The Dairy Center for the Arts provides the Boulder community diverse opportunities to create, learn and participate in high quality performing and visual arts experiences.
E. Richard Polk, Chair – President and Co-Founder, Boulder’s Pedestrian Shops
Richard Polk is President and co-founder of Boulder’s 40-year-old Pedestrian Shops, noted for its social programs and green business practices. Richard has served on Boulder City Council as well as on a variety of boards and commissions, including chair of the original Downtown Mall Commission, chair of the Downtown Management Commission, president of the Polk Family Charitable Fund, president of the Boulder Parks and Recreation Foundation, and board member of Downtown Boulder Inc.
While serving on the City Council, Richard proposed Boulder’s socially innovative Solar Rebate ordinance, which contributed to a dramatic increase in solar installations, while funding additional solar arrays on Boulder affordable housing and nonprofits’ rooftops.
Since completing his council term in 2007, Richard has joined the Citizens Advisory Board of the Xcel Renewable Energy Trust, and is vice chair of the Colorado Chautauqua Association board and vice chair of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce board.
Marc Ginsberg, Vice-Chair – Principal, Flatirons Technology Group
Marc Ginsberg grew up in New Jersey and is the youngest of six children whose parents emigrated from Canada shortly before he was born. He attended College in Vermont and worked as a software engineer at Intel Corporation in Oregon for 6 years, prior to returning to Boulder. In 2001 he started and currently runs a Boulder-based information technology consulting firm.
In addition to The Dairy Center and the Business Improvement District (BID), Marc has served on other Boulder boards, including The Boulder JCC, Menorah, B’Yahad.
He has two elementary school children and a beautiful wife of fifteen years.
Amy Hartman, Secretary – Hartman Employment Law Practice, LLC
Amy Hartman is owner of Hartman Employment Law Practice LLC, a boutique Boulder law firm specializing in labor and employment law, and has lived in Boulder since moving here from Chicago in 2000. She has practiced labor and employment law during her 20-year legal career.
Prior to starting Hartman Employment Law she was a partner at the firms of Cooley Godward Kronish in Colorado and Seyfarth, Shaw in Chicago.
Her experience in workplace law ranges from negotiating with striking employees at a coal mine in Sheridan, Wyoming, to counseling employers on diverse issues ranging from pets in the office to theft of trade secrets, as well as working with startup companies to Fortune 100 employers. Amy also has extensive litigation experience in all aspects of the employment relationship. Her practice includes a focus on employment matters related to emerging companies. She is a member of the Colorado and Illinois state bars.
Amy earned undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University.
Kreighton Bieger, Treasurer – Portfolio Manager & Analyst, Sargent Bickham Lagudis
Kreighton Bieger, CFA, currently is a Portfolio Manager and Analyst with Sargent Bickham Lagudis in Boulder, CO. The company has been providing customized wealth management and financial planning solutions for individuals and institutions for over 20 years.
His skill set and experience include portfolio management, asset allocation, grassroots equity research, securities analysis, modeling, forecasting, valuation, credit analysis, statistical methods, qualitative research, relationship management, negotiating, and team leadership. Kreighton co-manages approximately $350M in equities, fixed income and alternative assets. He has driven projects in in-depth equity research and private company asset and ESOP valuations, as well as managed a $25M+ A/R portfolio for credit risk and deal flow.
Kreighton is a results-driven team player and proactive leader who has successfully structured and executed hiring new employees and mentored junior teammates. He graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder – Bachelor of Science with Distinction, Finance.
Wendy Baring-Gould – Consultant
Wendy Baring-Gould brings extensive and international experience to The Dairy, having most recently served as Director of Education and Community Outreach for the Boston Center for the Arts. Wendy’s experience includes conflict resolution and she has worked to foster change in schools and communities through the design, development, and evaluation of programs in fine and community arts, education, and human services.
She has taught throughout the United States, including Alaska, and has been a teacher/community developer for World Teach Namibia in Africa. She has directed many projects including “Voices from the Field” for the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and “Discover Anchorage” for the Anchorage Historical and Fine Arts Museum. She has been the director of the Montessori School in Ithaca, NY, and she has worked for the Cultural Education Collaborative in Boston as the Director of Professional Development and Long Range Programs, such as Interchange and ArtPartnership, and later as the Executive Director.
Prior to moving to Boulder she was a consultant to the Mayor’s Welfare Reform Task Force for the city of Cambridge and a consultant for Visual Understanding in Education, an innovative arts based curriculum for the public school systems in Minneapolis, MN and San Antonio, TX.
Susan Deans – Editor, Journalism
Sue Deans has spent 30 years as a journalist, including positions as Editor and Vice President of both the Daily Camera in Boulder and The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She also worked as an assistant managing editor at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, where she was involved in editing two Pulitzer Prize-winning stories.She retired from the Camera in 2007 and since then has taught journalism as a visiting professor at Knox College, Galesburg, Ill., and devotes considerable time to volunteering with Boulder nonprofits. She received a Women Who Light the Community award from the Boulder Chamber of Commerce in 2009.
In addition to the Dairy Center board, Sue serves on the boards of the Boulder Rotary Club, Imagine! Foundation, and the Boulder History Museum, and is vice president of Historic Boulder’s board.
She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she serves on the advisory board for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Knox College, where she is a member of the Board of Trustees.
Rob Heider – Founder Whizzbang Studios
Rob is an innovator and brand strategist with 15 plus years experience activating marketable ideas in the CPG world. Beginning his career at Leo Burnett in Chicago, he created advertising campaigns for Kellogg’s, Pillsbury, McDonalds and Samsonite.
Next, Rob joined Sterling Rice Group, in Boulder Colorado to grow the business and transform the innovation practice. As Creativity Director he helped create 10 billion in incremental revenue for SRG’s clients in the last 5 years with a 90% rehire rate by bringing to life hundreds of brand positionings and new products for global companies such as Pepsi Co., ConAgra Foods, Avon, Wendy’s, Rubbermaid, Starbucks and Wal-Mart.
Rob is founder of Whizzbang Studios, which he describes as a “go-to” studio for dynamic business communications. Whizzbang offers a full product suite of MOTION COMMUNICATIONS solutions for Brand Videos, Presentations, Webisodes, Sales videos, Trade Shows, Conferences, Start-up Pitch Videos & Investor Reportage.
Roy L. Holloway, Jr. – Director of Curriculum, Fine Arts, Physical Education and Health
After receiving his BA in Education from Bowling Green State University, Roy worked as a music educator for 10 years before moving into administration. While serving as principal for Jacob L. Adams Elementary School in Henrico, VA, Mr. Holloway secured a $500,000 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant to fund an innovative after school remediation program for students in grades 2-5 in 2002. After receiving and MS in Education from Old Dominion University, his administration experience has expanded to include his current position of Director of Curriculum, for Fine Arts, Physical Education, and Health for Boulder Valley School Districts. Mr. Holloway has been endorsed in Administration and Supervision, Music Education, and Teaching and Principalship.
George Karakehian – City Council Liaison
George Karakehian has owned Art Source International, located at 1237 Pearl St. for 30 years.He has been actively involved in the Downtown Boulder community since 1975.Over the years, he has served on the board of directors for the Downtown Management Commission and has been the chair of the Downtown Boulder, Inc. (DBI) board of directors.Karakehian also sits on the Downtown Management Committee as well as the Marketing and Event Committees for DBI.Karakehian and his wife, Kristin have two children and two grandchildren.
Catherine Moll – Marketing Professional
Catherine Moll is a marketing professional with more than 12 years of experience in developing successful marketing strategies and client relationships in consumer, technology and business-to-business markets.She has worked in brand strategy with Volan Design in Boulder, where she was responsible for new business development, brand strategy development and project management, working with companies such as Samsung, Nokia and Hansgrohe; as an account manager with Oden Marketing and Design in Memphis, where she worked with the firm’s top client, FedEx; and in positions with Insight Services in Memphis and Cleveland in the oil analysis business.She also was a TV producer and assignment editor with WKYC in Cleveland.
Catherine has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Boston University.
Sharon Nehls – Educator
Sharon Nehls, a longtime teacher, is a young adult literature consultant and also teaches webpage design classes for Boulder Valley Public Schools. She taught at Southern Hills Middle School, where she chaired the English department.She won an Impact on Education Award in 2002 from the Boulder Valley Foundation on Public Schools and was nominated in 1997 for National Teacher of the Year.Her interests include screenwriting, film criticism and musical theater.
She has a master’s degree from the University of Denver in educating gifted children, and a bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio.
Richard Reeves – Consultant, Strategic Planning and Organizational Development
Richard Reeves is co-founder of Boundaryless Propulsion Inc, an early stage start-up developing a novel propulsion system known as the Relativistic Electromagnetic Motor.
He is also a consultant to industry, government, international organizations, and non-profit organizations, providing strategic support in a variety of areas including management, business development, proposal support, organizational development and strategic planning. Clients have included the International Monetary Fund, Center for Disease Control, NASA, the German Aerospace Center, Mitsubishi International Corporation and numerous top 500 U.S. companies.
Richard formerly was deputy for aeronautics and space transportation technology at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, responsible for the direction of NASA’s Aeronautics Enterprise with a budget of over $1 billion and four national research laboratories. He held other senior positions at NASA, including director of planning, associate director for the Ames Research Center and director for Management Operations at the Goddard Space Flight Center.
Richard is past chair of the Open Studios board of directors. He has a law degree from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University.
Dusty Reid – Marketing Event Manager, Google
Dusty has lived in Colorado since 1998. He is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah and is an experienced outdoorsman. He enjoys skiing, river running, biking and hiking. He spent summers in Alaska being a river and mountain bike guide before entering the “professional” world. He has been in the event industry for most of his career. Dusty is the Marketing Event Manager at Google, he manages the creative design, strategic messaging and logistics of Google’s international events. One of the things that drives his love for events is his ability to implement creative designs by transforming a venue into a completely unexpected interactive experience for event attendees. He has a BS in Marketing from the University of Utah.
Stephanie Rudy – Community Volunteer
Stephanie has been selected by the Boulder Chamber of Commerce for the Women Who Light Up The Community honor and by the Denver Foundation as a recipient of the Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award, which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the city of Denver and their community through volunteerism.
Among the many organizations Stephanie has enriched with her talents are the “Open Studios” for artists and art lovers throughout the Boulder area, the Colorado Music Festival, the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado, the Boulder County Safehouse for women and children, and Boulder Community Hospital. Stephanie has enhanced Boulder’s “Chocolate Lover’s Fling,” and cochaired the arts committee of “Wine Women and Food.”
The Boulder Police Department has benefited for three years from her volunteer work as a Victim’s Advocate. This program requires Stephanie to respond to the scene of a crime and inform victims and witnesses of their rights, give them resources, and help them find constructive ways to cope with incidents. She has dealt sympathetically with victims of sexual assault, assault, bank robberies, domestic violence, and harassment. She has also worked sensitively with groups of people affected by the suicide of others.
Anna Salim- Boulder Arts Commission Representative
Anna Salim is the Event Director for Downtown Boulder, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to continued preservation and enhancement of Downtown Boulder as the heart of the greater Boulder community. She is also a member of the Boulder Arts Commission and on the Selection Committee for the Boulder International Film Festival. Prior to joining Downtown Boulder, Ms. Salim taught film production at the Colorado Film School and Regis University. She holds a BA in Arts Administration from Lewis & Clark College and an M.F.A. in Film Production from Chapman University.
Anita Schwartz - VP of Development, Communications and Program Administration,
Western Resource Advocates
Ms. Schwartz joined WRA in 2004. She manages the organization’s fund raising and communications activities. Before joining WRA, Ms. Schwartz worked at Environmental Defense Fund where she managed fund raising efforts in a seven-state region. She previously worked at The Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder to transform an abandoned 40,000 square-foot dairy building into a multi-disciplinary community arts center. In that capacity, she managed a capital campaign, hosted a live television program, and conducted marketing and community outreach. Ms. Schwartz started her non-profit career at Conservation International in Washington, D.C. in 1990. She has served on the board of directors of Open Studios, First Congregational Church of Boulder, and the Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy and Research. In addition to her work at WRA, Ms. Schwartz is the co-owner of a small business that is ranked as one of the top 25 woman-owned businesses in Boulder County. Ms. Schwartz has a B.A. from American University in Washington, D.C., with a double major in literature and American studies. Ms. Schwartz is a Certified Fund Raising Executive, having secured an internationally-recognized professional credential for philanthropic fundraising executives.