Staff, Board of Directors, Sponsors

Our Team

Founder & Board of Director President

Zane Beadles

Zane Beadles, a former Offensive Lineman for the Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ersruns into people for a living! In 2013, he founded Zane Beadles Parade Foundation to support families while they tackle the road to recovery! One of his goals is to give back in appreciation for the blessings his football career has provided. While playing for the University of Utah, Zane met Ryker, a 7-year-old boy with a terminal brain tumor. Ryker dreamed of growing up to become a professional football player. Unfortunately, his dream never came to be. When he lost his battle with cancer, he wanted to be buried in a Utes jersey. This had quite an effect on Zane. Shortly after being drafted to the Denver Broncos, Zane discovered ways to support pediatric cancer patients and has been dedicated to giving back to the community ever since. Recently, Zane married Meredith and together they have a beautiful dog, Penny. In addition to time with family, they like to fish and play board games! Zane believes life is about the journey not the destination and is dedicated to making the journey better for others!

Staff

Founding Executive Director

Julie Gart

Founding Executive Director of Zane Beadles Parade Foundation, Julie Gart is a Colorado native advancing a career dedicated to nonprofit work. Known as a trendsetter in her industry, Julie has extensive event experience and an outstanding ability to build and maintain relationships. When Julie began her career, she found herself under the wing of Lady Bird Johnson. She had the privilege of working with Mrs. Johnson on her beautified Texas Highway campaign. Inspired by the woman and her work, Julie realized her passion for helping those in need and decided to dedicate her career to enriching the lives of others. Her professional experience includes working in hospice care with pediatric cancer patients and driving efforts to provide items in low-income communities. A mother of two grown children, Julie wants to provide the same opportunities her children enjoyed to less fortunate youth. As Executive Director of ZBPF, she has built the foundation and helped orchestrate 3,500 programs putting 6,000 smiles on children’s faces! A recent highlight includes ZBPF’s recognition by the Cherry Creek North Chamber as Non-Profit of the Year. Julie looks forward to continue making an impact in the lives of children going through life-threating medical experiences.

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Board of Directors

Brad Bawmann

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There are a lot of famous Brad’s –Pitt, Paisley and Cooper – but none as famous as the one and only Brad Bawmann. As 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 that 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 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.

Carter Dammen

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Carter is a man about town and has developed his career as a Senior Vice President with a global investment advisory firm in downtown Denver. He received a degree in Economics and Business from the University of Minnesota and, for more than 30 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 enjoys water and snow skiing, fly fishing and biking as well as hiking with his three kids and three dogs in the foothills of Morrison where he resides. He loves to travel and support children’s causes worldwide. Carter is thrilled to be a board member of the Zane Beadles Parade Foundation. Carter also is a committee member for the annual Golf tournament at Brent’s Place, a longtime partner with the ZBPF. And as an Eagle Scout, Carter supports the local Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Michelle Griego

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Michelle Griego wore a hair bow, told riddles and read the news when she first appeared on TV. The Colorado native started her career in journalism at the tender age of 11 when she co-anchored Two Bits, a KWGN-TV kids’ news show for nearly three years. She knew instantly journalism was her calling.
Michelle attended Colorado State University and Metropolitan State University of Denver. She worked at CBS4 in Denver before joining KPIX 5 in March 2012, in the Bay area as co-anchor of the station’s News This Morning and News at Noon. Michelle also hosts Bay Area Focus, a locally produced talk show. Recently, she was honored with an Emmy in 2014 for anchoring KPIX 5 at 6 a.m. She serves on the boards of the Latin American Educational Foundation; Adelante Mujer and ZBPF. Michelle is passionate about helping children going through life-threatening medical experiences and her favorite activity is spending time with her husband and three daughters.

Secretary

Ching-yuan Hu

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This amazing woman has dogs, cats, amphibians, a ferret and probably other animals that we are missing. A total foodie, she loves anything with pork belly and has been in the Catering/Event planning industry for a long time. Ching loves executing and planning large scale, complicated events because she thrives on the teamwork that it takes to bring something like this to life for her clients. Part of Denver-based Catering by Design as an event designer, Ching is an important facet of the company’s community bringing a ton of knowledge to any event and to ZBPF! Stay cool Ching! We heart you!

Debbi Kauffman

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Debbi Kauffman calls New York her home and brings 30+ years of sales, marketing and branding experience to the ZBPF Board of Directors. She attended the University of Hartford, Richmond University in London and classes at Kellogg School of Management. Debbi 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 contribute to ZBPF mission and making a difference in its communities!

Treasurer

Rob Knorr

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Rob Knorr is a native of Chicago but a die-hard Broncos fan. As a young child, he developed a passion for music and played in several bands, which lead to his first job – teaching guitar in a music store. Then, he decided to get a degree in business and become an accountant. In 1990, he started his own CPM firm specializing in financial statements and tax prep. Rob always enjoyed the accounting process as well as interacting with his clients – the highlight of his practice! In 1995, he became a member of the Colorado Society and American Institute of CPAs. Another highlight in his career was being recognized by 5280 Magazine as one of Denver’s Best Wealth Managers in 2009. When Rob is not preparing tax returns, meeting deadlines and filing extensions, he enjoys playing in a classic rock bank with his Grandchics and writing birthday wishes!

Dart McGregor

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While growing up in Logan, UT, as one of five children, Dart learned the value of hard work, family values, and the importance of nurturing positive relationships. A graduate of Utah State University with a degree in Marketing, he believes in entrepreneurship values and has establish several businesses. A primary focus is in medical billing with an emphasis on ambulance billing contracts. Other business interests include printing and investment. Over the last 20 years, Dart has been a dedicated volunteer, serving as Booster President and committee member for Ducks Unlimited and PGA Tour event Web.Com. With a passion for the outdoors, he’s enjoys bow-hunting in Africa, bird hunting, fishing, and traveling to new and exciting places. Married to wife Wendy for 30+ years, together they raised 2 fine young men. Dart believes in “paying it forward” and leaving each life or encounter better than he found it.

Mike Miller

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Mike Miller brings 35+ years of experience to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. He holds a BS in Finance from the University of San Francisco and an MBA in Information Systems from San Francisco State University. Mike started his career in 1981 and served 13 years at Syntex Corporation. He’s also served as Vice President of ALZA Corporation, a drug delivery company; Senior Vice President of Connetics Corporation, a specialty pharmaceutical company. Vice President at Genentech, Inc., leading the HER Family Oncology Franchise; and Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Vivus, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Currently, he is Executive Vice President at Jazz Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company based in Palo Alto, CA. A board member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Silicon Valley chapter, Mike looks forward to serving on the ZBPF board. He’s selected a salmon as his spirit animal – both fight upstream with determination!

Krista Pass

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Chasing a bit of sunshine and adventure, Krista Pass transplanted to Denver, from Detroit in October 2015. She is a true artistic force who never met a medium she couldn’t master – graphic design, woodworking, illustration, and food photography are among her many talents. Armed with a BFA in graphic design and advertising, Krista quickly found she felt most comfortable working alongside creative planners and entrepreneurs, and never turned back. Don’t be surprised if you see her at events with a camera in one hand and a chalk marker in the other – she loves anything creative and the chance to meet new people. Our youngest board member, Krista got involved with ZBPF through her role as Marketing Manager at Occasions Catering and is excited to bring her branding skills to the team. When she is not working, Krista loves to be in the mountains and the water-she is a life long swimmer!

Marica Pendjer

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Named one of OC Metro Magazine’s “Ten Women Making a Difference,” Marica has successfully combined 20+ years of marketing, communications, and event planning experience into a career that embraces both corporate and nonprofit spheres. A summa cum laude graduate with a BFA from The City College of the City University of New York, she enjoyed a successful career dancing professionally in the U.S. and abroad. Today, Marica is principal of Creative Collaborations, a boutique marketing firm based in Southern California, and managing director of two dance companies. Her deep commitment to volunteerism led to the position of Board President for Susan G. Komen Orange County. Her work with Komen has earned her multiple awards, including BMW Ultimate Drive Local Hero Award, Kellogg’s Rise and Shine Award, and recognition as Volunteer of the Year. Marica loves contributing to the great strides ZBPF is making in the multiple communities it serves.

Steven Weiser

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Steven Weiser is an attorney with Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher, LLP in Denver. His primary areas of legal practice include 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. He 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.

Junior Board of Directors

Lauren Fikar

Lauren Fikar is a 17-year-old senior at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper, UT. Throughout her high school journey, she has been an active member of the Junior Board. Outside of ZBPF, Lauren is an avid athlete who plays both Varsity basketball and volleyball. Her greatest sport-related accomplishment was participating in the 2016 Junior Olympic Volleyball Tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In addition to excelling at sports, Lauren is an officer in her school’s Senate. Through this program, she participates in many service projects around the state of Utah. When asked about her aspirations for the future, Lauren has big dreams. “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.” For now, she can be found studying, practicing, and spending time with her family and friends.

"Thank you, Zane Beadles Parade Foundation for all that you did to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Northern California Childhood Cancer Symposium! We received overwhelmingly positive feedback about the event and were thrilled to be able to offer such a fun opportunity to families going through a difficult time. The 49ers Museum ended up working beautifully, and the opportunity to meet Zane was such a fantastic way to celebrate our patients and survivors. My colleagues haven’t stopped talking about how incredible Zane was with the kids and what a pleasure it was to see his face light up when he first saw them. I missed that moment, but I certainly heard from parents how much it meant to them to have his support. Thank you!"

Jennifer Shah

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Patient Access Manager

"What an amazing organization with amazing people! The work they do and the impact they make with the children and families is so important! It has been a pleasure to be affiliated with ZBPF for the past year! We can't wait to see what this next year holds for the organization as their programming grows."

Amy Lugowski

Venue Services, Venue 221

"I just wanted to thank you for all of your support and for helping us get tickets for the game. As I had mentioned, we had a wonderful experience meeting some of the players at the SF 49ers vs. the Texans. I was e-mailing you to thank Zane for the cleats and gloves he wore in the game and sent to Little Mario and for my daughter Christal. Zane is an awesome player with a great heart! We can't stop thanking him. Please let him know that Little Mario and Christal can't stop thanking him for the wonderful gifts he sent them. Please let him know that they are thankful! Thank you Zane!!!"

Grateful Mom
+ Jennifer Shah

"Thank you, Zane Beadles Parade Foundation for all that you did to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Northern California Childhood Cancer Symposium! We received overwhelmingly positive feedback about the event and were thrilled to be able to offer such a fun opportunity to families going through a difficult time. The 49ers Museum ended up working beautifully, and the opportunity to meet Zane was such a fantastic way to celebrate our patients and survivors. My colleagues haven’t stopped talking about how incredible Zane was with the kids and what a pleasure it was to see his face light up when he first saw them. I missed that moment, but I certainly heard from parents how much it meant to them to have his support. Thank you!"

Jennifer Shah

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Patient Access Manager

+ Amy Lugowski

"What an amazing organization with amazing people! The work they do and the impact they make with the children and families is so important! It has been a pleasure to be affiliated with ZBPF for the past year! We can't wait to see what this next year holds for the organization as their programming grows."

Amy Lugowski

Venue Services, Venue 221

+ Mario’s Mom

"I just wanted to thank you for all of your support and for helping us get tickets for the game. As I had mentioned, we had a wonderful experience meeting some of the players at the SF 49ers vs. the Texans. I was e-mailing you to thank Zane for the cleats and gloves he wore in the game and sent to Little Mario and for my daughter Christal. Zane is an awesome player with a great heart! We can't stop thanking him. Please let him know that Little Mario and Christal can't stop thanking him for the wonderful gifts he sent them. Please let him know that they are thankful! Thank you Zane!!!"

Grateful Mom

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