Metro Region

Counties:  Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Jefferson

Cities:  Aurora, Castle Rock, Golden, Denver, Lakewood

The Metro Council’s commitment to middle school education led to the funding of several exceptional schools and organizations in the region. Through program grants and general operating support to schools and non-profits as well as direct tuition assistance to students, the Metro Council is championing middle school student success. In 2018, The Council began to explore ways to improve mental health in middle schools, and in 2019 funded a group of organizations that have distinguished themselves as innovators and tireless advocates for middle school students.

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Meet Our Regional Council Members

William “Bill” Ward is Vice Chair of El Pomar Foundation. He is the retired President of Ward Transport, Inc., a family-owned trucking company, and is a past Chairman of the American Trucking Association. Bill’s activity in the nonprofit sector includes serving as Chair of the Colorado College Board of Trustees. In that capacity, he was actively involved in a record-setting capital campaign of $93 million and provided leadership during a successful presidential transition. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of Denver Seminary, twice serving as its Chair.

Bill grew up in Pueblo and attended Colorado College, graduating in 1964 with a bachelor's in political science. He received a juris doctor from the University of Colorado in 1967.

William Ward

Vice Chairman, El Pomar Foundation

Kyle Hybl currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for El Pomar Foundation and General Counsel for The Garden City Company. He joined El Pomar Foundation in 2000, and served as Chief Operating Officer from 2013 – 2019. Kyle is Chairman Emeritus of the University of Colorado System, a board he served on from 2007-2018. In 2018, Kyle was appointed as a member of the Air Force Civic Leaders Program. Kyle currently serves as Chairman of Police Foundation of Colorado Springs and Corporate Secretary for Junior Achievement, USA. He also serves on the Boards of Directors for American Council of Young Political Leaders, Broadmoor World Arena, Employers Council, Exponential Impact and National Cybersecurity Center.

Kyle earned bachelor's and juris doctor degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is a former Air Force Captain and Judge Advocate.

Kyle H. Hybl

President and Chief Executive Officer, El Pomar Foundation

General Charles “Chuck” Jacoby, Jr. (Ret.) has over 36 years of leading military, government and international organizations. He has commanded at all levels in airborne infantry and joint assignments from company to combatant commander. Following corps command, Chuck served as the Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy, J5 of the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he led planning for coalition and NATO operations in Libya and assisted in the Middle East Peace Process. He also served as the U.S. Military Representative to the United Nations. In his final assignment, Chuck served as the first Army officer to command the North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) and US Northern Command. General Jacoby has served as a Trustee of El Pomar Foundation since 2015.

General Charles H. Jacoby, Jr., USA (Ret.)

Trustee, El Pomar Foundation

Bob Manning is a Founder and Managing Principal of M2P Capital LLC, a Denver based private equity firm. He is a Trustee for the Metro Regional Council and a member of the El Pomar Investment Committee. Bob is also a Trustee of Colorado College and a Trustee and past Chairman of the Denver Area Council of Boy Scouts. He is a Director of FirstBank and Cheyenne Capital Fund. Bob is a graduate of Colorado College and lives in Denver.

Bob Manning

Trustee Emeritus, El Pomar Foundation

Ashley Buderus is a Consultant with the Aspen Leadership Group. ALG is the national leader in advancement search that was recently named to Forbes’s list of America’s Best Recruiting Firms for 2019. She has worked in the field of advancement for over 15 years, most recently serving as the Chief Executive Officer for Quarterly Forum, a non-partisan, nonprofit leadership organization that educates and empowers Colorado’s most influential community leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Ashley earned her bachelor’s degree in international business from the University of Denver and her master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University.

Ashley Buderus

Consultant, Aspen Leadership Group

Toti Cadavid, a native of Colombia, is President of U-Fulfilled, providing executive and life coaching, training and speaking services. Previously, Toti was a seasoned multicultural communications strategist with far-reaching experience in both domestic and international arenas. After a successful career in corporate America, she launched and, until 2012, led Xcelente Marketing, a top-notch Hispanic marketing agency. Toti currently sits on the boards of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Health Foundation, Denver International Airport Management Advisory Council and Junior Achievement.

Toti Cadavid

President, U-Fulfilled

David Card worked as the Director of Development for Regis Jesuit High School from 1999 to 2003, before returning in 2016 as President. Prior to his return to RJHS, David served as President of Escuela de Guadalupe, a dual language Catholic grade school in northwest Denver from 2003 to 2016. David became a Trustee of Regis Jesuit High School in June 2015 and continues to serves as an ex-officio member. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado at Denver and an undergraduate degree in political science from Regis University.

David Card

President of Regis Jesuit High School

Craig Harrison is Managing Director of Teton Partners, a holding company focused on natural resource and water investments. Prior to forming Teton Partners, Craig co-founded and sold Hydro Advisors – a water infrastructure firm, HouseFront – a real estate technology company, US Capital – a financial services firm, and Scout Cleaning & Maintenance – a residential and commercial cleaning company.

Craig serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Denver. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Denver Art Museum’s Petrie Institute of Western American Art, the Advisory Committee for the Coors Western Art Exhibit, and the Board of The Center for Expeditionary Economics.

Craig received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Denver.

Craig Harrison

Managing Director, Teton Partners

Rebecca Holmes began her education career as a teacher in Denver’s Cole Neighborhood and she is a proud alumna of Colorado’s public school system. She is a graduate of Yale University, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Prior to joining the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), Rebecca worked as the Senior Program Officer for the Gates Family Foundation. Rebecca also served as the Associate Commissioner for Innovation, Choice, and Engagement at the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), in addition to completing the El Pomar Fellowship. As the CEO of a public charter school network she helped serve over ninety percent low-income students. Rebecca has also worked in the private-sector, and brings experience in change management, talent strategies and organizational design.

Rebecca Holmes

President and CEO of Colorado Education Initiative

Tanya Mares Kelly-Bowry serves as Vice President of Government Relations at the University of Colorado. CU President Bruce D. Benson chose her to lead the university’s efforts to increase funding at the state and federal levels, and the CU Board of Regents confirmed her appointment on Oct. 7, 2008. Kelly-Bowry previously served as the Associate Vice President of State and Federal Relations for the CU system.
Kelly-Bowry has more than 20 years of advocacy experience, having lobbied on behalf of higher education, human services and health care issues in Colorado and Washington, D.C. She earned bachelor’s degrees in international affairs and political science at CU-Boulder and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University as a Colorado Trust Fellow. Kelly-Bowry also studied at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as a member of the senior executives in state and local government.

Tanya Kelly-Bowry

Vice President of Government Relations, University of Colorado

Emily Robinson currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for FirstBank. She has worked with FirstBank for the past 25 years, also serving as regional president and president of the Arvada and West Markets. Emily was appointed in 2011 by Governor Hickenlooper to serve on the Colorado State Banking Board, and has an extensive history of community involvement, including her current role as Board Chair of Community First Foundation.

Emily received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mississippi State University and received a graduate degree in banking from the University of Colorado’s Graduate School of Banking.

Emily Robinson

COO, FirstBank

Walker Stapleton's roots run deep in Colorado, as his family has been actively involved in Colorado since the early 1900s. Prior to being sworn in as Colorado’s 43rd state treasurer January 2011, Walker served as chief executive officer and chief financial officer of various private and publicly traded companies. He served as the 56th Treasurer of Colorado from 2011 to 2019. Walker’s community service includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver and is also a member of the Denver Southeast Rotary Club.
Walker graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts and holds a graduate degree in business economics from the London School of Economics and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

Walker Stapleton

Former Colorado State Treasurer

Debbie Ward is a professional real estate broker. Previously, Debbie spent 10 years as a product development manager in the financial services industry and seven years at The Broadmoor Hotel. Debbie currently serves on the Board of Book Trust. Debbie served as Board Chair for Mile High United Way, was a member of the Associate Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters and served on the Jackson National Community Fund Advisory Board.

Debbie is a Colorado native with an undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in business administration, with a specialization in finance, from the University of Denver.

Debbie Ward

Vice President, Ward Enterprises

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Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation