State Board

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Colorado Common Cause is led by a dedicated and engaged board of directors, who bring a variety of expertise to our organization.

Jeff Hart
Board Chair

Jeff has spent four decades working to build public trust and confidence in government. He has worked in the Government Accountability Office, as a senior EPA manager, and a consultant in government accountability and transparency. He has been a CCC board member since 2011 serving as treasurer and Executive Committee member, and chair of the Board Development and Nominating Committee.

Carol Peeples
Board Vice-Chair  

Carol works to reduce recidivism to prison and jail through her company Remerg and remerg.com. She is the founder of a voting project for people disenfranchised due to their criminal record and an advocate for community involvement in the political process. Carol joined the Colorado Common Cause Board in 2013, chairs the Board Governance and Development Committee, and serves as vice chair.

Dian Callaghan
Board Secretary

Dian served as a utility consumer advocate for Colorado's Office of Consumer Counsel for twenty years. After retiring in 2004 she was appointed to serve on the Utility Consumers Board, where she provides policy guidance to the office. She is a long-time supporter of Common Cause and has served multiple terms on the Colorado Common Cause Board of Directors.

Austin Bernstein

Austin is a government attorney, specializing in complex regulatory schemes. A former special education teacher and policy advocate, he worked to advance educational equity at the local, state, and federal level. For fun, he enjoys hiking, skiing, and fetching with his black lab, Moxie.

Sue Catterall

As a strong advocate for public education, Sue has spent the last decade educating voters about the need to invest in Colorado’s public schools. Grassroots activism and public engagement — urging voters to use their voice in our democracy — has been the driving force in her work. Sue lives in Roxborough Park with her husband and exuberant golden retriever, Boomer. 

Karl Chwe

After careers in law and IT management, Karl taught leadership to high school students for ten years. He is now a writer and senior editor at the Copper Nickel, a literary journal published by the University of Colorado at Denver.

Gary Fornander

Gary is now retired after teaching physics, math, economics, and experiential, interdisciplinary, community-based education in Colorado Springs Public Schools for 30 years. Gary currently works to create effective, open and transparent processes in city and county government. A member of the Colorado Common Cause board since 1995 (and board chair in 2000), Gary represents Colorado Common Cause on the Pikes Peak Equality Coalition.

Bill Goldberg

Bill is an attorney in private practice in Denver, representing mostly small businesses and individuals on transactional matters. Many of his clients are restaurants and specialty food producers. His family came to Colorado in the 1800s, and he is dedicated to keeping government open and honest for the next generation.

Jenna Goldstein

Jenna is an associate at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP in Denver, where she represents businesses and individuals in all phases of litigation in complex civil matters in federal and state courts and arbitration proceedings. She also maintains an active pro bono practice. Jenna is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Michigan Law School.

Robert Johnson

Robert works for a web-based business training and coaching program where he helps athletes, business owners, executives, and other senior managers with strategic planning and brand direction. Robert believes that everyone should have a voice when it comes to being involved in their community, including having the opportunity to vote. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

Jim Kennell

Jim Kennel founded DMX Engage, a Colorado-based database marketing and communications logistics company serving financial services and higher education. Upon acquisition he retired in 2013. Jim served on the Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and Interfaith Community Services. He promotes “The Dialogue of Democracy” via The Denver Forum, The City Club of San Diego, and The Fenway Park Writers Series and their founder George Mitrovich.

Bill Parsons

Bill is an attorney in private practice in Denver in the areas of federal, state and local tax planning and business law. Bill joined Common Cause in 1972, became a member of the Board of Directors in 1978, and served as Chair from 1983-1986. Bill also served on the Common Cause National Governing Board from 1987-93 and 1999-2005. On the National Governing Board, he chaired the State Organization and Programs Committee for eight years. Bill currently is a member of the Colorado Common Cause Executive Committee.

Judith Singleton

Judith first became associated with Colorado Common Cause in the mid-1970s, and became involved with CCC after serving as an Election Judge in Jefferson County in 2002. Judith has been a member of the Colorado Common Cause board of directors since 2003. Judith has a strong interest in elections, government ethics, and the initiative process.

Martha Tierney

Martha is a partner at Tierney Lawrence LLC in Denver, where her practice emphasizes government relations, election law, and employment law.  Martha co-chairs the Colorado Lawyers Committee's Election Task Force, serves on the Colorado Common Cause Board of Directors, and serves as vice chair of the Common Cause National Governing Board.  She is a graduate of Colorado College and Vermont Law School.

Barb Van Hoy

Barb provides nonprofit policy advocacy and training services in Colorado Springs. As a nonprofit fundraiser and director, Barb has worked to advance a broad range of missions from economic and social justice to higher education, equal rights, environmental stewardship, local theater, and low income access to legal services. Barb is a Metropolitan State University alum and lives on the west side of Colorado Springs.

Roy Wardell

Roy is a semi-retired, third generation rancher who is significantly involved with local civic and charitable organizations in his rural community. He has a BS in Animal Science and graduate degrees in both Genetics and Counseling Psychology. Roy is a charter member of Common Cause (1971) and is currently the Outreach Committee Chair for the Colorado Common Cause board. 

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