Meet the 2021-22 B:CIVIC Board of Directors
The mission of B:CIVIC is to elevate business for good. Since March 2020 having Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs is the new standard and finding your organization’s purpose is imperative. As we help accelerate CSR in Colorado we look to our members, community leaders and national trends to guide our vision, strategy and mission.
This August, at our annual board retreat we will welcome new leaders who are committed to elevate business for good and advance CSR here in Colorado to the B:CIVIC Board of Directors, including the following officers:
- Chair: D.J. Close, Senior Manager, Village Giving for DaVita
- Past Chair: Brandy Radey, Senior Advisor, Community Relations for Suncor Energy
- Finance Chair: Patrick Riley, EVP, Northwest Market for FirstBank
We will welcome five board members to our team that embody Colorado’s Civic DNA™. Meet our new board members:
- Jason Clark, Director, Diversity Business Partner for Charles Schwab
- Luella D’Angelo, CEO for Colorado Inclusive Economy
- Sarah Hogan, Co-Founder and Principal for Barefoot PR
- Erica McIntire, Market Executive, Local Market Executive for Bank of America
- Mary Spillane, Director, Community Impact for Comcast
These new board members join 18 other directors, demonstrating the growing importance of this work. Please welcome our new board members and thank our Board Chair Brandy Radey and our entire board for their leadership this past year. Thank you to our outgoing board members John Dowling of Ballast Group, Adeeb Khan of Delta Dental of Colorado and Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, Kate Lyda of Staro Insights and Alexis Owen of Kennedy West for their service and inspiration to B:CIVIC throughout their tenure. Meet the board.
Learn about the new board members:
Jason Clark is the director, diversity business partner for Charles Schwab. Most recently he was the senior manager of diversity, inclusion and campus relations for Empower Retirement. In this role he was responsible for leveraging diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) to advance the organization’s mission and business objectives. He partnered with various stakeholders to attract and recruit diverse talent, led employee resource groups and advised and trained people leaders on best practices for cultivating an inclusive workplace.
Jason has also served at the director of diversity and inclusion at the University of Colorado Denver and in various leadership roles at education-based nonprofits, including College Track and the Denver Scholarship Foundation.
Jason holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and a master’s degree from the University of Denver.
Jason is passionate about giving back to the community. He sits on the associate board of the Denver Scholarship Foundation and serves as Vice President for Talent, Inclusion, Engagement and Diversity (TIED), a Colorado-based leadership roundtable.
Luella D’Angelo, CEO for Colorado Inclusive Economy
Luella is a C-Suite executive who has led global, multifunctional teams in marketing, communications, government relations, finance, human relations, business operations, and corporate social responsibility, and has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She has a passion for helping individuals achieve their career goals and is known for working with and for purpose-driven brands and mission-minded organizations.
Most recently, Luella served as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was responsible for building and protecting the USOPC brand and reputation through strategic communications, traditional and digital marketing, government relations, public relations, litigation and crisis communications, community relationships, and stakeholder mapping.
Earlier, she was Vice Chancellor, Enterprise Development and General Manager for the University of Colorado, where she was responsible for a new, innovative education delivery model for executive education.
From 2001 – 2015, Luella held significant roles at Western Union, most recently as Global Chief Communications Officer where she was responsible for worldwide brand communications and reputation management including investor relations, media relations, crisis communications, executive positioning, corporate social responsibility, digital communications, and employee communications. She also led the Western Union Foundation, where she built a nationally recognized organization, distributing over $100 million in support to more than 2,500 non-profit, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) in more than 130 countries. She began her career at First Data Corporation where she was President and CEO of First Data Foundation.
Luella received her MBA in Marketing/Marketing Management from The University of New Mexico – Robert O. Anderson School of Management. She is currently a board member of the Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation and the Denver Scholarship Foundation and is a member of the Women’s Forum on Colorado. She has received numerous awards for community service and was named a Top 10 Leader by Executive Hispanic Magazine.
Sarah Hogan, Co-Founder and Principal for Barefoot PR
Trust your gut.
These three words have guided Sarah Hogan throughout her professional and personal life. Whether it was the decision to pull over on the side of the road to capture her first professional news story in 2003, or moving across the country not once, but twice, before making Colorado her home.
When the opportunity to build Barefoot PR arrived, Sarah trusted her gut and jumped in feet first (barefoot and all).
Sarah joined Barefoot PR with a vision of being true to herself through public relations and community investment. “I wanted to build a team and work with clients I not only trust, but am also challenged by every day.”
Sarah built an agency that “works on heart. At the end of the day, it’s about producing the best possible product for the client. That’s the Barefoot Way.”
Sarah’s path to a career in Public Relations started early. She has many memories of trailing her dad – a former television executive – around TV stations throughout the Midwest. Sarah pursued her passion for communications in college and graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications – Public Relations. Sarah is known for digging into the strategy of public relations and creating a clear and concise message.
Originally from Wisconsin, Sarah has made Colorado her home. She believes in being an active community member and is a current member of the Teach for America Colorado Champions Circle program. She also spent several seasons as the Vice President for the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra (a community orchestra dedicated to redefining the way metro Denver experiences and engages with classical music) and currently serving as a volunteer and strategic advisor. Sarah served as the chair of the 2019 B:Civic Summit, is a graduate of the 2019 class of Leadership Denver, a program of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, and a past board member and former chair for The Delores Project. Sarah also helped to found Behind the Red, an active professionals group for the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter and is a graduate of the CBCA Leadership Arts program, helping to found the Cultural Leadership Award for program alumni. In her free time, Sarah is an amateur pastry chef – whipping up cookies, cakes and other sweet treats in her home kitchen, and is addicted to reality TV.
Like the element of water, Sarah’s creativity and passion cannot be contained. “I don’t like to have boundaries for what I can explore. I love learning new things and investigating different techniques that can enhance an organization in a positive way.”
Erica McIntire, Market Executive, Local Market Executive for Bank of America
As the Denver Market Executive for Bank of America, Erica supports the local market goals of connecting businesses, families and individuals to the banking and investments teams that will help improve their financial lives.
She is responsible for developing community partnerships, sponsorships and philanthropy in the Denver Market and across the Colorado footprint as well as the development and execution of the market plan, designed to drive responsible growth, employee engagement and corporate reputation.
McIntire shared her career in financial services through leadership roles at Vectra Bank Colorado as their marketing communications director for 15 years and at US Bank as the mid-west corporate sponsorships manager. Prior to those roles, she cultivated relationships with government, corporate and private foundations while providing program management and technical assistance in positions in the Denver Public School District Department of Community Education and in the Community Partnership Office in the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Both of her bachelor’s and master’s degrees are in Anthropology, and yes, she believes she utilizes those skills every day.
McIntire currently serves on the boards of Emily Griffith Foundation and Enterprise Community Partners, on committees for the Prosper Colorado, Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Bank On Denver, and is proud to have completed the Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility. She is a certified CASA volunteer since 2015 and is now a mentor in their Youth Alliance Initiative program. She lives in Littleton with her husband, Tavi, son Eli, two cats and one crested gecko named Spike.
Mary Spillane joined Comcast in 2011 to manage partnerships and programs that improve and enrich Colorado communities, investing resources in ways that help communities realize the transformative potential of media and technology to solve problems, improve lives and create opportunity. The company’s community investment work focuses on digital equity – investing in programs that serve diverse individuals seeking equal access to the advantages of technology and digital skills that help propel their success in life. Mary collaborates with Comcast team members to lead strategic planning for community investment work in all states included in Comcast’s Mountain West Region – Colorado (the regional headquarters), Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. She is based in Denver and manages implementation of Comcast’s community investment activities across Colorado. Last year, Comcast contributed more than $12 million in financial and in-kind resources to community programs around the state.
In addition to managing partnerships and support for more than 150 community organizations and programs, Mary leads initiatives encouraging and supporting employee giving and the company’s employee matching gift program, employee service and volunteerism (Comcast has more than 9,000 employees across Colorado), and outreach related to Internet Essentials, Comcast’s broadband adoption program for low-income households. In October 2020, she was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, Serve Colorado, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges, Easterseals Colorado, and Aurora Sister Cities International, and on the Community Advisory Council for Phamaly Theatre Company.
Prior to joining Comcast, Mary worked in communications and fundraising roles for several nonprofit organizations, including ReSurge International, which enables impoverished children in developing countries to receive year-round access to reconstructive surgical care, the Colorado Symphony, Denver Public Schools Foundation, and Civic Center Conservancy, dedicated to restoring and activating Denver’s historic Civic Center Park.
- CEO & President – Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
- Director – Pledge 1% Colorado
- Director, Inclusion and Diversity (Global Brands) – VF Corporation
- Director, Inclusion and Diversity (Global Functions) – VF Corporation
- DISH Cares CSR Program Senior Lead – DISH
- Executive Director – Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation
- Grants Manager– Vail Resorts
- HR & Culture Manger – Rowdy Mermaid
- Impact Officer – Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation
- Manager of Environmental, Social, and Governance/ Investor Relations – Richmond American Homes
- Senior Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – Workiva
- Senior Employee Impact Manager – Twilio
- Sustainability Consultant/Project Manager – Spirit Environmental
- Sustainability Materials Manager – Smartwool