Closing the Equity Gap Through Education, Entrepreneurship and Employment
Dr. Arlen Meyers, Board President
Dr. Meyers is a retired professor of otolaryngology, dentistry, and engineering at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical campus and President and CEO of SoPE. He has founded several medical device companies and is also the cofounder of a medical tourism company. His primary research centers around biomedical and health innovation and entrepreneurship and life science technology commercialization. He consults for and speaks to companies, governments, colleges and universities around the world who need expertise and contacts in the areas of bio entrepreneurship, bioscience, healthcare, healthcare IT, medical tourism -- nationally and internationally, new product development, product design, and financing new ventures. Dr. Meyers is a Fulbright Scholar and a former Harvard-Macy Fellow. A devoted and prolific member of the SoPE community, Dr. Meyers also leads the Colorado Chapter of SoPE.
Carol J. Carter, President & CEO
Carol Carter is a national and international student success author and speaker. For the last 16 years, Carol has been president of LifeBound, a student success and transition company, which publishes books and conducts training in academic coaching skills for college faculty, K-12 administrators, counselors, and teachers, as well as parents.
Carol is the author of ten books for students in grades 5-12, as well as curricula, and she is the co-author of a book for parents: Stop Parenting and Start Coaching. Her most recent books, Critical and Creative Thinking for Teenagers and Leadership for Teenagers, were co-authored with Maureen Breeze and published by Lifebound.
Carol has shared her professional insights with students in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Sydney, Australia; ChristChurch, New Zealand; Singapore; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Nairobi, Kenya; Beijing, China; and throughout the United States. Where ever she is, she encourages students to think globally as they chart their careers. An intrepid traveler, Carol has been a guest in over fifty countries around the world.
Remington Green, Vice President of Strategy
Remington is the CEO and co-founder of Organic People. He formed the company in 2000 to bring together his extensive knowledge of Information Technology with his success in growing businesses. As a general manager and partner at Executrain of Colorado, Remington’s organization was responsible for training more than 100,000 people annually for Fortune 500 companies including US West, TCI and AT&T Broadband. He currently is the president of the Rocky Mountain chapter of the National Association of Computer Consulting Businesses, whose 500 company membership represents more than $15 billion in combined annual revenue. Remington’s expertise in balancing the demands of growing businesses recently earned him a slot in the MIT Birthing Of Giants program, which brings 60 select entrepreneurs from around the world together to learn from elite business leaders about successful business practices and theories. In his spare time, he volunteers as an advisor to the Denver Housing Authority to manage low-income housing initiatives and is a board member of Lifeskills, which helps low income students prepare for life beyond high school. He holds an MBA from Denver University with an emphasis in Finance.
Kris Winkler, Treasurer
Kris is a consulting professional and a believer in lifelong learning through education, training, and work experience. She has consulted in various cybersecurity domains for over 15 years, and has provided training to others in basic security concepts, security process improvement and cyber security awareness. Her passion for trying new things has led her to work for small, medium and large organizations serving both public and private clients. Through volunteer efforts, she has taught club accounting concepts and finding stocks to study to Investment Clubs, and has also tutored young children in reading through the TutorMate program.She holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Arizona, a Masters of International Telecommunications from George Mason University, and a certificate in Corporate Executive Leadership from Georgetown University.
Mackenzie Fallt, Secretary
Mackenzie Fallt is a Minnesota native and moved to Colorado in 2010 to attend the University of Denver. She graduated with honors in 2014 with a Bachelor's in International Studies, Psychology, and English. Upon graduation, she began working with the University of Denver's Office of Undergraduate Admission and enjoys working with students seeking to gain an education that values global perspectives, collaboration, and diversity in the classroom.
Through her studies and work at the University level, Mackenzie recognized the importance of education in the lives of individuals around the world, and the efforts that still need to be done to address the gaps, and was drawn to working with GlobalmindED in their drive to improve education everywhere. Mackenzie is currently completing a Masters in International Studies at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies in order to continue working toward the improvement of education and other human development issues throughout her career.
Chantal Unfug, Member-at-Large
Chantal Unfug became DOLA's director of the Division of Local Government in 2013 where she leads over 55 employees to provide research, technical assistance, problem solving and expertise on local government issues. She also oversees 15 unique state and federal grant programs, with 4 advisory committees distributing over $200M annually to strategically invest annually in over 1000 local community development projects.Chantal has over 20 years of public sector experience having served under two governors, two Denver mayors, and as a county administrator. Her expertise ranges from organizational and managerial effectiveness, to community and economic development. She is a skilled negotiator and excels at strategic planning and stakeholder engagement.A native of Colorado, Chantal is an advocate for neighborhood stabilization and revitalization, and has worked tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of communities statewide. She is a graduate of Boston University and lives in Denver with her husband and two sons.
Karen Hester, Member-at-Large
Karen Hester, JD, LL.M. in Taxation, has more than 10 years of experience working in diversity and inclusiveness. In 2015, she was named a Diversity Champion by NALP's Diversity & Inclusion Section, which recognized 11 individuals nationally. She is an accomplished trainer, presenter, facilitator, and industry leader on the topic of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
Karen is a former practicing attorney and the former Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Kansas School of Law. She has multiple degrees: a law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law, an M.S. in student personnel and counseling, and a B.S. in mathematics from Kansas State University.
Firas Sultan, Member-at-Large
Firas spent the past 20 years in the medical devices industry, working in design, manufacturing, service and global operations. He completed his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering degree at Damascus University. Firas is a first-generation-to-college and a strong believer in strong education for a better world.
Paul Deaderick, Member-at-Large
Paul T. Deaderick is a Senior Staff Officer for the National Reconnaissance Office at the Aerospace Data Facility Colorado, Buckley AFB. As a government civilian, he is a seasoned satellite operator and engineering professional with over 30 years of diverse experience across government, military and commercial aerospace, information technology, and communications infrastructure construction management. Currently he leads the Intelligence Oversight process and the Crisis Response Cell. During his prior assignment, Paul served as a Senior Intelligence Officer where he integrated multi-intelligence and multi-agency operations. He developed and delivered critical intelligence to a wide range of deployed personnel and to national level policy makers. Paul is a Command Briefer and the author of several Intelligence Community white papers on Coalition Leadership in a multi-agency multi-intelligence environment.
Paul Deaderick is a retired Lieutenant Colonel who served 30 years on active duty and in the Air National Guard. He earned his BS in Electronic Engineering Technology from Metropolitan State University and his MS in Space Systems Operations Management from Webster University. Paul is a father of three children, Paul Alexander 24, Gabrielle 19, and Miles 16. In his spare time, he is a space and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) enthusiast and serves as a technical advisor for Spaceport Colorado at Front Range Airport and Metropolitan State University Applied Engineering Sciences Advisory Council. Paul has been a home brewer since 1997 and enjoys making craft beer.
Mistie Trefry, Student Representative
At the University of Northern Colorado, Mistie received her degree in Business from Monfort College of Business, with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, and a minor in Non-Profit Administration. Mistie is got her Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership. During the beginning of her undergrad, as a nontraditional, first generation student, Mistie attended a community college where she learned early on the many struggles she shared with fellow students. Mistie saw a need and developed a student based retention program aimed to assist individuals with personal development and achieve academic success
Actively involved in her community, Mistie is currently working on a community impact project with United Way. She has worked with youth refugees through arts and leadership development and serves on the Board of Directors for Women2Women and RISE.