Meet the SIPA Board of Directors

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Barbara Brohl, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Revenue
Born and raised in Colorado, Barbara Brohl earned a bachelor’s degree from Regis University and a J.D. from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver. She was a judicial law clerk for Colorado Supreme Court Justices Gregory J. Hobbs Jr. and William H. Erickson. Brohl previously worked as an attorney practicing telecommunications law with Qwest Communications, representing the company in multi-million dollar commercial transactions and addressing all legal and regulatory matters for a 23-state region. Brohl is currently the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Revenue and is responsible for Colorado’s Tax Division. Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Brohl for this position in July of 2011. Brohl has served as the Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force co-chair. Click here to read more.

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.

Gerald Marroney, State Court Administrator, Colorado Judicial Department
Gerald Marroney is currently State Court Administrator. The State Court Administrator's office prepares the budget, manages fiscal operations and purchasing. Before being named State Court Administrator, Marroney was a district court judge in Pueblo's 10th Judicial District for ten years. Marroney was awarded the Colorado Courts Judicial Officer of the Year for his development of a CD-ROM version of the bench book that is now used by all trial judges in Colorado. Prior to his appointment to the bench in 1990, Marroney was an attorney in private practice. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Pueblo County Bar Association and was president of the young lawyer's section of the bar. In 1988, he was recognized as the outstanding young lawyer of Pueblo County. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Colorado State College in Pueblo. He received a juris doctorate from the Law School at Oklahoma City University where he was an American Jurisprudence Award Winner and where he was on the Student Board of Governors. Click here to read more on Gerald Marroney.

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.

Joe Neguse, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
Joe Neguse is the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (“DORA”). Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Mr. Neguse to the Cabinet effective June 1, 2015. Prior to joining DORA, Mr. Neguse practiced law at the state’s largest law firm. As a litigator, he successfully represented clients in employment, commercial, and regulatory matters of all types, including Fortune 500 companies and businesses large and small across the country, and served as trial counsel in both state and federal court. He was selected for inclusion in the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Colorado Super Lawyers—Rising Stars list and the National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 in 2015, and received the University of Colorado Law School’s Distinguished Recent Alumnus Award in 2012. Continue reading about Executive Director Neguse.

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

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.