Our faculty at the Rocky Mountain Leadership Program are internationally recognized as experts in their fields.
Bill Barker, Thomas Jefferson Character Interpreter
Bill 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
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
Malcom offers consulting and course work based on a model he designed, known as Harvesting the Company Mind ã . This model is a corporate knowledge cycle, which consistently produces information about customer needs. In Harvesting, Chap teaches how to lead, sell and deliver extraordinary service.
He conducts seminars and speeches nationwide and has motivated thousands toward peak performance and high achievement. “Chap”, started his professional sales career after leaving the service as a US Marine Corps Captain. In 1996 he started the Chapman Group. In 1999 Malcom was one of the founders of the Black Hills Society for Training and Development. He has worked as a consultant with the Center for Naval Analysis, a Washington, DC naval think tank, on base closures issues as they relate to the community’s youth.
He is actively involved in many community activities and was in 2008 elected to the Rapid City Common Council for his third term. He has held numerous leadership positions with the Council including Council President. Malcom is married to Dr. Cheryl Chapman and has three children. Chap and his family choose to live in the Black Hills. Top
jEFF EVANS: Mountain Vision: Lessons beyond the summit
Jeff 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
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
Louie V. Larimer: Ethics and leadership
Louie 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
Carl Larson is Professor Emeritus of Human Communication Studies and past Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Denver. He earned his B.A. degree (1961) in Speech and Drama at Idaho State University and both his M.A. degree (1962) and Ph.D (1965) in Communication at the University of Kansas.
Larson’s main research activities have focused on groups and teams, and on negotiation and collaborative processes. He has co-authored seven books on communication, including Teamwork: What Must Go Right/What Can Go Wrong , with Frank LaFasto (Newbury Park, Calif.: Sage 1989), and Successful Communication and Negotiation , with Alvin Goldberg (Gardena, Calif.: International Right of Way Association, 1992). Collaborative Leadership (with David Chrislip) published by Jossey-Bass in 1994, reports research on successful collaborative projects and their leadership. His newest book, When Teams Work Best , with Frank LaFasto, is a 2002 publication with Sage, and reports research on 600 teams and 6,000 team members.
Larson does extensive consulting with both private and public sector organizations on teamwork and collaboration. In 1997, Larson received the Driscoll Master Education Award, given by the students of the University of Denver to the outstanding professor of the year. Top
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
John Nalbandian chairs the Department of Public Administration at the
University of Kansas. He came to Kansas in 1976 from Los Angeles, where
he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California.
The public administration department at KU specializes in training
students for careers in local government. US News and World Report has
rated it as the number one local government academic program in the
In addition to his faculty position, he served on the city council in
Lawrence from 1991-1999. The council elected him mayor in 1993-1994 and
again in 1996-1997
In addition to numerous articles on city management, in 1991 he has
written Professionalism in Local Government: Transformations in the
Roles, Responsibilities, and Values of City Managers and with Donald
Klingner: Public Personnel Management: Conflict and Compromise .
He has spoken nationwide and in the United Kingdom, Canada, and
Australia, to elected officials, professional staff, and academic
audiences about “Council-Staff Relations,” the “High Performance
Governing Body” and “Contemporary Trends in Local Government.”
Professor Nalbandian has been honored on two occasions by the
International City Management Association—as an honorary member and as
recipient of the Stephen B. Sweeney award for local government
education. The Kansas Association of Parks and Recreation recognized him
in 1996 as its elected official of the year. He was honored with a
teaching excellence award by the National Association of Schools of
Public Affairs and Administration in 1997 and was inducted into the
National Academy of Public Administration for lifetime contributions to
public administration. Top
Novak is Director of the Rocky Mountain Leadership Program. She
specializes in process facilitation, leadership development, management
training, team building, and retreat facilitation. She also teaches at
the Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Colorado
at Denver and had taught at Regis University’s School for Professional
Studies. After serving for ten years as a Northglenn City Council member
Ms. Novak was elected Mayor of Northglenn in 2001, and was re-elected
Ms. Novak served on numerous council committees and is active in the
National League of Cities, participating on the Leadership Training
Council of the Leadership Training Institute for many years and serving
as chair in 1998. She also chaired several other NLC committees and was
elected to their Board of Directors in December 2002. She was elected
Second Vice President in December 2006, and serves as President of the
National League of Cities in 2009. In addition, she chaired the Mayors
and Councilmembers Section and the Strategic Visioning Committee for the
Colorado Municipal League. Ms. Novak contributed to Working Together: A
Guide for Elected and Appointed Officials, published by the
International City/County Management Association and the National League
Her awards include “9NEWS Leader of the Year” for 2003, MetroNorth
Chamber of Commerce’s “Businesswoman of the Year” and an “Excellence in
Teaching Award” from Regis University. In July 2002 she was awarded an
American Marshall Memorial Fellowship. Ms. Novak has an M.S. in
Management from the University of Colorado Denver, and an undergraduate
degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado
Dr. Charlotte Roberts is an executive consultant, speaker and writer who focuses on organizations’ sustainability and competitiveness. She is co-author of two cutting-edge leadership books with her colleagues Peter Senge, Art Kleiner, Rick Ross, Bryan Smith and George Roth. The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization is a practical guidebook used for creating an enduring competitive advantage; over a million copies have been sold worldwide. Their second Fieldbook, The Dance of Change: The Challenges of Sustaining Momentum in Learning Organizations (1999) maps a pathway to sustaining system-wide change beyond the leadership team’s personal drive and commitment. In 2007 Dr. Roberts’ research, “Executives’ Fractured Spirit and Dissociation at Work,” was published in The Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, an international refereed journal.
For three years, Dr. Roberts’ column, “Managing People,” was featured in a business journal in the Philadelphia area. Her articles, “Leading Total Quality” and “Can We Talk?” appeared in the Journal for Quality and Participation. Several of her articles were printed in the Nation’s Cities Weekly in 2003-2004. Her article, “The Learning Organization: Making It Work,” was published in the June, 1996 proceedings of Foundation de L’Enterprise, Brussels, Belgium, where she presented before European executives, Belgian government officials and His Majesty Albert II. The meeting focused on Europe as a unified knowledge-based society.
As a speaking professional, Charlotte has served in many roles. She has helped design conferences and served as emcee and theme weaver, a keynote speaker and workshop presenter. Charlotte has been an organizational development consultant for over 15 years. She works with her clients on strategy implementation and building high-performing leadership teams and learning organizations.
Her background includes a Bachelor degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Human Development from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she later served on the faculty. While working for SmithKline & French Pharmaceuticals in sales and sales training, she graduated from the Management Program at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Top
Ms. Samano is the Buechner Institute for Governance professional
meeting planner and coordinates recruitment, marketing, and logistics
for the Rocky Mountain Leadership Program, a seven-day residential
leadership program offered annually. She has coordinated meetings and
conferences lasting from one to ten days for federal and state agencies,
cities, groups and organizations.
Clients include the City and County of Denver, EPA, Colorado
Department of Transportation, Commerce City and the Colorado Department
of Public Health and Environment. Ms. Samano also was responsible for
marketing and logistics for seven statewide town meetings for the
Governor’s DUI System Evaluation Task Force and the Office of
Transportation Safety. In 1993, Ms. Samano was the conference
coordinator for a three day workshop of more than 200 participants
sponsored by the DUI Task Force.
Ms. Samano has been a member of the Society of Government Meeting
Professionals since 1995. She is currently a member of the Program
Committee. She’s been the Program Committee Chair and Secretary, past
1st Vice President of the Board of Directors, and past Chair of the Fall
Education Conference Committee. Ms. Samano was a participant in the
Denver Community Leadership Forum class of 2000. Ms. Samano holds a BA
in Communication and Theatre from the University of Colorado Denver. Top
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.
Suire has consulted with Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, and economic development groups throughout the United States. Suiire serves as a citizen member with Governors from the South on the Southern Growth Policies Board in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and has served on the group’s Executive Committee and as its Treasurer. He is currently on the board of directors and treasurer of the University of Louisiana System Foundation. He has been instrumental in establishing community leadership programs in several states. For the last several years, he has studied whole brain theories and practices and through the tutelage of Dr. Geil Browning of Denver, Colorado, has become a certified Emergenetics specialist.
Suire’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
Dr. Allan Wallis is associate professor of public policy at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver, where he directs the program in local government. His principal areas of current research are regional governance and growth management.
For eight years, Dr. Wallis was director of research for the National Civic League. During that time he authored the series of articles--Reinventing Regionalism -- which appeared in the National Civic Review . While a senior research associate at the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard, Dr. Wallis conducted an evaluation of the implementation of Florida's 1985 Growth Management Act, subsequently published by the Lincoln Land Institute. He is also author of the book, Wheel Estate: the Rise and Decline of Mobile Homes , published by Oxford University Press.
Allan holds a Ph.D. in environmental psychology from the City University of New York, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard, and a Bachelors of Architecture from Cooper Union. He has taught architecture at the University of Colorado and at Ball State University. He has also taught urban design and town planning at Pratt Institute and at the Cooper Union. Top
Bob Wells, Chicken lips and the World Humor Organization
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
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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