We are led by a group of community-minded, passionate go-getters who will never stop searching for more answers or innovative ways to strengthen our community.

We are honored to have these volunteer leaders at our helm. They are passionate about what we do and why we do it and they never forget our community is counting on us. Officers and Committees >

Aaron Azari

Executive Vice President
Colorado State
Bank and Trust
Aaron Azari

Executive Vice President
Colorado State
Bank and Trust

"I care about the ability and freedom of each person to achieve their full potential."


Aaron joined the Board of Directors at Community First Foundation in January 2018, previously serving on the Foundation’s Governance Committee.

Aaron brings over 37 years of experience as a Trust Officer and Wealth Advisor. He is currently an Executive Vice President at Colorado State Bank and Trust. Previously, he led the Wealth Division for Colorado State Bank where he helped expand community access to professional trustee services across Colorado and into Wyoming.

Aaron attended Colorado State University and the University of Colorado. He holds an M.S. degree in Finance.

Community Participation:

As a resident of Arvada, Aaron served the City of Arvada for nearly 20 years as a Planning Commissioner, and then an elected City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem. He also is a member of the Denver Lions Club, Susan M. Duncan Advisory Board (YMCA of Metro Denver), and Colorado Bankers Government Relations Committee. He also serves on the following boards and committees.

• Jefferson County Housing Authority, Vice Chairman - Current
• Community First Foundation Governance Committee, Community Committee Member - Current
• Children’s Hospital Legacy Planning Advisory Council, Member - Current
• The Denver Foundation Professional Advisory Board, Member - Current
• Denver Estate Planning Council, past President and Current Member – Current
• Colorado State Bank and Trust Foundation Board, Member – Current
• International Society of Trust and Estate Professionals, Member - Past
• Lutheran Medical Center Foundation, Vice Chairman - Past
• National League of Cities, Finance and Intergovernmental Relations Committee – Past
• Kids in Need of Dentistry - Past

David Bomberger

Chief Investment Officer
Pinnacol Assurance
David Bomberger

Chief Investment Officer
Pinnacol Assurance

"I care about leadership development and education, particularly for college students."


Dave joined the Board of Directors at Community First Foundation in January 2015. He also serves as a Member of the Finance and Investment Committee.

Dave currently serves Pinnacol Assurance as the Chief Investment Officer and has held that position since 2012. He has more than 35 years of experience guiding large investment portfolios. His responsibilities as Chief Investment Officer include managing Pinnacol’s investment portfolio for maximum return, while ensuring its risk, quality and duration.

A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Dave holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Community Participation:

  • Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado, Board Member
  • Pinnacol Foundation, Board Member

Elycia Cook

President and CEO
FRIENDS FIRST
Elycia Cook

President and CEO
FRIENDS FIRST

"I care about assuring that our most vulnerable populations have a voice and/or someone always advocating for their protection, fair treatment, equal rights and access to opportunities."


Elycia joined the Board of Directors at Community First Foundation in January 2017 after serving on the Foundation’s Community Impact Committee that oversees its grantmaking. She is the executive director of FRIENDS FIRST, a nonprofit that mentors teens to make positive life choices and develop healthy relationships.

Elycia has more than ten years of experience working with positive youth development programs in the nonprofit sector, managing multiple federal, local and state grants and million-dollar budgets. Her diverse employment history also includes strategic planning, business development, sales, corporate training, teaching, event planning and cross-cultural relations in the business sector.

Elycia received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Marketing from Wayne State University. She lived and worked in Japan for more than eight years.

Community Participation:

  • Cherry Creek STARS Mentoring Program, founder, 2009 – 2015
  • Jack and Jill Incorporated South Suburban Chapter, member, 2013 – present
  • Mentor Colorado, committee member, 2014 – present; conference committee member, 2016
  • My Brother’s Keeper, City and County of Denver Office of Children’s Affairs, 2015 – present
  • Colorado Christian Fellowship Children’s Ministry, leader, 2012 – 2014

 

Janet Heck Doyle, Esq.

Retired CEO and President
Kramer Junction Company
Janet Heck Doyle, Esq.

Retired CEO and President
Kramer Junction Company

"I care about ensuring the highest quality of life for all Coloradans by providing tools they need to succeed personally and professionally."


Janet joined Community First Foundation’s Board of Directors in February 2012.

Janet is former President and CEO of Kramer Junction Company and KJC Operating Company, the former manager and operator of the world’s largest commercial solar energy generating plants. She ran for Colorado State Representative in 2014 and in May 2016 completed her second term as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Evergreen Parks and Recreation District, a Colorado special district.

One of the more recent boards she has joined includes At Home in Evergreen, an affordable housing advocacy organization. Janet is also part of the leadership team that organized the Emergency Shelter Program, a severe weather shelter network to serve people experiencing homelessness in the mountain foothills area.

Previously, Janet was a lawyer in Washington, D.C., at Potomac Capital Investment Corporation and Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman). She specialized in corporate and securities transactions.

Doyle received her B.A. at New College in Sarasota, Florida, and her M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling and J.D. Magna Cum Laude at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Doyle has been a Member of the Bar in Colorado, New York and the District of Columbia.

Community Participation:

  • At Home in Evergreen, Board of Directors and Treasurer, 2016 - present
  • Evergreen Rotary Club, Board of Directors, 2015 - 2016 and member 2014 - present
  • Behavioral Treatment Services, Board of Directors, 2016 - 2018
  • Evergreen Park and Recreation District, Board of Directors, 2007 – 2016
  • Evergreen Music Festival, Past President and Board Member 2007 – 2013

Kelly Dunkin

President and CEO
Kelly Dunkin

President and CEO

“I care about people and believe in the power of philanthropy to help amplify voices and support action that will make a positive difference in the community.”


Kelly Dunkin joined Community First Foundation as President and CEO in February 2019. Previously she worked for a variety of nonprofit, business and social impact organizations. These include 11 years at The Colorado Health Foundation in Denver, where she grew into the role of Vice President of Philanthropy, and 10.10.10, where she served as National Director. 10.10.10 is a project of Colorado Nonprofit Development Center and inspires entrepreneurs to solve 10 “wicked” social problems.

Kelly also served as a consultant for businesses, nonprofits and social impact startups as well as projects in Lima, Peru, where she developed her Spanish language skills.

Kelly’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts in English from Miami University, an Elementary Education Licensure from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Community Participation:

  • Yes on Initiative 301 (Caring for Denver), Volunteer, 10/18 – 11/18
  • Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care’s Inspiration Award, Community Champion, 2015
  • Downtown Denver Partnership, former Denver Civic Ventures Board
  • Colorado Association of Funders, former Board Treasurer
  • School-Based Health Alliance, former Board Chair

Joy S. Johnson

Community Advocate
Joy S. Johnson

Community Advocate


Joy joined the Board of Directors at Community First Foundation in January 2017 after serving on the Core 40 Leadership Group for the Foundation’s Innovators Society, a program accelerating new solutions for mental wellness. She brings expertise in business and experience as a community volunteer and philanthropist.

Joy’s philanthropic efforts have focused on children and women’s healthcare, educational reform and personal self-sufficiency. As a community volunteer, Joy serves on the Executive Committee of Children’s Colorado Hospital and chairs its community and economic benefits committee focusing on population health and health disparities.

Previously, Joy worked in the U.S. Senate and later as a lobbyist in her hometown of Washington, DC. She enjoyed a successful career as an institutional trader on Wall Street as vice president of the New York financial firm of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.

Joy received her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Colgate University and her Master of Business Administration at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Community Participation:

  • Children’s Colorado Hospital, board and committee member, 2003 – present
  • Colorado Children’s Campaign, board member, 2010 – 2016
  • Children’s Colorado Foundation, past chair and other roles, 1999 - 2012
  • The Madeira School, investment committee member, 2012 – present
  • Constellation Philanthropy, investment committee member, 2016
  • Denver Art Museum Foundation, investment committee member, 2004 – 2014
  • The Denver Foundation, human services committee and investment committee member, 2004 – 2013
  • Children’s Colorado Foundation, board member, 1999 – 2012
  • Get Smart Schools (Now Catalyst), founding board member and chair, 2008 – 2012
  • Rose Community Foundation, child and family development committee member, 2005 – 2011
  • The Women’s Foundation, board, committee member and chair, 1999 – 2006
  • Urban Peak, board member, 2003 – 2006

 

Russell W. Kemp, Esq.

Attorney Ireland Stapleton

Vice Chair
Community First Foundation
Russell W. Kemp, Esq.

Attorney Ireland Stapleton

Vice Chair
Community First Foundation

"I care about Colorado being a state that welcomes, supports and provides opportunity for all."


Russell joined the Board of Directors at Community First Foundation in January 2016 after serving as a Community Committee Member on the Foundation’s Governance Committee. He currently is the Vice Chair of the Board and serves on the Audit and Compliance, Finance and Investment and Executive Committees.

Russell is an attorney at Ireland Stapleton in Denver where he has practiced law since 1998. He represents clients in business deals and disputes and in estate planning and probate. Russell has a passion for creating connections and partnerships between nonprofits serving the Denver community.

Russell received his J.D. at University of Denver Sturm College of Law and his A.B. at Dartmouth College.

Community Participation:

  • WorldDenver, Founding Board Member and past Chairman
  • Rocky Mountain Regional Board of Advisors of the Institute of International Education
  • The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, PEP Club
  • DU Sturm College of Law, Officer of Alumni Council

Russell was past Board President of Habitat for Humanity of Metropolitan Denver, past Trustee of Metro Denver YMCA, and past Chairman of Downtown Denver YMCA.

Brian Larson

Regional President FirstBank
Brian Larson

Regional President FirstBank

“I care about increasing access to quality education and affordable housing, so everyone—no matter their background—can achieve their full potential.”


Brian Larson joined Community First Foundation’s Board of Directors in January 2019.

Brian is the Denver Metro Regional President of FirstBank, overseeing 35 branches and 584 employees. He began his FirstBank career in 1990, serving many leadership positions, such as Executive Vice President of Loan Operations and President of the Boulder Market.

Brian holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota Morris in business economics with a minor in speech communications. He is also a graduate of the National Graduate School of Compliance in Oklahoma and the Graduate School of Banking in Wisconsin.

Community Participation:

Below is a sampling of Brian’s involvement over the years.

  • Mission Medical Clinic – Board Member
  • Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado, Inc. – Board Member
  • American Red Cross, Pikes Peak Chapter – Board Member
  • Graduate School of Banking (Madison, Wisc.) – Advisory Board Member
  • Arapahoe House/Recovery Foundation – Board Member
  • Memorial Hospital Planned Giving Committee – Advisory Board Member
  • Community Food Share – Investment, Audit, and Executive search committees & Board Chair

Shelley A. Marquez

Senior Vice President
Community Relations Senior Manager
Wells Fargo
Shelley A. Marquez

Senior Vice President
Community Relations Senior Manager
Wells Fargo

"I care about the community and helping improve the quality of life for low income individuals and families."


Shelley joined the Board of Directors at Community First Foundation in January 2016.

Shelley is Senior Vice President and Community Relations Senior Manager at Wells Fargo. She manages the community development and philanthropy teams across 11 states. Marquez and her team are responsible for community outreach, stakeholder engagement, charitable contributions, reputation activities and asset-building work across the Well Fargo enterprise.

Shelley has 35 years of experience in financial services and has been with Wells Fargo for more than 25 years. Prior to her current position she was part of Wells Fargo's Business Banking Group where she developed an extensive lending experience.

In 2012, Shelley received an Outstanding Women in Business award from the Denver Business Journal.

Community Participation:

  • Housing Colorado, Board Member
  • Asset Funders Network, Board Member
  • Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, Bank On Advisory Board
  • Habitat for Humanity Metro Denver, past Board President
  • Mile High Community Loan Fund, past Board President and Member
  • Colorado Enterprise Fund, past Board President
  • City and County of Denver, Housing Task Force
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas, Community Development Advisory Council, past advisory member

 

Ron Meyer, M.D.

Retired Community Pediatrician
Pediatrics West
Ron Meyer, M.D.

Retired Community Pediatrician
Pediatrics West

"I care about empowering families to become healthy and fully functional."


Ron joined the Board of Directors at Community First Foundation in January 2016.

He is a Clinical Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. His conducted office-based teaching in his community from 1972 until his retirement in 2012. He also taught previously at The Children’s Hospital and at Denver General Hospital.

He regards the opportunity to have been intimately involved in the lives of his pediatric patients, families and staff as the most rewarding aspect of his career.

Ron received his B.A. at Columbia College and received his M.D. at Albany Medical College.

Community Participation:

  • Lutheran Medical Center Foundation, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 2010
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow
  • Pediatrics West P.C., President, 2001 – 2009
  • Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado, Career Teaching Scholar, 2004
  • Preceptor, “Foundation of Doctoring,” 2001 - 2004
  • Volunteer, E-Z Care Clinic, Jeffco Action Center, 2001 - 2003
  • Attending Pediatrician, Hospice of St. John, 1986 - 1992

Jerry Paul, CFA

Senior Vice President
of Fixed Income &
Portfolio Manager
ICON Advisers
Jerry Paul, CFA

Senior Vice President
of Fixed Income &
Portfolio Manager
ICON Advisers

"I care about the improved quality of life that nonprofits bring to Colorado."


Jerry joined Community First Foundation’s Board of Directors in October 2011.

Jerry is a senior investment management executive with more than 40 years of investment management experience. He is currently Senior Vice President of Fixed Income and Portfolio Manager at ICON Advisers. He was previously a founder and managing partner at Essential Investment Partners, LLC, a wealth management advisor, and Quixote Capital Management, LLC, a boutique investment firm. In addition, he has worked at companies such as INVESCO Funds Group, Stein Roe & Farnham, Inc., and Century Life of America. He was recognized by Morningstar as their Fixed Income Manager of the Year.

He received his B.B.A. at the University of Iowa and M.B.A. at the University of Northern Iowa. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Community Participation:

Jerry is a former member of the Denver Health System Finance Committee,  the  Denver Southeast Rotary Club, the Iliff School of Theology Institutional Advancement Committee, the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services Investment, and the Lutheran Family Services Foundation Investment Committee.

Hereford Percy

Retired President
FirstBank North
 
Treasurer
Community First Foundation
Hereford Percy

Retired President
FirstBank North
 
Treasurer
Community First Foundation

"I care about improving the quality of life for all segments of our community."


Hereford joined Community First Foundation’s Board of Directors in March 2014. Currently retired, he served as President of FirstBank North for twenty years. Hereford attended Louisiana State University and received a degree in business.

Community Participation:

  • Jefferson County Board of Education, former Member
  • 2010 recipient of The Jefferson Foundation’s Norma Anderson Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2015 Inductee in the YMCA of Metro Denver Hall of Fame

Hereford has served on boards of numerous organizations, including the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, the Arvada Economic Development Association, the Duncan Family YMCA, Independent Bankers of Colorado, Westminster Building Authority and the North Metro Arts Alliance.

Emily S. Robinson

Chief Operating Officer
FirstBank
 
Chair Emeritus and Secretary
Community First Foundation
Emily S. Robinson

Chief Operating Officer
FirstBank
 
Chair Emeritus and Secretary
Community First Foundation

"I care about K-12 education and the availability of resources to improve financial literacy among teenagers and young adults."


Emily has served on Community First Foundation’s Board of Directors since October 2010.

Emily has served as Chief Operating Officer since February 2017 after serving as Regional President and Executive Committee Member for FirstBank since 2015. She has filled various officer positions at the bank since 1993.

Emily received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Mississippi State University and a Graduate Degree in Banking from the University of Colorado’s Graduate School of Banking.

Community Participation:

  • El Pomar, Denver Metro Regional Council, member

Emily formerly served on the boards of numerous organizations, such as the State of Colorado Banking Board, the Jefferson Foundation, Arvada Economic Development Association, Seniors' Resource Center, Clinica Campesina Family Health Services and West Chamber of Commerce Serving Jefferson County.

Penfield W. Tate III

Attorney
Penfield W. Tate III

Attorney

"I care about about differently-abled people being able to fully participate in society, safe, affordable housing and a community that supports and works for all people."


 

Penfield joined the Board of Directors at Community First Foundation in January 2017.

He is an attorney with expertise in public finance and municipal law. He has wide-ranging experience representing public entities, lenders and underwriters engaged in the process of financing public improvements and advising local and state government on their administrative responsibilities.

Penfield formerly served as a state legislator in both the Colorado Senate and House of Representatives. Additional roles in his work history included executive director of the Colorado Department of Administration for former Governor Roy Romer and aide to former Denver Mayor Federico Pena.

Penfield received his J.D. at the Antioch School of Law and B.A. from Colorado State University.

Community Participation:   

  • Denver Water Board, president
  • Sam Cary Bar Association, member
  • Ability Connection of Colorado (formerly Cerebral Palsy of Colorado), board member
  • State of Colorado Banking board, former board member
  • Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, former board member
  • Five Points Community Center, former board member
  • Bell Policy Center, former board member
  • Metropolitan State College of Denver Foundation, former board member

Robert Urwiler

Retired
Chief Information Officer
Vail Resorts, Inc.
Robert Urwiler

Retired
Chief Information Officer
Vail Resorts, Inc.

“I care about the advancement of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education to develop our future workforce”


Robert joined the Board of Directors at Community First Foundation in January 2016.

In 2018 he retired from his role as Chief Information Officer at Vail Resorts.  He has been in the technology-enablement field for over 30 years and has previously held CIO roles at Macromedia, Inc. and Peregrine Systems, Inc.

Robert received a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University’s School of Engineering and Computing and a Master’s Degree in Technology Management from Mercer University’s Stetson School of Business and Economics.

Community Participation:

  • Colorado Technology Association, Board of Directors/Tech talent Council Member, 2016 - 2018
  • 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Organizing Committee, Member
  • The CIO Executive Council, Founding Member

Lynne D. Valencia

Community Member
Chair, Community First Foundation
Lynne D. Valencia

Community Member
Chair, Community First Foundation

"I care about education and equal access."


Lynne joined Community First Foundation’s Board of Directors in March 2014.

She recently retired as Director of Strategic Partnerships at Denver7/KMGH. Previously she served as Vice President Community Relations at 9NEWS for 18 years. Prior to that she worked at CBS4 for eight years.

Lynne earned her B.A. in Communications at the University of Colorado and Masters of Special Studies in Communications from the University of Denver.

Gaye Woods

System Director
Community Benefit
SCL Health
Gaye Woods

System Director
Community Benefit
SCL Health

"I care about improving health equity and leveraging social determinants of health to alleviate some of society's chronic health challenges."


Gaye joined the Board of Directors of Community First Foundation in January 2018.

Gaye serves as the System Director of Community Benefit at SCL Health. She leads operations to positively impact the overall health of SCL Health communities, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations. Prior to this, her experience includes leadership roles in program management, strategy, community engagement and compliance with companies such as Centura Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical and OSA Partners. Over her 14 year career, her work has been recognized by the Clinton Foundation, American Public Health Association and the Dell Foundation.

Gaye received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management - Northwestern University and BA degree from Texas Tech University.  Her certifications include: the Robert Woods Johnson Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, Motivational Interviewing and Mental Health First Aid.

Community Participation:

  • Joseph Hospital Foundation – Board of Trustee member (2017 – present)
  • The Catholic Health Association – National Community Benefit Board member (2016 – present)
  • The Women’s Foundation of Colorado - Board of Trustee member (2011 – 2017)
    • Girls Leadership Program – Chair (3 years)
    • Governance Committee – Secretary (1 year)
    • Development Committee – (3 years)
    • Marketing Committee – (2 years)
  • Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce – Board of Trustee member (2012 – 2015)
  • Colorado Chapter – The Link’s Inc. – member (current)