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John and Angela Schmidt (Presented by Coach Ed McCaffrey)

Darwin Horan John and Angela Schmidt believe in the spirit of reciprocity, a philosophy that recognizes their success is a blessing that they choose to pay forward. The value of reciprocity is embodied in their family of four, in their philanthropic and business pursuits, and importantly in their commitment to empowering the success of Colorado’s student athletes.

Angela, who serves as the family CEO, manages their philanthropic and community investments, which include generous support for various Colorado nonprofits and a personal commitment to supporting the success of student athletes at Regis High School in Denver and the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, where the couple met. John, who serves as the chair of the Regis Board of Trustees, is a tech and financial entrepreneur currently serving as Co-CEO of WeFi Technology Group and managing partner of Jam Capital LLC.

Together, John and Angela raised their two sons, John and Michael; encouraging both to pursue and develop leadership and team skills through Colorado youth sports, including soccer, basketball, lacrosse, and track and field.

Through their philanthropy and community involvement, the Schmidt family aim to serve others, especially those from vulnerable backgrounds, believing the reciprocity of generosity empowers and uplifts us all.

Maris Herold (Presented by Coach Karl Dorrell)

Maris Herold Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold began her professional career as a social worker, serving as a sexual assault investigator and a juvenile psychiatric intake worker.

She started her policing career with the Cincinnati Police Department. Throughout her tenure at CPD, she served in diverse leadership positions, including assignments within the Professional Standards Section, Training Section, Community Relations Section, Crime Analysis and Problem-Solving Unit, and served as District 4 Commander. She developed and implemented several notable initiatives, including mental health response teams and ethical and constitutional responses to address community needs associated with homelessness and substance abuse issues. Her collaboration with public and private entities led to neighborhood stabilization and affordable housing opportunities in underserved communities.

Chief Herold received several awards for her community collaboration and large-scale problem-solving projects to reduce crime and improve services for at-risk populations, including the 2016 Cincinnati Collaborative Agreement and Problem-Solving Award, sponsored by numerous community organizations, including the Black United Front, ACLU, and FOP. Her gun violence reduction initiative was awarded the international 2017 Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem Oriented Policing.

Following a University of Cincinnati police intervention shooting, Chief Herold was asked to lead the UCPD through 276 reform recommendations, working collaboratively with independent oversight monitors and a community advisory council. Her department completed the reform objectives a year in advance of the external monitor's timeline. She received Ohio's 2019 Fraternal Order of Police award recognizing her successful police reform efforts. The City of Cincinnati also issued a public resolution to recognize UCPD's innovations in training, technology, recruiting, community collaboration, officer wellness programs, and evidence-based crime reduction strategies.

Chief Herold holds a master's degree in Criminal Justice from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute for Police. She is currently an Executive Fellow at the National Police Foundation.

Chief Herold has served the residents and police department of Boulder, Colorado, since April 2020. She is committed to ensuring that the Boulder Police Department continues to be recognized across the country as a model police agency dedicated to innovation and reform. She is also committed to helping the Boulder community continue to recover, following the pandemic and shooting tragedy at King Soopers.

Cindy Aubrey (Presented by Coach Troy Calhoun)

Cindy AubreyCindy Aubrey is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pikes Peak United Way, which will celebrate its 100 year anniversary in 2022. Pikes Peak United Way’s mission focuses on youth success and family stability in the Pikes Peak Region by leading and lifting the most vulnerable in our community with mentorships, life resources and real job opportunities.

Prior to United Way, Aubrey served as the Chief Communications Officer for the City of Colorado Springs and before that worked as the News Director for KOAA-TV News 5. She has served on the boards of Early Connections Learning Centers, Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, American Women in Radio and Television, Colorado Springs Press Association and the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale. She is a member of the Colorado Springs Regional Leadership Forum, a 2015 graduate of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute and serves on the Colorado Springs Regional Recovery Council. She has an extensive volunteer background.

Ms. Aubrey is married to Peter and has one son Liam. A fourth generation Coloradan, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado State University.

Ralph & Jan Williams (Presented by Coach John Wristen)

Ralph & Jan Williams Jan and Ralph Williams are pillars of the Pueblo community. Both have served on numerious boards including the boards of the HARP Foundation, the YMCA of Pueblo, The Pueblo Child Advocacy Center, and the Pueblo Boys & Girls Club Board. Both have also won numerous awards for their commitment to philanthropy, including the American Red Cross Humanitarian Heroes Award, the Southeastern Colorado Red Cross Community Service Hero, and the Pueblo Central Hall of Fame.

Jeff Ritner (Presented by Coach Steve Addazio)

Jeff Ritner Jeff grew up in Colorado and attended Bear Creek High School in Lakewood, CO. He graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO in 1989.

After college Jeff started his career in the financial sector with MassMutual Life Insurance CO. but was quickly recruited into the Construction sector. While working around the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs, Jeff and his new wife Allison (CSU 1990) moved back to Fort Collins to work with a local home builder and developer.

In 2010, Jeff changed careers and went back to his true passion of helping people with their finances. As a Financial Advisor, he was able to assist in the investment growth, college and retirement planning for individuals and families as well as small businesses. In 2016 he opened what is now Legacy Financial, LLC where he acts as an Independent Advisor to his many clients in Colorado and across the US.

Jeff works with many non-profits and charity organizations. He has been involved with CSU Ram Club, Athletes in Action, Timberline Church BAM (Business as a Mission). Jeff has been involved with Ramstrenth (formerly Ramstrong) since 2006. He is currently on the Board of Directors and loves the transparency and the efforts of this organization. Helping local, Northern Colorado families and students who are impacted directly from Cancer, it gives him great appreciation for life and the struggles that this illness has on families. He is inspired by the passion and hard work of every member of the Board and volunteers, especially that of Michelle (Lubick) Boyle.

Jeff has been married to his wife Allison, who he met while attending CSU for 29 years and have three recent college graduate children. Twins, Samantha (CSU 2020) and John (Arizona State 2020) as well as Maggie (University of Nebraska 2021).