Board of Directors
The amazing Wish for Wheels Board is steering the mission through heart power leadership.
Lance founded Livestrong, a nonprofit to unite, inspire and empower people affected by cancer. Through his involvement Livestrong raised over $500MM in 15 years and serves over 3MM people dealing with cancer.
Lance is a managing partner at NEXT VENTŪRES, a venture capital firm designed to maximize growth opportunities in the exploding sports, fitness, nutrition and wellness markets. Lance currently hosts THEMOVE, a podcast that provides analysis of stages of the Tour de France and other cycling and endurance races. He also hosts a podcast called THE FORWARD where Armstrong interviews authors, musicians, athletes, politicians, and influencers from all walks of life
As Community Relations and Employee Engagement Manager, Amanda leads the charitable giving and volunteer efforts for Occidental’s Rockies Region. She brings more than 13 years’ experience in corporate philanthropy, marketing and public affairs across several industries. She previously served on the board of the Public Education Business Coalition, is a member of the Mile High United Way Corporate Engagement Committee and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and Junior Achievement.
Amanda was introduced to Wish through her work at Occidental and it only took one bike build and give to get her hooked. “I will never forgot the immense joy and excitement filling the gym at my very first bike give. Seeing the children try their new bikes for the first time was extremely rewarding, but I was most touched by the gratitude of their parents and caregivers.”
Greg Greenwood (nicknamed “Woody” since childhood) is the CEO/Executive Director of the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Colorado. A veteran Coloradan entrepreneur, Greg has founded several companies including those in technology, manufacturing, distribution, motorsports, retail, services and non-profit—and like all entrepreneurs, has seen a variety of successes and failures to keep him humble. Greg’s entrepreneurial energy was passed on to him by his father at the age of eight years old when he started his first business mowing yards and selling hanging baskets and bags of kindling firewood in his Little Rock, Arkansas neighborhood.
Greg most recently sold comCables in 2013, a network infrastructure manufacturer and low voltage distributor he founded in 1999, to The Audax Group, a multi-billion dollar private equity firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the founder and CEO of Idella Wines, a boutique winery in Napa Valley, California, and is the co-founder and Chairman of Colorado Thought Leaders Forum. Greg is a past board member of Colorado Companies to Watch, Sun Valley Youth Center, Here’s Life Inner City, Colorado Uplift and Racing to Save Lives. Greg is also an active angel and private equity investor as well as serves on several private company boards.
While he is passionate about his entrepreneurial and business endeavors, his other life interests include building community relationships, investing in inner-city-at-risk youth, reading, cycling, SUP surfing and enjoying wine.
Katie Tate is the Senior Local Affairs Specialist at PDC Energy, an exploration and production company headquartered in Denver, Colorado. At PDC Energy, Katie is charged with employee advocacy and executing PDC’s external volunteer and charitable strategy as well as local affairs.
Katie has served in a variety of roles at PDC Energy and was awarded the Denver Association of Division Order Analysts’ (DADOA) Presidents Club Award in 2016 for her work on the DADOA board as the Newsletter Chairman. Katie was also selected to be a part of the 2018 EnGen program run by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association and voted one of the Most Influential Women in 2018 EnGen program.
Katie is committed to volunteering her time to causes she believes in and served as the Volunteer Communication Coordinator at Bike Denver – a role in which she was awarded Volunteer of the Year. She current sits on a number of boards/associate boards including the Weld Food Bank Board, Migrant Christmas Fiesta, and the American Red Cross.
Katie graduated from University of Colorado Denver with her communications degree and is currently pursuing her MPA at University of Colorado Denver. Katie and her husband live in Denver with their dog. The two Colorado natives spend their weekends outdoors – backpacking, hiking, running, biking and walking to local breweries.
Jeff Gardner, affectionately called El Jefe by his friends and colleagues, is currently General Partner at Springtime Ventures where he invests in seed stage companies in the Rocky Mountains. He also serves on the boards of PestRoutes, Active Soul, WishList, ThrivePass and Wish for Wheels. Prior to that, El Jefe played as CEO of Zen Planner for six years. He had the pleasure of building an amazing team and high-performance culture that delivered compound annual growth of more than 50% annually during his tenure. El Jefe was excited that he was able to deliver investors a ‘crazy good’ return while having a blast. Previously, El Jefe held executive positions at smaller technology & payment companies (ThrivePass, PaySimple and Pendum). Prior to realizing how much he enjoyed working with early stage companies, El Jefe worked for several larger corporations (GE, Avaya and Qwest).
El Jefe’s professional passion is developing great talent and building great companies. He is notorious for creating insanely fun and highly innovative work environments. El Jefe holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance & Accounting from Penn State and an M.B.A. from University of Virginia’s Darden graduate school of business. When he is not helping to grow great people and companies, he is likely out on an adventure with his wife and 3 teenagers. He can often be found mountain biking in
the Utah desert, stand-up paddle boarding Colorado whitewater, backcountry skiing, or riding motos.
Lauren comes to Wish For Wheels with 15 years of experience in sales and leadership. She has a passion for helping people, especially kids. Lauren is currently working with Vari to help them build awareness of their project capabilities in the Colorado and Utah markets. She also loves developing leaders and sales teams which led her to starting her own company, Lasting Leadership, in 2020. As an executive coach, she works with founders and sales leaders to develop and implement great strategies that will lead to the sales needed to take their business to the next level. She also specializes in empowering leaders to have the greatest influence while establishing the mindset that will keep them sane while scaling.
In her free time, Lauren spends time with her husband, Sam and two daughters, Dylan, and Kennedy. She also has a healthy obsession with cycling. Lauren needs to ride her bike for many reasons. She is a huge advocate for the sport and thinks every kid (and adult) should ride a bike as much as possible. Thus, making WFW the perfect organization for her to join!
Greg Anton, a past chairman of the AICPA, is a founding partner of ACM, a Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Regional CPA firm with offices in Denver, Boulder, Northern Colorado, and Laramie, Wyoming. Greg has been actively involved in the Colorado nonprofit and philanthropic community. He is a founding member and past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC); serves on the Board of Trustees for the Mile High United Way; and is a member of the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement, Rocky Mountain, Inc.
Stacie McWilliams is the Director of Logistics and Investment Recovery for AT&T working to create sustainable processes across multiple business units. Prior to AT&T, Stacie managed Transportation and Fulfillment for DirecTV where she focused on creating high performing teams that drove best in class operational results. She was a previous board member of Elephant Energy delivering solar lighting solutions to rural areas in Namibia.
A Colorado native who grew up in Pueblo, Stacie is a strong believer that the Pueblo chili is significantly better than the New Mexico Hatch chili. She attended Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction getting degrees in Business Administration and Mass Communications while playing center field for the Mavs. She also earned an Executive MBA graduating with honors from Colorado State University.
Stacie is a road biker who has participated in RAGBRAI, Cycle Oregon, Pedal the Plains and was lucky enough to watch an Alpe d’Huez stage of the Tour de France in person. She digs mountain biking the Colorado and Utah trail systems as well as golfing and hiking.
Brad is the brain behind the bike — the one who makes it all happen — the visionary. He founded Wish for Wheels in 2004 and works tirelessly toward our mission of bringing kids’ dreams a new set of wheels. According to Brad, Wish for Wheels is special because it allows kids to experience the freedom, independence and success of riding a bike. He enjoys mountain and road biking, and bike rides with his two daughters and son. Brad’s favorite movie is Breaking Away – he loves it when the Italians come to town.
Ken Gooden focuses on corporate representation with a specific emphasis on strategic facilities planning, build-to-suit opportunities, facility acquisition, dispositions and financial analysis. He serves corporate clients in a variety of fields, including financial services, high technology medical/biomedical and non-profits. Ken has worked with corporations ranging from small local companies to multi-national organizations with hundreds of locations. Ken provides an extremely “hands on” approach to working with his clients and enjoys providing mutually beneficial introductions when they are useful. A large majority of Ken’s client projects are a result of repeat business and referrals.
Ken has 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, including 14 with The Staubach Company, prior to Staubach’s acquisition by JLL in 2008. While in this role, he was a principal with the company’s Front Range division, where he played a key role in strategy development and implementation.
Ken received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Real Estate from Colorado State University. Ken serves on the Board of the Global Livingston Institute (GLI) and is a member of the United Way Tocqueville Society. He volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado and Junior Achievement and is an active member of FEI’s Colorado Chapter. Ken is a participant in the McKinsey Fellowship Program 2018-2019. Ken formerly served on the Associate Board of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver from 2008 to 2016. Ken is a graduate of 50 For Colorado – Class of 2011.
Thank you to all the past Board Members for be being a part of Wish for Wheels.
- Bruce Bendell
- Nicole Hebert
- Brad Licht
- Brad Iskiyan
- Sean Ring
- John Genell
- Scott MacDonald
- Jeremy Schwartz
- Ashely Oliver Kappel
- George Stein
- Doug Hawkins
- Trisha Emish
- Ben Lieb
- Chris Cord
- Justin Moss
- Marcus Robinson
- Dustin Palmer