Philanthropy & Advisory Council

Mission of CU Physical Therapy: 
The University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program leads discovery and innovation to improve movement, participation, health, and wellness for individuals and society through excellence in education, research, clinical care, and service.

History and Purpose of the Council: 
Originally established in 2012 as the Scholarship and Endowment Advisory Board, this committee has helped boost the CU PT Program’s visibility nationwide and supported its efforts, in partnership with the CU Foundation, to establish an endowment that now surpasses more than $3 million in assets.

As the scope and purpose of this group evolved, the new purpose of the council is to provide strategic advice to the Director of the CU PT Program on matters such as program priorities, stakeholder engagement, strategic initiatives, and philanthropic partnerships that will benefit the future of the CU Physical Therapy Program.

Members of the council serve as philanthropic partners and community ambassadors for the CU PT Program in the public realm. The board champions CU PT in the professional, social, and civic settings. The council is made up of university leadership, alumni, program staff and health care professionals, and other industry leaders who care deeply about the physical therapy profession and the future of health care. 

Criteria for Appointment/Selection:

  • Interest in, or demonstrated history of, supporting the CU Physical Therapy or another closely aligned program at the University of Colorado. 
  • Local, state or national reputation in a profession; particular emphasis will be made in cases where physical therapy, health care, or closely related industry are of particular focus. 
  • Successful record of business leadership from the Denver metro area, Colorado, and other mid-western or western state.
  • Demonstrated engagement or past charitable support for the Physical Therapy Program or other unit of the University of Colorado.
  • Alumni, grateful patients, donors, retired faculty, philanthropic leaders, or others known to the program.
  • Talent and a record of success in reaching collaborative relationships with other organizations of interest.
  • Commitment to and engagement in philanthropy.

Facts

Year Founded: 2012

Number of board members: Maximum of 25 members 

Leadership Structure: Chairperson as recommended by the director of the program and voted upon by the sitting members of the board.

Length of Term: 3 years with the opportunity to serve two terms 

Length of Term for Chair: 1 year with the opportunity to serve two terms; not to exceed 3 years total.

Meeting Frequency: No more than 3 times per year; with at least one in-person meeting to coincide with the annual scholarship recognition event and another virtual meeting.

Effective: Upon adoption

Philanthropic Commitment: CU PT should be one of your top 5 philanthropic priorities; donated at least $2,500 or more per year for the benefit of CU PT. 

Staffing: CU PT Administrative Staff w/ Support from other Departments

Scholarship & Endowment Board Leadership

Voting Members

Board Chair

Andrew Levy, PT, DPT, MBA
Co-Founder, Managing Member and COO, TMS Center of Colorado, LLC
Alumnus, Class of 1977

 

Karen Aarestad, PhD, MBA
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Office of Advancement

Venu Akuthota, MD
Professor and Chair, University of Colorado Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

David Bruton
Alumnus, Class of 2021

Kenda Fuller, PT
Alumna, Class of 1979

Robyn Gisbert, PT, DPT
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy Program
Alumna, Class of 1994

Linda Hannen, PT, MHS
Former Faculty, Physical Therapy Program
Alumna, Class of 1970
Michael Harris-Love, PT, MPT, DSc, FGSA
Associate Dean of Physical Therapy Education, Joanne Posner-Mayer Endowed Chair in Physical Therapy
Investigator, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
George G. "Buck" Hutchison
Chairman and CEO, Hutchison Incorporated
Travis Leiker, MPA

Senior Director of Development, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Office of Advancement
Amy McDevitt, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Program

Joanne Posner-Mayer, PT
Founder and CEO, Ball Dynamics International and FitBALL
Alumna, Class of 1973

Martha Schram, PT
President, Aegis Therapies
Alumna, Class of 1970

Brian Smith, MHA
Senior Associate Dean for Finance, University of Colorado School of Medicine


Emeritus Board Chairs

Pat Grant, Former Chair
Former President & CEO, NWSST Emeritus Member

Colleen Kigin, PT, DPT, FAPTA
Former Chief of Staff, Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology
Alumna, Class of 1970
Chair Emerita

Joel Larmore, PT, Former Chair
President & CEO, RehabVisions
Alumnus, Class of 1970

Emeritus Board Members

Sue Anschutz-Rodgers
Chair and President, Anschutz Family Foundation

Dean Hasse, PT, ANMT
President and Owner, Cherry Creek Wellness Center

Timothy Loar, PT, DPT 
Account Manager, Teneo Health
President, Physical Therapy Alumni Association
Alumnus, Class of 2016

Vic Patel, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon, UCHealth Spine Center

​Margaret Schenkman, PT, DPT, FAPTA
Former Physical Therapy Program Director

Matt Wagner
Vice President, Ogilvy

Supporting Members 


Vonelle Kelly, MTS
Administrator, Physical Therapy Program

Zachary Noriega, MPA
Communication Program Manager, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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