The Latino Leadership Institute is led by an advisory board comprised of accomplished leaders who represent multiple sectors and industries in Colorado. Board members are invested and engaged, bringing a vast range of knowledge and experience to the Institute. Board members are dedicated to developing the next generation of leaders for the highest levels of influence in the business, education, government, and non-profit sectors. The University of Denver’s dynamic leadership provides unmatched expertise in support of the Institute’s mission and initiatives.
ChairOn November 4, 2013, Katherine Archuleta was appointed by President Barack Obama to be the first Latina to the lead the US Office of Personnel Management. Overseeing the Human Resources management of the entire federal government, Ms. Archuleta was responsible for the recruitment, hiring, development and support of federal workers throughout the country. As her priorities, she focused on recognizing the tremendous talent and dedication of over 2 million federal workers serving in every state of our country, on recruiting a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects the people it serves, and on preparing federal employees for the workplace of the future. She traveled extensively as the President’s workforce ambassador to encourage young workers, mid-career professionals and executives to consider the purpose-driven mission of Federal service. She began her career as a school teacher in Denver, and worked in local government for Denver Mayors Federico Pena and John Hickenlooper. She worked for the Departments of Transportation and Energy in the Clinton Administration and was Chief of Staff to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis during the first two years of the Obama Administration. Accumulating nearly 20 years in public service along with leadership roles in the nonprofit sectors in both Colorado and New Mexico, Ms. Archuleta has been recognized nationally and locally for her dedication to supporting the role of Latinos and women in public and private sector leadership roles. She and her husband, Edmundo Gonzales, are the proud parents of Graciela Katarina Gonzales who is a third grade teacher at Greenlee Elementary School in the Denver Public Schools. Katherine taught at that same school when she began her professional career over 40 years ago and Graciela’s classroom is the same classroom where once Katherine and her dear friend, Dr. Martha Urioste, worked together as Bilingual Supervisors.
Dr. Jeremy HaefnerDr. Jeremy Haefner is the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at the University of Denver where he oversees the academic enterprise and serves the campus in a broad leadership role. Prior to joining the University of Denver, Dr. Haefner served as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) for 10 years. As provost, Dr. Haefner was in charge of the education and research missions of the university, overseeing nine colleges, two institutes, one school and three global campuses, and several university-level programs. Before RIT, Dr. Haefner was at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where he served, over the course of 18 years, in several leadership roles including Dean of Engineering and Applied Science, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, and Dean of the Graduate School. Dr. Haefner’s career is characterized by several themes – transformational change, cultivation and fundraising, student success, research and innovation, academic excellence, international education, faculty/staff success, and inclusive excellence. He has held fellowships with the American Council on Education, the National Learning Infrastructure Institute, and the University of Murcia in Spain. His enthusiasm for using technology as a learning tool led him to receive the inaugural President’s Faculty Excellence Award for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Technology (1998) from the University of Colorado System and the inaugural Innovations in Teaching with Technology (1998) from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. As a mathematician, Dr. Haefner studies integral representation and module theory and his research has been supported by the National Security Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the government of Spain. Dr. Haefner graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in mathematics, and has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin.
Sylvan “Sibito” H Morley IIIAccomplished C-level executive who leverages deep technology expertise to drive operational efficiency and achieve significant business outcomes. Recognized for thought leadership and game-changing technology innovation. Aligns strategic business priorities with organizational capabilities to improve productivity. Leverages skills, processes, and technology to develop and implement solutions that reduce costs and inefficiencies, streamline operations, and drive top and bottom-line growth. Draws upon global leadership experience successfully managing multimillion-dollar technical programs through vast global teams. Expert in organizational risk management.
Diane GarciaDiane has been a human resource professional and executive for more than 20 years, spending most of her career in the global high tech sector. She thrives in evolving and dynamic work environments with expertise in leading organizational turn-arounds along with mergers and acquisitions. Diane began her career out of high school as an intern for Inroads, where she spent four years developing leadership skills and working for the Public Service Company of Colorado. After spending an additional eight years with the company in multiple HR roles, Diane was recruited to the high tech startup company, Level 3 Communications, where she spent 16 years in various senior leadership positions, most recently as the Vice President of North America and Corporate Recruiting.
Marco Antonio AbarcaMarco Antonio Abarca grew up in North Denver, where he attended Brown, Lake and North before eventually graduating from Regis Jesuit High School. Marco is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School. After finishing law school, Marco worked with the Migrant Farmworker Unit of California Rural Legal Assistance. In 1992, Marco returned to Denver and started working at Ready Foods, Inc., his family’s food processing company, and now serves as the company’s president.
Mark GoodmanMark Goodman is a results-driven executive with experience in global brand development, building and rebuilding brand operations within consumer-driven retail, food and financial service industries. He has held significant leadership positions, including key roles at Fortune 1 and 50 companies: Walmart/Sam’s Club (EVP, Chief Marketing Officer) and McDonald’s (Corp. VP, U.S. Brand & Strategy). Mr. Goodman currently serves as the Global Chief Marketing Officer for Vistage Worldwide, Inc. the world’s largest CEO membership organization. In addition, Mr. Goodman serves as Chairman of the Colorado Nut Holding Company and on the board of directors for Pinnacol Assurance Insurance Company and Bellco Credit Union. He also serves on the board of trustees at Xavier University of Louisiana where he chairs the Development Committee. Mr. Goodman is passionate about the role of higher education in helping people from all walks of life become successful in their chosen field of interest. Mr. Goodman has been active in supporting educational institutions on a national basis over the last several years. He has served on the board of directors for St. Louis University School of Business, St. Louis, Missouri, Livingstone College Salisbury, North Carolina, History Makers, Chicago, Illinois, Eton Academy, Birmingham, Michigan, Cal State Dominquez Hills School of Business. Mr. Goodman has served as a member of the Tufts University School of Arts & Sciences Board of Advisors since 2012 and its Campaign Committee. He holds a master’s degrees in philosophy and logic from Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster. Mr. Goodman and his family reside in Denver Colorado.
Chris ChavezChris Chavez serves as director of Global Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Relations for Ball Corporation, and executive director of The Ball Foundation. Chavez leads Ball’s global social sustainability strategy and corporate citizenship initiatives. He is responsible for Ball’s signature volunteer and philanthropic programs and the corporate community engagement and giving drives. Additionally, he serves as the executive director of The Ball Foundation, which provides grants to nonprofits in areas of recycling, disaster relief, food security and STEM education. During his career, Chavez has counseled nonprofits and Fortune 500 corporations, including AT&T, Qwest (CenturyLink), Martin Marietta (Lockheed Martin) and the Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc. Chavez previously served as director of government affairs and community relations for rocket company United Launch Alliance. In that role, he developed and managed a robust community investment program, including employee volunteerism, for ULA’s corporate hub and manufacturing sites across the United States. Chavez is an active member of the corporate citizenship community and serves on the board of trustees of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He is a past board member of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Foundation, Denver Public Schools Foundation, Colorado Nonprofit Association, Museo de Las Americas, The Park People, Metro Volunteers, Mayor’s Commission on Strategic Partnerships and the Latin American Research & Service Agency (LARASA) Chavez earned the Boston College Carroll School of Management, Corporate Community Involvement certificate, and holds a degree in journalism from the University of Wyoming.
Sandi MaysSandi Mays is the Chief Customer Experience Officer & CIO at Zayo Group, a leader in global telecommunications providing bandwidth and connectivity over an exceptional network infrastructure. Sandi’s passion is providing an effortless customer experience for both internal and external customers. Sandi is a champion for diversity in the tech community and serves on the Board of the Latino Leadership Institute, the Salesforce CIO Advisory Board and the Denver Metro Chamber Economic Development Executive Committee. She is also a patron/supporter of the Denver Art Museum, the Colorado Ballet, Denver Performing Arts Center and Greenhouse scholars and an active member of many minority and diverse charities. In 2016 Sandi was named Women in Comms Leading Lights: Most Inspiring Woman in Comms. Previously, Sandi served in various management positions at ICG Communications, Level 3 Communications, MFS Telecom, WorldCom, Focus Enterprises and Northern Trust. Sandi earned a B.S. (magna cum laude) in Finance from DePaul University.
Maria Garcia BerryMaria Garcia Berry is the guiding force behind what is today one of the most influential public affairs firms in Colorado. Serving a broad spectrum of clients from transportation to professional sports teams to real estate developers – the services of Ms. Garcia Berry and her associates are sought by clients across the United States. As chief executive officer of CRL Associates, Inc., she successfully manages CRL’s broad client base that includes a variety of high-profile projects such as the Master Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Denver’s Union Station; the transformation of the former Villa Italia mall site into Belmar; and Forest City’s redevelopment of Stapleton. CRL has represented all of the Denver sports franchises. In 2004, Ms. Garcia Berry was the campaign chair for the nation’s largest proposed mass transit expansion effort, the successful FasTracks Yes campaign. She is a much sought-after consultant for other locales striving to bring an integrated and comprehensive transportation program to their area. In addition to FasTracks, she has been a strategic consultant to a number of transportation-related initiatives around the country, including a transportation master plan for the seven‐county Tampa Bay region adopted in 2009 by the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) and a 2012 regional transportation referendum in the 10-county Atlanta region that would fund $8.5 billion in transportation improvements. Highly respected for her skills in negotiation, mediation and advocacy, Ms Garcia Berry is experienced at forging links between diverse interests and groups. She is widely recognized in her field for her expertise in government and public decision making, strategic planning, coalition building, crisis communications, community outreach, public positioning and legislative advocacy. Maria Garcia Berry is a member of the Board of Directors of TBD Colorado, a nonpartisan, collaborative effort designed to create informed and constructive conversations among Coloradans about some of the biggest issues facing the state. She has recently been appointed to the Auraria Higher Education Board and is a former trustee of Metropolitan State College Board of Directors; serves on the Citywide Banks Board; and is a member of the Urban Land Institute. Ms. Garcia Berry is also an alumnus of Leadership Denver. Along with having been named a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Colorado, Ms. Garcia Berry received recent recognition by both the Hispanic Chamber and the Women’s Chamber. She is married to Chuck Berry, currently the CEO and president of Colorado’s Association of Commerce and Industry and formerly Colorado’s Speaker of the House. They have three children.
Peter R. VillegasPeter R. Villegas is Vice President and Head of Latin Affairs for The Coca-Cola Company. In his position, Mr. Villegas establishes and manages the execution of local, regional and national strategies that position The Coca-Cola Company as a leading corporate citizen in the U.S. Hispanic community. Responsibilities include establishing and managing relationships with key local, state and national Hispanic political, business, civic and community leaders. Recognized as a regional and national corporate leader, Peter has wide-range knowledge of numerous corporate and community issues Peter has 25 years of experience in corporate America and began his career as a bank teller, working his way up through various roles in the financial industry, and has spent the last 15 years in key management positions. Villegas is a board member of the following organizations: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, American Israel Public Affairs Committee National Council, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Latino Elected Officials. Peter received the 2012 United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Corporate Advocate of the year award and is recognized by the Orange County Business Journal as one of the most influential Hispanics in Orange County, CA, and in 2005, the Orange County Register identified Peter as one of the top ten people who will help shape the next 100 years of Orange County. Peter as been recognized as one of the top Latino Executives in corporate America by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility and Hispanic Executive Magazine.
Tonette SalazarAs Senior Vice President of Government Relations for Strategies 360 in the Colorado Office, Tonette Salazar brings more than twenty years of expertise to S360's clients. She serves as a strategic thinking partner and advocate for her clients, helping them navigate complex policy issues in the state. Tonette has a strong history of success in the Colorado legislature and political arena. As an experienced lawyer and lobbyist, she has advocated for an array of education clients including school districts, community colleges, school counselors and career and technical education organizations. Tonette has also worked extensively on homeowner association issues, labor and employment issues, and workforce issues. Tonette's most notable achievements include leading the lobbying effort to help secure passage of in-state tuition and financial aid for undocumented students, negotiating a compromise on construction defects, and creating new special education funding formula for public education. Tonette tackles complex challenges with strategic thinking, thorough policy analysis, and powerful coalition building. A native of Las Cruces, NM, Tonette holds a BA from the University of Denver and a JD from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She also volunteers her time by serving on the Mile High United Way Board of Trustees and chairs the Program Strategy Committee. She lives in Denver, CO, with her husband and three children. As a former competitive gymnast and judge, Tonette now spends her time supporting her children's endeavors in dance, baseball, and taekwondo.
Harry HollinesHarry has held senior executive business and legal positions at various technology companies. Most recently, Harry founded The Hollines Group and acquired Earth Cycle Cleaning. Prior to that, Harry was responsible for global business development at Notion. Prior to Notion, Harry served as Chief Administrative Officer at Envysion, where he was responsible for corporate and business development, strategy, M&A and human resources. Harry previously held roles as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Miller Heiman, a provider of corporate training services and Vice President of Business Development at iBAHN, a provider of high-speed internet access, video and online content to the hospitality market. Harry earned his B.A. from Fort Lewis College and his J.D. from the University of Colorado.
LLI’s staff members have backgrounds in the highest levels of public, private, and non-profit work. The LLI is led by a unique and accomplished team of individuals who share a passion for socially responsible leadership.