bios_zanebeadlesZane Beadles #68 Offensive lineman – currently playing for the San Francisco 49ers and former Denver Bronco and Jacksonville Jaguar. While playing for the Broncos Zane established the Zane Beadles Parade Foundation (ZBPF), a non-profit organization focused on giving the gifts of fun, excitement and joy to young patients and their families. One of Zane’s goals is to give back to his community in appreciation for the gifts his football career has provided to him and his family. He was fortunate to receive a scholarship and earn a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah. For all four years of his undergraduate career, he was a starting offensive lineman. In 2010, he was drafted by the Denver Broncos during the 2nd round. As a rookie, he started 14 games and was selected to the NFL All-Rookie Team. From 2014 to 2015, he played with the Jacksonville Jaguars and made an impact in their community. In 2016, he signed with the San Francisco 49ers. During his first season with the Niners, he started all 16 games, participated in 100% of the team’s offensive snaps and played 3 different positions. he was honored with the Gold Community Service Award from the 49ers Foundation and was chosen by his offensive line to receive The Bobb McKittrick Award – officially established in 1999 and awarded annually to the 49ers offensive lineman who best represents the courage, intensity and sacrifice displayed by the longtime offensive line coach during his 21 years of service to the 49ers

While playing for the Utah Utes, Zane met Ryker, a 7-year-old boy diagnosed with a brain tumor who dreamed of becoming a football player. The team adopted him into the Utes family, inviting Ryker onto the field and into the locker room during the football season. Unfortunately, Ryker’s dream never came true. On February 24, 2007, he lost his battle with cancer. The impact Ryker had on Zane, as well as Zane’s family history with cancer, inspired him to take action.

Zane believes life is about the journey, not the destination and he is dedicated to making the journey better for others… especially young people going through life-changing medical experiences.


bios_juliegartJULIE GART Julie Gart, executive director of the Zane Beadles Parade Foundation, is a Colorado native with a long career dedicated to nonprofit work. Known as a trendsetter in her industry, Julie has developed event experience and an outstanding ability to build and maintain relationships throughout her career. When Julie began her career, she found herself under the wing of Lady Bird Johnson. Julie had the privilege to work with Johnson on her beautified Texas Highway Bluebonnet campaign. Inspired by Johnson and her work, Julie realized her passion for helping others and decided to dedicate her career to enriching the lives of others.  Julie’s work experience includes working in hospice with pediatric cancer patients and driving efforts to provide new bikes in low-income communities. As the parent of two grown children, Julie wants to provide the same opportunities her children enjoyed to other, less fortunate, children.  Julie enjoys a challenge and gravitates to positions she can build and grow. As the executive director of the foundation, Julie is looking forward to working with Zane as they strive to grow the foundation and help it reach its full potential.

KEEGAN GERHARD bios_keegangerhardKeegan has received numerous awards and accolades for his delectable skills: he was named one of the nation’s top 10 pastry chefs of 2002 and 2004 by both Chocolatier and Pastry Arts & Design magazines; featured on shows such as the Discovery Channel’s “Great Chefs of America,” CNN, HGTV, DIY and most notably as host and head judge of Food Network’s Food Network Challenge and Last Cake Standing series; and honored with a Doctorate of Culinary Arts by Johnson & Wales University in 2012. Keegan’s latest feat was opening his second location of D Bar in the colorful neighborhood of San Diego called Hillcrest. Both he and his wife Lisa have truly felt blessed to open such a beautiful second space and look forward to what the sweet future holds.

Rob Knorr A Chicago native and has lived in Colorado since 1977. While growing up, Rob played in several musical bands. His first job was teaching guitar in a music store. This led him to get a degree in business and become an Accountant. In 1990, he started his own CPA firm specializing in financial statements and income tax preparation. He has always enjoyed the accounting process as well as interacting with the clients. People are the highlight of his practice. Rob has been a member of the Colorado Society and the American Institute of CPA’s since 1985 and in 2009 he was recognized as one of 5280 Magazines best Wealth Managers. In his spare time, Rob enjoys playing in a Denver classic rock band.

Marica Pendjer
Named one of OC Metro Magazine’s “Ten Women Making a Difference,” has successfully combined more than 20 years of marketing, communications, and event planning experience into a career that embraces both corporate and nonprofit spheres. A native of the former Yugoslavia, Marica is a summa cum laude graduate of The City College of the City University of New York. After a successful career dancing professionally in the U.S. and abroad, she relocated to Southern California where today she is principal of Creative Collaborations, a boutique Orange County, CA-based marketing firm. Marica is also part-time faculty at Irvine Valley College and managing director of two dynamic dance companies, Backhausdance and Motion/Tribe.

Prior to starting Creative Collaborations, Marica directed the marketing and public relations efforts of Ballet Pacifica, and created marketing and artist liaison positions for Irvine Barclay Theatre. Having worked in the nonprofit arena for more than a decade, she shifted gears as Irvine Company Apartment Communities’ director of resident communications. In this capacity, she was responsible for overseeing resident communications as well as the company’s community relations involvements with dozens of local charities.

It was her work with Irvine Company that inspired her to deepen her volunteer efforts and led to the position of Board President of Susan G. Komen Orange County. Currently, she serves as the Affiliate’s pro bono marketing consultant, and chaired the Komen Orange County Race for the Cure as well as the Pink Tie Ball. Her work with Komen has earned her Komen Orange County’s Warrior Award, Cameo Award, BMW Ultimate Drive Local Hero Award, Kellogg’s Rise and Shine Award for outstanding volunteerism, and recognition as Volunteer of the Year.

Marica looks forward to contributing to the great strides ZBPF is making in the multiple communities it serves.

Ching-yuan Hu moved to Denver, Colorado 7 years ago and Iowa’s loss has been Denver’s gain! Bringing her experience from the print industry from her roots, she creates ideas from paper into a memorable experience. For the past 3 years, Ching has been enriching her career as an Event Designer with Catering by Design. Ching also helps cater small and large non-profit events from Donor Appreciation to Annual Galas for multiple non-profit organizations. Ching plans these events as she has a strong passion for helping others. She is honored to be an active board member for the Zane Beadles Parade Foundation!

Michelle Greigo
Michelle Griego joined KPIX 5 in March 2012 as co-anchor of KPIX 5 News This Morning, and can be seen weekday mornings from 4:30 -7am, and on KPIX 5 News at Noon. She also hosts Bay Area Focus, a locally produced talk show that airs Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. on the CW 44 Cable 12 and 11 a.m. on KBCW.
Michelle likes to be in the forefront of news. She’s covered the mass shooting at the Aurora movie theater; broadcast from New Orleans when the San Francisco 49ers went to the Super Bowl, the opening of the Bay Bridge and the SF Giants World Series Victory parade.
Before moving to the Bay Area, Michelle worked at CBS4 in Denver since 2005. Her favorite live shots include breaking news or “being knee-high in snow”. The Colorado native started her career in journalism at the tender age of 11 where she co-anchored a kids’ news show, “Two Bits” for KWGN-TV for 2 ½ years.
Michelle attended Colorado State University and Metropolitan State College where she was News Director of the campus television station.
She was honored with an Emmy in 2014 for anchoring KPIX 5 at 6 AM.
When she’s not working, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Debbi Kauffman

Debbi Kauffman calls New York her home and brings over 30 years of sales, marketing and branding experience to the ZBPF Board of Directors.
Debbi attended the University of Hartford, Richmond University in London and classes at Kellogg School of Management. She has developed her career at IBM, Cisco, ILX Systems and currently at Microsoft Corporation as Director, Offering and Strategy Planning in the WW Digital Transformation & Innovation division. Growing up participating in philanthropic activities has made giving back her core. Since 2005, Debbi has been certified as a dog handler with Therapy Dogs International and has conducted pet therapy at Ronald McDonald House of Long Island and Schneider’s/Cohen’s Children Hospital. Contributing in Microsoft’s philanthropic efforts has broadened her desire, vision and opportunity to explore and engage with additional non-profits on a national level. Debbi is excited to be contributing to ZBPF mission and making a difference in their communities!

bios_carterdammenCARTER KENT DAMMEN
Carter is a Senior Investment Management Consultant with a global investment advisory firm in downtown Denver. For over 26 years his practice has provided local families sophisticated advice and strategic guidance to help them capitalize on opportunities to preserve, grow and transfer their wealth. Carter received a degree in Economics and Business from the University of Minnesota. He enjoys water and snow skiing, fly fishing and biking as well as hiking with his wife, three kids and three dogs in the foothills of Morrison where he resides. Carter and his family are avid travelers and support children’s causes worldwide. He is thrilled to be a board member of the Zane Beadles Parade Foundation.

BRAD BAWMANN bios_bradbawmannAs the founder of The Bawmann Group, Brad is responsible for the strategic marketing direction and creative services for a wide range of nonprofit, private and government organizations who place their trust in The Bawmann Group to judiciously guard their brands, grow their businesses and clearly communicate their missions to those they serve. A former lobbyist, journalist and pre-medicine major, Brad has led hundreds of regional, national and international communication campaigns in the health care, education, human services, nonprofit, medical and scientific fields. In addition to helping to raise nearly $10 million for the new Ronald McDonald House in Aurora, Brad is deeply passionate about serving our community, being intensely involved in his kids’ lives and listening and learning from his much more evolved wife of a quarter century.

STEVEN WEISER bios_stevenweiserSteven Weiser is an attorney with Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher, LLP in Denver.  Steven’s primary areas of legal practice involve tax, business and estate planning. He has extensive experience working with a variety of tax-exempt organizations.  Steven is also a certified public accountant.  He frequently lectures on tax-related subjects for continuing legal education classes and teaches a course in international taxation at the University of Colorado at Denver, Graduate School of Business.  Steven enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, especially when it comes to coaching youth basketball and assisting with his son’s little league baseball teams.

dart-buffaloDART MCGREGOR
While growing up in Northern Utah (Logan), and one of 5 children, I was taught the value of hard work, family values, and the importance of nurturing positive relationships in life. My father was an engineer and my mother a school teacher. I have a great passion for the outdoors as a hunter and fisher, much like my father. I am married (30 years), and my wife Wendy and I have raised 2 fine young men.

I graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Marketing. I believe strongly in entrepreneurship values and have worked hard to establish and grow several businesses. My primary business focus is in medical billing with an emphasis on Ambulance billing contracts with multiple municipalities in Utah. Other business interests are in printing and investment opportunities.

Over the last twenty years, I have dedicated much of my time to personal interests such as a committee member of Ducks Unlimited, PGA Tour events such as the Web.Com, bow-hunting in Africa, bird hunting, fishing, and traveling to new and exciting places. I have been involved extensively for many years at the high school level as Booster President (baseball) and committee member for football. I appreciate the importance of raising funds to accomplish goals and agendas.

I strongly believe in “paying it forward” and leaving each life, encounter, or place a “better place” than I found it. Values which I hope to instill in my family and others through life’s journey.

Mike Miller
Mike Miller, one of our first Board of Directors in the Bay area and brings 35+ years’ experience from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. Mr. Miller received a B.S. in Finance from the University of San Francisco and an M.B.A. in Information Systems from San Francisco State University. He started his career in 1981 and served 13 years at Syntex Corporation. Mr. Miller then served as Vice President of ALZA Corporation, a drug delivery company in Palo Alto CA. In 2003, Mike was appointed served Senior Vice President of Connetics Corporation, a specialty pharmaceutical company. In 2006, Mr. Miller joined as Vice President, leading the HER Family Oncology Franchise, at Genentech, Inc., a biotechnology company in South San Francisco CA. The HER Family Oncology Franchise included the targeted solid tumor agents of Herceptin (trastuzumab) and Tarceva (erlotinib). He joined Vivus, Inc. a biopharmaceutical company as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. Currently, he is Executive Vice President at Jazz Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company based in Palo Alto CA, with products in market and for development for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (Erwinaze, erwinia chrysanthemi), Acute Myeloid Leukemia and bone marrow transplantation complications (Defitelio, defibrotide sodium). He is also a Board member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Silicon Valley chapter. Mr. Miller looks forward to serving on the ZBPF and has selected a salmon as his spirit animal-both fight upstream with determination!

Krista Pass

Krista Pass has lived in Denver since October 2015, moving from Detroit, Michigan in order to chase a bit of sunshine and adventure. She got involved with Zane’s Parade through her role as Marketing Manager at Occasions Catering and enjoys anything to do with graphic design, photography, and pottery. Krista is our youngest board member and is excited to bring her creative branding skills to the team.


Boston Iacobazzi
 “I am a 17 year-old Junior from Zane’s alma mater, Hillcrest High School, in Salt Lake City, Utah. As well as being an active member on the ZBPF Jr Board, I am on the football team and a Student Body officer. I am involved with many after school volunteer opportunities. I volunteer with Special Olympics events including Real Salt Lake Unified team. I also mentor freshmen at my school. I enjoy chilling with my friends and family on my free time.


bios_zanebeadlesAdrianna Griggs “I am a seventeen year old senior at Castle View High School in Castle Rock, Colorado.  I absolutely love being involved in the community and participate in six different clubs at my school, serving as co-president of two of them and I love to help others.  I also love to spend time outside hiking or biking with my sisters, my parents, and our three dogs or going out to dinner and movies with my friends.”

Trinity Brigham “I am 15 years old and a sophomore at Grandview High School in Aurora, Colorado. Outside of school, I am a student in another non profit organization, CABPES, and I volunteer at the Denver Nature and Science Museum. I also, love being on Netflix to catch up on the shows I missed and talking with my friends about the drama we hope to see in the next episode.

Lauren Fikar “Hi all, I am a 16 year old Sophomore, at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper, UT. Outside of the Zane Beadles Parade Foundation I am a very avid athlete. I play both Varsity basketball and volleyball. My greatest accomplishment was being able to participate in a Jr. Olympic Volleyball Tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, summer of 2016. I am also apart of my school’s Senate, where we do many service projects around the state of Utah. I hope to be a fighter pilot one day, to become exposed to other countries I could volunteer in, and other cultures to expand my knowledge of the world. As for now, I am always either studying, practicing, or spending time with my friends and family.

andrew-coyoteAndrew Walters “I am a 17 year old senior currently attending Cherry Creek High School in Colorado. Outside of working with the Foundation, I take part in numerous activities. I am currently on our High School’s Varsity basketball team and we are getting ready to start our 2016-2017 season. Aside from basketball, I spend my time serving meals at the Denver Rescue Mission and hanging out with my family, friends, and my black labrador Big.


Zane has always been inspired by kids who are passionate about helping others in need. Therefore, we have created a Junior Leadership Board to mentor high school students to participate in the Zane Beadles Parade Foundation. To participate in the ZBPF Junior Leadership Board, you must:

  • Be aregistered High School student, in good standing
  • Participate in monthly 1hour meetings
  • Be available to participate in ZBPF local events
  • Organize a fundraiser within your school during the 2014-2015 school year
  • Passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people going through life-changing medical conditions

Click this link to download the application for the ZBPF Junior Leadership Board: ZBPF-Jr. Board Agreement

If you have questions about the ZBPF Junior Leadership Board, contact Julie Gart, executive director of the Zane Beadles Parade Foundation, at julie@zanesparade.org.