Board of Trustees Biographies
John Paul Pogge, Esq.
Jack Pogge was elected chair of the MSU Denver Board of Trustees in December 2017. Jack was appointed to the MSU Denver Board of Trustees in 2012 and reappointed in 2013 and 2017.
He serves on the Governance 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 U S West and vice president and general counsel for Applied Communications Inc. Jack earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from the University of Houston and his juris doctorate from Creighton University School of Law.
Barbara Barnes Grogan
Barbara Barnes Grogan was appointed to the MSU Denver Board of Trustees in 2015.
She serves on the Governance and Finance Committees.
Barb is the founder of Western Industrial Contractors Inc. and was its CEO for 22 years. She grew the company from its inception to become a highly respected and successful corporation working in all 50 states and over 300 airports for clients such as IBM, Coors, GE, Manville, Lockheed, the U.S. Postal Service, United Airlines and the TSA. During her career, Barb also served on the boards of directors of three New York Stock Exchange companies and was the chair of the Federal Reserve of Kansas City – Denver Branch and the Denver Chamber of Commerce. She also served on the board of directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Throughout her career and since her retirement, Barb has been deeply involved in our community, focusing primarily on children and their families with an emphasis on education – early childhood, K-12 and higher education. She works on public policy for education at a national level as a trustee for the Committee for Economic Development and at the state level as the co-chair of Colorado’s Early Childhood Leadership Commission and as a member of Colorado’s Education Leadership Council.
Barb is involved in many nonprofits in our community serving the needs of the most vulnerable citizens, such as Volunteers of America. One of her current passions is immigration reform and the support of our Asset students to prepare for, attend and successfully graduate from our great institutions of higher education. Barb has received Leadership Denver’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the United Methodist Church Human Relations Award and the University of Colorado School of Business’ Distinguished Leader Award. She was selected as the 2012 Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year by the Colorado Nonprofit Association and was recently honored by National Volunteers of America and Mile High United Way.
Elaine Gantz Berman
Elaine Gantz Berman was appointed to the MSU Denver Board of Trustees in 2015 and reappointed in 2016.
She is the chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee and serves as the MSU Denver representative to the Auraria Board of Directors.
Elaine has dedicated her professional work and community service to improving the lives of Colorado’s children. In January 2015, she completed eight years on the Colorado State Board of Education. Previously, she served for eight years on the Denver Board of Education, including four years as its president.
Prior to serving in elected office, Elaine worked for 18 years as a program officer at the Denver-based Piton Foundation, focusing on a wide spectrum of children’s issues including adoption, child advocacy, child poverty, teen pregnancy, child abuse and neglect, child health, and public education. She has served on numerous not-for-profit boards and commissions and helped to found the Colorado Children’s Campaign, the Adoption Exchange, the Colorado Education Initiative and the Colorado Non-Profit Development Center. She has been a strong advocate for children and has also used her personal philanthropy to support these causes and organizations.
Elaine’s life and work have been strongly influenced by her Cuban-born mother, as well as her two-year stint in Cali, Colombia, with her husband, Steve, where they worked in community health centers. She is fluent in Spanish and holds an MSPH from the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has two adult sons and one granddaughter.
Honorable Terrance D. Carroll, Esq.
Terrance Carroll was appointed to the MSU Denver Board of Trustees in 2011 and reappointed in 2015.
He is the chair of the Governance Committee.
Terrance is a lawyer and member of Butler Snow’s business-services and governmental-relations group. Prior to joining Butler Snow, he was a lawyer at SCL Health and Greenberg Traurig LLC. He served four terms in the Colorado House of Representatives (2002-10) and was Colorado’s first African American Speaker of the House (2009-10). During his legislative tenure, Terrance chaired the MSU Denver 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 of divinity from the Iliff School of Theology and a law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Wendy J. Dominguez
Wendy Dominguez was appointed to the MSU Denver Board of Trustees in 2016.
She is the chair of the Finance Committee. Wendy also serves on the Governance Committee and as the MSU Denver representative to the HLC@Metro, Inc. Board.
Wendy is the president and co-founder of Innovest Portfolio Solutions LLC. Her clients include some of the largest public- and private-sector retirement plans in the Rocky Mountain region, as well as many large foundations, endowments and wealthy families. She is a member of Innovest’s Investment Committee, and she leads Innovest’s Retirement Plan Practice Group, a specialized team that identifies best practices and implements process improvements to maximize efficiencies for Innovest’s retirement-plan clients. Wendy was selected as one of the 20 Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising in the nation by Employee Benefit Adviser. Wendy has also been named to the Financial Times Top 100 Women Financial Advisors.
Wendy has a bachelor of science degree in finance and economics (magna cum laude) and an MBA from the University of Denver. She is a member of the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of Denver and previously served as the chairman of the board of ENDOW (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women), an international Catholic women’s organization. She is also a member of the 100 Club of Denver, which provides financial support to the families of fallen police officers and firefighters. Wendy is married to a Denver police SWAT officer and is the mother of 14-year-old twins.
Walter Isenberg was appointed to the MSU Denver Board of Trustees in 2012 and reappointed in 2016.
He serves on the Governance and Academic and Student Affairs Committees.
A longtime supporter of MSU Denver, Walter is the president, CEO and co-founder of 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, Walter 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.
Michelle M. Lucero, Esq.
Michelle 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 and 2015.
She is the chair of the Executive Committee, Presidential Evaluation Committee, and serves on the Academic and Student Affairs Committee.
Michelle is the chief administrative officer and general counsel for Children’s Hospital Colorado, where she is responsible for leading Children’s Colorado’s 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, the 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 of employee relations for Centura Health for six years, where she was responsible for strategy and resolution regarding all employee-relation issues for more than 13,000 associates. Prior to that, Michelle served for three years in the mayor-appointed position of deputy city attorney for the City and County of Denver.
A native of Ignacio, Michelle 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 the Denver Metropolitan Chamber Leadership Foundation and the Winter Park Advisory Council. Among her many accolades, Michelle was named the 2016 Business Woman of the Year by the Colorado Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the 2016 Outstanding Corporate Council by the University of Colorado Law School, one of the 2015 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and a 2015 Trailblazer Honoree by the Latinas First Foundation.
James Michael Mulligan, Esq.
Jim Mulligan was appointed to the MSU Denver Board of Trustees in 2017.
He serves on the Governance and Finance Committees and is the MSU Denver representative to the MSU Denver Foundation Board.
Jim, a longtime fixture on the Colorado real-estate scene, has played a firsthand role in many of the real-estate transactions that have helped fuel the state’s growth over the past 40 years.
A former member of Husch Blackwell’s Real Estate, Development & Construction team, Jim advised clients across the real-estate industry with an emphasis on commercial and mixed-use real estate, including urban, resort and suburban developments, corporate campuses, plus a more recent and additional focus on Public-Private Infrastructure Partnerships.
Jim has extensive experience with federal, state and local developments, project finance, tax and other incentive programs for corporate users, and public-private infrastructure and redevelopment projects, including economic-development incentives, land use and entitlements, historic designations, tax-increment-financed projects, tax-credit structures and taxable and tax-exempt bond and TABOR issues.
Corporate and commercial clients involved with real-estate leasing, ownership, development, infrastructure and finance in Colorado and throughout the Rocky Mountain region seek Jim’s assistance with a variety of public-policy and government-relations issues, initiatives, economic-development incentives and related legislation. He also advises clients on affordable-housing projects and programs and has been appointed special deputy attorney general representing the Colorado Division of Housing in finance transactions.
In addition to counseling clients, Jim holds leadership positions in real-estate industry and community organizations. He is on the national board of NAIOP – the Commercial Real Estate Development Association and on the board and executive committee of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp., and most recently was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to the governing Board of Trustees for Metropolitan State University of Denver.
William Jeffrey Shoemaker
Jeff Shoemaker was appointed to the MSU Denver Board of Trustees in 2016.
He serves on the Finance Committee.
Since 1982, Jeff has been the executive director of the Greenway Foundation (TGF). During the course of his leadership, TGF has partnered with numerous public and private organizations to create over $500 million of environmental and recreational improvements along the South Platte River and its numerous tributaries throughout metro Denver and numerous municipalities. This investment over the past four decades is directly related to the creation of over $15 billion of economic development and related benefit to the surrounding area. In addition, TGF has created and oversees an award-winning Youth Education Program – SPREE (South Platte River Environmental Education), numerous cultural and community events, as well as a variety of youth employment opportunities – all focused on engaging the metro community with Denver’s greatest natural resources – its urban waterways.
Since 2000, Jeff has also served as the executive director of the Colorado Parks Foundation, working with Colorado Parks & Wildlife as well as county, municipal and nonprofit organizations to provide funding, advocacy and community outreach for the benefit of our state’s 42 state parks as well as local and regional parks across the state of Colorado.
Jeff is a graduate of Denver Public Schools and the University of Colorado. He was a public school teacher from 1977 to 1982, served as a member of the Colorado legislature from 1987 to 1992 and was appointed to two terms on the Colorado State University Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2008. Jeff and his wife, Nancy, are active runners and bicyclists and have four adult daughters and one granddaughter.
Judy George was elected as the alumni representative to the MSU Denver Board of Trustees in 2014 and re-elected in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Judy has been a member of the Alumni Association Board since 2008.
She currently serves as president of the Alumni Association Board 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 Co. 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 the 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 MSU Denver graduates.
Christopher Harder, Ph.D.
Chris Harder was elected to the MSU Denver Board of Trustees in 2018.
Chris is an associate professor of mathematics in the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences. He is an MSU Denver alumnus who went on to get his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at the University of Colorado Denver. Chris also spent time as a postdoctoral researcher at Brazil’s National Laboratory for Scientific Computing before returning to MSU Denver. From Lakewood, Chris grew up running and biking on the trails around the metro area as well as skiing, hiking and fishing all around Colorado.
Lacey Hyde was elected Student Trustee Delegate in March 2017 and re-elected in 2018.
Lacey is a senior at MSU Denver and an Individualized Degree Plan major consisting of psychology, speech communication and marketing. While working in the Student Government Assembly, Lacey also works as the lead event programmer in the Student Activities Office. She has worked in the Student Activities Office for three years. She aspires to be a corporate event planner after graduating from MSU Denver and own her own company after that.