We believe in the power of life experiences, ingenuity, generosity and community involvement.


We believe in the power of life experiences, ingenuity, generosity and community involvement.


We lead with our hearts and
our commitment to making a difference.

We are proud to have a diverse and committed leadership team and a staff of innovative and hard-working individuals dedicated to the betterment of our community.

Project Board


Liz Ullman

Project Board Chair

Liz is president of ViCom, Inc, a strategic communications company handling public information, advertising and market research. She began her career as the nation’s first full-time sports information director for women’s intercollegiate athletics with roles at Indiana University, The University of Iowa, and the University of Minnesota. Thanks to her passionate advocacy on behalf of military men and women and veterans, she successfully lobbied for stories in 60 Minutes and The New York Times regarding controversial military recruitment tactics.

Karen Newman

Project Board Member

Karen is a past Professor and Dean of the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business and was instrumental as early mission advisor for launching Boomers Leading Change. Before serving with DU, she held leadership positions at Georgetown University and the University of Richmond. Her expertise includes business ethics and international management, and she has published various articles on sustainable careers. Most recently, she served as a Board member for Colorado Public Radio.

Milroy "Roy"Alexander

Project Board Member

Currently a business consultant, Roy is the former Executive Director/CEO,
and Chief Financial Officer of Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA). Roy spent more than a decade as Audit Manager and CPA at the Touche Ross accounting firm and is a past owner of a Great American Chocolate Chip Cookie Company franchise. He is a graduate
of the Denver Metro
Chamber Foundation’s
Leadership Denver
program and serves on the boards
of Rose Community
Foundation, Urban League
of Metro Denver,
and the Metro State University of Denver President’s Community Advisory Council.

Dr. Barbara Reed

Project Board Member

Barbara is a dermatologist practicing at the Denver Skin Clinic and was an early supporter and advisor for the establishment of Boomers Leading Change. She has held various teaching positions at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where she received her medical degree. In addition, she has served as President of the Denver Medical Society, a board member of the American Academy of Dermatology, and has been named Outstanding Clinical Physician by the University of Colorado Hospital Medical Staff.



Barbara Yondorf

Project Board Member

Barbara is president of Yondorf & Associates, a health policy consulting firm. Her areas of expertise include health policy research and analysis, feasibility studies, strategic planning, facilitation, legislative drafting and analysis, and grant writing and review. She is a Board member for the Mental Health Center of Denver, Center for African American Health, and Project Future Institute (K-12 education).

Phil Nash

Executive Director

Phil brings over 40 years of philanthropic, nonprofit and public-sector experience with particular expertise in strategic communications and project management. From 1999-2010, he served as Vice President for Communications at Rose Community Foundation, and earlier worked as Communications Manager for Ambassador Swanee Hunt and her family foundation, The Hunt Alternatives Fund. He served in the administration of former Mayor Federico Peña as a communications strategist and speech writer. In addition, he has operated a successful solo consulting practice serving foundation and nonprofit clients. Phil has worked on aging issues at the national level and has served in many volunteer leadership roles locally. He was recently appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to the Colorado Workforce Development Council to be a voice for older workers.

Susan Kayler-Daley

Project Coordinator

Susan joined Boomers Leading Change as the AmeriCorps Encore Project Coordinator in October 2010. She developed the initial federal AmeriCorps grant proposals and managed all aspects of the program for the first three years.  She continues to assist with the operation of AmeriCorps and provides administrative support for other BLC initiatives.  Susan has a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education and has held positions in the Denver area as a School-to-Career Coordinator and as the Manager for a Mentors-for-Students program.  She believes strongly that positive change can be effected in our community by harnessing the talent and expertise of Boomers.

Shannon Randall

Outreach and Training Manager

Shannon arrived at Boomers Leading Change as an Encore Innovation Fellow where she worked on the Boom Conference and developing the Colorado Encore Network. She later transitioned into the Outreach and Training Manager staff position which encompasses trainings and events, and working with the volunteers and host sites. She also serves as a consultant with Pinsight, a live virtual simulation. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BS degree in Nursing and spent 20 years working in hospitals, insurance companies, medical services organizations and medical products distributors. Her responsibilities during that time covered areas such as direct medical care, case management, health improvement coaching and education, program management and industry support for medical product sales. Shannon has served as a volunteer mediator with Court Mediation Services and as a mentor for women in life transitions through the Wildflower Women’s Organization. In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis, hiking and spending time with family and friends.



Lorenzo Chavez

Digital Media Specialist

Lorenzo started his career in newspaper and magazine journalism in Miami, Florida where he also served as an adjunct instructor for Miami Dade College before moving to Colorado in the 1990s where he was a business reporter for the Rocky Mountain News and a freelance writer for several publications including the Denver Business Journal and ColoradoBIZ magazine. He has served as a board member for several nonprofits including the Latin American Educational Foundation, the Aurora Symphony, Colorado Authors League, ArtReach Denver, Gateway Domestic Violence Services, and the Friends of the Colorado Talking Book Library. During the past 15 years he has served in various communication roles with the University of Denver, Denver Public Library, City of Lakewood, and contract assignments with nonprofits and government agencies. Lorenzo also serves as a graphic designer and event photographer for Denver nonprofits and enjoys using his photographic, web and social media skills to change the narrative on aging and to support the Boomer Encore generation.

Ellen Keckler

AmeriCorps Encore Member: Health Navigation Specialist

Ellen earned her BA Degree in Social Welfare and Corrections from California State University, Chico, and a Masters in Social Work with an emphasis in Health and Mental Health from the University of Utah. Her professional social work career with children, youth, and families include work with the Denver Department of Human Services, Jefferson County Human Services, and University Hospital. Later, she moved to Washington state where she gained nonprofit experience providing family preservation services in Clallam County before become the Assistant Director of the Foster Parent Association of Washington State. She returned to Denver and helped design and implement the supervisory model adopted by Denver Human Services (DHS) and was involved in implementing changes in DHS child welfare practice until her retirement in 2017. As an AmeriCorps member she helps identify and address barriers to accessing healthcare.

Merrie Reardon

AmeriCorps Program Administrator

Merrie joined Boomers Leading Change in October 2016 as a Health Coverage Guide, and then transitioned to work with the BLC AmeriCorps Encore Program, the only one in Colorado. Merrie taught elementary school and worked extensively in technology firms in Human Resource management.  As a volunteer, she has worked in a variety of capacities in the schools and community. Merrie grew up in Seattle, lived for many years in Northern California and arrived in Denver in 2006. She graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Education and has completed additional training in Human Resource Management, Conflict Resolution and Personal Coaching.  She is delighted to be contributing to the various BLC initiatives which are redefining the ways in which the Boomer generation is making a difference.

Austin George

Program Manager

Austin started with Boomers Leading Change in late 2012.  Before that he worked across the country recruiting, training, mobilizing and organizing individuals to have an impact on the issues that matter to them most.   During that time he developed and honed his organizing skills while impacting issues such as the environment, human rights, homelessness and hunger, and healthcare with some of the largest groups in the country like Environment America and USPIRG.  Austin also directed offices in the 2008 election in Michigan and Ohio for Voter Registration and GOTV campaigns.  He brings his passion, skills and experience to BLC to empower encore adults to have the biggest impact right in their own community. Austin lives with his wife and two children in Golden, Colorado.

Marydean Purves

Marydean Purves

Change AGEnt Project Coordinator

Marydean is a veteran international aid worker, with 30 years of experience living and working in sub-Saharan Africa, the former Soviet Union, and Central Asia focused on health and human development. She has worked for the United Nations, international agencies, where her work has immersed her in women’s concerns of health, home, maturing and aging. Marydean brings her organizing and coordination skills to her role as Project Coordinator overseeing 10 Change Agent volunteers for Changing the Narrative, a project of the Encore.org organization established to support the aspirations of the 50+ generation of talented adults. She is also a talented designer and skilled speaker, producing presentations that engage women in discussions on Dress and Style and how these concepts have served ordinary women to sustain them through all manner of life events.

Lynette Reiling

Volunteer Recruitment Manager

Lynette has spent much of her career working one-on-one with people in a hospice care setting, growing her own encore career coaching practice and serving as a part-time instructor at Arapahoe Community College. As the Volunteer Recruitment Manager, she enlists volunteers to work with partner organizations for all BLC programs and helps build partnerships with other community-based organizations. Her hospice experience with older, aging adults taught her the true value of striving for a meaningful life filled with purpose. Part of her BLC role is to demonstrate to participants that volunteerism and engagement with others helps boost one’s emotional well-being. When not at work, she enjoys dancing to all types of music and exploring the outdoors, including camping, snowshoeing, and hiking. A life-long learner and avid reader, she also enjoys spending time with two grandsons.