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WFCO Announces Eight New Trustees and Board Chair

// March 24, 2022

New Class Deepens Expertise in Board Governance, Public Policy, and Fundraising

The Women’s Foundation of Colorado (WFCO) added eight new trustees to our board, with their three-year terms starting April 1, 2022. The trustees represent many diverse backgrounds and identities of the people who make up the state of Colorado and strengthen The Foundation’s expertise in board governance, public policy, and fundraising. They bring the total number of trustees to 26. Additionally, Faye Tate of Denver will start her one-year term as board chair.

WFCO trustees work in partnership with President and CEO Lauren Y. Casteel to set The Foundation’s goals and priorities, ensure progress toward the strategic plan, determine policy priorities, and manage The Foundation’s assets nearing $34 million. They also develop financial resources that ensure sustainability to meet the current and emerging needs of Colorado women.

Meet our newest trustees

Sandy Cook, Denver

Sandy’s extensive philanthropic work includes numerous charities, including the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition Task Force on Teen Pregnancy, Women’s Giving Alliance, and The Florida Children’s Campaign. She currently serves on Impact100’s Metro Denver executive committee and WFCO’s direct-service grantmaking and equity & inclusion committees.

 

 

 

 

Raymond Foxworth, Thornton

Raymond is First Nations Development Institute’s vice president of grantmaking, development, and communications. A citizen of the Navajo Nation, he is a past board member of Native Public Media and currently serves on the board of directors for Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. He is a member of WFCO’s equity & inclusion committee and will co-chair the direct-service grantmaking committee in 2022.

 

 

 

 

Katherine Gold, Denver

Katherine is the sole owner of Goldbug, one of the largest providers of children’s apparel and accessories in the U.S. As a woman leader in her industry, Katherine is proud that Goldbug is Women’s Business Enterprise National Council-certified. A proponent of children’s issues and education, Katherine has led many nonprofit boards, most recently chairing the board of Rose Community Foundation.

 

 

 

 

Debbie Hammons, Broomfield

Debbie brings a wealth of experience in finance and public policy to the board. She served as a member of the Wyoming House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011 and on the board of trustees for the University of Wyoming board for 12 years- two as president. Debbie has produced and hosted over 90 television programs. She is a member of WFCO’s public policy committee and will co-chair the committee in 2022.

 

 

 

 

Shannon Jones, Denver

Shannon Jones is the president of human resources for FirstBank. Now part of FirstBank’s senior leadership team, she began her career there in 1997 as an intern. Shannon serves on the board of directors for the Aurora Public Schools Foundation and the leadership advisory council for the Black Progress In Education Fund and The Dearfield Fund. She is a member of WFCO’s audit and finance committee.

 

 

 

 

Courtney Lussenhop, Fort Collins

After several years working for nonprofits nationally and internationally, Courtney joined OtterCares Foundation, the private foundation of Otter Products, as community and employment engagement manager. She is the vice president of Otter Women’s Network and an active member of the Junior League of Fort Collins. She also is a current member of WFCO’s direct-service grantmaking committee.

 

 

 

 

Katherine Rosechild, Denver

Katherine is the longest-standing employee and senior director of IT & facilities at The Colorado Health Foundation, where she supports operational efficiencies, IT development and implementation, and financial reporting and controls. She will serve as a liaison to The Women and Girls of Color Fund community advisory committee.

 

 

 

 

Tara Smith, Denver

Tara Smith is the primary care and affordability director at the Colorado Division of Insurance. Throughout her career, Tara has been actively involved in efforts to reform the state’s health care system, including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace reforms. She previously was the two-generation coordinator for the state of Colorado and is on the public policy and equity & inclusion committees.
 

 

Additional board transitions

As the new trustees begin their terms on April 1, 2022, so does a new slate of officers.

  • Chair: Faye Tate, Denver, CoBank
  • Vice Chair: Christina Ortiz, Denver, community volunteer and executive
  • Secretary: Tania Zeigler, Denver, Burn Bright Consultancy
  • Treasurer: Sonya Marques-Correia, Denver, Margulf Foundation

The Women’s Foundation of Colorado would like to thank Joyce Vigil, Pueblo, Robb & Vigil LLC, for serving as board chair from April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022 and several more trustees who completed their board terms:

  • Kim Desmond, San Diego, Mayor’s Office at City of San Diego
  • Katie Kellen, Denver, Wells Fargo Private Bank
  • Brook Kramer, Denver, Bank of the West
  • Johanna Leyba, Denver, Leyba Consulting

 

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