The Women's Foundation of Colorado

The Women's Foundation of Colorado is a unique community foundation that creates more pathways to economic security for all Colorado women. We use our philanthropy, community, and impact to help all women thrive & Colorado rise.

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Lisa Christie, Senior Director of Communications
Start Date: 2014

Lisa Christie is the senior director of communications at The Women's Foundation of Colorado. She has 20 years of communications experience, the last four of which have been spent supporting The Women's Foundation. Lisa feels fortunate to be able to bring her passion around women's issues together with her love of storytelling. She is responsible for helping to catalyze community to support WFCO's mission and she does that by overseeing The Foundation's content marketing, collateral development, speech writing, branding and messaging initiatives, and media relations.

Renee Ferrufino, Vice President of Development
Start Date: 2014

Renee Ferrufino serves as the Vice President of Development. She oversees the Foundation's philanthropic strategies focusing on major donors, corporate partners, planned giving, annual fund, and donor advised funds. Prior to her time with The Women's Foundation, Renee worked in development at the Colorado Children's Campaign. Renee feels she has been given the privilege of creating awareness about a mission she wholeheartedly believes in while building relationships with people and connecting them to philanthropy that ignites their passion. Renee is a current member of Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable and Association of Fundraising Professionals, and a former participant of the Institute for Leaders in Development.

John Dobey, Chief Financial Officer
Start Date: 2016

John Dobey has served as the foundation's senior financial executive since March 2016 and as Chief Financial Officer since April 2019. He has over 30 years of leadership experience in accounting and finance including planning, forecasting and analysis, process improvement and automation, external and internal financial reporting, and oversight of all back-office functions.

John holds both a Bachelor of Business Administration and an MBA from The College of William Mary, the nation's second oldest active higher education institutions and recognized as a "Public Ivy League" university. He holds an active CPA license in Virginia where he grew up and worked for much of his career.

Prior to joining The Women's Foundation of Colorado, John was the owner and lead consultant for Triad Financial Services, providing financial advisory and bookkeeping services to organizations in the professional services, oil and gas, software and not-for-profit sectors.

John has spent most of his career in senior financial roles ranging from Division Controller to CFO with organizations ranging in size from $5 million to over $7 billion in annual sales. Additionally, he has consulted for numerous not-for-profit organizations including AARP, the Screen Actors Guild, the Optical Society of America and StageDoor Theatre in Conifer, Colorado where he currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer.

Lauren Y. Casteel, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2015

Lauren Y. Casteel is president and CEO of The Women's Foundation of Colorado (WFCO). Upon joining The Foundation in February 2015, she became the first person to lead three separate foundations in Colorado and is known nationally for her leadership in and dedication to inclusivity and diversity in philanthropy.
As an experienced and recognized advocate for Colorado women, children, youth, and families, Lauren directs The Foundation's 2017-2021 strategic plan; oversees the finance, development, programs, and communications teams; and is responsible for The Foundation's investments, which are valued at more than $20 million. Her trademark is an asset-based approach, in which all parties' voices and strengths are listened to, respected, and projected for outcomes that benefit all women and families.
Prior to WFCO, Lauren served at The Denver Foundation for 16 years, most recently as vice president of philanthropic partnerships. As the first person to serve in the role, she launched The Inclusiveness Project, a program that increased the recruitment and retention of people of color at Metro-Denver nonprofits. The program changed the face of Colorado's nonprofit community and garnered national attention when it won the Council on Foundations' Critical Impact Award. She also instituted The Denver Foundation's Nonprofit Internship Program, intending to inspire college students to choose a career in the nonprofit sector. As the vice president of donor services at The Denver Foundation, Lauren helped establish the Reisher Family Scholarship and grow the number of donor-advised funds to 400.
From 1996 to 1998, Lauren served as the executive director of The Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation and prior to this she spent six years at The Hunt Alternatives Fund as the executive director, then as the president.
Lauren serves on the board of the Association of Black Foundation Executives, as well as previously on the Council on Foundations' Community Foundations Leadership Team. She also participated in The White House Social Enterprise and Opportunity Series on the philanthropic sector and was a founding board member of Qualistar Colorado.
Throughout her career, Lauren has earned numerous accolades, including: Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Region's Civil Rights Award; The Colorado Women's Chamber's 25 Most Powerful Women Award; AAUW's Trailblazer Award; the Girl Scout's Woman of Distinction Award; the Monte Pascoe Civic Leadership Award; and the Mountain Region Black Economic Summit's Legacy Award. Additionally, she has been inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame.
Lauren is a frequent speaker, moderator, and panelist.

Louise V. Myrland, Vice President Programs
Start Date: 2014

Louise V. Myrland, MPA has dedicated her career to advancing social justice through education. She joined The Women's Foundation of Colorado in 2014 as Vice President of Programs, drawing on her programmatic and evaluation experience to lead the organization's work in research, public policy, and strategic community investments.

Louise earned her Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Colorado Denver and her Bachelor of Science in chemistry from The Ohio State University. She began her career improving educational opportunities for low-income and traditionally under-served students by managing two science education outreach programs through The Ohio State University.

Before joining WFCO, Louise applied her scientific background to develop, implement, evaluate, and refine data-driven college access, affordability, and success programs that empowered 4,000 Denver Public Schools graduates to pursue higher education in Colorado as Director of College Success and Scholarship for the Denver Scholarship Foundation,.

Born in Rochester, NY and raised in Toledo, OH, Louise and her husband, Steve, moved to Colorado in 2005 and are raising their two daughters in Denver.


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