Board of Directors

The Linda's Breath Board of Directors exercises fiduciary responsibility for advancing our mission and goals in a sustainable manner through wise stewardship of all of our resources. The Board holds a public trust, to guard Linda's Breath’s integrity and to ensure that it fulfills the purposes for which it was established. The Board is responsible for approving policy, approving long-term goals, monitoring general operations, and approving the allocation of resources.

The Board is comprised of leaders who are selected based on their experience and expertise, and who have leadership stature in medicine, business, philanthropy, government, or nonprofit sectors. They contribute their time and knowledge to forwarding our mission, and have personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of Linda’s Breath beneficiaries. The Board composition includes Directors with medical, scientific, legal, and financial expertise. There are no family relationships among the Board Directors, and at least 50% of the directors must meet the requirements of independence. Currently 75% of the Directors meet the independence requirement.

The Board is designed to include diversity in gender, race, age, demographics and social responsibility to the community. The Board carries out its responsibilities by providing leadership on our strategic direction, reviewing progress toward our goals and planning for our future, ensuring our fiscal soundness, providing oversight of our management, advocating for our management, ensuring policies, offering leadership in the identification and development of philanthropic contributors, and acting as ambassadors for Linda's Breath.

The Board delegates responsibility for the day-to-day management of Linda's Breath to the Executive Director. For this reason, one of the most important responsibilities of the Board is the support of the Executive Director. The relationship of the Board and the Executive Director is a partnership, the Board serving as a trusted advisor to the Executive Director as she/he develops and implements the strategic plan of Linda’s Breath.

The Board is designed to have up to eleven Directors and an unlimited number of ex officio directors. The Board meets at a minimum three times a year, typically in February, September and December, with the December meeting also being the Annual Meeting. The meetings of the Board’s committees are held throughout the year.

The Board needs at least three more Directors, especially to meet our own compliance policies including the minimum number of Directors. Please join us or nominate someone great at this link.

Board Director

Michael W. Brown, PMP

Mr. Brown is one of the leading IT experts in the US, and is highly skilled in all phases of IT project management and the software development lifecycle. He has conceptualized, developed and managed innovative technology infrastructures, software creation and implementation for the State of Colorado and leading transportation and hospitality companies in the country and is experienced in managing multi-million dollar contracts for hardware/software development, maintenance and telecommunications systems.

Experience Summary

  • Principal, CSG Government Solutions, 2017 to present
  • President, Founding Director, International Telescope Museum, 2015 to present
  • Deputy Chief Technology Officer and Director of Major Projects, State of Colorado, 2014-2017
  • Director, Enterprise Applications Architecture, State of Colorado, 2012-2014
  • Acting Chief Technology Officer, State of Colorado, 2013-2014
  • CBMS Systems Change Manager, Governor's Office of Information Technology, State of Colorado, 2010-2012
  • Vice President of Information Systems, Peter Piper, Inc., $150M family restaurant chain, 2006-2010
  • Director, E-Commerce Initiatives, Lextron, Inc. $600M animal health corporation, 2003-2006
  • Director of Application Development, Vicorp Restaurants, $500M parent company of Village Inns and Bakers Squares, 2001-2003
  • Vice President, previously Director of IT, Yellow Transportation, LLC, 1996-2001
  • Manager, Applications Development, MHM, Inc. / Richfield Hospitality, largest independent hotel management company in North America, 1986-1996

Boards and Other Activities

  • Commissioner, Colorado Voter Access and Modernized Elections Commission
  • Excellence in Human Services Information Technology Award, 2013
  • Computerworld Honors Laureate – Collaboration, 2012
  • Member, Association of Computing Machinery
  • Member, IEEE – Computer Society
  • Member, Mensa
  • Member, Project Management Institute
  • Top-50 CIO of the West, 2009
  • Speaker, Spark-2009
  • Member, Executive Board, IT Summit 2009 and 2010
  • Member, Board of Governors, Arizona Technology Forum 2008
  • Co-Founder, Aurora Astronomical Association

Board Director

Harry W. Rhulen Esq.

Mr. Rhulen is one of those truly inspiring leaders we rarely get to meet. He is as well a gifted CEO. He is a skilled businessman, industrious, and very experienced in insurance and risk management. He will always come up with a solution to a problem, and in doing so, allow the team he is working with succeeds as a group. He is also a devoted family man with a strong sense of community. Mr. Rhulen has led several public offerings raising in excess of $350 million, and has extensive due diligence experience having participated in over 40 M&A transactions.

Experience Summary

  • President, Novume Solutions, Inc., a public holding company listed on the NASDAQ Capital Markets, holding leading professional services firms aggregating highly-specialized, difficult-to-find talent providing support services to the government contracting market company, 2017 to present
  • CEO, Firestorm Solutions, LLC, the nationally recognized leader in preparedness and crisis management, well known for helping with some of worst US crises such as managing the shooting disaster that occurred at Virginia Tech. in April 2007, and providing thought leadership catastrophic events prevention, business continuity, crisis management, and analysis of pandemics, safety, security, threats and vulnerabilities for corporations, schools and universities, 2005-2017
  • Founder, A Culture of Speed - Fast Gear for Mountain Athletes, a leading mountain sports retailer, concierge mountain guides and instruction service, 2010-2014
  • Founding Investor, Racing Development, Inc., 2006-2014
  • Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Insurance Group, Inc., a public insurance holding company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, consisting of several insurance companies specializing in niche markets within the property and casualty sectors, 1989-2006
  • Asst. General Counsel, Rhulen Agency, Inc., 1989

Boards and Other Activities

  • Board Director, American Insurance Association
  • Board Director, Council of Insurance Company Executives
  • Board Director, United General Title
  • Board Director, G & L Internet Bank
  • Member, Board of Advisors, PURSUIT Public Safety LLC
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Asset Alliance Corporation
  • Advisor, Virginia Tech, 2007
  • Quality of Human Life Award, American Red Cross
  • Co-Author, Disaster Ready People For A Disaster Ready America, 2006
  • Co-Author, two books publishing in 2018, one on pandemic planning, The Pandemic Scam— Why Plan? and the second on the governance requirement for planning Luck is Not a Strategic Plan.

Board Director

Gretchen L. Jahn

Gretchen Jahn is a highly seasoned and respected business executive and entrepreneur, with over 30 years’ entrepreneurial experience in manufacturing, software and aviation leadership, both domestic and international. She is expert in establishing high-performance teams and leading them to attain strategic goals, an expert analyst and strategist with strong focus on identifying market opportunities and trends, an adept leader and problem solver who can translate strategies into actionable plans, expert in the development of large complex software systems, and a motivating manager who builds strong relationships with employees, clients, customers and suppliers.

Experience and Activities Summary

  • President, V1 Advisors (formerly Knotridge Corporation) a consulting company providing worldwide strategic consulting services, mapping market opportunities and competitors, technology and products, management team and financial projections, and authoring business and financial plans in Internet retail, medical devices, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, software, ecommerce, banking, manufacturing, medical device, government entities, construction, distribution and aviation, 2008 to present
  • Chief Operating Officer, REMOS Aircraft, a light sport aircraft manufacturer in Pasewalk, Germany, 2010 to 2011
  • General Manager, Alpha Aviation Limited of New Zealand, a manufacturer of fully aerobatic two-seat aircraft for the international flight training market, 2007-2008
  • CEO, Mooney Airplane Company, leading aircraft manufacturing company, 2004-2006
  • Cofounder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aegis Analytical Corporation, which created software for pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturers to improve quality, yield, and demonstrate regulatory compliance, Aegis Analytical is now part of the BioVia brand of Dassault Systemes, 1995-2003
  • Principal and Vice President, Mile-High Information Services, a consulting, software development and product sales company for manufacturers regulated by the FDA, OSHA and EPA
  • Assistant Vice President, HomeAmerican Mortgage
  • Data Processing Manager, MDC Holdings, where she was responsible for establishing the data processing departments, developing custom software systems, and managing staff in branch locations in six states
  • Principal and Vice President, R. Radford & Associates
  • Senior Software Specialist, Digital Equipment Corporation

Other Activities

  • Board Director and Chairman of the Board, Aviation Community Foundation, 2016 to present
  • Board Director and Chairman of the Board, DeltaHawk Engines, 2013-2015
  • Board Director, Air Race Classic a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to encouraging and educating current and future women pilots while preserving and promoting the tradition of pioneering women in aviation, 2001-2015
  • Board Director, Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, 2010-2016
  • Board Director, International Vacuum Tube Museum, 2007 to present
  • Board Director, Mobile Applications for Connected Health, Inc.
  • Chair, Colorado Chapter of the Ninety-Nines
  • Member, Advisory Board, AeroInnovate, 2011 to present

Board Director, Board Chair, Executive Director

Charles F. Bacon

Charles Francis Bacon “Innovation Architect”, has more than 40 years of wide-ranging experience in business and technology at Board and C-suite levels, and is a leading expert in multiple fields. He has managed numerous businesses, strategic alliances and nonprofits, is a proficient corporate engineer and financial engineer, an advanced technologist, and has extensive experience across most industries. As a multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary polymath, he is equally comfortable in scientific environments and corporate boardrooms, and is the inventor or co-inventor of 60+ inventions. Mr. Bacon has worked as a business and technology advisor to more than 1,000 companies, including British Aerospace, IBM, Rockwell, Boeing, TRW, Pepsi-Cola, Hughes and General Electric, assisting clients with decisions ranging from the simplest to the most complex, ranging from start-ups to the largest multinationals, advising on projects and transactions exceeding $15 billion in market values over several decades. Specializing in comprehensive and highly creative advisory services for forward-thinking firms and individuals, he has assisted business, industry and private clients solve complex business and technology problems; acquire debt and equity capital; reduce risks, losses and exposure; and increase profits and ongoing success.

Experience Summary

  • Principal Scientist, Novum Institute, private research and education nonprofit foundation devoted to the advancement of knowledge and innovation, 1988 to present
  • Chair, Due Diligence, Inc. (originally Fraud Busters, Inc.), a pioneer in proactive fraud prevention, business diagnostics services, and management due diligence services, 1984 to present
  • President, Intelligent Information International, Inc., Computer-Aided Enterprise Management©, information technology products and services, 1993-1995
  • President, LoBa Group, holding company, M&A services, real estate portfolio, jewelry manufacturing, 1985-1989
  • President, Front Range Venture Capital, Inc., venture capital firm specializing in leading-edge innovations, 1984-1985
  • President, Colorado Innovation Center, education and knowledge organization, 1978-1984

Boards and Other Activities

  • Chair, International Telescope Museum, 2015-Present
  • Chair, International Vacuum Tube Museum, 2007-Present
  • Director, Mobile Applications for Connected Health, Colorado, 2015-2016
  • Director, Aegis Creative Communications, Colorado, 2015-2016
  • Director, Rocky Mountain Internet, Inc., Colorado, 1995-2002
  • Director, Marketing Werks, Colorado, 1999-2001
  • Director, MarketFront, Colorado, 1998-2001
  • Director, Community Webs, Inc., Colorado, 1999-2000
  • Director, Obsidian Group, Colorado, 1999-2000
  • Director, H & H Group, Colorado, 1999-2000
  • Director, V3, Inc., California, 1998-2000
  • Director, Triumph Real Estate Corporation, Colorado, 1998-2000
  • Director, Aegis Analytical Corporation, Colorado, 1996-2000
  • Director, Object Products Corporation, California, 1996-1998
  • Director, AJA Merchant Banking, Canada, 1996-1997
  • Director, Full Contact Nature Company, Inc., Colorado, 1994-1995
  • Director, First Principles, Inc., Colorado, 1991-1996
  • Director, Corda Technologies, Inc., Kansas, 1991-1995
  • Director, MBC Printing, Inc., Colorado, 1992-1994
  • Director, Croteau Holdings, Inc., Colorado, 1991-1992
  • Director, New York Rock Exchange, New York, 1987-1989
  • Director, Axiom Palace Hotels, Vancouver, Canada; Beijing, China, 1985-1987
  • Author, 448 Papers, Articles & Books
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