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Board of Directors

Joseph Fortna, Chairman

Joe is an Assistant Vice President in the FirstBank Marketing Department, where he has worked since 2006. He works directly with the bank's advertising and public relations firms and leads the bank's social media efforts. Prior to working for FirstBank, Joe was an Associate Pastor in Denver for five years. He received a Bachelors' degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University and a Master's of Divinity from Denver Seminary. Since 1994, he has been an Adjunct Professor for Denver Seminary teaching online church history. Joe has been married since 1999 and has three daughters.


Don Manuell, Vice Chairman

Don retired in 2011 from a career in the information technology industry spanning 40 years. He worked for StorageTek for 23 years and left in 2001. At StorageTek, Don had numerous executive management positions including responsibility for the disk storage line of business and the position of Chief Information Officer. From 2001 to 2011, Don was the Chief Information Officer for Hunter Douglas, Inc., the world market leader in window coverings.

Don continues to be involved in the information technology industry by providing advisory services to the Board of an offshore technology company. He has a B.A. degree from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from Indiana University. His hobbies include fly fishing, traveling and paleontology. Don attends Eastern Hills Community Church.


Scott Harris, Treasurer

Scott is Vice President and Controller of Pulte Mortgage LLC, the captive finance subsidiary of Pulte Homes, a national home builder focused on a range of home buyers from first-time buyers to active adult. Prior to joining Pulte 9 years ago, Scott held similar positions with other companies in the mortgage industry, telecommunications industry, and a nonprofit cancer research center. Upon graduating from the University of Denver, Scott spent 11 years in public accounting with an international accounting firm. Scott and his wife Nancy enjoy spending time with their 4 adult children and 2 grandchildren. In his spare time, Scott enjoys golf, running, and various home improvement projects.


Sherri Heronema, Secretary

Sherri worked in the financial services industry close to 30 years through her efforts with US Bank and Guaranty Bank. She served in a variety of operational and management roles. In 2009 she decided to transition careers and to pursue her life-long desire to work in the real estate business. That year Sherri joined Keller Williams Advantage as a Broker Associate. Her goal is to build a real estate business that will give her the time and resources to contribute more significantly to the non-profit organizations she supports.


Joe Coffey

Joe is the Utility Sales Manager for Renewable Energy and Transmission at General Cable, North America’s largest manufacturer of wire and cable. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and from Xavier University with an MBA. Joe and his wife Kate are members of Trinity United Methodist Church and enjoy spending Sundays in the city with their three young children. Joe enjoys cycling and he races road, mountain, and cyclocross events from the spring to early winter. When not racing bikes Joe enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his family.


Brad Cowdrey

Brad Cowdrey is founder and managing partner of Clear Peak Holdings, LLC, a Denver and San Francisco-based business intelligence (BI) enterprise that helps Global 5000 and Fortune 1000 companies transform big data into profits. Clear Peak is specialized in BI system integration, management consulting, and predictive modeling. Brad draws from over 20 years of strategic consulting with c-level executives to lead a team that solves complex marketing, finance, operations, and technology challenges with data-driven solutions and insights.

Brad and his wife Chanda are Colorado natives with three daughters and one son. Chanda and Brad met at the University of Northern Colorado where they both graduated from the Monfort College of Business.


Jeff Long

Jeff is Chairman of the Board and principal shareholder of LONG Building Technologies. LONG represents companies that manufacture high quality and energy efficient HVAC products and has 300 employees with offices throughout Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Wyoming.


Ted Snailum

Ted is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in Colorado. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Colorado State Board of Accountancy and the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants.


Cathy Goss

Ms. Goss is Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of the Company and holds the same position at Guaranty Bank and Trust Company. Ms. Goss also has served as a director of Guaranty Bank and Trust Company since 2011. Prior to being appointed as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer in 2011, Ms. Goss served as Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking of Guaranty Bank and Trust Company. Prior to joining the Company in 2006, Ms. Goss worked at U.S. Bank for 21 years, ending in the capacity of Senior Vice President and Manager for the Commercial Banking team. Ms. Goss served in a management capacity at U.S. Bank since 1996, including five years where (in addition to running a commercial team), she managed business banking lending groups in North Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Prior to 1996, Ms. Goss was a senior relationship manager, progressing into this role after two years of formal credit training at the beginning of her banking career.

In addition to her board roles at Guaranty Bancorp and Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, Ms. Goss serves on the Board of Encon United, a privately-held manufacturer of pre-stressed concrete products since 2007, serves on the Board of the Denver Rescue Mission from 2007 to 2012 and 2014 to present (held positions as Secretary, Treasurer and a member of the Finance Committee), and has served in various capacities since 2000 on Church Council and it’s Executive Committee at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit (currently Treasurer; previously served as Treasurer, Councilperson for Stewardship and Secretary). At Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Cathy is also a member of the Stewardship Committee, the Building Committee, the Outreach Committee, participates in choir and international mission trips, and served as a Sunday School teacher for over ten years.

Ms. Goss has a Masters Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Colorado and a Bachelors Degree in Medical Records Administration from Viterbo College in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.


Nathan Hoag

Nathan Hoag is the pastor of Recovery Ministries at Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch, CO. He and his wife Julie have been foster parents for the past year and a half and have had 7 children come through their home in that time. Nathan has Bachelors of Fine Arts in Public Relations from Valdosta State University and a Masters of Divinity from Denver Seminary. Nathan and Julie are passionate about mountain sports, reconciling kids to their families, and seeing people heal from their addictions.


John Miller

John is the author of several books, including QBQ! The Question Behind the Question, Outstanding!, and Parenting the QBQ Way. He first entered the training and development industry in 1986, and now serves as a keynote speaker on one core principle: PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY. John and Karen married in 1980 and are blessed with seven children and three grandchildren. John is a Cornell University graduate.


Julie Reusser

Julie retired in 2014 from Kundinger, Corder and Engle, P.C. where she was a CPA, specializing in audits of non-profit organizations for 16 years. Prior to that, she worked as a CPA for another local firm auditing non-profits as well as doing tax work. Prior to entering the accounting world, Julie was a manager for Southwestern Bell in both the engineering and construction departments in Overland Park and Wichita, KS. Julie graduated from Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS, with a BA in Math/Math teaching and from Wichita State University with a BBA in Accounting. She has served on a number of finance committees for non-profit organizations, and served as church treasurer. She is looking forward to spending additional time volunteering as well camping, hiking, skiing and spending more time with her husband in their retirement.


Brad Strait

Dr. Brad Strait is Senior Pastor at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood. With over 25 years of pastoral experience, he has taught all over the world and currently serves as an Associate Professor at Denver Seminary in Leadership and Spiritual Formation. His energetic faith pushes though the cracks of real-life sidewalks: he was a grief counselor on scene after Columbine High School shooting, the Aurora Theater tragedy, in south India after the 2004 Tsunami, and in refugee camps of Central America. Brad has served as Chaplain for several police and fire departments, the Colorado House of Representatives, and the Denver Rescue Mission. His passion is to push people toward a deeper relationship with the incarnational Jesus, especially as this applies to prayer, missional living and world Christianity. His wife, Cathy, and his three daughters are his treasure and cheering section.


Denver Rescue Mission

3501 E. 46th Avenue
Denver, CO 80216
Telephone: 303.297.1815
Fax: 303.295.1566
e-Mail: info@denrescue.org