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Board of Directors

Barry Henderson MSc, MBA

Board Chair

Barry joined the board because of his admiration and respect for the inspirational work completed day in and day out by the talented and devoted DCAC staff members. Beyond the dramatic results children and their families derive from the staff’s efforts, he believes that extraordinary servant organizations such as DCAC foster and promote the overall well-being of the community. After hearing many of the heart-warming success stories and seeing the real and positive changes the organization brings to those children and families it serves, Barry felt compelled to become a part of the exceptional Denver Children’s Advocacy Center. He is committed to assisting all the DCAC staff in fulfilling their mission. He has nearly 30 years of work experience in the earth resources industries working primarily in leadership roles in the technology and innovation sectors. Barry is also presently serving on the College of Computer & Information Sciences Advisory Board at Regis University. Barry received a BA in Geology from the University of Montana, a MSc in Geology from the University of Iowa and a MBA from Regis University.

Jay Ottoson

Jay Ottoson

Treasurer

Jay joined the DCAC Board of Directors to support DCAC’s extraordinary efforts to provide immediate response and ongoing services to child victims and their families.  Jay has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry and currently serves as the Chairman of the Western Energy Alliance Board of Directors. Jay has also served on the boards of Centers for Children & Family in Midland, TX, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and Boys & Girls Club.

Justin Barr

Justin Barr brings nearly thirty years of commercial banking and entrepreneurial experience and relationships to his position as a Director of Denver CAC. Justin currently serves in a senior special assets management role with CoBank.

Previously, Justin spent nearly a decade running Chicago based Loan Workout Advisers, LLC, a consulting firm that he founded focused on the management of Cease and Desist Order bank turn-around and special assets projects, as well as expert witness consulting on the creditor side of complex commercial lending related litigation matters. Clients included the FDIC, the State of Illinois and Chicago Title, as well as any number of financial institutions. As an expert witness, Justin has worked with such leading law firms as Reed Smith, Katten Muchin Rosenman and Dorsey & Whitney.

Justin's tireless advocacy for bank clients and commitment to helping them stay in control of their own destiny can be traced to his renowned family history of defending Chicago banks and businesses against government intervention and other outside threats dating back to the mid-1940s.

Recognized as an expert on the U.S. banking industry, Justin was regularly quoted by leading financial news outlets prior to joining CoBank, including the American Banker and the Chicago Tribune, for which he produced a series of special reports on the Chicago area banking market at the height of the Great Recession.

Justin began his banking career with leading Chicago commercial banks, including in commercial lending roles with LaSalle National Bank and Bank of America and in senior commercial loan workout roles with Credit Agricole and BMO Harris Bank.

 

Will Braunstein

Will is inspired by the work that the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center does to help children and families. Their mission of preventing abuse, strengthening families, and giving children back their childhood is extremely motivating. They successfully provide resources to victims of abuse and the community at large. DCAC is an incredible organization to support.

Will is an investor and entrepreneur who has co-founded and led multiple companies, including USA Rx, a market-driven discount on prescription medications, CastleWave, a full-service strategy consultancy and interactive agency (acquired by a public company), and UrbanMaidGreen, an eco-friendly cleaning service (acquired by a private group). Will is a mentor for the University of Rochester and also serves on the Board of Directors of Inside the Orchestra. Will received a B.A. in Political Science and Economics at the University of Rochester.

Eric Gonzalez

Eric joined the board because he believes that the work of the DCAC is vital to the health and welfare of children impacted by abuse and neglect. Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, Eric earned his MBA from the University of Denver, and has over 20 years of experience in the mining industry, primarily in development and strategic roles. As a member of the board, Eric is focused on supporting the efforts of DCAC staff in their work on behalf of the most vulnerable in our community.

Catherine Holliday

Cate joined the board because of her ardent support of the efforts of the DCAC in outreach, prevention, and particularly intervention, to curb the negative impact of abuse on child victims and their families and provide children a critical opportunity to recover and lead healthy, vibrant lives. Cate is a lifelong supporter of children’s charities and knows that being a member of the DCAC board is a way to promote even greater advocacy in support of childhood development, and the heartfelt belief that every child deserves a chance to grow into the very best version of themselves. Cate is a professional technical analyst and writer, working in a variety of industries, including military, mining, security, medical and financial services.

Craig Johlfs

Craig Johlfs, CFP, CMFC

Craig joined the DCAC board because he believes that the identification, prevention and mitigation of child abuse is paramount for a healthy community.  Craig was introduced to the organization through the Denver Active 2030, where he is also a member.  After hearing DCAC’s compelling story and the need they serve, he volunteered for a board position.  Through his involvement in Denver Active 2030 and his contact with several noteworthy charities, he found his philanthropic passion in serving the at-risk youth in our community through DCAC.  In addition to serving the at-risk youth in the Metro Denver area, Craig also serves his community by providing comprehensive financial & investment planning services to individuals, families and business owners.  Craig is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ and has been with Waddell & Reed, Inc. for nearly a decade.

Karen Loeb

Karen Loeb

Karen joined the DCAC board because of her training as a developmental psychologist and longstanding interest in child development, especially for those who have been disadvantaged, either physically or emotionally. DCAC is a critical resource in our community to help children tell their stories in a safe environment and receive appropriate free, bilingual services to help them heal from being witnesses to or victims of abuse. After retiring from a gratifying career with Bell Labs, Karen followed her passion around values-based leadership, with the opportunity to encourage undergraduate and graduate students at DU to lend their expertise to the non-profit world.  Karen is also an active Rotarian, completing many local and global projects that benefit children, including support for professional training sessions delivered by DCAC for those who work with children. She is married to the current Chief Judge of the Colorado Court of Appeals and has two young adult daughters.

Ricardo Perez

Karen Schweihs, M.Ed., LPC

Karen joined DCAC’s board because she believes improving our community begins with our children.  Karen has witnessed the positive impact DCAC has on children and families throughout her career.  She has worked as both a caseworker and a therapist to provide safety and reduce the impact of trauma on children in need. 

Karen has taught in the Psychology Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver and currently owns a private practice in Denver. Karen has a bachelor’s degree from University of Iowa in Business Management and a graduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Human Development Counseling. Karen is currently working towards her PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision.