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. Continue reading about Commissioner Gaiter.
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.
Andy Kerr, State Senator, State of Colorado
A long time Colorado resident, Senator Kerr attended Foothills Elementary School, Dunstan Middle School, and Green Mountain High School. Senator Kerr continued on to get a B.A. in Geography, a M.A. in Information and Learning Technologies, and an Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies license, all from the University of Colorado. Senator Kerr has spent over a decade with the Jefferson County Public Schools as a teacher and curriculum specialist, and has worked with many boards and organizations committed to improving education in Colorado. Since joining the State Assembly in 2006, he has been a fighter for our schools, our health, our seniors, and our economy. Click here to read more.
Louie Lago, VP of Business Development, Neill Technologies
Louie Lago has had twenty two years of experience in the technology industry, with roles encompassing operations, technical solutions and product development. Lago has had extensive experience in the salon industry through both his work with Pacifico’s, a former Aveda distributor as Director of Operations and Technology, and owner of the highly successful Berenice’s Salon in Denver, Colorado. In 2007 Lago was named the VP of Business Development at Neill Technologies. Lago currently serves on the Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority Board where he was appointed by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and John Hickenlooper.
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.
Bob Rankin, State Representative, State of Colorado
Bob was born and raised in Mississippi, attended high school in Laurel, and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University. Following his graduation, Bob served three years as an officer in the U.S. Army Security Agency. Upon discharge he entered the engineering field. Twenty-two years of his engineering career was with Ford Aerospace Corporation, the defense and aerospace subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, Bob became the executive VP responsible for integration of newly acquired subsidiaries. Bob has served as chairman of the Engineering Advisory Committee for the University of Colorado (Colorado Springs), and was appointed by Gov. Roy Romer to the Colorado Advanced Technology Institute. Bob currently serves on the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee, the House Local Government Committee, the House Appropriations Committee, and as a member of the board of the Colorado Tourism Office Board.
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.
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.
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.