Club 31 Welcomes New Member

Gina Yacone
Regional CISO

Date Joined: 1/13/23
Rotary Sponsor: Transfering Rotarian

Gina is the Information Security Official for TRACE3’s mountain state region. Prior to Trace3, Gina managed several organizations’ overall security strategy and operation. Gina is pursuing her master’s degree in cybersecurity. Normally, you can find Gina on a conference stage. She has spoken at over 50 events regarding information security.

Prior to her work in information security, Gina was a licensed private investigator for Barry A. Cohen, P.A., in Tampa, FL. While there, she specialized in high-profile, complex litigation.

As a Rotarian, Gina was an active member of the Rotary Club of Raleigh. She was awarded Rotarian of the Year in 2019 & 2021, and was the club’s Director of Service Project (2019 & 2020), Director of Fundraising (2021), a Public Relations Committee member (2018-2022), the Global Grant Co-Chair (2018-2019), the Habitat for Humanity Co-Chair (2018-2019), and a Signature Gala Committee Member (2019).

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Club 31 Welcomes New Member

Christopher Williams
Founder & Principal
Custament Partners

Date Joined: 2/2/23
Rotary Sponsor: Kris Hemenway


Christopher O.H. Williams is a global executive with 25+ years’ experience leading transformational enterprise change at some of the world’s best-known sport and lifestyle fashion companies and consumer brands. His areas of expertise include strategy and transformation, brand management, international business and go-to-market.

He is currently the Founder and Principal of Custament Partners LLC, an impact advisory firm that caters to supporting disruptor and challenger brands, organizations, and leaders. He is also a Board Director of Reach University, a pioneer of apprenticeship-based degrees in teaching and Chair of the Board of Enda Athletic, a private sportswear brand inspired by Kenyan long-distance runners.

Previously, he was the 1st President and a Board Director of African Leadership University (ALU), 1,500 students) in Mauritius and Rwanda.

Christopher retired from active corporate work in 2018. Over 2 decades, he held senior executive roles in Strategy, Sales, Finance and General Management at adidas, Nike, VF Corporation and Gap. He started his professional career in Investment Banking in Analyst and Associate roles at Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers.

He is a former Executive-in-Residence at both ALU and European School of Management and Technology (ESMT Berlin) and sits on the advisory boards of Mizizi African Consumer Holdings, a U.S.-based house of African brands, Pacific University College of Business and Emory & Henry School of Business. He is also a member of both the National Association of Corporate Directors and Private Directors Association. He regularly writes, lectures, and gives keynote speeches to audiences on the topics of Brand Management, Systems Thinking, Multi-Cultural Experience, Consequential Leadership and Courage.

Christopher earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts and a BA in Economics from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he graduated with Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude and Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics honors.

Personal and Family
Christopher enjoys global affairs, travelling, painting, and writing. He has lived and worked in 13 cities across the United States, Asia, Europe, and Africa. Today, he, his wife, and two young children live in Denver, Colorado.

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Club 31 Welcomes New Members

Carol Core
Loan Officer
Security First Financial

Date Joined: 1/13/23
Rotary Sponsor: Shannon Stone

Carol Core is a long-time mortgage lender with Security First Financial, one of 300 branches of a larger parent company, Primary Residential Mortgage. Carol’s branch is the number 1 branch in the US. Offering a full service of all types of residential mortgage loans, including reverse.  Carol loves helping people, especially first-time home buyers and working more complex deals. Carol especially enjoys empowering women in the home buying process.

Carol is an award-winning author of her first book, 50 Sanity Saving Tips for Caregivers: You don’t have to kill yourself to keep them alive, and co-author, with her granddaughter, of two children’s books. She is a humorist, a speaker and expert in strategic finance.

Family and friends call her the glue that keeps them all together. Carol is a “glass half full” kind of girl and considers herself a self-made extrovert. She adores spending time with her grandchildren and loves travel.


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Club 31 Welcomes New Members

Bart Allen
Associate Broker
Tributary Real Estate​​​​​​​

Date Joined: 12/14/22
Rotary Sponsor: Melly Kinnard
& Shannon Stone

Bart Boranian Allen was born and raised in Fresno, CA and went out to the desert to attend the University of Arizona. After understanding his passion for real estate during his time in Arizona, Bart earned his master’s degree in Real Estate and The Built Environment from the University of Denver.

With a passion for philanthropy and community building, Bart is a board member for the Society of Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian relief to orphaned Armenians. He also serves as a buddy mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2019 and is on the membership committee for Mile High Young Professionals. Bart’s mother has been a part of rotary for 25+ years and he is very excited to continue his mother’s legacy!

In his spare time, Bart enjoys traveling, water skiing, and scuba diving.



Ryan Fila
Heart Led Media

Date Joined: 12/14/22
Rotary Sponsor: Melly Kinnard
& Harriet Downer

Ryan is a photographer/videographer by trade and storyteller by passion. He loves galivanting the globe – experiencing the spectrum of life! Ryan’s documented Paris Fashion Week, war in Ukraine, and earthquakes in Haiti – but he’s also found joy in the safaris in Kenya and community in the Peruvian Andes.  His desire to explore is almost insatiable, but Denver is his grounding place. Ryan was born in Littleton, and much of his family still lives in this state.  Since Colorado has become as much of home as he’s ever known Ryan’s chosen to set up a media company focused on event photo/video & social media management.

Lover. Athlete. Confused. Mornings. Decaf. Average. Brother. Dynamic. Doer. Present. Imperfect. Creator. Process. Vegetarian. Living.

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Club 31 Welcomes New Member


Rebecca Gonzales
Director of Community Relations
Morningstar Senior Living

Date Joined: 9/25/22
Rotary Sponsor: Melly Kinnard, Seth Patterson & Kris Hemenway

Growing up, there were two committed passions in my family, one was the game of soccer and the other was being of service to others. I credit both my parents for instilling in me the importance of standing up for what is right and helping someone who is down on their luck.

I grew up on the soccer fields of Colorado, as the middle child just 18 months apart from an older and younger brother, I don’t think there was a day of the week that didn’t have us engaged in some sort of soccer activity.  Sometimes I joke and say, “I must have been born wearing soccer cleats”! The truth is, I was born on Thanksgiving Day 1974 in the middle of a Broncos game, which turned out to be an away game victory over the Detroit Lions, 31 to 27.  The story always I was the real “Turkey Day Win” that day.

My father, a Vietnam veteran, spent most of his time involved in youth soccer, beginning his lifelong passion for volunteering as a coach, then moving his way up to becoming the President of the Colorado State Youth Soccer Association and then going on to work (again volunteering) for the United States Youth Soccer Association. My family’s involvement with soccer not only taught us how to kick a ball and score goals, but the importance of teamwork and dedication.   The ability to see beyond social, economic and even language barriers, it brought about opportunities to travel, experience other cultures, and a nurtured a genuine respect for commitment, community, and comradery.

My mother was the kind-hearted soul who opened our doors to anyone in need. At the age of 15 my parents became foster parents for Jefferson County Social Services. Our home became a “receiving home” to children in crisis, typically coming from an environment of chaos, disarray, neglect and abuse. Our home was licensed to hold up to eight children at a time, we were the entry point into an all too often long and winding road for children entering the social services care system. Compassion and understanding, along with lots of love, were a required belief in our home. Our family provided stability and balance to hundreds of children over the next 15 years.

A Colorado Native, I attended Leawood Elementary, Ken Caryl Middle School, and the all too famous Columbine High School.

After High School I enrolled and graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services, also know as the “helping profession”.

Throughout College I primarily worked with non-profit organizations, such as the Denver Rescue Mission, Girls Incorporated, and the Colorado Aids Project Denver. Being around people who enjoy helping people is an experience I have always held in high value.

It wasn’t until after college that I answered an employment ad for an admissions coordinator with Saint Paul Health Center, starting my career in healthcare services, most specifically post hospitalization care. You see, St Paul was a skilled nursing facility, serving both patients and residents living in long-term care and short-term rehabilitation. This opportunity became the springboard for my journey within the healthcare field and a passion to serve seniors.

In little to no time at all, I developed an appreciation for life, the process and journey of aging, all the knowledge, experience and bravery that comes along with it.  Every interaction gave me space to learn, grow, and to expand my passion to work with others. Carrying a servant centered attitude and a passion to help others, kindness not only became a mission; it became my mood. I know that when I take action to improve the lives of others, my life is naturally improved.

Over the next several years, that spark and passion to serve others offered me many opportunities to grow personally and professionally.  I have held positions in long-term care, short term rehabilitation, home health, hospice, and now in senior living with assisted and memory care.

Today I live by some very simple principles, give rather than receive, treat others as you wish to be treated, cultivate an attitude of gratitude and be of service. I remain willing, open-minded, and teachable to new experiences.

In addition to the above, I am a mother (to one heck of an amazing 18yr old daughter), a dedicated volunteer (currently hold two service positions within the community), a certified yoga instructor, a lover of culture, arts, and music, a seeker of a higher power / purpose through spiritual work, an avid paddleboarder and lover of the great outdoors.

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Club 31 Welcomes New Members

Andy Contiguglia
Owner & Founder
Contiguglia Law Firm

Date Joined: 9/25/22
Rotary Sponsor: Melly Kinnard
& Chris Marseilles

Introduced at our 11/3 Club Meeting

Andrew J. Contiguglia is a strategic business advisor, lawyer, and consultant to small and medium business owners, and influencers. As an attorney and consultant, he counsels and advises small and medium-sized businesses and influencers to help them adapt to a changing business environment, compete to gain legal advantages, and achieve success by providing original, success-focused strategies and legal know-how. As an advisor, he helps businesses scale through acquisition. Andy’s work with businesses has drawn the attention of many media and marketing outlets including, 5280 Magazine, Epoch Times, CBS News Denver, and Westword Denver. He is the owner of the Contiguglia Law Firm based in the historic Baker neighborhood in Denver, CO. His areas of expertise include business, business law, finance, strategic entrepreneurship, sales, and marketing online and offline, and scaling businesses through acquisition. Andy graduated from Overland High School in Aurora, CO, obtained his BA from Columbia University, in New York, and his JD from the University of Denver. He lives in Centennial with his wife Chantel, and two girls Gabrielle (8), and Brooklyn (6).


Joe DiMarino
Business Development Manager

Date Joined: 10/26/22
Rotary Sponsor: Melly Kinnard
& Gary Stotler

Introduced at our 11/3 Club Meeting

Joe DiMarino is a new member of the Denver community coming from Philadelphia. He is extremely passionate about community service and giving back to others. Joe loves the community and sincerity of Denver Club 31 and cannot wait to help serve others. A recent Princeton graduate, Joe majored in the School of Public and International Affairs and minored in Entrepreneurship. He currently works for his uncle’s company, DocuVault, and has two e-commerce/web-based startups. Joe loves to Surf, Cook, Fish, Row, Cycle, Snowboard, and is a huge Philly sports fan.



Kyle White
Recent Law School Graduate

Date Joined: 10/26/22
Rotary Sponsor: Transferring Member/Melly Kinnard & Harriet Downer

Introduced at our 11/17 Club Meeting

Kyle grew up in the small town of Centralia, Washington before attending the University of Washington, where he majored in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology while taking a pre-medical course of study and throwing hammer for the Huskies Track & Field team. Upon receiving a B.S. degree in Biology, Kyle returned to his hometown and joined the local Rotary club as the founder of Suomi 3D Printing and Drone Photography, a small creative services company. After applying and getting accepted to medical school, he decided to switch career paths to law and chose to attend the USC Gould School of Law in Los Angeles. During the ensuing global pandemic, he met his girlfriend Rita Molem who began her medical school journey at CU Anschutz in 2020. Once Kyle graduated from law school, he chose to move to Denver to be closer to her, and decided to seek out Club 31 as a way to get involved in the community and find new and impactful service opportunities.

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Club 31 Welcomes New Members

Pat Kendrick
Of Counsel – Patent Attorney
Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.

Date Joined: 7/1/2022
Rotary Sponsor: Transferring Member/Kris Hemenway

Pat was born and raised in South Florida with Ft. Lauderdale his primary stomping ground of youth.  He became a rambling wreck from Georgia Tech‐ earning a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering, returning to Florida to start adulthood life as an Engineer for Florida Power & Light, Nuclear Division.  There, a good decade was had fishing, SCUBA diving, boating, and consuming conch fritters.  But the winds were beckoning “Go West, Young Man…” and it was in Portland, Oregon that he attended law school, earning a J.D., and more importantly, finding his life partner, Katie (who also earned a J.D.).  Since Pat was from Florida, and Katie from California, it only made sense that they should move to Minnesota to start their family and legal careers.  The winds, this time much colder, again beckoned for a westward migration, this time to Colorado.  Pat became in‐house patent counsel for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, and then later returned to private practice in Parker, where he was introduced to Rotary, and is now patent counsel for a Denver law firm.


Gary Stotler
Executive Coaching & Leadership Development
Braxton Michel Acquisitions

Date Joined: 6/21/2022
Rotary Sponsor: Chad Tyler

Gary recently returned to Denver after a two-year road trip touching nearly every state. He holds a degree focused on Psychology from the University of Wyoming, is a coach, speaker, and trainer with the John Maxwell Leadership Team, offers D.I.S.C. personality assessments for individuals and organizations, and holds additional certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Behavioral Change Specialist and Personal Trainer.

Gary provides individualized strategies to maximize strengths, overcome challenges, and discover opportunities through 1:1 coaching, workshops, and corporate/executive retreats.

Gary started his personal growth journey with a borrowed book which led him to a wealth of success in business, fitness, and life. He has overcome the hardships of obesity with a walk around the block as an inactive 400-pound man progressively turning himself into an elite endurance athlete completing multiple 100 mile running and mountain bike events in the highest mountains of Leadville, Colorado.

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Club 31 Welcomes New Member

Hugh Hagihara
Tax Director
The Anschutz Corporation

Date Joined: 4/19/2022
Rotary Sponsor: Seth Patterson

Hugh Hagihara is a Colorado native who was born in Aurora and spent his formative years in Greeley.   Hugh is a proud graduate of CU Boulder where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting.  After college Hugh had two different stints at Deloitte Tax LLP in Denver with a short stint as a high school math teacher sandwiched in between.   Hugh left Deloitte Tax LLP to join The Anschutz Corporation’s tax department and has enjoyed his 8+ years at the company.  Outside of work Hugh enjoys spending time with his young family.  Prior to starting a family Hugh enjoyed coaching and tutoring and is looking forward to volunteering in similar capacities through Rotary.



Sterling Miller
Business Development Manager
Frozen Fire

Date Joined: 5/17/2022
Rotary Sponsor: Chad Tyler

Sterling Miller is a young professional native to small town America. Content creation and sales guru with a focus on unique solutions and project management, Sterling moved to Denver just after turning 18 to double major in business and film production. During his time at school, Sterling developed a sense for brand marketing strategy while writing and producing short films that premiered in film festivals and on PBS.

Sterling immediately went to work after graduating to create commercial video content for high profile clients such as UC Health and started a successful wedding videography business. Years of trackable exceptionality led Sterling to join the Frozen Fire team where he works to create continued value for business owners.



Scott Weldon

Date Joined: 5/17/2022
Rotary Sponsor: Jim Johnston

Scott Weldon was born in 1963 in Pensacola FL at the Naval Airbase while his father was stationed there and grew up in Los Angeles where both of his parents had grown up. Scott went to USC and earned a BA in Communication and moved to Mammoth Lakes CA where he worked as a writer and editor of the local newspaper. In the mid-90s he began working in the natural products industry and moved to Boulder CO. When Scott’s employer was sold and relocated, he decided to stay in Colorado. To pursue an interest in finance, he returned to school and earned an MBA and MS in Finance. After some contract work in private equity and wealth management, he was hired by Xcel Energy where he worked in asset management for 10 years.

Scott met his wife in Denver, was married in 2008, and have four daughters. The youngest (twins) just turned 8 and he now finds himself with extra time that he lacked too many years.

Jim Johnston has invited him to some Rotary functions and encouraged Scott to join, and he thinks it would be beneficial to all to pursue that recommendation!

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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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