Our Board of Directors

William Schneider, President ; President, Teocali Energy, LLC

William Schneider is the CEO and President of Teocali Energy, LLC, a private oil and gas exploration and production company based in Denver. Prior to founding Teocali Energy, Mr. Schneider was President of Venoco, Inc. where he was actively involved in the company’s growth and played an integral role taking the company public in November of 2006. Mr. Schneider spent over 10 years in investment banking, most recently as a managing director at Harris Nesbitt, an investment bank, focused on mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Schneider also held various investment banking positions with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Smith Barney.

Mr. Schneider has over thirty years of experience including investment banking, corporate finance, worldwide business development, engineering and corporate planning. Mr. Schneider’s presence in the community is exceedingly strong. In addition to being the president of ColoradoFIRST, Mr. Schneider serves as an active member on the Advisory Board of the Global Energy Management program at the University of Colorado, Denver. His past involvements have included sitting as a co-chair on the Energy Panel for WIRED (Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development), serving on the Venoco Community Partnership Committee, as well as heading the Reunion Class Gift Committee for the Colorado School of Mines. Mr. Schneider has a degree in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and an MBA in finance from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management. Mr. Schneider has served on the Board of Directors for 100% of all ColoradoFIRST staff are volunteers; there are no paid full or part-time employees Coordinator Ball Corporation ColoradoFIRST since April 2007.

Dawn Lutz, Chief Operating Officer ; Retired President, Technetronic Solutions, Inc.

Dawn M. Lutz received her B.A. from Hampshire College and her J.D. from the University of Denver. Dawn practiced corporate law for several years but then decided to pursue her love of technology and co-founded Technetronic Solutions, Inc. (TSI), a computer consulting company, with her husband. Dawn has always been committed to community service through programs such as 4-H and various school programs and has been involved with FIRST since 2003. She helped form and coach FIRST LEGO League teams from 2003 through 2008, founded a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team at Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning, and has mentored a FRC team at George Washington High School since 2005. For three years Dawn served as the FIRST Senior Mentor for Colorado, a position which involves recruiting mentors, volunteers and teams in Colorado and supporting the FIRST program. She is currently serving as the FIRST Regional Director for Colorado, Chief Operating Officer for Colorado FIRST and is has been a member of the board of Colorado FIRST since May, 2006.

Mark Valerio, Director ; VP/GM Military Programs, Lockheed Martin Space Systems

Mark Valerio is vice president and general manager of the Military Space line of business for Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Space Systems Company. In this capacity, Mark has general management responsibility for critical national security space programs including the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF), Defense Meteorological Space Program (DMSP), Global Positioning System (GPS), the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), Space Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS), Space Protection and other space programs for the Department of Defense.

Mark has broad program and functional management experience and has had overall management responsibility for three of the five Space Systems Company’s lines of businesses (Military Space, Special Programs and Commercial) and in addition has worked in the Civil Space line of business early in his career.

Prior to his current role, Mark served as vice president of Programs where he led the Program Management, Subcontract Management and Assembly, Test, and Launch Operations (ATLO) functional organizations across Space Systems Company, concentrating on strengthening program performance and operational excellence.

Throughout his 35 year career, Mr. Valerio has served in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility within the organization leading several critical initiatives for Lockheed Martin Corporation, including leadership for multiple first-of-a-kind space development programs.

He has delivered key national security space capabilities from numerous launch vehicles and launch sites, and has worked on various types of contracts for the U.S. Government as well as national and international commercial customers.

Mr. Valerio has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Widener University-Pennsylvania, a Master of Business Administration degree and a Master of Science degree in Information Systems from University of Colorado, Denver. He is also a graduate of the Harvard JFK School of Government’s National and International Security Management program.

Mr. Valerio serves on the board of directors for the ColoradoFIRST which represents the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) organization, and is an executive sponsor for the Lockheed Martin Asian Leadership Mentoring Association. He supports Colorado Home Front Cares, The Mission Continues, GPS for Troops and other organizations that support our military personnel. He is a two-time winner of the prestigious Lockheed Martin NOVA Award, and has received various recognition awards from Martin Marietta, Lockheed Martin, General Electric and NASA customers. Mark was selected as an AIAA Associate Fellow in January 2014 and is a member of the Air Force Association (AFA) and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). Mr. Valerio has served on the board of ColoradoFIRST since February 2010.

Rodger Stewart, Chief Growth Officer ; Retired CEO

Rodger Stewart, with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, has over 30 years’ experience in the cardiac surgery device industry since starting with COBE Cardiovascular, Inc. in 1977 and most recently completed 18 months as CEO of a venture backed medical device startup in Israel. Over his career he has held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, marketing, sales and business development. Mr. Stewart has been awarded six US patents and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Colorado. In the 8 years prior to retirement he held the positions of President and CEO for UltraShape, Inc., CEO of Carbomedics, Inc., and President and CEO of COBE Cardiovascular, Inc. Mr. Stewart retired in July of 2008 and is currently the President of EXPAND Beyond, Inc., a Colorado 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing adaptive waterskiing to individuals living with disabilities. Mr. Stewart has served on the Board of Directors for ColoradoFIRST since June 2009.

Tribby Warfield, Chief Marketing Officer ; SVP/GM, Kaman Fluid Power

A high caliber results driven senior executive with both commercial and general management experience with a proven track record of achievement and increasing profit responsibility. A strategic thinker with strong analytical skills and the ability to manage and execute strategy to deliver superior financial performance while managing risk. An accomplished and international executive with sound business acumen and operational experience across a diverse spectrum of industries, cultures and geographiesTribby was appointed in August 2014 as Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Kaman Fluid Power platform of its Distribution Segment (Kaman Distribution) where she has full P&L responsibility of the business unit and is a member of Kaman’s executive committee. She leads all commercial activities, customer service, including the fluid power value-added shops and services across the USA and Puerto Rico.

Most recently Tribby served as President, North America Commercial for Gates Corporation where she led all commercial activity for Gates Power Transmission and Fluid Power in the United States, Canada and Mexico. She previously served as President, North America Power Transmission. Tribby’s career with the Gates Corporation spanned over 25 years and included an extensive global background serving eleven years in Europe in key management and operational roles across Gates’ European Divisions including assignments as Vice President of Gates Industrial Power Transmission operations, headquartered in Erembodegem, Belgium. She also served as Gates Global Business Director for the Automotive Original Equipment division located in Aachen, Germany as well as Sales and Marketing Director for Gates Fluid Power operations in St. Neots, United Kingdom. Tribby’s early years at Gates included a variety of roles including business development, product marketing and field sales management.

Tribby is actively involved in numerous industry associations such as the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) where she serves as Foundation Board Trustee. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Advisors and resides as Executive in Residence for the University of Colorado Denver Business School, and is a strong supporter and advocate of FIRST Robotics and serves on the Board of Directors of ColoradoFIRST. Tribby graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from National University, San Diego, California. Tribby has served on the Board of Directors for ColoradoFIRST since October 2011.

Denise Henry, Director ; Outreach Manager, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp.

Denise Henry is Outreach Manager for Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., serving in this role for over thirteen years. She manages Ball’s STEM outreach for NASA missions such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope. This role involves collaborating with other aerospace companies, local school districts, universities, and organizations such as the Goddard Space Flight Center and the Space Telescope Science Institute. She was awarded a NASA ROSES grant for an informal outreach program that she developed and then acted as the program’s co-investigator.

Denise has conducted Ball’s STEM outreach at national events such as the World Science Festival, the South by Southwest Festival, and the Suomi NPP launch, and at local events such as the Society of Women Engineers’ GESTEM event and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s Space Day. Denise also manages Ball’s STEM activities supporting organizations such as FIRST Robotics. In 2002, Denise spearheaded Ball Aerospace’s participation in ColoradoFIRST as the program began growing in the state. She has continued to lead Ball’s participation by recruiting mentors, filling mentor and teacher needs, donating materials and funding, maintaining executive awareness, and posting FIRST news on social media. She has led Ball’s participation in the FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST LEGO League as well. “My effort supporting ColoradoFIRST reflects my sincere belief in FIRST Robotics’ value for not only the students and teachers, but also the professional mentors and participating companies. I am proud to lead Ball Aerospace’s participation in this outstanding STEM program.”

Denise also promotes the Ball Community Ambassadors program, which enhances employee volunteerism, and she serves on the corporate council supporting this program’s continued development. She has established valuable relationships with a wide range of nonprofit and educational organizations, particularly within Colorado. She recently finished serving in the Colorado Education Initiative’s Effective Employer Engagement group, defining ways for businesses and schools to create STEM partnerships.

She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education and certification in technical writing. Prior to her role as outreach manager, Denise was a technical writer at Ball and worked on new business proposals, procedural documents, and marketing collateral. Prior to that role, she was a technical writer at Apple Inc. Denise began serving on the Board of Directors for ColoradoFIRST in January 2015.

Scott Springer, Retired Principal of CEC Early College, DPS

Mr. Springer has worked for Denver Public Schools for the past 33 years as a teacher, assistant principal, Executive Director for the Office of  College and Career ready, Director of Career and Technical Education for the district, and recently retired as principal of CEC Early College  Mr. Springer helped develop the CEC Early College of Denver when he was first appointed principal in 2005, which is now one on the most successful high schools in the Denver Public Schools, serving 88% first generation college-bound students, enrolling 70% of their graduate in two year or four year program.  Every student at CEC Early College graduates with an average of 18 college credits. This most recent semester, over 500 students enrolled in college course work with a 93% pass rate.

Most recent awards for CEC include: Foundation for Great City Schools, “Distinguished School Award,” Denver’s 5280 Magazine’s Top 20 Schools on the Front Range, and Highest Growth Title I School in 2012 and 2013, presented from the Colorado Department of Education.

In addition to serving on the ColoradoFIRST Board, Mr. Springer serves on the Executive Board for the Middle/Early College National Consortium board and the Community College of Denver Advisory board.