Rob O’Dea, Chair
Rob is an accomplished executive with more than 16 years of experience in setting marketing, product, and communications strategy for blue chip clients.
The early years of Rob’s career were spent helping large national banks set their retail strategies and guiding some of the nation’s largest retailers and brands including Nike, Adidas, Target, Costco, and Sam’s Club through the launch of cutting edge retail technologies. Rob has started multiple companies including his current marketing firm, Barracuda M.A.D., LLC; commercial investigations and security firm, SA Risk Management; and strategy consultancy Sage Allied, LLC that has successfully overseen the entitlement of more than a $1.5 billion dollars of new construction development since 2012. Rob is an avid cyclist, fly fisherman, and skier who lives in Boulder with his two children.
Lisa Hough, Vice Chair
Networking, mentoring and making connections are both business and passion for Lisa.
Lisa has two decades of professional experience in a variety of government and public affairs capacities including expertise in policy development, community investment strategies, media relations, and trade association engagement. In addition, she’s had extensive experience in crisis communications. Lisa has worked for a number of global companies with strong ties to Colorado in telecommunications and energy as well as experience with several environmental organizations such as the Natural Resources Defense Council. She’s a graduate of Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver where she specialized in natural resources law and public interest programs. Lisa obtained her undergraduate degree from Duke University. She and her family live in Westminster and enjoy all the city has to offer from the extensive open space corridors to the beautiful golf courses. Her family first came to Butterfly Pavilion with their girls as young children, but have enjoyed re-experiencing the facility with teenage eyes these days!
Jordan Alvillar, Secretary
Jordan’s main passion is bringing a voice to those in need. Because of this, Jordan finds immense joy in being involved in her community and causes she cares about.
Jordan works at Pac/West, one of the strongest political public affairs firms in the western United States. At Pac/West, Jordan serves as an account manager and communications expert for an array of clients and issues. Prior to Pac/West, Jordan worked for the Girl Scouts of Colorado in Communications and Product Sales, solidifying her passion and interest in nonprofit management and operations. In addition to sitting on the Board of Directors for the Butterfly Pavilion, Jordan is a Board member for Denver Gay Professionals and Kids in Need of Dentistry (KIND). Born and raised in Grand Junction, Jordan believes in investing in key organizations that are meaningful to Colorado’s legacy. Jordan received her bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Advertising and a minor in Visual Communications.
Chad Schneider, Treasurer
Chad sits on the development committee of the Rocky Mountain MS Center and has volunteered at over 20 not-for-profits in Denver.
Chad is a commercial relationship manager at KeyBank. Throughout his 15 year career, he has served clients with commercial and corporate banking needs in Colorado and New Mexico. In this period, he has generated over one billion dollars in commercial and municipal loans; although, his most meaningful accomplishments may be in his community service. In addition to Butterfly Pavilion, Chad has current and past board experience at Mi Casa Resource Center and Hope House of Colorado. He also is on the development committee of the Rocky Mountain MS Center and has volunteered at over 20 not-for-profits in Denver.
Chad attended the University of Minnesota and University of New Mexico; receiving a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science and doing his masters work in Developmental Economics.
Chad’s passions include his family, fishing in the North woods of Minnesota, and cooking championship-aspiring barbeque for his family, friends, and business network.
Damon has over 20 years of experience advising clients on the formation of new businesses, franchising, mergers and acquisitions, government relations and affairs, corporate governance, capital raises, joint ventures, and commercial real estate transactions.
Damon is a partner at Ballard Spahr, LLP. His strengths and passion are assisting clients to start, grow, buy and sell businesses. Prior to joining Ballard Spahr, Damon was Managing Principal of Palladium Holdings.
Over the years, Damon has served as a director on several non-profit and political boards and commissions. Currently, Damon serves as a Trustee to the University of Nebraska Foundation. Most recently, Damon was appointed by Colorado Governor John W. Hickenlooper to serve on the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District Board. Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter appointed Damon to serve on the Economic Development and International Trade Transition Advisory Committee as well as Chair for the State of Colorado Statutory Advisory Committee to the Property Tax Administrator. Damon is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.
The Denver Business Journal recognized Damon as one of its 2012 Forty under 40 honorees. The Nebraska Alumni Association and the Chancellor’s Office recognized Damon as a “2010 Alumni Master” for being an outstanding alumnus who has shown great promise, success and leadership in the legal profession. Ebony magazine honored him as one of its “30 Leaders of the Future.”
Damon earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington. While at Washington, he was a member of the varsity football team, which made three consecutive Rose Bowl appearances and won the 1991 National Championship.
Damon is married to Heather Barry and they have two daughters—London (6) and Alexis (4).
Founded in 2005 by Garrett Baum and Bill Branyan, the Urban Frontier team brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of the real estate process.
Urban Frontier, LLC develops and invests in land, retail, office, industrial and residential real estate. With nearly 2,000 acres under control, our projects range from a 1/4 acre infill site for residential development to an 800 acre master planned community with hundreds of residential lots and millions of square feet of retail approved. We are actively seeking additional land acquisition and development opportunities as well as investment.
Founded in 2005 by Garrett Baum and Bill Branyan, the Urban Frontier team brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of the real estate process: land acquisition, entitlement, horizontal infrastructure development, public finance vehicles such as metropolitan districts and tax increment financing, vertical development, construction, property acquisitions, asset management, and the acquisition of debt instruments. Their most recent transactions have leveraged capital relationships and skills in entitlement through acquisition of distressed notes and formation of joint ventures to entitle land adding value to a low basis.
Travis founded Politicalworks in 2002 and has been involved in lobbying and state and national politics since 1990.
Prior to starting Politicalworks Travis served as Deputy Legislative Director for Governor Roy Romer from 1994-97. In this capacity he helped develop and implement the Governor’s legislative agenda. During his tenure he forged strong relationships with members of both sides of the aisle and successfully lobbied on a full range of public policy issues.
Travis is a graduate of Western State College and has held senior positions with numerous statewide campaigns and remains highly active in state and national politics. He has served as Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and as Vice President of the Dutko Group, a Washington DC lobbying firm. This diverse set of experiences and long history in lobbying and politics has provided Travis with the skills, knowledge and relationships to represent clients effectively before the state legislature and administrative agencies. Travis has forged strong bipartisan ties in the legislature and has a reputation as a talented and principled advocate for his clients.
Joel is the Director of Digital Strategy and Co-Founder of Strategus, a digital agency providing ‘What’s Next in Data-Driven Advertising’.
Joel developed his first online business at the age of 20 and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in marketing. Joel’s background began with search optimization and after having been a member of the core team that developed and rolled out the nation’s first publisher-owned ad network for Media News Group, Joel co-founded Strategus. Joel is Google Certified and fluent in all facets of digital advertising with a passion and emphasis on cutting-edge & innovative digital display tactics.
David is a Westminster native.
David was raised in the Countryside neighborhood close to where he is now raising his family. David and his wife, Vanessa, have four children.
He is an IT professional who leads a team as the vice president of technology for a local office and technology supplier. He has his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Network Management. He currently is on the Board of Directors for Seniors’ Resource Center, Westminster Rotary 7:10 Foundation Board of Directors, active member of both Police and Fire Academy Alumni groups, member of Westminster Historical Society and is an active church volunteer.
Previously he served on Westminster Special Permit and License Board, as the director of the homeowner group Neighbors for Countryside and PARTners PTO president at Witt Elementary.
Richard retired in May 2012 after working for almost 30 years as a computer programmer for various Denver-area financial and manufacturing companies.
Prior to that, Richard worked in the mining and metals industry in Colorado and Arizona for 15 years. Richard has been an active volunteer at Butterfly Pavilion since August of 1997, and currently serves as Chairman of the Volunteer Leadership Council. Richard is also an active volunteer at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science since November of 1994, working in the Prehistoric Journey and Space Odyssey permanent exhibits.
Richard is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines with a degree of Metallurgical Engineering, and an MBA graduate of West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M University) with an emphasis in Data Processing. Richard served as a Lieutenant in the US Army Corps of Engineers from 1967 to 1969 with duty stations in Korea and West Point, NY.
Ian holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, from The Colorado School of Mines.
Ian is a former Professional Cyclist and US National Champion. Ian is the Co-Founder and CEO of Skratch Labs. Based in Boulder Colorado this Sports Nutrition Company was recognized by Inc. 500 as the 82nd fastest growing private company in the US in 2015. In addition to his role at Skratch Labs, he co-founded The Just Go Harder Foundation, which provides mentorship opportunities for aspiring cyclists and ski racers. Ian currently resides with his wife and daughter in Nederland Colorado.
Kenneth has been owner/Director at Monfort Companies since 2011.
During that time, Kenneth has played an instrumental role in structuring the family’s private investment office as well as the commercial real estate development business. In addition to a board seat with Butterfly Pavilion, Kenneth holds influential positions with the State Colorado Restaurant Association, National Western Stock Show, The Denver Athletic Club, Ballpark Neighborhood Association, and Downtown Denver Partnership.
Kenneth has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance & Real Estate from University of Denver.
Andrew M. Rowan
Andrew has served in a variety of operational, strategic and administrative roles for Denver Zoo over the last decade.
Currently Andrew’s work focuses on directing strategy and initiatives related to the Zoo’s growing government and community affairs programs. As a member of the larger External Relations division, Andrew also develops strategy and leads implementation related to public relations, media relations, communications, advertising, marketing and design.
Prior to his role in public affairs, Andrew managed the execution of Denver Zoo’s 2010-2013 Strategic Plan and was a key contributor to the development and subsequent City approval of Denver Zoo’s 2015 Facilities Master Plan. Andrew began his post-college career with Denver Zoo in 2005, and was first employed as a Zookeeper, caring for African lions, hyena and painted dogs in the newly opened Benson Predator Ridge exhibit.
Andrew holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Regis University as well as Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University. Andrew is an Alumni of Impact Denver ’17 & Leadership Arts ‘16, serves on the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Public Relations Committee; as well as the Denver metro Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Council; and served many years as the annual conference program Chair for the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) Professional Development Committee.
Tisha consults private clients from fortune-500 energy companies to non-profit environmental organizations in energy policy, business strategy, politics, and community engagement.
Tisha also serves as the Strategic Advisor for Stanford University’s Natural Gas Initiative. In this role, she works with companies and stakeholders to interface with Stanford’s diverse faculty conducting research in the areas of sustainable development, technology innovation, climate policy, and geopolitics. She conducts public speaking and consulting focused on deescalating the energy wars, understanding the polarized landscape, and navigating successful strategies. Tisha most recently worked as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association in one of the most dramatic and contentious times for energy development in Colorado’s history. Prior to COGA, Ms. Schuller served as a Principal and Vice President with Tetra Tech, a national environmental consulting and engineering firm for 15 years. She has a B.S. in Earth Systems with an emphasis in Geology from Stanford University.
Michael is a partner with the law firm Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP in Denver, where his practice focuses on federal income tax planning.
Michael regularly advises clients on the tax aspects of international investments, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and international joint ventures. Prior to joining Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Michael was a partner in the Houston office of Baker & McKenzie LLP and served as Tax Counsel for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP in The Woodlands, Texas. Michael has been recognized as a leading tax advisor by the International Tax Review and as a Texas Rising Star® by Thomson Reuters. Michael received his law degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Georgia. He also has a Masters of Law in Taxation from New York University.
Faith is currently the State Representative for House District 35, which encompasses Westminster.
Faith previously spent seven years serving on the Westminster City Council. She serves as the chair of the transportation & energy committee and is on the business, affairs, and labor committee as well as the appropriations and audit committees. Faith was previously the Executive Director of and is still involved with Emerge Colorado, which encourages and trains women to run for office. Faith has spent her entire career inspiring people to action, whether it is the thousands of women she trained to run for office with Emerge and The White House Project, the young voters she turned out in 2004, or engaging her constituents on important issues facing Westminster. In 2004 Winter was named one of 30 people under 30 showing political leadership by the Youth Vote Coalition; in 2008 Winter was named one of the top ten most influential women in Denver by the Denver Examiner; in 2010 she was named Woman of the year by Colorado Business and Professional Women, northwest chapter; and in 2012 Winter was named one of the up and coming women leaders to watch by the Denver Post. This past year in 2017 she was honored to receive the Champion of Choice Award from NARAL, and the Hands on Democracy Award from New Era. Winter loves organizing because she believes the best way to create change is by building power through people. She has fun doing it, because a job isn’t worth doing unless you laugh once in a while.