Author: Kristi Arellano

The following individuals were selected as Boettcher Investigators for 2015. For detailed profiles of their research, click on their names. University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus James Costello, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology – Cancer systems biology and pharmacogenomics Santos J. Franco, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatric Stem Cell Biology – Brain stem cells in development and disease Melanie Cree Green, M.D., Ph.D., Instructor of Pediatric Endocrinology – Fatty liver in adolescents with polycystic ovarian syndrome   University of Colorado Denver Aaron N. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology – Molecular mechanisms of congenital myopathies Erik B. Oleson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology – Dopaminergic contributions to behavior and psychopathology   Colorado State University Tai Montgomery, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology – MicroRNA regulation of drug resistance ...

September 14, 2015 — Eighteen Colorado nonprofits have been awarded capital funding from the Boettcher Foundation. The grants will help support community enrichment projects throughout the state. “These projects are incredibly diverse, but the one unifying theme shared by all of them is a goal of bringing people together and enriching the fabric of our communities,” said Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation. “We are pleased to support these organizations in their efforts to improve our communities right here at home.” This year’s grant recipients in the Boettcher Foundation’s community enrichment category are: Alpine Rescue Team – Evergreen, $25,000 Toward renovation and expansion of current headquarters facility to provide meeting space as well as display and storage of artifacts Betty Ford Alpine Gardens – Vail, $25,000 Toward construction of an educational and administrative center Central City Opera House Association – Central City, $35,000 Toward rehabilitation and restoration of the historic Teller House Crossan's M & A Market Community and Visitor Center – Yampa, $20,000 Toward renovations of historic building for use as community office space and a visitor center Curious Theatre Company – Denver, $25,000 Toward renovation and restoration of the theater building Downtown Denver Partnership – Denver, $25,000 Toward renovations to create The Commons on Champa Environmental Learning for Kids – Denver, $75,000 Toward construction of a new facility known as the ELK Education Center “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County – Boulder, $30,000 Toward purchase and renovation of new headquarters facility Jewish Community Center of Denver – Denver, $50,000 Toward renovation and expansion of the current facility Kiowa County – Eads, $30,000 Toward purchase and renovation of the Murdock Building to be utilized as a senior center and the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site Archival Research and Visitor Center Montrose Recreation District – Montrose, $50,000 Toward construction of a new community recreation center Museum of Boulder – Boulder, $75,000 Toward purchase and renovation of historic building to serve as the museum's new home Pitkin County Library – Aspen, $25,000 Toward expansion and renovation of the current library facility Rocky Mountain Conservancy (for the benefit of Rocky Mountain National Park) – Estes Park, $35,000 Toward the purchase of privately-owned property and cottages located within the  Rocky Mountain National Park boundaries Southeast Mental Health Services –  La Junta, $50,000 Toward expansion and renovation of the existing facility to provide a community wellness center Su Teatro—Denver, $35,000 Toward renovation and expansion of the facility The Dairy Center for the Arts  – Boulder, $25,000 Toward renovation of the existing facility U.S. Olympic Museum – Colorado Springs, $100,000 Toward construction of the museum Download a PDF copy of this release here. 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. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...

August 11, 2015 — Forty-two Colorado teachers have been honored for the profound impact they have had on some of Colorado’s top students.  The Boettcher Foundation recently hosted its annual Teacher Recognition Awards Program. The event allows each recipient of the 2015 Boettcher Foundation Scholarship to acknowledge the teacher who has impacted him or her the most. In the spirit of giving back to our communities, teachers who receive the honor are awarded a $1,000 grant from the foundation to be used toward an educational program or project to benefit students at their schools. “Colorado’s kids deserve teachers who are driven and passionate about the work they do,” said Tiffany Anderson, the Boettcher Foundation’s scholarship program director. “The 42 teachers selected by our newest scholars have championed excellence in their classrooms, and we are proud to recognize them for helping our scholars get to where they are today.” The Boettcher Foundation Scholarship recognizes Colorado’s most talented students by providing them with a full-ride scholarship to attend a Colorado college or university, allowing them to build a Colorado network and use their immense talents to improve our communities right here at home. This year's Teacher Recognition Award recipients are: Teacher School District Nominating Student Lisa McCone Pine Creek High School Academy 20 Natalie Kalin Max Oliver Pine Creek High School Academy 20 Jacob Vendl Curtis Gile Rampart High School Academy 20 Serene Singh Tammy Strouse Rangeview High School Adams-Arapahoe 28J Anna Phan Brandie Bellefeuille Limon High School Arickaree R-2 Isaiah Koolstra Terry Bradley Fairview High School Boulder Valley RE 2 Ari Groobman Robert Scott Peoples Fairview High School Boulder Valley RE 2 Anna Balaguer Kurt Schaefer Peak to Peak Charter School Boulder Valley RE 2 Michael Voecks Jeremy Kerns Byers High School Byers 32J Andrea Poliakon Bill Summers Canon City High School Canon City RE-1 Claire Lamman Kelli Buffo Cherokee Trail High School Cherry Creek 5 Sidharth Tyagi Rachel Blowers Regis Jesuit High School - Girls Division Cherry Creek 5 Morgan Carter Stephen Fernandes Smoky Hill High School Cherry Creek 5 Michael Anthony Delia Medberry-Hagen William Mitchell High School Colorado Springs 11 Laveen Khoshnaw Perry Beltrame Creede Jr/Sr High School Creede Consolidated 1 Delaney Brink Andrea Wiseman Denver School of the Arts Denver County 1 Renee Mehlman Jason Brookes Denver South High School Denver County 1 Daniel Renkert Andrea Griffin Denver South High School Denver County 1 Madison Gawler Laurie Buchanan George Washington High School Denver County 1 Sydney Burckhardt David Ferguson Rock Canyon High School Douglas County RE 1 Vismaya Bachu Matthew Gracey Rock Canyon High School Douglas County RE 1 Lauren Yehle Mary Vasquez Eads High School Eads RE-1 Tori Uhland Travis Brenner Englewood High School Englewood 1 Kayla Steffens Michele Clemmensen Fowler High School Fowler R-4J Logan Snyder Jackie Dorenkamp Fowler High School Fowler R-4J Blaine Larson Joshua Seematter Northridge High School Greeley 6 Jacquelyn English Chris Niemann-DeMink Standley Lake High School Jefferson County R-1 Sarina Phu Benjamin Reed Standley Lake High School Jefferson County R-1 Cynthia Gutierrez Craig Parrott Faith Christian Academy Jefferson County R-6 Aaron Aguero Kit Sullivan Milliken Middle School Johnstown-Milliken RE-5J Hazel Hill David Decker Littleton High School Littleton 6 Kelly Dinneen William Arrington York International High School Mapleton Public Schools Veronica Fernandez-Diaz Margaret Salazar-Muniz Centauri High School North Conejos RE-1J Indica Mestas Christine Matthie Fort Collins High School Poudre R-1 Suraj Renganathan Candice Musso Pleasant View Middle School Pueblo County Rural 70 Madison Price Rachelle Eastep Pueblo West High School Pueblo County Rural 70 Winter Roybal Sheila Sloan Pueblo West High School Pueblo County Rural 70 Amber Arline Cole McGee Rye High School Pueblo County Rural 70 Austin Johnson Scott Nykerk Glenwood Springs High School Roaring Fork RE-1 Sara Fleming Janine Frazee Salida High School Salida R-32 Faith McKenna Scott Kindt Berthoud High School Thompson R-2J Jonathan Schlagel Kayla Steele Berthoud High School Thompson R-2J Sydney Levy 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. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...

Governor John Hickenlooper today joined Colorado artists and economic developers to announce the first state-driven initiative in the U.S. for affordable housing for artists: Space to Create, Colorado. The new program will develop affordable housing and work space for artists and arts organizations, as well as position Colorado as the nation’s leader in artist-led community transformation in rural creative placemaking. The effort is led by the Colorado Office of Economic Development’s Colorado Creative Industries, DOLA, History Colorado, Boettcher Foundation and Artspace. “Housing and economic development are vital needs in rural Colorado, and the Space to Create initiative advances both of these issues by harnessing the power of the public, private and philanthropic sectors, as well as the creative community, to activate historic spaces and elevate rural economies,” said Gov. Hickenlooper. Space to Create, Colorado will advance mixed-use projects that blend affordable live/work space for artists and their families with non-residential space for creative enterprises and organizations that serve a critical community need. A total of nine projects will be launched in eight regions in Colorado’s rural, small town and mountain communities over the next eight years. Each project will be customized to meet community needs for workforce housing and commercial space for artists and creative entrepreneurs. The first demonstration project will launch this year in Trinidad. After that, regions of the state will be prioritized based on readiness, public will, commitment of local resources and housing demands. “The Space to Create initiative will unite affordable housing with creative workspaces and community-use facilities to create an important catalyst for economic development in Colorado’s rural communities,” said Boettcher Foundation President Tim Schultz. Click here to read the full press release from our partners at Colorado Creative Industries....

By Monica Mendoza Denver Business Journal In the world of philanthropy, there is a lot of interest these days in establishing new programs and moving in new directions. Grady Durham would know. He owns a Denver-based asset management consulting firm and his expertise is in endowments and foundations. But there is something to be said for sticking with the tried and true, he said. It’s why he and his wife, Lori Durham, are giving to the Boettcher Foundation Scholarship, a program that was developed in 1952 to offer 40 Colorado students a year full-ride scholarships to any Colorado college or university of their choice. ...

May 5, 2015 — The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees has awarded a total of $950,000 in support of capital projects at 10 educational institutions in Colorado. “Colorado’s educational institutions are critically important to the future of our state,” said Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation. “We are honored to help contribute to the facilities that will help prepare students to meet the challenges of tomorrow.” The Boettcher Foundation focuses its educational grantmaking in the early-childhood and higher-education areas, and the projects selected for funding represent innovative efforts to meet student needs. “This year’s education grant recipients embody the Boettcher Foundation’s mission of supporting the organizations and individuals who are championing excellence and improving our communities right here at home,” Schultz said. This year’s higher education grant recipients are: Early Childhood Learning: Ability Connection Colorado – Aurora, $50,000 Toward construction of new early childhood learning center Anchor Center for Blind Children – Denver, $50,000 Toward expansion of current facility to accommodate additional staff offices and meeting space Qualistar Early Learning –Statewide, $125,000 Toward Qualistar Colorado Capital Fund for early childhood learning centers Sewall Child Development Center – Denver, $100,000 Toward purchase and renovation of new headquarters facility Technical Colleges: Emily Griffith Technical College – Denver, $150,000 Toward purchase and renovation of new main campus Community Colleges: Arapahoe Community College – Littleton, $50,000 Toward renovation and expansion of early childhood learning center in order to merge with the early childhood learning department and increase the number of children served Pikes Peak Community College – Colorado Springs, $50,000 Toward renovation and reconfiguration of main campus building to better accommodate growing student population Red Rocks Community College – Arvada, $100,000 Toward construction of Arvada Campus Health Professions and Sciences Facility Four Year Universities: University of Colorado Colorado Springs – Colorado Springs, $175,000 Toward construction of a five-venue Visual and Performing Arts Complex in collaboration with six community arts partners University of Denver – Denver, $100,000 Toward construction of the Sie Complex at the Korbel School of International Studies Download a PDF copy of this release here.. 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. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...

July 15, 2014 — The Boettcher Foundation has hired Marisa Pooley as its Minds Initiative Fellow. Pooley will support the Foundation’s new initiative to promote relationships and engagement among Boettcher Scholars, Boettcher Teachers, Boettcher Investigators and the Boettcher Foundation Staff and Trustees for the purpose of further fostering their leadership, service and philanthropy. A Boettcher Scholar and University of Denver graduate, Pooley has a Bachelor of Arts in strategic communications and degrees in marketing and leadership. She has experience in public relations and marketing from working at a variety of Colorado organizations, including Healthgrades, the Colorado Mammoth and, previously, the Boettcher Foundation as the Strategic Communications Intern. She recently added public relations in the tourism industry to her skillset, when she worked as a consultant for a zero-emissions vineyard in Italy. “We are absolutely thrilled that Marisa is joining our team,” said Katy Craig, Director of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives for the Boettcher Foundation. “Her skills will make her invaluable to us as we seek to empower current and past recipients of Boettcher Foundation funding so that we can multiply their individual and collective impact. Pooley is a Colorado native and graduate of Overland High School. 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. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...

July 2, 2014 — Katie Kramer, current vice president and assistant executive director of the Boettcher Foundation, has been named interim executive director of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation. The arrangement is made possible through a generous partnership with the Boettcher Foundation, which has agreed to an executive loan of Kramer to the Leadership Foundation. “As a longtime supporter, I know firsthand the importance of the Leadership Foundation and its work to encourage collaboration and civic engagement in the metro area. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work on behalf of the Leadership Foundation,” Kramer said. “The generous partnership with the Boettcher Foundation further underscores Boettcher’s deep commitment to fostering leadership in our region.” A Boettcher Scholar herself, Kramer has worked in several capacities at the Boettcher Foundation since 1997. She is a fourth-generation Coloradan who is highly invested in the local community, both in her professional capacity and her extensive volunteer involvement. Kramer has deep knowledge of the Leadership Foundation as a Leadership Denver graduate, one of the co-chairs of Colorado Experience and member of the Leadership Foundation board of directors since 2009, during which time she has provided transformative ideas to the Leadership Foundation. “Katie is a talented leader and strong community presence who has the network, smarts and vision to lead our Foundation to even greater impact,” said Kelly Brough, president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. “The Boettcher Foundation has been a longtime partner of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and we are incredibly grateful to the leadership there for the opportunity to tap into the talent of Katie.” During her time as interim executive director, Katie will focus on the completion of strategic initiatives and the improvement of operational effectiveness. This provides the Leadership Foundation with an immediately qualified and internal leader to provide time to identify another appropriate and capable permanent executive director for the Leadership Foundation. Kramer attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she was a Presidents Leadership Scholar and honors graduate from the Leeds College of Business. In 2009, she completed her Executive MBA at the University of Denver as an honors graduate. Kramer attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she was a Presidents Leadership Scholar and honors graduate from the Leeds College of Business. In 2009, she completed her Executive MBA at the University of Denver as an honors graduate. “The Boettcher Foundation’s mission is to improve the life of Coloradans through investments in both physical and human capital. This executive loan is a unique opportunity to support that goal by sharing one of our own talented leaders,” said Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation. “We admire and appreciate the work of the Leadership Foundation, including its programs to cultivate leadership programs on the state’s college campuses, and are happy to support it in this way.” 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. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. About the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation An affiliate organization of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation provides content, context and access to inspire leaders to engage in issues critical to the region’s success. The Leadership Foundation encourages community and civic trusteeship through a continuum of leadership programs, including Leadership Denver, Access Denver, Leadership Exchange, Impact Denver, Colorado Experience, the Leadership Alumni Network and the Colorado Leadership Alliance. For more information, visit denverleadership.org. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org Laura Giocomo 303.725.4614 laura.giocomo@denverchamber.org...

May 22, 2014 — The Boettcher Foundation has hired Cindy Gregory as its new administrative assistant.  Gregory joins the Boettcher Foundation following a career spent as both a 911 dispatcher and as an administrative assistant for a mining company. Her 21 years as a dispatcher provided Gregory with an opportunity to help others while working in an environment that was constantly changing. The experience also made her an expert at prioritizing, multitasking and remaining calm under pressure – skills that have served her well as an administrative assistant. Gregory grew up in metro Denver and graduated from Golden High School. She is an avid triathlete and gardener. She enjoys spending time with her four children and her six young grandchildren. “We are so excited to welcome Cindy to our team,” said Boettcher Foundation Vice President and Assistant Executive Director Katie Kramer. “Her mix of skills and her warm, friendly personality make her the ideal person for this role, particularly since she will be the first person most people encounter when they reach out to the Boettcher Foundation.” High resolution photo available upon request. 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. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...

April 2, 2014  — The Boettcher Foundation is pleased to congratulate its Vice President and Assistant Executive Director, Katie Kramer, who was named one of the Denver Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” for 2014. Each year, the Denver Business Journal recognizes “young, dynamic, up-and-coming leaders” under age 40 for their business success and community contributions. Winners were selected from more than 380 nominations and were recognized at a luncheon and awards ceremony March 21. Kramer joined the Boettcher Foundation as a graduate fellow in 1997 and ascended to the vice president’s role at age 26. In addition to her leadership at the foundation, Kramer is active in the community, serving as president of the National Scholarship Providers Association and as chair-elect of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation. Read the full “40 Under 40” profile here. High-resolution photos available upon request. 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. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...