Pat Crane, Chairman
Pat built a career in the medical device industry based on his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering. After serving in the US Army he completed graduate studies in BioMedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He supplemented this technology background with an MBA in Finance from the University of Puget Sound and further studies at Stanford. He served as an officer of five publicly traded medical product companies, including roles as President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board. Later he joined Arthur Andersen, helping develop strategies for medical product companies. In retirement, he has participated in medical missions to Vietnam, Myanmar, Malawi, and Thailand.
J. Michael Swetye, Treasurer
Michael earned an MBA in Finance, Marketing and International business from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and an AB in Economics from Hiram College. His career was in corporate finance and investment and commercial banking. He retired from The World Bank/International Finance Corporation where he led teams making loans to and equity investments in private companies in the developing world. Early in his career he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa where he was a consultant to small businesses. His deep family ties to Colorado go back to a great-great aunt who homesteaded here. He and his wife moved to Boulder to be near their daughter and three grandchildren.
Desmonne Bennett, Secretary
Desmonne Bennett is a partner at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, focusing her practice on complex commercial litigation, class action defense, and antitrust and competition law. Representative matters have included monopolization claims, food and labeling law, M&A litigation, breach of contract issues, and trade secret litigation. She has significant trial experience in large, complex cases. She currently serves as a co-leader of the firm’s Lawyers of Color Affinity Group. A Boulder native, Desmonne attended the University of Colorado for both her undergraduate studies (economics/psychology) and law school. Prior to entering private practice, she clerked at the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.
Steve Gimpel, At Large
In 1999, after a nineteen-year career in the tech industry, Steve began his second career as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Steve's practice focuses on child custody issues and brings him in frequent contact with the legal system. Steve has also served on the Board of Directors of the Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee, the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Boulder Montessori School, and South Boulder Little League.
Cathy Sparkman, At Large
Catherine A.G. Sparkman has extensive experience in many aspects of federal and state law, emphasizing healthcare, insurance, corporate and regulatory law, and hospital and managed care financing and liability. She also has vast experience as a private practitioner, as outside counsel for several hospitals and healthcare corporations and as Vice President and chief legal officer of Rocky Mountain Healthcare Corporation. Ms. Sparkman has served as Director of Government Affairs for the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, and Director of Government and Public Affairs for the National Association of Surgical Technologists. She is trained as a mediator by the American Arbitration Association. Ms. Sparkman has been active in numerous professional and civic organizations to include: City of Boulder Human Relations Commission, Planning Board, Library Commission, Colorado Women’s Foundation, Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, Colorado Chautauqua Association, Boulder Bach Festival and the Colorado Music Festival. Most recently, she served on the Board of Directors, and as President, of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado, Inc. Ms. Sparkman graduated from the University of Colorado and the University of Texas School of Law.
Bruce Wiener, Ex Officio
Mr. Wiener is the founder and Executive Director of Bridge to Justice and an attorney who practices in the areas of family law, real estate and general civil litigation. Bruce is also a court-appointed attorney representing the mentally ill in civil commitment hearings in the Twentieth Judicial District and a contract attorney for Boulder County Legal Services. Recognized on several occasions by the Boulder County Bar Association for his pro bono service, he received the Boulder County Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year Award in 2012.