Advisory Council


FRANCOISE BERGAN

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.

 

 

AMY OLIVER COOKE

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. 

 

 

LYNNE COTTRELL

Lynne has an extensive background in education, business, and community activism. 

She was a teacher in several school districts and an Assistant Principal in Adams County. She also served as City Councilwoman and Treasurer of Dillon, Colorado. 

She has started and operated several successful businesses including her horse business - teaching riding, buying, selling and training horses, and competing; health and nutrition industry; restaurant and nightclub business. 

Lynne has helped many charities throughout her life but currently, along with husband, Bo, her focus is as an event organizer, having raised over $3 million for TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) in the last nine years with their Colorado Celebrity Classic. TAPS helps the families of our fallen military heroes.

She has been active in Colorado politics, leading the state's Women's Coalition, counseling candidates and, notably, helped spearhead a successful recall election of an embattled Arapahoe County Clerk.  She is a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies Class of 2006.

Lynne attended Northwestern University, earned an education degree at Michigan State University followed by a Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Colorado.  She has lived in Colorado since 1963 and has been married to Bo Cottrell, since 1980. She has two children grown children, Holly and Ian. 

 

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.

 
 

 

 Bobbie Daniel

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Bobbie Daniel is a Colorado native born in Meeker Colorado to a 6th generation pioneer family. She is a wife to Nicholas Daniel and a mother to their four children. They have made their home in Furita Colorado, where they love the outdoors, the farm life, and the tight community.

Bobbie is a graduate from Palisade High School, AmeriCorps NCCC Class VI, and The Leadership Program of the Rockies where she was honored with the Steve Wesley Wright Legacy Award. 

Bobbie Daniel started her own small business at the age of 23 as a salon owner, after over a decade of service to her clients she realized that most people felt they were losing options and choices in their own life. This lead her to sit at her kitchen table and write 'real life' policy solutions in her book Solutions From A Nobody: Using Founding Principles to Solve Modern Day Problems.

Bobbie is the President and Founder of Moms Empower Moms, an organization committed to civic education of moms as well as the Founding President of Western Slope Liberty Toastmasters.

"Empowering individuals to be the architect of their own lives, whether that is through public policy, our community, motherhood, or just being a friend, that is my mission in life."- Bobbie Daniel

 

 

TAMRA FARAH

Tamra Farah serves as chair of the H-TSC Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Colorado State Capitol. Recently she served as the campaign coordinator of the GOTV efforts for the Morse Recall for Colorado Citizens Protecting our Constitution. As campaign manager for Robert Blaha, U.S. Congressional candidate in Colorado’s 5th Congressional District in the 2012 primary, Tamra helped bring Blaha from an unknown in January to capturing 39% of the primary vote in June of 2012. She served as a member of the District Accountability Committee for District 20 Schools and on the School Accountability Committee at The Classical Academy (TCA) from 2008-2011, having served previously with her husband as a Founder of TCA. Tamra was the Oakland County Field Director for the Campaign to Stop Tax-Funded Abortions for Right to Life of Michigan, winning the vote in her county during this referendum campaign.

In leadership among women for over thirty years, Tamra has trained leaders, taught groups large and small, and initiated and coordinated numerous outreaches to women in children in need in the community. She is a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, Class of 2013. Tamra has lived in Colorado since 1994 and has been married to her husband, Barry Farah, since 1983. They have two children David (born in 1989) and Alli (born in 1993).

 

 

KRISTA KAFER

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 theDenver 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.

 

 

Blair Koch

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Blair, a successful and experienced executive and entrepreneur, leads facilitated peer group forums or presidents, CEOs and business owners at TAB Denver West. Her background includes strategic planning, operations, business development, product management, sales and marketing for companies ranging from early start-ups to the global Fortune 500. Her years of experience as a business owner and shareholder provide her with broad exposure to the vast array of challenges, opportunities, issues and problems that top executives and entrepreneurs face.

Blair has exceptional skills in building high-performing teams from a broad array of industries. She has also worked with worldwide channels to manage customer requirements and to assist sales in market acceptance and strategic presentations. The results? Increased sales, higher profits and stronger bottom lines. 

Blair is a published author and has been quoted in Investor's Business Daily and other leading publications. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and communication studies from California State University in Sacramento and a PhD from the School of Hard Knocks.

For information about services offered, go to: www.TABDenverWest.com  

 

 

JILLIAN LIKNESS

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 MONSON

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 PIKO

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 DELAURO SMITH

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 ontinues 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 THOMPSON

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 VOGT

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.