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Karla Grazier (Presented by Coach Troy Calhoun)

Karla GrazierKarla Grazier became president and CEO of Goodwill in Colorado Springs in August 2010, and of Goodwill of Colorado in May 2019, reflecting the expanded scope of the merged Colorado Springs and Denver Goodwill organizations. The merger is the largest in the history of the Goodwill network with a combined budget of over $150 million.

Karla serves or has served on several community, state, and national boards and committees — including those of the Employers Council, Memorial Hospital, Chamber and Economic Development Council of Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak Workforce Investment Board as lead independent director and audit committee chair for the board of directors of 5Star Bank and on the Board of Trustees and Treasurer of the Colorado Springs School. Karla has also served on the National Advisory Council of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Karla holds a BA from Notre Dame and an MBA from Indiana University and served as an adjunct lecturer in the graduate schools of Yale University and New York University.

Heather Cracraft (Presented by Coach Karl Dorrell)

Heather CracraftHeather Cracraft is in her fourth year as the executive assistant to athletic director Rick George, having returned on Nov. 1, 2018 to where she had previously worked two decades earlier.

She came back to CU from the Superior (Colo.) Chamber of Commerce, where she was the executive director since 2006. Her first stint with athletics came from 1995 through 1997 as the director of special events, one of the first to hold the position in the department.

A 1993 graduate of CU, she earned her bachelor's degree in Business (Marketing). While a student, she was a member of the sports marketing club; she was a volunteer at the opening and ribbon cutting ceremony when the Dal Ward Center opened in August 1991.

Cracraft interned with the Colorado Rockies her senior year, and after graduation, she was hired full-time by the club in their ticket office. She was on the staff when the franchise began play in 1993 at Mile High Stadium, when the team drew what remains a major league record of just under 4.5 million in attendance (only three other teams have ever reached the four million mark). She was also a club staffer when Coors Field opened in 1995 before returning to her alma mater.

A native of Newport Beach, Calif., she graduated from Corona Del Mar High School and lettered in softball. Her hobbies include gardening, finding fun and creative things to do in her spare time, and spending time with family and friends. She has two grown children, Austin and Abby.

Darwin Horan (Presented by Coach Ed McCaffrey)

Darwin HoranDarwin Horan, President and CEO of Ventana Capital, Inc. has over 25 years of experience in the home building and land development industry. He currently controls over 2,500 acres of land, 170,000 square feet of commercial buildings, over $200 million of assets and has 7 subdivisions underway, making Ventana Capital's real estate portfolio one of the largest in Colorado.

Prior to forming Ventana Capital, Inc. Darwin was President of the North Division of Writer Homes and was also President of the Denver Division for D.R. Horton, the largest home builder in the State of Colorado.

Darwin is a strong supporter of the community and has donated generously to local schools and nonprofit organizations as well as coaching for numerous children's sports teams. He has served on multiple metropolitan districts and boards including Coaches of Excellence, City Council, Castle Pines North, Castle Pines Parks Authority and Mayor Webb's Oversight Committee and was given the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Lifetime Achievement.

Darwin is married with four children and lives in Douglas County, CO where he has played and continues to play a strong role in County growth and development.

Todd Marksberry (Presented by Coach Jay Norvell)

Todd MarksberryWith more than 25 years of executive experience, Todd has a vision to transform financial services. His strategic leadership, drive, and focus on culture nurtures high- performance teams who exude passion and purpose. Through Todd's charisma and love for the credit union movement, Canvas assets have grown over 100% through the last five years. In addition, Canvas now serves over 261,000 family members, an increase of more than 52% since 2015.

It is the culture that Todd has created at Canvas, embracing the goal of Helping People Afford Life in Colorado and driving new and innovative products and services, that has created significant positive impact. Todd leads Canvas to invest fully in communities across the Front Range. This honor gives Canvas the opportunity to highlight a special community partnership with the Aurora Public Schools. In 2019, Canvas donated $60,000 to pay off the school lunch debt at all 18 Title 1 schools in Aurora, benefiting 1,437 low-income families in the Aurora communities.

Todd's energy radiates throughout Canvas. He has cultivated a unique atmosphere within the Canvas family to serve not only members, but also their communities, with a whole-hearted approach. Around the office, Todd is known for his stellar dance moves and genuine care for his team, generating a “come as you are” environment for his family members to thrive in.

Bill & Barbara Vidmar (Presented by Coach John Wristen)

Bill & Barbara VidmarBarbara and William Vidmar have been a staple in the Pueblo community for over 50 years. A Colorado State University Alumnus, William was in the United States Army Reserve for 6 years. William was the owner and General Manager of Vidmar Motor Company, managing a company of over 90 employees.

Barbara worked with William at Vidmar Motor Company as a Vice President. Barbara is also a Colorado State University Alumna. She has always been motivated to help others, from 1994-2004 Barbara was on the National Automobile Dealers Association Charitable Trust Foundation Board of Directors.

Barbara also was the first woman chairman of an international automobile trade organization. In 2004 Barbara was elected to the board of directors to represent new car franchise dealers in Southern Colorado. She worked with the state legislators to strengthen dealer franchise laws, she encouraged charitable giving from its members, and she created outreach training programs.