Fundraising Board

The Playworks Colorado Fundraising Board is a group of change-makers who believe in the power of play and are active ambassadors for Playworks. These playful professionals contribute their personal time to share the mission of Playworks: to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.

 


Trever Ackerman


Chief Marketing Officer
Fitness Connection USA

Currently the Chief Marketing Officer of Fitness Connection USA, Trever is a veteran of the Fitness, Health & Wellness industries bringing more than 20 years of experience to Playworks. He has been involved with the non-profit organization in a variety of capacities since 2007. His proven methodology of identifying opportunities for scalable and predictable revenue growth and differentiating brands through consumer and market insights have helped create category-leading brands throughout his career.

He is passionate about building high-performing teams, helping people move more on their terms, and providing opportunities to give back to our communities. Trever holds an MBA from Georgia State University and a BSBA from the University of Denver.

 

Tom Brinegar


Vice President & CFO
Peak Resources 

Tom Brinegar is the Chief Financial Officer for PEAK Resources, Inc. and is responsible for management of all financial, administrative and operational functions at PEAK.  PEAK Resources is an innovative technology and systems integrator focused on the next generation of Data Center designs. Mr. Brinegar has been employed and a part-owner of PEAK since January 1, 1994.  Prior to that time, he was employed at Capital Associates International in Boulder and Lakewood, CO holding a variety of positions including public and private equity syndications, fund management and contracts.

Mr. Brinegar is an alumnus of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation programs including Leadership Denver, Colorado Experience and Access Denver.  He serves as a member of the DMCLF Alumni Advisory Council.  Additionally, Mr. Brinegar serves as the Board Chair of PEBC (Public Education Business Coalition), is the President of the Board of the Colorado Nonprofit Loan Fund, is a member of the Advisory Board for Colorado Succeeds, is a member of the Playworks Colorado Board and is a member of the International Advisory Board at the CU Real Estate Center.  Mr. Brinegar also serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Charter School Institute as re-appointed by Governor Jared Polis

Mr. Brinegar attended the University of Colorado, Boulder where he received a Bachelor in Science in Finance.  He is a native of Colorado and graduated high school from Grand Junction High School.

 

Dorian Brugger


Digital Engagement Manager, Vice President 
U.S. Bank 

Dorian is the Digital Engagement Manager and Vice President for the Mountain Region of U.S. Bank, overseeing Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City.  She works with a team in Minneapolis to drive digital adoption and partner with market leadership to promote the digital strategy and roadmap. Dorian serves on the U.S. Bank Women of Denver Board as the acting Treasurer. Dorian began her career 12 years ago as a teller in the downtown Denver Market and has held multiple roles within the branches.

Dorian grew up in Bozeman, MT, and moved to Colorado upon graduating from high school to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dorian graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and History. Unlike many that graduate with a degree in this field, Dorian wanted to follow her passion in Human Rights and be involved with an NGO on social issues. U.S. Bank has allowed Dorian to remain involved in many nonprofits and community organizations that help to improve the community that she lives in. Dorian enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family in her free time.

 

Heidi Cooley


Chief Marketing Officer 
Crocs

As Vice President of Global Marketing at Crocs, Heidi oversees brand, marketing, and communications worldwide. Prior to joining Crocs, Cooley was Vice President of Marketing at Sports Authority where she was first introduced to Playworks and the Power of Play.

She is a marketing executive with a proven track record in developing and delivering customer-centric integrated marketing strategies that enhance brand perception and relevance, improve customer conversion and loyalty, and drive ROI for billion-dollar brands. Heidi has a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University Global and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles. Heidi lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband and two daughters.

 

Rick Cord


Vice President of Strategy and Business Development
Makeena

Rick Cord has enjoyed a diverse professional background that has spanned a variety of roles, industries, and geographies. Since 2011 he has served as the Vice President of Partnerships and Marketing at the USA Pro Challenge—the largest professional cycling event in North America and single largest spectator event in the history of the State of Colorado. Rick’s business (and sports) career began in 1991 when he worked in sales, marketing, and operations with the (NBA) Denver Nuggets and later the (NHL) Colorado Avalanche. After five years he left the sports world to pursue an International Business degree that would lead him to his second career in the technology industry. For 14 years Rick worked with several Fortune 500 telecommunications, networking, and software companies in roles such as business/partner development, project management, M & A, operations, sales, and marketing. His time in technology also afforded him the opportunity to work extensively in building international partnerships in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. With a strong affinity for sports and Colorado, he was eventually drawn back to Denver in 2010 where soon thereafter he began working with the USA Pro Challenge.

Rick is a longtime proponent of sports as an aspect of youth development— fostering basic skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, and a positive work ethic.  He also has a great passion for international travel and photography, having spent time in nearly 50 countries and territories—his passport and camera always at the ready.

Rick earned an MBA in International Business (Finance & Spanish) from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Colorado.

 

Lynne Craig


Senior Account Director
Fruition

Lynne Craig is a Senior Account Director with Fruition, a digital marketing agency, and has over 15 years of marketing experience across multiple industries, including healthcare, e-commerce, hospitality and nonprofit. Lynne is passionate about building strong partnerships with her clients, ensuring deliverables are being met across every vertical, and developing creative, data-driven digital solutions. Lynne’s robust experience in account management has equipped her with an innate ability to anticipate client needs and proactively identify solutions, which helps her move the needle for her clients’ business and grow their digital presence.

Lynne is celebrating 20 years in Colorado, after moving here from Chicago. Lynne’s passions extend outside the office through her involvement as a Board Member for Playworks Colorado, fly fishing in Salida, baking her way through Pinterest, and hanging with Stan-the-dog man and her husband, Jim Kiernan.

 

Nicole Jura


Senior Manager 
Moss Adams 

Nicole is a Certified Public Accountant and Senior Manager of Assurance at Moss Adams, LLP.   Nicole has over 10 years of public accounting experience at Moss Adams, providing audit services to a wide variety of companies mostly within the manufacturing, technology, and service industries. Prior to Moss Adams, Nicole worked at JDS Professional Group, focusing on the nonprofit sector. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Metro State University.

Nicole grew up in the Denver suburbs and now lives and her husband John and their two young children in a historic neighborhood in central Denver. They spend much of their free time visiting neighborhood parks and local restaurants. Being a parent has made Nicole realize the need for an organization such as Playworks, and she is proud to be working with this organization.

Tiffany Koptish


Tiffany is a digital marketing expert with a broad skill set in performance marketing, influencer outreach and program development. Equipped with a strong background in technology, SaaS, digital media and consumer packaged goods. Tiffany works on the Facebook Reality Labs business driving growth for their Portal and Oculus products.

Tiffany has been with Playworks since 2016 helping grow the impact of healthy play in her community.  She lives in Denver with her husband, two kids and three dogs.  She is passionate about the interweb, international travel [28 countries & counting] and puppies.

 

Joe Magner


NubesSoft Inc.  

Joe Magner is currently a General Manager and leads overall business development efforts for Darcy Partners. Joe spent the majority of his career before joining Darcy providing investment advice to institutional investors and conducting equity research on the U.S. oil and gas industry for several prominent energy-focused investment banks including Petrie Parkman, Tristone Capital, and Macquarie Capital.

Joe and his wife Katie are proud parents of two kids, Sadie and Reid. In addition to his role on the Playworks Colorado fundraising board, Joe is a volunteer with the Winter Park Ski Patrol and sits on the finance committee at Stanley British Primary School. Joe enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his family, skiing, flyfishing, cycling, and playing golf. Joe earned his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his M.S. in Finance from the University of Denver and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.

 

Mark Peterson


Market Manager 
Silicon Valley Bank

Mark is a Managing Director in Silicon Valley Bank’s Colorado office. He serves as a banking partner for technology, life science, and clean technology companies of all stages in the Bank’s Pacific Northwest and Southwest regions. Mark is part of the Bank’s Structured Finance team that specializes in providing creative debt and banking solutions for some of the world’s most innovative companies.

Mark is a native of Colorado having grown up in Aurora. He is a graduate of the University of Denver where he obtained his Bachelor of Science and Business Administration with a focus in Economics. Mark enjoys time with his family and friends, participating in community and outdoor events, and local sports teams.

 

Jesús Rodríguez


Deputy Chief Academic Officer
Dallas Independent School District

Dr. Jesús G. Rodríguez is the Deputy Chief Academic Officer at the Dallas Independent School District. He was born in Denver, Colorado and before his recent move to Dallas, Texas, Dr. Rodríguez served as a Teacher, Principal, and Instructional Superintendent in the Denver Public Schools and most recently as Executive Director of The BUENO Center for Multicultural Education in the School of Education at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He earned a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education at the University of Northern Colorado, a Master’s in Educational Equity & Cultural Diversity at the University of Colorado Boulder, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the University of Denver. Dr. Rodríguez’s mission in life is to positively impact the lives of young people through education at scale. Additionally, for six years as a school leader, he had the opportunity to see the positive impact that a partnership with Playworks can have on students at Lena Lovato Archuleta Elementary School (2010-11) and Trevista at Horace Mann (2013-2018).

 

Erin Tatar


Senior Vice President
Fidelity Investments 

Erin is a Senior Vice President within Fidelity’s Workplace Consulting business, serving on the Health & Welfare benefits consulting leadership team. With over 25 years of benefits consulting experience, she is focused on expanding Fidelity’s capabilities around the evaluation and improvement of workforce health and well-being, and the delivery of high-value health care plan benefits. She also provides strategic guidance for health & welfare consulting client relationships.

A native of New Mexico, Erin earned a B.A. in economics and managerial studies from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She moved to Denver with her family in 2005 in order to get back to lifestyle and culture of the mountain West, and currently enjoys hiking, camping and traveling the world with her husband and two teen daughters.


If you are interested in learning more about the board, please contact Andrea Woolley at andrea.woolley@playworks.org or 720.259.1029.

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