Dave is Chairman of the Board for See The Change. A 501(c) (3), this organization is chartered to set a clear course for the United States to regain its competitive status in the production of engineers and other science-related disciplines on the international stage.
Prior to his involvement with See The Change USA, Dave spent ten years at the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce from 2002 – 2012, where he performed in a variety of leadership capacities culminating in his selection as President & CEO for his final five years in the organization.
A retired Air Force Officer, Dave was exposed to a variety of post Air Force opportunities in the worlds of environmental mitigation with ABB, Inc., with USAA as the executive assistant to the President of their Property and Casualty Company, and as President of SEI Technologies, a privately owned firm headquartered in Harrisonburg, VA.
During Dave’s nearly 28 years on active duty, he performed in the career fields of aircraft maintenance, technical training and base support. Dave was afforded two opportunities to command at the wing level. One as the training wing commander at Keesler AFB, MS, and the other as the first Air Base Wing Commander at the United States Air Force Academy.
Dave is an in-resident graduate of Naval Command and Staff College and the Air War College. Dave holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint, and a master’s degree from Central Michigan University.
Dave is married to his bride of 48 years, Margo, and they have one daughter, Stephanie, and two delightful grandchildren, Maggie and Dylan, who make their home in Sherborn, MA.
In January 2013, Dr. Andre D. Spencer was appointed superintendent of Harrison School District Two in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Harrison serves over 11,000 students with 25 schools, including four charter agreements.
Before Andre arrived at Harrison, he was the Regional Superintendent with the Houston Independent School District. While in Houston, he served over 15,000 of the 205,000 students by overseeing the instructional programs, budgets, capital improvements, instructional technology enhancements and extra-curricular activities. Andre supervised and coached campus administrators to increase student achievement. He is an educational leader who strongly believes that all children deserve a quality education that will enable them to become productive learners within society.
Furthermore, he believes that it is critical for all schools to promote a culture of good teaching and learning that is led by a highly competent leader with effective teachers.
Andre has also served 4 years in the United States Army and worked in the Baltimore City Public School System for 13 years as a Science Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Area Support Superintendent. Baltimore City Public Schools served 85,000 students.
As superintendent, Andre has implemented the following educational initiatives: 1.) world-class common core state standards-based curriculums to improve instruction and student achievement; 2.) extended learning opportunities; 3.) mathematics tutors to support interventions; 4.) early college program; 5.) dropout and credit recovery program; 6.) one-to-one technology program; 7.) technology infrastructure to support wireless accessibility district-wide; and 8.) free breakfast, lunch and dinner program district-wide. As outlined in Harrison’s “Mission Possible 2017 Strategic Plan,” Andre is moving Harrison from “GOOD 2 GREAT.”
Some additional accomplishments Andre has made since being in Harrison are: Training for National Superintendent Certification with AASA: The School Superintendents Association and presenting at the National Alliance of Black School Educators Aspiring Superintendents Institute. He is also serving on the board for the Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region, Joint Initiatives, Colorado Springs Homeless Initiative and Pikes Peak Community College Foundation.
Andre is a lifelong educator. He strongly believes that education is the key to lifelong success. Andre currently holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore; a Master of Science degree in Biology from Morgan State University, Doctoral Fellowship in Science Education from Morgan State University and a Doctor of Education degree from Capella University.
Heather brings a diverse background and set of experiences to See the Change USA. After serving as a Crisis Management Liasion for Duke University and a Research Associate for Wake Forest University, Heather began her career in public education when she joined Teach For America in 2004. She taught 3rd grade in Atlanta and was the regional finalist for the Sue Lehman Excellence in Teaching Award. Following her time in the corps, Heather was a Program Director with Teach for America – Atlanta. In that role, she supported more than 90 teachers as they implemented challenging curriculum to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. She then spent 4 years building and leading the Alumni Affairs work in the region which included developing programs to support school leadership, parent voice, and School Board elections. Prior to joining the team, Heather built and led a team that provided professional career coaching, support and development for individuals interested in high-impact careers in education policy, advocacy, and/or organizing. In addition to executive coaching, the team also provided large-scale career support through virtual resources, workshops, and professional development sessions.
Heather is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her Masters Degree from Wake Forest University. In her spare time, Heather enjoys running, hiking, and camping with her husband and two sons.
On January 1, 1997, Jim assumed the role of President and CEO of GE Johnson Construction Company, a commercial general contractor with annual sales volumes in excess of $300 million headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Before becoming President, Jim served as Vice President, in which primary responsibilities included business development and the formation of the Special Projects Division. Jim was born in Wichita, Kansas, however, he grew up in Colorado Springs. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Science in 1984 from Kansas State University.
Jim is a current board member of the Colorado Community College System – State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education; YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region Foundation Board; Wells Fargo Bank-Colorado Springs Community Board of Directors; Kansas State University Foundation Board of Trustees; Kansas State University College of Engineering Advisory Council; Kansas State University Alumni Association Board of Trustees; Member Young Presidents Organization and Colorado Concern.
Jim is past board member of the Downtown Partnership Board of Directors; Associated General Contractors-Colorado, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; El Pomar Community Health; Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce; Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs; Penrose Hospital Foundation; Workers Compensation Coalition; past member of the Greater Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation; Citizen’s Goals Board Member; and a past member of the Southeast Denver Douglas County Economic Development Council. Recent recognitions includes: Colorado Springs Sports Corp Hall of Fame; 2008 Chamber Business Citizen of the Year; 2009 Recipient of the Sister Myra James Award for Outstanding Service, Kansas State University College of Engineering Hall of Fame inductee 2011.
Jim married his wife Laura in 2000 and they have four children: Jim’s sons, Jared, 24 and Joey, 21 and Laura’s children, Nicole, 23 and Tyler, 22.
Jim and Laura enjoy living in Colorado Springs and also enjoy spending time in their recently completely home outside of Westcliffe, Colorado and spending times outdoors with the kids, horses, and dogs.
“Meredith has a strong background in clinical research, having spent 15 years involved with biomedical and social/behavioral clinical research at Emory University and here at CU Anschutz,” noted Vice Chancellor for Research Richard Traystman, PhD.
Mealer has served COMIRB since 2007, and she is currently the assistant director, Panel B Chair and an Expedited/Exempt Chair. “This wealth of regulatory experience at COMIRB and as a clinical researcher offers leadership that will allow COMIRB to continue building on its solid foundation to meet the ever-changing challenges of research in partnership with the research community,” Traystman said.
Mealer’s SOM appointment will transfer to the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation beginning in March.
Mealer takes over the job following Warren “Cappy” Capell, MD, assistant professor, School of Medicine, who is stepping down after four years. Capell, however, will continue to be involved in the regulatory aspects of research at this institution, and predominantly will be working with the Colorado Prevention Center (CPC Clinical Research) as a clinical investigator.
“Cappy has been instrumental in optimizing the use of electronic systems to improve efficiency and striving to reduce the burden on researchers,” Traystman said. “He also has restructured the COMIRB office to improve timelines and has endeavored to make a complicated process easier for researchers to navigate.”
The focus of Capell’s new responsibilities will be managing event adjudication committees and providing other support for several large, international clinical trials run by CPC Clinical Research. He also will continue to work in research administration at CU Anschutz through the Clinical Research Support Center.
“The aim is to bring the skills and regulatory understanding of running large multi-site studies learned at CPC to researchers on this campus,” Traystman said. “In his capacity at the support center, Cappy will be part of the team that is available to assist researchers to develop and operationalize their research projects within this complex regulatory environment.”
Dr. Bauer is an internationally recognized health futurist and medical economist. As an independent industry thought leader, he forecasts the evolution of health care and develops practical approaches to improving the medical sector of the American economy. He is widely known for his specific proposals to create an efficient and effective health care delivery system through multi-stakeholder partnerships and other initiatives focused in the private sector.
Dr. Bauer has published more than 225 articles, books, Web pages, and videos on health care delivery. He speaks frequently to national and international audiences about key trends in health care, medical science, technology, information systems, reimbursement, public policy, health reform, and creative problem-solving. Dr. Bauer is quoted often in the national press and writes regularly for professional journals that cover the business of health care.
His latest books are Paradox and Imperatives in Health Care: How Efficiency, Effectiveness, and E-‐Transformation Can Conquer Waste and Optimize Quality (Productivity Press, 2008) and Statistical Analysis for Health Care Decision-‐Makers (CRC Press, 2009). His two previous books are Telemedicine and the Reinvention of Health Care: The Seventh Revolution in Medicine (McGraw-Hill, 1999) and Not What the Doctor Ordered (McGraw-Hill, 1998). He is currently finishing a book on strategic forecasting methodologies, Upgrading Leadership’s Crystal Ball: Five Reasons Why Forecasting Must Replace Predicting and How to Make the Strategic Change in Business and Public Policy (Taylor & Francis, Autumn 2013).
As a consultant, he has assisted hundreds of provider, purchaser, and payer organizations with strategic planning and performance improvement. He served as Vice President for Health Care Forecasting and Strategy for ACS, a Xerox Company, from 1999 to 2010. His previous consulting firm, The Bauer Group, specialized in consumer-focused strategic planning and development of clinical affiliation agreements for multi-hospital networks from 1984 to 1992.
In addition, Dr. Bauer has a strong foundation of academic experience. He was a full-time teacher and administrator at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver from 1973 to 1984, where he held appointments as associate professor and as Assistant Chancellor for Planning and Program Development. He also served concurrently for four years as Health Policy Adviser to Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm. From 1992 to 1998, Dr. Bauer was a visiting professor in Administrative Medicine at the Medical School of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught physician leaders how to evaluate research reports and other published studies.
He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He graduated from Colorado College in Colorado Springs with a B.A. in economics and completed a certificate in political studies at the University of Paris (France). During his academic career, he was a Boettcher Scholar, a Ford Foundation Independent Scholar, a Fulbright Scholar (Switzerland), and a Kellogg Foundation National Fellow. Dr. Bauer lives in Chicago, where he occasionally displays his paintings in art galleries. He is an avid fan of music and member of the Governing Board of the Chicago Symphony Association.
A native of the Netherlands, Selma Caris has lived in the United States for over 18 years – having lived in California, Massachusetts, and now, for the second time, Colorado. She holds a degree in child psychology from the University of Leiden where she continued her study with a master’s degree in educational management.
Upon moving to the United States, she continued her education by earning an MBA from UCCS. Her work experience encompasses policy making on federal, state and local levels, in both elementary and secondary education, focusing primarily on curriculum development and implementation. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, walking her dogs, playing tennis, and traveling.
Robin Opie is the Vice President, Data Science at Oracle. As the leader of the Oracle Data Cloud Data Science organization, Robin is responsible for delivering and continuously improving all of the analytical capabilities that support Oracle Data Cloud’s audience targeting, ID graph linkage, and measurement products.
Opie came to Oracle through its acquisition of Datalogix, where he was Chief Analytics Officer. Prior to joining Datalogix, Opie managed the Engineering Analytics function at Comcast, where he was responsible for evaluating billions of dollars in technology spending and is credited with saving hundreds of millions of dollars during his 4 years in the role. Robin’s roles have also included analytics leadership positions at Microsoft, Cisco, Moxi Digital, Mercer Management Consulting and Chase Manhattan Bank.
Robin holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Certificate in Dance from Princeton University.
Powers, a 1962 La-mar University graduate honored in 1978 as the Lamar Distinguished Alumnus, was partner-in-charge of the Austin office of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., from 1978 through 2004. He remains of counsel to the firm. He has also joined Duff and Phelps recently, resident in their Austin office.
His leadership promoted a new creative spirit in the capital city – one that seized on global opportunites for economic development. That effort began in the governor’s office where Powers led in rallying the community toward the goal of landing the most prestigious economic development prizes of the early 1980s – the Microelectronics Computer Technology Consortium (MCC) and Sematech.
For the past 30 years, Powers has played an integral role in developing the Austin regional technology economy. Through his leadership in attracting landmark re-search and development operations in the 1980s (MCC and Sematech) and employers (Applied Materials and 3M, among others), Powers has helped advance the region’s high-tech, information and entrepreneurial economy. He has been a principal participant in mobilizing Austin’s ever-growing high-tech community to create a business/civic/philanthropic network.
As a board member of virtually all of the Texas technology groups, Powers is a civic entrepreneur who advises Austin’s emerging technology leaders on creating new companies and shaping the region’s collaborative future. From his days on Gov. Mark White’s Science and Technology Council from 1983-1986 to Gov. Rick Perry’s Science and bio-Technology Council from 2002-2003, he has been active in the business community and in legal and charitable organizations at the national, state and local levels.
Powers was and is a leader in creating the Texas Technology initiative, established in 2002 to redefine and reinvigorate the collaboration between government, academia and private industry. In response to this strategy and the need to stay globally competitive with incentive programs, the State of Texas created a $295 million Enterprise Fund in 2003 and the Texas Emerging Technology Fund in 2005. He was vice-chair of the $200 million ETF Fund and remains active as a chair of the Energy Initiatives Committee of Innovate Texas, a state wide non-profit aimed at encouraging new companies to apply to the emerging Technology Fund for start-up funds. It works with all six Texas University Systems.
Powers was listed (National Law Journal) as one of the 100 most influential attorneys in the country on 4 successive listings. He was chair of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce in 1989 and was selected by the Chamber to be Austinite of the year in 2005. He received the Texas Legend Award from American Electronics Association in 2007. He helped start the Austin Technology Incubator in 1989 and has long served on the Board of IC2 with Dr. George Kozmetsky. He is currently a frequent speaker/commentator on clean fuel/renewable energy/green issues.
Powers received his law degree from the University of Texas in 1965. He and his wife, the former Pamela Ann Honea, have a daughter, Shannon, and a son, Pike, and 4 grandchildren, all living in Austin, TX.