Board of Advisors
BraveTracks is constantly engaging the talents, ideas and expertise of people who are passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of teenagers and young adults. Our organization’s advisors devote precious and time, effort and resources to assist, advise and support our mission. We are grateful for them.
Corinne Domahidy has created community projects from the ground up for more than 15 years. She is a certified coach in personal and professional development and leadership who currently serves as director of philanthropic travel for Project C.U.R.E., which has delivered donated medical supplies and equipment to more than 125 countries. Ms. Domahidy creates travel experiences that let Project C.U.R.E. donors witness firsthand the results of their contributions and experience interesting and fun side adventures. Before joining Project C.U.R.E., Ms. Domahidy’s work focused extensively on youth. She has served as program director for the American Youth Leadership Program, a joint project of the U.S. Department of State and local non-profit BoldLeaders. She spent six months traveling in Central America, where she taught English to Nicaraguan women and helped create an education program for street children there. Ms. Domahidy is a co-founder of the Aspen Youth Leadership Institute, and she sits on the State Civic Design Team of Colorado as an advisor for the Family Leadership Training Institute.
John Palmquist is the founder and principal of GC Legal Strategies, a firm that provides general counsel services to companies in the areas of business transactions, real estate investment and management, hospitality and franchising. Mr. Palmquist is general counsel to Franchise Sherpas, Inc., a franchisor consultant and investment group that identifies and franchises new concepts. He has also acted as general counsel to various international and domestic franchise systems. Before forming GC Legal Strategies, Mr. Palmquist was a partner in the Denver office of Baker Hostetler LLP, a law firm of more than 800 attorneys with offices throughout the United States. He was a member of the firm’s business practice group, emphasizing business and real estate transactions, hospitality and timeshare development. Mr. Palmquist has participated on several nonprofit boards and served as president of the board of directors of the Schlessman YMCA. He is also a member of Rotary International and volunteers time teaching middle school students the “Four Way Test” — the basis of the Rotary ethical guide.
Theresa Peña has a long career in the public and private sector. Currently she is working as a Breakfast Partner with Hunger Free Colorado to assist Denver Public Schools in the “Breakfast After the Bell” initiative. Prior to that she was at the Colorado Children’s Campaign as a Senior Education Fellow working with statewide education organizations on the Integration Project. She served as the Executive Director of the Denver Education Compact, a start up cradle to career initiative created by Mayor Hancock to accelerate educational outcomes for children in Denver. Theresa was elected to the Denver Public School Board of Education as an at-large representative in November 2003 and was reelected in November 2007 for a second four-year term. She was President of the Board for four years from 2005-2009. Theresa is a Denver native. She attended Pomona College where she received a BA in sociology. After leaving Pomona College she enrolled at Cornell University where she received her MBA with a concentration in finance and marketing. She worked at IBM as a financial analyst and then began a decade long career at US WEST where she had a successful career in marketing, human resources, operations and finance. Theresa is a board member of the Public Education Business Coalition, the Denver Preschool Program, the Denver Community Health Services and the Colorado Community College System.
Vickie Puchi is director of programs and strategy for ACE Scholarships, which seeks to have direct impact on the lives of Colorado’s low-income children through the promotion of an accountable and competitive education marketplace that fosters effective private and public schools. Before joining ACE Scholarships, Ms. Puchi served as vice president of development and communications for Denver Kids, Inc., an educational counseling and mentoring program for students from higher risk environments in Denver Public Schools; director of development at Denver Center for International Studies Foundation; director of development of Bishop Machebeuf High School in Denver; special events coordinator and grant writer for the Capuchin Franciscan Province of Mid-America; and special events coordinator for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Denver.
Doug S. Robinson co-founder and managing director of St. Charles Capital. He has more than 22 years of technology-focused investment banking experience. Doug has served in a leadership capacity in several nonprofit and community organizations serving the needs of Coloradan kids, teens and young adults. He is a co-founder, board member and former chairman of KidsTek, a nonprofit focused on bringing technology skills to underserved youth throughout metro Denver.