Club 31 Welcomes New Member

Emilie Stewart
Principle Operations Spec/Major
LinQuest Corp./US Air Force Reserves

Date Joined: 4/19/2022
Rotary Sponsor: Charlie Miller & Daughter of John Stewart

Emilie Stewart is a Denver native and is excited to be back in her home neighborhood of Park Hill with her daughter, Madeleine, and dog, Kepler. As a defense contractor, she advises the strategy and planning of United States Space Command. Additionally, she currently serves the Air Force Reserve as a Flight Commander for the 38th Intelligence Squadron at Beale Air Force Base, CA where she leads a team of signals intelligence analysts. In her career as an Air Force Intelligence Officer, she has previously held assignments in Qatar, across the Colorado Front Range, and New Mexico. In her free time, Emilie loves spending time outside, enjoying all Colorado has to offer as well as reading, bowling, bar trivia, and cheering on the Rockies with Maddy!

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Club 31 Welcomes New Member

Bob Bidwell
Founder & Chairman of the Board
ROLINC Staffing

Date Joined: 2/15/2022
Rotary Sponsor: Shannon Stone

In 1971, Bob graduated with a BS degree and a USAF commission at Kansas State University. He served the next eight years as a maintenance officer supervising several missile and aircraft armament activities, conducting test and evaluation of ordinance and later teaching at Lowry AFB. Following military service, he spent 13 years with the computer industry in sales and management for companies such as McDonnell Douglas and Honeywell. In 1993, he founded Resumes: On-Line, a service providing computer sorted resumes. This line of business ultimately failed because of national competition so he shifted business focus to temporary and direct hire staffing and enjoyed a 28-year career building one of Colorado’s largest private staffing companies. ROLINC Staffing has four offices and 15 recruiters serving the manufacturing, construction, distribution and communication industries. In 2021 he sold the business, but assuming the role of Chairman.

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Club 31 Welcomes New Member

Jana Milosevic
Ratings Operation Specialist
S&P Global

Date Joined: 2/15/2022
Rotary Sponsor: Mike Dineen

Jana Milosevic is a graduate of the University of Kragujevac with a major in accounting and business finance. She recently moved from Serbia to Denver, Colorado, and is currently employed by S&P Global as a Ratings Operations Specialist. Jana became a member of Rotaract Club Kragujevac in 2017. She held several roles within her club, including treasurer, secretary, and vice president. In addition, she was involved in the Sunce, a nonprofit organization that carried multiple projects focused on refugees, local senior citizens, and the youth. Throughout her engagements with Rotary, nonprofit, and student organizations, she developed a deeper understanding of how important it is to be involved and help her community and the people around her. Some of her hobbies are traveling, food, art, and history. One of her favorite quotes is Socrates’ quote: “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

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Club 31 Welcomes New Member

Mary-Frances Makichen
Owner
Makichen Consulting LLC

Date Joined: 8/25/2021
Rotary Sponsor: Kris Hemenway & Melly Kinnard

Mary-Frances Makichen is a Colorado transplant who has lived in every state on the west coast. Her professional background is in marketing and public relations but she’s recently transitioned to consulting work. Mary-Frances developed a passion for helping people navigate times of change after going through a series of changes herself, including the passing of her late husband, Walter. She thoroughly enjoys using her intuitive and emotional intelligence to help people learn to trust themselves and connect with their own inner guidance.

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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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