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Anne Button

Anne Button oversees the University of Colorado Denver Change Makers program as its founding director. Since 2022 she has had the privilege of working with CU Denver faculty and staff, as well as partners in the community, to develop this innovative program for adults in the second half of life to explore possibilities, retool, and renew their purpose. 

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Course Facilitator

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Rachel Cohen

Rachel Cohen has a diverse background in teaching, community planning, and social work, with a focus on aging and nonprofit management, helping people and organizations find their purpose and work through difficult transitions.

She is the Executive Director of LinkAGES Colorado, an innovative organization that creates opportunities for meaningful intergenerational connections, and CEO of Aging Dynamics, a national consulting firm working with clients to build age-friendly and healthy communities.

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Previous Guest Speakers (partial list)

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Marci Alboher

Vice President, CoGenerate


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Lisa Armao

Executive Director, Early Childhood Service Corps

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Cynthia Barnett

CEO and Founder, Amazing Girls Science

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Greg Burnett

National Operations and Program Director, Co-Generate Encore Fellowships

Richard Eisenberg

Richard Eisenberg

MarketWatch columnist, podcaster, and "unretirement" teacher

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Chris Farrell

Senior Economics Contributor, Marketplace and Minnesota Public Radio

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Samantha Farro

Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatrics, CU School of Medicine

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Angelle Fouther

Principal, Kindred Communications

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Marc Freedman

Co-CEO and Founder of CoGenerate

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B Fulkerson

Lead National Organizer, Third Act

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Kerry Hannon

Senior Columnist, Yahoo Finance

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Paul Irving

Founding chair of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging

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Dana Kirchmar

From Rocket Scientist to Advocate

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Steve Leveen

Founder, American the Bilingual project

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Todd Matuszewicz

From Waldorf teacher to Historic Preservationist

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Damon McLeese

Executive Director, Access Gallery

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Leanne Mersman

Manager of Volunteers, Spark the Change Colorado

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Mary Ann McNair

Program Director at StoryCenter

Jesse Ogas

Jesse Ogas

Executive Director of Social Responsibility and Community Affairs at 9NEWS

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Yolanda Ortega

Actress, radio show host, community volunteer

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Haley Sanner

Healthy Aging Program Manager, Colorado Health Network

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Danielle Schulz

Associate Director of Lifelong Learning and Accessibility, Denver Art Museum

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Jean Stracy

Owner, Blue Sky Celebrations

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David Thomas

Professor of Play, Executive Director of Online Programs, University of Denver

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Janine Vanderburg

Director and Chief Catalyst, Changing The Narrative

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Jodi Waterhouse

Director of Outreach Programs, CU Anschutz Multidisciplinary Center on Aging

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Kate Weatherbee

Volunteer Manager, ECDC African Community Center of Denver

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Avivah Wittenberg-Cox

CEO, 20-First

Community Partners

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