The Honorable Terrance Carroll is an attorney with Greenberg Traurig, LLP, as well as an ordained minister. He served as 54th Speaker of the Colorado House - the first African American in that top leadership role - until term-limited in 2010.
Mr. Carroll was first elected to Colorado House of Representatives in 2003, representing House District 7, an area that encompasses northeast Denver. During the 2008 session, he served as Assistant Majority Leader. During his tenure, Speaker Carroll became known as the “go-to guy” for guiding legislation on criminal justice and legal policy, and is respected for being a strong advocate for numerous social justice causes. He is also an ardent supporter of education reform. He served for 4 years as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and as a member of the Colorado Secretary of State’s Blue Ribbon Election Panel, which conducted a comprehensive review of Colorado’s election law. He is a member of the Colorado Lawyers Committee’s Election Law Task Force; an executive council member of the Minoru Yasui Inns of Court; Board of the Colorado Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society; and the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors.
Carroll graduated with honors from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He received a Master of Divinity degree from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, as well as a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver College of Law. Speaker Carroll is also a graduate of the Summer Leadership Institute at Harvard University Divinity School’s Center for the Study of Values in Public Life.
Mary Gittings Cronin - Co-Chair
Mary Gittings Cronin is the former President and Executive Director of the Piton Foundation, a private operating foundation that provides opportunities for children and their families to move from poverty and dependence to self reliance. From 1988 through 2009, she managed the foundation's philanthropic investments to improve public education, create economic opportunity and strengthen neighborhood leadership.
Ms. Cronin has served on numerous boards and commissions in Denver. She is a past president of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado Association of Foundations, and the Women's forum of Colorado. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Northern Colorado, and as a board member of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, The Children's Hospital, The Denver Scholarship Foundation, Vectra Banking Corporation, Colorado Zoological Trust, Stapleton Foundation, Urban Land Conservancy, Wyatt-Edison Charter School, Metropolitan State College Foundation, Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations, and the Colorado Health Planning Council.
From 1976 to 1988, she was Chairman of the Board of Gittings Lumber Company. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Anna Alejo is Director of Corporate Communications for the 160 year-old Western Union Company, which today has a network of more than 500,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories. Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world. Anna covered public education for 16 years for the NBC and CBS owned stations in Denver. In addition to award-winning local reporting, she reported stories for CBS News, CNN and Univision, and hosted three public affairs television shows. She began her journalism career as a news assistant in the Miami Bureau of the Washington Post. Anna and her husband Shepard Nevel live in Denver and are the proud parents of three daughters.
Steve Dayney is the Managing Director and CEO of REpower USA Corp. a wholly owned subsidiary of REpower Systems SE based in Hamburg, Germany. Mr. Dayney has been with REpower USA since September 2007 and is responsible for managing REpower’s United States subsidiary. The company is located in Denver, CO and to date has sold and installed over 1000 MW of REpower 2MW wind turbines across the United States.
Mr. Dayney has been in the energy industry for over thirty years, holding a variety of management positions in the engineering, project management, business development and regulatory functions of various utility and start up companies. He holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Purdue University and a masters degree in business administration from the University of Colorado.
Former White House Office of Administration General Counsel Denise Maes returned in November 2011 to Denver, her adopted home, to work for the ACLU of Colorado. Pronounced one of the Top Seven Women Lawyers by LAW WEEK Colorado in 2009, Denise left the firm of Berenbaum Weinshienk & Eason, where she was partner, to serve as General Counsel for the White House Office of Administration in the Executive Office of President Barack Obama. Later, she directed Budget and Finance operations for the Office of Vice President Joe Biden. A co-founder and former Director of the Colorado Latina Initiative, Denise served as Chair of the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Mi Casa Resource Center for Women, Director of the Downtown Denver Partnership, and as Director of the Colorado Women’s Bar and Hispanic Bar associations. Celebrated in the legal, business, social justice and Latina/o communities, she was lauded in 2010 as “Barrister of the Year” by The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Colorado (The Center)
Jesus Salazar is a consultant with Credera, a business and IT consulting firm. Throughout his career, Jesus has developed, architected, managed, and services various large projects for customers such as Hairclub for Men, Yamaha, Frontier Airlines, Chipotle, Blockbuster, Hotels.com, Inter-tel, Interstate Batteries, Microsoft, CoBank, Duke Energy, and others. Jesus is currently leading Credera’s Denver practice which provides information technology consulting services to organizations throughout North America.
In addition to his professional career, Jesus Salazar is heavily involved in education reform and economic development within Colorado. At the request of Lt. Governor Barbara O’Brien, he co-chaired the “Turning Around Struggling Schools” sub-committee for Colorado’s Race to the Top application. Jesus was also a member of the Colorado Department of Education Assessment Stakeholders Committee, which helped to modernize the way the State of Colorado assesses the growth and proficiency of its students. In addition, Jesus sits on the advisory board of Colorado Succeeds. Jesus is also a founding board member of Latinos for Education Reform.
Mr. Salazar is also the co-founder of ITsColorado. A consortium of talented IT and Management consulting firms whose mission is to promote Colorado companies and resources, thus increasing economic development within our state. He was also a member of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation.
Jesus Salazar looks forward to providing leadership and passion to organizations and programs that make Denver and Colorado a better place to live and work.
Dr. David Scanavino
David Scanavino has combined an active clinical practice with 19 years of extensive managed care experience involving the corporate, payer and provider perspectives in multiple competitive health care markets across the country. From 1988 to 1990, Dr. Scanavino served as National Medical Director for MetLife Health Care Management Corporation and was responsible for all medical management operations in 20 rapidly growing HMO plans from coast to coast. In 2001, Dr. Scanavino was a founding principal and Vice President of MMM HealthCare, Puerto Rico’s first Medicare + Choice program. In December 2002, he became Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of MMM HealthCare, which became the fastest growing Medicare + Choice plan in the United Sates. Dr. Scanavino currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Denver Scholarship Foundation. BA – DePauw University, M.D. – Case Western Reserve University.
Rob Stein has worked on the front lines of education reform for 30 years, as a teacher, administrator, and university professor. He has led schools in the public and private sector, including turning around Denver’s lowest performing high school to become a Top Performing School in Denver. Rob has taught in the fields of teacher education, school leadership, and school reform at Harvard, Denver University, and University of Colorado, where he is currently an adjunct professor. Rob writes, presents and consults locally and nationally on leadership, organizational development, school transformation and education reform. He holds degrees from Middlebury, Stanford and Harvard.
Charles L. Ward
Charles L. Ward is formerly Colorado President for Qwest Communications. He has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 38 years. Chuck grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Penn State University [BS] and Southern Illinois University [MBA]. Chuck and his wife Chris have lived in Denver for 16 years and have two children.
Chuck served on the Board of the Denver Metro Economic Development Corporation, which he co-chaired for two years, the Board of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, which he chaired in 2010, served on the Board of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Colorado.