Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Bobbie Daniel launched a salon at 23, serving clients for over a decade. She authored Solutions from A Nobody, is a graduate from Palisade High School, AmeriCorps NCCC Class VI and the Leadership Program of the Rockies, and was honored with the Steven Wesley Wright Legacy Award. Currently, Bobbie has the honor of working with our County Commissioners, serving on the Mesa County Citizen Review Board. She founded Moms Empower Moms and Western Slope Liberty Toastmasters – local groups, committed to civic education and engagement in Mesa County, Colorado. Mrs. Daniel is a member of a 6th generation pioneer family in Meeker, Colorado. She and her husband, Nicholas, are raising their family of four in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Rose Femia Pugliese had served as the District 3 County Commissioner in Mesa County, Colorado from 2013-2021. Rose graduated with honors from Villanova University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in Japanese. She attended St. John’s University School of Law and is licensed to practice law in Colorado, New York and Florida. Rose was honored to be named as Colorado Counties, Inc. “2016 Colorado Commissioner of the Year” and one of the Denver Business Journal’s “2019 Top Women in Energy.” Recently, Rose was listed as a “Champion for the White House Initiative on Regulatory Innovation.” Rose recently relocated to Colorado Springs with her two young children.
Immediate Past Chair
Nancy Sharpe is a County Commissioner in Arapahoe County and serves as the Chair of the Board. Ms. Sharpe formerly served as Mayor of the City of Greenwood Village and as President of Colorado Women in Government. She received the Commissioner of the Year award from Colorado Counties Inc. in 2016. Ms. Sharpe co-founded “Not One More Child” to help prevent child abuse and neglect. She has also served on boards and committees with Littleton Hospital, the American Lung Association and Girls Incorporated.
Kenneth Monfort is the owner and director of Monfort Companies, engaging in commercial real estate development in Wyoming, Kansas and Colorado. He graduated from the University of Denver and is co-founder of the Denver Angels investment group and Equity Capital Group. He serves on the board of the University of Denver Advancement Committee, the Colorado Restaurant Association, the Butterfly Pavilion and the Colorado Republican Independent Expenditure Committee. He volunteers for Denver Rescue Mission and other organizations serving children.
Libby Szabo is the Principal at Libby Szabo Strategies. She served as County Commissioner in Jefferson County for six years and was chosen as one of five Commissioners in the country to participate in the White House Infrastructure Summit in Washington, D.C. Ms. Szabo formerly served three terms as a Colorado State Representative, including as the House Minority leader and the first Latina elected to a leadership position. She is a Colorado native and lives in Jefferson County with her husband, Denes. They have four children and had a family-owned business for over 50 years.
Jaime Gardner has been the owner of High Plains Communications, LLC since 2008, a small consulting firm based in Eastern Colorado, specializing in a wide variety of services, including communications and public relations consulting, business administration, internal communications, public outreach, social media coordination, event planning, web content and copy writing, and editing. A fourth generation Colorado native, Jaime Gardner grew up in the Denver metro area, graduating from Thornton High School and the International Baccalaureate Program in 1997. Jaime holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Denver, with concentrations in International Criminal Justice and Law and International Security; and minors in Economics and Russian Language – which she uses almost never today. Jaime served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Resource Alliance, a membership-based regulatory monitoring service, from 2008 to 2016, serving counties, trade associations, individuals and companies interested in natural resource policy.
Jaime and her husband live in Yuma, Colorado, with their three children, and she details life as a busy mom on her web site, Juggling Normal.
Mandy Connell is currently living the dream as the Noon to 3pm host on KOA radio.
She is a native Floridian who got to Colorado just as fast as she could after radio gigs in Orlando, Gainesville, and Fort Myers/Naples, Florida with a three year stop in Louisville, Kentucky. She is currently #46 on the Talkers Magazine Heavy Hundred Talk Show Hosts and lives with her husband, daughter and Saint Bernard while keeping tabs on her two grown sons and two grandchildren.