Denver County Cultural Council

The Denver County Cultural Council (DCCC) is a board authorized by the State of Colorado and appointed by Denver City Council to distribute Scientific & Cultural Facilities District Tier III revenues to science and cultural organizations in Denver. 13 ½% of Denver County's Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) tax funds are granted to local arts, cultural and scientific nonprofit organizations annually. Each year the members of the DCCC review grant applications and determine the allocations to each qualifying Tier III organization.Denver City Council appoints this eleven-member cultural council.

The council consists of a representative of Denver Arts & Venues, Visit Denver and Denver Public Schools, and eight members selected at-large from applications submitted by individuals interested in serving on the council. Members of the DCCC are residents of Denver, at least 21 years of age, not currently a volunteer or paid staff person of an organization applying for Tier III funding and willing to disclose any conflict of interest. They also reflect the ethnic, social, demographic and geographic diversity and composition of the City of Denver.


Denver County Cultural Council Members

Pam Packer - Chair
This is Pam Packer’s third year serving on the Denver County Cultural Council.  Pam has over 20 years of experience in public outreach focusing on science education and natural resources management.  While working for a local nonprofit organization, she successfully applied for and was funded by SCFD in multiple counties for science education programming.  She also has a music background, having played in a hand bell choir, and marching band and concert band until she graduated from college.  Pam has a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin in Environmental Geography.

Don Eberle - Vice Chair
Don Eberle, an attorney and former state legislator, has over 30 years of experience in the legal, business, and political arenas. Since 1991, he has been the principal in a private firm providing legal, management, and public policy expertise to clients in both the public and private sector. Don received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver. He was a Harvard Scholar from the Gates Foundation in 1984 at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.  A life-long resident of Colorado, he has been active in community service and political affairs and involved and interested in a variety of activities, including the education of at-risk youth and advocacy for the homeless. Currently he is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Golden Triangle Neighborhood Association, where he is involved in the Design Review Committee for the Golden Triangle. He was Chairman of Governor Romer's Task Force on the Homeless, as well as a member of the Colorado Council on the Arts and the Public Affairs Advisory Committee for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

William Chan - Secretary
Will Chan serves as the Program Administrator for Denver Public Library’s Services to New Immigrants which provides services to Denver’s immigrant, refugee, and asylee populations.  He manages program development across eight library branch locations to engage migrants from all over the world in building Denver’s successful global community. With an expansive professional background working with various cultural and nonprofit institutions including the Derfner Judaica Museum of New York, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Shanghai Biennale, and also work in Puerto Rico with the New York Hotel Trades Council, Will has incorporated the arts throughout his career as an integration tool in working with diverse populations.  Regardless of his role, Will is passionate in connecting information and people, focusing on an organization’s direct services, increasing institutional access, and empowering marginalized populations. Currently, Will serves on the Denver Asian Pacific American Commission and is an E3! Ambassador for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Dan Reagan – Executive Committee Member
Dan Reagan is Chief Operating Officer of Reagan Partnership, LLC based in Denver, Colorado. The company actively invests in direct business opportunities locally and nationally.  Its portfolio of investments includes real estate development, property management, real estate franchising, petroleum exploration and production, and beverage brokerage businesses. Prior to founding Reagan Partnership, Dan worked in Advanced Programs and Strategic Planning for Lockheed Martin’s Astronautics Group here in Denver, Colorado. He was responsible for Technology Integration and the administration of the Astronautics Group’s Independent Research & Development program. He joined Lockheed Martin in 1984 and played a role in a number of the companies businesses and technical operations.  Dan graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. degree in Industrial Construction Management in 1982.

Patsy Hunt – Denver Public Schools Appointee 
With an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Denver, Patricia (Patsy) Hunt has had an interesting career that has alternated between professional Non-Profit Development work and various entrepreneurial endeavors. She has been both Executive and Development Director of such organizations as Spaces, Inc, The New Gallery of Contemporary Art, The Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, and The Denver School of the Arts. And as the owner of Vitesse Enterprises, she has managed the businesses of a professional race car driver, a commercial photographer, and a world-class equestrian; has overseen the renovation/restoration/repurposing of historically significant commercial and residential properties; and has been involved in several successful retail and real estate ventures. Patsy also is the proud mother of a grown son who is both a professional chef and the Executive Director of the Louderthanwords Dance Theater, and of talented teenaged twins who both attend the School of the Arts.

Jayne Buck – Visit Denver Appointee
Jayne Buck has served as Vice President of Tourism for VISIT DENVER, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, since 1999. Prior to coming to Denver, Jayne served as Director of Tourism for St Paul Convention & Visitors Bureau in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is responsible for all leisure marketing efforts for Denver, both domestically and internationally. She implements an annual $3 million+ consumer marketing campaign and also handles cultural tourism, multicultural tourism, GLBT efforts and international marketing initiatives. Within cultural tourism marketing efforts, Jayne oversees the Denver 365 online event calendar and the DENVER2for1TIX program. Both of these programs provide free marketing opportunities for arts organizations of all sizes in metro Denver. She has been involved in local arts organizations including serving on the Cherry Creek Arts Festival Board of Directors (serving as Chair in 2010), the Denver Theater District Board and the Mayor’s Commission on Cultural Affairs. Jayne’s hobbies include partaking of Denver’s theater, dance, art galleries, etc., as well as jewelry making and visiting her 5 young grandchildren.

Steven Chavez - Arts & Venues Appointee
Steven Chavez graduated from Colorado State University and the University of Colorado School of Law. Chavez has practiced law for thirty-four years. He prosecuted violations of federal environmental laws for several years at the US Environmental Protection Agency before taking a position at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office as an Assistant Attorney General where he worked for 17 years. Chavez also served as a First Assistant General under then Attorney General Ken Salazar. Chavez left the Attorney General’s Office to become the Director of Human Resources at the Colorado Department of Transportation. Recently, Chavez had the opportunity to serve as the Director of Civil Rights Enforcement for the State of Colorado. He assisted in enforcing Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination laws for seven years. He served on the Lt. Governor’s Indian Commission and Governor’s Pay Equity Commission as Civil Rights Director. Chavez serves on the boards of directors of many non-profit organizations and is currently the Co-chair of the Mayor’s Latino Commission.

Chavez has been a stage actor appearing in local productions for several theater companies. He has appeared in many print and commercial projects, including industrial films. He has a Bachelor of Science degree and is an avid photographer, astrophotographer and astronomer. 

Lee Gash-Maxey
Denver native, Lee Kathryn Gash-Maxey is an award-winning producer with more than 30 years of experience in cable, film and television production, production management, marketing, and business management. She is a founding partner of Three Sistahs, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.  She has served on the Education Advisory Council for Denver Public Schools, the Task Force for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Five Points Media Center Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Shaka Franklin Foundation Luncheon. Lee graduated from Colorado State University, where she studied Speech and Theater Arts/Radio and Television Production.  She resides in Denver, CO with her husband, Thomas Maxey.

Peter J. Kirsch
Peter J. Kirsch is a founding partner with the law firm of Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell, with offices in Denver and Washington, DC.  In his practice, he most often represents local governments in environmental and land use negotiations and litigation concerning major public infrastructure projects   Outside his law practice, Mr. Kirsch has served on numerous charitable and not-for-profit boards. From 2004-2010, he served on the Board of Trustees of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, whose Board he chaired from 2006 to 2008.  From 2005-2012, he served on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art – Denver.  Mr. Kirsch currently chairs the Board of Directors of Conservation Colorado and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Colorado Advisory Board of the Trust for Public Land.  Mr. Kirsch has an active interest in governance of not-for-profit organizations and has assisted many organizations in leadership transitions of their executive directors and in mergers. He served as outside general counsel to Friends of the Earth in the early 1990s and advised the organization in its merger with two other environmental advocacy organizations.  A native of Washington, DC, Mr. Kirsch lives in Denver with his wife and three sons, all of whom have been educated in the Denver Public Schools.

Sarah Wolfgram
Sarah Wolfgram has more than 15 years of experience in fundraising and marketing for nonprofit organizations and earned a Master’s in Nonprofit Management. Art, music, theatre and dance were key pieces of Sarah’s childhood, and now that she has a young daughter, she sees in her the same fascination with movement and sound.  It is not just the enjoyment of the arts that Sarah is passionate about, but the way the arts can be a place of connection, healing and transformation for communities who are oppressed or in need. Sarah believes that having a variety of community-based cultural programs and opportunities contributes to the vibrant community that makes Denver so special. Sarah also serves on the board of directors for the Young Philanthropists Foundation, which gives kids the power to change the world through philanthropy and volunteerism, and the National Philanthropy Day steering committee.



DENVER SCFD Tier III Administration

Tariana Navas-Nieves
Director, Cultural Affairs
Denver Arts & Venues

Nancy M Sarka
Senior Program Manager
303.860.0588, ext. 112

DCCC Liaison List 

William Chan
Centro Cultural Mexico dba Mexican Cultural Center
Cherry Creek Theatre
City Park Jazz
Colorado Watercolor Society
Denver Urban Gardens   
Denver Young Artists Orchestra  
Kim Olson/Sweet Edge
Su Teatro   

Don Eberle
cm Dance
Curious Theatre Company
Denver Municipal Band
Downtown Denver Arts Association dba Larimer Arts Association
Kim Robards Dance   
Louder than Words Dancetheatre
Mercury Ensemble  
TACtile Textile Arts Center
VSA Colorado  

Open position
Colorado Friends Old Time Music/Dance  
Colorado Photographic Arts Center
Colorado Theatre Guild
Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras
Fiesta Colorado  
Four Mile Historic Park
Stories on Stage  
The Bug Performance & Media Arts Center
Think 360 Arts

Jayne Buck
American Guild of Organists
Ballet Ariel   
Colorado Youth Pipe Band
Environmental Learning for Kids   
Friends of Arts Street   
Junior Symphony Guild dba Inside the Orchestra   
Rocky Mountain Arts Association
The Denver Brass
The Harmony Project
Peter Kirsch

Baroque Chamber Orchestra
Bluff Lake Nature Center
Cherry Creek Dance dba 7 Dancers
Denver March PowWow
Denver Rail Heritage Society
Governors Residence Preservation Fund
TEPE dba The Playground
Up Close and Musical

Lee Gash-Maxey
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival
Columbine Chorale
CORE New Arts Space
Denver Firefighters Museum
Hannah Kahn Dance Company
Harmony - A Colorado Chorale
National Honor Band dba Colorado Honor Band
Rocky Mountain Children’s Choir
Sound of the Rockies

Patsy Hunt
Augustana Arts
Denver Turnverein Chorus dba One World Singers
Egyptian Study Society  
Lighthouse Writers Workshop   
Mountain Chamber Music Society  
Museo de las Americas
St. Martin’s Chamber Choir
The Urban Farm at Stapleton

Dan Reagan 
Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave
Chicano Arts Humanities Council   
Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts
Denver Philharmonic Orchestra  
EDGE Gallery   
Empire Lyric Players  
Rocky Mountain Ringers 

Open Position
Art from Ashes  
Asian Art Coordinating Council   
Buntport Theatre
Colorado Hebrew Chorale
Friends of Chamber Music  
Historic Denver dba Molly Brown House Museum
Mile High Freedom Band
New Dance Theatre dba Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Steven Chavez
Alliance Francaise
Art Students League of Denver   
ASIFA - Colorado
Colorado Chamber Players
Colorado Chorale   
Denver Architectural Foundation
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
Mostly Strauss Orchestra dba Denver Pops Orchestra   
The Spirituals Project