The Denver Scholarship Foundation makes college possible for thousands of Denver Public Schools graduates each year.
The Denver Scholarship Foundation inspires and empowers Denver Public Schools’ students to enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions of higher education, by providing the tools, knowledge, and financial resources essential for success.
The Denver Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2006 based on wide recognition that Denver Public Schools students face multiple barriers to completing a postsecondary degree. Philanthropists Tim and Bernadette Marquez wanted to make a major gift to increase the level of college attainment in Denver. They joined Mayor John Hickenlooper and Superintendent Michael Bennet to look at how to make access to higher education possible for all DPS students today and for generations to come.
This “kitchen table” founders’ conversation resulted in a $50 million pledge from the Marquezes in the form of a challenge grant. This challenge catalyzed the process of putting into place a comprehensive program to support DPS students in completing high school and obtaining a higher education degree.
DSF began with a pilot program serving three Denver high schools, and by 2009 the program had expanded throughout the district. Today, DSF operates Future Centers in 16 DPS high schools and it serves all other high schools with college advisors who visit regularly.
Our culture and values are the foundation upon which everything we do is built. Having a strong and shared culture is integral to our ability to accomplish our mission. We came together as a staff to discuss our strengths and weaknesses as a team and to formalize the values that bind us together. Our shared values are:
Equity -- We believe in the potential of every Denver Public Schools student, and we believe every one of them deserves the chance to earn a college or technical school degree.
Innovation -- We believe in trying new things and continually working toward improvement.
Integrity -- We keep our promises to students, families and donors.
Leadership -- We will have created a model for college success that we share with our partners and other organizations across the country.
Learning -- We believe in lifelong learning for our staff and for our students.
Relationships -- We cannot accomplish our mission without strong relationships with students, families, donors, our school district and our community.
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Scott Scheirman is the chairman of DSF's Board of Directors.
As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Western Union Company, Scott Scheirman is responsible for the leadership and direction of the CFO organization. Prior to his current role, Scheirman held a variety of senior financial leadership positions with First Data Corporation, Western Union's former parent company, most recently serving as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Western Union from 1999 to 2006.
Prior to joining First Data, Scheirman was responsible for leading multiple audit services for public and non-public clients for Ernst & Young. He is based in Englewood, Colorado, at Western Union’s global headquarters.
In addition, Scheirman is the past Chairman of the Western Union Foundation's Board of Directors and currently serves as a Director on the International Rescue Committee, Denver Scholarship Foundation and KIPP Schools of Colorado. Scheirman holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Joe Blake is Chancellor Emeritus of the Colorado State University System.
As chancellor, he oversaw CSU, CSU-Pueblo and CSU-Global, the first public university created to provide 100% online degree programs. He managed the System’s legislative operations, served as the chief spokesperson for the System, and worked to increase the level of engagement among CSU’s 115,000 alumni statewide. One of his top priorities was to help provide necessary statewide leadership to find sustainable funding for public higher education.
A Colorado native, Joe was the President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce for nearly a decade. For nearly twenty years prior to his leadership of the Chamber Blake was part of the senior management team that created the new community of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, home today for nearly 100,000 residents.
He is a graduate of Dartmouth College (B.A., English Literature) and the University of Colorado School of Law (Juris Doctorate). He resides in Denver and is the father of two and the grandfather of four.
Steve represents banks and creditors in bankruptcy cases and has also represented principals of debtors as well as creditors' committees. He has extensive experience representing businesses and banks in workouts, litigation, replevin and foreclosures, as well as representing equipment lessors. His litigation practice focuses on commercial collections, Article 9 litigation and adversary proceedings.
Steve is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy and creditors' rights topics. Prior to joining the firm, he was a founding member at Cage, Williams, Abelman in Denver.
Eula Adams is currently part owner of Xcore Computer Corporation. Xcore designs, assembles and markets a line of low cost, low maintenance and low energy netbooks, keyboard computers and touch pad computing devices which are distributed globally.
He has over 39 years of experience in the financial accounting, financial services and technology industries. During an 18 year tenure with Deloitte (Touche Ross until the merger with Deloitte in 1989) he gained experience in numerous industries such as higher education, government (federal, state and local), financial services, manufacturing and services.
During this distinguished career, Adams was recognized on numerous occasions for technical leadership, innovative customer service, attracting new talent and winning new customers. He spent two years as a member of the Firm’s National Accounting and Auditing technical staff from 1980 through 1982 and was responsible for providing technical advice to 15 of the firm’s largest offices in the Oil and Gas, Retail, Government, Education and Services industries. In 1987 he was appointed as Partner In Charge of the Atlanta Office Audit Group which consisted of 70 professionals with annual revenues of $7 million.
He joined First Data Corporation in July 1991(at the time American Express Information Services Corp) as Senior Vice President Chief Financial Officer of the money order, traveler’s checks, teleservices, telemarketing lines of business. During his 12-year tenure at First Data Corp, he held a broad range of additional positions and responsibilities. such as from 1995 through 1997 managed the $100 million per year contract to provide operator services and customer services for First Data’s outsourcing contract with MCI (over 4,000 employees and 10 locations).
He joined Storage Technology Corporation (subsequently acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2005) as Vice President of the Global Storage Services Group. This Group had annual revenues of $1 billion and 2,200 employees. In 2006 he was asked to assume responsibility for the Global Storage sales organization (approximately$ 2.5 billion in revenues and 2,000 sales colleagues)
Adams has served as a member of numerous Boards of Directors, including a four year stint on the MasterCard of America Board.
A graduate of Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia and Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts.
He is married to Janet Cannon Adams and they have one son Kevin. Kevin is a teacher in the Denver Public Schools.
He was elected to the DSF Board in May 2011.
Stanton Dodge serves as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of DISH Network Corporation, a Fortune 200 satellite TV provider with more than 14 million subscribers nationwide, where he oversees all legal and government affairs for DISH and its subsidiaries. Since joining the corporation in 1996, Dodge has held positions of increasing responsibility within the legal department and was responsible for human resources from January 2010 through July 2011.
Prior to DISH, Dodge was a law clerk to the Hon. Jose D.L. Marquez of the Colorado Court of Appeals. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Suffolk University Law School in 1995 with his Juris Doctor and holds a B.S. degree in accounting from the University of Vermont.
Dodge is also actively involved in many political and charitable causes within the Denver community. He is currently a member of Colorado Concern and serves on the Board of Directors for National Jewish Health.
Jayne Ford is Recruiting Director of ghSMART. The firm offers quality-guaranteed services in the areas of management assessment and leadership coaching. Clients include leading private equity investors, hedge fund managers, Fortune 500 boards and senior executives.Prior to joining ghSMART, Jayne was Vice President of Shawnee Milling Company. There she led the strategic planning initiative in addition to overseeing the southeastern US sales group. Before joining Shawnee Milling Company, Jayne was the Chief Administrative Officer for Corbin & Company Capital Management.
Jayne holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BBA in Finance from Texas Christian University.
Patrick Hatcher is the Vice President of Finance for Vistar Corporation, the largest distributor of candy, snacks and beverages in the country. As the leader of the finance department and manager of a 25-person team, he is responsible for planning, forecasting, accounts receivables, rebates and integration and acquisition efforts. He also provides and explains detailed financial information to corporate headquarters.
Prior to joining Vistar, Hatcher spent 10 years working for MillerCoors, first as Senior Analyst of Planning and Forecasting, later as the Director of Sales and Marketing Finance and lastly as the Director of Sales Integration. His contributions at MillerCoors included exceeding sales synergy targets and growing sales volume, shares and profits.
Hatcher holds an MBA from Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. and a Bachelor of International Relations from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.
Andy Holleman is the Assistant General Counsel, Ethics & Compliance at Newmont Mining Corporation. He is a Denver native and a graduate of Manual High School. Mr. Holleman earned an undergraduate degree at Harvard College and his law degree from the University of Colorado.
Immediately out of law school, he served as law clerk to the Hon. Richard P. Matsch, then Chief Judge of the United States District Court of the District of Colorado. He was in private practice for three years focusing on commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense. Mr. Holleman then joined the law department at Qwest Communications. There he worked in commercial litigation, served as a Vice President for Consumer Operations, and served as the Chief Privacy Officer, then serving in the same capacity for CenturyLink from 2007 through 2011. Mr. Holleman served one year as the Chief Privacy Officer at Optum in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which is a subsidiary of United Health Group, before returning to Denver and taking on his current role. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Law School, where he teaches auditing, compliance, and risk management.
Mr. Holleman is married to Sharon Kelly and has three kids, Grace (14), Maddy (11), and Ben (7).
Jack Kim is the founder and principal of KORE Investments, LLC, specializing in commercial real estate investments, management and brokerage. He primarily works with investor groups as a principal and asset manager, but also assists other investors as a consultant or broker. Prior to his career in commercial real estate, he spent 10 years in the securities industry as an advisor, branch manager and bond trader.
Kim is active in the community and in his church, Colorado Community Church in Aurora. Before moving to Denver, he served as vice president of the Board of Directors for Breakthrough Urban Ministries in Chicago and volunteered as a mentor and youth sports coach there. He has served on the Finance Committee for DSF since 2008 and was elected to the Board of Directors in March 2010.
Primary Emphasis: financial restructuring, due diligence, negotiation, structuring and tax planning for mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, leveraged buyouts, and corporate tax planning.
In 2008, formed Kurtz Financial, LLC (www.kurtz-financial.com) a consulting firm specializing in restructuring, turnarounds and M& A advisory services to assist companies meet the challenges and opportunities of the current recession and financial climate.
Co-Managing Member of Mankwitz Kurtz Investments, LLC, (www.mankwitzkurtz.com) a Denver based private equity firm co-founded in 2001. The firm purchases controlling ownership in mid sized businesses of various industries with the intent of building and selling these businesses in three to five years.
In 1997, merged Shenkin Kurtz Baker & Co., CPA’s and Century Capital Group into Century Business Services (NYSE: CBZ). Served as national head of accounting firms for CBZ and led all its Western U.S. acquisition activity, helping to build a $600 million revenue company.
Timothy Marquez is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Board for Venoco, Inc., a Denver-based private energy company.
Venoco was founded in 1992 and is primarily engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of oil and natural gas properties. Past areas of experience were in onshore Texas, Colorado and Mississippi and South America. Currently, core areas of focus are southern California (oil basins), Monterey and the Hastings Field in Texas.
Venoco has a regional office in Carpinteria, California, and continues to be one of the largest independent oil companies in California. The company been named ‘Business of the Year’ in three different communities in which the company previously operated. In 2006, Venoco was named as ‘Best Corporate Citizen’ by Oil & Gas Investor magazine, the premier oil industry publication. The company has also received numerous awards for operational excellence. Venoco leads the way in corporate giving for education, health and human services, creating partnerships with organizations that strengthen the communities in which we have business operations, primarily Denver and Santa Barbara.
In October 2002, Mr. Marquez founded Marquez Energy, LLC. The company’s business plan was based largely upon the success he established at Venoco. Marquez Energy was focused primarily on producing property acquisitions in California and the Rockies, along with a lesser focus on low-risk exploration plays. The company was merged with
Venoco in 2005.Venoco went public in 2006 and continued a strong growth trajectory. In October, 2012, Mr. Marquez completed the repurchase of all of the outstanding shares of the company and the company once again became private and the Marquez Trust is now the sole shareholder of the company.
Mr. Marquez began his career in the energy industry as a Petroleum Engineer and held several management positions with Unocal where he worked in California and the North Sea. Mr. Marquez holds a B.S. Petroleum Engineering Degree from the Colorado School of Mines.
In addition to his success as an entrepreneur and a leader in business, Mr. Marquez is a well-known philanthropist, who is particularly committed to education. Mr. Marquez is co-founder, along with his wife, Bernie, and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper of the Denver Scholarship Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships and loans to all Denver public high school students. Additionally, the Denver Scholarship Foundation works with the area high schools to offer academic counseling, college application assistance and guidance, and financial literacy education through “Future Centers” on the high school campuses. Mr. and Mrs. Marquez also formed the Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation in 2006. The Foundation focuses on incentivizing big ideas in the fields of education and health care.
Mr. Marquez stays connected to the communities where he lives and works through his involvement in professional, business and non-profit organizations. Mr. Marquez is an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow and served as Vice President of Santa Barbara City College Foundation and is past President of the Hispanic Business Council. Mr. Marquez also served on the board of the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce where he was ‘Businessman of the Year’ for 2001. He has won numerous business and philanthropic awards and has served on several non-profit boards in Denver, Santa Barbara and nationally.
Scott Nycum is a Managing Director of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Based in Denver, Colorado, Scott is a member of the management team of J.P. Morgan’s U.S. Private Bank. The largest Private Bank in the U.S., the J.P. Morgan Private Bank serves high net-worth clients, including 45% of the individuals on the Forbes 400 wealthiest Americans list.
Scott has specific responsibility for J.P. Morgan’s private banking business in the Rocky Mountain Region. In addition, he is directly responsible for several client relationships in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma.
Scott joined J.P. Morgan in New York in 1974. From 1975-1983, he worked with corporate clients in the mining and heavy construction industries as well as large multi-nationals. Scott was assigned to Melbourne, Australia from 1983-1988. As Managing Director of J.P. Morgan Australia Ltd., he was responsible for Morgan’s overall business in Australia and New Zealand, which chiefly included investment management, investment banking, foreign exchange and money market activities.
Scott received a B.A. in History from Williams College (Phi Beta Kappa) and an M.A. from Oxford University (Political Science/Economics). Scott is married with three children and resides in Denver. He currently serves on the Advisory Boards of the Daniels Business School at the University of Denver, the Denver Scholarship Foundation, the Denver Council of the Boy Scouts, The Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, and the Perry Institute of Brigham Young University Marriott School.
Martin M. Pocs serves as Vice Chairman of DHR International and is the Managing Director of the firm’s Denver office. As one of the three top producers in the history of the firm, Martin has made significant contributions in shaping the success of DHR. His search practice includes diverse industries such as telecommunications, manufacturing, financial services, real estate, advanced technology, consumer products, aerospace, software, bio-medical, mining, renewable energy and non-profits covering a variety of disciplines and general management positions within those industries.
Dr. Prina was born in Reno,Nevada. He completed his undergraduate premedical work at Stanford University and attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego, graduating in 1979. After completing his pediatric internship and residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, he joined Partners in Pediatrics in 1982. He enjoys music,travel, the arts and volunteer work. His areas of special interest are the newborn, special-needs children, writing education materials and holistic care.
Mr. Silversmith has an extensive background in finance and the planning issues that affect families in their desire to accumulate and transfer wealth. His years of board experience with large charitable organizations have allowed him to help clients whose primary objective is building their estates and leaving a charitable legacy. As Chairman of First Western Trust, Cherry Creek he is responsible for managing the banks financial goals and expanding their presence in the Cherry Creek market
Mr. Silversmith joined First Western Trust in 2005, through the merger of Sterling Partners, the wealth management firm he founded in 1986. At Sterling Partners he was primarily responsible for helping clients who require advice on wealth transfer planning and business continuity planning. He brings more than 30 years of experience in real estate to First Western Trust.
Bachelor of Science in Economics from University of Pennsylvania , Wharton School
Chartered Life Underwriter – The American College
Board of Directors for the Colorado Ballet
Board of Directors for the Denver Scholarship Foundation
Vice-Chair of the Board at National Jewish Health
Past Campaign Chair and Treasurer for the Allied Jewish Foundation
Past Board Member of Jewish Family Service at Colorado
Enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, Lara and Ashley
Both he and his wife were honored as Business Leaders of the Year – Jewish Family Service at Colorado
Greg Sissel is a Managing Director of Platte River Equity. Mr. Sissel has been a private equity investor in numerous industrial and service-based operating companies for more than 15 years.
Prior to joining Platte River Equity, Mr. Sissel was a Vice President in the Denver office of Vestar Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm that has raised over $7 billion across six funds. At Vestar, Mr. Sissel pursued management buyout transactions across a broad spectrum of industrial and consumer sectors. His responsibilities included structuring transactions and leading diligence and financings for new acquisitions and portfolio companies. While at Vestar, Mr. Sissel led numerous strategic and operational projects for Vestar portfolio companies, as well as capital markets financings and execution of numerous add-on acquisitions.
Previously, Mr. Sissel was an Associate with William Blair Capital Partners, LLC (now Chicago Growth Partners) and an analyst in Leveraged Finance for Goldman, Sachs & Co. (New York and Chicago).
Mr. Sissel holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and a B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from DePauw University.
Mr. Thomas G. Wattles co-founded DCT Industrial Trust in February 2003 and currently serves as Executive Chairman of the Board. Mr. Wattles also served as Chief Investment Officer from 2003 to 2005.
Mr. Wattles brings more than 30 years of experience to DCT. From 1991 until 2002, Mr. Wattles held a number of positions with Security Capital Group and its investees. From 1991 to 1992, he oversaw multifamily acquisitions for Property Trust of America, now known as Archstone Smith. In 1992, he co-founded Security Capital Industrial Trust, now known as Prologis Trust, and served as Chief Investment Officer, Chairman and Co-Chairman, and a member of the Board of Directors. As Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Security Capital Group, Mr. Wattles oversaw real estate research and served as a member of the Operating Committee as well as numerous private company boards of directors. Prior to Security Capital Group, Mr. Wattles spent 12 years with LaSalle Partners, now known as Jones Lang LaSalle in Chicago, Mexico City and New York. He also spent two years with Stanwich Advisors in Stamford, CT.
Mr. Wattles currently serves as a director of Regency Centers—a national owner, developer, and operator of grocery-anchored and community shopping centers. He also chairs the Regency Investment Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Wattles received both his M.B.A. and his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.
David West is currently Arrow’s Vice President of Semiconductor Marketing. David has held numerous roles over his 13 years at Arrow, including Vice President of Engineering, Lighting and CLS
Prior to joining Arrow in 1998, David worked for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) for 11 years in sales, product line marketing and distribution. David was named North America Sales Person of the Year in 1991, and served three yeas as the company’s Director of World Distribution. David began his career working in distribution as a manufacturer’s representative for five years.
A native of Los Angeles, David earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University and a Master’s of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
Steve White currently serves as the President of Comcast’s West Division. In this role, he is the senior executive responsible for all Comcast cable operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Texas and Wisconsin. He leads nearly 28,000 (internal and external) employees and serves more than seven million customers, driving annual revenue of nearly $12 billion.
Prior to his role as Division President, Steve served as Regional Senior Vice President for Comcast California, joining in late 2007. In California, he led 7,500 employees and served more than 2.45 million customers, leading a number of operational improvements during his two-year leadership tenure. He oversaw all operations for Comcast in California, and his team was among the first to launch DOCSIS 3.0 and Project Cavalry.
Prior to his role in California, Steve served as the Regional Senior Vice President of the Company’s Mid-South Region, where he held management responsibilities for about 1.6 million customers and 4,600 employees, along with leading Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast — a 24-hour regional sports network based in Atlanta. Prior to the merger of Comcast and AT&T Broadband, Steve served as Senior Vice President, AT&T’s Atlanta cluster from 2000 to 2002. His first assignment in the cable industry was in Chicago, where he served as Regional Vice President with Telecommunications, Inc. (TCI), which was purchased by AT&T.
Before joining the cable industry, Steve spent six years with the Colgate-Palmolive Company, where he held several positions of increasing responsibility. His final assignment was Marketing Director of Colgate-Palmolive’s Toothbrush Products Division. In this capacity, Steve directed and managed the growth of the business, including the development of numerous new products and a relaunch of the kids’ line.
Steve has 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, operations and general management. His broad background includes sales, marketing and operations management in the beverage, health and beauty care, household products, and healthcare industries.
Steve currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Comcast Foundation, COMPAC, WICT Northern California and the Denver Scholarship Foundation. He is also member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) and Colorado Forum. Additionally, Steve serves as the Executive Champion for the Black Professional Alliance Affinity Group at Comcast. The group creates professional development, mentoring and networking opportunities and an inclusive environment for the Company’s African-American employees.
Nate Easley, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF). Prior to joining DSF, Dr. Easley served as President and Secretary of the Denver Public Schools Board of Education. He also worked as Vice President for National and International Programs for the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) in Washington, DC. COE is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the expansion of educational opportunities in postsecondary education for low-income and disabled youth and adults.
Dr. Easley serves on Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s Framing Committee and his Education Leadership Council. He is a current member of the Community College of Denver Advisory Council and the National Advisory Council for Texas Guaranteed Inc., the third largest student loan guarantee organization in the United States.
Dr. Easley has extensive experience helping disadvantaged students realize their dream of a college education and securing grant funding to sustain student programs. His master’s and doctorate focused on how higher education can better support the academic success and college completion of Black and Latino students. Dr. Easley has worked at the state, national and international levels to create opportunities for first-generation, low-income and ethnic minority students. He has over 25 years of experience working with college access and retention programs and professionals.
Dr. Easley served as an Upward Bound counselor and assistant director at Colorado State University, President of the Colorado TRIO Association (Colorado ASPIRE), board member for the Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel, director of the Student Support Services program and the campus learning center at the University of California at San Diego, and as a member of Colorado Governor Ritter’s P-20 Council. Dr. Easley is a proud graduate of Montbello High School in Denver, Colorado.
Ph.D. Education, American University, GPA – 4.0
Dissertation Topic: Factors that Contribute to the Academic Success of Mexican Immigrants
M.S., Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University, GPA – 4.0Master’s Research: Retention of Black College Students at White Colleges
B.A. History, Colorado State University, GPA – 3.2Senior Paper: “Why Africans Became Slaves in the New World”
John Elofson is a partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, where he practices law in the securities and mergers and acquisitions areas. Before joining Davis Graham & Stubbs, he worked in the corporate department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City, and served one-year terms as a law clerk for the Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin in the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Douglas H. Ginsburg in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
John attended Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, graduating in 1997. A Denver native, he received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Colorado in 1989 and 1992, respectively. He is married and has three children.
Mark Goodman currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for the Boyer Coffee Company.
Mr. Goodman has served as the top executive in leading public and private equity backed companies. Most recently, Mr. Goodman has served as Chief Executive Officer of MG Capital Group.Mark Goodman has served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and CRO for Save-A-Lot. As COO, Mark was responsible for retail operations of Save-A-Lot’s network of 1.200 stores, achieving sales, profitability and growth objectives of the company. He had direct responsibility for licensing development, merchandising, vendor management and supply chain efforts.
Prior to leading the turnaround at Save-A-Lot, Mark served as Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Strategy, Membership and E-commerce for Wal*Mart/Sam’s Club where he was responsible for strategy development, marketing and membership enhancement for Sam’s Club. Previously, Mark held the position of Corporate Vice President, U.S. Strategy and Operations for McDonald’s Corporation, with responsibility for development and execution of strategies for profitable growth, as well as full operations management of a 600-store business unit. Prior to this, Mark served as President of Agway Retail Services and Vice President of ADR International Consultants. Previous, Mr. Goodman served on the staff of Senator Edward Kennedy, Massachusetts.
Mr. Goodman received his bachelors degree in philosophy of economics and logic from the College of Wooster, masters degrees in philosophy and economics from Tufts University.
Mr. Goodman is active in supporting educational institutions on a national basis. He has served on the board of directors for St. Louis University School of Business, St. Louis, Missouri, Xavier University, New Orleans, Livingstone College Salisbury, North Carolina, History Makers, Chicago, Illinois, Eton Academy, Birmingham, Michigan, Cal State Dominquez Hills School of Business.
Nate Easley was appointed as DSF's executive director on March 1 2013. Prior to his appointment, Easley served as Deputy Director of DSF since 2008, overseeing dramatic growth in the organization’s three-part program to help students from Denver Public Schools succeed in college.
Easley has more than 25 years of experience helping disadvantaged students realize their dream of a college education. Prior to his work at DSF, Easley served as vice president for national and international programs for the Council for Opportunity in Education in Washington, D.C. Easley also served on the Denver Public Schools Board of Education as both a member and former president. His master’s and doctorate degrees focused on how higher education institutions can better support the academic success of Black and Latino students.
With a combined 20 years in finance and accounting services, Wendy Nelson serves as a vital member of our senior management team. As Deputy Director for Finance and Administration, Nelson oversees all financial, IT, and human resource aspects at DSF.
Before coming to DSF, Nelson worked in nonprofits, financial services, internet, web hosting, and e-commerce industries. She began her career as a CPA with Ernst & Young. She has also provided finance and accounting for Western Union, High Speed Access, and Verio and served as the CFO for Omnex Group, Inc., a New Jersey based company. Nelson currently serves as the Vice Chair of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Small Business Development Center. Before coming to DSF, Nelson operated her own company specializing in CFO consulting with small businesses across the US. Nelson provided clients with CFO level support, facilitated relationships with key third parties, and provided financial planning, analysis and reporting.
As the Deputy Director for Marketing and Communications, Dana oversees all marketing and communications strategies to support both fundraising and program success at the Denver Scholarship Foundation, and she serves on the organization's senior management team. She has more than 20 years of experience in communications, public affairs in marketing in Colorado and Washington State.
Prior to joining the Denver Scholarship Foundation, she served as Director of Communications for Mile High United Way, the oldest United Way organization in the country. Before joining the non-profit sector, Dana worked for 10 years in the for-profit sector, including her role as Director of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for US WEST. She started with US WEST in the Seattle market, where she worked as both a Media Relations Manager and a lobbyist for the company.
With her bachelor's degree in journalism and political science, Dana started her career as a newspaper reporter in the Seattle area before joining the press office of the Washington State House of Representatives and later serving as a lobbyist and public affairs consultant for a variety of clients in Washington State.
Rana Tarkenton has been with DSF since 2008 and currently serves as the deputy director for programs. She formerly served as the director of DSF’s College Success Services. As deputy director for programs, Tarkenton oversees DSF’s three-part program to help students succeed in college.
Tarkenton has a master’s degree in higher education administration from Harvard University, and before joining DSF, she helped develop college access and scholarship programs at College in Colorado, Colorado GEAR UP and CollegeInvest. Tarkenton’s professional activities include service as an executive board member of the Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling, an advisory committee member of the Colorado Counselor Corp Grant Program and an executive council member and past chairwoman of the Colorado Statewide ACT Council.