Meet the Partnership

Community Leadership

Community Leadership Council:

The Rocky Mountain Partnership is comprised of leaders from over 40 organizations and Civic Influencers who are committed to our mission and vision. They are led by the Executive Committee.

Executive Committee Members:

Gabriela Chavez

Civic Influencer, Chair

 

Dr. Chris Fiedler

Superintendent, 27J Schools, Education

 

Chris Gdowski

Superintendent, Adams 12 Five Star Schools,
Education

 

Raymond H. Gonzales

President, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation | Executive Vice President, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce,
At-Large

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Jeni Gotto

Incoming Superintendent, Westminster Public Schools, Education

 

Sarah Justice Hughes

Civic Influencer, Chair

 

Peter LiFari

CEO, Maiker Housing Partners, Social Services

 

Dr. Constance Schmidt

(MHA, FACHE), Chief Executive Officer, CommonSpirit, St. Anthony North Hospital, Health

Randy Roberts

President, Triple Peaks Ventures, RMP Board Chair

 

Kami Welch

President, Arvada Chamber of Commerce, Business

 

 

 

 


Community Leadership Council Members:

 

Dr. Cynthia Armendariz

Director, Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative, Colorado Department of Higher Education

 

Lori L. Bailey

Director, Student Engagement Initiatives, Adams 12 Five Star Schools

 

Jason Batchelor

Interim City Manager, City of Aurora 

 

Debra Bristol

Executive Director, Brighton Housing Authority

 

 

 

 

Dr. Gabriel Castaño, EdD

Vice President, Enrollment Management & Student Success, Front Range Community College

Larry Dorr

Chief Financial Officer, City of Westminster 

Chief Bill Dunning

Division Chief, Adams County Sheriff’s Department

Dr. James Duffy

Chief Operating Officer, Westminster Public Schools

 

 

 

 

Dr. Chris Fiedler

Superintendent, 27J Schools, Education Representative on RMP Executive Committee

Dr. Jessica Fiedler

Executive Director, Almost Home 

Mark Fink

Executive Director, Anythink Libraries

Letia Frandina

Executive Director, Adams County Education Consortium 

 

 

 

 

Chris Gdowski

Superintendent,
Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Education Representative on RMP Executive Committee

Heather Geyer 

City Manager, City of Northglenn

Carla Godec 

Program Officer, Anschutz Foundation

Maria Gonzalez

Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Adelante Community Development

 

 

 

 

Rachel Gruber 

Airline and Commercial Affairs Aviation Program Manager, Denver International Airport 

Whitney Gustin Connor

Executive Director, Kids First Health Care

Raymond Gonzales

President, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation | Executive Vice President, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, At-Large Representative on RMP Executive Committee

Lisa Hough 

President/CEO, AC-REP

 

 

 

 

Levon Hupfer, LAC, MAC

Deputy Director, Adams County Health Department

Amanda Jones 

Chief Operating Officer, Community Reach Center

Lindsay Kimball

Economic Development Director, City of Westminster 

Peter LiFari

CEO, Maiker Housing Partners, Social Services Representative on RMP Executive Committee

 

 

 

 

Carina Martin 

Co-Chief Executive Officers and Founder, A Precious Child

Brian Mason

District Attorney, 17th Judicial District – District Attorney’s Office

Ryan McCoy 

Executive Director of Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness, Westminster Public Schools

Katie O’Donnell

Director of Communications and Public Engagement, Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA)

 

 

 

 

Iza Petrykowska

Executive Director, Arvada Economic Development Association

Retired Chief Don Quick 

Retired Chief Judge, 17th Judicial District Courts

Franklin Ramirez

Executive Director, Senior Hub

Carolyn “CJ” Renaud

Director of Business Partnerships, CareerWise Colorado

 

 

 

 

Jason Rogers

City Manager, City of Commerce City 

Lindsay Salas

Chief Executive Director, CASA of Adams & Broomfield Counties

Dr. Constance Schmidt

(MHA, FACHE), Chief Executive Officer, St. Anthony North Hospital, CommonSpirit Health Representative on RMP Executive Committee

Ana Soler

Senior Program Officer of Education, Gates Family Foundation

 

     

Jaylin Stotler

Deputy Director, Parks Recreation & Community Programs, City of Thornton

Ray Torres 

Chief Executive Officer, The Key People

Kami Welch

President, Arvada Chamber of Commerce, Business Representative on RMP Executive Committee

Dace West 

Chief Impact Officer, The Denver Foundation

 

 

 

 

Dr. Kelly Weidenbach

Executive Director, Adams County Health Department

 

 

 

Partners & Regional Stakeholders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Specifically, CLC members:

  • Follow the evidenced based StriveTogether approach
  • Contribute to developing the strategic priorities for the network
  • Engage on existing project teams (or ensure their entity is participating)
  • Identify opportunities for potential projects that are in alignment with established goals (to be put through a formal process for adoption)
  • Hold the region accountable to impact
  • Ensure organizational buy-in and representation on projects
  • Make necessary changes to policies and practices that help advance their goals

CLC members commit to:

  • Following core tenants of the StriveTogether framework:
    • We are better when we are working together
    • We use data to drive action
    • We work to impact systems, not just programs and behaviors
    • We engage community members most impacted by our work to make change
    • We are working towards a common vision
  • Working on projects that are in alignment with the collective goals of RMP
  • Making a financial investment to support the collective work or having reciprocal leadership representation

The Community Leadership Council is NOT the Board of Directors for the Backbone Team (a 501(c)(3) organization). The Board of Directors for the Backbone Team holds fiduciary responsibility and oversight of the Backbone Team and organization, and ensures that there are staff and resources in place to support The Partnership. Learn more HERE.