Enterprising Women Giving Circle Members
Karen Cook is a Senior Manager, in Corporate Vendor Management at Charles Schwab. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Bayaud Enterprises and is serving on the Steering Committee for the Enterprising Women’s Giving Circle. As a founding member of EWGC, she welcomes the opportunity to help other women pursue opportunities in pursuit of their longer term career goals.
Jennifer Beckman has spent the past 20 years in people leadership which, along with her current role as an Executive Coach, allowed her passion for connecting with and supporting others to grow. Since the start of her career, Jennifer has had a heart for helping others navigate what is next for them in life. She has been fortunate to work in organizations that deeply care about their employees and has seen how a caring support system can take someone from hopeless to thriving. Jennifer believes that each one of us has the opportunity to make a difference in the world and it starts by making a positive impact in our home community.
Mariko Wilcox is a 4th generation Coloradan who loves Denver and the Western Slope. She is a Financial Advisor who is impassioned about communicating the concept of financial security through client meetings and workshops for the community at large. Mariko helps individuals, families and small business owners achieve their personal, professional and financial goals. She has conviction in promoting a comprehensive planning philosophy. She loves mountain biking, telemark skiing and international travel.
Carolyn Witkus is the President of the Griffiths Law Firm and an active member of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section. She also serves on the Colorado Judicial Institute Young Professionals Division Leadership Committee. She is the co-author of multiple articles and lectured at the Family Law Institute, National Business Institute, and Metro-Denver Interdisciplinary Committee. Ms. Witkus is also a participant in the Colorado Bar Association Committee on Marijuana Law.
Melissa Bollacker is a Colorado native who has a true passion for helping people achieve their goals of home-ownership. For the last 11 years Melissa has worked in residential real estate at Your Castle Real Estate and during this time has helped over 100 families with their real estate needs. She has a true passion for community involvement and is a volunteer in the kitchen at Project Angel Heart. She firmly believes in using her resources to assist others in moving forward and achieving success in their lives. Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, friends and 2 dogs, traveling, and exploring the outdoors.
Kaleigh Reidlin has been with Comcast for the past seven years, with the last two years in Technical Operations. She has been critical in supporting the Mountain West Region strategic initiatives and senior leadership team. Kaleigh is a dedicated mother of two boys, Keegan (age 9) and Matthew (Age 3). Kaleigh enjoys spending time with her boys watching them play sports and the few quiet moments reading.
Sianna Elmanouzi is a dedicated organizational development professional with a passion for brand management. As a Change Management Communications Advisor at Cigna, her creative strategy implementation enables the achievement of organizational brand equity. Sianna believes personal and professional success is rarely attributed to the efforts of oneself. Instead, she strongly believes supporting other women through community engagement and mentorship is the cornerstone of success. A Colorado native, Sianna enjoys skiing, reading, travel and spending time with friends and family.
For more than 30 years, Virginia Ortiz has developed, directed, and sustained non-profit organizations. A graduate of the National Community Development Training Institute, she is skilled in the areas of fund development, program development, affordable housing, and community economic development. She has held executive level positions with Bayaud Enterprises, ACCESS Housing, Colorado Foundation for Families and Children, and NEWSED Community Development Corporation. Additionally, she has held mayoral and gubernatorial appointments on the Denver Zoning Board, Colorado Correctional Industries Board, and the Denver Neighborhood Health Program Board, and has served on numerous charter school and other non-profit Boards. Current volunteer board involvement includes Denver Basic Income Project, The Denver Foundation Community Impact Advisory Board, and Activate Work Solutions.