CPGR Welcomes Three Additional Board Members

Tonya and Quincy & CJ

Tonya Kaye, Vice President, Trust Officer – ANB Bank

Tonya Kaye is one of CPGR’s newest board members, but she is no stranger to the world of planned giving, having served as a trust officer since 2010 and in investment management before then. She joined CPGR about 3 years ago when she started at ANB and they were holding membership meetings at her office building.

Tonya’s first-ever job was at age 12 as a junior counselor at day camp—she says she was “a little adult at a young age” and framed her first paycheck, which she still has to this day. Many years later, she was horrified to learn that the job she was so proud of having, despite giving her a paycheck, still required that her mother pay for her camp tuition.

A native Coloradan, Tonya earned her bachelor’s degree in business at CU before leaving the state for law school at George Washington University in D.C. Her first job after her J.D. degree involved extensive travel and moves across the country, doing leasing and zoning for cell towers in MA, IL, FL, TX, IA, MO, before she was finally able to move home to Denver.

As a trust officer for ANB Bank’s Financial Services Division in the Cherry Creek Banking Center, Tonya loves working with trust clients, and tells the story of a testamentary trust that was set up to provide scholarships in rural Colorado. Several generations removed from the original donor, his relatives still drive out to interview Ft. Morgan High School students every year. The donor’s grandchildren remember visiting their grandfather in Ft. Morgan when they were young, and try very hard to impart a sense of the man who created the generous gift to his beloved community.
Tonya enjoys giving back to the community, and has an exhaustive list of volunteer activities. She spends time weekly as a board member and meal volunteer for Project Angel Heart. She is also involved with the Women’s Leadership Foundation’s quest to get more women on corporate boards, and will be going to the Legislature this spring to present a resolution. Related to that mission, she also works with The Leadership Investment organization, and she has twice served as chair for their Women’s Success Forum, which brought together two thousand professional women and gave her an opportunity to speak in front a of a very large audience.

Tonya lives in Westminster with her Shih Tzus, Quincy and CJ, and hosts popular game nights in her basement, with a pool table, foosball, and pinball. We think she should host a CPGR event there some weekend.

Brenda & Zues

Brenda Logan, Development Officer, Major Gifts & Planned Gifts – Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

If you run into Brenda Logan on a weekend, you’re likely to meet Zeus, her rescued lab/husky. They spend a lot of time together, on runs and hikes. In fact, Brenda says she can barely get home and walk in the door before Zeus is pawing her, telling her he wants to go “DO SOMETHING!”

And because hanging out with Zeus and raising lots of money for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains isn’t enough to keep her busy, she also has a part-time job at the Nordstrom Rack, which is helping her pay off student loans and also save money for a dream vacation to Italy and Spain that she’s planning for her Mother’s birthday.

Brenda’s first nonprofit job was with the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a Development Director, working events-based fundraising such as lock-ups and telethons. She later worked with at-risk and runaway teens at Attention Homes in Boulder, but says her heart was with Planned Parenthood long before her career took her there.

Brenda has been with PPRM since 2013, currently serving as Major & Planned Gifts Officer for the four-state region with 29 health centers. She is working to transform their planned giving program. In 2014, she attended a CPGR brown bag and has been engaged ever since, working on the Summer Symposium committee and also the planning committee. She says “I love the people of CPGR, everyone is wonderful and inviting, offering advice, answering questions, and referring me to other people.”

One of her favorite donor stories is that of an older gentleman, who she tried and tried to set a meeting with, only to have him fall ill and need to cancel. She stayed in touch with notes and calls while he recovered, and stopped by to drop off cupcakes for his 90th birthday, without ever having a conversation about a gift, just to wish him well. He was so touched that made an effort to tell her boss about the gesture.

Nearly a native, Brenda moved to Westminster in high school and finished her undergrad degree through University of Phoenix before pursuing dual master’s degrees from Regis University in Organizational Leadership, and Project Management and Leadership. A bit of an education junkie, she hopes to eventually pursue a doctoral degree. Brenda and Zeus live in South Denver. She is an AVID Denver Broncos fan. Some might even say rabid… you can always find her watching the game on Sundays. Brenda bleeds orange and blue!

Alyssa & Cole

Alyssa Street, Development Director – John Austin Cheley Foundation

Alyssa Street might be the perfect committee member—she volunteers when no one else will step up, she is timely and efficient and never misses a deadline, and she does it all with a smile on her face. Too bad for the rest of you that we’ve already snagged her for the marketing committee!

Recognizing this, the CPGR board also wisely snagged her this year as one of their newest members. Alyssa began her nonprofit career at the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) in marketing and communications, helping to protect Colorado’s beautiful open spaces and working ranches. When one of her marketing mailings started to produce revenue, her leadership at CCALT quickly realized she should be doing development work. She credits Indiana University’s School of Philanthropy with giving her the groundwork for a fundraising career. Their Certificate in Fundraising is a 4-class crash course in fundamentals.

One of her favorite donor stories is a former board member who was her fundraising chair and mentor, and who donated regularly as an example to other board members. Now in her 80’s, she is determined to spend her money so she can see the impact while she’s still alive.

Last year, Alyssa changed organizations, leaving CCALT after 10 years to become Development Director for the John Austin Cheley Foundation. JACF serves high-potential youth by sending them to extended-stay wilderness camps across the nation, and is a good fit for a Colorado native who spends her non-work time hiking, camping, and Jeeping.

Alyssa has a mean backhand, and spent summers as a tennis coach for the City of Brighton. She now plays competitive racquetball, ad competes about 6 times/year in tournaments. A native of Brighton, Colorado, Alyssa attended UNC, earning a BA in Journalism and Public Relations and German then finishing a Master’s degree from the University of Denver in Intercultural Communications. She lives in Lakewood with her husband and a border collie named Cole. Outside of CPGR, she also finds time to serve on the Girl Scouts Gold Award Committee for Metro Denver and the Selection Committee for the Institute for Leaders in Development and is a board member of the Colorado Racquetball Association. She is also a member of Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Meet our 2017 Board of Directors

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