Board of Directors
Craig Myles, Senior Vice President of Cassidy Turley Fuller Real Estate, is a top industrial broker in the Denver metropolitan area and provides an in-depth knowledge of building construction, management and the lease and sale of real property. He earned his Bachelor’s of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Craig holds a Certified Property Manager (CPM®) designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) along with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED® AP).
Currently Craig is the Chair of the Board of Directors for Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK). He joined ELK’s Board of Directors in 2009 and served as the Treasurer prior to becoming the Board Chair. Craig is married and father of two kids and in his spare time he enjoys camping, archery hunting, fly fishing, and skiing.
Matt Kaspari is the President and CEO of Denver based Kaspo Incorporated. As a Colorado native Matt has a deep love for the outdoors specifically mountain biking, and hiking. As a professional in the promotional products industry Matt works to educate his clients about green, and biodegradable products that will not fill a landfill. In Matt’s continued commitment to preserving Colorado outdoors he recently joined The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Water Committee. ELK holds a special place in his heart because it encourages the youth to take pride in the beauty around them and preserve it for future generations.
Shannon E. Jones, Treasurer
Senior Vice President
Shannon Jones is a Senior Vice President for the Denver market of FirstBank. Within FirstBank, Shannon volunteers on the Diversity Committee, is a mentor for an intern that participates in the Bank's internship program, serves on the Mortgage Officer Committee, and serves on the FirstBank Scholars Committee, which provides scholarships for college students that attend school in Colorado. Lastly, this fall Shannon will participate in the CU Denver Boots to Suits mentorship program as a mentor. This program helps highly trained and well-educated veterans move successfully from the classroom to a career.
Within the community, Shannon serves as the Treasurer for two organizations, Family Homestead and Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK). Family Homestead is a non-profit organization that provides temporary and emergency housing for homeless families with children. Shannon also serves on the board of directors for the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce. Within her Bank's trade area, Shannon serves on the Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) for the Stapleton Development Corp., and is a member of the Housing Diversity Committee for the CAB. Lastly, Shannon has the role of Strategic Leader at her church, Zion Temple, and leads the church's Youth Department, Dance Ministry, and Visual Arts Department.
In September of this year Shannon will celebrate her 13-year anniversary with her husband Arthur. They have two daughters, Autumn (11) and Summer (8).
Lori Baker Strand, Secretary
Assistant City Attorney
City and County of Denver
Lori is well-versed in the theory, methodology, and practice of land use and infrastructure planning, environmental planning, and community planning and social policy. In addition to her law degree, Lori received an Environmental Law Certificate and a Master's in Urban and Regional Planning focusing on land use and environmental planning.
Lori's practice focuses on contracting, zoning, and municipal law.
Denver Botanic Gardens
Wedding and Event Coordinator
A Touch of Bliss and Bliss Studios
After moving around as an Army Brat Becky graduated from Fort Collins High School. She attending numerous schools but always had great teachers and outdoor projects. Becky received her BS in Economics from the University of Washington in Seattle. She then moved to New York City to work in finance while her husband attended law school. The space here in Colorado is such a difference from the cement jungle of NYC. Becky now works for A Touch of Bliss, the largest wedding planning company in Denver. She spends her free time skiing, reading and working on her new house.
Eide Bailly CPA's and Business Advisors
Joy is originally from the east coast but moved with her family to Denver at age 11 and graduated from George Washington High School. She then attended the University of Colorado in Boulder. She received her BS in Accounting from the Leeds School of Business and began working with Eide Bailly (formerly Gordon, Hughes and Banks) soon after. She has 5 years of experience practicing as a CPA. Joy has always had a passion for working with kids and she spends her free time traveling. During her time at CU, she studied abroad for one semester in Australia. She grew up playing softball and continues to play on Eide Bailly’s co-ed team. Joy also enjoys attending sporting events, hiking, camping and spending time with her 13 pound dog!
Director of Operations
University Preparatory School
Cook and Connect
Jill spent 27 years in media, predominantly in sales management, and left a few years ago to follow her passion for cooking and writing. Currently blogging and developing healthful recipes for private clients and at SaucyCooks.com, along with assisting a client or two with their marketing and social media, Jill also brings decades of experience in community service. Jill has served on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, ArtStart, The San Jose Family Shelter, The Newington Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and has offered her assistance to the Colorado State Positive Youth Development Task Force, The Colorado Black Health Collaborative, The Colorado State Asthma Plan, Urban Peak, The Red Cross Breakfast of Champions in various capacities.
Manuel E. Martinez
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
A VP of Business Development
Professor - Arboretum Director
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Denver
Heinrich Marketing / Hispanidad
World Ministry of Prayer
Stacie Gilmore (Non-Voting Member)
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Environmental Learning for Kids