Board of Directors

Standing, from left to right: Peter Birkholz, Matt Tredway, Terry Brace, Steve Jaquith, Hank Windmoeller, James Shaffer, Art Harter, Brian Johnson, Don Jackson and Chance Chase. 
Seated, from left to right: Rob Wright, Travis Berry, David McEntire, Denise Halligan and Bob McGraw.
Not pictured: B.J. Beal, Jim Christian, Barry Clifford, Doug MacGregor, Sean Markey, Maxine Pierce, Steve Reynolds, Gerry Shear and Mark Stewart.

The Officers

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, a 1992 graduate of Western, is the Vice President of the Foundation Board.  He is the Managing Partner of GENCO Realty, which is the Real Estate Division of GENCO, one of North America’s largest, and a Global Top 25 third-party logistics provider. Mr. Shear is a member of the Industrial Asset Management Council, the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute and the Entrepreneurs Organization. Active in the community, Gerry is a director for the United Way of Southern Nevada and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada. Gerry holds a B.S. (Business Administration) from Western, an MBA from University of Nevada Las Vegas and the CCIM designation. He resides in Las Vegas with his wife, Jenny.

Robert Wright, a 2000 graduate of Western, serves as Secretary of the Foundation Board. Rob currently serves as Co-Founder and CEO of Bungalow Clothing, a disruptive online clothing retailer. Before Bungalow, Rob served as 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 World Winner'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 33-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.

The Board

Barry “B. J.” Beal, Jr. is currently the General Manager of BTA Oil Producers.  BTA Oil Producers is a family owned and operated oil and gas exploration and production company formed in the 1949.  B. J. graduated with a Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University in 1985.  He began his career with ARCO Oil and Gas.  Since 1987, B. J. has been a partner/owner of BTA Oil Producers.  He has served as a board member and president of COM Aquatics, Midland Children’s Rehabilitation Center, and a member for the Petroleum Investment Committee of Stanford University. He has also served as a board member of numerous other organizations and schools in the Midland area. B. J. and his wife, Cliffy, have four children and reside in Midland, Texas.

Travis Berry, a 1992 graduate of Western, is a partner of Political works and has been involved in lobbying and state and national politics since 1990. Prior to starting Political works, 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.

Peter Birkholz graduated from Sam Houston State University with a BBA in 1975 and a MBA in 1976. For twenty-five years, Peter was a sports promoter, television announcer and television producer. After selling his sports franchise, he taught Management and Marketing courses for three years at the University of Houston at Clear Lake and then taught for another ten years at Sam Houston State University.  Peter also served on the first Sam Houston State University Alumni Board, the Rotary Club of Huntsville and the Board of Trustees for the Boys and Girls Club of Houston. Currently Peter is the managing partner of the Sam Houston Group, LP which is a real estate partnership that owns commercial property in Huntsville, Texas. Peter has a home on the Taylor River in Almont, Colorado and also resides in Huntsville.  Peter and his wife, Kaye, have five boys and four grandchildren.  He enjoys writing and has just published his first book, When Wrestling Was Rasslin'.

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; he was a founding member of the Merced Anti-Violence (Gang) Task Force; and he 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 wife, Claire, currently live in Artesia, NM with their three dogs.

Jim Christian is a 1982 graduate of Williams College. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors and President for Strategic Development at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design and member of the Board of Directors of telecom services company, Affinitiy Holdings, Inc. 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. "Real Pirates," a traveling exhibition of treasures from the Whydah sponsored by The National Geographic Society, is 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. 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 is a 1978 Western Business Administration graduate.  Currently a Commercial Lending Specialist for Colorado Business Bank.  Prior to CoBiz Bank, she was a computer programmer for DST Inc., US West, and Lockheed Martin.  She has volunteered on the board of the Arvada Hockey Association, King of Glory Lutheran Church and is active with the local schools. She lives in Arvada with husband Gerry; has a daughter in graduate school at UNLV, a son living and working in the Denver area, and a son who is a recent graduate of the PLRM Program from Western.

Don Jackson graduated summa cum laude from Western in 1980, and cum laude from Baylor Law School in 1983, where he was a member of the Baylor Law Review. Currently, Don is Managing Partner of the Ware, Jackson, Lee and Chambers law firm in Houston, Texas. Previously, he was a partner at Ware, Snow, Fogel and Jackson, and an associate and then partner at Vinson and Elkins. Don began his career as a Briefing Attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas. Named a Texas Super Lawyer (2003-2013), a Top 100 Lawyer in Houston (2011, 2013) and a Best Lawyer in America, Don is board certified in personal injury trial law and civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. An associate in the American Board of Trial Advocates, he is also a member of the Houston Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, American Board of Trial Advocates and Texas Bar Foundation, as well as the author of numerous articles, papers and presentations.

Steve Jaquith is a 1983 graduate of Western. Steve started his long and successful career in the airline industry at Trans-Colorado Airlines before joining Continental Airlines, where he held a range of management and leadership positions across the country. Currently, Steve is the Managing Director of the Denver Hub and Colorado Region for United Airlines, Inc., managing all company-related activities in the airline's fourth largest hub. While attending Western, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Steve participated in student government, served as Concert Director for the student body, and was a Residence Hall Advisor and Director. Married, with two daughters and a six-year old son adopted from Russia, Steve enjoys sports, reading, music, travel and spending time with family and friends.

Brian Johnson is a 1980 Western graduate with undergraduate degrees in Geology with a Business minor. He completed a Master of Science degree in Mineral Economics & Finance at the Colorado School of Mines. After spending the last 14 years in Australia and the United Kingdom, Brian has re-located to the US to set up a limited liability company called Sheldon Kye Energy, focused on energy infrastructure project development and advisory. Previously, Brian was Executive Director of the Energy & Utilities advisory team in Melbourne at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Prior to PwC he was based in the UK where he was a Director & Senior VP at Caminus (NASDAQ) leading a team providing strategy and risk management advisory services, along with risk management software solutions, to the energy and utilities industries throughout Europe. Prior to Caminus, Brian was a Director at Oakvale Capital in Sydney, providing energy & mining clients with financial/treasury and strategic risk management advisory services for a range of Australian corporations. Starting his career as a Petroleum Geologist, Brian has also held management and leadership positions at the New York Mercantile Exchange and Colorado Coal and Coke.

Doug MacGregor is a fulltime resident of the Gunnison Valley (Ohio Creek). 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 Ph.D. 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. Sean 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 the President of McGraw & McGraw CPA and a 1977 graduate from Western.  A practicing Certified Public Accountant since 1982, his firm specializes in accounting for small businesses, personal and corporate tax planning / preparation as well as small business consulting.  The firm is led by Bob and run in conjunction with his two sons, serving clients across Colorado.  Bob is 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.  He has served on the Board of Directors for multiple publicly traded companies as Audit Committee Chairman as well as on the boards for several nonprofit organizations.  Bob resides in Westminster, CO with his wife, Marjie.

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 Walk Denver – 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.

Mark Stewart, a 1979 graduate in Geology, has worked 34 years for Schlumberger Technology Corporation and is currently serving as a Sr. Account Manager in Denver, Colorado.  Since graduating, Mark has worked in numerous locations including: Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Boston, Dubai, Aberdeen, Luanda and Paris.  Helping to extract oil and gas from new shale plays, Mark can say without hesitation, that Western State provided an excellent education -comparable to any large name university.   As such, Mark is both very loyal to and proud of his Western education – grateful for the many opportunities it created. Married for 28 years, Mark and LaTricia are extremely proud of their two daughters, one attending Texas Tech University and the other at Louisiana State University.  Residing in Parker, Colorado Mark’s hobbies include cycling, fishing, reading and operating two small agricultural ventures in Colorado.

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.