DANIELS FUND

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and communities of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming

Management Team

Biographies

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Hank Brown
Interim President & Chief Executive Officer

Hank Brown was appointed to serve as Daniels Fund Interim President & CEO beginning in May 2020, while the Daniels Fund Board of Directors conducts a search for its permanent leader. Hank is also a current member of the board.

Hank previously led the Daniels Fund as its President and CEO beginning July 2002, and served in that role until his appointment as President of the University of Colorado in 2005. In his first two years at the Daniels Fund, he reduced overhead by 35% and shifted $2 million annually toward increased grants and scholarship funding. Prior to Daniels Fund, Hank served as the 11th President of the University of Northern Colorado.

Before UNC, Hank served Colorado in both the U.S. Senate and five consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado's 4th Congressional District. He was elected and re-elected to the House by margins ranging from 69% to 74%. He was elected to the U.S. Senate by a 13% margin. Hank served in the Colorado State Senate from 1972 to 1976. From 1969 to 1980, he was a Vice President at Monfort of Colorado.

Hank earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Colorado in 1961, and served as CU's student body president. He earned his juris doctorate from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1969. In 1986, while in Washington, D.C., Hank earned a master of laws degree from George Washington University. In 1988, he passed the exam to become a certified public accountant.

Hank served in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1966. He volunteered for duty in Vietnam, and was decorated for his combat service as a forward air controller. He is a proud Colorado native, and lives in Denver with his wife, Nan. They have three adult children, Harry, Christy, and Lori, and five grandchildren.

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Jeb Dickey
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Jeb Dickey joined the Daniels Fund in April 2000. His responsibilities include oversight of finance and investment activities. He oversees all facets of investment reporting as well as financial processes and activities. Jeb's responsibilities also include oversight of the Information Technology department.

Prior to his position at the Daniels Fund, Jeb held the position of Chief Financial Officer for Wireless Broadcasting Systems of America, Inc., a privately owned multi-state wireless cable television and internet services company. He was directly responsible for obtaining the requisite financing and operations for that company during its startup and early stage development.

Jeb serves on the board of Young Americans Bank. Jeb holds a bachelor's degree in Finance and Accounting from New Mexico State University.

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Kristin Todd
Executive Vice President, Grants Program & Operations

Kristin Todd joined the Daniels Fund in May 2003. She oversees all aspects of the Daniels Fund's Grants Program and operations function. Grants responsibilities include the application and consideration process, evaluation and reporting, and special initiatives related to achieving the goals of the grants program. Kristin maintains a high level of community engagement and relationships with many nonprofit organizations. Operations oversight includes human resources, building management and maintenance, security and safety, and public meeting space operations.

Prior to her position at the Daniels Fund, Kristin served as Associate Vice President for Grantmaking and Communications at El Pomar Foundation, one of the largest private foundations operating in Colorado.

Kristin is a current board member of Boy Scouts of America—Denver Area Council. She is a past board member of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, the Colorado Association of Funders, and the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. She is past board chair of Colorado Nonprofit Association, and former trustee of El Pomar Foundation. Kristin has served on several state commissions and advisory councils related to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.

Kristin holds a master's degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the University of Colorado.

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David Brown
Senior Vice President, Information Technology

David Brown joined the Daniels Fund in December 2007. David manages information technology activities including the implementation and operation of IT systems and business application solutions. He manages the analysis and reporting of data used in business activities across all departments.

Prior to his position at the Daniels Fund, David served as Financial Analyst and Information Technology Project Manager for Land Title Guarantee Company. In this capacity, he was responsible for financial forecasting, budgeting, process innovation, and database administration.

David provides assistance to international students as a volunteer at the University of Denver, and is a past board member of DenverWorks.

David holds a bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Colorado, and a master's degree in Business Administration from Regis University.

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Bill Fowler
Senior Vice President, Scholarship Program

Bill Fowler joined the Daniels Fund in April 2012. Bill oversees all aspects of the Daniels Scholarship Program, including the community-based selection process, student support, employer and university relationships, scholar success programs, and scholar alumni relations. Bill also oversees the Boundless Opportunity Scholarship Program.

Prior to his position at the Daniels Fund, Bill served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Daniels & Associates, L.P., a privately owned media and telecommunications investment bank founded by Bill Daniels in 1958. Bill Fowler was responsible for the accounting, finance, treasury, human resources, information technology, and marketing functions of the firm.

Bill is a board member of the NASBA Center for the Public Trust. He is a current board member and past board president of the Colorado Golf Association, and past board member and treasurer of the Jeffco Schools Foundation. Bill is a certified public accountant, and holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Colorado State University.

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Bo Peretto
Senior Vice President, Ethics Initiative & Communications

Bo Peretto joined the Daniels Fund in January 2006. He oversees all facets of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative. Bo also oversees the Daniels Fund's communications function, including brand integration, graphic standards, messaging, print materials, corporate website, and special events.

Prior to joining the Daniels Fund, Bo served as Assistant Vice President of Administration at Young Americans Center for Financial Education. In this role, he was responsible for supervising administrative staff and overseeing a broad range of the organization’s administrative functions.

Bo is currently Vice Chair of the Rose Andom Center board and a board member of Young Americans Center for Financial Education, and has served on the boards of the Young Philanthropists Foundation and the Colorado Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. He is a graduate of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation’s Leadership Denver Class of 2009.

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Cindy Culkin
Vice President, Human Resources & Operations

Cindy Culkin joined the Daniels Fund in January 2015. She manages the human resources and operations functions. Human resources responsibilities include activities related to to recruitment, hiring, and employee benefits. Operations responsibilities include building management and maintenance, security and safety, and public meeting space operations.

Prior to her position at the Daniels Fund, Cindy was Executive Director of Financial Affairs for Shalom Park, a nonprofit organization delivering services to seniors. Prior to that position, Cindy spent 30 years in the banking industry working extensively in commercial bank operations, policies and procedures, business line analysis, compliance, and customer relations.

Cindy is a current board member of Hope Communities, and a former board member and treasurer for the Colorado Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund. Cindy studied International Business at Cannon’s Business College in Honolulu.

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Bart Pugh
Vice President, Scholarship Operations

Bart Pugh joined the Daniels Fund in July 2015. He manages the finance and operations functions of the scholarship department, which include verification of our scholar’s cost of attendance and university payments processes. Before his current role, he served as the financial analyst for both the Daniels Fund Grants and Scholarship departments.

Prior to joining the Daniels Fund, Bart spent two decades in the for-profit sector focusing on finance, investments, and management consulting. He began his career in the management training program of the Walt Disney World Company.

Bart graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts in Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Finance and Economics from Eastern Washington University and received his Master of Business Administration degree with a focus in finance and strategy from California State University, Stanislaus. He is a current board member of Food Bank of the Rockies, serving 30 counties in northern Colorado and the entire state of Wyoming. He is also a graduate of the Metro Denver Chamber Leadership Foundation’s Impact Denver class of 2016 and was a coach for Impact Denver class of 2017.

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Laura Steffen
Vice President, Scholar Recruitment & Selection

Laura Steffen joined the Daniels Fund in November 2007. She manages the selection process for the Daniels Scholarship Program which includes overseeing the outreach efforts, application, interview process, and the annual Scholars Heading in the Future Together (SHIFT) Daniels Scholar orientation conference. Laura also uses her Spanish speaking abilities to support the Spanish–speaking families of our Daniels Scholars.

Prior to joining the Daniels Fund, Laura served as the Director of a Latino Initiative at Junior Achievement in Denver coordinating Latino leaders in the community as volunteers to teach Latino elementary, middle and high school students in the Denver metro area about financial literacy. She was also a high school Spanish teacher, field hockey and lacrosse coach, and student advisor for seven years. Laura currently serves on the board of the National Scholarship Providers Association.

Laura holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Oregon and a master's degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Middlebury College.

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Karren "Sparky" Turner
Vice President, Business, Community & Government Relations

Sparky Turner joined the Daniels Fund in December 2002. She is responsible for developing and maintaining key business, community, and government relationships throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, to identify opportunities for involvement across the Daniels Fund's various programs.

Before to her current role, she served as a Senior Grants Program Officer at the Daniels Fund, managing grants in Wyoming and Metro Denver.

Prior to her position at the Daniels Fund, Sparky served as a state field representative and assistant state director for U. S. Congressman and Senator Hank Brown. Through her work, she monitored local and national legislative issues and worked closely with individual citizens and civic and community leaders. She also owned and operated her own accounting/bookkeeping business, and owned and published a weekly newspaper, The Fowler Tribune.

Sparky attended the University of Southern Colorado, majoring in Accounting. She has years of experience in the nonprofit sector, volunteering with numerous nonprofit organizations across rural Colorado including serving as President of the Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association, Board Member of the Colorado Republican Party and Otero County Farm Bureau, Chairman of the Second Senatorial District Republican Central Committee, and more.

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Bruce Wilmsen
Vice President, Media & Communications

Bruce Wilmsen joined the Daniels Fund in May 2014. He manages the Daniels Fund's media relationships, release of news, community partnerships, digital communications, and social media.

Before his position at the Daniels Fund, Bruce served as Vice President, Client & Marketing Strategy for RBC Capital Markets. In that role, he was responsible for business-to-business digital, print, collateral, and event marketing. Prior to RBC, Bruce was Marketing Manager for Daniels & Associates, L.P., a privately owned media and telecommunications investment bank founded by Bill Daniels in 1958.

Bruce holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing from the University of Colorado.


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