Staff & Board.

Staff

Rob’s career has encompassed several leadership and entrepreneurial positions across various sectors, including international development, brand marketing, market research, corporate governance and financial regulation, and public education. A native of San Francisco, Rob has substantial intercultural experience, including attending a French bilingual elementary school, and living and travel in more than thirty countries. Prior to joining SVP Denver in August 2018, Rob served in the senior management positions at the Colorado Education Association in Denver and Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. in Rockville, MD. He has a BA in philosophy from St. Lawrence University, a MA in international management from the SIT Graduate Institute and a PGD in organizational leadership from the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School. Rob Kellogg

Executive Director

Maggie is was born and raised in Colorado, and is a former SVP partner. She has ten years of experience in project management, facilitation, stakeholder engagement, data coordination and program assessment.  Maggie is a trained facilitator, mediator and conflict coach with a passion for helping teams stay accountable to their goals with heightened awareness of how they operate.  As a graduate student at the Korbel School of International Studies at DU, Maggie established a new case resolution process for DU’s Office of Student Conduct, centered on Restorative Justice, with the goal of reducing recidivism rates among students and bringing about more personal accountability.  Maggie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology from Duke University and a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Denver.

Maggie Lea

Program Director

Board

Merrill Stillwell

Board Chair 

Merrill is a managing partner at Blue Mountain Investments, a boutique real-estate development firm with operations in Denver and the Vail Valley.  Prior to that role, he was a financial analyst with Denver Investments. He joined SVP Denver in 2015 and has served on the the Board ever since. He is the liaison for SVP with Denver Active 20-30, a Denver-based volunteer foundation which raises over $1 million each year for at-risk children in the Denver community.  He attended Claremont McKenna College where he majored in government and economics and has a CFA certification. Fluent in Spanish, for the past eight years he has served as a coach for Argentina’s national lacrosse team.

Joanne Bennett

Secretary

Joanne is the Founder and Principal Recruiter of National Recruiting Solutions.  She works with clients in many industries and recruits talent for key positions across a variety of functional areas.  Joanne started her recruiting career in New York and relocated to Denver in 2009. She has a BA in Psychology and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business.  Joanne joined SVP Denver in 2014 and became a member of the Board of Directors in August 2015. Joanne is currently the Lead Partner for one of our Investee projects with the Second Chance Center, an organization that helps formerly incarcerated individuals transition back into their communities in ways that reduce recidivism rates, bring about lives of fulfillment and success, and protect future generations from continuing the cycle of incarceration.

Reggie Vegliante

Treasurer

Reggie Vegliante has over 35 years of experience in corporate finance, banking and treasury with public companies and financial institutions. She worked as a Treasurer and Vice President of Finance for TW Telecom Inc. (now Level 3 Communications) here in Denver for 8 years. Prior to that, she was a SVP at UMB Bank, served as a Corporate Treasurer for a number of smaller institutions, and as an Investment Banker for JP Morgan Chase in New York. Reggie holds a BA in History from the University of Connecticut, and a MBA from Rutgers University. She joined SVP Denver in 2014 and became a member of the Board of Directors in 2017.

Sara Bayless

Impact Committee Co-Chair

Sara is the director of human development at the OMNI Institute, a non-profit social science consulting firm in Denver. At OMNI, Sara uses research and evaluation methods to help organizations and initiatives understand the impact their programs have on their communities—she’s passionate about making data meaningful and actionable. Prior to OMNI, Sara was a postdoctoral research fellow at Arizona State University. She holds a BA in Psychology from Tufts University, and an MA and PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology from Fordham University. Sara joined SVP Denver in 2016 and joined the Board of Directors in April 2019.

Justin Folkestad

Investee Selection Committee Chair

Justin works as the Vice President of Finance at Rocky Mountain Water Works, an excavation, utility construction and oilfield service company, servicing Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming.  Justin has a passion for developing new products and technologies and enjoys working at the fault lines where business disciplines collide. He finds that these cracks between provide interesting challenges and are ripe grounds for improvement. Justin did his undergraduate work at Colorado State University, and received his MBA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Having joined SVP in July 2013 with his wife, Ashley, Justin has provided invaluable assistance to many SVP Denver Investees, as well as, working with SVP Denver staff on strategic mapping and processes.

Mark Newhouse

Impact Committee Co-Chair

Mark has built his highly successful career delivering breakthrough products and businesses that have generated more than $2.0 billion in revenue in the telecommunications, consumer electronics, and cleantech markets. Mark came to Denver from Shanghai where he was a Senior Vice President of Corning Incorporated. Since coming to Colorado, Mark has been investing in and advising a variety of startup companies. He was on the board of Bioptigen (acquired by Danaher in 2016) and is currently on the board of SWIR Vision Systems. Since 2017 he has been the external General Partner of the Innosphere Fund. Mark is also focusing on developing new sources of capital for non-profits. He has made a number of impact investments in non-profits and was a Founding Circle Sponsor of Colorado Impact Days, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Denver Social Venture Partners and Colorado Pledge 1%.

Linda Peotter

Development Committee Chair

Linda has been an entrepreneur and business leader for over 30 years. She serves as President of Metal Trading Corporation, a privately held nonferrous scrap metal trading company, which she co-founded in 1995. Her prior experience includes positions at ACX Technologies, AT&T, and Eldorado Building Company.  Linda’s philanthropic pursuits include fulfilling board of director positions at The Alzheimer’s Association, CU Leeds Business School, Colorado Succeeds, and SVP Denver.  She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign.

Elycia Cook

 

Jim Goebelbecker

 

Andrew Marshall

Andy graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder and has been in the Aerospace and Defense industry for over 30 years.  As a co-founder of an aerospace software development company, he built an organization of 100 people with over $20 million in annual revenue. That firm was acquired by Parsons in 2018 and Andy remains as a senior vice-president in the organization. As a Colorado native, Andy is committed to giving back to the community.  He is a Leadership Denver alum (class of 2014) and has been with Social Venture Partners for 5 years. He currently serves as the Board Chair of SVP.