Mission

CBCA works to advance Colorado’s creative economy by connecting business and the arts. We accomplish our mission through year-round advocacy, research, training, and arts engagement efforts.

History

In 1984, Denver developer John Madden, Jr. brought together a distinguished, forward-thinking group of Colorado business leaders who believed in the importance and value of arts and culture. Inspired by David Rockefeller’s national Business Committee for the Arts, an organization of business leaders committed to demonstrating corporate social responsibility by supporting the arts formed in 1967, CBCA was created in 1985 with the mission to educate, motivate and recognize business support for and participation in the arts in Colorado. CBCA remains a successful membership organization of leading Colorado companies and individuals that have a philanthropic commitment to the arts. CBCA was awarded the Denver “Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts” in 2010. CBCA is an affiliate of Americans for the Arts.

Board of Directors

Mark Davidson, Board Chair

Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Doug Scheetz, Treasurer

Tax Partner, EY

Bill Baldwin

Managing Principal, Cresa

Wayne Barrett

Vice President & Market Officer, Prologis

Jim Johnson

President & CEO, GE Johnson Construction Company

Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA

Dean, College of Arts & Media, University of Colorado Denver

Bob Keatinge

Of Counsel, Holland & Hart

Kathy Kranz

Chief Financial Officer, Pinnacol Assurance

Barbara Lewis

Partner, LewisGraham Art Consultants

Maureen McDonald

Senior Director of Community Benefit and Relations, Kaiser Permanente Colorado

Sacha Millstone

Senior Vice President, Investments, The Millstone Evans Group of Raymond James & Associates

Brent Pickett

Senior Vice President, Metro Denver Bank of the West, Bank of the West

Dan Prather

Managing Partner & President, DualDraw

Chris Ross

Vice President, Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, U.S. Bank

Allison Hamilton Scheck

Marketing & Community Relations Manager, City of Lakewood

Pauline Herrera Serianni

Liz Tillotson

Associate Attorney, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Staff

Deborah Jordy

Executive Director

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Deborah’s vision and commitment to our arts community has led CBCA since 2004. Deborah is on the National Board of Directors of Americans for the Arts and is a former chair of their national Private Sector Council. She also currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and the Denver Theater District. Formerly, she was co-chair of the Create Denver Advisory Committee and an Executive Board member for the Colorado Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund. Deborah has served as a Commissioner for the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs and as a board member of the Colorado Nonprofit Association and Arts for Colorado. Prior to joining CBCA, Deborah was Executive Director of the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and led the Cherokee Ranch and Castle Foundation. Before that, she served as Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art for the Denver Art Museum. She was recognized by both the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District and the El Pomar Foundation during her tenure at the Arvada Center. In 2014, she was presented with the DAM Contemporaries’ Key Award for her years of service to the Denver Art Museum and the regional arts community. Deborah frequently gives presentations regarding the arts and economic development to local, national and international audiences.

Diane L Stahl

Membership & Development Manager

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Diane L Stahl brings an abundance of experience in various arts and business sectors to her role as Membership & Development Manager. With an early career in nonprofit fundraising, Stahl directed the membership development program at the Downtown Denver Partnership for ten years. She then founded and owned a successful urban design-build landscaping company and garden retail shop in the Golden Triangle. Stahl is a cultural arts community volunteer and advocate, master gardener, and watercolorist.

Meredith Badler

Program Manager

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Meredith is thrilled to be at CBCA, combining her passion for arts & culture with her knowledge of the private and nonprofit sectors. Meredith oversees and coordinates all of CBCA’s programs, including Leadership Arts and alumni activities, Colorado Attorneys for the Arts, monthly cultural events for CBCA members, the annual Business for the Arts Awards and the biennial Economic Activity Study. She also manages CBCA’s social media communications. Formerly, Meredith worked as a nonprofit strategy consultant and in patron services for Curious Theater Company. Meredith graduated cum laude from Smith College with a BA in Comparative Literature and French Studies. In her limited free time, she is President of the Smith College Alumnae Club of Colorado and a regional Alumnae Admissions Coordinator for the mountain states. Meredith serves on the Executive Committee for Cross-Cultured, an multidisciplinary collaboration to increase awareness and participation in the arts for Denver’s young professionals. You can chuckle at her on stage at the Bovine Metropolis Theater and other local venues where she performs long-form improv comedy.

Committees

Executive Committee (Board)

Mark Davidson

Kathy Kranz

Chris Ross

Allison Scheck

Doug Scheetz

 

Finance Committee (Board)

Doug Scheetz, Chair

Dan Prather

 

Marketing & Communication Committee (Board)

Pauline Herrera Serianni, Chair

Bob Keatinge

Sacha Millstone

 

Policy & Governance Committee (Board)

Kathy Kranz, Chair

Barbara Lewis

Sacha Millstone

Pauline Herrera Serianni

 

Events Committee (Board)

Allison Scheck, Chair

Brent Pickett

Dan Prather

 

Development & Resource Committee (Board)

Maureen McDonald, Co-Chair

Chris Ross, Co-Chair

Barbara Lewis

Pauline Herrera Serianni

 

Colorado Attorneys for the Arts Advisory Committee

Dave Ratner, Chair

Cecily Cullen

Mark Davidson

Lisa Gedgaudas

Bob Keatinge

 

Leadership Arts Alumni Network Advisory Committee

Meredith Hutson (Leadership Arts 2011-2012), Chair

Hilary Cantor (Leadership Arts 2014-2015)

Bob Keatinge (Leadership Arts 2008-2009)

Theresa Keatinge (Leadership Arts 2010-2011)

Dixie Malone (Leadership Arts 2005-2006)

Jim Neely (Leadership Arts 2011-2012)

Maura O’Neal (Leadership Arts 2013-2014)

Dierdre Wilson (Leadership Arts 2011-2012)

 

Leadership Arts Alumni Network Events Committee

Meredith Hutson (Leadership Arts 2011-2012)

Hilary Cantor (Leadership Arts 2014-2015)

Teresa Chamberland (Leadership Arts 2015-2016)

Christy Costello (Leadership Arts 2015-2016)

Peter Dearth (Leadership Arts 2014-2015)

Hermine Kallman (Leadership Arts 2014-2015)

 

LAAN Cultural Leadership Award Committee 2016

Sarah Hogan (Leadership Arts 2011-2012), Chair

Talia Ballinger (Leadership Arts 2005-2006)

Peter Dearth (Leadership Arts 2014-2015)

Bethany Gorlin  (Leadership Arts 2014-2015)

Jennifer Leitsch (Leadership Arts 2012-2013)

Chip Mitchell (Leadership Arts 2011-2012)

Jim Neely (Leadership Arts 2011-2012)

David Thomson (Leadership Arts 1997-1998)

Jake Whitted (Leadership Arts 2012-2013)