Advisory Council

Juliet Abdel

Juliet Abdel is President/CEO of the Westminster Chamber of Commerce. She has a background in Chamber and private sector management, is a former small business owner and worked in public policy as an aide and for a trade association. Currently, she serves as Regent on the U.S. Chamber Institute for Organization Management’s National Board of Trustees, on the Advisory Council for Front Range Community College, the cohort for Leadership Diversity & Inclusion through the ACCE, and the Leadership Program of the Rockies Advisory Council.

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DeAndrea Arndt

DeAndrea is originally from Texas, but has lived in Colorado since 1999. Before starting her family, DeAndrea served as a private middle-school and high-school teacher. She has served in various leadership positions in her community, in schools, on boards, and as social-media coordinator for non-profits. DeAndrea serves an independent communications contractor for various non-profits and political entities. DeAndrea Arndt is passionate about engaging, educating and empowering her friends and neighbors to be informed and involved citizens, especially in how that practically applies to the average Colorado family in Weld County, CO. DeAndrea is a graduate of Leadership Program of the Rockies, and winner of the prestigious, Defender of Declaration award. When she isn't tracking down the latest news, attending a political event, or volunteering in her community, she enjoys trying to keep up with three kids and husband Chris while riding the local bike trails.


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With more than 20 years of sales and management experience, Francoise retired from the staffing industry and moved back to Colorado from California in 2002.  Prior to that, she served on the Board of the Woodland Hills Chamber of Commerce for seven years.  Her many contributions earned her “Executive Board Member of the Year”, as well as “Small Business Person of the Year” by the United Chambers of Commerce, San Fernando Valley in 2000.

She serves on the Citizen’s Advisory Budget Committee for the City of Aurora – as Vice Chair for a year, and as Chair for the past two years.  She is an officer with Southeast Aurora Republicans and Liberty Toastmasters, and also serves on the Leadership Program of the Rockies’ Advisory Committee.

Active in politics, she is a precinct leader and has served as a state delegate three times.  She was an alternate national delegate in 2012 for the RNC in Tampa.

She attended the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.  She is a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies in 2013, and was a finalist in both the “Defenders of the Declaration” and “Defenders of Capitalism” awards.  Additionally, she holds an Interior Design Certificate from the Art Institute of Colorado.

As a United States Air Force “brat”, Francoise spent her early childhood in France and Germany, and attended high school in England.  Her French heritage and worldwide perspective has given Francoise an appreciation for all cultures, but her heart is that of a true American.  She is committed to preserving American values, integrity in education, promoting energy independence and the principles of limited government.

She holds her BA in political science from The Colorado College and an MBA from the University of Denver – Daniels College of Business. She is a graduate of Leadership Denver, the Leadership Program of the Rockies, and she holds her Six Sigma green belt certification.



Jennifer Churchfield

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Jennifer Churchfield is a results driven professional with over 20 years’ of experience in partnering with organizations in both the public and private sectors. She is currently the Co chair of Front Range PharmaLogic, a Denver-based citizens group who promote the economic benefits the Biopharmaceutical industry brings to our state.

From 2015-2017, she lead outreach efforts in Arapahoe County as the Communications Director for Arapahoe Responsible Energy Advocates (AREA) to educate community leaders, business leaders and elected officials about the economic benefits of oil and gas development in Colorado.

After leaving a successful career in the medical device industry to raise three children with her husband, she volunteered in the community until her election to the Cherry Creek School District Board of Education in 2005. During her year eight-year tenure on the board, her responsibilities included hiring two superintendents, passing two successful elections, and in 2011 she was elected Board President where her overall responsibilities included educational planning, policy development and ensuring the financial stability of the district until she retired in 2013 due to term limits.

Jennifer has a passion for community engagement, building relationships and dissecting complex issues. She is a graduate of Miami University (Ohio) and enjoys biking, golfing and her yellow lab, Rugby. 




Amy Oliver Cooke is the Executive Vice President and Director of the Energy Policy Center for the Independence Institute, Colorado’s free market, state-based think tank.  She has been with II since 2004 and has run two of the Institute’s most successful educational outreach and issue campaigns.

She is also the host of the award winning Amy Oliver Show heard on News Talk 1310 KFKA Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 am. In 2008, the Colorado Broadcasters Association recognized her with the Award of Excellence for Best News Talk personality in a major market. She was recognized again in 2011 with the Award of Merit for Best News Talk personality in a major market.

Her collaborative work with the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s William Yeatman exposed Colorado’s phantom carbon tax and how Colorado’s largest investor owned utility and the Public Utilities Commission continue to mislead ratepayers about the real cost of the state’s renewable energy mandate.

Her work led to a full audit of Colorado’s PUC Commissioners with two of three commissioners not returning for a second term. She also exposed shoddy accounting the Governor’s Energy Office after receiving more than $100 million in stimulus money, which also led to a full audit and legislation reorganizing the agency.

Most recently, Amy worked with a bi-partisan group of individuals and organizations to educate opinion makers and legislators on Capitol Hill about the dangers of former Colorado PUC chairman Ron Binz’s nomination to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

She has been published in the Daily CallerTownhallDenver PostPueblo ChieftainGreeley TribuneDenver Business JournalDenver Daily NewsLiberty Ink Journal, Wall Street Journal, and on Save Our States. She has written numerous opinion editorials, issue papers, and issue backgrounders.

Amy earned a degree in journalism in 1985 from the prestigious University of Missouri-Columbia and a graduate degree in American History from the University of Northern Colorado. 



Jill Cullis

Jill teaches Social Studies at Gateway HS, Aurora Public Schools. In her 28-year career she’s served as an instructional leader in various capacities, conducted training in 4 different countries and been an educational professor in Bogota, Colombia. Jill authored part of the introduction for Minding the Achievement Gap. She has worked with the Center for teaching Quality, Professional Association of Colorado Educators and other organizations to improve education through public policy. She is a Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellow, 2015-2017. She was her school's Teacher of the Year and has a BA in History from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University.




Krista Kafer provides analysis of important issues like the economy, health care, energy and education from an independent woman’s perspective. A Colorado native, Kafer returned to her home state after nine years in the nation’s capital where she served as an aide to two members of Congress and as the senior expert on education policy at the influential Heritage Foundation. At the Heritage Foundation, she published her first book School Choice 2003: How States are Providing Greater Opportunities in Education. Kafer is a columnist for the Denver Post and the co-host of Backbone Radio                                                      which airs Sunday evening on 710 KNUS.



Sue Kenfield

Sue is a business leader and President of See It Thrive, a consulting company focused on teaching leadership skills and helping people learn how to get along in organizations and communities. She is empowering transformational success in organizations and their people.

A graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies in 2016, Sue was elected Class President by the 2016 LPR Class. She is also a member of the American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network. Sue holds a Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. She brings her extensive knowledge of human behavior to the public policy realm by helping people improve their skills in persuasion and emotionally intelligent communication and messaging. She also helps people to enhance their personal power adding value to their position power.

Sue serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the South Metro Denver Chamber and has been integral in creating and implementing their strategic plan. She was awarded the 2015 Leader of Involvement Award by the South Metro Denver Chamber Women in Business group for her many contributions throughout the Chamber. Sue is also a member of the Leadership Program of the Rockies Advisory Board, and an Advisory Board member for the Opportunity Coalition.



Dawn Lamping


Dawn is a private tutor and teacher in Aspen, a vocation which was born from her experience both as a trained educator and homeschooler of two grown children.  She comes from Western pioneer roots with ancestry in Colorado, New Mexico and Kansas, and grew up in St. Joseph,Mo.

Dawn earned her honors B.S degree, cum laude, from University of MO-Columbia in Psychology with minors in Management and English. She completed coursework for a Master’s of English and Reading Education at Arizona State University, where she discovered she needed to branch out from a public school career and focused on corporate training, achieving PACE, Inc.’s Trainer of the Year Award.  As a Master Trainer, she hired, trained and managed a team of trainers along with designing and customizing programs for clients including Bank One, Motorola, USPS, and AZ Department of Economic Services. 

With the beginning of her family in 1995, Dawn focused on the home education of her two children.  During this time, she remained active as a volunteer member of her community, co-founding Roaring Fork Valley Homeschool Network, creating Roaring Fork Academy, a private umbrella school, creating Garfield County Safety Fair, co-hosting a local radio talk show, The Sandbox Café, and founding and leading La Leche League of Aspen-Basalt for eight years. 

Dawn has served as a Precinct Chair for Pitkin County Republicans since 2008.  She had the pleasure of representing Pitkin County as a State Assembly Delegate in 2008, and again, garnering the highest number of votes from the County Assembly, as a State Delegate in 2012.   She serves as an election judge in Pitkin County.  She has chaperoned two trips with high school students to summer seminars by Foundation for Economic Education.




Jillian has spent over a decade in the Property and Casualty Insurance field, working in all areas of claims as well as development and training. She is also a small business owner and activist; specializing in communications, public relations and strategic management for federal, regional, and local political candidates and causes in Colorado.

Jillian has devoted a number of years to volunteering for local organizations focused on veterans and active duty service members, youth, and education. In addition to her volunteer roles, she formerly served on the University of Colorado- Colorado Springs alumni advisory board and as a career mentor for undergraduate students in the University of Colorado's College of Business.

Jillian most recently has been pursuing her passion for limited government, the people, and real solutions. She has teamed up with the AmeriChicks (Molly Vogt and Kim Monson) to launch I Am A Movement- a movement created of, for, and by the people with a focus on real solutions to everyday problems that impact each of us. 

Jillian is a Colorado native, having grown up in Colorado Springs. Jillian holds a BA in Communications and Psychology, as well as a MBA in Marketing and International Business from the University of Colorado. She has earned her Six Sigma Green Belt Certification and is a member of the National Honor and Leadership Society, the Denver Press Club, and the NAPW. She is a 2017 graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies and is currently pursuing a Dual Masters Degree in Public Administration and Criminal Justice/Homeland Security.  




Kim serves as Lone Tree City Councilwoman for District 2, is one of the 560Chicks radio talk show hosts on 560 KLZ, and is a clothier/fit specialist.

Like many semi-natives, Kim was drawn to Colorado’s beautiful mountains, western spirit and wonderful people. Landing her first job as a bank teller was indeed fortuitous. Within a couple of years she was assisting top management with new accounts and loan processing. Upon changes at the bank, Kim looked for a new opportunity as an assistant on a stock trading desk. While working full-time, she studied at night and on weekends for her Series 7 securities license, passing the exam on her first attempt. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Boettcher and Company where she became a vice-president of investments. She met her husband “at the office” and upon the birth of her second child, retired from the investment business transferring her clients to her husband.

For the last twenty years, Kim has worked as an independent business woman specializing as a clothier and fit specialist. She provides all marketing, sales and customer care for her successful business.

In May of 2012, Kim was sworn in as Lone Tree City Councilwoman. This front row seat brings a renewed appreciation for the Good government put forth by our Founders. She serves as Lone Tree Council representative to Park Meadows Metropolitan District, Partnership of Douglas County Governments, Lone Tree/South Suburban Park & Recreation Joint Meeting Group, Lone Tree Audit Committee, Colorado Municipal League Policy Committee (alternate) and Colorado Communications & Utility Alliance.

With her good friends, Dr. Jill Vecchio and Molly Vogt, Kim hosts a radio program which unpacks the issues of today for the busy woman and it affects her.

She has volunteered many hours serving and raising money for Mount Saint Vincent Home for Children, Lutheran Family Services, Junior Symphony Guild, Alliance of Professional Women (President) and a myriad of her children’s extracurricular and school activities.

Kim attended the University of Kansas, is a 2012 graduate of the Leadership of the Rockies program and a finalist in the LPR “Defender of the Constitution” competition.




Stephanie serves on Centennial’s City Council, representing District 4.  As a representative for the City of Centennial, Stephanie currently chairs the Cherry Creek Water Quality Authority and is a Board Member for the Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority.  Stephanie also serves on the City’s Technical Advisory Group for its current Broadband Initiative.

For the past 10 years Stephanie has worked for the Cherry Creek School District as a Computer Technician and a substitute teacher in Technology at Fox Hollow Elementary. As a Testing Coordinator for Fox Hollow Elementary, Stephanie is very familiar with the current environment surrounding PARCC and CMAS testing.

Stephanie holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Florida and a B.S. Environmental Biology from the University of Michigan. These two areas of interests have combined nicely since Stephanie was elected to Centennial’s City Council in 2011. Prior to her election Stephanie chaired the Centennial Open Space Advisory Board and was a Planning and Zoning Commissioner. Her background and experience in planning, parks, trails and open space, along with water quality issues, give her a unique perspective.

Stephanie, along with her husband, Dr. James Piko and children Austin and Conner have called Colorado home since 2001.



Amy Sherman

Amy Sherman is the President of the Northwest Douglas County Economic Development Corporation, an organization she helped create in November 2011. The northwest Douglas County EDC covers Roxborough, Sterling Ranch, Santa Fe Corridor, and Highlands Ranch. The organization is focused on infrastructure improvements, public policy, and marketing of the region as a premier place to locate or expand a business.  

Amy currently serves as Secretary of the Board to the Chamber of Commerce Highlands Ranch. Amy is the Chair of the Douglas County Business Alliance. Amy also serves on the Douglas County Community Foundation Board of Directors. Amy was one of Denver Business Journal's 40 Under 40 winners in 2012, Economic Development Rookie of the Year in 2013, and Denver Business Journal's Top Women in Energy in 2015.

Previously, Amy was the President and CEO of the West Chamber serving Jefferson County for ten years. Prior to that, Amy worked for the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Tourism Office, and the National Potato Council. 

Amy is the past President of the Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives and served on the Board of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry. She served on the Executive Committee of the Western Association of Chamber Executives, based in California. She has served on several community and business boards, such as Douglas County Educational Foundation, Lamp Spring Archaeological Preserve, Jefferson County EDC, St. Anthony Health Foundation,  Lakewood Legacy Foundation, Wheat Ridge 2020, Denver West Kiwanis, and Wheat Ridge Rotary.

Amy has a degree in  Communications and Psychology from the University of Kansas and is a graduate of Institute for Organizational Management, Colorado College. Amy is a Douglas County native and lives in Roxborough with her husband, Steve, and boy/girl twins.




Antonette is a business leader and entrepreneur whose firm, CONNECT communications & marketing, provides branding and marcom services to public and private sector organizations and various political entities. Her background includes leadership roles with First Data, Western Union and CH2M HILL. She is also the executive director of a leadership development program for the National Guard in Colorado called the Colorado OutReach Exchange.

A Colorado native, Antonette is active in the community, serving on several nonprofit boards and supporting center right organizations including POWR, CCRW, CBRC and Lincoln Club.

She holds her BA in political science from The Colorado College and an MBA from the University of Denver – Daniels College of Business. She is a graduate of Leadership Denver, the Leadership Program of the Rockies, and she holds her Six Sigma green belt certification.




Kelind thomas

Kelind is a Colorado native, born and raised in Peyton, Colorado. 

She is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs where she majored in Rhetoric and Writing with an emphasis in Political Science. Kelind was a member of the Pi Beta Phi women's fraternity and the Editor in Chief of the scholarly journal riverrun. Kelind is also a recent graduate from the Leadership Program of the Rockies where she was a finalist for Defenders of the Declaration. 

Kelind established her own political consulting company while working on several local campaigns throughout the state of Colorado, as well as managing a State Representative race. 

Kelind is a strong believer in the power of words and story-telling. Everyone has a story to tell. She continues to deploy her passions and skills for writing across organizations that promote the importance of individual's liberties. 

Kelind is currently the Events and Special Projects Coordinator for the Leadership Program of the Rockies. 




Regina has expertise in Grassroots and Tea Party issues and activity in Colorado. She serves as the president of Colorado Issues Coalition, which addresses issues that are timely and important to the voters of Colorado. She is also president of Colorado Patriots Coalition, an umbrella organization to provide a central point of contact, communication and activity for the 70+ grassroots groups in Colorado. She is the project manager for Clarity Alliance, a non-profit organization, which brings speakers to Colorado to educate on significant issues of the day. She is the former executive director of Too Taxing For Colorado, an issue committee formed to defeat a ballot initiative in Colorado in 2011. Regina serves as the Training Coordinator for organizations with the Leadership Institute. She was the speaker, tour and book release manager for author Trevor Loudon, for the Heritage Foundation / Family Research Council ValuesBus Tour and is a member of the Speaker Bureau for the FASTER Lawsuit.

In her professional career, Regina was a Sales & Program Manager for DISH Network for 12 years, managing a network of over 500 independent businesses selling the company’s products. She previously served as the Sales Manager for Handleman Company.




Molly is a 16 year financial consultant to financial advisors, small business owners and their employee’s. Her passion for growing and protecting financial nest eggs has multiplied immensely during this historic past couple years of financial volatility. In addition to helping American’s maneuver around public policy that hits them where it hurts the most, their wallets, Molly now seeks to educate the “rule makers” and all American’s that there are real and sustainable economic benefits to free markets, fair competition, consumer choice, minimally mandated regulations and low tax rates.

Molly is the Director of My Purse Politics, co-host of the radio show, “Heart of the Matter” on 560am KLZ The Source, as well as co-host of the Internet radio show, “Liberty Affair”.

Her current involvements during her 3rd year on the Board of the Colorado Republican Business Coalition (CRBC) Include: tracking bills that impact the free market and small businesses on the legislative committee, is the current acting Program Chair, and has just launched a student/mentor program to help college students and graduates jump start their career goals.

She is involved in many additional committees and groups that focus on protecting the rights of individuals, businesses & families in Colorado.