Meet the SIPA Board of Directors
Lew Gaiter III, County Commissioner, Larimer County
Lew Gaiter is the Larimer County Commissioner representing District 1, which is the northern third of Larimer County. He was appointed in a vacancy election in January 2010 and elected in the general election in November 2010. He was re-elected in November 2014. Mr. Gaiter has a long history of civic engagement. He was Chair of Larimer County Board of Commissioners in 2012 and 2015, and past vice president of Front Range District for Colorado Counties, Inc. Lew is a member of the National Association of Counties Community and Economic Development Steering Committee, State Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Advisory Council and Colorado Department of Human Services Child Fatality Review Committee. Lew lives with this wife Jeannette of 34 years, is a father of 9 children and has 5 grandchildren. Commisioner Gaiter is a martial arts assistant instructor, avid skier and a Broncos season ticket holder with his dad.
Irv Halter, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Local Affairs
Irv Halter is a veteran of over 32 years in the United States Air Force where he was a combat veteran fighter pilot and rose to the rank of Major General. He and his wife of 37 years, Judy, are natives of southern New Jersey, growing up on family farms. Irv graduated from the Air Force Academy (and Judy from the University of Denver) in 1977. Irv’s career took them around the globe with over 14 years of overseas assignments, culminating in senior positions at the Academy, the National Reconnaissance Office, and Joint Staff in Washington, DC. Continue Reading about Executive Director Halter.
Mary Kay Hogan, Vice President, R & R Partners
Mary Hogan began her career by serving as a legal counsel to the General Assembly in the non-partisan Office of Legislative Legal Services, where she served on the tax and finance team. In this capacity, Hogan drafted legislation and legal memoranda for members of the General Assembly. Hogan has lobbied for the Colorado General Assembly since 2002.
Mindy Masias, Chief of Staff, Colorado Judicial Department
Mindy Masias is a Colorado native who has dedicated her career to serving the citizens of Colorado. She currently serves as Chief of Staff for the Colorado Judicial Department and where she has served in various different capacities for the last 22 years. In 2017, Mindy was appointed by Chief Justice Rice to the State Internet Portal Authority Board. Mindy also serves as a consultant to government and courts around the world. Her state consulting work has included work for courts in Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Washington and Wyoming. Her international consulting includes work on the Bulgarian Supreme Court Reform project, the Separation of Powers Program for the Republic of Serbia and court reforms for the Northern Mariana Islands Supreme Court. Since 1997, she has served on the University of Denver College of Law faculty as a Professor of Human Resources Management. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in statistics from Metropolitan State University of Denver and a Masters of Science in Legal Administration from the University Of Denver College of Law.
Suma Nallapati, Chief Information Officer, Governor's Office of Information Technology
Suma Nallapati first earned a bachelor’s degree in Electronics from Nagarjuna University and then later gained a master’s degree in Nuclear Physics from Andhra University. Nallapati began by establish her career within the private sector. Nallapati worked at TeleTech, where she served as the Global Director of Enterprise applications. She then moved on to work at Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation’s largest healthcare networks, where she led service delivery operations for a complex multi-state rapidly growing healthcare IT footprint leading distributed teams that included data center and network operations, service desk and end user computing. After 17 years in the private sector, in 2014 she was announced as the Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer for the Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT). Click here to read more.
Hannah Parsons, Chief Executive Officer, Exponential Impact
Hannah is the Chief Executive Officer at Exponential Impact. Prior to her position at Exponential Impact, she spent 2 years with the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC, recently, in the position of Chief Economic Development Officer. Hannah has worked in financial services, real estate, community and economic development. She co-founded Epicentral Coworking in Downtown Colorado Springs and has served the startup community in numerous volunteer roles. Exponential Impact is a mashup of Hannah’s diverse career history and interests. It perpetuates her passion for business and community, and fuels her love of learning.
Gregg Rippy, President and Co-owner, Grand River Construction
A fourth generation Coloradan and Colorado State University Alum, Gregg worked in the family construction business started by his grandfather since age fourteen. Gregg started off his career as a contractor, and became the President of Colorado Contractors Association and just a short year later was named the Colorado Contractor of the year. After serving time in the contracting industry, Gregg began his political career on the Glenwood Springs Planning and Zoning Commission in 1992, and has served as secretary and treasurer for Garfield County's Republican Party. Gregg ran for Colorado state representative in 2001 where he served for the 57th district for four years. After leaving office Gregg became the executive director of Colorado SIPA. After two years Gregg moved on to founding and managing partner at Rocky Mountain Redi-Mix and then became the President and Co-owner of Grand River Construction. In July of 2014, Gregg stepped in as SIPA’s interim executive director to oversee operations and assist in the search of the new executive director.
Marguerite Salazar, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
Marguerite Salazar was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper as executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). Salazar served as Colorado’s Insurance Commissioner since Aug. 19, 2013 to oversee the regulation of the insurance industry in Colorado as head of the Division of Insurance. Prior to joining the state, Salazar served as the Region 8 Regional Director for the Department of Health and Human Services. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to oversee the implementation of the Affordable Care Act not only in Colorado but also in Wyoming, Montana, Utah, North Dakota and South Dakota. She also led one of the largest Community Health Centers in the country for over 25 years. Continue reading about Executive Director Salazar.
Simon Tafoya, Senior Director for Policy and Strategy, Governor's Office
Simon joined the office of Governor John Hickenlooper in 2012 where he currently serves as Senior Director for Policy and Strategy. His primary policy areas of focus are in Economic Development, Technology and Labor. Previously, Mr. Tafoya worked as legislative staff in Washington D.C. for the office of Senator Harry Reid of Nevada and later in the office of Senator Mark Udall of Colorado. He received his Bachelors of Arts from Colorado College and a Masters of Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning from Princeton University.
Jack Tate, State Senator, State of Colorado
From Centennial, CO, Representative Jack Tate is in his first term in the Statehouse. Prior to public service, Rep. Tate spent over 25 years in business, most lately as a principal in one of Colorado’s largest private firms. His work centered around developing and managing engineering and capital projects related to improving infrastructure and commercial buildings. With a BS in Engineering, Rep. Tate also has an MBA in Marketing and an MS in Finance. More about Representative Jack Tate can be found at www.jacktate.org.
Kevin Van Winkle, State Representative, State of Colorado
Representative Van Winkle, from House District 43 was first elected in 2014. Prior to serving in elected office, Kevin would put his small business on hold during the legislative session to serve as the Senior Policy Analyst for the Colorado Senate Republicans. In 2010, he began a groundbreaking voter registration program which has since been used as a model across the West for growing the Republican Party and turning out new voters on Election Day. Kevin is a husband and father, was born and raised in the Highlands Ranch where he currently represents and where he calls home. Read more.
Mike Weissman, State Representative, State of Colorado
Long time Colorado resident and University of Colorado graduate, Mike Weissman, holds a doctor of law degree and is a member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 36. Weissman has been a member of the Colorado Bar since 2014 and has a background in economics and technology. He previously served on the Arapahoe County Citizen Budget Committee.
Wayne Williams, Secretary of State, State of Colorado
As Secretary of State, Wayne Williams strives to work with the staff to provide excellent customer service throughout the office. Wayne is committed to ensuring fair, honest, and open elections. He is the first Colorado Secretary of State to earn the nationally recognized Certified Elections/Registration Administrator designation. Prior to his election as Secretary, Wayne Williams served as the El Paso County Clerk & Recorder from 2011 to 2015, where he successfully ran elections in the state’s most populous county. As Clerk, Wayne Williams focused his efforts on expanding services to citizens by adding more than a dozen 24/7 drop boxes and consistently running elections that were both cost-effective and voter-friendly. Because of his expertise, he was selected by Democratic County Commissioners in San Luis Valley to run the recall election of their former County Clerk & Recorder. He also expanded access to online records and published instant wait times to help people spend less time waiting. Continue reading about Secretary Williams.
Rachel Zenzinger, State Senator, State of Colorado
Rachel Zenzinger is the Colorado Senator from Arvada, representing Senate District 19 in Jefferson County. Senator Zenzinger grew up on the Western Slope and came to the Front Range to attend college at Regis University. She received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree in Education, as well as her teaching license. She has a deep background in education and a strong passion for public schools. She has worked as the Project Manager for Colorado Educator Voice Fellowship, a branch of America Achieves. She previously served as advisor to the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative program in the Colorado Department of Higher Education; and she worked for Regis University in the Master of Arts in Education department where she specialized in Teacher Leadership. Since moving to Arvada in 2002, Senator Zenzinger has served the community in a variety of capacities, including as twice-elected member of the Arvada City Council, where she filled the role as Mayor Pro Tem. She left the City Council to accept an appointment to the State Senate, where she served in the 2014 session. Upon her election in 2016, Rachel returned to the State Senate, where she serves on the Senate Education Committee, the Senate Transportation Committee, the Statutory Revision Committee, and the Interim School Finance Committee.