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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Club 31 Welcomes New Members

 

Kimsey Self
Founder & Owner
Progressive Health and Wellness

Date Joined:  12/17/2019
Rotary Sponsor:  Ben Allen & Evening Membership

 

Kimsey Self is the founder and owner of Progressive Health and Wellness.  Her passion for health began at an early age and has never waned. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Fort Lewis College, Kimsey has completed the Master Nutrition Therapy program from the Nutrition Therapy Institute (NTI) and is currently pursuing her PhD in Natural Medicine from Quantum University of Integrative Medicine, a school specializing in degree programs in natural and integrative medicine based on the science of quantum physics.  She has also completed additional training in functional medicine, including Functional Blood Chemistry, Functional Brain Chemistry, and Integrative Psychology. and still regularly attends medical and business conferences.

Kimsey strongly believes that education is paramount to success. She has been a guest speaker on Denver’s 9NEWS, CBS Radio, the Michael Brown KHOW radio show, and many other podcasts and media outlets. All credentials aside, her clients describe her passion as “infectious”, her humor as “contagious”, and her methods as “effective.”  Kimsey is all about getting results while having a good time doing it.

In her spare time, Kimsey loves running with her dog, hiking, yoga, snowboarding, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Kate Richards
Membership Sales Manager
Downtown Denver Partnership

Date Joined:  2/18/2020
Rotary Sponsor:  Chad Tyler & Membership Team

 

Kate Richards has been managing the membership sales department at the Downtown Denver Partnership for three years.  Before this role, she was at the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce as their Membership Director.  Kate is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, having studied public relations, event planning and tourism.

Kate and her husband Nick have lived in Colorado for nine years this August.  She and her husband recently welcomed their first child, Benjamin, in July and they are celebrating their 9-year wedding anniversary next week.

In their free time (which is little these days), they enjoy snowshoeing and hiking (they have tackled fifteen 14ers so far!) and have been known to brew a few batches of beer for friends and family to enjoy.

Kate is excited to join Rotary 31 and is personally tied to the cause, her Aunt Sally was one of the last recorded cases of polio in the state of Iowa.  She has a deep respect for our work and is eager to get involved.

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Club 31 Welcomes New Members!


Jeff Mason

Partner/Associate Broker​​​​​​​
Benchmark Commercial, LLC​​​​​​​

Date Joined:  1/22/20
Rotary Sponsor:  Returning Member/Membership Team

 

Jeff brings more than 20 years in commercial furniture and over ten years as a real estate broker to his role as a Benchmark Commercial co-founder. Clients appreciate how this experience allows Jeff to quickly assess the space and layout needs of their businesses as well as his attention to detail and follow-up. Before Jeff’s five years at Rare Space, his previous experience includes work with Steelcase and OfficeScapes, where he was responsible for planning, ordering, delivery, installation, and overall project management and integration of the clients’ technology and business goals into each space through the use of furniture. Jeff has deep roots in the state of Colorado, beginning with his great-grandfather, who was a miner in Central City, Colo. True to that Wild West heritage, Jeff and his wife, Colleen, spend a portion of their free time on horseback. Jeff is a University of Colorado graduate with a degree in Finance, and he currently serves on the board of the CU Boulder Denver Area Alumni Association. Jeff is also an Eagle Scout and an avid outdoors-man, so not only are you in good hands working with Benchmark Commercial, the co-founders are likewise great to have around should you ever find yourself lost in the wild.


Mark Wipper

Director of Major Gifts
Regis University

Date Joined:  `1/22/20
Rotary Sponsor: Transferring Rotarian/Will Snider

 

Since joining Regis University in August, 2019, Mark’s enjoyed living in Lakewood with his wife Jane.  Together they have five children ranging in age from 43 to 26 and five grandchildren who range in age from 10 to four months.  Needless to say, they have quite a blended family who live near and now farther away.  After growing up in Cleveland, OH, Mark returned after receiving his BA in History from St. Lawrence University in way upstate New York.  For over 30 years, his career was spent in banking and investment management before joining Case Western Reserve University (where he received his MBA in 1990), as Director of Library Development.  Trading a big city for a really small town, Mark joined Ohio Northern University in Ada, OH (home of the Wilson Football Factory) as Director of Development for the Getty College of Arts and Sciences.

In addition, Mark has spent summers in Norther Michigan on a beautiful lake sailing, swimming and spending time with lifelong friends.  Having skied, hiked and camped for many years in Colorado, he is now enjoying being able to spend time in the mountains again.  Mark is looking forward to continuing his 30+ years as a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Denver.

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Club 31 Welcomes New Members!

 

Rosie Gantos
Owner
Sola Salon Studios

Date Joined:  11/19/19
Rotary Sponsor:  Peg Johnston

 

Rosie Gantos was born in Quito, Ecuador in 1962. Her family immigrated to Columbus, Ohio in 1976. Her parents, Miguel and Elsa, achieved their American dream by opening their own small businesses in 1978 and having their four children graduate from university. Rosie and her husband, Joseph, met while studying at The Ohio State University in 1982. Rosie graduated from OSU with a BS in microbiology in 1985 and a BS in commercial interior architecture in 2010. Rosie and Joseph, also achieved their American dream by working, owning small businesses in Ohio, Colorado and New Mexico, and proudly cheering their kids on through college graduation, home ownership and marriage. Rosie is the proud mother of two wonderful and independent children, Gabrielle and David. Her many interests include travel, reading, sewing, ceramics and working out.


Matt Walsh

CEO & Founder
Green Stone

Date Joined:  11/19/19
Rotary Sponsor:  John Klug

 

Matt is the Founder and CEO of Green Stone, a Digital Experience Agency that strives to earn loyalty for their clients through the crafting of the most delightful, intelligent and effective products, experiences and journeys in the world. Six years in, the firm has already had the pleasure of delivering solutions for Twitter, American Express, Google, Logitech, Beats By Dre, and many other clients in Colorado and beyond.

Prior to Green Stone, Matt spent eight years founding, building and leading a team of 25 Experience Designers at Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Boulder as well as a couple of years in at R/GA on the Nike account where he helped craft a number of influential platforms including NikeID and Nike+.  Through that journey, his projects have won many marquee industry awards, but he gets far more excited about winning the hearts and minds of the people he designs for.

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Club 31 Welcomes New Member

Kristen Brooks
Senior Account Executive
Exosome/BioTechne

Date Joined:  6/18/19
Rotary Sponsor:  Kristen’s Father Sid Brooks!

Kristen Brooks is a Colorado native, born and raised in Golden and Denver.  She attended Colorado Academy (’95) and is a graduate of Connecticut College (’99) where she played Lacrosse and received a BA in Psychology and French.  Kristen works in oncology and urology medical device sales, and has worked in medical, pharmaceutical and genomic cancer diagnostics for almost 20 years.  Kristen runs the Colorado hub for Cartagena Paws, a dog rescue organization out of Colombia, where she navigates adoptions and sponsors for homeless pups coming from Colombia to the states.  Lastly, Kristen is the Founder of Healthy Not High – a CBD movement, formally educating and consulting on the health benefits of CBD (a non-psychoactive molecule from the hemp plant).

Kristen travels with some frequency and has visited, studied or worked in various countries around the globe (such as Colombia, France, Czech Republic, Croatia, Mexico, Russia, Caribbean) and would like to add to projects here and abroad in the future.  Inspired by her father’s long time Denver Rotarian involvement, Sid Brooks, Kristen is very much looking forward to contributing to the Rotary community.


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