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Tricia Halsey

Tricia Halsey

Co-Founder & Executive Director

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.

Mike Ramsey

Mike Ramsey

Director of Operations

Mike is a seasoned non-profit professional with over 20 years of experience working with students. Mike loves solving problems and enjoys digging in the details while keeping the grander vision in focus. Mike has traveled and worked in over 30 countries on 4 continents. He loves unleashing the potential in people!

Krystal Kniegge

Krystal Kniegge

Program Partnership Coordinator

Krystal is leading the development of our mentoring program, specifically mentor recruitment and engagement. Having a background in school social work, Krystal believes that authentic student transformation is the key to creating healthier school communities. Krystal is a Colorado native who enjoys skiing, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Katie Patrick

Katie Patrick

Project Systems Coordinator

Katie has a degree in business administration with a concentration in hospitality. With her knowledge and experience in non-profits and event planning, she helps keep Big Idea Project organized and on track. She is passionate about people and unleashing student potential.

Denise Burrows

Denise Burrows

Treasurer – Board of Directors

Denise possesses over 35 years of state and national financial and accounting leadership experience in private, public, and governmental organizations. She has a passion for teaching and training people to step into the fullness of who they are meant to be and to help them make a positive mark on all who enter their sphere of influence.

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Lori Jones

Advisory Board

With close to thirty years of experience in the marketing field, Lori expertise in all aspects of integrated marketing. She has served as a Director of the Business Marketing Association, served on the board of directors of D.A.R.E. Colorado, is past Chairman of the D.A.R.E. program for the State of Colorado and currently sits on the boards of Mile High Down Syndrome Association and Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition. Lori is a member of the Forbes Agency Council and has gained inspiration and insight through holding several board positions with the Agency Management Institute.

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Randy Niemann

Advisory Board

Randy is an accomplished senior executive with cross-functional experience within a variety of industries. He has experience in large corporate environments, rapidly-growing small businesses, and medium-sized non-profits — building strategic plans and establishing key metrics to monitor business health and expanding into new business segments.

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Lance Sherwood

Secretary – Board of Directors

Lance Sherwood is the President and CEO of Mosaic HCM. Lance’s career passion is delivering innovative solutions that enable organizations to engage and delight their employees. Lance believes that leaders serve and empower their co-workers, so they can serve and delight clients. A Colorado native, Lance enjoys experiencing Colorado’s bountiful outdoor activities with his two children, extended family and friends.

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Bryan Halsey

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.

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Sara van Rensburg

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.

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Kurt Meyers

Regional Director, TD Ameritrade

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Todd Johnson

President – Board of Directors

As a co-founder of Avodah Capital Group, Todd brings deep and diverse real estate experience to serve investors and lead deal origination and underwriting. Todd, a CFA charterholder, graduated magna cum laude from Wheaton College in 2002. Todd lives in Denver, CO with his wife of 14 years and four children and enjoys time with his family skiing, hiking, and around campfires.

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Frank DeAngelis

Founding Member, Emeritus

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.”