Our Board of Directors
Tadini Bacigalupi Ph.D–Sociology, Colorado State University. taught sociology for 22 years first for the University of Northern Colorado and then Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of specialty were statistics and evaluation research. He served on the non-profit board of Wild Connections, an environmental organization working to protect open lands, and on the Executive Committee of the Mount Evans Group of the Sierra Club. He has experience in conducting needs assessments, evaluation research, and polling surveys for a variety of non-profits and for Denver Public Schools. After retiring from teaching, he served as a volunteer in the bereavement program at Mount Evans Home Health Care and Hospice doing computer programming and helping to lead support groups. Additionally, while at Mount Evans he helped with grant writing.
HEATHER ABERG, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Heather Aberg , LCSW, has an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a master’s degree in Social Work from Denver University. She is certified in EMDR—Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing—and worked as a bereavement counselor at Mount Evans Home Health Care and Hospice for 20 years. She has had a private practice in clinical social work for the last 5 years. In the past 18 months, Heather has pushed for recognition of the mental health issues in the mountain community and built a program for parents of teens (Cougar Family University) as well as organized various free speaker events held at the Evergreen Fire House. Topics have included Depression and Suicide, Town Forums on Mental Health Issues, Being an Ally to Minority Populations, and others.
After receiving a Metallurgical Engineering degree from Colorado school of Mines in 1970, Hank developed a rewarding thirty-year career with the Aluminum Company of America. He directed teams of engineers who worked with ALCOA’s most demanding customers listening to their needs and solving technical problems. He, his wife, LuAnn, and their three sons moved five times across the south, mid-west and west giving them an appreciation of the USA’s diversity and grandeur. Their final move brought them back to Colorado in 1988. They feel lucky to have discovered Evergreen! Hank spent eighteen years volunteering for the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) and became a certified ski instructor. Retiring from his corporate career in 2001, Hank remodeled and sold condos in Winter Park. From 2008 to 2014, he was co-owner of Evergreen Sun Power, where he took on roles in marketing, sales, and finance. He has held volunteer posts as church finance chairman, personnel chairman, and facilities governance. Currently volunteering with Mt Evans Hospice, Seniors’ Resource Center, Evergreen Christian Outreach, and SkiMeisters has kept him busy. For fun, he is a decent skier, a mediocre fly fisherman, and loves car trips with LuAnn exploring Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico.
Dale enjoyed a career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, specializing in the investigation of violent crimes. Subsequent to the events of 9/11/01, he worked in the establishment of the Federal Air Marshal Service. After his years in law enforcement, Dale developed a security program for the business and family of a prominent individual. Within his community, ten years were dedicated as a volunteer with Mount Evans Home Health Care and Hospice, including service on the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board. Dale and his wife, Linda, raised three children in Colorado, all of whom attended Evergreen, public schools. Second to his family, literature, physical fitness, the outdoors and fly fishing fill his life. He has authored four published novels based upon his days in law enforcement.
Theodore C Ning (MD) HL.D (hon) - Ted Ning is a semi-retired urologist, Clinical Professor of Surgery (urology) at the CU School of Medicine who has also created 3 international non-profits in Vietnam and Guatemala (www.friendshipbridge.org, www.maiaimpact.org) working in community development focusing on women and young girls as agents of change in their communities. He has served as an Executive Director and board member for these organizations. He is also a founding board member of a local community organization for environmental sustainability (www.easy4u.org). He served on the Community First Foundation Board of Directors (1999-2008) and continues on their Board of Advisers. He was founding Board member of the Center of Global Health, CU School of Medicine (2010-2014). He has extensive experience in non-profit fundraising and organizational development.
Jennifer Pearson, LPC, graduated from Denver University with a master's degree in Counseling Psychology in 1994 and at that time became a Licensed Professional Counselor. Since then she has been active in the field of mental health, first working at Colorado West Mental Health Center in Frisco Colorado, and since 2002 has had a private practice in Denver and Evergreen, Colorado. Jennifer volunteers at the Women’s Correctional Facility in Denver teaching recovery from grief/trauma Workshops. She worked at Mount Evans Home Health Care and Hospice for five years as a bereavement counselor, and has led a variety of therapy groups throughout her career including child loss, groups for teens and parents, youth resilience groups, and grief/trauma workshops.
Tod Bacigalupi, Data & Metrics Manager
Lori Carpenter, Events
Susan Hoffer, LGBT Group
Hank Kaanta, Database Manager
LuAnn Kaanta, Administrative
Colleen Kaiser, Gifted & Talented Group
Debbie Schwartz, Events
Eileen Sparacino, Accounting
Amy Temple, Crisis Manager