centura Health, US West and as deputy city attorney (and acting city attorney) for the City of Denver. “The Boettcher Foundation has been a force for good in our communities, and I am honored to contribute to an organization that is committed to advancing the State of Colorado and its people,” Lucero said. Lucero is an accomplished lecturer on leadership, mentorship and women’s empowerment. She serves as chief legal officer and strategist for the Papua New Guinea Tribal Foundation and was invited by the United States Embassy for Papua New Guinea to be a keynote speaker at both the 2016 and 2017 Papua New Guinea Women’s Forums. She is also the proud mother of Jordan, Alex and Noah. For more information about the Boettcher Foundation and its trustees, visit boettcherfoundation.org. Contact: Kristi Arellano, 303.285.6208, kristi@boettcherfoundation.org About the Boettcher Foundation: At Boettcher, 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....