Monday, July 27, 2009

New Board Members for SCFD

Governor Ritter Appoints Four to Scientific and Cultural Facilities District Board of Directors

DENVER, July 27, 2009-Governor Bill Ritter has made three new appointments and one reappointment to the eleven-member board of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. At the July 23, 2009 meeting of the SCFD board, Board Chairman James Harrington thanked outgoing board members Dan Hopkins and Jake Zambrano for their three years of service to the District and its citizens. Mr. Harrington swore in new board members Khadija K. Haynes, Dave Montez and Shepard Nevel to their first terms.
In 1993, Khadija K. Haynes co-founded The Urban Farm at Stapleton, a nonprofit that introduces inner city youth to agriculture through curriculum and hands-on activities. She has served in a number of governmental roles including Director of Operations for the Governor's office, Majority Policy Director for the State Senate and most recently as Chief of Staff for the President of the Colorado State Senate. Her interests include the visual and performing arts, and she is an accomplished horsewoman. Ms. Haynes attained a degree in the visual and performing arts from Colorado Women's College.
Dave Montez currently serves as a program officer with the Gill Foundation, where he is responsible for developing and managing a state-based grant program. After obtaining his degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Metropolitan State College, Mr. Montez worked for the University of Colorado at Denver in the Division of Sponsored Programs, the Latino Research & Policy Center and the Office of the Vice Chancellor. He is a graduate of the Leadership Denver program of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and has served on a number of community boards.
As Vice President of Policy and Operations for the Colorado Health Foundation, Shepard Nevel is charged with implementing the Foundation's mission of making Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. At the CHF, Shepard oversees public policy development, grants administration, operations, program evaluation and information technology.  Mr. Nevel's community activities include board member of Bright Beginnings, the Denver Welfare Reform Board, the Denver Regional Council of Governments board and the Graffiti Task Force. He is a graduate of Brown University and earned his law degree from Columbia Law School. Mr. Nevel is also a published playwright and author.
Jim Martin has served on the SCFD board of directors for the past three years and was reappointed to a second term. He was involved in the conceptual planning of the Altitude Sports and Entertainment network and has served as President and CEO since its inception in early 2004. Previously, Mr. Martin was a business and media consultant and served as executive vice president and general counsel in the cable network and media industries. He earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Wyoming and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame.
The SCFD facilitates distribution of the voter-approved retail sales and use tax funds to nonprofit organizations that provide for the enlightenment and entertainment of the public through the production, presentation, exhibition, advancement or preservation of art, music, theatre, dance, zoology, botany, natural history or cultural history.