Board of Directors
Seated, from left to right: Matt Tredway, Travis Berry, Donna Faulkner, Maxine Pierce.
Standing, from left to right: Bob McGraw, Hank Windmoeller, Barry Clifford, James Shaffer, Terry Brace, Doug MacGregor, Art Harter, Steve Reynolds, Denise Halligan, David McEntire.
Not pictured: Chance Chase, Jim Christian, Sean Markey, Don Prosser, Gerry Shear, Rob Wright.
Art Harter, a 1978 business graduate of Western, is President of the Foundation Board of Directors. He is Senior Vice President with Morgan Stanley where he has spent over 34 years of his professional career. He has served on the Boards of Colorado SIDS and Eastern Hills Community Church. Art and his wife, Susie, have three children and reside in Centennial, Colorado. Their oldest daughter, Mallory, and son-in-law, Zach, are graduates of Western. The Harters enjoy skiing, traveling, sports, music and riding horses.
Gerry A. Shear, Vice President of the Foundation Board, graduated from Western in 1992 with a degree in Business Administration and Psychology. Gerry earned his M.B.A. in the executive program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and holds the “CCIM” designation. He is the Managing Partner of GENCO Realty Investments and the President of Strategic Realty Services; both companies provide Advisory Services and Asset Management to the Logistics Industry. Gerry is a member of the Entrepreneurs Organization and serves as a board member for FG Enterprises, iAd Media and GENCO Market Place. Active in the community, Gerry has served as a regional officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and as a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters Utah and Currently serves as the Board Chairman for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada. He resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Robert Wright, a 2000 graduate of Western, serves as Secretary of the Foundation Board. He is Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of ReachLocal, Inc. (Nasdaq: RLOC). Prior to ReachLocal, Rob served as Director of Business Development for WorldWinner, Inc. where he was responsible for offering WorldWinner's tournament platform to the Internet's leading game portals, including: Pogo.com, Games.Yahoo.com, Gamesville.Lycos.com, and Shockwave.com. Prior to WorldWinner, Rob was Director of Business Development for LineUp Technologies, a streaming media syndication company. Rob lives in Agoura Hills, California with his wife, Wendy, and daughter Ella.
Henry (“Hank”) D. Windmoeller, a 1973 graduate of Western, serves as Treasurer of the Foundation Board. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Connolly Gallagher LLP, a law firm located in Wilmington, Delaware. Hank's experience includes 15 years as Chief Financial Officer and 7 years as Chief Operating Officer in the legal services industry in the Washington, DC and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. Prior to the legal services industry Hank spent six years in homebuilding and 8 years in public accounting with Arthur Andersen. Hank is a certified public accountant and holds a Master’s degree in Accountancy and Business Administration from the University of Denver Daniels School of Business and completed the Executive Development Program at Georgetown University.
David R. McEntire, a 1980 Business graduate, is Immediate Past-President of the Foundation Board. He is President of Amstar Homes, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and a member of the southern Nevada Home Builders Association and Church at Las Vegas Board of Directors. David is a 30-year veteran homebuilder. He began his career with North American Homes in Colorado, and after nine years expanded into the Las Vegas market. David has been or is currently the Owner, Managing Partner or General Manager of multiple Las Vegas communities. Blessed with 4 children he and his wife, Sarah, split their time between their ranch in Crested Butte and Las Vegas.
Travis Berry, a 1992 graduate of Western, is a partner of Politicalworks and has been involved in lobbying and state and national politics since 1990. Prior to starting Politicalworks he served as Deputy Legislative Director for Governor Roy Romer from 1994-97. In this capacity he helped develop and implement the Governor's legislative agenda. During his tenure he forged strong relationships with members of both sides of the aisle and successfully lobbied on a full range of public policy issues. Travis has held senior positions with numerous statewide campaigns and remains highly active in state and national politics. He has served as Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and as Vice President of the Dutko Group, a Washington, DC lobbying firm. This diverse set of experiences and long history in lobbying and politics has provided Travis with the skills, knowledge and relationships to represent clients effectively before the state legislature and administrative agencies. Travis has forged strong bipartisan ties in the legislature and has a reputation as a talented and principled advocate for his clients.
Terry Brace received his B.A. degree from Western in 1974 with majors in History and Political Science, and his M.A. degree from Western in 1978, as well as earning his Doctoral Degree from California Coast University. He was Superintendent for three school districts in California, and he served as a Principal, counselor, teacher, and coach before then. He was selected to be a member of the National Center for Educational Research and Technology a prestigious national group of superintendents, was a founding member of the Merced Anti-Violence (Gang) Task Force, and served on the California State University Stanislaus Education Doctoral Board, Merced College President’s Circle, and the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Board of Control. Terry has also made presentations at national and regional conferences on improving student achievement, strategic planning, strategic/organizational leadership, and time management. Terry is an active cyclist (racing in mountain bike races), hiker, skier, and recently took up rock climbing. He is currently President and CEO of Brace Leadership Associates, LLC. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Mary (’74).
Chance Chase is a 2010 graduate in Business Administration with an emphasis in Professional Land and Resource Management (PLRM). He is President of Buffalo Oilfield Supply, LLC and also serves as a Vice-President of Mack Energy Corporation, an active New Mexico-based producer of oil and gas. Chance represents the third generation of his family in the oil and gas business and is also active in the agricultural and health care industries. Chance also attended Rollins College where he studied Psychology. He is active with Relay for Life, Leadership New Mexico, the Artesia Chamber of Commerce and currently on the boards of the Chase Foundation and Goal Advocacy, a 501(c)4 dedicated to growing awareness on issues involving Oil and Gas, Agriculture and Liberty. In his free time, Chance is an avid hunter, fisherman, and golfer. He and his future bride, Claire, currently live in Artesia, NM with their three dogs.
Jim Christian is a 1982 graduate of Williams College. He currently serves as President for Strategic Development at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design and Managing Member of Benolivia, LLC. He has served as Managing Director at Anschutz Investment Company; Managing Director at Paribas; and Vice President at Dillon, Read & Company, Inc. He and his wife, Pam, reside in Gunnison, Colorado.
Barry Clifford, one of the world's best known underwater explorers, is a 1969 graduate of Western. A former high school teacher and football coach, Barry started a diving business in the mid-1970s. In 1984, he made world headlines with his discovery of the wreck of the Whydah, the only fully-verified pirate shipwreck ever discovered, and, as such, artifacts from the wreck provide unique insights into 18th century piracy. "Real Pirates" a traveling exhibition of treasures from the Whydah, sponsored by The National Geographic Society, is presently touring the US, while more Whydah treasures are displayed at Barry's museum on Cape Cod. He and his Project Team also discovered five major pirate shipwreck sites off Madagascar; including the Fiery Dragon, the Mocha, Great Mahomet and The Adventure Galley (flagship of William Kidd). For the past several years, Barry has been working to identify the remains of the Santa Maria, the flagship of Christopher Columbus. He is also working on an ongoing archaeological survey project off the Haitian coast that has initially identified four shipwrecks associated with pirate Henry Morgan, including Morgan’s flagship, The Oxford. Barry has authored many articles and books on his explorations and his work has been the subject of television documentaries and features for The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Nova, and The History Channel.
Denise Halligan, a 1978 Western graduate, majored in Business Administration. She is currently an employee of and has been with Colorado Business Bank for the past ten years. Prior to the Bank she was a programmer for US West, and Lockheed Martin. She has served as a board member on Arvada Hockey Association, King of Glory Lutheran Church, and the team manager for Ralston Valley HS Hockey. Her husband Gerry works for United Airlines. They have a daughter living and working in Santa Cruz, CA; a son living and working in the Denver area and a son in his fourth year at Western.
Doug MacGregor is a fulltime resident of the Gunnison Valley (Ohio Creek) having relocated from Austin, TX. A retired Dell executive with nonprofit and venture capital experience, Doug is the Chairman of American Natural Energy Corporation. Doug earned a BA in History at University of Maryland College Park, an MS in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a PhD in Information Science from Kyoto University.
Sean Markey is a 1993 graduate of Western. He earned his medical degree in 1997 from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he also completed his surgical internship and neurosurgery residency. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. Sean has served as the Director of Neurosurgery at Littleton Adventist Hospital and currently serves as the Director of Neurosurgery at Parker Adventist Hospital. He also serves as faculty for a number of medical device companies, which includes ongoing work in the development of new spinal surgery techniques. He has been listed in 5280: Denver’s Mile-High Magazine as one of the city’s top doctors for his work with brain and spine disorders. Dr. Markey currently serves as the Neurosurgical Consultant to the Denver Broncos. Sean is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Colorado Neurosurgical Society, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the Western Neurological Society. Sean and his wife, Kristina, currently reside in Denver, Colorado and have three daughters. Outside of medicine Sean enjoys skiing, biking and automobiles.
Robert McGraw, Jr. is a 1977 graduate of Western. A Certified Public Accountant since 1982, Bob is President of McGraw & McGraw CPA, PC of Westminster, CO. Bob's firm specializes in accounting for small businesses including restaurants, construction companies, and other service industries. The practice also includes the preparation of tax returns, financial statements and small business consulting. Bob is currently licensed in the State of Colorado and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants. Bob has served on the Board of Directors as Audit Committee Chairman for two public companies. Now that both of his sons work for the firm, Bob can spend more time working with nonprofit organizations and other charities. He and his wife, Marjorie, currently reside in Westminster, CO.
Maxine Pierce graduated from Western in 1974 with degrees in Accounting and Business. She went to work in banking, rising to the position of Auditor. She left to pursue further education. She has done volunteer work for various organizations, the most rewarding and humbling being tutoring for the local adult literacy program. Maxine is currently a Trustee of the Topper Foundation. Since her husband’s retirement, Maxine and David have traveled extensively, mostly in pursuit of David's love of racing vintage motorcycles. She spends her time training and showing her two dogs, Bazza and Cooper in agility trials.
Steve Reynolds graduated from Western in 1978 with degrees in Business Administration and Geology. He is Co-Owner and Vice President of Infinity Oil & Gas, Inc., a natural gas and oil exploration company, and is involved in numerous business and commercial real estate ventures. Steve was one of the founders of the Western Professional Land and Resource Management Program and has worked within numerous non-profit organizations. Steve, his wife, Paula, and their three daughters live in Broomfield, Colorado.
James Shaffer, a 1973 graduate of Western, is President of Streetscapes, Inc., a dealer/distributer of furniture and site amenities for public spaces and a pedestrian amenities consultant. Prior to starting Streetscapes in 2005, James was a manufacturer’s representative in the contract furniture industry for more than 25 years. James is actively involved in the Urban Land Institute and is on the advisory board for WalkDenver – a Denver based pedestrian advocacy group. James and his wife, Marilyn, reside in Aurora, CO. James is an avid reader and enjoys photographing petroglyphs and pictographs and riding trains.
Matt Tredway and his wife, Dana, are both 1983 graduates of Western. Steamboat is home, and Matt has been very involved in that community for 26 years. He instructed Math and Science in the public schools as well as coached. Matt and Dana have two daughters that now reside in Nashville, and work together in their own clothing design business. Matt was a student of Western's very first outdoor education semester, and that experience shaped his life. Matt became an instructor for The National Outdoor Leadership School based in Lander Wyoming (NOLS). Later he founded and was the director of Everything Outdoor Steamboat. EOS is designed to give students a chance to experience rock and ice climbing, backpacking, winter mountaineering, 14ers, kayaking, and horse packing. He states, ”There is no greater thrill than to witness a student succeed in a challenge that they were convinced would defeat them.” Climbing is Matt’s passion, and he has been on expeditions around the world, including many of Canada’s high peaks, Denali in Alaska, several peaks in Peru, Kilimanjaro, Cho Oyu in Tibet, and a 2006 Everest bid. Plans include more trips to Nepal, with sites set on Ama Dablam. Matt now heads a construction company, and is a managing partner in a real estate development company. He continues to serve on a variety of boards, including the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. He teaches alpine skiing for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. With a family legacy of promoting Western that dates back to 1963, Matt is excited to carry on the tradition.