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Who We Are

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Vision: That every child has equal access to a quality education.

Mission: To provide children of low-income families with scholarships to private schools in grades K-12, and to advocate for expanded school choice.

Values: We believe that certain shared beliefs and behaviors will deepen trust among the ACE team and our constituents, and create greater long-term value for ourselves and our organization. We know that it is not just about what we do, it’s also about how we do it.

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ACE Founders

ACE Scholarships was founded in 2000 by Alex Cranberg, Charlie Gallagher, Ralph Nagel, John Saeman and the late Ed McVaney and John Walton to provide low-income parents with the freedom to choose the K-12 schools that are best for their children. The founders’ vision was powerful but simple: that all children have access to great schools.

The founders’ commitment to launch ACE was formed through many years of frustration with a lack of reform within the public school system and unsuccessful legislative efforts to provide publicly funded vouchers to families for private school. They were also keenly aware that low-income students lagged far behind students of other incomes and that overall, American students continued to fall further behind students in other countries.

Guiding Principles

The founders were driven to launch ACE by these primary convictions:
  1. The American public education system is flawed

    The founders were well versed in education reform dating back to the early 1980’s when A Nation at Risk was published. Milton Friedman’s book Free to Choose was also an inspiration to them, as were pioneering education reform efforts in Milwaukee and Cleveland.The founders’ greatest inspiration was the late John Walton, who through his philanthropy encouraged leaders around the country to do something about an education system that doesn’t work for all kids, particularly students of color from low-income families. He was an early proponent of, and investor in, programs that provide immediate relief to students through privately funded programs offering private school choice. As Ralph Nagel put it, “the education of our children is the most important issue in our country and giving parents the ability to choose a school that works for their child is the simplest and most impactful reform we can champion.”

  2. Free enterprise and democracy work.

    Each of the ACE founders grew up in middle-income families and benefited greatly from the benefits of competition in business. Their personal life stories became the foundation of their belief that all families should be able to choose the academic environments that are right for their children. In every area of life where we have competition, products and services improve. Free enterprise breeds competition, which leads to innovation and efficiency and creates an accountable, customer-focused culture. If parents are able to leave, schools will work harder to keep them. This conviction was forged through the founders’ personal beliefs that America is the greatest country in the world and that democracy, free markets and competition work, allowing anyone to achieve the American Dream. Ed McVaney observed, “Free markets work and should be the basis of our education system because parents can then choose the right school for their children.”

  3. Parents know the best education environment for their kids.

    The founders believed that parents, not government bureaucrats, know what is best for their children. Cranberg explained, “ACE was created to empower parents to choose the best school for their children. Our mission is to ensure that parents and children have the ability to figure out which place fits them best.” Every child is different. Parents know their children the best and are therefore the best decision-makers for their children. The founders were impartial to the choice parents make, instead believing parents know best. ACE, therefore, does not limit the private school choices for parents or seek to influence parents in the choices they make other than financial eligibility, as defined by the federal Free & Reduced Lunch (FRL) guidelines. Over subsequent years, the ACE governing board has relaxed these financial requirements for families to better serve the communities we serve. However, in the spirit of our founders’ vision, in every circumstance, ACE families have significant financial need. Typical ACE families of four currently earn around $40,000 annually and an ACE scholarship covers at most only half of a student’s tuition, with a current cap of $2,000 for K-8 and $3,000 for high school. The ACE model expects parents to pay for a portion of their child’s tuition, and we know this comes at a great financial sacrifice. We also know that by having skin in the game, families are more invested and likely to succeed. As Cranberg reflected on this dynamic,“If they are coming to the table with their children, with their hopes, and with their money, I don’t see how we can fail them by not at least coming to the table with some funds.”

  4. Private schools offer great value and have open seats.

    During their initial investigation into how to improve education in America, our founders were struck by the quality and care that small private schools offer. These are not the elite college-prep schools that today charge $20,000 or more for tuition. Most private schools are small, humble enterprises with tuitions currently in the $8,000 to $12,000 range, but were able to do amazing things for kids. And these were schools with open seats and a willingness to serve low-income students who had been previously struggling in public school. “You could see that there was tremendous hope. That there were places in Denver where people were doing wonderful things with kids that weren’t supposed to be having wonderful things happen to them,” Cranberg recalled. The founders learned that the majority of private schools were faith-based and that in addition to finding a school that shared their family values, families chose such private schools because of safety and access to quality academics. Today, more than 85% of ACE partner schools are faith based. Over the past twenty years, as ACE data have demonstrated, year after year, that private schools offer all children a great education. ACE students usually enter their private schools one or two years behind grade level, but within three years at their new schools, catch up and thrive.

  5. All people are created equal and deserve an equal chance to pursue the American Dream.

    The founders subscribed to the great American principle underlying both our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution: all people are created equal. They saw the large discrepancy in educational outcomes between white students and students of color in public schools, and knew better was possible. This “achievement gap” is not only a stain on America’s education system but a root cause of countless other social ills, and our founders believed school choice would help eradicate it. The founders were therefore intentional in establishing ACE support as a need-based scholarship, not a merit-based scholarship. They believed that families with financial need should have equal access to quality private K-12 options to help level the playing field throughout society. The founders did not place additional academic or other requirements on the family, above and beyond whatever requirements their school of choice has in place in order to further this vision. This vision paved the way for ACE to enter tax credit states in later years (Louisiana and Kansas, currently), as all publicly-funded tax credit programs nationally are need-based. Alex Cranberg said, “ACE serves as a reproach that demographics are your destiny, that if you’re poor that it explains your likely output in life.” John Walton, founder of the Children’s Scholarship Fund, declared “educational choice is the last great civil rights issue of our time.”

Board of Directors

LINDSAY BROWN
Senior Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle

ANNE MCCARTHY
Founder and President, Westmeath, Inc

JOE SMITH
Partner, Bartlit Beck LLP 
(Chairman)

JERRY SOMMER
Denver, CO

SHEA TREADWAY
Regional Vice President, Midwest Region, Unum Group

MATT TURNER
Managing Partner, MorningStar Senior Living

MIKE WARD
Owner, Mike Ward Infiniti, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, McLaren, Fiat

BERT WILLIAMS
COO, Johnson Financial Group

LIZ WRIGHT
Denver, CO 
(Vice Chair and Secretary)

TOM ZANECCHIA
President, Wealth Management Consultants, Inc.
(Treasurer)

National Advisory Board

JOY AND DONALD "BOYSIE" BOLLINGER
Louisiana

GOVERNOR JEB BUSH
Florida
Honorary National Advisory Board Member

BETH AND JONATHAN CARR
President, Christian Brothers Foundation
Texas

PETE AND MARILYN COORS
Colorado

FRAN AND TERRY COMBS
CEO, Integrated Airline Services
Colorado

CATHY AND ALEX CRANBERG
Chairman, Aspect Energy, LLC
Texas

HEIDI AND SENATOR TED CRUZ
Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Texas

FOSTER AND LYNN FRIESS
Founder, Friess Associates
Wyoming
National Advisory Board Co-Chairmen

LANE AND BOBBI GRIGSBY Founder & Chairman, Cajun Industries LLC
Louisiana

CARRIE AND JOHN MORGRIDGE
Founders, Morgridge Family Foundation
Colorado

CHAZ AND SUSAN MUELLER
Texas

EDDIE AND LINDA RISPONE
Louisiana

JOHN AND CAROL SAEMAN Colorado

RICK AND SUSAN SCHMITZ
Colorado

SCOT AND KEELY SELLERS
Colorado

LISA AND TIM WALSH CEO, Confluence Builders, LLB

LIZ AND CHRIS WRIGHT
CEO, Liberty Oilfield Services, LLC
Colorado

Colorado Board of Trustees

KEVIN AHERN Managing Partner, Brush Creek Partners

DON BAILEY* Chairman & CEO, Triton Investment Company

BILL BERGNER  Bergner Companies

GRAYDON BEVIS CEO, Pella Colorado

ED BERNAU Denver, CO

RICHARD BROWN Denver, CO

BLAKE CARLSON Partner, Carlson Land Development, LLC

GEORGE CAULKINS III* Principal, Greendeck Capital

ALEX CRANBERG* Chairman, Aspect Energy, LLC

MEG DUKE Denver, CO

LORI DURHAM Denver, CO

RICK ELDRIDGE President & CEO, Intuitive Companies

JAMES EVANS President & CFO, Rockpile Energy Services, LLC

DARREN FISK Founder, CEO/CIO, Forum Real Estate Group

NATE FORD Partner, Perkins Coie, LLP

JOHN FOX Chairman, Augusta Jane Oil & Gas, LLC

MIKE FRIES President & CEO, Liberty Global, Inc.

STEVE FRIESS Friess, Inc.

CHARLIE GALLAGHER Chairman & CEO, Gallagher Enterprises

CALEB GATES Denver, CO

JOHN GRIER President, Crimson Midstream, LLC

J. DAVE HUNTER Chairman, Financial Designs Ltd.

LOU HUTCHISON President, H-D Asset Management, LLC

JOHN IKARD Denver, CO

BUD ISAACS Denver, CO

BRANDON JOHNSON President, Johnson Financial Group

MIKE JOHNSON Johnson GEO

TOM JORDEN Chairman, CEO & President, Cimarex Energy Company

MIKE KENNEDY President, Point Rider Real Estate LLC

TAYLOR KIRKPATRICK President, Babson Farms, Inc.

ERIC KOEPLIN* Partner Advisor, AdvicePeriod

DON LAW* President, Prima Exploration, Inc.

DICK LEWIS Chairman, Tudor Pickering Holt & Co.

STEVE LOCKTON Owner, Lockton Companies of Colorado, Inc

SHARON MAFFEI Principal, SAM Lifestyles

SCOTT MCLEAN CEO, DI Graphics, Inc.

ED MCVANEY Retired President & Founder, J.D. Edwards ACE Trustee Emeritus

TIM MILLER Denver, CO

KELLY MILLEN Denver, CO

JULIE MORK Managing Director, ECA Foundation ACE Trustee Emeritus

SUSAN MUELLER Denver, CO

JIMMY MULVIHILL Principal & Founder, Black Creek Capital

RALPH NAGEL* President, Top Rock Investments, LLC

JOE NIEBUR President / Owner, Niebur Development, Inc.

MICHAEL O'SHAUGHNESSY President, Lario Oil & Gas Company Co.

BILL OWENS* Senior Director, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

TOM PETRIE Chairman, Petrie Partners, LLC  ACE Trustee Emeritus

WALTER RAKOWICH Retired CEO, ProLogis Foundation

SCOTT REIMAN* President, Hexagon Investments, Inc. ACE Trustee Board Co-Chairman 

AUDREY ROBERTSON Co-Founder & CFO, Franklin Mountain Energy, LLC

KRISTINE ROBERTSON Denver, CO

DICK ROBINSON Co-Chairman, Robinson Dairy, Inc. ACE Trustee Emeritus

JON ROBINSON EVP Regional Chief Credit Officer, UMB Bank of Colorado, N.A.

JEFF ROSS* President & CEO, Ross Aviation

JAMIE SABATIER CEO, J Sabatier and Company

CRAIG SAEMAN Owner, Spyglass Holdings, LLC

DICK SAUNDERS Founder & Chairman, Saunders Construction Company

ADAM SAYERS President, Axia Energy II, LLC

RICK SCHMITZ Partner, SKS Ventures, LLC

SCOT SELLERS President & CEO, R. Scot Sellers

MARK SEXTON CEO, Inflection Energy

TERRY SHADWICK BarnLight Capital LLC

JOE SMITH Partner, Bartlit Beck LLP

GEORGE SOLICH* President, FourPoint Energy, LLC

MICHAEL STARZER Managing Partner, Sixth Creek Energy

RAY THOMASSON  Chairman of the Board, Thomasson Partners Associates, Inc.

BETSEY UNGER Denver, CO

WOUTER VAN KEMPEN CEO, DCP Midstream, LLC

GREG VIGIL* Principal, Castle Rock Resources II, LLC

TIM WALSH CEO, Confluence Builders, LLB

DICK WEIL CEO, Janus Capital Group

PETER WELLS Chairman, Wells Property Holdings, LLC

CHARLES WESLEY CEO, Thoroughbred Resources

DON WOLF CEO, Enduring Resources, LLC

JOHN  WOODWARD Partner, Spierer, Woodward, Corbalis, and Goldberg, P.C

CHRIS WRIGHT* CEO, Liberty Oilfield Services, LLC ACE Trustee Board Co-Chairman 

*denotes Executive Committee Member

State Boards

Colorado Board of Trustees

KEVIN AHERN Managing Partner, Brush Creek Partners

DON BAILEY* Chairman & CEO, Triton Investment Company

BILL BERGNER  Bergner Companies

GRAYDON BEVIS CEO, Pella Colorado

ED BERNAU Denver, CO

RICHARD BROWN Denver, CO

BLAKE CARLSON Partner, Carlson Land Development, LLC

GEORGE CAULKINS III* Principal, Greendeck Capital

ALEX CRANBERG* Chairman, Aspect Energy, LLC

MEG DUKE Denver, CO

LORI DURHAM Denver, CO

RICK ELDRIDGE President & CEO, Intuitive Companies

JAMES EVANS President & CFO, Rockpile Energy Services, LLC

DARREN FISK Founder, CEO/CIO, Forum Real Estate Group

NATE FORD Partner, Perkins Coie, LLP

JOHN FOX Chairman, Augusta Jane Oil & Gas, LLC

MIKE FRIES President & CEO, Liberty Global, Inc.

STEVE FRIESS Friess, Inc.

CHARLIE GALLAGHER Chairman & CEO, Gallagher Enterprises

CALEB GATES Denver, CO

JOHN GRIER President, Crimson Midstream, LLC

J. DAVE HUNTER Chairman, Financial Designs Ltd.

LOU HUTCHISON President, H-D Asset Management, LLC

JOHN IKARD Denver, CO

BUD ISAACS Denver, CO

BRANDON JOHNSON President, Johnson Financial Group

MIKE JOHNSON Johnson GEO

TOM JORDEN Chairman, CEO & President, Cimarex Energy Company

MIKE KENNEDY President, Point Rider Real Estate LLC

TAYLOR KIRKPATRICK President, Babson Farms, Inc.

ERIC KOEPLIN* Partner Advisor, AdvicePeriod

DON LAW* President, Prima Exploration, Inc.

DICK LEWIS Chairman, Tudor Pickering Holt & Co.

STEVE LOCKTON Owner, Lockton Companies of Colorado, Inc

SHARON MAFFEI Principal, SAM Lifestyles

SCOTT MCLEAN CEO, DI Graphics, Inc.

ED MCVANEY Retired President & Founder, J.D. Edwards ACE Trustee Emeritus

TIM MILLER Denver, CO

KELLY MILLEN Denver, CO

JULIE MORK Managing Director, ECA Foundation ACE Trustee Emeritus

SUSAN MUELLER Denver, CO

JIMMY MULVIHILL Principal & Founder, Black Creek Capital

RALPH NAGEL* President, Top Rock Investments, LLC

JOE NIEBUR President / Owner, Niebur Development, Inc.

MICHAEL O'SHAUGHNESSY President, Lario Oil & Gas Company Co.

BILL OWENS* Senior Director, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

TOM PETRIE Chairman, Petrie Partners, LLC  ACE Trustee Emeritus

WALTER RAKOWICH Retired CEO, ProLogis Foundation

SCOTT REIMAN* President, Hexagon Investments, Inc. ACE Trustee Board Co-Chairman 

AUDREY ROBERTSON Co-Founder & CFO, Franklin Mountain Energy, LLC

KRISTINE ROBERTSON Denver, CO

DICK ROBINSON Co-Chairman, Robinson Dairy, Inc. ACE Trustee Emeritus

JON ROBINSON EVP Regional Chief Credit Officer, UMB Bank of Colorado, N.A.

JEFF ROSS* President & CEO, Ross Aviation

JAMIE SABATIER CEO, J Sabatier and Company

CRAIG SAEMAN Owner, Spyglass Holdings, LLC

DICK SAUNDERS Founder & Chairman, Saunders Construction Company

ADAM SAYERS President, Axia Energy II, LLC

RICK SCHMITZ Partner, SKS Ventures, LLC

SCOT SELLERS President & CEO, R. Scot Sellers

MARK SEXTON CEO, Inflection Energy

TERRY SHADWICK BarnLight Capital LLC

JOE SMITH Partner, Bartlit Beck LLP

GEORGE SOLICH* President, FourPoint Energy, LLC

MICHAEL STARZER Managing Partner, Sixth Creek Energy

RAY THOMASSON  Chairman of the Board, Thomasson Partners Associates, Inc.

BETSEY UNGER Denver, CO

WOUTER VAN KEMPEN CEO, DCP Midstream, LLC

GREG VIGIL* Principal, Castle Rock Resources II, LLC

TIM WALSH CEO, Confluence Builders, LLB

DICK WEIL CEO, Janus Capital Group

PETER WELLS Chairman, Wells Property Holdings, LLC

CHARLES WESLEY CEO, Thoroughbred Resources

DON WOLF CEO, Enduring Resources, LLC

JOHN  WOODWARD Partner, Spierer, Woodward, Corbalis, and Goldberg, P.C

CHRIS WRIGHT* CEO, Liberty Oilfield Services, LLC ACE Trustee Board Co-Chairman 

*denotes Executive Committee Member

Colorado Board of Advisors

ANDY AYE President, Colorado Market, BOK Financial

CHRISTIAN BIENVENU Managing Director, SVP, Sr. Relationship Manager, PNC Bank, N.A.

CHRIS BRIGGS Denver, Colorado

CHRIS BROWN Vice President, CRH Americas

LINDSAY BROWN* Senior Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle

STEVE BURETZ Senior Vice President – CAZ Investments

JUDY CAIN Partner, Plante Moran

MATT CALL Principal & CEO, NavPoint Real Estate Group

WAYNE CAVANAUGH Founder & CEO, Ninja Nation

COURTNEE CHUN SVP of Investor Relations, Liberty Media Corporation

SCOTT CLARK* Chairman and CEO, The True Life Companies

MIKE CORBETT Vice President, Innovest Portfolio Solutions, LLC

MELISSA CORRADO-HARRISON Managing Director - Wealth Management, Corrado Harrison & Associates

IAN DICKINSON President & CEO, Enservco Corporation

STACEY DUKE* President & Managing Partner, Anton Collins Mitchell, LLP

LEIGH DUNN Manager, Engineered Demolition, Inc.

ANN DURHAM Global Real Estate Advisor, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

MIKE FARGHER Territory Manager, Ritchie Bros., Inc. 

SHANE FEIMAN Executive Vice President, Assured Equity Management Corporation

TRACY FORST Managing Director, Aon Risk Solutions

NORM FRANKE Regional President, Alpine Bank

JOHN FREYER, JR.* President, Land Title Guarantee Company

LINDSAY MORTON GAISER Owner and Vice President, Andrisen Morton

JENNIFER GILLILAND Denver, CO

SERGIO GUTIERREZ Vice President & Client Advisor, JP Morgan Private Bank

JOHN HILL CEO, Quince Associates

MIKE HOMMEL* Owner, Designs by Sundown

CHRISTOPHER HUMBER* Executive VP and General Counsel & Secretary, Jagged Peak Energy

ERIN HUTCHINSON COO, Vehicle Vault

BRIAN JUMPS Member, Jumps Law, LLC

CRAIG S. KINARD Managing Director - Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch, The Kinard Group

JON L. KINNING* EVP/COO, RK Mechanical, Inc.

KURT KITTLESON President & CEO, K2 Commodities

MARK KORELL Principal, Tower Rock Investments, LLC

JEFF LANG Executive Vice President, Operations, BIP Energy

DAVE LEDERHOS Managing Partner of Lending, Tributary Real Estate

BRUCE MACDONALD Owner/President, MacDonald Hardwoods

TRAVIS MCAFOOS Principal, Ketro Real Estate

MIKE MCCUBBIN* Vice President, IMA Financial Group, Inc. ACE Advisory Board Co-Chairman 

RICK MCCULLOUGH Owner, Clean Juice Cherry Creek

MARVIN MCDANIEL Denver, CO

WALKER MONFORT* Vice President, Corporate Sales, Colorado Rockies Baseball Club

SARA MONTGOMERY Wealth Transfer Specialist, Planta Moran

CHRIS MURDY Director of Development, Haselden Construction

FRANK NESSINGER Executive Vice President, FourPoint Energy, LLC

CARL PISKE President, Alta Products LLC

DAVID PUCHI Managing Partner, Baceline Investments

JB RICHARDSON Principal, Mountaingate Capital

AUDREY ROBERTSON* Co-Founder & CFO, Franklin Mountain Energy, LLC

GREGORY SCHMIDT President, Saunders Construction, Inc.

MELANIE SCHMIEDING Managing Director, Abbot Downing

NATE SCHNABEL* Owner, NAS Properties

BARRY SHAMES Business Consultant

MATT SMITH Partner, Holland & Hart LLP

JUSTIN SOUCIE CEO & CIO, G&S Capital, LLC

JENNA STAPLETON Executive Director, Harmes C. Fishback Foundation Trust

MARK STONEHOCKER Manager, Stonehocker Farms, LLC

STEPHEN STOREY Partner, BPT Performance Consulting

RYAN SULLIVAN Founder, Waypoints Energy

PHIL SUMMERS President & CEO, Logic Healthcare

JIM TEEGARDEN CEO, Teegarden Financial Group

ADAM TRUITT Principal, Financial Designs, Ltd.

MATT TURNER* Managing Partner, MorningStar Senior Living

MICHAEL TURNER Chairman of the Board, RevGen Partners

BRIAN WAGNER* Independent Trustee

MIKE WARD* Owner, Mike Ward Infiniti, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, McLaren, Fiat

TARYN WESTBERG Co-Owner, Red Lodge Development, LLC

BERT WILLIAMS* Chief Operating Officer, Johnson Financial Group ACE Advisory Board Co-Chairman 

*denotes Executive Committee Member

Colorado Associate Board

MARTHA BORRE Associate Managing Director, Commercial Real Estate, CIBC

WES BRADISH Managing Director, Ziegler Investment Banking

MARGARITA BRAVO Chief Creative Officer, Margarita Bravo Design

EVAN BURDEN Consultant- Voluntary Solutions Inc.

CHRIS FAULKNER Associate Broker, Live Water Properties

DAVID FOLEY Broker, Buell & Company

CHRISTOPHER FORDYCE President/Owner, Fordyce Consulting

JOHN FRANCE Managing Partner, Rose Gate Ventures

BRANDON GILES CEO, Eagle Automation

KELSEY GOLDBERG Account Executive, Zoom Video Communications

CHRIS HALSTEDT Vice President, Private Wealth Advisor, Goldman Sachs

NICK HANSEN Executive Vice President, Managing Director, Alliant Specialty Insurance Services, Inc.

BRIAN HARTLEY Vice President/Broker, Live Water Properties

PARKER HEIKES Vice President/Energy Finance, UMB Bank

KELLY JOHNSON Vice President, Legal, Liberty Global, Inc.

PETER KRAHN Regional Market Manager, Cinga Health and Life Insurance Company

MATT LENGEL Wealth Management Advisor, Denver Private Wealth Management

ZACH LEONARD Managing Director, CIBC

GREG LITVAK  Principal, Highlands Vista Group

CHANCY LOVE* Denver, CO

JON MAXFIELD Base President, Jet Linx Aviation

AUSTIN MCKEE Managing Director, Eagle River Holdings, LLC

GRETCHEN MCLAUGHLIN* VP, Client Development Advisor, RMB Capital

ABBY MERCADO* Co-Founder & CEO, Best Shot

TRICIA MILLER Vice President, Wealth Management, Gampel Miller Wealth Consulting Group

STEWART NEFF Enterprise Sales Manager, NICE Systems, Inc

CALEB NEUMEYER Vice President, Bank of Colorado

JOHN OBERING President, Helm Energy, LLC

ADAM OSTERMILLER Vice President, Strategic Business Development, LPL Financial

ALYSON OWENS* Englewood, CO

ROB PEIRCE* Executive Vice President, USI Colorado

CARLETON LOGAN PIERSON Business Development, DAE Group

JESSICA RAUZI Managing Director, Unum

ALEX RIGGS Vice President, Production, Essex Financial Group

CHRIS SCHEER* SVP of Real Estate Finance & Asset Management, Sage Hospitality Resources

JEREMY SHEVLIN Partner, Regional Managing Director, Cresset Capital Management

BROOKE SIKONSKI Manager of Suite Services, Denver Broncos

MARGO SIMPSON Denver, CO

SEAN SJODIN Owner, Sjodin Consulting, LLC

CHARLIE SMITH Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

GUS SPAULDING Partner and Managing Director, Cresset

SHEA TREADWAY* Vice President, Small Business, Unum Group ACE Associate Board Chairman

MIKI TYNAN* Owner and Co-Founder, Hygge Birth and Baby

JULIE VILLALOBOS Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Gradient Energy Services

WESLEY WEISE Senior Vice President and Private Client Adviser, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

MARY ANN WHETZAL HR Director, Liberty Oilfield Services

CASHIN WHITE* SVP/Director of Business Banking, BOK Financial

ANNE ZELLNER Lead Assistant General Counsel, Xcel Energy

*denotes Executive Committee Member

Louisiana Board of Managers

DONALD BOLLINGER Chairman, Bollinger Enterprises LLC

JOSEPH CAMPBELL Chief Executive Officer, Associated Grocers

MANUEL PEREZ DE LA MESA Vice Chairman, POOL Corporation

MIKE DEHART Chief Investment Officer, Stuller Management Services

MILTON GRAUGNARD Executive Vice President, Cajun Industries

DONALD BOLLINGER Chairman, Bollinger Enterprises LLC

JOSEPH CAMPBELL Chief Executive Officer, Associated Grocers

MANUEL PEREZ DE LA MESA Vice Chairman, POOL Corporation

MIKE DEHART Chief Investment Officer, Stuller Management Services

MILTON GRAUGNARD Executive Vice President, Cajun Industries

DONALD BOLLINGER Chairman, Bollinger Enterprises LLC

JOSEPH CAMPBELL Chief Executive Officer, Associated Grocers

MANUEL PEREZ DE LA MESA Vice Chairman, POOL Corporation

MIKE DEHART Chief Investment Officer, Stuller Management Services

MILTON GRAUGNARD Executive Vice President, Cajun Industries

Montana Board of Advisors

CRAIG BARRETT Retired CEO/Chairman, Intel

ROBERT BEERS Billings, MT

JOE BILLIONRetired Owner and Chairman, Billion Auto Group

JERRY CASHMAN Founder and Owner, Cashman Nursery

GREG GIANFORTE Founder and Former CEO, RightNow Technologies

JARED HAUSKINS Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Investments

COLLEEN HOWELL Managing Director, Global Data Company

ELLIOT JUSTIN Founder and Chairman, SwiftMD

JENNI LEACH, Ph.D., LCPC  Great Falls, Montana

LIZ MARCHI Former President & CEO, Montana West Economic Development

MARC PIERCE Co-Founder & CEO, Warm Springs Productions

JIM SCOTT Vice Chairman of the Board, First Interstate Bank

RAY THOMPSON Founder & Former CEO, Semitool

RICK UNGERSMA President, Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply

CHRIS WRIGHT CEO, Liberty Resources LLC

DAVID YARLOTT President, Little Big Horn College

Texas Board of Advisors

CATHERINE BROCKExecutive Director, Bible Study Media
Houston, TX

JONATHAN CARRFoundation President, Christian Brothers Automotive
Houston, TX

CATHY AND ALEX CRANBERG Authentic Agility
Houston, TX

HEIDI CRUZ Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Houston, TX

COLLEEN DIPPEL Founder and Executive Director, Families Empowered
Houston, TX

JEREMY FRANK Vice President, J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Houston, TX

BRAD FREELS Chairman, Midway Companies
Houston, TX

CHARLENE AND JOHN O'SHEA President, JCJ Energy
Houston, TX

KHALED SALEM Managing Partner, Williamsburg Enterprises, Ltd. 
Houston, TX

MELANIE SCHMIEDING Managing Director, Abbot Downing
Houston, TX

KELLEY AND BRENT SOUTHWELL Chairman, PJS of Houston Inc
Houston, TX

Wyoming Board of Advisors

LINDSAY BROWN
Senior Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle

ANNE MCCARTHY
Founder and President, Westmeath, Inc

JOE SMITH
Partner, Bartlit Beck LLP 
(Chairman)

JERRY SOMMER
Denver, CO

SHEA TREADWAY
Regional Vice President, Midwest Region, Unum Group

MATT TURNER
Managing Partner, MorningStar Senior Living

MIKE WARD
Owner, Mike Ward Infiniti, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, McLaren, Fiat

BERT WILLIAMS
COO, Johnson Financial Group

LIZ WRIGHT
Denver, CO 
(Vice Chair and Secretary)

TOM ZANECCHIA
President, Wealth Management Consultants, Inc.
(Treasurer)

Leadership Team

GINA DIMATTEO Chief Financial Officer / HR Director

ARTHUR DUPRE´ President, ACE Scholarships Louisiana

JULIE HEADLEY Chief Development Officer

ROSS IZARD Vice President of Policy

JOHN OLIVER Chief Program Officer

NORTON RAINEY President & CEO

PHIL SMITH Chief Marketing Officer 

JONATHAN TEE Chief Operating Officer

Staff

JOSH BATTLE National Grants Manager

TINA BURKE Database Manager

ERIK BILLINGER Colorado Development Director

ANGELA CHOI Executive Assistant

AIDAH CLINTON Alumni & Family Engagement Manager

LIZ COLE Colorado Development Director

GINA DIMATTEO Chief Financial Officer / HR Director

ARTHUR DUPRE´ President, ACE Scholarships Louisiana

JULIE HEADLEY Chief Development Officer

ERIN HOFFMAN Development Coordinator - CO

JR HOLLAND Vice President of Development, Dallas & Fort Worth

ROSS IZARD Vice President of Policy

LENNIE JARRATT Data and Evaluation Manager

BRITTANI JOHNSON Vice President, Development - CO

TYEJEREE MCMANUS Community Outreach & Program Coordinator - LA

JOHN OLIVER Chief Program Officer

RAGAN PAPE Events Coordinator

JAKE PENWELL Vice President, Development - MT & WY

JENEE PULLIAM Development Coordinator & Engagement Specialist - Houston & San Antonio

NORTON RAINEY President & CEO

CARRIE RENICK Accounting and HR Generalist

JASON ROBERTS National Communications Manager

SHELLEY ROGERS Vice President, Development - Austin, Houston, and San Antonio

PHIL SMITH Chief Marketing Officer 

CHRISTINA SNIDER Development Director - AR

FLORIE SULLIVAN Program Coordinator - CO

JONATHAN TEE Chief Operating Officer

DOMINIC WILLIAMS Accounting Manager

SARAH WOLFF Program Director - CO

KATRINA YOSHIDA Policy Engagement Manager