Nora Burns, KEYNOTE
Since stepping into the world of human resources more than two decades ago, Nora A Burns, SPHR has interviewed and on-boarded thousands of candidates and new hires for positions ranging from file clerk to executive vice president. Along the way, she decided to study and evaluate the hiring process from a different perspective, by participating in job interviews across the country. She did this not in her usual role of interviewer or hiring consultant, but as a candidate for administrative, supervisory and managerial roles.
As The Undercover Candidate™, Nora has participated in over a hundred interviews to gain insight into the hiring process from the candidate’s perspective. Professional curiosity then took her a step further as she recognizes that effective hiring is only the first step toward building a great workforce, Phase two of her research involved spending a year working “undercover” for a variety of large, well-known organizations as a customer-facing employee in entry-level positions.
Nora is passionate about helping associations and corporations hire and develop top talent to advance their overall mission and strategy. Her engaging, no-nonsense style and sense of humor has captivated retreat, workshop and conference audiences across North America.
Betty Hart, KEYNOTE
Betty Hart is a trained actor and facilitator who leads the Experiential Learning Team for Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s Arts Integrated Resources team—part of the Community Health & Engagement. Betty has been facilitating interactive workshops for over ten years. Betty moved to Colorado to join this dynamic team six years ago. Previously, she worked with Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre Programs (ETP) Georgia leading their facilitation work. As the lead facilitator for Kaiser Permanente Arts Integrated Resources, she has the opportunity to share the message of laughter as wellness with the community, schools, corporate clients, senior citizens, and internally within Kaiser Permanente. Betty enjoys helping audiences discover the shared wisdom in the room, and believes that laughter really is one of the best medicines.
Richard Wobbekind, KEYNOTE
University of Colorado
Richard L. Wobbekind is Executive Director of the Business Research Division, Associate Professor of Business Economics and Finance, and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Town of Winter Park
Alisha Reis is Deputy County Manager for Adams County and serving as Chair for our new Leadership Connection initiative.
Anne Rooney McCord
Investigations Law Group
Anne has dedicated her career to building transformational work cultures that drive business results. She has over 20 years of Executive-level Human Resources experience in the high tech, start up and non-profit worlds and brings a client-centered vantage point to the ILG tea. Anne heads up ILG’s Strategic Services driving cultural transformation and building concrete tools and mitigation strategies for the most difficult people challenges companies face. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional.
Sales and Marketing Director, SIPA
Beth has been serving Colorado state & local governments with SIPA since 2015 as the Sales and Marketing Director. She is responsible for creating awareness, marketing and selling e-government services. Her goal is to provide governments user-friendly and cost-effective products and services to enhance communication and online services within their communities. With a background in marketing, communications, business development and global sales, Beth was vital in creating rapid growth and awareness for the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Denver. She also played an integral role in launching a Bard Center student startup, Nokero, whose mission is to help provide light to the 1.4 billion people around the world with no access to electricity. Beth has a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in business administration.
City Manager, Fort Collins
Darin Atteberry is the City Manager for the City of Fort Collins, a position he has held since December 2004. As City Manager, Darin has led the City government through a time of transformational change, including leading the City to winning the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2017. Darin is an advocate for community collaboration and has built strong relationships with both public and private sector partners.
Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources with CPS HR Consulting
Deanna Heyn is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources with CPS HR Consulting and has over 25 years of progressively responsible public-sector Human Resources experience, including city, county and special district government administration. Deanna made the move to Human Resources Consulting in the public sector over three years ago, sharing CPS HR’s vision of bringing excellence to Human Resources in the government and non-profit sectors. Deanna is highly experienced and skilled around organizational strategy, to include, organizational assessment, succession and workforce planning, employee engagement, change management, leadership development, as well as a proven track record with over 20 years of experience in the review, development, implementation and maintenance of compensation systems in the public sector. Finally, Deanna is a Colorado native and enjoys the great lifestyle Colorado affords individuals and organizations!
Debbie Brinkman served on the Littleton City Council from 2007 - 2019, two terms as mayor pro-team and two terms as Mayor. She is a resident of Littleton and currently serves as a consultant and facilitator to cities and towns and crazy councils throughout Colorado.
Investigations Law Group
Liz read every Nancy Drew book as a kid, as soon as it came out, which may have been a clue about where her professional life would take her. Liz has been providing impartial investigations to clients in Colorado and around the country since 1994. She specializes in complex investigations in the workplace and her practice has run the gamut from workplace culture evaluations, class-based discrimination investigations, hostile work environment, retaliation, whistle-blower, ethics violations, rape and sexual assault, executive misconduct and corruption investigations. Liz sits on the Board of Directors of the Association of Workplace Investigators, and is the co-author of Workplace Investigations in Colorado, Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Employment Law (January 2018).
CCCMA Senior Adviser
Greg has over 30 years of local government experience in California and Colorado. He’s experienced in large organizations (City of Sacramento, CA) and small ones (Town of Pagosa Springs, CO) and has served as CAO for both a county and a municipality. Greg is Past President of ACCA and was selected as Colorado County Administrator of the Year in 2009. He also was awarded a Gates Family Foundation fellowship to attend the Senior Executives in Local and State Government Program at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University in 2010.
His areas of particular interest and expertise include: Assisting entities in fiscal or organizational distress; Council/Manager relations and County Elected Officials/County Administrator relations; 2nd homeowner/tourist/mountain communities; tribal relations; broadband expansion/implementation; and retirement planning
Since retirement, Greg serves as one of seven Senior Advisors for CCCMA and is finishing his 2nd four year term as a member of the Board of Directors for the Upper San Juan Health Services District (dba Pagosa Springs Medical Center). He also keeps busy with traveling, skiing, bicycling, golf, pickleball, motorcycling, and reading.
Senior Municipal Advisor
John Waschbusch and Sue Hansen
Deputy County Manager for Montrose County, and Montrose County Commissioner
Jon Waschbusch, MPA, AICP is the Deputy County Manager for Montrose County. Through fifteen years as a planner, project manager, department head and administrator, Jon has communicated in many high-pressure situations. Jon will share his adventures (good and bad) practicing candid communication in local government.
Sue Hansen, Montrose County Commissioner has over 25 years experience as a business consultant, certified behavioral analyst and growth curve specialist. Sue’s business emphasis has focused on organizational performance and leadership. Sue has worked with businesses and organizations of in the public and private sector to improve communication and build strong leaders.
Justin Rundle, PE, CEM, LEED-AP – has worked in the water / wastewater industry since 1993 and currently specializes in improving the efficiency of water and wastewater treatment plants. He has conducted energy audits at more than 50 facilities and has insight on common-sense, low cost solutions to improve the operational efficiencies of your facilities.
ICMA Mountain Plains Regional Director
Karen Daly, ICMA Mountain Plains Regional Director, retired from local government management after 31 years. In her role at ICMA, she provides connections and resources to 14 states comprising the Mountain Plains. She’s based in Texas, but some say her second home is DIA.
Grand Lake Interim City Manager
Sickles completed her MPA at University of Colorado at Denver as the GSPA Outstanding Western Slope student in 1998, drafted a service plan for an ambulance Special District, Delta County GIS Coordinator, Cedaredge Town Administrator, Ouray City Administrator and current Grand Lake Interim Town Manager.
Director of Denver Peak Academy
Melissa Wiley is the Director of Denver Peak Academy, the City and County of Denver’s process improvement and analytics team. To date, Denver Peak Academy graduates have participated in over 3,000 projects, which collectively have saved Denver taxpayers 37 million dollars. Prior to working for the City, Melissa worked for the United States Department of State, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the U.S. Economic Advisor to Northern Ireland. She holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado and a M.P.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Pueblo West Metro District
Retired City Manager
Ron LeBlanc, retired CM, and Tami Tanoue, CIRSA ED, will address: common communication challenges; how to improve effective communication with elected officials and staff; and provide tools to address small problems before they become major issues. Attendees will learn: how to set appropriate boundaries with elected officials; how to educate staff regarding the importance of providing the same timely information to all elected officials; what to do with the tendency of micromanagement by elected officials; advice for managers to set the right example for their organization; and a few suggestions for when things seem to be going seriously awry.
Colorado State University
Ryan P. Scott is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Colorado State University. Ryan studies how to manage risks associated with oil and gas development, energy development, and air quality. His research focuses largely on local and state policy making, especially the utilization of participatory processes and measuring outcomes and outputs resulting from involving citizens and nongovernmental actors in public policy decision making and implementation.
Colorado State University
Samuel Houghteling is the Program Director for the John Straayer Center for Public Service Leadership at Colorado State University. From 2013 through 2017, Sam worked with the City of Fort Collins, and he has served on the leadership teams for Fort Collins Startup Week, the Northern Colorado Food Cluster, the Downtown Fort Collins Creative District, the City of Fort Collins Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, and the Colorado Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. Prior to moving to Colorado, Sam served as a Director for a Massachusetts based non-profit, interned in a U.S. Congressional Office, and received his MPA from the University of Kansas. He is interested in how community networks influence policy and impact governance, and he is pursuing a Ph.D. at CSU with an emphasis on Public Administration and Environmental Policy.
Civic dreamer and doer. Strategist solving policy and political puzzles.
Sarah E. Moss, MPA, is a civic dreamer and doer. A strategist who solves policy and political puzzles, she is a two-time fellow of the Bighorn Leadership Program and holds a Denver Peak Academy black belt in Lean process improvement and a yellow belt in Krav Maga. Engaging Local Government Leaders hosts her blog posts about making local government more fun and efficient.
Tami Tanoue has been CIRSA’s Executive Director since August, 2018. Her previous positions with CIRSA include General Counsel/Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel/Claims Manager. She was previously in private practice with the law firm of Griffiths, Tanoue, Light, Harrington & Dawes, where she served CIRSA as its contract General Counsel for 12 years, and was City or Town Attorney for several Colorado municipalities. Prior to that, she was Staff Attorney for the Colorado Municipal League, where she represented the collective interests of Colorado municipalities. Tami is a regular speaker on local government liability topics, and has written several publications on liability issues.
Town of Bennett
Trish Stiles is the Town Administrator for Bennett, Colorado. Prior to this, she has served in various management roles in Colorado, Illinois and Florida. She is the 2020 President for the Colorado City County Managers Asociation, serves as and ICMA Welcome Ambassador and is a past president of the Metro City/County Manager’s Association. Ms. Stiles recent achievements include completion of many capital improvements including a new town hall, elevated water storage tank and a new waste water treatment facility. She is a Colorado native and is mom to one eleven-year-old son and two fluffy golden retrievers. For fun Trish plays the piano, experiments with French patisserie and visits Disneyworld for much needed vacations.
University of Colorado
Todd L. Ely is an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver, where he directs the Center for Local Government Research and Training. Todd’s research focuses on the financing of state and local public services, education finance, and public and nonprofit financial management. Past research has been supported by the Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab, Ford Foundation, Governmental Accounting Standards Board, among others. Todd recently co-authored Essentials of Public Service, an introductory public administration textbook. He received his PhD from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.
William L. Swann
University of Colorado
William L. Swann is an assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. His PhD in public administration is from Florida State University. His research focuses on urban sustainability, public management and collaborative governance. His research can be found in some of the leading public administration and urban studies journals. He is also currently involved in collaborative research projects studying performance management in state government, local policy approaches to the opioid epidemic, and the nexus of food, energy and water systems in local development.