Foundation News & Announcements

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....

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....

DENVER, July 17, 2018 — The Boettcher Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of three new staff members who will help the organization advance its mission of investing in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Kathryn Evans has been hired as an executive assistant; Krystal Kappeler has been hired as the scholarship programming fellow; and Jackie Yelton has been hired as office coordinator. Kathryn Evans will support the foundation’s executive leadership. She brings years of experience in the nonprofit arena. She previously supported leaders at Goodwill Industries and the executive director of a veteran community integration program. She attended Trident Technical College and recently relocated to Colorado from Charleston, S.C. Krystal Kappeler will oversee alumni engagement and programming for the Boettcher Scholarship program. Krystal previously assisted with client events and financial operations at Welch Financial Planning and developed strategic marketing and contracts with Coca-Cola Refreshments. Krystal is a Boettcher Scholar and Colorado State University graduate. Jackie Yelton will serve as the foundation’s first point of contact and will coordinate the inner-workings of the office. Prior to joining the foundation, Jackie worked in Uganda as an international program coordinator at the Foundation for Sustainable Development. Jackie grew up in Littleton and attended Brigham Young University – Idaho. “Kathryn, Krystal and Jackie each bring unique talents and skills to the foundation, and we are grateful that they have joined us in our work to create transformational impact in Colorado,” said Katie Kramer, the foundation’s president and CEO. In addition to the new hires, the following foundation staff members’ titles have been updated better reflect their contributions: Leslie Baldwin has been named grants manager; Katy Craig has been named leadership coach and content developer; Julie Lerudis has been named director of strategic initiatives and grantmaking; Stephanie Panion has been named scholarship program manager; and Garrett Mayberry has been named special projects coordinator. 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, July 3, 2018 — The Boettcher Foundation has awarded a total of $650,000 to five organizations that are advancing education and cultural enrichment in the State of Colorado. “The Boettcher Foundation invests in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans, and this group of grantees exemplifies these values by contributing to the cultural fabric of our communities and to the educational opportunities of our students,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. The grantees include: Denver-based Clayton Early Learning, which was awarded $75,000 toward a facility renovation that will create additional programming space and allow the organization to make space on its campus available to nonprofit tenants; Denver Botanic Gardens, which was awarded $200,000 toward construction of the Freyer-Newman Center for Science, Art and Education; Denver Art Museum, which was awarded $150,000 toward the renovation of the Gio Ponti-designed North Building; Qualistar Colorado Capital Fund, a statewide fund that received a $150,000 grant to support capital improvements at early childhood learning centers throughout Colorado; and The University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business, which was awarded $75,000 for an expansion that will connect the buildings housing the business and engineering colleges on the Boulder campus. “We are proud to contribute to these projects, which ensure that Colorado students enter the world prepared and that all Coloradans can remain lifelong learners thanks to our community’s important cultural institutions,” Kramer said. The five organizations awarded grant funding applied as part of the foundation’s 2017 funding cycle. The foundation is currently conducting a strategic review of its capital grant program and is not accepting applications for 2018. 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, June 7, 2018 — Seven biomedical researchers at Colorado’s top research institutions have been selected to receive $1.41 million in total funding from 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 compete for major federal and private awards in the future. Recipients are awarded $235,000 in grant funding to sustain up to three years of biomedical research. They also receive the title of Boettcher Investigator. “The 2018 class of Boettcher Investigators represents Colorado’s most dynamic emerging scientists, leaders who are committed to improving human health,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “The Boettcher Foundation is honored to support their research at this critical juncture in their careers and to elevate scientific innovation across our state.” In its ninth year, the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards honor the commitments that the Webb and Waring families made to scientific research. Including the class of 2018, 61 Boettcher Investigators have received funding through the Webb-Waring program. Since 2010, Boettcher Investigators have gone on to earn a collective $34 million in subsequent independent research funding. Ninety-five percent of award recipients still reside at Colorado research institutions, advancing the foundation’s mission of keeping Colorado’s top scientific minds in the state. “We are continually impressed by the caliber of the community of Boettcher Investigators and the promise of their research to build better lives” said April Giles, president and CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association. “The research supported by the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards undoubtedly improves the health of the bioscience industry and the residents of Colorado.” The 2018 Class of Boettcher Investigators and their research topics are: Colorado State University Jesse W. Wilson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering – Advanced biomedical imaging and microspectroscopy University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Kathleen M. Gavin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine – Cellular composition of adipose tissue Jean M. Mulcahy Levy, M.D., Assistant Professor, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders – New therapy development for pediatric brain tumors Matthew Taliaferro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics – Regulation of subcellular RNA localization Eszter K. Vladar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine and Cell & Developmental Biology – Airway epithelial development, homeostasis and dysfunction  University of Colorado Boulder Edward Chuong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology – Evolution of gene regulatory networks David H. Root, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience – Neurobiology of drug addiction High-resolution photos of individual recipients and the entire group available by 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. Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...

DENVER, May 30, 2018 — Forty-two Colorado teachers have been selected as recipients of the Boettcher Foundation’s Teacher Recognition Award. The annual award honors the educators who have had the greatest influence on the 2018 class of Boettcher Scholars. “The 42 teachers selected by our newest Boettcher Scholars have championed excellence in their classrooms, and we are proud to recognize them for helping our scholars get to where they are today,” said Tiffany Anderson, the Boettcher Foundation’s scholarship program director. As part of the Boettcher Scholarship program, which provides Colorado’s most talented students with scholarships to attend a Colorado college or university, recipients are asked to select the teacher who has impacted him or her the most. Each teacher honoree is recognized with a personalized plaque, a special tribute from the Boettcher Scholar who selected them, and a $1,000 grant to be used for a project or activity to benefit students at their school. “We know that the success of our Boettcher Scholars is a direct result of the commitment made by their teachers, and this is a small but meaningful way of expressing our gratitude for their dedication to Colorado’s students,” Anderson said. Award recipients are: District Teacher School Teacher Name Nominating Scholar Academy 20 Pine Creek High School Kate Margrave Austin Spafford Adams 12 Five Star Schools Legacy High School Jennifer French-Jurgens Rae Winker Adams 12 Five Star Schools Mountain Range High School Ian Simpson Jessie Hiatt Adams-Arapahoe 28J Hinkley High School Susan Hartley Josue Estrada Murillo Alamosa RE-11J Alamosa High School Katie Montague Lexi Wright Aspen 1 Aspen High School Greg Roark Will Pryor Boulder Valley RE 2 Monarch High School Kristin Kerr Gannon Zoe Woods Boulder Valley RE 2 Peak to Peak Charter School Allen Hankla Gia Tran Cherry Creek 5 Cherokee Trail High School Kevin Wills-Keely Taylor Heap Cherry Creek 5 Cherry Creek High School Jocelyn Nguyen-Reed Kylie Hunter Cherry Creek 5 Cherry Creek High School Jodi Best Ana Mayordomo Cheyenne Mountain 12 Cheyenne Mountain High School Meg Fredrick Elizabeth LaJoie Colorado Springs 11 Andrew Jackson Elementary Elizabeth Blanco* Alexis Harris Colorado Springs 11 Coronado High School Sarah Jacobs Josh Sun Denver County 1 Denver School of Science & Technology Lewis McAll Bella Horton Denver County 1 Denver South High School Eric Punkay Sophie Cardin Denver County 1 John F. Kennedy High School Paul Mahoney Theresa Nguyen Denver County 1 Thomas Jefferson High School Jonathon Poole** Molly Jordan Little Dolores RE-4A Dolores High School Dave Hopcia Cameron Elder Douglas County RE 1 Highlands Ranch High School Deborah Lynch Andres Pulido Douglas County RE 1 Highlands Ranch High School David Wexler Megan Koch Douglas County RE 1 Rock Canyon High School Anna Tesdahl Shreya Nallapati Douglas County RE 1 ThunderRidge High School Olivia Holland Océane Mauffrey Englewood 1 Englewood High School Mark Fornnarino Maria Alsubhi Granada RE-1 Granada High School John Hopper Tarin Kemp Holyoke RE-1J Holyoke High School Josh Schroetlin Luke Krogmeier Jefferson County R-1 Columbine High School Tracy Schwartz Jackson Garske Jefferson County R-1 Wheat Ridge High School Kendra Gothard Joe Whitney Las Animas RE-1 Las Animas High School David Armstrong Makayla Huffman Littleton 6 Arapahoe High School Kristin Leclaire** Griffin Hampton Mapleton 1 Academy High School Robert Rodewald* Rafael Figueroa Platte Valley RE-7 Platte Valley High School Kirby Moore Dustin Horn Platte Valley RE-7 Platte Valley High School Jennifer Flummerfelt Hunter Thorn Poudre R-1 Fort Collins High School Christine Matthie** Anuja Gore Poudre R-1 Poudre High School Joe Fontana** Maddi Schink Pueblo City 60 Pueblo Central High School Joanne Griego Peyton Roth Pueblo County Rural 70 Pueblo County High School Flo Downs Elena Trujillo Rocky Ford R-2 Rocky Ford Jr./Sr. High School Keri Robinson Jacklynn Snyder St Vrain Valley RE 1J Silver Creek High School Juliette Forbes Jayson Brubaker Yuma School District 1 Yuma Middle School Brenda Kloberdanz* Riley Meisner n/a – Private School Mullen High School Tim DeNezza Gaby Brown n/a – Private School Alexander Dawson School Nate Lord Ben Deitsch 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....

Boettcher Scholars have the opportunity to expand their educations by using international education grants or educational enrichment grants offered as part of their scholarship package. Through their travels, scholars have learned new languages, experienced diverse cultures or honed their skills through internships and classes. Many scholars tell us that these were among the most impactful aspects of their college careers. Here’s one of their stories. Cesar Caraveo 2016 Boettcher Scholar International Education Grant: Brazil The US-Brazil Connect Conexão Mundo program gave me the opportunity to become an English coach for Brazilian high school students. There were three other English coaches, and we each worked with 11 students. For the first eight weeks of the program, I hosted two, 30-minute video calls per week with my students and posted Facebook assignments for them to complete. The second phase of the program was the cultural immersion phase. We traveled to Campina Grande, Paraiba, Brazil for three weeks to continue supporting our students with English through face-to-face interactions. The final phase resumed with the video calls and Facebook assignments for six weeks. This program truly changed my life. It made me realize the passion I have for education, and I am now pursuing a master’s degree in education because of it. The culture in Brazil was so amazing, and the way that the students and Brazilian coordinators treated and welcomed us was incredible. I was able to establish strong relationships with people that I know will last a lifetime. My students are honestly some of the most important people in my life now, and I care very deeply for them. Without a doubt, I would recommend this program (or any program similar to this) to anyone, especially those who have the slightest thought about doing something in education. Cesar is returning to Brazil in the summer of 2018 to teach English with the program. ...

DENVER, May 3, 2017 — The Boettcher Foundation is pleased to announce its 2018 Class of Boettcher Scholars. The class consists of 42 of Colorado’s top graduating seniors. “As Boettcher Scholars, these dynamic thinkers and leaders have committed to attending Colorado universities where they will continue using their talents to elevate our communities right here at home,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. Established in 1952, the Boettcher Scholarship program annually awards 42 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 lifelong programming and support to ensure that students reach their full potential as community leaders. Scholars are selected based on academics, service, leadership and character. The Boettcher Scholar network includes more than 2,500 leaders who have gone on to make their marks in business, politics, nonprofits, academia and other endeavors. Among them are a Nobel Prize winner, a MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient, multiple Rhodes Scholars, U.S. Ambassadors, CEOs and elected officials. “Our 2018 Boettcher Scholars were selected from a pool of nearly 1,500 incredibly qualified applicants,” said Tiffany Anderson, director of the scholarship program. “This year’s class includes a young woman who launched a program to engage underrepresented girls in computer science and technology; a young man who cares for a flock of 50 ewes through the livestock business he founded and operates; and a student who is planning a solo world flight with the aim of becoming the youngest pilot to circumnavigate the globe. We’re confident that this year’s class represents the values the Boettcher family sought to encourage.” In 2015, the Boettcher Foundation increased the number of scholarships awarded annually from 40 to 42, thanks to a generous donation from B. Grady and Lori Durham of Denver. Scholar names and photos follow. High-resolution images 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 highpotential 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 Maria Alsubhi Englewood HS CU Gaby Brown Mullen HS CSU Jayson Brubaker Silver Creek HS CU Sophie Cardin Denver South HS CC Ben Deitsch Alexander Dawson School CU Cameron Elder Dolores HS DU Josue Estrada Murillo Hinkley HS UCD Rafael Figueroa York International HS CU Jackson Garske Columbine HS DU Anuja Gore Fort Collins HS CU Griffin Hampton Arapahoe HS CSM Alexis Harris Liberty HS – Colorado Springs CU Taylor Heap Cherokee Trail HS CSU Jessie Hiatt Mountain Range HS CSM Dustin Horn Platte Valley HS CU Bella Horton Denver School of Science & Technology CU Makayla Huffman Las Animas HS ASU Kylie Hunter Cherry Creek HS CU Tarin Kemp Granada HS DU Megan Koch Highlands Ranch HS CC Luke Krogmeier Holyoke HS CU Elizabeth LaJoie Cheyenne Mountain HS CU Molly Jordan Little Thomas Jefferson HS CU Océane Mauffrey ThunderRidge HS CC Ana Mayordomo Cherry Creek HS DU Riley Meisner Sterling HS CU Shreya Nallapati Rock Canyon HS DU Theresa Nguyen John F. Kennedy HS UCD Will Pryor Aspen HS CU Andres Pulido Highlands Ranch HS DU Peyton Roth Pueblo Central HS CU Maddi Schink Poudre HS CC Jacklynn Snyder Rocky Ford Jr./Sr. HS UCCS Austin Spafford Pine Creek HS CU Josh Sun Coronado HS CU Hunter Thorn Platte Valley HS CSU Gia Tran Peak to Peak Charter School CU Elena Trujillo Pueblo County HS CU Joe Whitney Wheat Ridge HS CSM Rae Winker Legacy HS UCD Zoe Woods Monarch HS DU Lexi Wright Alamosa HS UCD ...