Our Board

DENNY O’MALLEY

Chair

Denny O’Malley was the President of Craig Hospital from 1974-2008. Under his leadership, Craig was internationally-recognized as a premier center for the rehabilitation and research of adults with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury.

Denny received a B.S. in Business from Creighton University in 1971 and a Masters in Hospital and Health Care from the University of Minnesota in 1973. He was chair of the Board of the Colorado Hospital Association, the American Hospital Association’s Rehabilitation Governing Council, the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association, the Denver Zoo, and has served on numerous other non-profit boards during his career. He received the El Pomar Foundation’s Colorado Leader of the Year Award in 2008. He received lifetime achievement awards from the Denver Business Journal and Anthem Blue Cross of Colorado, the Insurance Rehabilitation Study Group, and the Brain Injury Association of Colorado. In 1997, Denny was recognized by his peers for his leadership and vision when he was awarded the American Hospital Association’s Brent England Award for outstanding leadership. He is a member of the Nebraska Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is a certified Spinning instructor. He and wife Denise have 6 daughters and 12 grandchildren.

Since 2008, Denny has been a strategy consultant for a variety of non-profit and for-profit enterprises. From 2009-2017, he was the lead consultant in the complex merger of Creighton University’s academic medical center into a regional community hospital system and migrating all health science teaching programs. He has been a consultant to the executive team and board of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, a charitable giving foundation which contributes over $25 million annually to spinal cord injury causes. He is the Executive Director of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals and has served as a facilitator to the leadership of numerous organizations in their strategic planning efforts.

From June 2017 to September 2018, Denny served as Interim CEO of the Denver Zoo while the Board conducted a national search. He was a member of the Zoo Board of Trustees from 2008-2016, and Chair from 2014-2015.

DOUG ANDREWS

Past Chair

Doug Andrews has worked in commercial real estate in Colorado since 1983 and has specialized in apartments and multifamily land since 1991. In the last ten years, with his partner Jeff Hawks, he has closed more than $7.4 billion in multifamily transactions, representing a list of clients that includes JPI, Equity Residential Properties Trust, (more…)

CUNEYT A. AKAY

Cuneyt A. Akay is a shareholder in the firm’s White Collar Defense & Special Investigations practice, focusing his practice on international compliance matters including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act. Cuneyt has extensive experience in conducting internal investigations, designing anti-corruption compliance policies and procedures, and implementing compliance program enhancements.

As a member of the Litigation and Government Litigation practice groups, Cuneyt has also experience representing clients in complex civil litigation, class actions, and in appellate proceedings in both state and federal courts throughout the country. Cuneyt also represents clients in various governmental matters, including challenges to voter‐approved constitutional amendments, election law issues, ballot initiatives, campaign finance, and administrative proceedings.

ANTHONY ALBANESE

Commercial real estate occupancy is the result of employment, financial, an operational decision-making.  As such, Anthony ensures that his clients have access to world class local market insights, portfolio optimization, labor analytics, lease administration, state and local economic incentives, debt & equity financing, facilities management, and developer/construction oversite through project management.  (more…)

TONYA ALLEN

Tonya Allen is a Senior Staff Program Manager in Release Management at ServiceNow. She manages large-scale cross-functional software development programs with engineering teams around the world. Tonya is passionate about empowering individuals, teams, and stakeholders in improving their effectiveness and culture through Lean-Agile thinking. Before her time with ServiceNow, Tonya worked at Tivo as a program manager on mobile and web applications, and prior to that, she worked for 14 years in a variety of roles in Information Technology at Level 3 Communications.

Tonya has a heart for kids, family, and her community, having fostered children and volunteered at a number of Denver area youth organizations and is one of our newest Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation Board members. She is excited about being part of a great organization that is making a difference for kids in Colorado.

In her free time, Tonya enjoys traveling, hiking with her sweet dog Hope, camping, road biking, snowboarding, snowshoeing, scuba diving, yoga, and spending time with family and friends. She is working her way down her wish-list of worldly adventures, and adding new ones all the time. Currently top of her list is visiting an elephant sanctuary in Asia with her children and snowboarding at Jackson Hole on a power day!

RAMON BARGAS

Ramon is a Principal of the RazrGroup, a Realtor team and investment group of Keller Williams Realty Urban Elite.  Through a personalized approach to real estate, Ramon provides sound advice and guidance to empower his clients through real estate investments.  He understands the worth of a strong community and the relationship of real estate and as such he is an active contributor to his community.

Ramon has been active in supporting education initiatives for many years.  He served on neighborhood school turn-around committees, he worked for the Denver Public Schools, he served on school funding committees, he was board President of the Adolescent Counseling Exchange (ACE) / Community Challenge School (CCS), an alternative education school and he is an Executive Board Member of the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation.

Ramon is a graduate of Leadership Denver 2010.

ROBERT COHEN

Robert Cohen is the Chairman and CEO of The IMA Financial Group, Inc. The IMA Financial Group is a diversified financial services company which is currently comprised of four primary businesses. IMA, Inc. is a retail insurance broker, offering a full range of risk management-related products. Signature Select is a subsidiary of IMA, Inc. that focuses on high-end personal lines and specialty commercial business. (more…)

Z. VANESSA DAVISON

Vanessa co-founded several financial firms and served as a turn-around executive for three additional firms. She began her career in the late 1990s, serving as President and CEO of a de novo banking platform. She formulated and executed the corporate strategy successfully targeting a multi-national Latin American market and grew the company from 36 employees to over 1,200 employees while maintaining profit margins and diversifying the company’s sources of revenue within 36 months. (more…)

GEORGE FLANDERS

George works for Lockheed Martin as an Engineer.  His work focuses on: Multi-Industry “Integrated Hardware, Software & IT Development” Program Manager, Systems Engineering Mgr., Major Subcontracts Mgr, Business Development Mgr in Medical Device, Healthcare IT, High-Speed/Density Interconnect Printed Wire Board Design W Electromagnetic Compatibility & Interference Analysis, Launch Vehicles/Missiles, Material Science, Satellites, Telecom, & Turbomachinery.

President, Western Springs Group Holding and Management Company (investments).
COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS: COLORADO I HAVE A DREAM FDN (Past Board Chair, Treas, Secy); COLORADO SPACE COALITION; DENVER METRO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (Comm’s on Public Affairs, Transportation, Infrastructure, Water, & Education); and RED ROCKS CREDIT UNION (Board Chair 6 times, Treasurer, Secretary, Investment Chair).

Education: MBA & BSME; Bradley Univ. PMI PMP. Information Technology: Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC); LM; Batky-Howell. Stanford Chief System Engineer Certificate, INCOSE Instructors, text. Studied ITIL v3, MCSE. SSBI, TS, SCI w Poly.

LESLIE GINSBURG

A Denver native, Leslie Ginsburg graduated from Colorado State University with a BFA, owned and operated a graphic design studio for many years, as well as an art gallery in Cherry Creek North.

As a dedicated community advocate, Leslie has been active in many organizations. She previously served on the board of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) board for 15 years, as well as Jewish Colorado Women’s’ board/committees for more than 20 years. She is a past board member of the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation where she served as the Board Chair from 2013-2014. She also serves as a Board of Director for the Jewish Family Services of Colorado. Leslie has also been involved with the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation for over 25 years and is past Chair of the Board. Her husband Noel was a founding member of the Foundation and Noel and Leslie became a class sponsor for 42 inner city children at South Lincoln Housing Project through the Foundation. Their commitment continued through the Children’s graduation from high school, spanning a period of more than 10 years. Leslie has served on the board since 2007 and served as the Board Chair from 2015-2017.

Leslie has received numerous awards including:

  • Allied Jewish Federation Charlotte Tucker Young Leadership Award
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award (Noel and Leslie)
  • Anti-Defamation Fred Silverberg Young Leadership Award
  • Hillel of Colorado Marsha Gardenswartz Community Award
  • Colorado, I Have A Dream McHugh Award (Noel and Leslie)
  • National Jewish Health Beaux Arts Ball Grand Marshal (Noel and Leslie)
  • ADL Civil Rights Award (Noel and Leslie)

Leslie and her husband Noel have two children Corey and Ali.

 

 

SHELBY MARTIN

Shelby Martin is a true litigator with a steadfast goal of solving problems so clients can get back to business. As a member of Denver’s Litigation and Arbitration group, Shelby devotes her practice to pharmaceutical and medical device litigation and advocacy. She is an accomplished trial lawyer with experience representing one of the nation’s largest medical device manufacturers, as well as counseling clients in multidistrict and complex liability litigation. (more…)

DEREK W. SCHOONOVER

Derek has been helping to lead health care transformation for the last 15 of his 20 year career.  Making his start in software development he has been able to build and grow innovative health care software and business models.

Derek currently serves as the Vice President of Physician Experience and the General Manager of DaVita Physician Solutions.  DaVita is a Fortune 200 Healthcare company where Derek has help increase health related quality of life for DaVita’s patients by focusing on engagement, satisfaction, and technology tools for physicians.

He joined DaVita in 2011 from McKesson Corp where he served as the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development.  Mr. Schoonover joined McKesson in 2007 and has been leading businesses in the high growth ambulatory practice management and electronic health records market for both the small and enterprise physician offices.

Derek started his career at Accenture adapting and implementing software solutions such as SAP.  Mr. Schoonover then pursued the promise of the Internet with a supply chain software start-up which led him to GE Healthcare where he has had a number of leadership roles including the General Manager of the Perioperative and Acute Care business.

Derek brings balanced functional expertise through a background in the development, implementation, sales and marketing of software in a number of different industries including Energy, Manufacturing and Government.  This foundation along with his inpatient and outpatient Healthcare IT business leadership provide a new perspective on healthcare and the power software and process improvement have on patient health, safety and business growth.

 

DAVID SHIRAZI

David Shirazi specializes in strategic real estate consulting and tenant representation at Jones Lang LaSalle. His background in finance, coupled with his innovative and strategic approach, provides his clients with the insight and direction required for successful transactions. He serves clients in a variety of fields including financial institutions, high-tech companies, clean tech & renewable energy and professional services. David is also responsible for training new brokers within JLL’s Denver office and leads the Real Estate 101 and 102 classes on an annual basis.

David is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. David is also a member of the Denver Active 20/30 Children’s Foundation where he has served as a director on the board for several years, and has recently been elected as President of the organization.

JAMES H. STAMBAUGH, D.D.S

Jim received his Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology in 1973 from the University of Colorado.  He completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in 1983 and completed a General Practice Residency program in 1984 at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

A Denver native, Dr. Stambaugh practiced general dentistry 29 years in Denver prior to joining Cody Dental group in 2013.  He is a member of the American Dental Association. He has the Elevate Dental study Club.  Dr. Stambaugh is the dental representative on the Medical advisory Board for the Cherry Creek School District.

Dr. Stambaugh was previously a clinical instructor at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry.

Dr. Stambaugh enjoys golf, fly-fishing, photography and skiing.  He is the Past President of the Rotary Club Southeast and is involved with several projects of the Rotary Club. He and his wife, Lynn, enjoy their four grown children and seven grandchildren.

RUSTY WEHNER

Rusty is a founding board member of the Colorado I Have A Dream Foundation (1988).  He has been a real estate professional in the Denver area since 1983.  Throughout his entire career, Rusty has been recognized by the Denver Board of Realtors as a “top producer”.  Currently, he is a senior loan officer for SWBC Mortgage.

A Denver native, Rusty graduated from East High School in 1978 and from CU Boulder in 1983, with at BA in Economics and Business.

Rusty enjoys coaching soccer, riding bicycles (mountain and road), golf, traveling, and fixing up old home back to their former glory.  He and his wife, Frances, have two grown sons Zachary and Ian.

LOAN VO ZWYER

LoAn Vo has extensive background in financial and entrepreneurial experiences. Ms. Vo started TransCrude LLC and has been successfully growing the company. Ms. Vo is also currently the President of DragonFire Capital LLC., and investment consulting firm specializing in Oil and Gas Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets. Previously, Ms. Vo worked as an Investment Banker for WG Nielsen & Co and LJS Capital where she gained Oil and Gas clients on capital raises and M&A transactions.

Prior to heading up TransCrude, Ms. Vo has worked as a wealth management advisor at Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney where she worked with high net worth investors both corporate and private clients. Ms. Vo has vast entrepreneurial experiences by working with startup companies to get setup and into operations. Ms. Vo received a BS in Biology from the University of Denver and an MBA from the Daniels College of Business at DU.