Board of Directors

The Officers

Rob Wright

Robert Wright

President

Robert Wright, a 2000 graduate of Western, serves as President of the Foundation. Rob is the 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 WorldWinner’s tournament platform to the Internet’s leading game...Read more

Terry Brace

Terry Brace

Vice-President

Terry Brace received his BA degree from Western in 1974 with majors in History and Political Science, and his MA 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,...Read more

Valerie Hastings

Valerie Hastings

Secretary

Valerie Hastings is a 1983 Western graduate, has over 32 years of experience in Accounting, Tax and Business consulting. After receiving her Western degree in Accounting, Valerie then proceeded to get her Certified Public Accountant certificate and is licensed to practice in the State of Colorado. She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants. When she is not working in t...Read more

Gerry Shear

Gerry Shear

Past President

Gerry Shear is a 1992 graduate of Western. Gerry holds a BS (Business Administration) from Western, an MBA from University of Nevada Las Vegas and the CCIM designation. In his free time he enjoys hiking, skiing, traveling with his family and he is an avid sports car racer. Gerry resides in Las Vegas, Nev.  

Bryan Tutor

Bryan Tutor

Treasurer

Bryan Tutor is Chief Operating Officer at RS Investments, a global investment management firm based in San Francisco. Prior to joining RS Investments, Bryan was Senior Vice President of Strategy, Finance and Operations at Guardian Life Insurance Company of America in New York. Beginning his career as a consulting actuary for both PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte and Touche, Bryan has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. ...Read more

 

The Board

Travis Berry

Travis Berry

Travis Berry, a 1992 graduate of Western, founded Politicalworks in 2002 and has been involved in lobbying and state and national politics since 1990. Prior to starting Politicalworks 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 is...Read more

Peter Birkholz

Peter Birkholz

Peter Birkholz graduated from Sam Houston State University with a BBA in 1975 and an MBA in 1976. For 25 years, Peter was a sports promoter, television announcer and television producer. After selling his sports franchise, Peter taught Marketing and Management courses for three years at the University of Houston at Clear Lake and then taught for another 10 years at Sam Houston State University. He also served on the first Sam Houston State University Alumni Board, the Rotary Cl...Read more

Paul Franco

Paul Franco

Paul Franco, graduated from Western in 1986 and majored in Finance. He is currently a Certified Financial Planner for Ameriprise Financial. Paul resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.  Paul says, "Attending Western was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  I learned my greatest life lessons as a result of WCU and living in the Gunnison Country.  I am honored to have the opportunity to give back to the University that made such a difference in my life."

Denise Halligan

Denise Larson Halligan

Denise Larson Halligan, a 1978 Western graduate, majored in Business. She currently works in Commercial Lending for Colorado Business Bank in Downtown Denver. Previously, she was a computer programmer for US West and Lockheed Martin. Denise lives in the Arvada, Colo., area with her husband, Gerry. They have a daughter about to graduate with a Masters in Fine Arts from UNLV, a son working in California, and a son who recently graduated from Western who is now working in Crested ...Read more

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Paula Hendrickson

As a 1984 graduate of Western, Paula majored in Business Administration.  She is currently the Vice President for NFP Retirement and resides in Arvada, Colo. with her family.  Paula says, "Western provided me the foundation and confidence to begin and grow my career in the investment world.  My experiences on the basketball court and in the classroom truly showed me that through perseverance and hard work, I could build a successful life focused on family, friends and...Read more

Don Jackson

Don Jackson

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 partner in the Ware, Jackson, Lee, O’Neill, Smith & Barrow 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, a ...Read more

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson is a 1980 Western graduate with an undergraduate degree in Geology with a Business minor. He completed a Master of Science degree in Mineral Economics and Finance at the Colorado School of Mines. After spending 14 years in Australia and the United Kingdom, Brian has returned to the U.S. 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 Energ...Read more

Ron Leach

Ron Leach

Ron Leach is a 1981 graduate of Western where he majored in Business Administration. He later earned a graduate degree in Banking from the University of Colorado-Boulder and is a graduate of the East West Center for Executive Management in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ron currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for San Juan Construction, Inc. and has been with the company since April 2007. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Leach was an Executive Vice President of the B...Read more

Mike Luchetta

Michael Luchetta

Mike Luchetta is a 1981 graduate of Western majoring in Political Science and History.  Currently, Mike is a Partner at Weeks & Luchetta, LLP and resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.  Mike says, "Attending Western was not only important to my education, but it was equally important to my growth and development. I believe Western provides that opportunity for so many students, especially those from rural areas who may not otherwise have that option, or who may not have th...Read more

James Shaffer

James Shaffer

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 WalkDenver – a Denver based pedestrian advocacy group. James and his wife, Mari...Read more

Joannie Todd

Joanie Todd

Joanie Todd and husband, Rich, are both graduates of Western.  Joanie graduated in 1985 with majors in Elementary Education and Physical Education.  She is a retired teacher from the Aurora Public Schools.  Joanie and Rich reside in Centennial, Colo.  She says, "Getting a higher education in today’s society is more important than ever. Western offers a great education on a beautiful campus for a very affordable price. It is important that Western’s donors continu...Read more

Matt Tredway

Matt Tredway

Matt Tredway and his wife, Dana, are 1983 graduates of Western. Steamboat, Colo., is home and Matt has been very involved in that community for 29 years. Matt’s two daughters work together in their own clothing design business in Nashville. Matt was a student of Western’s first outdoor education semester and that experience shaped his life. Matt was an instructor for The National Outdoor Leadership School and founded Everything Outdoor Steamboat, designed to give students a cha...Read more

Ruth Welch

Ruth Welch

Ruth Welch serves as a Director of Mission Support Organization at the Bureau of Reclamation for the Department of the Interior. She graduated from Western with dual majors in Sociology and English Literature in 1986. She lives in Littleton, Colo. with her husband Mark, who also graduated from Western.