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
Cathey McClain Finlon (Chair)
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.
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.
Robert E. Musgraves (Past 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.
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.
Dr. Donna Lynne
Donna Lynne, DrPH, the Chief Operating Officer of Columbia University Medical Center and the CEO of Columbia Doctors. Until early 2019, she was Colorado’s 49th Lieutenant Governor and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this service, Dr. Lynne served as the executive vice president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals while participating in numerous boards and commissions. She is recognized as one of the top women business leaders in Denver and one of the top 25 Women in Healthcare in the nation. Dr. Lynne also spent 20 years working in various positions in New York City government including First Deputy Commissioner at the Office of Labor Relations, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations, and Senior Vice President of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from University of New Hampshire, a Masters of Public Administration from George Washington University, and a Doctor of Public Health from Columbia University. In 2014, Dr. Lynne received an honorary doctorate of public service from the University of Denver, and in 2017 an honorary bachelor of science degree in nursing from Colorado Mountain College. She resides in Denver with her husband and enjoys activities such as climbing all of Colorado’s fourteeners, participating in Ride the Rockies and going on ski challenges around the world. Dr. Lynne has three children and two stepchildren.
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.
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.
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.
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 significant 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.
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.
Ann Alexander Walker (Immediate Past Chair)
Mrs. Walker 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 Officer 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. Mrs.Walker is a graduate of Scripps College and the University of Vermont.
Greg Moore is a retired journalist. He served as editor of The Denver Post for fourteen years and before that as managing editor of The Boston Globe. His award-winning career in the media business spans nearly forty years, covering big-breaking news like the September 11 attacks and Colorado’s Hayman fire. Under his leadership, The Denver Post became the largest daily in the U.S. and was awarded four Pulitzer Prizes. His leadership led to the rebirth of denverpost.com, making it the digital leader of the Rocky Mountain region.
Greg is a founding member of the Cleveland chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and a former member of its board. He also served on the Pulitzer Prize Board as a co-chair and on the board of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and others. He has been an instructor at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and the American Press Institute.
Greg was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists’ New England region and was honored with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Among other honors, he received the Robert G. McGruder Award for Media Diversity and was named Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year. Greg is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University.
Steve Turner, AIA
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Steve is History Colorado’s executive director and the State Historic Preservation Officer. He’s been a part of the organization since 2008 and has been a steadfast leader throughout his career at History Colorado, during which he has led the State Historical Fund and the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation before being named executive director. Believing that historic preservation is one of the strongest ways to honor Colorado’s diverse past, 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 is instrumental in preserving historic assets across the state.
Steve’s passion for historic preservation and professional experience spans several decades and his work includes local, national, and international projects. He has worked as a preservation planner for both the U.S. International Council on Monuments and Sites and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory. He has worked for the National Park Service, Historic Denver Inc., and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation in the Georgia Main Street Program. Steve earned dual master’s degrees in urban and regional planning and architecture from the University of Illinois.