About Craig Hospital Foundation


Craig Hospital Foundation supports the hospital in achieving its goals through philanthropy. Operating in accordance with the philosophy of Craig Hospital, the Foundation builds lifelong relationships with contributors, raises funds and dedicates its resources to further advance the needs of Craig Hospital and those it serves.

Guided by a dedicated and civic-minded board of directors, Craig Hospital Foundation offers members of the community a number of meaningful ways to support the hospital’s work helping people rebuild their lives.

Craig Hospital Foundation Staff

Mary Feller

Mary Feller, Executive Director

Mary Feller has been in the fundraising profession for more than 30 years having worked in education organizations before joining Craig Hospital Foundation as Executive Director in 2010.  Prior to heading the Craig Foundation, she worked for Metropolitan State College, Graland Country Day School, Maryville University, Fontbonne College and Saint Louis University.  Mary currently serves as a member of the Philanthropy Commission for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.  Previously she was a member of the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Colorado and the Chair of the Board for District VI of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

Jordan Ames

Jordan Ames
Communications Manager

Jordan Ames joined the Craig Hospital Foundation in March 2013 as Communications Manager.  In this role, she leads communication strategies for the Foundation with an emphasis on donor stewardship and informing the public about the impact of gifts made to Craig.  She manages all print and electronic publications related to Foundation key messages and supports overall communication efforts and marketing for all Foundation programs.   She holds a master’s degree in Organizational and Professional Communication with an emphasis in PR and Marketing.  She brings Craig more than 11 years of communications and marketing experience within the higher education, special event and hospitality sectors.

Liz Bartlett
Philanthropy Assistant

Liz Bartlett is Philanthropy Assistant of the Craig Hospital Foundation.   Liz has a BA in Psychology from American University.   Liz has over 10 years of experience supporting executives in a non-profit organization.  Liz recently joined the Craig Hospital Foundation in August 2013.


Joseph Brucker

Joseph Brucker
Director of Sponsorship and Annual Support

Joseph Brucker is the Director of Sponsorship and Annual Support.  He cultivates philanthropic support for the mission of Craig Hospital through digital and traditional channels. Joseph holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and an undergraduate academic background in Cognitive Neuroscience. Joseph also serves on the Board of Directors of the Chanda Plan Foundation whose mission is to increase the quality of life for individuals with disabilities through integrative therapies and the Gordian Fund, a grant-making foundation composed of young philanthropists.   Joseph joined the Foundation in August of 2012.

Rebecca Griswold

Rebecca Griswold
Development Services Assistant

Becky Griswold supports the Foundation working in the database doing gift entry, acknowledgement letters, running reports, and helping maintain database integrity and functionality. She joined Craig in September 2012 and has 5+ years of fundraising experience at St. Jude Medical Center in Southern California doing similar database work along with supporting the annual giving team.  

Jacqueline Hall

Jacqueline Hall
Senior Director of Principal Gifts

Jacquie Hall is the Senior Director of Principal Gifts for the Craig Hospital Foundation.  She is responsible for working one-on-one with friends of Craig, encouraging their involvement to support world-class care for our patients and their families. Prior to coming to Craig in December 2012, Jacquie developed and implemented major gift, planned giving, and capital campaigns with the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business and College of Law and Mile High United Way, having raised over $80MM for foster care, quality childcare, transformational housing for low-income families and after-school programs.  Jacquie is the Past Chair of the Major Gifts Council United Way Worldwide and has served as an instructor and consultant for United Way and Up With People, training professionals internationally.  She is a graduate of the University of Colorado. 

Nancy Harbin

Nancy Harbin
Development and Research Analyst

Nancy Harbin was a volunteer at Craig Hospital before joining the Foundation as Development Assistant.  She transitioned into the Development and Research Analyst role in March 2014.   She has over 25 years of experience as a medical malpractice and personal injury paralegal.  Before coming to Craig Hospital, Nancy was the Development Program Manager for the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses Foundation (AORN) working on fundraising and events. 

Heather Heyd

Heather Heyd
Development Services Supervisor

Heather Hyde is responsible for management of the database, gift entry, IRS and state compliance requirements, and other development services tasks and reporting needs that support the department and business office. Heather also oversees the restricted funds budget. She moved to Colorado in 2010, having worked in fundraising, grant-making, and the technology fields in California prior to landing at Craig Hospital. 

Sue Lynch
Event and Volunteer Manager


Sue Lynch began in 1997 as Executive Assistant to former Craig President, Denny O’Malley, before becoming involved with special events.  In 2001, she began to work as a special event coordinator with the inception of the PUSH dinner.  Sue now works with a wide variety of annual events ranging from the PUSH dinner, the Sanctuary golf tournament, the Kappa Book & Author Dinner, the Belair Sporting Clays Shooting Benefit, Racing for Hope Cycling event and the Monthly Family Night Dinners.  Sue has also assisted with many other non-fundraising events such as the Frank Craig Society Luncheon, the President’s Circle Dinner, Craig Board Reunion, Liniger events, the Craig Hospital 100-Year celebration and a variety of other golf events.  Sue is a member of the PUSH Planning Committee and special liaison to the Kappa Committee.  Prior to working at Craig Hospital, Sue worked as a project coordinator and office manager for an architectural and interior design firm for seven years.

Jane Marsh

Jane Marsh
Senior Director of Philanthropy and Operations

Jane Marsh, in her role as Senior Director of Philanthropy and Operations, works one-on-one with investors who provide major gift commitments to advance the mission of Craig Hospital.  She also assists the executive director by managing staff and overseeing development services for the Foundation.  Jane has been with Craig Hospital Foundation since 2006.  Her career in nonprofit management and fundraising spans 23 years, during which time she has worked with the Community Resource Center, the Colorado Nonprofit Association, Corporation for National and Community Service and as a consulting project manager and grant writer.  Jane was selected as a Colorado Trust Fellow in 1996 where she earned her a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University.  Her undergraduate degree is from Emory University. 

Becky Plunkett
Annual Fund & Event Coordinator

As the Annual Fund and Event Coordinator at Craig Hospital Foundation, Becky is responsible for cultivating philanthropy through digital and traditional channels and supporting special events.  Becky holds a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University and serves on the Board of Directors of Street’s Hope, a nonprofit that works with women escaping human trafficking situations.  Becky joined the Foundation in January 2014.

Mary Ruffin

Executive Assistant

Mary Ruffin joined Craig Hospital Foundation in March 2014 after working seven years as an Executive Assistant at a large non-profit mental health network.  Mary also has experience in hospital, computer software and aerospace industries.  At the Foundation she assists the Executive Director, staff and the Board of Directors in various support functions.  Mary’s interests include reading, gardening, oil painting and travel.

2013-2014 Craig Hospital Foundation Board of Directors

Suzanne Arkle

Suzanne Arkle established Zann & Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in business diversity and inclusion strategies.  Prior to Zann, she was Vice President, Economic Opportunity for the Chicago Urban League, where she directed the utilization of women and minority-owned businesses on capital projects valued at $3.5 billion. Suzanne frequently speaks on the subjects of entrepreneurship, health and wellness, and inclusion strategies.  Throughout her career she has been involved with organizations that empower individuals by providing them with tools, information and access to resources. She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A in Finance/Accounting from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Peter Burg

Peter Burg

Peter Burg is a senior shareholder at Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine P.C. He has developed a national reputation as a trial lawyer handling cases involving personal injury, product liability and mass tort litigation. Peter is a passionate advocate for survivors of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. He is a past chairman of the Craig Hospital Board of Directors and continues to serve as a member of both the Craig Hospital and Craig Hospital Foundation Boards of Directors. 

Richard Graff

Richard Graff

Richard Hall, photo credit Jim Koch Digital Advantage

Richard Hall

Dick Hall has spent over thirty years in the Colorado banking and financial services industry having held senior positions with both regional and community banks in the state. He has also been involved in the start-up of a number of companies delivering financial services to banks and their clients. In addition to his business activities and work with Craig Hospital, Dick has been very connected to and passionate about the charitable side of our community. He has served as a national Director, Colorado Board member and past-chairman of Community Health Charities, is a Director Emeritus of Special Olympics Colorado and a Director Emeritus of the American Heart Association. He was selected for 50 for Colorado and for Leadership Denver and served as President of the Leadership Denver Association. He is also a past-chairman of ArtReach and is a member of the Society for Business Ethics.

Scott Hefner

Scott P. Hefner is the Denver office managing partner of Ernst & Young LLP (EY), a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. He has led the Denver office for more than seven years and has more than 26 years of experience providing a variety of professional services to clients. Scott also serves as EY's Southwest region Technology, Media and Telecommunications market segment leader.  He is a member of the board of the Boy Scouts of America Denver Area Council; a member of the American Heart Association’s Denver Heart Ball Executive Committee; a member of the Mile High United Way Donor Relations Council and past chairman of the Tocqueville Society. Scott is a Certified Public Accountant in multiple states and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an accounting emphasis from the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

Mark Honnen

Mark E. Honnen is the president and CEO of Honnen Equipment Co., a construction equipment distribution business providing heavy and light construction equipment, cranes and asphalt equipment. Mark started his career in banking with the Colorado National Bank of Denver, now U.S. Bank, in 1985 and joined the family business in 1988. He began as a territory manager and has been president of the company for eighteen years.  In the last eleven years, Mark has grown the business from three locations in Colorado to ten locations throughout Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho. Mark graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in business finance and received his MBA from the University of Denver. He serves on the board of the Boy Scouts of America Denver Area Council and is the treasurer/director of the John Deere Construction & Forestry Dealers Association of North America. 

Betsy Mangone

Betsy Mangone (Chair)

Before her retirement in 2009, Betsy Mangone was vice president of the Philanthropic Services Group for The Denver Foundation.  She was in the major gift and planned giving field for 26 years.  During that time she served as vice president of the University of Colorado Foundation and as a national and international consultant to philanthropic families, colleges and universities and other nonprofit organizations. She is a founding member and past president of the National Committee on Planned Giving (now the Philanthropic Partnership), the national organization of gift planning professionals. She served as vice chair of the American Council on Gift Annuities, the national organization providing charitable gift annuity services to charities across the country.  Betsy is an original author of the widely adopted Model Standards of Charitable Giving, which defines the ethics of planned giving professionals.  She currently serves as an Advisor to the Aspen Institute.  She also serves as a Director and Trustee of The University of Colorado Foundation and co-chairs its Development Committee; the Craig Hospital Foundation Board of Directors; The Center for Women’s Health Research Advisory Board where she serves as Chair and the Junior League of Denver Foundation Board of Trustees where she co-chairs the Planned Giving Committee.  Betsy is an Honorary Trustee of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado where she continues to serve as an advisor on philanthropic topics.  Betsy serves on American University’s School of Public Affairs Dean’s Advisory Council.  She is an active member of The Denver Foundation’s Professional Advisor Committee and the Philanthropic Services Committee.  

Nanine A. Odell

Nanine A. Odell

Nan is a First Vice President – Wealth Management and Senior Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch.  She is deeply committed to the community and serves as active member, and past president of Denver Mile High Rotary, member of the Foundation Board of Bonfils Blood Center, and Tocqueville Society member of Mile High United Way.

Jim Roddy

Jim Roddy (Treasurer)

Jim Roddy graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Commerce in 1982.  He has worked at KPMG, U.S. Bank, and Piper Jaffray before starting Bear Creek Asset Management in 2005.  At Piper Jaffray, he was the national head of institutional fixed income sales.  Bear Creek Asset Management at December 31, 2012 had $8.5 billion in assets under management. Jim currently serves on the advisory board of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.  He is also chairman of the Colorado selection committee for the Jefferson Scholars at the University of Virginia.  In the past he has served on the Foundation Board of Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Mary Schaefer

Mary Schaefer

Mary Schaefer is the retired Director of Outreach of the Webb-Waring Institute where she served for four years.  While there, she established a group of young philanthropists and oversaw a fund raising climb to Mtn. Kilimanjaro. She has served on the boards of The Gathering Place , The Webb-Waring Institue, and The Foundation Board at Craig Hospital. She has been Vice President of the Garden Club of Denver and the Program Chairman and Treasurer of The Tuesday Morning Class. Her volunteer activities have included chairing “Flowers and Art” at the Denver Art Museum , the opening of the History Colorado Center, and several Plant Sale Preview parties at the Denver Botanic Gardens.  Mary attended Kent School for Girls in Kent, Connecticut and Stanford University. She has four children, four grandchildren and is married to Hugh Rice. 

Don Scott

Don Scott

Don Scott is a founding partners of Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP and is currently a practicing trial lawyer in general commercial litigation. Born in Joliet, Illinois, Don was raised in Plainfield, Illinois. He graduated from Harvard College in 1970, Phi Beta Kappa in economics. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1973, and was a member of the Board of Editors of the Yale Law Journal. Scott joined the litigation department of Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. In 1979, he relocated to Kirkland & Ellis.’ Washington, D.C. office and, in 1991, to the firm’s Denver office. In 1993, Mr. Scott left Kirkland & Ellis to found Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP.

Mary Sissel

Mary Sissel (Redefining ROI Campaign Chair)

Retired as a law firm administrator, Mary Sissel is and has been an active community volunteer. Currently she serves as Chair of the Craig Hospital Foundation and member of the Craig Hospital Board of Directors. She served as Chair of the Center for Women’s Health Research Advisory Board at the Anschutz Medical Campus, is past Chair of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, past Chair of The Denver Foundation and former President of the Women’s Forum of Colorado.  Mary served as chair of both the Ball State University Foundation in Indiana and Front Range Community College Foundation in Westminster.   She currently serves on the CU Foundation Board of Trustees.  Mary has also served as a Director of Girl Scouts of Colorado and as a Director and Officer of Rocky Mountain PBS.