Denver County Cultural Council

Denver Arts & Venues is now accepting applications to fill three vacancies on the Denver County Cultural Council.

The cultural council 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.

The Denver County Cultural Council is comprised of 11 voting members. Three are ex-officio, representing citywide organizations, and eight are community representatives selected from interested applicants. The vacancy is for a 2-, 3-, or 4-year term, renewable for an additional term, up to a maximum of six years.

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. 

Sarabeth Berk
Sarabeth Berk is an artist/researcher/teacher, which means she works across the intersections of disciplines.  Currently, she is the Innovation Program Manager in the Imaginarium- the innovation lab of Denver Public Schools.  Sarabeth has a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies and Teaching and attended Rhode Island School of Design for Art & Design Education.  As an educator, she has taught all ages in public, private, and community settings, but her current work and passion involves sourcing and guiding grassroots innovation to disrupt and transform educational paradigms.  Outside of work, Sarabeth is an art and culture enthusiast, attending events and openings near and far, and she loves skiing, running, yoga, and anything that involves being in the mountains.

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.

Leah Horn
Leah Horn serves as the director of marketing and communications and legal manager for WESTAF (The Western States Arts Federation). She creates and directs marketing initiatives for earned-income projects; develops communication strategies for cultural policy objectives; oversees public relations efforts and publications; manages the organization's annual cultural policy symposium, arts leadership and advocacy seminar, and related meetings; and handles legal contracts and service agreements. Prior to her work at WESTAF, Horn managed a Congressional campaign in Wisconsin and served as an administrator at a law firm in Arizona. She has worked in a number of management roles, including product development for an international sports apparel company and visual merchandising for an American multinational clothing and accessories retailer. Horn has served on grant panels for Colorado Creative Industries and as a reader for the NEA’s Challenge America grant program. She has a background in performing arts, having studied classical ballet and flute and piccolo for more than a decade. Horn received dual bachelor’s degrees in sociology and journalism–media studies from the University of Colorado Boulder and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in communication at the University of Colorado Denver.

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