Livingston Fellowship Program 2011 Fellows, from left to right: Anthony Garcia, Mike Yankovich, Alyssa Kopf, Lisa Merlino, Garrett Ammon
Ballet Nouveau Colorado
Garrett Ammon began his tenure as Artistic Director of Ballet Nouveau Colorado in 2007. Since that time, BNC has garnered national attention and praise for its innovative work. He has forged partnerships and collaborative works with a wide variety of artists and cultural organizations. Garrett received his early ballet training with Ballet Etudes, School of the Richmond Ballet, and the City Ballet of San Diego. He completed his formal studies with the Houston Ballet. Garrett believes that Denver is at the beginning of a golden age of artistic creation and hopes to help define the city as an undeniable leader in the international arts and culture community.
Executive Artistic Director
Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center
Anthony Garcia was named Executive Artistic Director of Su Teatro in 1989. Su Teatro began as a social justice organization and is one of the oldest Chicano teatros in the country. Tony is a nationally recognized playwright, director and actor. He holds a BA in theater from the University of Colorado at Denver. He has served as vice chairperson of the board of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture and was named the Denver Theatre Person of the Year in December 2010. Tony aspires to create artistic and cultural synergies within the Latino arts community that will have a lasting impact on the city, the state, and for coming generations of artists.
Community Shares of Colorado
Alyssa Kopf was appointed CEO of Community Shares of Colorado in March of 2008. Community Shares is a statewide giving fund that annually collects designated funds from nearly 7000 donors and distributes them to more than 170 nonprofit organizations. Since joining the staff in 2002, Alyssa has led the annual Community Giving Campaign and developed the My Colorado Project. She graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in History. Alyssa’s long-term goal is to build replicable models of bringing innovation to scale. She desires to apply entrepreneurial thinking and fresh ideas to issues rooted in the social contract and generational compact.
Invest in Kids
Lisa Merlino was named Executive Director of Invest in Kids in July of 2009, after serving as Deputy Director for nine years. IIK provides program and policy leadership that improves the health and well-being of children and families in Colorado. She began her career in politics, working as chief field deputy for a Los Angeles city councilwoman and staffing several state and national campaigns. She has a B.A. in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Lisa is interested in leadership sustainability and plans to explore how physical, emotional and spiritual health can enhance leadership and provide a foundation for healthy, sustainable people and organizations.
President and CEO
Children’s Museum of Denver
Mike Yankovich was promoted to President and CEO of the Children’s Museum of Denver in May of 2010, having advanced through the ranks as Director of Education, Vice President of Guest Experience, and Chief Operating Officer. His previous museum experience includes stints with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Port Discovery in Baltimore, Cosi Toledo-Hands on Science and Learning Center and Inventure Place/National Inventors Hall of Fame. He received a Bachelor of Education degree from Kent State University. Mike intends to continue his personal exploration of creativity, building the case for play and its benefits on our lives and greater society.