Just as our founders were committed to ensuring Colorado remains a land of opportunity, our staff is committed to carry out the Foundation's vision and in so doing, support the life-changing work of the social, business and medical entrepreneurs in our state. Some staff members have been with the Foundation since it opened its doors (they just can't stay away). Others are relative newcomers with a long-standing dedication to service and philanthropy. All have deep roots in Colorado and enthusiastically lend their hearts, heads and hands to support the great work being done by our talented grantees.
Carol Strathman opened the Foundation's doors in 1876. Ooops, make that 1976. Whatever ... a long time ago. Carol began working for the Foundation just a few months after it opened its doors in response to a newspaper ad for a receptionist. Because of this, she remembers things about the Foundation that, um, even members of the Coors family do not remember! Carol is responsible for keeping track of the Foundation's finances and can also be found out in the community visiting with nonprofits. Carol says, "I love having the opportunity to meet the creative people in the community who are addressing all kinds of challenges in such unique ways."
A graduate of Colorado Women's College where she studied English and creative writing, Carol is a writer at heart and says that is still what she would like to be when she grows up. She enjoys working with the Foundation's directors whom she describes as caring and visionary; the last of the real cowboys, doing what they believe in their hearts is the right thing to do, even if they sometimes stand alone. Growing up in Granby gave her an appreciation for Colorado's mountains, something she shares with her husband. They also share a love of anything animal and most especially their dog, Dodger.
Colorado native Carrie Tynan thinks she has the best job in the world. As program officer for the Foundation, she loves visiting nonprofits statewide and learning how they are improving the lives of the people in their communities. She says she is consistently impressed, humbled and inspired by the range of life-changing services nonprofits provide to Coloradans. Carrie jokes, "I've never met a nonprofit that I didn't like; there would probably be no money left if I were in charge of the funding decisions!" (No, you are not allowed to request Carrie for your on-site visit!) Seriously, Carrie takes great pains to evaluate each organization fairly and rigorously.
Before joining the Foundation four years ago, Carrie spent five years as an English teacher at J.K. Mullen High School, helping at-risk, low-performing youth excel in school. A graduate of the University of Texas, Carrie is involved with numerous nonprofits in Denver donating countless hours to help organizations accomplish their mission. Carrie and her husband love anything outdoors, including golfing, skiing and hunting, attending Colorado sporting events and spending time with friends and family.
John Jackson specializes in giving legs to good ideas. Drawing on his years as a self-employed business owner, John says he and the Foundation staff practice what they preach … crafting entrepreneurial giving strategies that give life to the Trustees' vision for America. To do this, John relies heavily on the creative talent and adult supervision of the four members of the Foundation's team, all of whom allow him to think he is in charge.
A long-time resident of Colorado, John graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango and served seven years on the staff of U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong in Washington, D.C. and in Colorado. In addition to his small business experience, John has taken a leadership role in a variety of nonprofits, including stints as chairman of both the Denver-area chapter of the March of Dimes and the Colorado Storm Soccer Association. Now that their three twenty-something sons have exchanged soccer gear for business attire, John and his wife, Debbie, have transitioned from super fans to a more peaceful and leisurely life of travel and golf.
Cindy Kennedy functions as the Foundation's Central Command. A skilled troubleshooter, negotiator, internet-fixer and database expert, Cindy keeps the entire office running smoothly. Fortunately, Cindy is also the first person you reach when you call which means never having to press "1" for more information. Cindy knows everything! Cindy conducts on-site reviews for the Trustees and says that "seeing the great work of grantees in the community is my favorite part of the job."
Before joining the Adolph Coors Foundation in 2003, Cindy worked at Educare Colorado and the Piton Foundation. She attended the University of Northern Colorado. The mother of two girls, Cindy's daughters keep her busy and cheering in the stands at high school softball games. When she is able to squeeze in some free time, she enjoys sharing her (very tasty) recipes with co-workers and serving at her church.
An 11-year member of the staff and 25-year veteran of the Foundation sector, Jeanne Bistranin is a familiar and well-respected fixture in the Colorado nonprofit community. Her out-of-the-box thinking challenges organizations to implement creative approaches to meet the needs of the community while advancing the core values of the Coors Family. Jeanne has an encyclopedic memory for all things nonprofit (watch out!) and, while her interview and research skills are legendary among Colorado nonprofits, her co-workers most appreciate Jeanne's zany one-liners and self-deprecating humor.
Before joining the Foundation, Jeanne was a regional program officer with the US WEST Foundation where she developed and implemented the company's philanthropic programs in four states. Jeanne has a master's degree in communications from the University of Denver and a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Northern Colorado. A Colorado native, Jeanne enjoys hikes with Muffin, her terrier mutt, and socializing at book clubs (sometimes she even reads the book). She is the single mom of two teenagers, yet somehow maintains her sanity.