Anthony (Tony) Fagnant
Tony and his wife Mary own and operate Qualtek Mfg. located in Colorado Springs, CO. Qualtek does "Great Thing to its Customer's Metal" – this includes Heat Treating, Metal Finishing and Metal Stamping. While everything is custom, the forte of the business is long running products where production efficiencies can be continuously improved. Tony holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering along with an MBA. Tony's 30 years in business has been in various manufacturing operations in the Computer, Packaging, Plastics, and Metal Fabrication Industries. He has held the roles of Mechanical Engineer, QC Manager, Sales Director, Marketing Director, and Operations Manager; virtually all facets of a Manufacturing Business.
Merrill Glustrom, Ph.D.
While living in Prescott, AZ, Merrill taught English and developed programs at Yavapai College to address the needs of at-risk students, including a computer lab for developmentally disabled young adults. After moving to Boulder he was Assistant Dean at the University of Colorado and taught writing and rhetoric. While he retired from teaching last year, he continues to write online textbooks and pursue social impact investing.
Today he is an active volunteer and community-builder and serves on the Board of the Boulder Rotary Club and Co-Chairs the Preserve Planet Earth Committee. Through Rotary, he is developing a scholarship program for low-income community college students. He was instrumental in forging relationships with the Environmental Committee of the Boulder Rotary Club and Eco-Cycle that allowed Blue Star Recyclers to establish an electronics-recycling center at Eco-Cycle. He develops relationships with people in other communities to help expand the Blue Star Recyclers mission to other communities across the country.
As president of Alpine Waste & Recycling, John Griffith has built a company with consistently growing revenues and increasingly influential presence in the Denver area's waste and recycling industries. John founded Alpine in 1999 in his Washington Park bungalow as a one truck operation. Today Alpine employs over 200 employees with annual revenues in excess of $33 million.
John was a finalist for ColoradoBiz Magazine's CEO of the Year award in 2007 and 2008, and a finalist for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2010 and 2012. Alpine received ColoradoBiz Magazine's "Top Company" Award in 2008, was named one of Colorado's Top Companies to Watch by ColoradoBiz for 2010, and was named as one of the Denver Business Journal's Fastest Growing Private Colorado Companies for 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2010.
Originally from Uvalde Texas, John attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he received his degree in business. He has twin sons, one of whom was diagnosed with autism at age 2. John also serves on the board for Firefly Autism.
Garrett Mayberry joined the Boettcher Foundation in 2017 as Special Assistant to the CEO. He supports the foundation’s leadership, communications and grantmaking programs as special projects coordinator.
Prior to joining the Boettcher Foundation, Garrett worked as a fellow at El Pomar Foundation, where he hosted international visitors, launched an environmental stewardship program, and supported grants and communications. He also served as an intern with the grants and scholarship programs at the Boettcher Foundation.
Garrett attended the University of Colorado Boulder as a Boettcher Scholar, where he studied International Affairs and was a Presidents Leadership Class member and class advisor. He was an advisory board member of Beanstalk Foundation and member of Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation
As Senior Entrepreneurship Officer, Colorado Lending Source, Adam works with over 100 small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs as the facilitator for their Ice House Entrepreneur Development program. This program helps his organization remain an integral part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem across the Front Range. Adam also co-founded Conscious Capitalism Colorado. CCC inspires, educates, and assists individuals and businesses to implement the pillars of Conscious Capitalism and thrive financially while elevating the quality of life for all stakeholders.
As Executive Director at Firefly Autism, Jesse advocates for people with autism and their families. Firefly Autism provides four education programs to serve children with autism from the age of 18 months to 21 years. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director/CEO Jesse served as VP of Social Responsibility and Development at Firefly and helped build a strong support network for the organization. He also served as Director of Community Relations for Denver Public Schools.
Jesse understands the importance of job-creation for people on the autism spectrum and wants to help Blue Star Recyclers grow those options. He served on the Colorado Aids Project and Clinica Tepeyac boards and has a passion for helping children and people on the autism spectrum.
Keanna Smith is the Southern Colorado Regional Director of Rocky Mountain Public Media, the parent company of Rocky Mountain PBS and KUVO Jazz. Smith serves in a strategic leadership capacity where she focuses on collaboration, viewer engagement, and sustainability. A native of Southern Colorado, Smith received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Coe College with a major in both Business Administration and Political Science and holds a Master’s of Science degree from Regis University in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Human Resources. Prior to her current position, she served as the events manager for a Chamber of Commerce in Iowa and as the marketing coordinator for a local, family-owned bank.
Laurie Sperry, Ph.D.
Dr. Laurie Sperry is an Assistant Clinical Faculty at Yale University and Associate Professor at Regis University. In addition to a PhD, and a degree in Forensic Psychology and Criminology, she is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Doctoral Level. Her private practice, Autism Services And Programs is located in Arvada CO where she works with individuals and groups to help them navigate social environments.
Dr. Sperry provided consulting services in Australia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Africa, Saipan, Singapore and has developed a school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Bangalore, India. In 2006 she was added to the Fulbright Scholarship’s Senior Specialist Roster for Autism. Her research focuses on people with ASD who come in contact with the criminal justice system to ensure their humane treatment within the system. She has served as a Special Interest Group Chairwoman at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) providing mentoring and leadership in the field of criminality and ASD. Sperry completed ADOS evaluations in prisons, has testified as an expert witness in sentencing hearings and has written amicus curiae briefs that have been considered before the state supreme court. She’s trained forensic psychiatric staff in England. Dr. Sperry has published numerous articles, presented at the International Conference for Offenders with Disabilities, and was an expert panelist at the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law conference.
Brenda Stuart Ryan
Brenda Stuart Ryan built her career over 30 years in radio and television news. The past 17 years have been spend at KOA Newsradio in Denver where she is the morning News Directors. During her time at KOA she has done everything from anchor the newscasts to reporting stories and producing. She became involved with Blue Star Recyclers by airing 2 feature stories about the organization. When not working, Brenda is the mother of three children, including a 24-year-old with autism, Jack who is an employee of Blue Star Recyclers. Brenda’s media experience and her perspective as a parent of an employee makes her a special asset to the Blue Star Board.