Advisory Council

Juliet Abdel is President and CEO of the Westminster Chamber of Commerce. She is a 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.
DeAndrea Arndt serves as an independent communications contractor for various non-profits and political entities. She previously served as high school and middle school teacher, as well as in various leadership positions in schools and boards. She is a graduate of Leadership Program of the Rockies. DeAndrea also enjoys attending political events and volunteering in her community.
Francoise Bergan serves as a Council Member with the City of Aurora. She serves on three city policy committees as well as the E-470 Authority Board, Aurora Economic Development Council and Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Authority. She has over 20 years of sales and management experience in the staffing industry. She attended the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and is a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies.

Jennifer Churchfield has partnered with public and private organizations for over 20 years. She is currently co-chair of Front Range PharmaLogic. She has served Arapahoe County as the Communications Director for Arapahoe Responsible Energy Advocates. Jennifer previously served as President of the Cherry Creek School District Board of Education. She is a graduate of Miami University in Ohio.

Jill Cullis serves as a high school teacher in Aurora Public Schools. She has worked with the Center for teaching Quality and the Professional Association of Colorado Educators. She is a Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellow and was awarded Teacher of the Year. Jill has a BA from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s from Colorado Christian University.

Dawn Lamping currently serves as a teacher and private tutor in Aspen. She co-founded the Roaring Fork Valley Homeschool Network, and created the Roaring Fork Academy, a private umbrella school. Previously, Dawn served as a Master Trainer for Bank One, Motorola, USPS, and the Arizona Department of Economic Services. Dawn earned her honors B.S degree from University of MO-Columbia in Psychology and completed coursework for a Master’s at Arizona State University.
Kim Monson serves as Lone Tree City Councilwoman for District 2. For the last twenty years, Kim has worked as an independent business woman specializing as a clothier and fit specialist. She is also a co-host of the Radio Show “Heart of the Matter” on 560 KLZ and volunteers with the Mount Saint Vincent Home for Children, Lutheran Family Services, Junior Symphony Guild, and as President of the Alliance of Professional Women. Kim is a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies.

Stephanie serves as the Mayor of Centennial, CO (elected in 2018).  Prior to that, she served as Centennial City Councilmember in District 4 (2012-2017).  Stephanie, along with her husband, James and two sons, Austin and Conner, moved to Centennial in 2001. Growing up in Florida, Stephanie’s family chose Winter Park as their annual spring break trip, making Colorado one of her favorite places. After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Business Administration, Stephanie moved to Michigan, married James and worked in the financial planning industry.  Stephanie also received a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan while living there. 

Amy Sherman is the President of the Northwest Douglas County Economic Development Corporation. She currently serves as Secretary of the Board to the Chamber of Commerce Highlands Ranch and is the Chair of the Douglas County Business Alliance. 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. Amy is a Douglas County native and lives in Roxborough with her husband, Steve, and boy/girl twins.
Kelind Thomas is a Colorado native and 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 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. She is currently the Director of Operations for the Leadership Program of the Rockies.
Genevieve Wooden is the Director of Leadership Jefferson County and also works at The West Metro Chamber as Events Manager.  She previously served on the Wheat Ridge City Council, was a board member of Wheat Ridge 2020, the Jefferson County Business Education Alliance, and volunteered on many local community committees.  Genevieve worked in the real estate industry for many years as an investor, sales broker, and rental property manager.  Originally from Fort Collins, she earned her BA from Colorado State University and has resided in Jefferson County for over 30 years.
Andrea Calhoon is the County Administrator for Yuma County, Colorado.  She is a former healthcare financial executive in the eastern plains region and is an intermittent adjunct business instructor for Morgan Community College.  She focuses her volunteer service as a volunteer EMT, a Victim’s Advocate and a Hospice Friend.  Andrea has a BS in Finance from the University of Wyoming and an MS in Organizational Management from Chadron State College.
Nancy Barlow is President of Barlow Advertising & Design, a strategic, creative marketing agency since 1991.  She has provided marketing, communication strategy and development services for candidates and ballot measures in Denver for the past 10 years.  Nancy has served as an active precinct leader and ran for Delegate for the Presidential election in 2016.  She is also co-founder and president of the East Evans Business Association, an organization formed to provide a voice to the Denver City government to inspire developmental change on the East Evans corridor.  Nancy is also president of Business Resource Alliance Group, a trusted business advisory group serving members across the front range in Colorado.
Dennie Talbott is a Realtor in Garfield County.  She currently serves on the Governmental Affairs committee for the Aspen/Glenwood Springs Board of Realtors,  Dennie has served in various non-profits in Garfield County including the Pregnancy Resource Center, Rifle Regional Economic Development Council and Liberty Classical Academy.  She is also a strong advocate for education, special needs children and adoptive families. Dennie is a Texas native but was grafted into the Talbott family in 1991 when she married husband Russell.  Dennie currently lives in Parachute, Colorado with 3 of her 5 children and her parents.

Tammi McCoy is an attorney currently working with a technology start-up in Boulder, CO.  Prior to this new venture, Tammi was VP of Legal & Regulatory Affairs for the CO Automobile Dealers Association, advocating for this business sector before various regulatory bodies and the legislature.  She helped found the Coalition to Simplify CO Sales Tax—a group still actively working to reform Colorado’s insanely complex sales and use tax maze.  Before that, she worked as a Legislative Director for a member of the Texas legislature on sweeping lawsuit reforms. 

Tammi has a B.S. in Actuarial Science from Drake University and a J.D. from University of Texas.  She is a 2008 graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies and serves on their advisory council. Originally from Iowa, she lived in Texas and California before ‘finding’ Colorado.