Board and Staff

Key Staff

 

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Susan Bachar

Executive Director

 

Susan is responsible for all aspects of organizational management and strategic planning for ASAP, including program design and execution, fundraising, financial oversight and external partnership development.

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Zach Swett

Africa Project Director

 

Zach is directly responsible for all ASAP operations in Africa, including school construction, program implementation, government and community relations and logistics for annual volunteer trips.

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Jackson Nzemya

Regional Project Coordinator

 

Jackson ensures the smooth operation of ASAP projects in Tanzania’s Lake Region, overseeing construction, arrangements for ASAP volunteer trips and community relations in the villages where ASAP operates.

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Aretha Alicia

Kupanda Project Manager

 

Aretha manages all aspects of ASAP’s Kupanda Project for Girls, our initiative to increase secondary school completion rates for rural Tanzanian girls.  With a Masters Degree in Community Development, Aretha also oversees the Community Education & Engagement initiatives for ASAP.

 

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Board of Directors

 

Beth Ganz, Chair

Since 2007, Beth Ganz has served as the Vice President for Public Affairs and Sustainability at Vail Resorts.  In this role, Ganz oversees the company’s government relations at the national, state and local level, and the company’s community relations, corporate stewardship and sustainability programs.  Previously, Ganz held many political and non-profit positions in both Colorado and Washington, D.C.  Before joining Vail Resorts, Ganz served as executive director of America Votes, a national coalition that works to promote progressive policies through issue advocacy and election campaigns.  Previously, Ganz held executive director positions with NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado and the Colorado Democratic Party.  In addition, Ganz served as campaign manager for Congresswoman DeGette’s first re-election campaign.  Ganz has had the honor of on many non-profit boards, and currently serves as chair of the Africa School Assistance Project, a Denver-based organization that recruits U.S. volunteers to help build schools in Africa, and the Boards of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains Action Fund.  Ganz earned a B.A. from Duke University and a J.D. from Georgetown University.

 

Charles Musiba, PhD, Vice Chair

Charles is associate professor of biological anthropology in the department of anthropology at the University of Colorado Denver. He is also an adjunct professor, department of anatomy at Saint Francis University College of Health and Allied sciences in Ifakara, Tanzania. Charles is a native of Tanzania, born and raised on the shores of Lake Victoria in Mwanza town. After completing his undergraduate studies at the Institute of Anthropology of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität in Frankfurt, Germany, Charles returned back to Tanzania and worked as an Assistant Conservator of Antiquities in the Department of Antiquities in the Ministry of Natural Resource and Tourism until 1986 when he was awarded a two years Demokritos Foundation fellowship to join the Anthropological Museum of Xanthi as a research fellow and trainee, which was followed by a master’s degree in human ecology at the Free University of Brussels in Belgium in 1991. Charles passion has always been in prehistory, especially biological anthropology and as a result he received his second master’s degree in biological anthropology in 1995 followed by a Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of Chicago. Currently Charles is serving as a member of International Council of Archaeological Heritage Management scientific committee and a member of an International committee that is helping Tanzania to build an on-site museum at Laetoli as a sustainable conservation solution for the 3.6 million years old pre-human footprints at Laetoli.

 

Brian Dolan, Treasurer

Brian is long-experienced in Africa-related activities, having spent years as a lawyer, and then more years as a private equity fund partner, working on acquiring and operating mining projects around the globe, including many in Africa. His expertise includes establishment and management of government contacts, assessment of political risk and mobilization of local resources. His previous not-for-profit board service has included Habitat for Humanity of Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Food Bank and Amigos de las Americas. He has undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford University.

 

Erika Hollis, Secretary

Erika Moore Hollis joined Regis as vice president and general counsel in July 2013. She works on all University legal matters, including real estate, employment, transactions, compliance and risk management. Hollis holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa as well as an MBA from University of Colorado – Denver. She joined the Colorado Bar in 1997. Prior to joining Regis, Hollis served entrepreneurs and higher education clients in a private practice that included litigation and transactional work at Jackson Kelly PLLC.  In the community, Hollis currently serves on the board of directors for Africa School Assistance Project and Read12. She previously served as a member of the board for the Denver Metropolitan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Hollis also is a member of the 2012 Leadership Denver class.  Hollis resides in Denver with her husband and two young daughters.

 

Pete Boukouzis, Board Member

Pete currently leads the U.S. Energy Mergers & Acquisitions practice for the Bank of Montreal (BMO). Over his 17-year investment banking career in New York and Houston, Pete has advised clients from the US, Europe, and Asia on over $40 billion of announced transactions. Prior to joining BMO, Pete worked for international investment banking firms Rothschild and UBS. Prior to his career on Wall Street, Pete worked as a chemical engineer in the oil and gas industry for seven years, including assignments in Oklahoma, Montana, California, and Illinois. Pete currently serves as a board member of the Annunciation Orthodox School in Houston, Texas. He has served as a volunteer for the American Youth Soccer Organization, the United Church Athletic League, Houston Express Soccer Club, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Houston, Harlem RBI, and Habitat for Humanity. In addition, he has served as a “Big Brother” to young boys of the Ponca tribe (Oklahoma) and children living in the Cabrini Green housing projects in Chicago. He and his family also supported the building of a primary school in rural Tanzania that opened in October 2014 and currently educates approximately 450 local children. Pete holds a B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

 

Ginger Broaddaus, Board Member

Ginger’s bio coming soon.

 

Mark Eddy, Board Member

Mark is Owner of Mark Eddy Communications, a strategic communications/messaging/public education firm specializing in public policy issues.  Eddy is an expert at assessing and quickly understanding complicated issues, synthesizing large amounts of information, team building, project management, strategic planning and visioning on an organization-wide basis, strategic communications, public education and political campaigns, policy development, local and statewide messaging, writing and editing, advocacy and crisis communications.  Eddy works with a number of foundations and non-profit groups as well as for-profit companies ranging from a two-person disability rights law firm to an $18-billion multinational corporation.

 

David Falicia, Board Member

David’s bio is coming soon.

 

Denise Goldin-Dubois, Board Member

Denise Goldin-Dubois has been an educator for 26 years. She is currently a STEM instructional coach working with math teachers across the Cherry Creek Schools. She taught math in Guinea, West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 1994-1996. She has been on the ASAP board for 3 years and believes deeply in all that is possible in Africa by ensuring access to quality education for all children.

 

Alice Madden, Board Member

Alice Madden started her career in the high tech industry and then practiced law for ten years before running for office.  First elected in 2000, Alice served four terms as Representative for House District Ten, including four years as House Majority Leader.  Alice was the first Democratic woman to ever hold that position. Today, Alice applies her experience, knowledge, and passion for energy and climate change issues as Governor Ritter’s Climate Change Advisor and is responsible for coordinating both public and private efforts to reach the green house gas reduction goals set forth in Colorado’s Climate Action Plan.  Alice also serves as a Senior Fellow on climate change issues at the Center for American Progress. A graduate of University of Colorado School of Law, Alice is a diehard Buffs fan. In 1985, Alice married Pete Madden and they are proud parents of two teenage boys. Her entire family has a great love of the outdoors and they regularly take advantage of their beautiful surroundings and proximity to the Rocky Mountains.  Her focus on climate change comes from her desire to preserve what makes the west so special.

 

Lorez Meinhold, Board Member

Lorez brings over fifteen years of health care policy experience as a director of multi-lateral initiatives involving the public, private and civic sectors, working at the local, state, and national levels. Lorez has worked in many capacities implementing and integrating health programs, connecting early childhood and health communities, delivery and payment system reforms, and efforts that required statewide stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining The Keystone Center, Lorez served as the Deputy Executive Director and Director of Community Partnerships for the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. She also served as a Senior Policy Advisor for Governor Hickenlooper and Senior Health Advisor for Governor Ritter. Prior to her work at the state, she served as a Senior Policy/ Program Officer at the Colorado Health Foundation as well as serving as the founding Executive Director of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative.