With headquarters in Longmont, Colorado, the Voqal team brings a wide array of experience and talent to the diverse menu of initiatives and programs it offers.
A public media advocate for 40 years, John has founded community radio and television stations and brought wireless broadband services to cities throughout the United States. In 1980, John founded KBDI-TV in the Denver area, now known as CPT12. In 1983, he started what is now called Voqal — five non-profit organizations that obtained licenses in the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) band. Utilizing the organizations’ spectrum, commercial operator Clearwire, now a Sprint subsidiary, delivers 4G wireless broadband to most major U.S. cities. In exchange for the use of this spectrum, Clearwire provides the Voqal organizations with royalties, which they allocate to their operations and grant-making efforts. In 1995, John started Free Speech TV, a Denver-based progressive TV network which is seen on DISH Network, DirecTV, Roku and the web. John lives in Boulder, CO.
Vinny BadolatoEducation Program Director
Vinny BadolatoEducation Program Directorvbadolato@voqal.org
As Voqal’s education program director, Vinny is responsible for building the strategies, processes, systems and relationships that will build the Education Venture Fund’s investor community, deal flow and successful investments. Prior to joining Voqal, Vinny worked over 10 years for nonprofit and educational organizations. Most recently, he worked as the Merage Foundations’ Strategic Partnerships Director where he identified, cultivated and executed development and partnership opportunities for the foundations to maximize social impact in the areas of early childhood development. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY — and a product of NYC public schools — Vinny earned a bachelor’s in history at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a master’s in education foundations, policy and practice at the University of Colorado-Boulder. An accomplished speaker and author, he has published numerous research reports, articles and book chapters. Vinny joined Voqal in 2016.
Cassie BairChief Business Development Executive, Mobile Citizen
Cassie BairChief Business Development Executive, Mobile CitizenCBair@voqal.org
Cassie is the chief business development executive of Voqal’s Mobile Citizen initiative, which aims to bridge the digital divide with affordable technology. Cassie has over 15 years of experience in nonprofit and start-up organizations. Most recently, Cassie served as the vice president of marketing and strategic partnerships at Mobile Accord, a private sector company, where she implemented national and international business strategy in the text for social good industry. She holds a Master of Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder in integrated marketing communications and a Bachelor of Science from Appalachian State University in applied communications. Cassie currently resides in Longmont with her husband, daughter and wonder mutt. Cassie joined Voqal in 2014.
Hazel BolsoverController, Voqal Nonprofits
Hazel BolsoverController, Voqal Nonprofitshbolsover@voqal.org
As the controller for the Voqal nonprofits, Hazel is the financial liaison for all programs that run through the Voqal nonprofit companies. Prior to joining Voqal, Hazel primarily worked in construction accounting, including working with companies that built DIA and Coors Field! Hazel has an associate’s degree in accounting and served as a national director of the National Association of Women in Construction. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and cheering for her beloved Broncos. Hazel joined Voqal in 2002.
Kim BubonExecutive Assistant
Kim BubonExecutive Assistant
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Michele ChristiansenProgram Officer
Michele ChristiansenProgram Officermchristiansen@voqal.org
Michele is program officer for Voqal and is responsible for strategy development, implementation, management and evaluation of the grantmaking program. Prior to joining Voqal, as operations manager for the Colorado Health Institute, she was responsible for building and overseeing the fiscal management and overall operations from the startup phase through their growth into an organization with a $2 million budget and over 20 employees. Michele graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in marketing and international business. When not working, Michele is the ringmaster of a three-ring circus that features her three sons. She loves live music and spending time outdoors with family and friends. Michele joined Voqal in 2012.
Mary ColemanProgram Manager, Grants and Fellowships
Mary ColemanProgram Manager, Grants and Fellowships
As manager of the grant and fellowship programs at Voqal, Mary oversees the workflow, ensuring equitable practices at each stage, and evaluates the programs to inform strategy shifts and pivots. Mary comes to Voqal with 10 years of experience working with nonprofits and communities around the world to design and implement strategic programs. She brings a passion for serving community and reimagining systems that center justice, not unfairness. Mary most recently worked as program manager for Susan G. Komen Colorado. She graduated from the University of Denver with a Master of Arts in International Administration and from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. Mary is an avid reader of science fiction (Octavia Butler is a new favorite), nonfiction and news. She also enjoys traveling, hiking and hanging with her family. Mary joined Voqal in 2018.
Mark ColwellDirector of Telecommunications Strategy
Mark ColwellDirector of Telecommunications Strategymcolwell@voqal.org
As the director of telecommunications strategy, Mark is responsible for guiding Voqal’s efforts to shape public policy at the federal, state and local level. Prior to joining Voqal, Mark served for nearly a decade as a policy advisor in the United States Congress where he was a leader on telecommunications, technology, spectrum and federal IT issues. In addition, Mark served as a senior business analyst at DISH Network where he helped purchase and integrate technology to improve the customer experience. Mark recently earned his master’s degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder’s Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program where he was selected as the top graduate in his class. Mark joined Voqal in 2018.
Kathy EngelOffice Manager
Kathy EngelOffice Managerkengel@voqal.org
As office manager, Kathy is responsible for managing office services and administrative support for the office and assisting with Voqal’s accounting. When she is not working, she enjoys working out, riding her bike, camping with her family, and playing with her 2 wonderful grandsons. A little-known fact about Kathy is she is a pretty good artist and has an education degree with an art minor. Kathy joined Voqal in 2016.
Molly FohnAnchor Institutions Program Manager, Mobile Citizen
Molly FohnAnchor Institutions Program Manager, Mobile Citizenmfohn@voqal.org
Molly is the anchor institutions program manager for Voqal’s Mobile Citizen initiative. Molly has worked in educational advocacy and outreach for her entire career. She has worked with underserved students in Austin and Central America, consulted for edtech startups in Boston and addressed the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. She is a proud Texan but is happy to call Colorado her new home. She holds her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin and loves traveling, live music and finding the perfect taco. Molly joined Voqal in 2016.
Barbara HunterChief Financial Officer
Barbara HunterChief Financial Officerbhunter@voqal.org
As Voqal’s CFO, Barbara is responsible for the financial stewardship of Voqal. Barbara has nearly 20 years of senior level experience at a mix of corporate, educational and nonprofit organizations. Most recently, Barbara served as the chief financial officer for Susan G. Komen Colorado, an organization dedicated to research, prevention and finding a cure for breast cancer. Barbara holds an MBA in finance and a bachelor’s degree in international business, both from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Barbara is an outdoor enthusiast, loves to travel and expresses her creative side with pottery, glasswork and fabric arts. Barbara joined Voqal in 2017.
John KennedySales Manager, Mobile Citizen
John KennedySales Manager, Mobile Citizenjkennedy@voqal.org
John joined Voqal’s Mobile Citizen initiative in 2011. He is primarily responsible for developing Mobile Citizen’s nonprofit partners efforts. John joined Voqal from the private sector and has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of San Francisco. In his spare time he reads and suffers many tennis defeats.
Adam MillerChief Executive Officer
Adam MillerChief Executive Officeramiller@voqal.org
Adam oversees the principal operations and business activities administered at Voqal ensuring they are consistent with Voqal’s strategy and mission. He also provides strategic leadership to all areas of the organization by working with the Voqal President and senior leadership to establish and achieve short and long-range business goals, strategies, plans and policies. Prior to joining Voqal, Adam was the volunteer coordinator for Special Olympics Texas and also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer in Manor, TX implementing literacy programs. Adam holds a bachelor’s degree from Sewanee. When not playing with his family, Adam is riding his bike. Adam joined Voqal in 2001.
Kristen PerryChief Communications Officer
Kristen PerryChief Communications Officerkperry@voqal.org
Kristen is responsible for setting and guiding the strategy for all Voqal communications. Prior to joining Voqal, Kristen developed and implemented marketing and communication strategies for various organizations from the traditional world of banking to the emerging world of digital products. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Butler University and a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from the University of Colorado. Kristen joined Voqal in 2013.
Lisa ReedVice President of Finance, Mobile Citizen
Lisa ReedVice President of Finance, Mobile Citizenlreed@voqal.org
As Mobile Citizen’s Vice President of Finance, Lisa is responsible for financial management of the Mobile Citizen initiative. Prior to joining Mobile Citizen, Lisa was the controller for a manufacturing firm and a process engineering firm. She started her public accounting career with Grant Thornton immediately upon graduating with a master’s and bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of South Florida. Lisa is a registered CPA. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring her new home state of Colorado with her husband, maintaining her foodie status, taking in the arts and traveling. Lisa joined Voqal in 2016.
Julie ReindersChief Human Resources Officer
Julie ReindersChief Human Resources Officerjreinders@voqal.org
As chief human resources officer, Julie is responsible for leading Voqal’s overall human resource strategy and people operations. Julie has over 20 years of experience working with, for-profit and non-profit, social impact organizations. Prior to joining Voqal, Julie worked at a large nationally-recognized community health clinic dedicated to providing healthcare to underserved populations. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin. Julie loves the outdoors, traveling to exotic countries, and yoga. Julie joined Voqal in 2014.
As accountant, Anita’s responsibilities include all aspects of maintaining Voqal’s accounting records and Fidelity Investments. Prior to joining Voqal, she worked for a car dealership as an Accounting Manager and before moving to Colorado was controller for a nonprofit company for over 16 years. Anita received an associate degree from Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City, Missouri and has worked in the accounting field for over 30 years. When not working she enjoys living on her ranch and taking care of her horses and cattle and loves to be outdoors as much as possible. Anita joined Voqal 2019.
Becky SchottDirector of Accounting and Office Administration
Becky SchottDirector of Accounting and Office Administrationbschott@voqal.org
As director of accounting and office administration, Becky is responsible for running Voqal’s business office. Prior to joining Voqal, Becky honed her skills in various accounting and business manager positions at Celestial Seasonings, American Educational Company and Gunpark Management. Becky received an associate’s degree in accounting from Front Range Community College and has over 30 years of accounting experience. When not working, she enjoys volunteering, reading and spending time with her family. Becky joined Voqal in 2009.
Mardelle ThompsonCustomer and Vendor Care Manager, Mobile Citizen
Mardelle ThompsonCustomer and Vendor Care Manager, Mobile Citizenmthompson@voqal.org
Mardelle is the Customer and Vendor Care Manager for Mobile Citizen. Mardelle has worked in IT, purchasing and shipping and receiving for over 15 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Information Technology from Colorado Technical University. She loves to ride her trike, fish and hang out with her fur baby Oreo. Mardelle joined Voqal in 2017.
Mike WalkerAssistant Controller
Mike WalkerAssistant ControllerMWalker@voqal.org
As Assistant Controller, Mike is responsible for payroll, Independent Spectrum, and various accounting duties for the five non-profits. Prior to joining Voqal, Mike worked for Spyder Active Sports, Longmont YMCA, various construction companies and started off his career in public accounting. Mike graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Rider University. Mike loves to hike and explore Colorado with his dogs and tend to his vegetable garden. Mike joined Voqal in 2013.
Jered WeberDigital Engagement and Commmunity Outreach Manager
Jered WeberDigital Engagement and Commmunity Outreach Managerjweber@voqal.org
As the Digital Engagement and Community Outreach Manager, Jered Weber is responsible for directing the development and execution of comprehensive engagement strategies that effectively engage Voqal’s stakeholders through both digital and experiential outreach.
Prior to working at Voqal, Jered spent seven years as the Director of Communications at the Minnesota State University Student Association (now Students United), a student-funded and led 501(c)(3) nonprofit that advocates on behalf of the over 70,000 state university students in Minnesota at the system, state and federal levels in an attempt to keep public higher education affordable and accessible. Jered has worked extensively to promote civic engagement, access to education and other progressive causes throughout his professional and personal life including volunteering for a number of political campaigns, nonprofits and local commissions.
Jered spends his free time playing video games and going on epic adventures in the Colorado Rockies. Jered joined Voqal in 2016.
Brenda Williams-SearsDirector of Grantmaking
Brenda Williams-SearsDirector of GrantmakingBsears@voqal.org
Brenda is the director of grantmaking for Voqal and is responsible for the strategy, implementation and evaluation of Voqal’s grantmaking and fellowship programs. Prior to joining Voqal, Brenda worked with a global network of 1,700 Kellogg Fellows to promote social, economic and environmental justice. As a program officer at the Colorado Health Foundation, she envisioned, developed and managed several multi-million-dollar funding opportunities, including one to advance equity through advocacy and community organizing. Brenda is originally from Chicago and has degrees from Dartmouth College and Yale University. In her free time, she loves reading, writing and taking random classes. Brenda joined Voqal in 2018.