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.
Amy Oliver Cooke is the Executive Vice President and Director of the Energy and Environmental Policy Center for the Independence Institute. In 2016, she was named to President Trump’s Transition Team for the Environmental Protection Agency. Amy is also a senior fellow with the influential Independent Women’s Forum. Amy loves sports, politics, policy, and living in Weld County with her husband, current State Senator John Cooke. She is a mother of three and stepmom of two.
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.
Krista Kafer is a columnist for the Denver Post and host of a radio show on 630 KHOW, providing analysis on key issues from an independent woman’s perspective. A Colorado native, she returned after nine years in the nation’s capital where she served as an aide to two members of Congress and as senior expert on education policy at the Heritage Foundation.
Sue Kenfield is President of See It Thrive. She serves on the Board of the South Metro Denver Chamber, and as a member of the Leadership Program of the Rockies and the Opportunity Coalition advisory boards. Sue is a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies and a member of the American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network. She holds a Master’s Degree from the University of San Francisco
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.
Jillian Likeness is a small business owner focusing on communications and public relations. She recently teamed up with the AmeriChicks to launch I Am A Movement. Jillian formerly served on the UCCS alumni advisory board and as a career mentor for undergraduate students. She holds a BA in Communications and Psychology, and an MBA in Marketing and International Business from the University of Colorado. She is a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies.
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 Piko serves on Centennial’s City Council, representing District 4. For the past 10 years, she has worked for the Cherry Creek School District as a Computer Technician and a substitute teacher in Technology at Fox Hollow Elementary. Stephanie holds a B.S. from the University of Florida and a B.S. from the University of Michigan. Stephanie, along with her husband, Dr. James Piko and children Austin and Conner have called Colorado home since 2001.
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.
Antonette Smith is the Director of Marketing for the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University. She also works with executives and elected officials on persuasion messaging through Engage to Win. Antonette is a graduate of Leadership Denver and the Leadership Program of the Rockies and is a member of the American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network and the Job Creators Network Women’s Coalition. A Colorado native, she earned her BA from the Colorado College and her MBA from the University of Denver.
Kelind Baker 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.
Regina Thomson has expertise in Grassroots and Tea Party issues and activity in Colorado, and serves as the president of Colorado Issues Coalition. 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, and is the project manager for Clarity Alliance. 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.
Molly Vogt is Co-Owner and VP of Business Development for GAEA Energy Advisors, a land management services company in Colorado. She has been a staunch advocate for the oil and gas industry for the past several years, working behind the scenes to educate Colorado citizens on the benefits of reliable, affordable and safe energy. Molly is also the Director of My Purse Politics, where she focuses on connecting the dots for women on how public policy affects their wallets. She also enjoyed over 5 years on the radio waves in Colorado, capturing and sharing WWII veterans’ stories for future generations, as well as discussing current events and the important public policy debates of the day, both at the state and federal levels. Molly served in the financial industry for 16 years as a retirement plan and mutual fund wholesaler, serving financial advisors, small business owners and their employees.