Leadership


Tricia and Bryan

BIP’s Generous Leaders


Our team and board leaders are intentionally selected for their belief and practice of Generous Leadership®. They provide oversight, advice, resources and connections to ensure that BIP remains true to our vision and mission. They are true believers in the potential of our next generation to do more good than any generation before them.


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Tricia Halsey

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Big Idea Project

Halsey, Tricia

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Big Idea Project

Tricia founded Big Idea Project in 2009 with her husband, Bryan. She is the thought leader behind the Generous Leadership® paradigm and Big Idea Project’s chief champion of vision. She believes in the potential of people.

Bryan Halsey

Teacher & Co-Founder, Big Idea Project

Halsey, Bryan

Teacher & Co-Founder, Big Idea Project

The Big Idea Project was Bryan’s answer for making his leadership class at Columbine HS more than an academic obligation but a transformative experience. His classroom experience gives Big Idea Project the context and teacher perspective that we need.

Klarissa Schwiethale

Executive Administrative Assistant, Big Idea Project

Schwiethale, Klarissa

Executive Administrative Assistant, Big Idea Project

Klarissa, a Colorado native, was inspired to join Big Idea Project because of her belief in the power of both empathy and generosity. With her creative mindset, Klarissa is passionate about instilling entrepreneurial confidence in future generations.

Jennifer James

Owner /Accountant, Red Leaf Accounting

James, Jennifer

Owner /Accountant, Red Leaf Accounting

Dan Reed

CEO, Seed Fundraising

Reed, Dan

CEO, Seed Fundraising

Dan Reed is a philanthropy executive with leadership experience in nonprofit and political fundraising. He is CEO of Seed, which offers a clear path to becoming a fundraiser who creates generous donors and leads organizations into a culture of philanthropy.

Andrew Groustra

Owner, disruptiveplus.marketing

Groustra, Andrew

Owner, disruptiveplus.marketing

Andrew is a Digital Marketing Specialist and the owner of disruptiveplus.marketing. He has experience in social media marketing and advertising, email marketing, digital advertising, content marketing strategy, SEO and PPC advertising. Andrew is an active alumni member of BIP.

Adrian Van Wyk

Founder, Engage Adrian

Van Wyk, Adrian

Founder, Engage Adrian

With more than 20 years of design experience, Adrian's working life is dedicated to excellence. As the founder of Engage Adrian, each piece of work he has created is not only a product, but also a small piece of himself.

Bruce Wilhelm

Owner, TouchPoint Strategic

Wilhelm, Bruce

Owner, TouchPoint Strategic

As the founder of TouchPoint Strategic, Bruce brings the best local talent and teams together to help organizations and companies discover their own powerful stories and craft messaging that creates relevance and influence causing stakeholders to take action.

Lara Allen

Owner/Consultant, Allen Consultants, LLC

Allen, Lara

Owner/Consultant, Allen Consultants, LLC

Lara Allen provides grant writing services through her company Allen Consultants, Inc. Since 2002, she has enjoyed highlighting the wonderful work of a wide variety of nonprofits as she solicits grant funding from foundations on their behalf.

Wade Davis

Partner, Associates Health Group

Davis, Wade

Partner, Associates Health Group

Frank DeAngelis

National Speaker & Former Principal, Columbine HS

DeAngelis, Frank

National Speaker & Former Principal, Columbine HS

In his 18 years as principal at Columbine, Frank received countless awards for his teaching and leadership skills. He speaks nationally about building cultures in schools founded on his motto: “Give generously, receive graciously.”

John Ikalowych

Senior Vice President, CoBiz Financial

Ikalowych, John

Senior Vice President, CoBiz Financial

John is a veteran to the Banking and Financial Services industry, and his passion goes beyond simply providing commercial banking services. John holds firmly to the practice of generous leadership to empower his clients and the wider community.

Dennis Johanningmeier

Dennis Johanningmeier

CEO, DJJCPA

Dennis Johanningmeier

Johanningmeier, Dennis

CEO, DJJCPA

Dennis founded DJJCPA, LLC 22 years ago to transcend the commonplace transactional CPA/Client relationship. Generous leadership is the core value that drives Dennis and DJJCPA, which is why they choose to sponsor Big Idea Project.

Todd Johnson

Principal, Legacy Capital Partners, Inc.

Johnson, Todd

Principal, Legacy Capital Partners, Inc.

Al Kim

Colonel, United States Marines

Kim, Al

Colonel, United States Marines

Anthony Lambatos

Owner, Footers Catering

Lambatos, Anthony

Owner, Footers Catering

Anthony is owner to Footers, a full service catering, event planning and rental company for weddings, corporate events, and non-profits. He is focused not only on building a great company, but more importantly on creating a great place to work.

Paul McGowan

Staff Accountant/Marketing Director, DJJCPA

McGowan, Paul

Staff Accountant/Marketing Director, DJJCPA

Kurt Meyers

Regional Director, TD Ameritrade

Meyers, Kurt

Regional Director, TD Ameritrade

Russ Minary

President, OnPurpose Enterprises

Minary, Russ

President, OnPurpose Enterprises

Russ is the President of OnPurpose Enterprises which provides hiring strategies, talent consulting and brand development for clients in a variety of industries across the US. He is also the author of “How To Hire Right - Every Time®".

Hilary Morgan

Regional Sales Associate, PayTech

Morgan, Hilary

Regional Sales Associate, PayTech

Hilary has spent the last nine years in the Denver area first in the financial industry then moved into the nonprofit sector. She is currently utilizing her education and experience at PayTech, a payroll consulting firm in DTC.

Melodie Reagan

Owner, Crazy Good Marketing & i2i Workforce

Reagan, Melodie

Owner, Crazy Good Marketing & i2i Workforce

Samantha Sanchez

Business Development Specialist, CoBiz Financial

Sanchez, Samantha

Business Development Specialist, CoBiz Financial

Samantha is a 12 year veteran to the Banking and Financial Services industry. In addition to her role as a Business Development Specialist, she is the Executive Director of C3, a peer driven advisory board for business owners and executives.

David Tadlock

Partner, Grace Technology Systems

Tadlock, David

Partner, Grace Technology Systems

David has over 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications, data communications, and physical security industries. He has designed, built, and implemented the communications, and security networks for thousands of organizations, both locally and nationally during his career.

Bess Tracy

Realtor, Vivi Gloriod & Associates, Cherry Creek Properties, LLC.

Tracy, Bess

Realtor, Vivi Gloriod & Associates, Cherry Creek Properties, LLC.

Bess works as a Denver real estate agent, home remodeling and staging expert. Her heart for being a part of BIP stems from her work as a worldwide orphan advocate. She believes in the power of raising world changers.

Sara van Rensburg

President, Colorado Thought Leaders Forum

van Rensburg, Sara

President, Colorado Thought Leaders Forum

In 2012, Sara was named President of the Colorado Thought Leaders Forum where she previously served on the board of directors. CTLF extends business relationships through its signature program, Strategic Connections, which has been in place 30 years in Denver.

Rob Vogel

Managing Principal, J5 Partners

Vogel, Rob

Managing Principal, J5 Partners

Rob is a sports and entertainment industry veteran with 23 years of experience helping clients develop high impact partnerships, state-of-the-art sponsorships and marquee brand initiatives. Rob is passionate about putting people first and investing in the development of young leaders.

Joe Zanone

Senior Project Manager, rand* construction corporation

Zanone, Joe

Senior Project Manager, rand* construction corporation

Joe's diverse industry experience includes LEED certified construction, retail banking, corporate interiors, institutional, occupied renovations, additions, and new construction. He is an effective leader experienced in managing project teams while enhancing quality, fast paced schedule management, and detailed budget management.