Eric, Vice President of Environmental & Regulatory Affairs at Slawson Companies Inc., has been in the oil and gas industry for 21 years. Eric owned and operated his own oil and gas regulatory compliance company in Wyoming for 7 years. He has served in various leadership roles with his previous company, including being the Newfield Foundation’s Rocky Mountain representative for 5 years. Through this foundation, Eric learned about and became involved with Growing Home. He had an immediate connection and appreciation of Growing Home’s mission, dedicated staff and valuable community services. Eric and his two sons have been volunteering at Growing Home over the past three years. He continues to be passionate about local organizations and programs that support families in need and help children live healthy and successful lives.
Bev Bishop, Board Chair
Bev Bishop, happily retired since 2006, is active in the community of Westminster, and lives about six blocks from Growing Home’s offices. Besides volunteering at the food pantry several days a week for the last four years, she is also a member of the City of Westminster’s Inclusivity Board, and was previously on the Parks, Recreation, and Library Board, as well as the Adams County Cultural Council. Never having had children herself, Bev feels a strong commitment to contributing to Growing Home, whose mission provides her a way of giving back to the community. During her paid working years, Bev worked in several occupations, including being a teacher, bookstore manager, secretary, and 24 years as a human resources professional.
William Marquez, Treasurer
William and his family have been involved with Growing Home for the past 10 years. They were introduced to Growing Home when their church participated in the Holiday Adopt a Family Program and William’s wife Kathy has volunteered at Growing Home’s Food Bank since that time. William’s family has developed a strong bond with the dedicated Growing Home Staff and they continue to support the annual Holiday Adopt a Family Program. William grew up in northern New Mexico. He has a BS and MS degree in Industrial Engineering and has lived in the north Denver metro area for 25 years. He is a Senior Manufacturing Manager at Amgen specializing in Operational Excellence and has worked in the Pharmaceutical industry in Colorado for 20 years. William loves sports, traveling, and spending time with his family. Kathy and William have three children; Amanda 26, Ryan 24, and Devin 18.
Mary Ellen Litzau, Secretary
Mary Ellen Litzau is a retired Colorado native who enjoys cooking, painting, traveling and spending time with friends and family. Mary Ellen first became involved with Growing Home many years ago through the Adopt-A-Family program and the Canopy program through her church. She became more involved with Growing Home on a weekly basis following retirement in 2013 by doing office tasks, serving as an Ambassador and as a member of the Sustainability Committee. Prior to retirement, she worked in credit unions as a human resource professional and served on various committees and boards in the industry. Mary Ellen is passionate about meeting basic needs of food and shelter for families and more importantly helping others move beyond their current circumstances to a more stable environment.
Bev BishopBoard Chair
Eric SundbergVice Chair
V.P. of Environmental & Regulatory Affairs, Slawson Companies, Inc.
Kathleen is the recently retired Pastoral Nurse Coordinator at St. Anthony North Hospital, and holds her RN, BSN, and MSN. She supports the mission of the hospital through services in the communities surrounding St. Anthony North; targeting those who are elderly, underserved, uninsured, disenfranchised or at-risk, and promoting wellness as a lifestyle. Kathleen has served Growing Home and the Board of Directors in a variety of ways over the years, most currently as Treasurer of the Board. Kathleen has been a Host Site Coordinator for the Interfaith Shelter Program, a committee member, active volunteer, and helped establish the Med Van Program that provides health services for Growing Home Families. When Kathleen is not working, she enjoys time with her husband Gregg and their two dogs. High on her list of favorites are reading, baking, snowshoeing, and exploring the endless beauty of Yellowstone.
Bill has been involved with Growing Home since he moved to Denver in 2009. Over the last 9+ years, he has participated in numerous drives and volunteer opportunities as well as serving on the Programs and Sustainable Funding committees and being a member of the Building Homes Society. Bill has a passion for Growing Home’s dual-generation mission of helping families build the tools and resources needed to break the cycle of poverty. Prior to setting his roots in Colorado, he grew up in the border city of Laredo, TX and studied at Texas A&M University and The University of Texas School of Law. Bill currently leads the DJ Basin Long Term Planning Land and GIS Team at Occidental Petroleum. Additionally, he has previously served on the Board of the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen in various roles including President from 2014-2015.
Kay is the Associate Executive Director of Finance at National Institute for Trail Advocacy, a national not-for-profit organization located in Boulder. She spent nearly 10 years of her career as an auditor and consultant, working primarily with governmental and not-for-profit entities and another 17 years working in management of not-for-profit organizations. Kay loves Growing Home because she has a passion for assisting families as they struggle with some of the issues life dishes out, and understands some of the area challenges since she and her husband raised their family in old Westminster. She also serves on the Editorial Board of the Colorado Society of CPA’s News Account. Outside of work, she recently earned a 2nd degree black belt in karate and runs occasional half marathons. She shares a home with her husband, and enjoys frequent visits with kids and grandkids.
Carmen Atilano, Board Member
bio coming soon
Bill GonzalezBoard Member
Land Manager – DJ Basin, Occidental Petroleum
Kay DragonBoard Member
Associate Executive Director, Finance, National Institute for Trail Advocacy (NITA)
Carmen AtilanoBoard Member
Manager of Neighborhood Relations, Urban Land Conservancy
Faith Community Nurse Coordinator, St. Anthony Hospital North Health Campus (retired)