Board and Leadership

History Colorado is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and an agency of the State of Colorado under the Department of Higher Education governed by a board of directors.

Below are brief biographies of the nine members appointed by the Governor to the Board of Directors of History Colorado following the passage of SB 15-225

Board of Directors

Robert E. Musgraves (Chair)

Mr. Musgraves is the past President & Chief Operating Officer (North America) for Titanium Metals Corporation, one of the world’s largest suppliers of titanium and titanium metal parts. He was previously a partner in the Denver office of Kirkland & Ellis, an international law firm. His other board service includes Historic Denver, Inc., Colorado Preservation, Inc., and HistoriCorps, along with the boards of several small, privately held companies. Mr. Musgraves is a graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law.

Tamra J. Ward (Vice-chair)

Ms. Ward is currently the Chief External Relations Officer at the Denver Zoo. She is the Founder and President of Ward & Associates LLC, a Denver public affairs consulting firm. Tamra was previously President & CEO of Colorado Concern, a statewide business advocacy organization. Her other past and present board service includes Mile High United Way, Komen Foundation of Colorado, ARC Thrift Stores, the State Board for Community Colleges & Occupational Education, and the Porter Adventist Hospital Foundation. Ms. Ward is a graduate of Baylor University.

Ann Alexander Pritzlaff (Immediate Past Chair)

Ms. Pritzlaff is a consultant working in the areas of historic preservation, public lands, heritage education and tourism outreach and policy. Ann previously served as the State Historic Preservation Office for the State of Arizona. She is an appointee to the State Historic Preservation Review Board for Colorado and was previously a Presidential appointee to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. She has been honored by numerous organizations for her work in the field of historic preservation. Her other board service includes the University of Colorado’s Center for the American West and the National Western Stock Show Association, as well as serving on the advisory board for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Ms. Pritzlaff is a graduate of Scripps College and the University of Vermont.

Marco Antonio Abarca

Mr. Abarca is the President & Owner of Ready Foods, Inc., a family-owned Denver custom food processor and purveyor of food products to restaurants nationwide. Marco grew up in North Denver and is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Latino Leadership Institute. He previously served as a member of the board of Latinos for Education Reform, KIPP Colorado, ACLU of Colorado, Colorado Enterprise Fund, and Historic Denver, Inc..

Cathy Carpenter Dea

Ms. Carpenter Dea is a General Partner of Five Star Energy, LLC.

She is a Trustee for the Western Stock Show Association and is Past Chair and current Senior Advisory Member for the Coors Western Art Show Exhibit and Sale. She served on the 30-person Business Plan Committee for Denver’s new National Western Center. She worked in the securities industry for over 20 years specializing in public finance, institutional bond sales, and branch management with positions at Boettcher & Company, George K. Baum, and Smith Barney. Ms. Carpenter Dea is a CSU alumnae and lifetime horse lover. As an ambassador to CSU’s equine programs, she envisioned and executive produced the documentary Horse Sense, showcasing CSU’s world-renowned equine programs and their efforts to advance equine and human health while celebrating the ancient connection between humans and horses. Carpenter Dea also worked closely with Rocky Mountain PBS on the production of the 2016 Emmy-nominated film History of the National Western Stock Show.

Cathey McClain Finlon

Ms. Finlon is the retired owner and Chief Executive Officer of McClain Finlon, a Denver advertising agency, as well as past President of the Denver Art Museum. Cathey has served as chair of the boards of Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement, and the Denver Advertising Federation. She currently chairs Denver Scholarship Foundation. Her other board service includes the Denver Art Museum, Denver Public Schools Foundation, Colorado Outward Bound, National Repertory Orchestra, Alliance for Contemporary Art, World Trade Center, and the American Association of Advertising Agencies. She has also served on the advisory boards of the University of Denver Daniels College of Business and the Center for Colorado’s Economic Future at the University of Denver. She was named to the prestigious Colorado Business Hall of Fame and has received the Del Hock Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Finlon is a graduate of the College of Wooster (Ohio) and Penn State University.

Rick Pederson

Mr. Pederson is chair of the Advisory Committee and a partner in Bow River Capital Partners, a Denver private equity firm, and the Chair of Foundation Properties, Inc., a Denver-based real estate management and consulting firm. Rick also serves as an advisor to investment funds sponsored by the Pauls Corporation. His board service includes Westcore Mutual Funds, ALPS ETF Trust, Principal Real Estate Income Fund, Biennial of the Americas, National Western Stock Show Association, Winter Park Recreation Association, and the Urban Land Conservancy. Mr. Pederson is a graduate of the University of Denver, the University of Denver School of Business, and the University of Denver School of Law.

Alan Salazar

Mr. Salazar is Chief of Staff for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and was Chief Strategy Officer/Director of Policy, Research and Legislative Affairs for Governor Hickenlooper. For the governor he oversaw overall strategic planning and direction; managed policy and legislative staff; established a policy agenda and negotiated legislative compromises with Republican and Democratic legislators; and served as a senior advisor on matters of policy, politics, and communications. A fifth-generation Colorado native, Salazar has 30+ years of experience on the staffs of former U.S. Sens. Gary Hart, Tim Wirth, and Mark Udall and former Gov. Roy Romer, and senior roles in the campaigns of President Bill Clinton and candidate Hillary Clinton. Salazar graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder.

Christopher W. Tetzeli
Mr. Tetzeli is an owner and President of 7S Management, a music management firm located in Denver. Chris was previously a Manager at Red Light Management, the largest independent band management firm in the world, and was a founder of ATO Records. His other board service includes the Denver Film Society, Wish of a Lifetime, and The Horizon (Colorado Academy). Mr. Tetzeli is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

Dr. Donna Lynne

Dr. Donna Lynne, DrPH, is lieutenant governor and chief operating officer of the State of Colorado. Prior to being sworn in at lieutenant governor, Dr. Lynne was a leader in the private sector, expert in the health field, and held various government positions in New York City. Dr. Lynne is passionate about education and Colorado’s youth through her former work with the Colorado Education Initiative, Denver Public Schools Foundation, and Teach for America-Colorado and is an avid outdoor enthusiast who has climbed all 53 of Colorado’s “Fourteeners.”

Ellen S. Roberts

Ellen S. Roberts is an attorney in Durango, Colorado specializing in water law and an independent project consultant working on forest health and watershed protection issues in Southwest Colorado. Roberts is a former board member of History Colorado and served 10 years in the Colorado General Assembly, including two years as Senate President Pro Tempore. In addition to her strong interest in Colorado history, Roberts is passionate about Colorado’s forestry, land and water as past chairwoman of the Wildfire Matters Review Committee and Water Resources Review Committee and a former seasonal park ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Stephen F. Sturm

Stephen F. Sturm is managing director of Sturm Group, Inc. and co-managing director of the Sturm Family Foundation. In addition to his work in real estate and investment management, Sturm has signification nonprofit, fundraising and grant management experience through his work with the Sturm Family Foundation and various board and committee positions at the University of Denver and other local nonprofits. A lifelong history lover, Sturm is also a founding member of the advisory committee for History Colorado’s upcoming podcast series.

Dr. Albert C. Yates

Dr. Albert C. Yates is president emeritus of Colorado State University. After completing a 35-year career in higher education as a professor and administrator, Dr. Yates has consulted on public policy matters, leadership and management through many of his associations with public boards, commissions and community leaders. Dr. Yates is also currently an advisor to the Bohemian Companies in Fort Collins, Colorado, and board member of Catalist, LLC, Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado, and the Colorado Forum, a statewide policy roundtable.


Steve Turner, AIA
Executive Director
Email or 303-866-2776

Mr. Turner’s has worked with History Colorado since 2008. During that time he led the State Historical Fund and the Office of Archeology and Historic Preservation. He helped administer more than $91 million in preservation grants over his tenure. He also helped lead the effort to expand the state’s preservation tax credit, which has been instrumental in preserving historic assets across the state. Steve’s professional experience spans several decades and his work includes local, national, and international projects. After earning dual master’s degrees in urban and regional planning and architecture from the University of Illinois, he has worked as a preservation planner for both the United States / International Council on Monuments and Sites and the United States Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory. His other professional experience includes working as a historic architect for the National Parks Service and as the executive director of Historic Denver Inc.