Donna Lynne, DrPH, was sworn in as Colorado’s 49th Lieutenant Governor and Chief Operating Officer. She is widely respected as both a leader in the private sector and an expert in the health field. She has spent 20 years as a senior leader of multibillion-dollar health care companies and spent 20 years before that serving in multiple roles in New York City government. Dr. Lynne has led efforts to address the issues of health care affordability, accessibility, and quality. She launched multiple initiatives to increase accountability and transparency in government and make government services more efficient and effective.
Michael B. Hancock is Denver's 45th mayor. During his time in office, Mayor Hancock and his administration have eliminated the city’s budget deficit, fostered a diverse economy and restored much needed services that were lost during the recession. With a drive toward increasing opportunity for every resident, he has prioritized innovative solutions to investing in the city’s children and youth; increasing mobility options, affordable housing and services for the homeless; supporting economic mobility, entrepreneurs and small businesses; and making government work smarter for residents. Prior to becoming mayor, he served on the Denver City Council for eight years and was President of the Metro Denver Urban League.
Executive Director, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
Stephanie Copeland was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to his cabinet as Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade in January 2017. She joins OEDIT most recently from The Zayo Group, where she served as a president of the communications infrastructure services firm. She was part of a leadership team taking the company public, managing full P&L and operational responsibilities for Zayo’s network services. Previously, she served as chief operating officer at WildBlue, where she was responsible for the operations of the $500 million rural broadband business.
Copeland started her career in sales and quickly established herself as a thought leader. In the early 1990s, she moved to St.Petersburg, Russia to take a management position with Cable and Wireless, establishing a joint venture to bring competitive telecommunications to the region. Copeland moved back to the U.S. in 1994, as part of the team that started MFS International, a company that built some of the first competitive telecom networks in Europe.
Joining the early team at Level 3 communications in 1997, Copeland developed and ran the first transport products for the company in the U.S., Europe and Asia. In 2001, Qwest communications recruited her to run pricing for the company, spanning the consumer, small and large business segments. She remained at Qwest for ten years until the sale of the company to Centurylink, holding several leadership roles including the vice president of marketing and the vice president of the small business segment.
Copeland holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois in German and Commercial studies. She completed post graduate courses at the University of Paderborn in Paderborn, Germany.
Copeland serves as a board member for the Colorado Broadband Deployment Board and the Colorado Workforce Development Council. Copeland is a Blackstone Entrepreneur, and is an advocate and supporter of women in business, serving as a mentor to support women across the communications industry. She was named Fierce Telecom’s top women to watch in 2015.
Stephanie oversees a host of divisions, initiatives and programs tailored to support business development throughout the state of Colorado. The office includes Global Business Development, Colorado Tourism Office, Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, Colorado Small Business Development Center Network, Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media, Minority Business Office, Colorado Creative Industries, and the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN).
June Taylor was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper in April 2015 as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration (DPA) and State Personnel Director. In this dual role, Taylor is responsible for management of the State’s Human Resources, Central Services, and the Office of the State Controller. She also oversees other statewide programs, including Administrative Courts, the Office of the State Architect, Colorado State Archives and the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program.
DPA provides centralized human resources, information, tools, resources and materials needed for the State of Colorado government to function. The Department creates and administers the rules that govern the State’s 33,000+ classified employees, as well as their compensation and benefits. It also provides the infrastructure by which the rest of State government operates. The programs and services provided by DPA are vitally important to the efficient and effective operation of State government. Taylor previously served as Senior Manager of Culture, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Programs for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, managing all equal opportunity, affirmative action and diversity programs for the national business operations.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Taylor spent more than a decade as an attorney with the federal government, litigating complex cases in the areas of energy, telecommunications and employment law. She also served in multiple leadership roles for the Federal Communications Commission, including chief of staff where she was responsible for bureau operations which included policy, outreach and mediating consumer complaints and inquiries within the Commission.
Taylor has been in senior leadership for 16 years in three distinct industries. She is a member of the Colorado Asian Pacific American Bar and a 2013 recipient of a Lockheed Full Spectrum Leadership Award. She graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of New Mexico, and earned her JD from the University of Denver College of Law.
Aerospace and Defense Industry Champion, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
Jay Lindell serves as the Aerospace and Defense Industry Champion at the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Jay's role is to develop the aerospace and defense industry economic sector for Colorado. In that role, he works with local, state, and federal government, research and development institutions, trade associations, and business to develop a vibrant business climate to maintain, sustain, and grow aerospace and defense business in Colorado. Jay engages in business development initiatives across the state of Colorado to include aviation, cybersecurity, space, and unmanned air systems.
Jay joined the Office of Economic Development and International Trade in November 2013. Prior to his current position, Jay operated a consulting business for aerospace and defense where he worked with major defense business across the United States. Jay previously served in the Air Force for over 33 years after graduation from the Air Force Academy in 1978. He retired as a Major General on 1 January 2012 with his last assignment to the Pentagon serving under the Air Force Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, as Capability Director, Global Power Programs.
Jay has developed, connected, and been a catalyst for a dynamic and thriving aerospace ecosystem in Colorado. His work has led to many aerospace defense companies expanding and growing in Colorado where Colorado now ranks as second in the nation in direct aerospace employment. His leadership for the Government Affairs Aerospace Forum and State Legislative Aerospace and Defense Caucus as resulted in more informed federal and state elected officials to actively support aerospace in Colorado. In 2015, Jay was selected by the Colorado Space Business Roundtable as the Cosmic Contributor who has best promoted the growth of aerospace and defense related industry in Colorado.
Rosy Aburto McDonough has been a business consultant and mentor throughout her professional career. McDonough has extensive experience as an independent consultant for the Colorado SBDC office in the Disaster Recovery, Connect2DOT, and general financial consulting programs state-wide. She is also an affiliate faculty at Regis University Dual Language Program, where she teachers strategic management, business sustainability, and accounting. She is the former Associate Director of the Denver Metro SBDC and lead finance consultant and trainer in the areas of strategic management and operations, financial analysis and funding sources, personal and business credit, and business development. She facilitated Leading Edge Programs, financial literacy, QuickBooks, and principles of accounting courses for various SBDC’s throughout the state.
Rosy achieved her bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science (Applied Mathematics) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Her graduating dissertation was Risk Management. Rosy completed an MBA with emphasis in Finance and International Business at the University of Colorado at Denver. She has entrepreneurial spirit and as a result has owned several businesses throughout her life. Her latest initiative, a credit reporting agency serving the mortgage lending and property management industries nation-wide in the U.S., and various Latin American markets. Her banking experience includes community development, specialty/minority markets, corporate relations, credit analysis, lending, and business banking.
Rosy was born and raised in Mexico providing her with a deep sense of biculturalism. She spends most of her free time with her three girls and husband. Her home is a tri-lingual and culturally diverse household with special interest in learning languages and diverse Chinese and Latin cultures and traditions.
John Chapman is the State Purchasing Manager for the State of Colorado. In his role, he oversees the management of over 180 state price agreements, which are contracts for commonly used goods and services for all state agencies, state institutions of higher education, local governments, political subdivisions and certified nonprofit entities. The categories of state price agreements include body armor, computers, copiers, facilities MRO, office supplies, healthcare products, software, vehicles and more.
Assistant Small Business Liaison Officer, Procurement Services, Colorado State University
Adriann LaRue grew up in the northeast and moved west after graduating with a B.A. from the University of Maine. She spent time working in non-profit legal assistance and the Utah State Courts before moving to Colorado. In 2015, Adriann was hired on in Procurement Services at Colorado State University. She has worked as a purchasing agent with commodities including athletics, events, advertising and study abroad. Adriann is currently the Assistant Small Business Liaison Officer, promoting the University’s goals in spend diversity.
Julie DeGolier has spent a lifetime in staffing, literally. Her mother founded Job Store in 1974 and Julie would go to the office with her mother as a small child and play in the waiting room. Julie grew up with Job Store as part of their family history. After getting her BA in Marketing and a Minor in Psychology from Colorado Start University, Julie took a sales job at Allnet Communications, a telecom company. After selling telecom, Julie’s mother Dorothy wanted that sales energy and focus in her business. She hired Julie in 1991 and they worked together at the Job Store for many years with Julie selling and Dorothy on the operations side. In 2012, Julie purchased the business from her mother and she retired. Job Store continues to grow and is ranked as one of the largest independent staffing companies in Colorado. Julie sits on the board of TempNet – a national association of top, independent staffing companies and she is active in her community.
Trudi is the Senior Purchasing Agent for Arapahoe County Government. She is responsible for all aspects of purchasing including but not limited to request for proposals, invitation to bid, and requests for quote. As the lead Purchasing Agent she manages complex technical and analytical duties involved with the research, analysis and acquisition of specialized equipment, materials, services and supplies, including Capital Improvement Projects. She promotes the most effective and efficient use of County funds in the acquisition process as well as evaluates market conditions and trends, developing purchasing specifications and arrangements, which are communicated to requesting departments.
Prior to Arapahoe County, Trudi was the buyer for the Supply Chain organization within Newalta. She was responsible for all aspects of equipment and service procurement including but not limited to request for proposals, invitation to bid, request for quotes as well as managing all freight shipments. She worked as a liaison between Engineering and Project Management to ensure all procurement is timely and accurate based on project plans. She also provided contract administration to create Master Services Agreements with identified vendors.
Prior to Newalta, Trudi was with the Douglas County School District, in positions as Senior Buyer and Buyer. She was responsible for all aspects of purchasing including contract administration for complex technology solutions, furniture, fixtures, custodial supplies, office supplies, printing services and management of classified staff. She also served as liaison between construction and planning principals for new school construction including but not limited to furniture, fixtures and equipment planning, defining the furniture, fixtures and equipment budgets, as well as coordination of deliveries upon completion of construction of a new school. She served as a District agent in business transactions to ensure a best value was obtained for the procurement of commodities and services necessary for school district operations.
Trudi has over 20 years of Purchasing, Procurement and Supply Chain experience including both private and public sector, offering a unique blend of sourcing experience.
Trudi earned a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Management as well as Marketing from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.
Ilene has worked to build InLine into one of the largest and most respective media services agencies in the Rocky Mountain region. In fact, she was instrumental in InLine being named a 2014 Colorado Companies To Watch by Colorado Business Magazine. In 2013 and again in 2014, under Ilene’s supervision, InLine was awarded an AFME (Advancing Field Media Excellence) Award for the agency’s emphasis on strategic thinking and thought leadership at the local level. Ilene uses her experience to approach every media campaign with the unparalleled ability to root out and deliver clients’ messages in extraordinary ways.
Her work for such clients as Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Colorado QuitLine & Web Hub, El Paso & Mesa County Public Health’s Tobacco Prevention, Education & Cessation Grant Programs, LiveWell Colorado, Goodwill Industries of Metro Denver and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Colorado & Wyoming Chapter show the extent of her experience. She enjoys working on initiatives that truly benefit the people of Colorado and it shows.
In her free time, Ilene enjoys spending time in the mountains, riding bikes, cheering on the Denver Broncos and traveling to far and away places. Ilene has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations and a minor in Business Communications from Boston University.
Holly Hammel began her career with CDOC in April 1999 in the Accounts Payable Department. In 2005, she was promoted to supervise both the Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable
Departments. She was later promoted to the Business Operations Manager for CDOC’s Business Office in 2013, supervising AP, AR, the PCard Coordinator and the Administrative staff for CDOC’s Controller. In 2016, she was again promoted to supervise the Purchasing Department for CDOC.
Barb Musick is the Supplier Diversity Liaison for the State of Colorado. A public sector professional who believes in the greater good, she enjoys working with vendors, state and local governments, and nonprofits to help maximize the state’s procurement process.
Before joining the Department of Personnel and Administration earlier this year, Barb spent nearly eight years in the Department of Local Affairs, where she worked with small local governments and nonprofits, helping them leverage demographic and economic data for planning and grants.
Prior to joining the State of Colorado in 2009, Barb worked in communications, marketing and corporate branding with industry-leading companies. She has a Master of Business Administration from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from New Hampshire College.
Although she is part of the 57% of Coloradans born in another state, she loves Colorado and considers it her forever home. She lives in Denver with her menagerie of rescue and foster dogs and cats.