Civica's team works hard and plays hard, and we encourage innovation and trial and error in our attempts to accomplish amazing things for association clients. If you think you have what it takes to be staff to nonprofits doing critically important work in a fast-paced environment, join us.
DON KNOX, MANAGING DIRECTOR
A former business editor of The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News, Don founded Civica after managing a nonprofit, pro bono, in a down economy. He views AMCs like Civica as "sharing economy" companies because they let nonprofits share experienced staff who are specialized and cross-trained. Don has a BS in journalism from the University of Kansas.
DOROTHY SHADRICK, CAE & MBA, CHIEF STAFF EXECUTIVE
After working for the State of Colorado and for two national nonprofits, Dorothy in 1987 founded Association Conferences & Exhibition Management Inc., which became part of Civica in 2015. She has a BBA from the University of Denver and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She's also executive director for some of Civica's largest nonprofits.
STEPHANIE WENTZ, CHIEF STAFF EXECUTIVE
Stephanie came to Civica in 2016 from fast-paced environments in national business trade associations and in regional and statewide government affairs. She is a Metropolitan State University graduate and Fruita, Colo., native who has years of experience in nonprofit association management.
Sonja HIX-CortinA, DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP
Sonja worked for nearly six years in member services for Civica predecessor Caruso Associates before becoming conference coordinator for the Investment Management Consultants Association. Missing the fast pace of an AMC, she later rejoined her colleagues. She has a BA in communications from the University of Colorado.
ALLIE COLGAN, MEMBERSHIP & MEETINGS SPECIALIST
Allie, an Omaha native, worked for an association management company in Lincoln, Neb., before moving to Colorado in 2016. She likes to travel, hang out with friends and -- especially now that she's here -- ski. Allie has a BS in business administration from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
EMMA BARTELS, MEMBERSHIP & MEETINGS SPECIALIST
Emma, a Nebraska native, joined Civica in 2016 from an educational tours company. She interned with the Denver Outlaws lacrosse team and with Tipperary Gaelic Athletic Association in Tipperary, Ireland. She has a 2014 BS in business administration from the University of Colorado's Leeds School of Business.
KIM CLARY, MEMBERSHIP & MEETINGS SPECIALIST
Kim received bachelor’s degrees in Media Studies and Psychology in December 2014 from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and she joined us after serving as a function and events assistant in Perth, Western Australia. Prior to that, she was a ranch ambassador at the Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, Montana.
KASANDRE BROWN, MEMBERSHIP & MEETINGS SPECIALIST
Kassie, who received a BA in Arts Administration from Westminster College in Salt Lake City in 2015, joined us after serving as a venue sales associate for Denver Botanic Gardens / Chatfield in Littleton. She has a passion for art and events, saying, "When an event is planned and executed correctly it is itself a work of art.”
STACIE CISCO, CMP, DIRECTOR OF CONFERENCES
Stacie is a Certified Meeting Planner and was the 2016-17 president of Meeting Professionals International's Rocky Mountain Chapter, giving her perspective from the vantage of our clients -- as a volunteer leader. She has a BA in communications from Metropolitan State College, now Metropolitan State University.
REESE LEE, SENIOR CONFERENCE PLANNER
Reese joined us in 2017 from ConferenceDirect. His hotel experience -- InterContinental Hotels Group, Pinnacle Entertainment, Westin Westminster -- informs his planning. Reese has an MS in sports administration and a BS in recreation and sports management from Indiana State University.
SUSAN NOLTE, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Susan’s team provides corporate-quality accounting for Civica and its nonprofits. She joined Civica predecessor Caruso Associates in 1999. In her free time, Susan serves as treasurer for the Colorado Masters Swim Association, a part of the United States Masters Swim program. She has a BS in psychology from Colorado State University.
BERND JOHN 'B.J.' KASTEN, FINANCE SPECIALIST
B.J., who grew up in suburban Denver, joined Civica in 2015 from Association Conferences & Exhibition Management. When he's not processing transactions and reconciling reports, he's spending time with his family and reading. He has an AA in accounting from Everest College in Denver.