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Our faculty at the Rocky Mountain Leadership Program are internationally recognized as experts in their fields.  

Bill Barker

tjside.jpgBill has enjoyed portraying Thomas Jefferson in a variety of settings over the past sixteen years. He first came to Colonial Williamsburg in the spring of 1993 to perform as Jefferson in a film made to honor Ambassador and Mrs. Walter H. Annenberg. Continuing to appear as Jefferson in Williamsburg, he has assisted in the development of further Jefferson programs for the Foundation.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Bill has been interested in Thomas Jefferson since his youth. Bill has enjoyed researching the America Jefferson knew with interest in the role the man played and continues to play in our American identity.

Bill received a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in history, from Villanova University and attended the University of Pennsylvania for a brief time. Attracted to the stage at an early age he became a professional actor, director and producer. He was cast as Jefferson in many different venues including the musical, 1776. Bill is the same height, weight and general appearance as the man who has so long interested him.

Over the years, He has evolved a repertoire of Jefferson presentations tailored to corporate and government audience, as well as school, societies and festivals. Bill performed as Jefferson at the White House, the Palace of Versailles and throughout the United States, Great Britain and France. He presented for Chautauqua and has been featured as Jefferson in several Magazines including Time, People, Atlantic, Philadelphia, Southern Living, Reader’s Digest and the Colonial Williamsburg Journal. Bill has been cited in various newsletters and reports, among them those of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, The Remnant Trust, The Jefferson Legacy Foundation and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He appeared as Jefferson in programs aired on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN and C-SPANN. He has received commendations from the City of Philadelphia, The City of St. Louis, and the Hellenic Ideals Foundation. He enjoys historical research, archaeology and traveling. Top




Kathleen Beatty has been an educator and administrator in Colorado for more than 20 years. She has served on boards and committees for many non-profit organizations, including the Colorado Nonprofit Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Women's Foundation of Colorado, Rose Community Foundation, and the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Beatty served as dean of SPA from 1996 to 2008, during which time she helped the school achieve its first U.S. News and World Reports ranking, tripled funds available for scholarships and fellowships, and served as the President of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. Kathleen has her B.A. from the University of Colorado, M.A. from Tufts University, M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Ph.D. from Washington State University

Dr. Beatty has authored and co-authored several publications, including her book, The Dynamics of American Public Opinion, with John C. Pierce and Paul Hagner. Last year, Dr. Beatty was named as a Fulbright Senior Specialist; her project involved working with the Ministry of Education in the Republic of Maldives, where she recommended broad reforms to the Ministry of Education and its work in the Maldives Islands.

From 1992-1996 she was the resident dean and professor of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She also served CU-Colorado Springs as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, chair of the political science department, and associate and assistant professor of political science. 

Dr. Beatty was a visiting professor of political science at the University of Wyoming and a professional researcher for the Southwest Center for Urban Research and the Institute for Urban Studies in Houston, TX. Top




Mr. Brooks owns his own consulting firm, Tiger Bee specializing in leadership training. In addition to leadership training, he specializes in the areas of cultural diversity, tolerance, suicide prevention and intervention, self-esteem issues, and violence prevention training for adolescents and adults.

He has worked with a number of organizations nationwide, in Colorado, in New York City, and in South Africa, including the Spring Institute for International Studies, the Anti-Defamation League, PeaceJam, and the Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth. Mr. Brooks has also worked as a high school teacher.

His achievements have been recognized by honors and awards from Denver Mayor Wellington Webb for fighting hate and discrimination and endeavoring to make Denver a Safe City; from the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference for promoting the ideals of peace and understanding to the youth of Colorado; from the Colorado School Counselor Association for "Outstanding Service"; and, from the Contemporary Learning Academy for his volunteer work and commitment to children. Mr. Brooks holds a BA and MBA from the University of Phoenix. Top




Diane Carman joined the staff in October, 2007, as Director of Communications for the School of Public Affairs after a long career as a journalist. She began her career at the Wisconsin State Journal while she was still an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She covered business, education and government at a small-town daily newspaper in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and worked as a reporter and editor at The Oregon Journal and the Oregonian newspapers. Before moving to Colorado in 1988, she was a reporter, entertainment editor and Sunday magazine editor at the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Most recently, she was a local news and opinion columnist at The Denver Post. Top



Maureen Ediger is the Director of External Affairs and Marketing at the School of Public Affairs (SPA) at the University of Colorado at Denver and directs the leadership programs for the School’s Buechner Institute for Governance (BIG): the Rocky Mountain Leadership Program and the Denver Community Leadership Forum. She has had a 20+ year history with the University of Colorado in several capacities. 

Maureen earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at CU Boulder. In the fall of 1996, she became the youngest statewide elected official in Colorado when she successfully ran for the at-large regent’s seat while still an undergraduate student. She earned a MPA from the SPA with a concentration in higher education administration in 2005, writing her capstone on access to higher education for Colorado’s Hispanic students. Joining the SPA just after graduation, she assisted faculty members, organized high profile guest speakers, redeveloped the website, started the postelection alumni event, and co-taught classes on economics and current issues in public administration. 

Since 2008, Maureen has been the director of external affairs. In this capacity, Maureen focuses her efforts on the school's advisory board, reaching out to SPA alums, resource development, programming, and marketing the school's programs. The favorite part of her job is meeting with prospective, current and former students who have a passion for public service and teaching in the leadership programs. Before joining the staff of the SPA, Maureen worked for the City and County of Denver as a council aide to district 5, was the operations manager at the Children’s Museum of Denver, and was a partner in a political consulting firm, running several campaigns for both issues and candidates.Top​



Malcom ChapmanJeff Evans takes the audience on a journey guiding blind climber Erik Weihenmayer on mountains around the world, culminating with the summit of Mt. Everest.  He draws on many of the metaphors hidden in the world of adventure and brings them to his audience in a humorously inspiring way. These messages are funny, potent and tactile; reminding his audiences that it is critical to focus on creating a powerful and selfless team, seek out opportunities to be a leader and disregard the expectations others create in order to achieve your own potential. Top​



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​Dr. Dallas Everhart has worked with public and private organizations ranging from coal mines in Canada to resort communities in Colorado. Dallas has the rare combination of work experience in management and finance positions and extensive academic training in business, psychology and leadership. Dallas’s leadership philosophy was influenced by his work as a Program Director implementing Employee Productivity Programs at coal mines in Canada and increasing profitability to rapidly growing companies as part of the Denver Management Group. Dallas has served as the Finance Director in Aspen, Colorado and the City Manager in Silverthorne, Colorado developing an expertise in government operations. More recently, Dallas worked in Higher Education where he was the Executive Director of Continuing Education at Colorado State University before adding professor to his list of qualifications. Dallas teaches business communications, management, and marketing classes at the University of Northern Colorado and in the Certified Public Manager Program at CU Denver. As a professor and a consultant, Dallas pulls from his training in business, psychology, management and education to identify and address the real issues facing organizations. Dr. Everhart’s teaching style is interactive, covers both conceptual and experiential learning, and is designed to insure the clients a high return on their investment. Top​

Christopher Gates

Chris Gates is the Executive Director of PACE, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement. PACE is an organization founded to bring more​ attention and focus to the issues of civic engagement and to encourage more members of the philanthropic community to make civic engagement a part of their funding priorities. In this role Gates speaks extensively around the country and around the world on the broad topics of civic engagement, including civic education, leadership training, community problem solving, political reform and democratic renewal. He previously served for eleven years as President of the National Civic League, a national, non-profit organization with offices in Denver and Washington, D.C. The National Civic League is a 112-year-old advocacy organization that was founded by Teddy Roosevelt and focuses on revitalizing America’s democracy at the local level. Before serving as President, Gates served for eight years as Vice President of NCL.

Prior to his work with the National Civic League, Gates ran a consulting practice that worked with both communities and corporations to help them deal with issues of change. These strategic planning efforts helped his clients better align their practice and structure with their goals and aspirations. Prior to that he served as the Communications Director of the Piton Foundation and as a speechwriter and policy aide to then Colorado Governor Richard Lamm.Top


ChrisGates.jpgRandy Harrison has worked on numerous projects and initiatives serving government, private and non-profit sectors in Colorado. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the Buechner Institute for Governance for research, program and professional development and training. He recently served as Executive Director of Move Colorado, a non-profit corporation representing Colorado’s transportation community on transportation finance issues. 

Randy's past positions have included serving as the Director of Program and Business Development for two global engineering, design, construction, and technical services firms, as Project Manager for DRCOG Metro Governance Project blue ribbon initiative, as the Director of State Planning in the Colorado Office of State Planning and Budgeting, on the Governor’s Council on High Technology Economic Development, and on the Governors Commission of State and Local Government Finance.

Before coming to Colorado, he served as Assistant Dean and Director Civic Center Campus, USC School of Public Administration and Assistant Director, League of California Cities.Top

Louie V. Larimer

christopher_gates.jpgLouie Larimer explores with participants the meaning and behavioral components of ethics, integrity, trust, credibility and character.  These are five of the most important core leadership competencies that highly effective leaders must possess and demonstrate on a regular and consistent basis.  Highlights of the module include the opportunity to take two personal assessment instruments: The Ethical Type Indicator which assesses a person’s ethical preferences when confronted with an ethical dilemma and the Trust and Credibility Inventory, which helps a person assess the extent to he/she possesses and demonstrates those behaviors that result in trust and credibility. Top

Barbara Mackoff


As an executive coach and acclaimed leadership educator and author, Dr. Barbara Mackoff’s groundbreaking research and presentations explore how exceptional leaders translate their formative experiences into powerful habits of mind that guide their approach to leadership.

Dr. Mackoff, is a widely acclaimed expert in understanding the way leaders think. Her bold approach to leadership is in demand in organizations around the world including AT&T, Pepsico, Nordstrom, Boeing and Nintendo as well as numerous public sector organizations including the Community Development Corporation, the National League of Cities, the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officers, YMCA and healthcare organizations across the country.

Dr. Mackoff is the author of five highly praised books including the Art of Self-Renewal, and co-author of The Inner Work of Leaders: Leadership as a Habit of Mind. Her forthcoming book, Don’t Come Back from Hell Empty-handed, will be published later this year.

Her perspectives on leadership and productivity have been featured on The Today Show, CBS Morning News, and All Things Considered, and her work has been profiled in the New York Times, USA Today and The Washington Post.

Educated at Harvard University, Dr. Mackoff has held educational appointments at Tufts University, Northeastern University, and the University of Washington Medical School and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Top

Harold Suire


Harold Suire is President and CEO of Education, Research and Information Services, Inc., a private company located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and also serves as President of the J. Bennett Johnston Science Foundation. Suire is also the Vice President of Education for the Browning Group International, in Castle Rock, Colorado. Suire received his Maters degree in 1974 and has taught at the university level. His majors include English, psychology, counseling, special education, and school administration.


's clients include the University of Colorado Rocky Mountain Leadership Program, Denver Community Leadership Forum, Leadership Alabama, Leadership Kentucky, Leadership Louisiana, Leadership Florida, the Bell South Foundation, Tulane Medical Center, Hershey’s of Canada, Synovus Bank (Georgia), Alabama Farmers Cooperative, and several Fortune 500 companies including Dow, ChevronTexaco, ExCel Energy, Eli Lily and Shell Oil. In addition to business clients, Suire also has provided training and consultation for the National Council of State Legislators, Oregon State Legislature, City of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Larimer County, Colorado, City of Fort Collins, Colorado, City of Denver, Bay County, Florida, the Junior League of New Orleans, the University of Louisiana System, Louisiana Technical Colleges and the Young Presidents Organization.

He has received the National Distinguished Leadership Award and was a Volunteer Activist of the Year in Baton Rouge. In 1996, Suire was named Outstanding Alumni of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  Top

Bob Wells

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Robert Wells (M.A., University of Denver) is the principal of the World Humor Organization (WHO) and Chicken Lips Comedy Theater in Denver, Colorado.

Bob presents hands-on workshops and customized entertainment events for corporate, professional, educational and governmental organizations throughout the world. WHO workshops demonstrate humor as an innovative means to achieve successful results in a variety of important issues: creative thinking, communication, teamwork, customer service, spontaneity and flexibility, change and transition, laughter and health, appropriate humor and other areas of professional and personal development.

Bob is a theatrical producer, director, actor, choreographer and writer, and is owner of Chicken Lips Comedy Theater, Denver's original improv-based theater. He is co-host (with Dave Johnson) of Chicken Lips on the Air!, a radio comedy/talk show heard on Denver's KHOW radio (AM 630). He is the author of Murder Most Fowl , the popular audience participation comedy mystery, now in its 10th year.

Bob's teaching experience includes Cherry Creek Schools, University of Denver, University of Northern Colorado, and Loretto Heights College.

WHO workshops have been presented for General Motors, AT&T, Los Angeles Times, Turner Broadcasting Network, HBO, U.S. Steel, Young Presidents' Organization, Motorola, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, IBM, Ball Aerospace, Sun Microsystems, American Bankers' Association, US West, Social Security Administration, Kaiser Permanente, U.S. Department of the Interior, McGraw Hill, and many others. Top


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