Professor of Philosophy at Regis University
Karen Adkins, PhD
Karen Adkins, PhD, is Professor of Philosophy at Regis University. She teaches and publishes on feminist and gender issues, including sexual assault. As a sexual assault survivor herself, she has spoken publicly at awareness events. She lives in Denver with her spouse and two kids. She joined the Board because she believes in their mission of supporting survivors and working to end sexual assault.
Kevin has a multitude of experience in medical research, as well as small business operations management. He has an undergraduate degree in Biology from CSU and M.A. in Behavioral Psychology. In an ongoing commitment to community engagement, Kevin was a Cole Neighborhood Association Board member in 2016-2019, as well as a Steering Committee member of the Cole has a Soul Participatory Budgeting Project in Cole neighborhood. Additionally, he has volunteered for the Houston Area Women’s Center and is honored to be serving as a new member of The Blue Bench where he aims to bring focus on assistance and awareness for sexual assault to all cultures and communities who feel underrepresented.
Kevin is a Houston, Texas native, he relocated to Colorado in 2012 with his wife and two sons. Kevin is a strong advocate for equity, who enjoys traveling and spending time with his family, which include Biscuit the dog who thinks she is a cat and Binx the cat who thinks he is a dog.
Neurologist with Blue Sky Neurology
Alicia Bennett is a neurologist with Blue Sky Neurology where she cares for patients at multiple Denver area hospitals. She completed her training including a vascular neurology fellowship at the University of Utah and has a passion for treating patients who are having a stroke. At Blue Sky Neurology she serves as the Program Director for the vascular neurology fellowship, she is one of the regional medical directors for their telemedicine division, and she is the medical stroke director at the Medical Center of Aurora and Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Hospital. Alicia joined the Blue Bench to help facilitate relationships between the medical community and the organization.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Range Ventures
Adam Burrows is the co-founder and managing partner at Range Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on backing the most ambitious founders in Colorado tech. Adam has been instrumental in building several of the most successful tech companies in Denver, including as SVP and GM at HomeAdvisor and Chief Business Officer at Guild Education.
Adam started his career in business strategy at The Boston Consulting Group and is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Michigan.
He joined the board of the Blue Bench in 2022 after serving on the board of the Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS) for 5 years.
Partner & Portfolio Manager, Wealth Management - Segall Bryant & Hamill
Victoria Cunningham is a Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager in the Wealth Management group at Segall Bryant & Hamill, a Registered Investment Advisor. Prior to joining the firm in 2000, Ms. Cunningham was a Senior Portfolio Manager with Wells Fargo Private Asset Management for nine years, and worked for five years as a Portfolio Manager with United Asset Management Services. Ms. Cunningham received a BA from Colorado College. She is a member of CFA Institute and CFA Society Colorado.
Victoria joined the board of The Blue Bench in 2018. She has a keen interest in issues impacting women having served on the Investment Committee of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado and travelling around the state presenting seminars empowering woman to realize their financial goals. At The Blue Bench, she aspires to be a meaningful voice in the ongoing cultural shift in attitudes and behavior towards sexual assault in this community.
Marci Eads, PhD
Managing Director - Health Management Associates
Controller at BiggerPockets
Jeff Hentschel - Treasurer
Jeff Hentschel has spent his career in corporate accounting and finance operations in the tech space, including 10 years at Angi (Angie's List/HomeAdvisor) and more recently BiggerPockets, where he currently serves as Controller. He received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Jeff joined the board of The Blue Bench in January of 2023 to support the organization's financial operations and mission of preventing sexual assault in the community.
Jeff hails from Indianapolis and relocated to Denver in 2018 with his husband, Seth, where they currently live with their two dogs Jordie and Sammy. He enjoys traveling, skiing, and spending time with his friends and family.
Founder & Principal Consultant - Brelis Consulting
Brooke Smith - Vice Chair
Brooke Smith has spent her career working with start-ups in the education space, and most recently concluded a five year stint at General Assembly, an education technology company, where she was the Regional Director of Colorado. Brooke now oversees her own business, Brelis Consulting, where she advises executives and business owners on the implementation and prioritization of Learning and Development across the employee lifecycle. She is also currently serving on the Women's Council at The Commons on Champa, a board dedicated to supporting the growth of female entrepreneurs. Brooke joined the Board because she believes in the power of education, believing that the prevention work being done by The Blue Bench in our schools, police stations, bars and other venues is invaluable in the fight to eradicate sexual assault.
Partner - King & Spalding
Cliff Stricklin is a partner with the international law firm of King & Spalding where he guides companies and executives through critical situation where litigation is a possible result.
Prior to turning to private practice, Cliff served over twenty years in various roles with the government. He is the former First Assistant for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado and was the lead prosecutor in the securities fraud trial against former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio. Prior to that, Cliff served two years on the U.S. Department of Justices’ Enron Task Force where he was a key member of the prosecution team that convicted Jeff Skilling and Ken Lay as well as the lead prosecutor in the case against five defendants in Enron’s telecommunications business unit.
From 2001 through 2004, Cliff was a State District Judge in Dallas, Texas. Though one of the youngest judges on the bench, after only two years his judicial colleagues elected him as presiding judge of the district courts. Cliff used the position to overhaul the indigent representations appointments system, address bail reform, and create the first of its kind mental health court. He was also a member of the City of Dallas’ Ethics Task Force that drafted the city’s Code of Ethics.
Cliff’s legal experience includes time as a senior attorney at one of Texas’ leading law firms, 8 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, an adjunct professor of law at CU’s School of Law and SMU’s Dedman School of Law, and a law clerk with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He has also served in Washington DC as an intelligence analyst with the Drug Enforcement Administration and a Special Assistant with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and has traveled extensively with the U.S. Department of State and USAID to provide anti-corruption guidance in developing nations.
GM of Marketplaces at BiggerPockets
Scott Weigel - Chair
Scott Weigel has spent the majority of his career in leadership roles at notable consumer tech marketplaces, such as Angi (HomeAdvisor, Angie’s List) and Nolo. He is currently the GM of Marketplaces at BiggerPockets, the largest community of real estate investors in the United States. Scott joined the board of The Blue Bench in 2022 with the goal of helping the organization support and prevent sexual violence. He lives in Denver with his wife and three daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, the outdoors and traveling the world.