Class of 2009


Livingston Fellowship Program 2009 Fellows, from left to right: Charles Shimanski, Greg Carpenter, Christine Marquez-Hudson, Jay Grimm and Gretchen Van De Carr


Greg Carpenter

General Director
Opera Colorado

Greg Carpenter was appointed the General Director of Opera Colorado in 2007. Opera Colorado is a premier regional opera company, setting exceptional artistic standards for excellence with classic and innovative productions. Prior to joining Opera Colorado, Greg worked as the Manager of Development with the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. He received a Bachelor of Music from Wittenburg University and a Master of Music from Michigan State University. With his fellowship he hopes to expand his understanding of the various business aspects of management, leadership strategies, and how to better connect himself and his organization to local communities. He plans to create mentorships with opera industry leaders, participate in an executive education program, and study best practices from other successful performing arts organizations.


Jay Grimm

Executive Director
The Denver Indian Center

Jay Grimm became the Executive Director of The Denver Indian Center in 2008. The Denver Indian Center, Inc. serves a diverse group of tribes, from the Southwest and the Northern and Southern Plains, by providing economic stabilization, education, security, and cultural preservation. Jay has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Metropolitan State College of Denver. He worked previously with the Casey Family Programs, JVA Consulting, and the National Indian Health Board. His fellowship plans include producing a paper or book documenting the unification of diverse communities, and traditional versus progressive community leadership concepts. Jay expects to learn and collect data for this work from the non-Native and Native communities. Additionally, he plans to attend trainings and educational programs to expand his understanding and to incorporate cutting-edge practices in leadership, management and community development strategies.


Christine Marquez-Hudson

CEO and Executive Director
Mi Casa Resource Center

Christine Marquez-Hudson was appointed as the CEO and Executive Director of the Mi Casa Resource Center in 2008. Mi Casa provides education, career counseling and business development services to Latino individuals and families. Previously, she worked at JVA Consulting, the Piton Foundation, the Gill Foundation, and as a teacher in Costa Rica. Christine received her Master of Nonprofit Management degree from Regis University, where she was a Colorado Trust Fellow, and received her Bachelors degree in Political Science from UCLA. With her fellowship, Christine plans to attend executive leadership programs and expand her network by visiting similar organizations in Wisconsin, Texas and California. She hopes to become a more effective leader by deepening her understanding of how to influence public policy, build collaborations, and achieve positive change in her organization and the nonprofit sector.


Charles Shimanski

American Red Cross – Washington, D.C.

Charley Shimanski was appointed CEO of the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter in 2008.  Prior to the local Red Cross, he served as the President/CEO of Colorado Nonprofit Association and Executive Director of American Alpine Club.  Charley resigned from the Mile High Chapter in July 2010 to accept a position at the American Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, D.C.


Gretchen Van De Carr

Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps

Gretchen Van De Carr is the founding Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. Established in Steamboat Springs in 1999, this organization links youth and young adults to community, education and the environment through meaningful service experiences. Gretchen’s prior work includes serving as a consultant for Youth Corps, directing a teen center, supervising a youth program in Argentina, and working as an environmental engineer. She has a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University. Gretchen’s fellowship plans include advancing her leadership skills with an executive coach and learning from futurists who have engaged stakeholders to change their communities. Through site visits and interviews with other leaders, she plans to expand her understanding of best practices and gain skills related to building youth-serving coalitions.