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Diverse group of people holding their hands together, one wearing a VOLUNTEER t-shirt, representing teamwork and collaboration

CJI's board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. Board members work hard to guide the organization and ensure its long-term sustainability.

Interested in serving on CJI's board? The application period typically runs January-March each year. For more information, visit the Join Our Board page.

Board of Directors 2023-24

  • Don Samuels, Polsinelli PC

    Board Chair

  • Thor Nelson, Holland & Hart LLP


  • Keo Frazier, KEOS Marketing LLC | New Thinkers


  • Jeff George, Baker Tilly US, LLP


  • Michael Dabbs, Gill Foundation
  • Hon. James “Jay” Breese, Denver County Court (retired)
  • Nicholas DeWeese, Sherman & Howard LLC
  • Faye Diamond, RBI Strategies & Research
  • Celia Dietrich, Dietrich Partners
  • Kelley Duke, Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC
  • Selena Dunham, Classique, LLC
  • Nickolas Fogel, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, PC
  • Jonathan Goldberg, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty
  • Lori Halverson, Vistage Chair | The Halverson Group
  • Eric Hilty, Tuff Shed, Inc.
  • Hon. Gary M. Jackson, Denver County Court (retired)
  • Hon. Sueanna P. Johnson, Colorado Court of Appeals
  • Matthew Johnston, Dowd Bennett
  • Gregg Kantz, DSST Green Valley Ranch Middle School
  • Hon. Priscilla “PJ” Loew, 17th Judicial District
  • Hon. Cynthia Mares, 18th Judicial District
  • Britton Nohe-Braun, One Earth Future Foundation
  • David Olsky, Fortis Law Partners
  • Chris Oltyan, Compliable
  • Patrick O'Rourke, University of Colorado
  • Christopher Reeves, Waltz | Reeves
  • Kathryn Reilly, Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP
  • V. William Scarpato III, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado
  • Alexander Sediva, Employers Council
  • Michael Siebecker, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
  • Eliza Steinberg, Griffiths Law PC
  • Ben Strawn, Davis Graham & Stubbs
  • Azra Taslimi, Rathod | Mohamedbhai LLC
  • Ryan Urbach, American Pacific Mortgage Corp.
  • Valorie Waldon, Employers Council
  • Hon. Elizabeth A. Weishaupl, JAMS Denver
  • Thomas Werge, Werge Law Group
  • Gwyneth Whalen, Caplan and Earnest LLC

Special note:  CJI board member Jon Goldberg died suddenly in June 2023. Click here for CJI's tribute.

Emeriti Directors

  • Hon. Russell Carparelli, AB Conflict Resolution Services & Colorado Court of Appeals (retired)
  • Marilyn Chappell, Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP
  • Mark Clouatre, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
  • Laurence DeMuth Jr., US West (retired)
  • George Dikeou, COPIC Companies (retired)
  • Mark Fogg, Childs McCune LLC
  • Hon. Richard Gabriel, Colorado Supreme Court
  • Michael Gallagher, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
  • K.C. Groves, Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC
  • John Grow,, Inc.
  • Sheila Gutterman, Griffiths Law, PC (retired)
  • David Hall, Alvarez & Marsal Disputes & Investigations, LLC
  • Hon. Melissa Hart, Colorado Supreme Court
  • Hon. Robert Hawthorne, Colorado Court of Appeals (retired)
  • Hon. Robert Kapelke, Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc. & Colorado Court of Appeals (retired)
  • Hon. Lynn Karowsky, Weld County Court (retired)
  • Peter Koclanes, Sherman & Howard LLC
  • Hon. Lino Lipinsky de Orlov, Colorado Court of Appeals
  • Gary Lozow, Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher, LLP
  • Hon. Gale Miller, Colorado Court of Appeals (retired)
  • Robert Miller, Perkins Coie LLP (retired)
  • Michael O’Donnell, Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP
  • Barbara Randell, Future Image Group, Inc.
  • Shannon Stevenson, Colorado Attorney General’s Office
  • Ralph Torres, The Law Office of Ralph G. Torres