Meet the SIPA Board of Directors

 

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Jena Griswold, Secretary of State, State of Colorado
Jena Marie Griswold is Colorado’s 39th Secretary of State, and began her term on January 8, 2019. She is the youngest elected Secretary of State in the United States. Griswold grew up in a working-class family in rural Colorado and was the first person in her family to attend a four-year college and then law school. She knows first-hand how important it is for every vote to count and for every Coloradan's voice to be heard, no matter their background or income. She will protect our right to vote, fight secret political spending, improve transparency, and stand up to those who try to bend the rules or break the law. Griswold has practiced international anti-corruption law and worked as a voter protection attorney, where she made sure Coloradans were able to participate in our democracy. She served under John Hickenlooper as the Director of the Governor’s DC Office, advocating on behalf of Colorado in D.C. During that time, Griswold was instrumental in bringing back hundreds of millions of relief dollars to help the Colorado communities hit by the 2013 flood. Before her election to Colorado Secretary of State, Griswold ran her own small business, a legal practice in Louisville. Read More.
 
Michael Hartman, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Revenue
Michael S. Hartman was senior vice president at Mutual of Omaha Bank in Denver. Previously, he worked at GE Capital, GE Antares Capital, Archstone-Smith REIT, Bank of the West and Pi Kappa Phi Properties, Inc. Hartman oversees the Colorado Department of Revenue's four divisions: Taxation; the Division of Motor Vehicles; Lottery; and Enforcement of the Horse Racing, Automobile Dealers, Gaming, Liquor and Tobacco and Recreational and Marijuana industries. Its roughly 1,500 employees are responsible for bringing in more than $11 billion annually in taxes and fees. Hartman received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Colorado – Boulder and his master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Chicago.

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.

Gilbert Ortiz, Clerk and Recorder, Pueblo County
Gilbert Ortiz is currently in his second four year term as the Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder. Before his term as Clerk, Mr. Ortiz was elected to the Pueblo City Council in 2003 where he served as the District 2 Councilman for 3 years. As a city Councilman, he served as Vice President in 2005 and Work Session Chair in 2006. Currently Mr. Ortiz is an active member of the Standards Board to the Elections Assistance Commission, SCORE Advisory, CSTARS, CCCA Legislative Committee, NALEO, NACO, and NACRC. He is President Elect of the Colorado County Clerks Association, and Chair of the CCCA Education Committee. Locally he is a member of Pueblo Catholic Charities, Pueblo Latino Chamber, and Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce. Born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado, Gilbert still resides in the Belmont area. He is married and has two children. He is a proud East High graduate of 1989. 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.   

Theresa M. Szczurek, State CIO and Executive Director, Governor's Office of Information Technology
Dr. Theresa M. Szczurek, a serial technology entrepreneur and role model for technology leaders, is a senior global executive and strategist who has led and served on the Board of Directors of business-oriented organizations. She is a dynamic business leader in telecommunications, software, and technology industries with experience producing extraordinary results. She is an engineer who co-founded three technology ventures. Financial manager with multi-million dollar P&L responsibility in global, publicly-traded and private companies who demonstrated business and operating shrewdness. Innovative thinker who established vision and values, developed strategies, and executed plans necessary to create new businesses, drive explosive market growth, and produce performance in highly competitive business segments. Read More.
 

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.

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.