Our hard working team is constantly on the lookout for new ideas and programs that get more people involved, inspire philanthropy and power community.

We are a team dedicated to sharing big ideas and visions, innovative strategies and hard work. We love being part of an organization that is creating tangible change.

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President and CEO

President and CEO

“I care about community—its power to bring out the best in us, individually and collectively, and to draw strength from our differences as well as what we share.”


Marla has served as president and CEO of Community First Foundation since 2010. Formerly she was a partner with the law firm of Holme Roberts & Owen LLP (now Bryan Cave), and also served as president and CEO of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado.

She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her A.B. from Indiana University. She grew up in Indiana and has been a proud citizen of Colorado since 1980.

Community Participation:

  • Colorado Association of Funders, Director and past Board Chair
  • Women’s Forum of Colorado, Member and past President
  • SCL Health System, Director and Audit and Investment Committee member
  • Sturm Financial Group, Director and Audit Committee Member
  • The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Honorary Trustee
  • Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, Member and past Board of Governors
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Member and past President

Marla is the recipient of the Mary Lathrop Award (the highest honor bestowed by the Women’s Bar Association). She has also been honored by the Girl Scouts of Colorado as a Woman of Distinction and named Woman of the Year by the Colorado Business and Professional Women’s Association (now Colorado Business Women).


Executive Vice President

Executive Vice President

“I want high-quality health care services to be available to everyone.”


Cheryl assumed the role of executive vice president in 2008 after serving as vice president development and COO at the Foundation since 1997. Her prior experience is in the area of quality improvement and risk management at Lutheran Medical Center, where she was employed for 15 years.

Cheryl served as a fellow in the Regional Institute for Health and Environment Leadership Training Program at the University of Denver. She is a graduate of the Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs, and a graduate of the West Chamber’s Leadership Jefferson County program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in science and management from Regis University.

Community Participation:

  • Colorado Philanthropic Advisors Network, board member
  • Early Childhood Mental Health Funders, member
  • Institute for Leaders in Development, volunteer
  • Denver Homeless Commission, commissioner
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals, Colorado Chapter, member
  • Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable, member
  • National Committee on Planned Giving, member
  • Colorado Association of Funders, member
  • Centennial Estate Planning Committee, member
  • Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, member
  • Jefferson County Community Advisory Board, board member

Cheryl has also served on the advisory council on Adolescent Health for the State of Colorado, the policy council for Head Start, the Denver Drug Strategy Commission, and the Council on Foundations Standards Action Team. She also served on the boards for the Action Center, Seniors’ Resource Center, the Susan M. Duncan Family YMCA and the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver.

Vice President of
Community Impact

Vice President of Community Impact

“I care about the general well-being of my community and the power of mutual aid.” 


Noah joined the Foundation in June 2014 in the newly-created position of Vice President of Community Impact. He comes to the Foundation from the Daniels Fund, where for eight years he served as assistant vice president of the grants program. In that role, he managed a portfolio of grants in areas defined by Bill Daniels: aging, alcoholism & substance abuse, amateur sports, early childhood education, K-12 education reform, ethics & integrity in education, homeless and disadvantaged, and youth development. He has also held leadership positions with El Pomar Foundation and the University of Southern Colorado.

Noah is a native Coloradan and grew up in Westminster. He holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Community Participation:

  • Denver Drug Strategy Commission, mayor appointed commissioner
  • Pueblo Opportunity Fund, donor advised fund trustee
  • Tedx Mile High Conference, community advisory member
  • Community Resource Center, board member
  • Denver Young Nonprofits Professional Network, board member
  • Denver’s Road Home – 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, Resource Allocation Committee member

In 2008, Noah was honored as one of Denver’s top young business leaders in 40 Under 40, a program of the Denver Business Journal.

Vice President of Development

Vice President of Development

“I appreciate all the cultural arts opportunities our community has to offer and I want to see them thrive.”


Vickie joined Community First Foundation in August 2014. Prior to joining the Foundation, Vickie served as Director of Professional Advisor Programs and Senior Philanthropic Planner for The Denver Foundation. Formerly, Vickie was Director of Planned and Endowment Gifts for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Vickie has also held leadership positions with Members Trust Company of Colorado and First Trust Corporation.

Vickie earned her Ph.D in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver’s Graduate School of Public Affairs, an M.S. in Management (Finance) from Purdue University in Indiana, and a B.A. in Economics and Business from Beloit College in Wisconsin.

Community Participation:

  • Centennial Estate Planning Council, member
  • Colorado Philanthropic Advisors Network, board officer
  • Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable, member, past board officer
  • Denver Community Leadership Forum, 1993 graduate
  • Financial Planning Association, member
  • Institute for Leaders in Development, steering committee member
  • Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council, board member
  • Southeast Estate Planning Council, member
  • Society of Financial Service Professionals, member
  • Women’s Estate Planning Council, member
Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer

“My charitable passions are supporting those suffering from poverty and protecting children in difficult/dangerous environments.”


Kenneth Kirwin joined the Foundation in December 2008 after serving as Controller/CFO for the Tennyson Center for Children. He has served in a financial capacity in the nonprofit sector since 1991 at organizations such as Denver Rescue Mission and New Ventures of Regis University.

Ken was raised in Colorado and received a bachelor of science in professional accounting and business administration/ finance from Regis University. He received an M.B.A. in finance at Loyola University in Chicago. He is a certified public accountant.

Community Participation:

  • Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation, board member
  • Knights of Columbus, member
  • Leadership Jefferson County, class of 2010

Ken previously served as board member and treasurer for Smart Energy Living Alliance.