B:CIVIC Founding Board



The B:CIVIC Founding Board of Directors is the group of companies and people who formed B:CIVIC. These pioneering companies are committed to being actively engaged in the community in their own right. They also had a vision for strengthening Colorado communities by encouraging more companies to use their business as a force for good.  So, they came together and pooled their experience and resources to create B:CIVIC in November, 2014.  They got the good going and served as B:CIVIC’s Founding Board.

Each director generously gave of his/her time, talents, and company resources to grow B:CIVIC into the leading Colorado resource for business philanthropy, community involvement, and corporate social responsibility (CSR.)

We now also have additional companies and leaders who have joined our board, combining talents to serve our mission.  See our current board.

A brief overview of the Founding Board companies and their representatives are shown below. Clicking on a company logo takes you to the company’s website.

CH2M  is an engineering company that provides consulting, design, construction, and operations services for corporations, and federal, state, and local governments.

Ellen Sandberg – CH2M 
Executive Director, CH2M  Foundation
Vice President, Community Investment

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., is a Fortune 500® company that through its operating divisions, provides a variety of health care services to patient populations throughout the United States and abroad.

Bill Myers – DaVita
Vice President, Communications, Marketing & CSR


Nancy Walters – DaVita
Community Enrichment Manager

The Denver Broncos professional football team strives to improve the lives of Coloradans through youth, health, hunger and homeless relief initiatives.

Joe Ellis – Denver Broncos


Cindy Kellogg – Denver Broncos
Vice President of Community Development

The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce is a leading voice for Colorado’s business community with a membership that spans the seven-county metro region and includes 3,000 businesses and their 300,000 employees.

Kelly Brough –  Denver Metro Chamber
President and CEO

Abram Sloss – Denver Metro Chamber
Small Business Development Center
Executive Director

Encana is a leading North American energy producer that is focused on growing its strong portfolio of diverse resource plays producing natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids.

Joyce Witte – Encana Oil and Gas (USA)
Community Investment Advisor


First Western Trust is a wealth management and private banking institution that connects its clients with integrated financial guidance while at the same time ensuring strength and security during the best and worst of economic times.

Scott Wylie – First Western Trust
Chairman and CEO

Alexis Owen– First Western Financial
Director of Philanthropic Services and Marketing

IMA Financial Group is an independent, employee owned retail insurance broker offering a full range of risk management related products.

Ruth Rohs – IMA
VP Corporate Communications
Executive Director of the IMA Foundation


Janus Capital Group, Inc. is a publicly owned investment firm headquartered in Denver, Colorado. It provides growth and risk-managed investment strategies and manages equity, fixed income, money market, as well as balanced mutual funds.

Karen (Casey) Cortese – Janus Capital Group
VP Experiential Marketing, The Janus Foundation

Demesha Hill – Janus Capital Group
Community Relations Manager, Janus Capital Group and Managing Director, Janus Foundation


Kaiser Permanente Colorado is the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, working to improve the lives and health of Denver, Boulder and Northern and Southern Colorado area residents for more than 40 years.

Lori Call – Kaiser Permanente
Senior Manager, Community Relations
B:CIVIC Board of Directors Vice Chair (2016) and Chair 2017

Lewis Roca Rothgerber provides clients a range of legal services in litigation, ?real estate, banking, insurance reorganization, corporate and securities, intellectual property, gaming, ?energy and utilities, and labor and employment.

Frederick Baumann – Lewis Roca Rothgerber

Little Pub Company owns 23 pubs in the local area, including Denver, Edgewater, Golden, Broomfield, Aurora, Centennial and Lakewood. Started in 1994, Little Pub Company is still proud to be family owned.

Mark Berzins – Little Pub Company
Founder and Lead Dog

The Denver Foundation, Colorado’s oldest and largest community foundation, helps people give back to Metro Denver in ways that are meaningful — to them and to the community.


Barbara Berv – The Denver Foundation
Director, Philanthropic Services
B:CIVIC Board of Directors Secretary
(until her retirement Nov 2016)


Kate Lyda – The Denver Foundation
Philanthropic Services Officer

The Fox Company is involved in the acquisition and development of retail, industrial and land projects throughout the Denver metro area.

Jack Fox – The Fox Company
B:CIVIC Board of Directors – Chair

The Western Union Company is a financial services and communications company. Western Union connects people and businesses around the globe by providing fast, reliable and convenient ways to move money.


Luella Chavez D’Angelo – Western Union
Chief Communications Officer


Joey Ham – Western Union
Senior Manager, Global Partnerships, Western Union Foundation