Board of Trustees Biographies
Michelle M. Lucero
Michelle M. Lucero was elected chair of the MSU Denver Board of Trustees in February 2014. Michelle was appointed to the board in 2007 and reappointed in 2011. She is the chair of the Presidential Evaluation Committee and is an ex-officio member of all committees.
Michelle is Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for Children’s Hospital Colorado where she is responsible for leading Children’s Colorado’s Human Resources Division and the Legal Affairs (including all contract and legal matters), Corporate Compliance, Information Security, and Risk Management teams. At Children’s Colorado, Michelle works closely with the senior management team and physicians, Board of Directors and University of Colorado key stakeholders to seek out creative and legally appropriate solutions to opportunities and challenges. Prior to joining Children’s Hospital Colorado, Michelle was Vice President – Employee Relations for Centura Health for 6 years where she was responsible for strategy and resolution regarding all employee-relations issues for more than 13,000 associates; and then prior to that Lucero served for three years in the mayor-appointed position of deputy city attorney for the City and County of Denver. A native of Ignacio, Colo., Lucero holds a J.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she received the Edward C. King Award for leadership and scholarship. In addition to MSU Denver’s board, she is on Kroenke Sports’ Hispanic Advisory Council, the Winter Park Advisory Council and the Career Service Board for the City and County of Denver. Among her many accolades are 9News Leader of the Year finalist in 2006 and the 1992 Outstanding Young Lawyer from the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association. Her bachelor’s degree is from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Mo.
Dawn P. Bookhardt
Dawn P. Bookhardt was elected Vice Chair of the MSU Denver Board of Trustees in February 2014. Dawn was appointed to the Board in 2008 and reappointed in 2012. She is the Vice Chair for the Presidential Evaluation Committee and serves as the MSU Denver representative to the Auraria Board of Directors.
Dawn is a founding partner in the law firm of Bookhardt & O’Toole, which specializes in complex municipal bond financing and transactions. Two of Dawn’s noteworthy achievements include representation of Forest City in the development of the former Stapleton Airport site and representation of U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray and UBS PaineWeber as underwriters for the Denver Convention Center Hotel. She is also working on the $1 billion redevelopment project at Union Station in Denver. Bookhardt is the founder and owner of Odd Tale Books, a retail book store. Among the numerous awards she has received are the National Leadership Award from the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Business Advisory Council and the Woman of Distinction Award from the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. She holds degrees from Oakwood College in Huntsville, Ala., and the University of Denver Law School.
Robert L. Cohen
Current Past Chair
Robert L. Cohen served as chairman of the MSU Denver Board of Trustees from 2010-2013. Rob was appointed to the board in 2008 and reappointed in 2012. He serves on the Presidential Evaluation and Governance committees.
Robert is chairman and CEO of The IMA Financial Group, Inc., a diversified financial services company comprising three primary businesses: a retail insurance brokerage, a wholesale insurance brokerage and a discretionary money manager. He is also founder and executive chairman of the Metro Denver Sports Commission. Cohen has a wealth of board experience, including service on the boards of for-profit companies UMB Bank Colorado, Intertech Plastics, ccintellect and USR, Inc. His nonprofit board experience includes Adventures Within, the I Have a Dream Foundation, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Community College of Denver, the Denver Art Museum, Junior Achievement and the University of Colorado’s Student Leadership Institute. He also chaired the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and served on the Metropolitan State College of Denver Foundation. His degree is from the University of Texas at Austin
Honorable Terrance Carroll
Terrance Carroll was appointed to the MSU Denver Board of Trustees in 2011. He is the chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee and serves on the Governance Committee.
Terrance is the Associate General Counsel for SCL Health System. Prior to joining SCL, he was an attorney with Greenberg Traurig, LLC. He served four terms in the Colorado House of Representatives (2002-2010) and was Colorado’s first African American Speaker of the House from 2009-2010. During his legislative tenure, Terrance chaired the Metro State caucus from its 2006 formation through 2011, chaired the House Judiciary Committee and served on the Legal Services and the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs committees. Prior to joining the legislature, Terrance worked as a police officer, a nonprofit executive and a minister. He received the 2011 Outstanding Young Alumni award from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and the 2009 Denver Business Journal Power Book Award. He was named a 2006 Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the 2005 Legislator of the Year by the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. He was a member of the Colorado Secretary of State’s 2005 Blue Ribbon Election Panel and the Colorado Criminal and Juvenile Justice Reform Commission, and has served on numerous nonprofit boards. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, a master’s of divinity from the Iliff School of Theology and a law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Bill Hanzlik was appointed to the MSU Denver Board of Trustees in 2009 and reappointed in 2013. He serves on the Academic and Student Affairs Committee and as the MSU Denver representative to the Foundation Board.
Bill played 10 years in the National Basketball Association with the Denver Nuggets and the Seattle Supersonics. He helped the Nuggets reach the NBA Playoffs eight times during his nine years in Denver, and was the Nuggets head coach in 1997-98. In recognition of his athletic achievements, Bill was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. In 1986, Bill co-founded the Gold Crown Foundation, dedicated to improving the lives of Colorado’s children through athletics and education. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the State Colleges in Colorado before its dissolution in 2003, and served on the Board of Trustees at Western State College from 2003-08. His other charitable works have included service on the boards of the Samaritan House, Colorado Christian Home and All Saints School. Bill holds a bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
Melody Harris was appointed to the MSU Denver Board of Trustees in 2008 and reappointed in 2012. She is the chair of the Governance Committee and serves on the Academic and Student Affairs Committee.
Melody previously served as Vice President and General Counsel of MyTeleHealth Solutions, LLC, a connected care health data platform start-up technology company. In 2006, Melody served as chief energy policy advisor and writer of the Bill Ritter for Governor campaign’s New Energy Economy. She served on Governor Ritter’s Energy Transition Committee and Governor John Hickenlooper’s Natural Resources Transition Committee. She also served as leader of the Sustainability Policy Committee for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and infused the campaign with the ideas behind Denver Seeds, a sustainable food initiative within the City of Denver. Melody has a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Political Science from the University of Denver and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. She is the proud parent of two children.
Walter Isenberg was appointed to the MSU Denver Board of Trustees in 2012. He serves on the Finance Committee.
A longtime supporter of MSU Denver, Walter is the president, CEO and co-founder of the Denver-based Sage Hospitality, which owns and operates hotels in 23 states and specializes in the operations, development and capital transactions of hospitality real estate. An inductee in the Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame, Isenberg serves on the Marriott International and Starwood Owner advisory boards as well as the boards of Visit Denver, the Downtown Denver Partnership, The Children’s Hospital Foundation and Colorado Concern. He is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.
John (Jack) Pogge
Jack Pogge was appointed to the MSU Denver Board of Trustees in 2012 and reappointed in 2013. He is the chair of the Finance Committee.
Jack comes to MSU Denver’s board having served as the president and COO of CSG International, a provider of outsourced billing, customer care and other services supporting North America’s broadband and direct broadcast satellite markets. Prior to working for CSG, he was the chief counsel of mergers and acquisitions and vice president of corporate development at the former US West and vice president and general counsel for Applied Communications Inc. Jack earned his bachelor’s in business administration and finance from the University of Houston and his juris doctorate from Creighton University School of Law.
Ellen S. Robinson
Ellen S. Robinson was appointed to the MSU Denver Board of Trustees in 2007 and reappointed in 2011. She serves on the Governance and Finance committees.
Ellen is Principal of the Robinson Coaching Group (RCG), an executive coaching practice she launched in 2012. She works with professionals across industry and civic and community organizations to guide their leadership development and personal growth. Ellen founded RCG upon a successful track record of leadership in both Fortune 100 and entrepreneurial companies including Frito-Lay, Pepsi Cola, Ascent Sports (Colorado Avalanche/Denver Nuggets), EventConnex (her own technology start-up) and ScholarCentric (K-12 educational publishing). Robinson sits on the boards of Colorado Uplift, Get Smart Schools, and The Denver Jewish Day School. Among several awards that she has received throughout her career and community involvement, she was an Outstanding Woman in Business award winner in 2001. She is a graduate of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and holds a certificate in international business from the University of Colorado Executive Program and in Integral Coaching from New Ventures West.
Judy was elected as the Alumni Representative to the MSU Denver Board of Trustees in 2014. Judy has been a member of the Alumni Association Board since 2008. She currently serves as President and previously served as Treasurer. Judy also serves on the MSU Denver Scholarship Committee, and was a member of the MSU Denver 2010 Plain and Fancy Ball Committee.
Judy is a Denver native and Vice President of Kirby Company of Denver, a family-owned-and-operated company formed in 1950, and is co-owner of Appraisals “By George” automotive appraisals. An MSU Denver alumna, Judy received the 2007 Outstanding Alumni Award for “Making a Difference” in recognition of her work with the Foothills Animal Shelter Foundation, where she served on the Board of Directors from 2001 to 2013, including three terms as President. As a student, Judy was a three-term Co-President of Golden Key International Honor Society and initiated the Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Research Awards for affiliate faculty members. She is a member of Sigma Beta Delta National Honor Society in Business, Management & Administration. Judy also received the Outstanding Student in the School of Business Award and the Outstanding Student in the Department of Management Award, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with the President’s Award. Judy is a proud parent of two sons who are both MSU Denver graduates.
Joe Boss is a Senior at MSU Denver majoring in Hospitality with a concentration in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Joe plans to graduate from MSU Denver in Spring 2015. Upon graduation, Joe aspires to open a bar and restaurant.
At MSU Denver, Joe has served as Senator of the Student Government Assembly for two years, chaired the Student Voice Committee, and served on the Student Travel and Campus Event Funding Committees. Joe also championed a resolution that was heavily favored by students to make Auraria Campus a tobacco free campus. Joe is honored to be elected by the student body to bring the student voice to the MSU Denver Board of Trustees.