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CPGR Welcomes New Board Members

Kristin McGinnis, Director of Communications for Auctoris

When Kristin joined CPGR two years ago, she knew just being a member wasn’t enough. In order to get the full benefit of membership both personally and professionally, she wanted to be involved.

Fast forward two years, and McGinnis is one of four new board members for CPGR for 2019.

A fifth-generation Denverite, McGinnis is also a third-generation member of Auctoris, a boutique wealth preservation firm in Greenwood Village. There she combines her skills from years in luxury hospitality management – she managed some well-known Las Vegas restaurants -- and a Master's studies in sustainable business to successfully propel AUCTORIS' business development and marketing initiatives. The Colorado State University graduate strongly believes in the protection and preservation of wealth to preserve family businesses and sustain community growth.

CPGR combines her two loves of marketing and working with nonprofits, she says. “Being a part of CPGR has given enrichment to my professional career – not only have I met so many great people in the industry, the educational programs have been of the highest value and inspirational as well.”

She has served on the Development Committee and is now an active member on the Marketing Committee, leading CPGR’s social media efforts.She served as the Facilities Lead for the Symposium Committee in 2017 and 2018 and plans to continue for many years. Kristin was CPGR's Volunteer of the Year recipient in 2018.

Outside of work, the self-proclaimed foodie and YELP elite reviewer, loves festivals, skiing, hiking and genealogy. She has volunteered for the National Sports Center for the Disabled and Project CURE, and this year will be her second as a volunteer for the Great American Beer Festival.

Lynda Ricketson, Vice President of Philanthropic Services, Community Foundation Boulder County

Lynda is co-Vice President for Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and counts Ernest Hemingway and Harper Lee among her favorite authors. She attempts to be disciplined at her craft and tries to spend time nearly every day working on fiction short stories. She also holds both a BA and an MLS in creative writing. Her day job, however, is serving as the Vice President of Philanthropic Services at Community Foundation Boulder County, where she has the privilege of connecting donors to the causes they truly care about.

 

Lynda is a Colorado native and grew up in Applewood, and for the most part has stayed in the greater metro area her entire career—despite her “best efforts” to try something new. Prior to entering the development world, Lynda had a successful sales and marketing career with the Ritz Carlton before transitioning into nonprofit work. She started at the Women’s Foundation of Colorado as a Development Coordinator before moving to Rose Community Foundation as a philanthropic advisor and program officer. She then served as Director of Development and Alumni Giving at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work before returning to the Women’s Foundation as Vice President of Philanthropy. Before joining the Community Foundation Boulder County, Lynda served as Vice President of Philanthropic Services for Community First Foundation in Arvada.

 

Lynda’s greatest accomplishment includes raising her daughter Marin, now 23 and living and working in New York City. Lynda lives in Arvada and when she’s not working or writing, likes to hike with her rescue Great Dane Phoebe. Her recent Ancestry results confirmed that she is “95% Scottish and Irish” and she hopes to go visit her cousin in Ireland someday soon. In addition to volunteering with CPGR and the Writers Workshop, she is involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, a mentor with the Institute for Leaders in Development, and holds the CFRE credential.

 

Gina Taranto, Director Philanthropy, The Space Foundation

Gina is a hardcore hockey mom, but you’d never know it meeting her in person or looking at her resume. Her twin boys, now 16, have been dragging her across the state (and sometimes around the country) for a decade with their busy schedules, playing on multiple teams and refereeing as well. Somehow, she has managed to fit in a (very) successful fulltime fundraising career around all the chauffer duties and cheerleading.

Gina just started her sixth year as the Director of Philanthropy for the Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation, where she is responsible for building and managing a comprehensive philanthropic program for this global nonprofit. For the six years before it, Gina engaged major philanthropic investors for her alma mater, Colorado College. She has also worked in philanthropy at CU-Boulder, National MS Society, Community Foundation Serving Northern Colorado, and started her nonprofit career as a Fellow with El Pomar Foundation.

Gina started attending CPGR trainings around 1998, when she lived in Boulder and held her first development director position at Laradon, and quickly had to learn about planned giving. She attended her first Summer Symposium and was soon asked to join the planning committee, which she eventually chaired. She has since served on just about every committee of CPGR, most recently as the co-chair for Marketing. This will be her second stint on the board, with the first time including serving as president for two-years, and she is particularly looking forward to strengthening ties with the southern Colorado CPGR membership.

In addition to her extensive professional duties, Gina has also held numerous volunteer leadership positions with AFP Southern Colorado, Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable, and Colorado Nonprofit Association of the Pikes Peak Region. She lives in Woodland Park with her husband Tom, the hockey twins Parker and Trace, and their yellow lab Dozer. During the brief hockey off-season and in between her boys’ baseball games, the family enjoys their boat and various waterways around the Southwest.

Anita Wesley, Senior Philanthropy Advisor, Rose Community Foundation

Anita Wesley may hail from the Show Me state of Missouri, but she’s forged her own path in the nonprofit world. The Senior Philanthropy Advisory for Rose Community Foundation has more than 20 years of experience with Colorado nonprofits.

At Rose, where she’s been for more than 10 years, she helps individuals and families develop and carry out their philanthropic strategy by serving as a connector for donors seeking strategic opportunities to invest their philanthropic resources to positively impact their community.

Wesley has a strong interest in health care accessibility, having previously served as project coordinator for the Colorado Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform. Prior to that, she was director of annual giving and major gifts at Denver Health Foundation and program manager for the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved.

Outside of work, she’s constantly on the run carting her two teenagers to their respective school activities. She also helps care for the family’s menagerie of pets – two dogs, an older cat and a young kitten that she says rules them all.

Wesley is a graduate of the University of Missouri where she earned a dual bachelor’s degree in political science and honors interdisciplinary studies. She also has a master’s degree in international economics from the University of Denver.

She joined CPGR in 2016 and was a part of CPGR’s 30th Annual Summer Symposium this past August as a committee member, a speaker and as a sponsor.

"I have long appreciated CPGR's high quality programs and collegial membership network. I look forward to deepening my involvement in the coming year through serving on the board."

Her fellow CPGR colleagues likely would be surprised to learn she plays the ukulele.

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