Our mentors are business leaders and experts that help us run this organization efficiently. We have much to learn, and our mentors help us in our pursuit of making a difference.
As social innovator, Daniel is obsessed with a belief that entrepreneurship and business are the answer to most all issues our world faces today. Before finishing his BA in Philosophy Daniel had launched three purpose driven ventures. Beyond these projects, he is an avid adventurist, addicted to the beauty of the outdoors and inspired by the people he meets along the way. For Daniel, business is not business, business is people. He believes in militant transparency and truth-fullness both in the companies he is a part of and in his daily life. He is also founder of the Unreasonable Institute, a mentor driven summer program where outstanding young individuals are given wings to succeed in their unreasonable ventures.
As entrepreneur and community philanthropist, David has lived a life full of experiences. He has decades of experience in the business community, working in the real estate realm, and starting up small businesses. He was on the Board of Directors of the Presidents Leadership Class, CU Boulder, for over ten years, and founded the Orbis Institute Denver. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Denver of the Childrens Museum , Downtown Denver Inc, Historic Denver, and the Griffith Center for Children.
From his home in Denver, Colorado, Daryl designs and fabricates professional mountain bikes. Daryl utilizes his talents and expertise to actively pursue his mission to provide affordable, quality transportation to the developing world through multiple bicycle organizations, including a.ker.fa and Zambikes. As mentor, he is the go-to person for bicycle related questions related to bikes in Africa, especially since he has worked in Zambia for many years. Bicycles are his life-long passion and he actively promotes this environmentally friendly way of transportation.
Dr. Greg Hayes
As native of Golden, Colorado, completed his undergraduate work at Claremont College in Southern California. He received his veterinary degree from Colorado State University Veterinary School in 1975, at a young age of 24, joining Arapahoe Animal Hospital as an Associate that same year. In 1983 he became co-owner of the hospital and has given veterinary care to the Boulder community since. In addition to veterinary care, Greg has been involved in movie making, commercial media and founding several small side ventures. In his free time Greg is an avid falconer.
Rollie Heath is a recognized civic and business leader in Colorado and a founding partner of NorthStone Group. Heath is also Colorado State Senator for District 18, where he is co-chair of the Business, Labor and Technology committee, as well as a member of the Education and Finance committees. In 2002 he was the state’s democratic candidate for governor. He spent 17 years with Johns Manville Corporation where he was president of both its International Corporation and Building Materials Corporation, managing approximately $1 billion in annual revenue. He later became a co-founder, chairman and CEO of Ponderosa Industries, a precision metal parts manufacturing company. Heath was a founder of Denver’s World Trade Center and has served on numerous boards and commissions in the Denver area, including the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Colorado’s Association of Commerce and Industry, the Public Education & Business Coalition, and the Colorado Forum. In 2000 he received the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
About to graduate from the University of Colorado, Denver, Oliver is finishing his Bachelor in Digital Design. Throughout college, he has distinguished himself by building websites, supporting art shows, and excelling in his field. As student leader, he has received awards for his work for the student government and student leadership. His expertise of digital design and media work has been a cornerstone for several departments at the University. Oliver’s mentorship has been a major contribution for video, picture, and website related questions for Movement Bikes.
Dr. Bernd Lutz
As a Senior Consultant to BioVantage, Bernd’s brings over two decades of experience in high-tech, C-level management, capital formation, M&A, and corporate development. He has held senior management positions with IBM, CableLabs, Sykes Enterprises, Intrado, and Provide Commerce/Proflowers.com (where he was co-founder & CTO; over $500M in revenues). Outside of high-tech, Bernd was an investment banker with Bathgate Capital, a boutique investment bank with a focus on middle-market technology companies. Bernd has a primary interest in applying sustainable, renewable energy technologies to the benefit of developing countries. Bernd holds a Ph.D. in applied Computer Sciences/Energy Economics and an MS degree in Engineering (solar & nuclear energy focus) from the University of Stuttgart, Germany and an MBA from the University of Colorado.
Scott Sherman has worked on nonviolence and social justice projects from the war-torn island of Sri Lanka to the inner city ghettoes of America. He is an expert on the most effective ways that citizens succeed in creating social progress and innovation. Sherman’s work on nonviolent social change projects has been praised by such Nobel Peace Prize Laureates as the Dalai Lama and the late Mother Teresa. He is also a nationally recognized speaker on environmental regeneration and transformative action. He has won the outstanding teaching award from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2004, he was nominated for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars’ Faculty of the Year award for the entire U.S. Sherman earned his undergraduate and law degrees from U.C. Berkeley, as well as his Ph.D. in environmental studies from the University of Michigan. Besides his work as a grassroots community organizer, lecturer, and author, Sherman has worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Law Foundation. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in UCLA’s School of Public Affairs.
Barbara Volpe is the former Executive Director of the President’s Leadership Class, a leadership development program for top students at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to this position, she was the President for ten years of the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC), an organization founded by the business community to improve the quality of K-12 public schools in Colorado.Before joining thePEBC in 1989 as a Program Director, she coordinated special projects for former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm at hisCenter for Public Policy at the University of Denver.She has more than 35 years of professional and management experience in the private and nonprofit sectors including banking, research, marketing, psychometrics, university counseling, conference planning, book editing, and education reform.