Mike Dino, Board Chair
Senior Policy Advisor, Squire Patton Boggs, LLP
Mike Dino is a Colorado native and government affairs specialist and has 23 years of experience advising public sector clients on matters pertaining to local, state and federal governments. He assists clients in developing and implementing strategies that help them achieve their policy objectives with public officials. Mr. Dino focuses primarily on relationship development activities, network building and issues management. He works extensively with local government clients, counseling them on funding and partnering opportunities with federal government agencies.
From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Dino was the CEO of the Denver Convention Host Committee where he headed up a team that raised $55 million, managed 14,000 volunteers, and produced events hosting 50,000 Democratic National Convention guests. He served as a senior aide to Denver Mayor Wellington Webb from 1991 to 1997. He is also a political campaign expert, having been a top executive or advisor in local, state and national campaigns. In 2003, Mr. Dino was the campaign chair for Denver’s mayor, John Hickenlooper. In 2006, he was a campaign advisor to Colorado Governor, Bill Ritter, and participated in the transition team for information technology matters.
Meg Lafave, Chief of Staff
Meg Lafave is the Chief of Staff to Kent Thiry. For the past four years, Meg worked at DaVita in a variety of capacities, including as a Manager of Patient Education, Director of Revenue Strategy and most recently as Chief of Staff to Kent, and now works with Kent on projects in the community focused on healthcare, education, good government and conservation. Prior to DaVita, Meg started her career in education, first as a teacher in Denver Public Schools with Teach For America and then as Director of Human Capital at DSST Public Schools. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with her husband, Damion, and their twin two-year-old kids, Charlotte and Cooper.
Molly Pereira, Associate Executive Director
The Colorado Dental Association
Molly Pereira is the Associate Executive Director of the Colorado Dental Association, an organization that represents approximately 70% of the licensed dentists in Colorado. She has been with the Colorado Dental Association for 15 years and oversees the association’s operations, communications, charitable programs and public health efforts including community water fluoridation advocacy. A Colorado native, she received a journalism degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder. After a short amount of time working with the media and in public relations, Molly joined the association world through the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. It was through this experience that she realized her passion for advocacy and working within the nonprofit world. In 2002, Molly came to the Colorado Dental Association, has been committed to serving the oral health community and educating the public.
Jake Williams, (ex-officio member)
Executive Director, The Fund for a Healthier Colorado & Healthier Colorado
Jake Williams serves as our organization’s Executive Director, in addition to serving as Executive Director for our sister 501(c)(4) organization, Healthier Colorado. Before taking these roles he served as a consultant to the Walton Family Foundation on its efforts to sustain the Colorado River, as well as to the Gill Foundation with its work to achieve LGBT legal equality. Previously, Jake was the Western Conservation Foundation’s Campaigns Director, where he activated a diversity of strategic voices including Latinos, businesses and farmers to help protect the West’s land, air and water. Before that, he led teams on legislative, electoral and healthcare advocacy campaigns for the Service Employees International Union.
Orlando Padilla, Associate Director Child & Family Access Services, Mental Health Center of Denver
Orlando Padilla, Jr. is Denver Regional Director of Shelters at Catholic Charities, where he directs the activities of Samaritan House, Women’s Emergency Shelter and Marisol Homes. Samaritan House is a program that provides community supports that include emergency women’s shelter and temporary family housing for individuals furthest from opportunity. Other services provided are case management, independent living, vocational and prevention groups. Marisol Homes provides bridge housing for single mothers and their children, while also providing clinical case management, parenting and psychoeducation groups. Formerly, he was Associate Director of Child and Family Access Services at the Mental Health Center of Denver, where he oversaw the Integrated Care, Child and Family Access and Deaf and Hard of Hearing programs.
Orlando is a Colorado Native and grew up in Trinidad Colorado. He has over 20 years of experience working with others across the lifespan in a variety of settings that include inpatient hospitals, residential facilities, as well as outpatient and community mental health. He graduated from Colorado State University in 2000 with his B.A. in Psychology and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2007 with a Master’s in Clinical Counseling. Orlando also holds the professional license of a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Rachel Kaygi, Political Advisor
Rachel Kaygi directs the political operations of a donor invested in Colorado and national politics. Rachel’s responsibilities include campaign development, election research, and the evaluation of political investments. She has 20 years of experience working in politics, including think tanks, the state legislature, and political campaigns. Rachel’s built her expertise in political management, navigating and building complex projects from the ground up.
Having moved to Colorado at the age of 3, Rachel considers herself a native, graduating from CU Boulder with a degree in international affairs. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two children and, in her spare time, enjoys traveling with the family.