Speaker Date Topic
Bev Marquez - CEO Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners Mar 22, 2018 7:00 AM
Suicide: Risk, Recognition and Prevention
Suicide: Risk, Recognition and Prevention

Colorado's suicide rate is one of the highest in the United States.  in fact, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death nationally. Colorado has had 1,093 deaths already in 2017 and December results have not been completely reported.  Surprisingly, working and middle age white men account for the highest number of suicide deaths in the State annually. Men die by suicide four times more than women. Close behind them are suicide deaths by teenagers and young adults. The suicide rate for this younger age group is 10.5 deaths per 100,000 people in 2016.  State officials and suicide prevention organizations estimate that the real rates are much higher.  Stigma and insurance rules result in unreported suicides with many counted as accidents.  

Experts, like Bev Marquez, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners, say that there are ways to pick up on signs of suicide if people are aware of them. Those signs include sudden changes in behavior, romantic or financial problems or even teen rebelliousness.  Her presentation will discuss underlying causes of suicide and how to recognize symptoms.

Bev Marquez earned an MA in Agency Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado in 1988 and has a BS in Psychology from Colorado State University. Bev is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Psychological First Aid Trainer.  Bev joined Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners as its Director of Operations in April 2010 and was named the CEO in December 2012. Her background as a former employee assistance program administrator, workplace critical incident consultant and clinician lends to her inherent experience in behavioral health, suicide prevention, and crisis management.  Ms. Marquez is most qualified for leadership at Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners as she has been at the ground floor of system and program development in both public and private mental health service systems. 

Dr. Charlie Hazlehurst will introduce Ms. Marquez.






Dr. Janine Davidson, MSUD President Mar 29, 2018 7:34 AM
Importance of Education in Today's Society
Importance of Education in Today's Society

The ninth president of MSU Denver, Janine Davidson, Ph.D., is a compelling leader with extensive experience guiding large and complex organizations.

Prior to joining the University, Davidson served as the 32nd undersecretary of the United States Navy, where she managed all Department of the Navy affairs including Navy and Marine Corps integration, acquisition, finance, personnel, legislative affairs, research, and development. In that role, she was responsible for the health and well-being of nearly 900,000 sailors, marines, civilians and their families. 

Davidson has nearly 30 years of experience in military operations, national security policy and academic research. As an analyst and academic, Davidson was a senior fellow for defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she is a lifetime member. She has taught national security policy and political science at Georgetown University, George Mason University, and Davidson College.

She holds a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s of science degree in architectural engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. She was a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Squadron Officer School and was the first woman to fly the Air Force’s tactical C-130. 

Davidson became president of MSU Denver on July 24, 2017. Her primary focus is on student retention and graduation – better serving the nearly 20,000 current students that call the University home and preparing them to launch into the workforce. While MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans through programs relevant to the state’s economy, Davidson aims to build the institution’s reputation both nationally and internationally.

Congressman Mike Coffman Apr 05, 2018 7:00 AM
State of the Congress in WDC

Mike Coffman began his distinguished career of serving our nation at a very young age. At age seventeen, after finishing his junior year at Aurora Central High School in 1972, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Through the Army, Coffman was able to earn a high school diploma. In 1974, he left active duty to attend the University of Colorado under the G.I. Bill where he continued his military career by serving in the U.S. Army Reserve. Coffman took a leave of absence from the U.S. Army Reserve and the University of Colorado to attend D.G. Vaishnav College in Chennai, India in 1976 and the University of Veracruz in Xalapa, Mexico in 1977. Coffman graduated from the University of Colorado in 1979 and immediately transferred from the U.S. Army Reserve to the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as an infantry officer.

In 1983, Coffman came back home to Colorado and started a small business, an Aurora-based property management company, that would grow to over 20 employees. He remained the senior share holder of the firm for the next seventeen years until selling his interest in 2000. While in business, he continued serving in the military by joining the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

In his role as a Colorado small business owner, Coffman saw the need to bring more common sense pro-growth economic policies to state government so he ran and was elected to the State House of Representatives in 1988 and re-elected in 1990. Shortly after his 1990 re-election, Coffman took an unpaid leave of absence from the state legislature and volunteered to return to active duty for the first Gulf War where he served as the executive officer for a light armored infantry company. The battalion that Coffman served in was ordered to attack and defend positions inside of Kuwait, for three consecutive days prior to the main ground attack, as part of a deception and reconnaissance-by-fire operation. Coffman retired from the military in 1994 after having served for seven years between the U.S. Army and the Army Reserve and thirteen years between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserve.

In 1994, Coffman was elected to the State Senate where he served as the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. While in the State Senate, he completed the Senior Executive Program for State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 1998, Coffman was elected to the office of State Treasurer and re-elected in 2002. In 2005, the U.S. Marine Corps was under strength in meeting their requirements for the Iraq War and begun to extend Marines beyond their active duty enlistments, recall Marines recently released from active duty, and selectively reach out to retired Marines and request their return to active duty. Coffman resigned his position as the State Treasurer and volunteered to return to the U.S. Marine Corps for an assignment in Iraq. In Iraq, Coffman was a civil affairs officer where he worked in support of the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) in 2005 and in 2006 he was reassigned to help establish interim local governments in the Western Euphrates River Valley.

In 2006, Coffman came home after completing a full tour of duty in Iraq and was appointed by Governor Bill Owens to serve out the remainder of his term as the State Treasurer. In that same year, he ran and was elected to the Office of Secretary of State and served in that capacity until he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008.

Coffman is the only veteran in the Colorado delegation and the only Member of Congress to have served in both Iraq Wars. Congressman Coffman represents the 6th Congressional District of Colorado and serves on the Veteran’s Affairs Committee and the Armed Services Committee where he is the Chairman for the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.


Courtney to introduce.


Dr. Peter Van Arsdale Apr 12, 2018 7:00 AM
The Last Man on the Moon

Since astronaut Jack Schmitt walked on the moon in 1972, no human has returned.  That's going to change.  Peter will highlight what we've learned about our solar system since then, including some of NASA's most exciting projects (like Cassini).  The project our team evaluated in 2016 featured human-centered design and the development of drones.

In his semi-retirement, Dr. Peter Van Arsdale remains active at the University of Denver, where he teaches and directs African Initiatives.  As a volunteer, he works with Rotary (currently chairing the International Service Committee), the anti-genocide campaign, water resource development, refugee issues, and the Selian Hospice of Tanzania.  His most recent book is Global Human Rights: People, Processes, and Principles (Waveland Press, 2017)

Greg Hoskinson will introduce Peter Van Arsdale.

Table Talks: Potential New Fundraiser Apr 19, 2018 7:00 AM
Review & Comparison of Fundraising Ideas

We are going to review the top three best ideas from last summer's Table Talk on various Fund Raising Ideas. Club members will vote on which they believe is best and submit ideas on what will make it an even better fundraising idea.

Donald Zuckerman, Colorado Film Commissioner Apr 26, 2018 7:00 AM
Making Movies in Colorado
Making Movies in Colorado

Donald Zuckerman is a producer of sixteen movies, best known for Green Street Hooligans (2005), Casino Jack (2010) and Freaky Deaky (2012).  In 1994, Zuckerman produced his first feature film, “The Low Life,” with Kyra Sedgwick and Rory Cochrane. It was directed by a 32-year-old filmmaker named George  Hickenlooper.  The two went on to make seven films together, among them “Casino Jack,” “Mayor of the Sunset Strip” and “The Man From Elysian Fields.” That last one starred Andy Garcia, Mick Jagger and Julianna Margulies. It also gave the director’s cousin, a Denver brewpub owner named John Hickenlooper, his first movie role.

Zuckerman was appointed director of the Colorado Office of Film, TV and Media on June 21, 2911.  A division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the Colorado Office of Film, TV, and Media takes great pride in promoting the great State of Colorado to the film and television industry locally, nationally and internationally. They work to enhance the success of Colorado film projects through promotion, funding, and education.

The Colorado Office of Film, TV,0 & Media attracts and facilitates content creation in the state to generate economic growth in all of its communities. They also connect filmmakers, animators, gamers, and photographers to the resources they need, such as location assistance, crew referrals and inter-governmental cooperation.  They administer a 20% cash rebate incentive program for production costs, which covers feature films, TV pilots, TV series (broadcast and cable), TV commercials, music videos, industrials, documentaries and video game design and creation, as well as other forms of content creation.  


Donald Zuckerman will be introduced by Courtney Cowgill.

Tamara Banks - Emmy Award Winning Journalist May 03, 2018 7:00 AM
Photo-Journey and Tour of the People of South Sudan
Photo-Journey and Tour of the People of South Sudan

For Emmy Award-winning journalist, Tamara Banks, the statement, “One Person Can Make a Difference,” is more than just words.   Tamara is currently using her 20 years of journalism experience to evoke positive social transformation in our community and globally through excellence in journalism and civic engagement.  She is well known as a respected anchor and reporter for WB 2 News in Denver, Colorado before becoming a national and international freelance journalist. Tamara’s work has appeared on ABC News, HDNET’s World Report, CNN, BBC World, FOX News, and Al Jazeera America.

Tamara is a global thinker and international documentary filmmaker. She produces films and news programs in many parts of the world including in Sudan and South Sudan and the Nuba Mountains focusing on a genocide and crimes against humanity.   Tamara has also traveled to Uganda where she interviewed child soldiers, as well as to Rwanda where she reported on that country’s post-genocide challenges and successes.  

The short version of Tamara’s documentary film, “The Long Journey Home,” depicting the journey of former Sudanese slaves coming back home after years of enslavement, was accepted into the 2009 Hollywood Film Festival, “HollyShorts.”  She also covered the devastating earthquake in Haiti. And she toured with U.S. Army and Iraqi Security forces and reported on yet another untold story: U.S. and Coalition Forces training, mentoring and empowering Iraqis before the U.S. pulled out of the war-torn country.

Tamara is also an accomplished equestrian and plays polo, the sport of kings (and queens).

She will be introduced by Steve Werner and Dr. Peter VanArsdale.

Club Table Talks #3 May 10, 2018 7:00 AM
Location Requirements
Club is Dark for the District Conference May 17, 2018 7:00 AM
Members are Asked to Attend the District Conference at a TBD Subsidized Rate
Dr. Larry Wahlberg, Veterans Administration May 24, 2018 7:00 AM
Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome

Dr. Larry Wahlberg is a clinical psychologist and Program Manager, PTSD, RRPT with the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Bio to follow.

Dr. Wahlberg will be introduced by Dr. Charlie Hazlehurst.


Joe Garcia - WICHE May 31, 2018 7:00 AM

Joe Garcia
Joe Garcia assumed the presidency of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) on June 2016. Garcia left his dual role as Colorado lieutenant governor and executive director of the state’s Department of Higher Education and will be the seventh president of WICHE since its founding 62 years ago.

Before his inauguration as lieutenant governor in 2011 and re-election in 2015, Garcia was president of Colorado State University-Pueblo. During his four-year tenure there, he helped the institution overcome financial difficulties and stagnant enrollment, and enhanced its reputation through aggressive marketing and nontraditional solutions. Previously, he was president of Colorado’s second-largest community college, Pikes Peak Community College, overseeing three campuses serving more than 16,000 students a year.

Garcia, who earned a business degree from the University of Colorado and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School, began his career in 1983 with Holme Roberts & Owen, where he went on to become the first Hispanic partner in the 100-year history of the storied Denver law firm. In 1993, he joined former Gov. Roy Romer’s cabinet as executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, a position he held until his appointment in 1999 as the U.S. Department of Housing and Development’s regional director for the Rocky Mountain states.

Throughout his career, Garcia has been actively involved as a board member for numerous civic, educational, and cultural nonprofit organizations, including the YMCAs of Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and Denver; Pikes Peak Legal Aid; economic development agencies in Pueblo and Colorado Springs; the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority; Pikes Peak Child Nursery Centers; and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. He served nine years on the WICHE Commission and was its chair in 2012.

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education is a regional organization created by the Western Regional Education Compact and adopted in the 1950s by Western states. WICHE was created to facilitate resource sharing among the higher education systems of the West. It implements a number of activities to accomplish its objectives.

WICHE is located in Boulder, CO. WICHE is governed by three gubernatorially appointed commissioners from each member. Each member commits to support WICHE's basic operations through annual dues established by the full commission.  Members include 15 Western states and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Joe Garcia will be introduced by Steve Shogan.

Club Assembly Jun 07, 2018 7:00 AM
What Do the Officers & Committees Do for our Club? Who Do You Ask for Information and Help?

Brief presentations will be made by:

Debbie Hagan - Secretary

Karen Loeb/Kris Morse - Treasurer

Peter Van Arsdale - International Service Committee

Shari Lutz - Community Service Committee

Larry Bass - Vocational Service (RYLA in the three flavors and Rotation Days)

Fred Jauch/Christa Reich-Morris - RI Foundation and DSE Foundation

John Wetherinton - DSE Foundation in greater detail

CHCC is Closed so We Have Rotation Day! Jun 14, 2018 7:00 AM
(1) Back scene tour of the Denver Botanic Gardens or (2) TBD
Mark Reagan Jun 21, 2018 7:00 AM
Sleep Better, Perform Bettter
Sleep Better, Perform Bettter

This interactive and humorous presentation is for any member or guest who thinks they are an insomniac or is chronically tired because of sleep issues. 
Mark Reagon is a sleep consultant.  His job is to teach people how to get to sleep and stay asleep. This presentation will show you:

  • What lost sleep is costing you and how most people are sleep deprived even if they don’t realize it. 
  • How to create good habits that’ll help you start getting the sleep you need to be at your most productive… and not just on the weekend.
  • Several easy mental techniques to relax and sleep at night both at home or on the road.

Mark will ask for volunteers that have sleep problems to prove his points and teach his techniques. He promises that the only one who can sleep through is presentation will be the volunteer!


The U.S. economy alone loses 411 billion dollars a year in productivity and 1.12 million working days.

  • When you, your employees, and your coworkers don’t sleep well, it costs you big time.
  • Tired employees get sick more easily from an affected immune system, have higher chances of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and their life expectancy is lower than someone who sleeps well.
  • To make matters worse, if you’re tired it’s easy to make mistakes. This could be a small mistake such as sending an email or bill to the wrong client.
  • Minor mistakes cost you time and can lead to embarrassment. Catastrophic mistakes can cost you and your company millions of dollars.
  • The Exxon Valdez oil spill was caused by a sleep-deprived employee. The ship’s crew worked a 22-hour shift loading the oil onto the ship. As they got underway, piloting the ship was 3rd mate Gregory Cousins. With only a short nap in the last 16 hours, he allegedly fell asleep at the helm, and the rest is history.  The resulting litigation and clean up costs for the spill totaled more than 7 billion dollars.
  • The US Navy confirmed that the two ship collisions in the Pacific Ocean in 2017, resulting in the deaths of numerous sailors, were a result of a lack of sleep. 

Sleep deprivation hurts your bottom line.

  • 60% of Americans say they experience problems with their sleep almost every night.

To make it worse, most people who are sleep deprived don’t think they are.

  • If you get 6 hours (or less) of sleep a night and think you’re fine, you’re hurting your performance and productivity without even realizing it. 
  • Have you ever seen someone who was drunk, but the drunk person thought they were fine? It’s the same thing.
  • A lack of sleep is a lot like being drunk: you make more mistakes, your decision making is impaired, and you’re easily distracted.
  • Many people think they can sleep poorly during the week and “catch up” on it during the weekend. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work. To perform at your best, you need to sleep well consistently, not just 1 or 2 nights a week. 

If you get regular nights of quality sleep, you will perform better. 
When sleep equals productivity, a well-rested workforce is a productive workforce.


Mark will be introduced by Tim Hartwig
Mark's Contact Information
Cell: 720-382-0223
Email: Mark@MarkReagan.com


Dr. Marshall Thomas Jun 28, 2018 7:00 AM
Depression - Recognition, Research and Treatment
Depression - Recognition, Research and Treatment

Marshall Thomas, MD, currently serves as Executive Director of the University of Colorado Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center; a comprehensive center that provides outpatient clinical services, conducts a wide array of research on the treatment and prevention of mood disorders and delivers numerous community programs designed to educate people about depression and bipolar disorder and reduce the stigma around mental health. The Johnson Depression Center is part of the National Network of Depression Centers and is the only comprehensive center of its kind in the Rocky Mountain West. He also serves as the President, CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Colorado Access, one of the largest non-profit health plans in the Rocky Mountain Region.  Throughout his career, Dr. Thomas has established himself not only as a skilled clinician but as a strong leader in the field of mental health. He has worked to develop systems of care that are inclusive, responsive and create synergies between patients and providers. He is a recognized national expert on improving patient health outcomes by integrating medical and behavioral health care.  Dr. Thomas’s research interests include Bipolar Disorder, Psychopharmacology, Health Services Research and Integrated Care. He has served as principal investigator on numerous grants, research projects, and clinical trials. He has published and lectured extensively on a wide range of psychiatric and healthcare-related topics.

Dr. Thomas received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin before attending Baylor College of Medicine, where he graduated with high honors. He completed his psychiatric residency followed by a two-year fellowship in clinical psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver. He has been on the full-time faculty at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine since 1985.


Dr. Thomas will be introduced by Pat Bailey

Club is Dark for the July 4th Holiday Jul 05, 2018
The Club is Officially Dark for the Holiday - So Enjoy the Fireworks!
Ken Scott - Investigator in the Hague World Court Jul 19, 2018 7:00 AM
Working at the World Court at The Hague
Working at the World Court at The Hague

Ken Scott pursues South Sudanese mass rapists and killers the same way he once prosecuted drug traffickers in Denver and war criminals in Bosnia: by first meeting victims and their families.  “You’ve got to hear their stories. You always have to see the crime scene. There is nothing like being there,” Scott said during a recent interview at his Capitol Hill home.

In a legal career spanning four decades, Scott prosecuted crooks including Ponzi schemers in Denver U.S. District Court and Bosnian genocide perpetrators at the Yugoslavia Tribunal at The Hague in the Netherlands. He is now a member of a three-person commission that made recommendations Dec. 14 to the United Nations to confront ethnic cleansing in South Sudan.

Ken will tell us what it is like to work for the Hague and the investigation that he has participated in on genocide and other war crimes. 



Ken will be introduced by Peter VanArsdale

Club is Dark for the Golf Tournament Fundraiser Aug 02, 2018 7:00 AM
The Club is Dark for the Golf Tournament Fundraiser - We will see you at Cherry Creek Country Club

The Golf Tournament Fundraiser is on Monday, July 30, 2018 at Cherry Creek Country Club. See you all there at the After Golf Party!