President: Wade Troxell, Fort Collins mayorRepresents large population category; term expires June 2019Elected as mayor in April 2015, Wade Troxell served two terms representing Fort Collins District 4 as a councilmember from 2007 through 2015.
Wade is a lifelong resident of Fort Collins. When he was 14 years old, he was “Mayor for a Day” for then-mayor Karl Carson. He grew up in Old Town, attended PSD schools, was a Colorado State University (CSU) student-athlete, where he captained the football team, earned three degrees in engineering, and has been on the mechanical engineering faculty for 30 years. He and his wife, Jean, have been married 33 years. They have two children, Graeme and Ellie, both of whom students at CSU.
Vice President: Liz Hensley, Alamosa mayor pro temRepresents medium population category; term expires June 2019Liz Hensley is originally from the San Francisco/Bay Area but has lived in the San Luis Valley for 20 years. Liz is an associate professor of marketing and the MBA director at Adams State University. She is passionate about her students and her community and has found her true calling. She loves being a part of Adams State, Alamosa, and the San Luis Valley. She graduated with her PhD in organization and management from Capella University and her MBA from Arizona State University. Liz currently serves on the Golf Board, Marketing Board, and San Luis Valley Housing Coalition, and is a member of Kiwanis International. Liz and her husband Lynn have four adult children, Erin, Sammie, Chelsie, and Alan; two granddaughters, Marlie and Luxei; and four dogs and a cat.
Robert (Bob) Widner’s legal career has been dedicated to the representation of Colorado local governments. His law firm founded in 2004, Widner Juran LLP, continues that tradition through the representation of a wide variety of Colorado local governments. Bob was appointed as city attorney for the City of Centennial in 2004 and continues to serve in that capacity today. Prior to 2004, Bob was a partner with the Public Law Department of the large Denver law firm of Gorsuch Kirgis LLP, where he served as the city, town, or county attorney for communities such as Cherry Hills Village, Lyons, Park County, and Hot Sulfur Springs. A 1989 graduate of the University of Kansas Law School, Bob holds a master’s degree in urban & regional planning from the University of Colorado. He serves as an adjunct professor of law with the University of Colorado Law School.
Immediate Past President: Carol Dodge, Northglenn mayor Represents medium population category; term expires June 2019Carol Dodge was elected to her first term on the Northglenn City Council in 2009 and ran unopposed in 2013 for her current second term, in which she served as mayor pro tem. In 2017, she was elected mayor of the City of Northglenn. She has owned and operated a successful small business, Dodge Sign Co., in Northglenn for more than 20 years, and the company received the Outstanding Community Impact Award from the City in 2013. Carol currently serves as council liaison to the Northglenn Youth Commission, the Northglenn Senior Organization, and the Northglenn Arts and Humanities Foundation. She also serves as the DRCOG alternate member and has been on the CML Policy Committee since 2009. Carol has been an advocate for north area transit projects, neighborhood revitalization, community involvement, and numerous volunteer organizations.
Ronnald Akey, Wray planning commission member Represents small population category; term expires June 2019
Ronnald Akey is a fourth generation Wray and Colorado resident. He was elected to the Wray City Council in 2010, with the final four years as mayor pro tem before beginning service as a planning commission member in 2018. Ronn represents the council on the museum board, the Yuma County Water Authority, and the Yuma County Landfill Board; in the past, he has represented the City on the Northeast Colorado Council of Governments. Ronn is a graduate of Northeastern Junior College and the University of Wyoming.
Larry Atencio, Pueblo councilmemberRepresents large population category; term expires June 2020Larry Atencio is a councilmember for the City of Pueblo, serving the District he grew up in and has lived in since he was five years old. Graduating from Colorado State University-Pueblo in 1970 with a B.S. degree in industrial engineering technology, Larry was immediately drafted into the U.S. Army serving with the 82nd Airbourne Division. After the Army, he worked with the Pueblo City-County Health Department as a health inspector, when he went on to get a master's degree in public administration from the University of Northern Colorado. While serving on the Pueblo City Council from 2007 to 2011, Larry was very proud to serve on the CML Executive Board in 2010, and is glad to serve on the board during his second stint on council.
Kendra Black, Denver councilmemberRepresents largest population category; term expires June 2019Kendra Black took office as the councilmember in 2015. She is a proud Denver native and graduate of the University of Colorado. Kendra has been actively involved for more than two decades, successfully advocating for schools, students, neighborhoods, and parks. Her professional experience includes work in nonprofits, education, and community outreach. She also serves on a variety of other boards, ranging from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District to Denver South Economic Development Partnership, Transportation Solutions to Governors’ Residence Preservation Fund, CU Denver-National History Day in Colorado to High Line Canal Conservancy.
Cathie Brunnick, Lone Tree mayor pro temRepresents medium population category; term expires June 2019Cathie Brunnick was elected to the Lone Tree City Council in May 2016 and was appointed as the mayor pro tem in May 2018. She was the co-founder and COO of Patheos.com and has spent more than 25 years as a COO or senior sales executive for software and technology companies both in Colorado and throughout the United States. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Colorado and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of the Pacific. She has also held executive director positions for several nonprofits and is an active fundraiser for organizations with an emphasis in freedom of speech, education, human rights, and the promotion of arts and culture.
Jim Collins, Las Animas mayorRepresents small population category; term expires June 2019Jim Collins has been mayor for the City of Las Animas since 2015, and as such has had the opportunity to be involved with many aspects of municipal government at both the local and regional levels. He sits on and/or chairs numerous boards and committees, including the tri-county Community Service Block Grant, Tri-County Housing and Community Development Inc., Otero Junior College Foundation Board, Las Animas Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, Southeastern Colorado Enterprise Development Corp., Southeastern Colorado Council of Governance, Las Animas/Bent County Community Center Board, and Bent County Development Foundation.
Dale Hall, Greeley councilmemberRepresents large population category; term expires June 2019Dale Hall is a Colorado native, who has lived in Greeley since 7th grade. He is married to Susie and has one daughter, Kimberly. He and his wife own and operate a property management company in Greeley, with more than 30 years of property management experience. Dale served in the Army during the Vietnam War and came back home and became a deputy sheriff with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office. He has 30 years’ experience in the financial advisory industry. He was elected to the office of Weld County commissioner, where he also served as chair of Colorado Counties Inc. Finance Committee, and Colorado State Representative in District 48, where he served on the Joint Budget Committee. Dale has served on numerous community organizations, including the Greeley Housing Authority, Greeley/Weld Airport Authority, Colorado Aeronautical Board, and the Greeley Planning Commission.
Kathy Hodgson, Lakewood city managerRepresents large population category; term expires June 2020Kathy Hodgson has served as the city manager for Lakewood, with a population of approximately 143,000 residents, since 2009. She has invested her entire professional career with the City of Lakewood. Kathy serves on the Red Rocks Community College President’s Advisory Council by appointment from Gov. John Hickenlooper; is a board member of the Women’s Forum Colorado and was program chair in 2014; and is on the Metro City and County Management Association planning committee, having previously served as the organization's chair. Kathy holds a master’s degree in public administration and earned a certificate in the Senior Executive State and Local Government Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Frank Lancaster, Estes Park town administratorRepresents small population category; term expires June 2020Frank Lancaster has served as the town administrator for Estes Park since 2012, prior to which he was the county manager for Larimer County for 18 years. Frank started his career as the city forester for Cheyenne, Wyo., starting the first urban forestry program in the state. In 1981, he became the county forester for Larimer County, and then served as director of natural resources until his appointment as county manager in 1994.
Frank is a Colorado native and holds a bachelor's degree in landscape horticulture and a master’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University.
Carlos López, Trinidad councilmemberRepresents large population category; term expires June 2020Carlos R. López is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with a B.A.S. in psychology, and later received a paralegal certificate from the only American Bar Association accredited program in the state, The Denver Career College. Carlos returned home to Trinidad in 2013 and ran for Trinidad City Council in 2015. Since becoming a councilmember, he has opened The Youth Club of Trinidad Inc. and started educational efforts to learn and implement a Permanent Supportive Housing program in Trinidad. He is a member of his progressive city council that has been able to bring in Space To Create, the first affordable housing/creative studio space for artists sanctioned by Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Carlos is a liaison to the Urban Forestry Board and is a board member of the Human Services Board at Trinidad State Junior College.
Ashley McMurray, Hayden mayor pro temRepresents small population category; term expires June 2020 Ashley McMurray is in her first term on Hayden Town Council, elected in November 2016. She served on the Hayden Planning Commission for the year prior to that. Ashley is originally from the suburbs of Detroit and has lived in the Hayden area since 2004. She has owned and operated her marketing and web design business, InSite Media, since 2011. Ashley also sits on the Routt County United Way Women United board and is active in her three children's schools. She is an advocate for economic development in Hayden and holds bachelor's degrees from the University of Michigan in Political Science and Asian Languages (Japanese).
Kristie Melendez, Windsor mayorRepresents medium population category; term expires June 2020For the past 17 years, Kristie Melendez, has worked in a variety of development, marketing, management, and sales roles, while operating a full-service agency, Smart Marketing LLC. She has formulated partnerships and relationships with dozens of local Chambers of Commerce, municipalities, elected officials, and hundreds of businesses in Colorado through effective collaboration and relationship building efforts. Her leadership, management, and motivational strategies enabled double-digit growth for her company for many years and a career highlight was working with former Denver Mayor Wellington E. Webb on a series of projects from 2008 to 2010 that inspired her to act on her political dream. In 2010, she became a Windsor town board member; in 2016, she became Windsor's first female mayor. It is her deepest desire to continue to make Windsor a top place to live, work and play, and she hopes her involvement in the end will make a difference for generations to come.
Kathi Meyer, Steamboat Springs council president pro temRepresents medium population category; term expires June 2020
Kathi Meyer first served on the Steamboat Springs City Council in 2015 (at-large) before being reelected in November 2017 to the four-year District II seat. Prior to her work on council, she served two terms on the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission. She spent 25 years in the banking and financial management field working for employers such as Colorado National Bank (US Bank), GE Capital, and Southern California Savings. She is also the past president of the Board of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority, having been on that board since its inception in 2004, and has served as treasurer and president of the Regional Affordable Living Foundation, volunteered with the Yampa Valley Medical Center, was a trustee for the Leukemia Society of America and the past president of Routt County Habitat for Humanity.
Robert Roth, Aurora mayor pro temRepresents large population category; term expires June 2020Robert "Bob" Roth is director of business development and a LEED accredited professional at IES Commercia Inc., an electrical and specialty contracting company serving industries across the United States. His policy service on Aurora City Council includes the water; management and finance; and public safety, courts, and civil service. He is active in the community through Aurora Economic Development Council, Aurora Sister Cities International, Denver Regional Council of Governments, and Associated General Contractors of Colorado.
Jessica Sandgren, Thornton councilmemberRepresents large population category; term expires June 2020Jessica Sandgren is a Colorado native, who has lived in Thornton since 2003 with her husband and two daughters. She is a K-12 licensed science teacher and has been teaching since 2007. She has been awarded numerous Science and STEM related grants for her students, and is passionate about educating kids. She is a community advocate who works to help combat opioid addiction. She serves on the Board of Directors for Kids First Health Care, volunteers for Communities that Care and the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse, and is a certified first responder with Youth Mental Health First Aid. Jessica is also a member of the Northglenn/Thornton Rotary Club and she and her husband are both graduates and alumni of the Thornton Citizen’s Police Academy.
Kirby Wallin, Brighton councilmemberRepresents medium population category; term expires June 2019Kirby Wallin was elected to the Brighton City Council in November 2011 and was voted in as mayor pro tem by his fellow councilmembers in 2013. Kirby attended the University of Cincinnati in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in management information systems. After college, he put his passion for technology to work for a systems integrator. In this role, he traveled extensively across the United States and Canada gaining valuable experience in dealing with the diversity of people he met. Soon after moving to Colorado from Philadelphia, Kirby launched his own computer consulting business. He and his wife Cyndi have two children, and their family is an energetic supporter of the 27J School District. Kirby has served on many boards and commissions, and is especially proud of the work he has done with the Brighton Youth Commission.
Elected and appointed officials of member municipalities are invited to run for the CML Executive Board. Applications and supporting materials are due June 5. Read more about the opportunity, and view a sample letter of nomination and letter of endorsement.
Board Agendas and Minutes
Unless otherwise noted, all CML Executive Board meetings take place at the CML offices (1144 Sherman Street, Denver), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The CML Executive Board consists of 21 municipal elected and appointed officials elected by their peers at the CML Annual Conference in June.
The responsibilities of the board are to:
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