Denver South EDP Board of Directors
The Denver South Economic Development partnership’s Board of Directors is committed to building upon the organization’s legacy through visionary economic development leadership, civic involvement and positive business advocacy in a non-partisan and collaborative manner to continuously improve the regions economy and high quality living standard.
Peter Culshaw immigrated from London, UK in January of 1984. He worked as a Partner in the London-based company Gooch and Wagstaff before forming his own business, Winchester Properties in 1985. In 1989 Winchester Properties was sold and Peter joined DTC/Meridian where he served as President and CEO.
He has been responsible for all of DTC’s operations, land development, vertical development, and the acquisition and disposition of numerous assets through the metro Denver area. In 2006, DTC/Meridian was merged with the J.F. Shea Company where Peter now serves as Executive Vice President for Shea Properties, overseeing Colorado and Arizona.
Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Land Administration from Portsmouth University in the UK, is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Colorado.
Peter has had numerous philanthropic involvements. He was a founding member of the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation Board and a board member from 1995-2001, during which time he chaired the annual luncheon for two years. He was a board member of the MackIntosh Academy School from 1994-2000 and Chair of the Board from 1996 -1999. He joined The Children’s Hospital Research Institute in 1994, which he chaired from 1996-2006. He also served as a Children’s Hospital board member from 1997-2006 and is currently a board member of The Children’s Hospital Foundation where he has also served as Vice Chair and Chair. In 2006, he was awarded the Children’s Hospital “Miracles Award” for philanthropy. Peter and his wife, Cathy, have chaired the Kempe Center Annual Dinner as well as The Children’s Hospital Gala. Peter was awarded the Starlight Foundation’s Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year Award in 2001. He has been a board member of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation since 1996, and the Culshaws chaired the High Hopes Tribune Dinner on behalf of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation in 1997.
Peter is on numerous civic and governmental boards including Chair of Denver South Economic Development Partnership, SPIMD Board, Goldsmith Metro Board, Meridian Metro Board, Greenwood District Board and former member of the Cherry Creek North District Design and District Boards.
Peter is a member of the Urban Land Institute and International Council of Shopping Centers and has been a Colorado University Real Estate Council Member since 1997.
Walter A. (Buz) Koelbel, Jr. is President of Koelbel and Company, founded in 1952 and recently celebrating its 67th year in business, one of the longest continually-operating real estate companies in Colorado and real estate income producing investments. The company’s efforts are focused on development of office parks, master-planned residential communities, and real estate investments.
Projects include: The Preserve at Greenwood Village, Pinehurst Country Club, Tava Waters, Centennial Valley Business Park, and Rendezvous in Winter Park. New company platforms include urban infill homes through Koelbel Urban Homes which currently has over 250 for-sale units in the pipeline, low-income tax-credit apartments (LIHTC) with over 400+ units developed over the last seven years, and Catalyst HTI at 35th and Brighton Blvd. in RiNo, a 300,000 sq. ft. innovative office development. Its first phase of 180,000 sq. ft. revolutionary building that is part co-working space and part healthcare innovation ecosystem designed to serve as an integrator for the digital health industry and attendant businesses. His professional and civic involvements include the Urban Land Institute, having served six years as Trustee, Co-Founder and Vice Chair of Denver South Economic Development, past Chair and Board Member of Colorado Council on Economic Education, and Denver Museum of Nature and Science Board Member.
Koelbel is a native of Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado in 1974 with a degree in finance. He is married to Sherri, and together they have four children and nine grandchildren.
Ralph W. Christie, Jr., PE, joined Merrick & Company in April 1992. He served as president
and CEO from 1997 to 2013, and was chairman of the board from June 1997 to June 2016. Mr.
Christie has over 45 years of management, business development, and executive experience in
the engineering/construction industry.
Prior to Merrick, Ralph worked 20 plus years for Alcoa, Allegheny Technology and Raytheon
Engineers & Constructors in various supervisory and management roles.
BS, Civil Engineering, University of Cincinnati
MBA, University of Pittsburgh
Advisory and Board Experience
- Mr. Christie served as National Chair of ACEC (American Council of Engineering
Companies) from April 2015 through April 2016 and was on the ACEC Executive
Committee from April 2012 through April 2016. He was a member of the DPC (Design
Professionals Coalition) executive committee for several years. Prior to his Chairmanship
at ACEC, he served as national chair of ACEC’s Environment & Energy Committee for
- Current member of Interstates Construction Board of Directors
- Current member of Mead & Hunt Board of Directors
- Chairman of Merrick & Company’s Board of Directors 1997-2016
- Member of Colorado State Bank and Trust’s Board of Directors 2008-2017
- Board member of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce for 2 terms (total 8 years)
- Board member of the Denver South Economic Development Partnership 2015-current
- Member of the Metro State University of Denver’s Community Cabinet for about 4 years
- Mr. Christie is a founding board member of the Colorado Space Business Roundtable and
was a founding co-chair of the Colorado Space Coalition for over seven years
- He was chair of the board for the Aurora Economic Development Council in 2002/2003
- Current Advisory board member for the University of Cincinnati Engineering College
- Past Advisory board member of University of Colorado at Denver Engineering College
for several years.
- He has lectured on leadership topics at the University of Denver Business School for its
MBA program, Regis University, and Colorado State University.
- Life Member, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2015
- Fellow, American Council of Engineering Companies, 2015
- National Society of Professional Engineers – Colorado Central Chapter’s Manager of the
Year Award, 2014
- ACEC-Colorado’s President’s Award, 2014
- He has lectured on leadership topics at the University of Denver Business School for its
MBA program, Regis University, and Colorado State University
- National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, 2011
- Finalist for ColoradoBiz Magazine’s CEO of the Year, 2011
- Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, Colorado, 2010
- American Council of Engineering Companies George Washington Award Recipient, 2010
- Co-Presenter, American College’s Knowledge Summit, Leadership of Employee-Owned
Engineering Company, 2009
- University of Denver Strategic Issues Panel on Immigration of Professionals, 2009
- Denver Metro Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Exchange Programs, 2003 to 2016
- Governor’s Colorado Educational Alignment Council, 2005 – 2007
- Harvard University Graduate School of Design, The Challenges of Leadership Program
- Commencement Keynote Address, Colorado State University Engineering College, 2005
- Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Cincinnati, 2002
- Man of the Year, 2002, Aurora Chamber of Commerce
Mayor Stephanie Piko has been involved with the City of Centennial since 2007, as a member of
Centennial’s Open Space Advisory Board, Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. She brings a
broad background to her role as Centennial’s third Mayor. As Mayor she is involved with many state,
regional and local committees and boards such as the National League of Cities, Denver South Economic
Development Partnership and Transportation Management Association, Centennial’s FiberWorks
Commission, Chair of the Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Authority, Centennial’s Audit and Budget
Committees and others.
She and her husband, Jim have lived in Centennial since 2001. Their two sons Austin and Conner are
both graduates of the Cherry Creek School District where Mayor Piko taught technology for 10 years. In
her free time she enjoys being a substitute teacher for the Cherry Creek School District and skiing and
hiking in the mountains.
Keith D. Simon is the Executive Vice President and Director of Development for Coventry Development
Corp. Coventry manages and develops the real estate assets—large land tracts in Colorado, Texas and
Florida—for a private family that purchased them in the 1960’s and 70’s. Coventry is focused on
transformative real estate development with mixed-use, compact planned communities that begin with
major new employment uses and then add amenities and enhanced value to the surrounding
In Colorado, Coventry launched the 3,500 acre RidgeGate Mixed-Use Master Planned Community in
Lone Tree in 2001 with the 300-bed Level II Trauma Center Sky Ridge Medical Center. Today the
community is home to over 6,000 residents and over 7,500 new jobs, and the RTD Southeast Light Rail
Extension opened in May 2019 with connections to Denver Union Station and Denver International
In Texas, Coventry launched the 2,000 acre Springwoods Village Mixed-Use Master Planned Community
in 2010 with a new 12,000-person ExxonMobil Campus. Already the community is home to a broad
range of residential products, three hotels, a major retail center and also includes corporate
headquarters for Southwestern Energy, the American Bureau of Shipping and HP, Inc.
Simon is on the boards of the Rampart Range Metropolitan District, the Southeast Public Improvement
Metropolitan District, the Denver South Economic Development Partnership, The Denver South
Transportation Management Association, The Schweiger Ranch Foundation and the Lone Tree Arts
Kendra has served on the Denver City Council since 2015 representing southeast Denver.
Kendra’s priorities include addressing mobility issues by improving our transportation options,
making our streets safe and walkable and our light rail stations more accessible. She is an
advocate for community engagement and neighborhood planning and is working with
community members on their vision for southeast Denver.
Kendra serves on many boards including the Colorado Municipal League, Scientific Cultural
Facilities District, Transportation Solutions, Regional Air Quality Council, Denver Park Trust and
Denver South Transportation Management Association. Kendra is a Denver native with a BA
and MA from the University of Colorado.
Roger A. Partridge currently serves as the 2019 Chair of the Board of County Commissioners.
Mr. Partridge was elected Douglas County Commissioner, District II, in November 2012 and
began serving his first term in January 2013. He was re-elected in November 2016 for an
additional four years.
Partridge’s top priorities as County Commissioner include finding solutions for traffic and
transportation challenges in many areas of the County; working toward a viable and renewable
water supply; seeking added support for the advancement of economic and job growth
opportunities; and protecting the balance and quality of life in Douglas County.
In addition to his fundamental responsibilities as a County Commissioner, Mr. Partridge also
serves as a representative of Douglas County, by way of Board appointment, to the following
area organizations: Castle Rock Economic Development Council; Denver Regional Council of
Governments (DRCOG) Board of Directors; as well as the DRCOG Budget and Finance
Committee and Sub-regional Committee; Denver South Economic Development Partnership
Board of Directors; Secretary, E-470 Public Highway Authority; the Denver South I-25 Urban
Corridor Transportation Management Authority; the Southern Shooting Partnership; and a
member of the Colorado Extension Advisory Board for Colorado State University.
Additionally, Commissioner Partridge shares in the Board’s responsibility for the County’s
presence on the Partnership of Douglas County Governments; Denver South Economic
Development Partnership; and the Metro Area County Commissioners.
Partridge serves on the following statewide and national organizations: Chair, the Colorado
Clean Water Coalition, and as a member of the National Association of Counties Public Lands
He also sits on the Board of Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) and serves on the following Steering
Committees: Public Lands; Agriculture, Wildlife and Rural Affairs; and Transportation &
Telecommunications. He was also appointed by the CCI Board of Directors to serve as the
statewide county representative on the Public Safety Communications Subcommittee, which is
under the Homeland Security and All-Hazards Senior Advisory Committee.
Prior to being elected as County Commissioner, Partridge served as a Douglas County Planning
Commissioner and spent three years as the Beef Superintendent for the Douglas County 4-H
Program. A strong advocate of the County’s agricultural heritage, he is also a co-founder of the
Douglas County Beef Educational Grant Program.
Partridge was raised in a small town in Indiana and holds a Bachelors Degree in Health and
Safety Education from Purdue University and double Masters Degrees in Athletic Training and
Physical Therapy from West Virginia University and Arcadia University, respectively.
Prior to settling in Colorado, he worked as an Athletic Trainer for the New York Jets and at three
universities. He started his physical therapy practice in Castle Rock in 1987, while living in
Littleton, Colorado, and moved to Douglas County in 1994 to be closer to his practice. Once
elected as County Commissioner, he gave up his physical therapy practice to focus on his job
serving the citizens and taxpayers of Douglas County.
Roger and his wife, Nadine, like to relax by spending time at their ranch in Sedalia, working with
their horses and cattle, while enjoying the beauty of Colorado. He has two sons who both
graduated from Douglas County schools and now has two grandchildren.
As a 30-year resident of Arapahoe County, Nancy is committed to enhancing the quality of life
for residents. She works to budget responsibly and keep taxes low so Arapahoe County will live
within its means and thrive. She is known as a strong, fiscally responsible leader who developed
highly effective working relationships with other cities, counties and public entities.
Nancy is focusing on economic development in cooperation with cites, economic development
organizations and chambers of commerce. In addition, she works to reduce traffic congestion
through roadway improvements with effective public/private partnerships and to mitigate noise
impacts at Centennial Airport by working with citizens, the Airport’s Noise Reduction
Roundtable and Centennial Airport’s management.
As Commissioner, Nancy oversees the Human Services, Open Spaces and Intergovernmental
Relations departments. She currently chairs the Metro Area County Commissioners and the
Colorado Counties, Inc. Health and Human Services Committee. She also chairs the National
Association of Human Services and Education Steering Committee, and is a member of the
Colorado Child Welfare Executive Leadership Council.
She represents the County’s interest on a variety of boards and committees including the C-470
Policy Committee, the Arapahoe County Water and Wastewater Authority, the Cherry Creek
Basin Water Quality Authority, Denver South Economic Development Partnership, Denver
South Transportation Management Association and the Highline Canal Trail and Cherry Creek
Basin Working Groups.
Commissioner Sharpe service on the Arapahoe County Housing Authority, Arapahoe County
Public Airport Authority, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District.
Arapahoe County Commissioner, District 2 (2011-2015)
- Chair Pro Tem (2011) Chair (2012)
- City of Greenwood Village, Mayor (2003-2011)
- City of Greenwood Village, City Council Member (1997-2003)
- Metro Mayors Caucus Chair (2009)
- Denver Regional Council of Governments, Chair (2006)
- South I-25 Urban Corridor Steering Committee, Chair (2003-2008)
- Southeast Transportation Authority, Board President (2000-2006)
- Southeast Business Partnership, Board of Trustees (2000-2015)
- Southeast Business Partnership, Executive Committee
- Arapahoe County Housing Authority Boundary Control
- Colorado Women in Government, Past President
- Littleton Hospital Board of Trustees
- American Lung Association, Executive Advisory Committee
- Cherry Creek Republican Women member
- Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver, former Board member
- St. Anne’s Episcopal School Development Committee, former member
- Louisiana State University, BS Psychology and Mathematics
- Management Consultant
- Great West Life, AVP, Compensation and Customer Service
- Control Data, Account Manager
Robert Olislagers is chief executive officer of the Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority, owner and operator of Centennial Airport, one of the busiest corporate and general aviation airports in the US. He is immediate past chairman of the board of HSS, Inc., a leading security provider for airports and hospitals with more than 3,000 employees nationwide. Robert also serves on the board of directors of the International Association of Airport Executives, as well as the Colorado Aeronautics Board following his appointment by former Governor Hickenlooper. He is a certified intelligence analyst, currently participating in a program supported by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in anthropology from the University of Buffalo and a doctorate in business administration from the University of Santa Barbara. Robert also completed studies in national and international security at the USAF Air War College and the JFK School at Harvard University. He has testified before the US House of Representatives and the US Senate on aviation and security matters. He is a published author of many articles on aviation security and aviation history, as well as a book entitled “Fields of Flying; a History of Airports”, with a foreword by General Chuck Yeager.
Lone Tree Mayor, Jackie Millet is a solutions-oriented leader with a proven record of consensus building and collaboration. Her years of experience as a Registered Civil Engineer, Lone Tree Planning Commissioner, Council Member and Mayor have afforded Jackie the opportunity to work with a broad range of citizen, business, and government stakeholders to provide real solutions for community challenges.
Jackie has represented Lone Tree on a number of regional organizations including Vice Chair of the Metro Mayors Caucus, Chair of the Denver Regional Council of Governments, the Regional Air Quality Council, the E-470 Board of Directors, and the Partnership of Douglas County Governments. Jackie has become a well-respected voice on many regional issues including transportation and collaborative government.
Susan Hicks was named President and CEO of Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree in
August 2014. She was promoted from her previous role as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Sky
Susan has been an integral member of the Executive Team at Sky Ridge since the hospital
opened in 2003. She has been a major contributor to its success as well as its superior results in
patient safety and satisfaction. As COO, Susan was instrumental in developing comprehensive
programs in neurosurgery, orthopedics, cardiology, stroke and surgery, to name a few. The Sky
Ridge team and its medical staff gave her leadership, clinical depth and business acumen a
resounding vote of confidence when she was named to her present post.
Prior to joining Sky Ridge Medical Center, Susan was the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and VP
of Patient Care Services at Rose Medical Center for six years, where she was responsible for the
operations of all patient care services. She previously held a number of key leadership posts,
including Director of Surgical Services at Rose. She has been a nurse for more than 30 years and
looks forward to bringing this perspective to her position.
Susan has a Masters in Nursing Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing
from the University of Phoenix. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare
She is currently on the boards of the HCA Hope Fund, Denver South Economic Development
Partnership and Colorado Hospital Association. She is a past board member of First Commercial
Bank and a graduate of Leadership Douglas County.
An avid adventurer, Susan and her husband Don reside in Lone Tree. They have two children.
Greg Kelly is President of Kelly Development Services, LLC, a civil engineering, land
development consulting and construction management firm. As a registered professional
engineer, Greg has been providing professional services to private developers, architects, land
planners, municipalities and special districts for over 30 years. His experience in the Southeast I-25 corridor is extensive, having worked on projects in the Denver Tech Center, Centennial, Lone
Tree, Ridgegate and Douglas and Arapahoe Counties.
Greg feels strongly about giving back to his community by volunteering his time and has served
on numerous boards and professional associations. He is President of the Park Meadows
Metropolitan District Board of Directors and is also on the Southeast Public Improvements
Metropolitan District Board of Directors. In the past he has served on the Metro Wastewater
Reclamation District board and been active in the National Association of Office and Industrial
Properties and the Urban Land Institute.
Greg has lived in the City of Lone Tree since before it was a city, over 24 years. He is married to
Diane and has 4 children and 2 grandchildren.
Pam is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing.
As shopping center professional, she holds the certifications by the International Shopping
Center Association as a Certified Shopping Center Manager and Certified Marketing
Director with over 30 years of experience in the retail shopping center industry, working in the
multiple markets of Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, North Carolina, and California.
Opening Park Meadows in 1996, Pam brought diversified experience in shopping center
marketing, leasing, development, and operations to the unique “Retail Resort” concept for
Colorado’s largest enclosed super-regional shopping center, changing the face of the shopping
center industry. The recent addition of “The Vista’s” combines entertainment and a lifestyle
component to Park Meadows. Park Meadows seeks the very best retailers and restaurants
canvassing the entire country and abroad to bring the very best to Colorado. Many retail concepts
have one of their first stores in Park Meadows and in many cases one of the best stores in a given
chain of stores is the Park Meadows location.
George started his community service in Greenwood Village as a member of the Greenwood
Village Board of Adjustment and Appeals where he served for 12 years as both Chairman and
Vice-Chairman. For eight years he served on the Greenwood Village Planning and Zoning
Commission including serving as Chairman for three years. He was elected to the City Council
in 2015 and served as Mayor Pro-tem from 2017 – 2019. George was recently elected to the
position as Mayor in November 2019. He has also participated as a board member of his
homeowners association for 21 years and has served as the President for the last 18 years.
George served as President and CEO of an iodine exploration and production company, which
traded on the London stock exchange. Prior to that he and his partners founded a
telecommunications company, which they built to be a worldwide market share leader. The
company was acquired by Polycom Inc. George also held positions in several large corporations
including Texaco, IBM and ROLM.
George’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of
Science in Business both from the University of Wyoming.
George and his wife Debbie have lived in Greenwood Village since 1989. Their two sons were
raised in Greenwood Village and recently graduated from Vanderbilt University and Wake
Forest University. George enjoys travel, fly fishing, golf and spending time with family and