Board of Directors

Board of Directors
For the Fiscal Year 2017
Jim Bernsten
Emeritus
Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, CoBank
With Girls Inc. Since: 2006
Hometown: Wheat Ridge, Colorado
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: A baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles.
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: My wife, Sally.
Words To Live By: We have all been warmed by fires we did not build.
Pets: One golden-doodle named Opal.
Worst Job: Roughneck on an oil rig.
Andrea Borchers
Compliance and Ethics Consultant, Xcel Energy
With Girls Inc. Since: 2015
School(s)/Degree(s): University of Northern Colorado, Business Management and Psychology
I Am Most Proud Of: my two daughters, Annie and Abbey
Words To Live By: kids spell love t-i-m-e
Favorite Food: anything my husband cooks!
Pets: 3 lazy, lovable cats
Pet Peeves: texting drivers, bicyclists that don't obey traffic signals, poor grammar
My Motto: Some people teach us how to live; some teach us how not to live
The Last Time I Challenged Myself: Swimming in a black water cave on the tiny island of Dominica
Linda Brisnehan
Emeritus
Retired, VP, Information Technology, Chief Information Officer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
With Girls Inc. Since: 2008
Hometown: Denver - I'm a true Denver native.
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: Math teacher
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Golf, bike, read and go to sporting events - I'm a big fan of the Avs, Rockies, Broncos and Nuggets.
I Am Most Proud Of: My daughter, Steph, and my son, Brian, and my two beautiful granddaughters, Emma and Katy.
Words To Live By: "People will forget what you did, people will forget what you said, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
Coffee or Tea: Definately tea - preferably Starbuck's Chai Tea (non-fat and extra hot).
Worst Job: I truly have never had one - I've enjoyed every job I've ever had.
Eliza Buyers, MD
Emeritus
Medical Director, Young Women's Health Program, The Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics
With Girls Inc. Since: 2008
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: Fashion designer or architect.
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Mountain bike and do yoga.
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: My Aunt Charlotte; loving and kind, but tough as nails; age 93 and going strong.
If I Were A Crayon, I Would Be: Dark Chocolate
Words To Live By: "The best things in life aren't things."
Lisa Degnan
At-Large
SVP, Bank of the West
With Girls Inc. Since: 2014
School(s)/Degree(s): BA Loyola Marymount University
MBA University of Colorado Denver
Hometown: Kailua, Hi
Favorite Thing About Living In Denver/Colorado: Sunny days all year round!
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: A famous painter
I Am Most Proud Of: My son, John
Words To Live By: Life is change, growth is optional, choose wisely.
Favorite Food: Italian
Favorite Board Game: Monopoly
Pets: A black labrador named Darby
Coffee or Tea: Latte
Theresa Donnelly
Board Chair
Director, Corporate Communications, SourceGas
With Girls Inc. Since: 2010
School(s)/Degree(s): Education: University of Colorado - B.S. Journalism; Regis University - Master of Non-profit Management
Hometown: Denver (third generation Denver native)
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: FBI agent
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, curling up with a good book, going to the theatre and concerts in the park, and rooting on the home team at sporting events.
Words To Live By: "Integrity in all you do" and for my daughters: "Nothing good happens after midnight"
Pets: Melly "the wonder dog," my Golden Retriever
Stephanie Donner
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Galvanize
With Girls Inc. Since: 2015
School(s)/Degree(s): University of Texas at Austin – Bachelor of Arts; University of Houston – Juris Doctor
Hometown: El Paso, Texas
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: An attorney
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Hang out with my kids and play outside
I Am Most Proud Of: My kids
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: My mom
If I Were A Crayon, I Would Be: Yellow
Words To Live By: Be a part of the solution, not the problem
Favorite Food: Tacos
Pets: Dog named Zander
Coffee or Tea: Coffee
Worst Job: Working at gift store in college
Job(s) I Wouldn't Do In A Million Years: Acrobat
If I Could Have One Super Power/Talent It Would Be: Super mathematician
Sarah Early
Board Secretary
Executive Director, Colorado Physician Health Program
With Girls Inc. Since: 2013
School(s)/Degree(s): SUNY Geneseo
Bachelors of Arts in Psychology

Spalding University
Louisville, KY
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Hometown: Webster, NY
Favorite Thing About Living In Denver/Colorado: Mountains
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: Psychologist
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Travel, hike, ski, do triathlons, read
I Am Most Proud Of: Founding Dazzle Africa, a nonprofit, international charity that focuses on education, wildlife protection and community projects in Mfuwe, Zambia.
If I Were A Crayon, I Would Be: Green
Words To Live By: "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." – Robert Frost
Favorite Food: Ice Cream
Favorite Board Game: Monopoly
Pets: In the process of adopting 2 basenjis
Coffee or Tea: Coffee
Pet Peeves: Laziness, greed
Worst Job: Halfway house aide – I lasted one day when I saw the bedpans.
Job(s) I Wouldn't Do In A Million Years: Teacher
If I Could Have One Super Power/Talent It Would Be: Swimming underwater without breathing – I want to be a mermaid!
My Motto: You never regret what you do, only what you do not do!
The Last Time I Challenged Myself: Last two weeks I went on an adventure vacation! Was challenging physically for me – hiking up to ten miles a day, biking, kayaking. It was a wonderful trip!
Mike Frazzini
Chief Technology Officer-Ebags
With Girls Inc. Since: 2015
School(s)/Degree(s): Regis College, B.S. Computer Information Systems, B.S. Business/Finance
Hometown: Denver
Favorite Thing About Living In Denver/Colorado: The mountains and beautiful weather
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: Plumber
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Go to the Mountains
I Am Most Proud Of: My Family – 2 Daughters and Son
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: Many have, but mostly my mom
If I Were A Crayon, I Would Be: Azure
Words To Live By: Little things make big things happen. –John Wooden
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Board Game: Chess
Pets: 2 Dogs – a parson terrier and a rescue we don't know what it is other than loveable
Coffee or Tea: Coffee
Worst Job: Cook at Taco Bell in high school
The Last Time I Challenged Myself: Yesterday
Lisa Gonzales
Vice President of Operations and Strategic Initiatives, NIMBL
With Girls Inc. Since: 2015
Heather Hope
VP of Marketing, TalenTrust
With Girls Inc. Since: 2014
School(s)/Degree(s): CU – MBA, CSU – BA in Journalism
Hometown: Littleton,CO
Favorite Thing About Living In Denver/Colorado: As a Colorado native, I love getting up to the mountains to ski, hike, bike, camp and explore. There are so many amazing places to discover here in Colorado.
I Am Most Proud Of: In 2012, my husband and I spent 10 months travelling through 13 countries. Our experience in South America, SE Asia, India, Nepal and Oceania broadened our perspective and gave us some great tools to use back in Denver, as we contribute in our community, grow professionally, and begin a family.
If I Were A Crayon, I Would Be: Hot Pink!
Words To Live By: Live well, laugh often, love much
The Last Time I Challenged Myself: I trained for a half ironman. I enjoy endurance sports like marathons and triathlons because the training and commitment, the overcoming adversity, and the celebration at the finish line can apply to so many other areas of life.
Barbara Kallay
SVP Human Resources, Leprino Foods Company
With Girls Inc. Since: 2016
School(s)/Degree(s): Bachelor of Science, Industrial Management – University of Akron. Akron, Ohio
Hometown: Elyria, Ohio
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: Former boss
Favorite Food: Oysters
Pets: Dogs
Worst Job: Waitress
The Last Time I Challenged Myself: Last year, while climbing a 14er
Tracy Kerr
Managing Director and Founder, Asher Ventures
With Girls Inc. Since: 2010
School(s)/Degree(s): Vanderbilt: Bachelor of Engineering
University of Denver: MBA
Hometown: Augusta, GA
Favorite Thing About Living In Denver/Colorado: On the right day, you can ski in the morning and play tennis in the afternoon!
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: An author
Favorite Board Game: Monopoly
Pets: My shadow Lola, a big yellow hilarious lab, and Macy, a small black mischievous Lab
Coffee or Tea: Tea. With cream and sugar. And a scone.
Pet Peeves: Balance sheets that don't balance.
If I Could Have One Super Power/Talent It Would Be: Mind reader.
Andria Koen
Business Intelligence Analyst, Colorado Access
With Girls Inc. Since: 2015
School(s)/Degree(s): University of Alabama, Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems
Hometown: Alexander City, AL
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: Architect
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Spend time with family and friends
I Am Most Proud Of: My ability to make people smile.
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: My grandmother
If I Were A Crayon, I Would Be: Blue
Words To Live By: "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade."
Favorite Food: I love seafood
Favorite Board Game: Scrabble
Pet Peeves: I'm a neat freak...I dislike clutter.
Worst Job: Filing Clerk one semester during my college days.
Job(s) I Wouldn't Do In A Million Years: Any job with repetitive tasks. I'd die from boredom!
If I Could Have One Super Power/Talent It Would Be: It would be cool to read people's minds.
My Motto: Work hard, player harder...
The Last Time I Challenged Myself: Daily!
Heather Lipp
With Girls Inc. Since: 2012
School(s)/Degree(s): BA, Speech Communication - University of Hawaii at Manoa
MS in Accounting - University of Colorado at Denver
MBA - University of Colorado at Denver
Hometown: Lanai City, HI
Favorite Thing About Living In Denver/Colorado: That you can spend time outdoors all year long.
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: An astronaut or a rock singer
Favorite Board Game: Scrabble
Coffee or Tea: Both
Worst Job: Pumping gas at my parents gas station (this is back when someone actually pumped your gas for you)
Colleen Mackey
Treasurer
Compliance and Operational Risk Manager, National Renewable Energy Lab
With Girls Inc. Since: 2014
School(s)/Degree(s): University of Arizona, B.A. French/Marketing, University of Colorado at Denver, MBA.
Hometown: Tie: Denver and Tucson
Favorite Thing About Living In Denver/Colorado: Outdoor lifestyle
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Spend time with family and friends, Garden, Hike, Try new restaurants and Microbreweries
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: Too many to list – but need to shout out to my two daughters!
Words To Live By: Eat Well, Travel Often
Favorite Food: Anything at a picnic
If I Could Have One Super Power/Talent It Would Be: Ability to be in more than one place at a time
The Last Time I Challenged Myself: Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Exhilarating!
Pam McCoy
Emeritus
Manager, Metrics and Performance Management, CenturyLink, Inc.
With Girls Inc. Since: 1994
Hometown: Boulder, Colorado
Favorite Thing About Living In Denver/Colorado: Having so many choices and opportunities, whether it's hiking, biking, entertainment, sports, they're all available.
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: An astronaut.
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: I've had some fantastic friends/mentors throughout my professional experience, women not afraid to speak up when things didn't feel right and those who helped to instill confidence, vision and spirtuality within me.
If I Were A Crayon, I Would Be: Periwinkle - always thought that sounded 'cool'.
Favorite Board Game: Monopoly
Pets: Big Yellow Lab named Morgan.
Kimberly Mendoza-Cooke
Board Secretary
Senior Analyst – Anadarko Petroleum
With Girls Inc. Since: 2014
School(s)/Degree(s): MBA – Regis University
BA (Sociology) – University of Nevada Las Vegas
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Favorite Thing About Living In Denver/Colorado: Denver has all the benefits of a major city with the friendliness and scenic beauty of a small town.
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: Pilot or FBI Agent
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Cook, Travel (if I can combine the two even better) or simply sit by the fire with a good book
I Am Most Proud Of: My amazing son Dalton
If I Were A Crayon, I Would Be: Red
Words To Live By: A woman I greatly admired once told me; "get an education it is the one thing no one can take away from you."
Favorite Food: I love ALL food but Indian is my favorite
Favorite Board Game: Clue
Pets: Pomeranian named Enzo a cat named Victoria
Coffee or Tea: Coffee in the morning Tea in the afternoon lots of milk please
Pet Peeves: People who act entitled and slow drivers in the left lane
If I Could Have One Super Power/Talent It Would Be: Always live in the moment
My Motto: Always live in the moment
Griffen O'Shaughnessy
With Girls Inc. Since: 2016
School(s)/Degree(s): Goshen College, BS in Accounting; American University – JD
Hometown: Denver
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: Astronaut
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Spend time with my family, cook, practice yoga, read, ski, and travel
I Am Most Proud Of: My 3 children, Leighton, Dillon and Declan
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: My mother and my two strong 90-year-old grandmothers
Favorite Board Game: Monopoly, my brother and I would have marathon 3 day long games together when we were growing up
Pets: A Bernedoodle named Frankie
Alain Paolini
Incoming Chair
Vice President and Client Partner, enVision Business Consulting
With Girls Inc. Since: 2013
School(s)/Degree(s): Purdue University: MS Industrial Administration
Rouen Business School (France): BA International Business
Hometown: Villieres en Desoeuvre (France)
Favorite Thing About Living In Denver/Colorado: It's just the right size, absolutely majestic but small enough to feel connected, and the weather is just awesome!
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: A fireman
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Spend time with my wife and our teenage kids (a girl and a boy), watch movies and sports, read (books, news, politics...), enjoy the Colorado outdoors
Words To Live By: If you can dream it, you can do it (Walt Disney)
Favorite Food: Dark Chocolate
Pets: Delyla the Wonderdog (an adorable balck standard poodle)
Coffee or Tea: Tea (mint)
Pet Peeves: People who cheat or cut in lines
Worst Job: Washing dishes on weekends in a restaurant chain while in high school (I didn't last long)
If I Could Have One Super Power/Talent It Would Be: The power to tele-transport anywhere
My Motto: Make every day count
Tiffany Payne
Director, Community Investment
With Girls Inc. Since: 2011
School(s)/Degree(s): B.A., Drake; M.A. University of Denver
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
Favorite Thing About Living In Denver/Colorado: So many adventures to be had-from the great outdoors to arts, culture, sports and music!
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: Veterinarian or FBI Agent
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Travel-both near and far!
If I Were A Crayon, I Would Be: Purple
Words To Live By: "To leave the world a bit better...To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have success." Ralph Waldo Emerson
Favorite Board Game: Scrabble
Pets: Howard the Cate
Worst Job: Telemarketer
If I Could Have One Super Power/Talent It Would Be: The ability to fly.
Christine Ramos
Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Westerra Credit Union
With Girls Inc. Since: 2012
School(s)/Degree(s): Regis University, Bachelor of Science, Applied Psychology, Minor-Communications.; Summa cum lau·de
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Read, be outside walking/running, sitting. I also have guilty pleasure t.v. shows.
I Am Most Proud Of: Going back to school late in life and getting my degree.
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: My mom
Words To Live By: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world". Mahatma Gandhi
Coffee or Tea: Coffee
Pet Peeves: Abdicating responsibility, finding fault/placing blame, not being accountable for choices and decisions.
My Motto: Life is a gift
The Last Time I Challenged Myself: Leaving a long-standing career in hospitality and moving into a brand new career in Financial Services.
Shannon Saviers
Emeritus
President, GrowthLinx, Inc.
With Girls Inc. Since: 2005
Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: An actress.
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: Do fun stuff with my 7-year old twins and husband.
I Am Most Proud Of: Developing and running a nationwide, professional mentoring program.
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: My strong, smart, bold daughter Jill.
If I Were A Crayon, I Would Be: Sea green
Words To Live By: Exceed your native capabilities.
Favorite Food: Tapioca pudding.
Pets: An 11-year old Schnauzer.
Coffee or Tea: Both - I love diversity.
Sonya Ulibarri
President & CEO Girls Inc. of Metro Denver
With Girls Inc. Since: 2012
School(s)/Degree(s): University of Colorado at Denver - Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology
Hometown: Thornton, CO
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: My mother, sister, and daughter-all three strong, resilient, loving, and authentic women.
Words To Live By: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead
Coffee or Tea: Coffee with lots of milk, sugar, and whipped cream!
Pet Peeves: Political attack ads and people who cut in line.
Worst Job: Scrubbing stains on the cement at Water World when I was fourteen.
Marcelle Wall
Sales Director, Statera
With Girls Inc. Since: 2016
School(s)/Degree(s): Bachelor of Science, Human Environmental Sciences & Marketing
Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
What I Wanted To Be Growing Up: A mom
When I'm Not At Work I Like To: golf, cycle, entertain friends, read, and travel
I Am Most Proud Of: The kind, caring, confident young man my son is becoming
Girl or Woman Who Has Had A Positive Impact On My Life: My first boss when I moved to Denver 22 years ago. She was mentor, mom, sister, best friend, and support system all in one for me when I was new here and didn't know anyone. I also learned a tremendous amount from her professionally.
Words To Live By: "Never, never, never, never, never give up" Winston Churchill
Coralie Witter
Co-Portfolio Manager, Marsico Capital Management
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