Club 31 Welcomes New Member

Chris Marseilles
Real Estate Broker
PorchLight RE Group

Date Joined: 9/21/2021
Rotary Sponsor: Transferring Rotarian & Kris Hemenway

As a child, Chris’ family lived in Killington, VT and later Pinehurst, NC. He returned to Vermont to attend Middlebury College, where he received a B.A. in History.

After college, Chris moved to San Francisco, where he held various positions in the real estate industry and skied in Lake Tahoe at every opportunity. In 1998 he earned an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of San Francisco.

Later that year, Chris moved to Boston and spent seven years with General Investment & Development as an Operations Analyst and Communications Coordinator.

In 2007, he left GID to work as an independent real estate broker and investor, acquiring, renovating and managing residential properties.

In 2020, Chris moved to Denver and joined PorchLight Real Estate Group as a residential broker. He enjoys living in downtown Denver, traveling, skiing, golfing and experiencing all sorts of visual and performing arts.

During his career, Chris has devoted significant time to nonprofit board service, helping arts organizations achieve sustainability through strong management practices, strategic planning and fostering partnerships throughout their communities.

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Club 31 Welcomes New Member

Lasa Ledua
Vice President of Technology
Warwick Hotels & Resorts

Date Joined: 9/21/2021
Rotary Sponsor:
John Finegan

DYNAMIC AND RESOURCEFUL IT leader known for leading teams, driving projects, and delivering on key deadlines. Loyal, enthusiastic decision-maker who is tenacious, determined, and motivated. Dedicated to providing innovative technology solutions that resolve challenges. Committed to mentor and develop teams to exceed expectations. Rapid and sustainable user growth is my true passion. Getting life-changing experience on the use of technology to the hands of millions of people is my calling. Empowering a team provides me with enormous gratification.

  • Leadership ● Vendor Management ● Budgeting ● Training ● Team Management ● Strategic Direction ● Performance Management ● Enterprise Resource Planning ● Security Oversight

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Club 31 Welcomes New Member

Lucy Van Dusen
Senior Project Architect
Rocky Mountain Group Engineers

Date Joined: 8/25/2021
Rotary Sponsor: Chad Tyler

When I was studying architecture at the University of Colorado, I won the Temple Hoyne Buell Architecture Scholarship offered by the Rotary Club International.  It allowed me to study architecture at the University of Rome La Sapienza in Italy, and travel around Europe experiencing centuries of buildings and monuments for one academic year.  It was a life changing experience and one that I continue to draw from to this day.  I am a thirty year veteran of the profession of architecture, having been a student, a sole practitioner, and an employee in an architecture firm.  I am a mother of two awesome children: Matt, 19 and Ella, 15 – and a wife to a very special husband for twenty years.  I enjoy golf, reading, biking, hiking, tennis, pickle ball and walking my dog, Rocky.  I am basically a Colorado native, but lived on the East Coast in New York City and Connecticut for a while after graduate school.

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Club 31 Welcomes New Member

Shannon Stone
Senior Relationship Manager
AMG National Trust Bank

Date Joined: 5/18/2021
Rotary Sponsor: Past President Jim Goddard

Shannon Stone is a native of Denver and joined AMG National Trust in 2013 as Senior Relationship Manager. Before that, Shannon served as Senior Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo. Over her 18 years of experience, Shannon has managed the depository and treasury management needs of large and small businesses, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and associations. Shannon serves as Board Member for GlobalMindED, a Colorado nonprofit organization that is passionate about closing the inequity gap in education for underprivileged communities.  She also serves on the Foundation and Funders Equity Team and is a Co-Lead for the GlobalMindED Mentorship Program where she organizes a team of mentors to offer guidance on key career stepping-stones, to diverse, young first-generation college students. Shannon is a mentor within the program as well. Shannon enjoys spending time with her husband Michael and two kids, Alexander who is currently 11 and Connor who is 21. She is currently crafting an influencer blog on healthy REIKI living and writing a book about authentic leadership. If she lived near the ocean, she would watch the waves at sunset, every night.

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Club 31 Welcomes New & Returning Members

Jagdish Jaganath
Banking Relationship Manager/VP

Date Joined: 2/16/21
Rotary Sponsor: Transferring Rotarian, Melly Kinnard & Ved Nanda

Jagdish Jaganath (“Jag”) is a Denver native who has a wonderful six-year old daughter named Akshaya.  He is a career long Commercial Banker and Treasury Management professional who is a two-time graduate of the University of Denver (BA, MBA).  Jag spent fifteen years of his life in another country called California and is excited to return to his hometown of Denver!  Jag has one sister and brother-in-law and is a proud uncle to three nephews, he has a very positive poodle named Lulu who never has a bad day, and he is blessed with an amazing mom!

 

Les Volpe
(Retired) President, Edward L. Volpe, P.C.

Date Joined: 2/16/21
Rotary Sponsor: Returning Club 31 Rotarian

Les Volpe is renewing his membership in the Downtown Denver Rotary Club after a brief hiatus.  Prior to that he had been a member of the Club for over 20 years during which time he served on some committees including the Grants Committee.

His career has been in the legal field, primarily in litigation.  Les is a 4th generation Coloradan, and he and his wife, Barbara, have raised their two children and are helping to raise their five grandchildren here in Denver.

He has also spent many years as a funder, teacher, and coach for high school students in Denver and elsewhere in the study of Constitutional Law in a program called “We the People—the Citizen and the Constitution” which is a national contest for Constitutional debate by high school students conducted in all 50 states.  He has worked with East High School students in Denver, and that school has been the National Champion of the competition at least five times.

He looks forward to meeting and working with many of our members including those whom he has known throughout his career here in Denver.

 

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Club 31 Welcomes Back Returning Member

 

Patrick Byrne
CEO
Denver Kids, Inc.

Date Joined: 9/15/2020
Rotary Sponsor: Honorary Member/Michelle Maldonado

 

Patrick Byrne is an advocate for under resourced youth with a focus on improving secondary and post-secondary educational opportunities for disadvantaged students to optimize their career potential. Patrick currently serves as the CEO of Community Outreach at Denver Kids. He founded Denver Urban Scholars (which merged into Denver Kids) in 1995, developing the mentoring, volunteer, and academic support programs as well as directing staff and recruiting volunteers. Patrick obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from Gonzaga University, and received a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management from Regis University. He completed his Masters in Social Work at the University of Denver in 2006 and in 2012 earned his PhD in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver and Regis University. Patrick was the recipient of the Mile High Speaker of the Year in 2017 and the Regis University Civis Pinceps Award in 2019.

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Club 31 Welcomes New Member

Mike Dineen
Senior District Executive Director
Boy Scouts of America

Date Joined: 7/21/2020
Rotary Sponsor: Transferring Rotarian

Before working as a District Executive Mike taught English in Korea, China and Japan.  He has been a Senior District Executive for six years graduating in the top five in his class.  In Mike’s first year, he expanded his district committee to 32 members.  During that time four out of five years he had double digit membership growth and respectively reached 100%+ of their fundraising goal.  The Boy Scouts camping attendance grew participation to 290 total.  They were featured in the International Rotarian magazine for building an international mode for at risk venture crew mentorship program for global impact.  Mike is an active member of Rotary and had acted as the district membership chair.  His favorite hobbies are traveling and volunteering – Mike has had the good fortune to study abroad four times at Southern Illinois University and participate as a member of five networking and community service organizations.  He is an avid reader and am on the way to reading 1,000 books in the next two years.

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Club 31 Welcomes New Member

Robert Kross
Senior Account Executive
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce 

Date Joined: 4/21/2020
Rotary Sponsor: Steve Mast

Robert Kross has worked for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce for the past five years as a Membership Representative. The Chamber works with the Denver business community to focus on critical issues that will determine the health of our community and economy to lead to a prosperous future. His role specifically focuses on building Chamber membership through new member acquisition, retention, as well as keeping current members involved.

Prior to working at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Robert worked with the Downtown Denver Partnership and the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District helping with public affairs, communication and marketing. This position enabled Robert to quickly learn about the Denver business community, and what it takes to grow a strong business economy with in a region.

Robert attended the University of Missouri, where he received a BSBA in Marketing and a minor in Sociology. He is also currently sitting on the Associates Board for a local non-profit called Project Helping.

Robert has lived in Denver for the past seven years and enjoys hitting the links as well as mountain actives such as skiing, fishing, hiking and camping.

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Club 31 Welcomes New Members

Thomas Longino
Founder
Longino Public Finance, LLC

Date Joined: 7/21/2020
Rotary Sponsor: Melly Kinnard
Thomas Longino is the founder of Longino Public Finance, LLC, a law firm focused on representing investors and trustees in connection with high-yield or distressed financing, whether taxable or tax-exempt.  Prior to forming Longino Public Finance, Thomas practiced law in the area of municipal finance at a large southeastern law firm, mostly as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel, where he gained valuable workout and municipal bankruptcy experience as a member of the team representing Jefferson County, Alabama.  Thomas earned his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law and a master of laws in federal taxation from New York University School of Law.  A very recent transplant to Denver, Thomas enjoys the Denver restaurant scene, exercise and discovering all that Colorado has to offer.
Debbie Wilkins
Broker Associate
Date Joined: 7/21/2020
Rotary Sponsor: Melly Kinnard & Colleen Cozad
Debbie Wilkins serves as a Compass associate broker.  Debbie is keenly focused on customer relationship development and success defined through achieving set goals.  This customer and goals-driven approach consistently creates positive results for her clients in a rapid real estate market.  Prior to pursuing her career in real estate, Debbie successfully started up and owned her own business from 2005-2019.  The business was private-labeled product sales and distribution, servicing large business maintenance of facilities.  Additionally, her work experience includes multiple sales manager positions in the medical field, including manufacturers such as Johnson & Johnson.  Debbie has a strong affection for four-legged friends, including her own two Havanese, Biewer Terrier, and a Bernese Mountain Dog.  This affection also resulted in training her own as therapy dogs.  Other interests include home remodeling, DYI home projects, travel, and restaurants.  Prior to calling Denver her forever home, Debbie lived in St. Louis, Atlanta, and Dallas.  She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Georgia.
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Club 31 Welcomes New Member

Kris Hemenway
President & Founder
Statera Media

Date Joined: 6/16/2020
Rotary Sponsor: Jim Johnston

Kristopher (Kris) Hemenway is the President and Founder of Statera Media, a Denver based strategy, marketing and media planning firm that focuses on small and mid-sized companies in many different business verticals.  Kris uses a data-driven approach to help his clients find new customers through digital (Social, SEM, E-Mail, Display) and traditional (TV, Radio, Print) media.  Prior to forming Statera Media in 2014, Kris worked for some of Colorado’s biggest and best companies in marketing and media such as:  Vail Resorts, Coors Brewing Company, The Integer Group and Gart Companies.  Kris has lived in Colorado for 23 years and is a proud alumnus of the University of Colorado at Boulder where he graduated with honors with a B.S. in Journalism.  He has been married to his wife Keri for 14 years and is the proud father of two young boys, Harrison (9) and Patrick (5).

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