Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Denver Film Society. Representing a diverse cross-section of the community, the Board not only provides guidance to the staff as they carry out the mission of DFS, but also represents the organization to the public at large.



Jim Bunch
Grumman Hill

Jim Bunch is founding principal of Green Manning & Bunch, Ltd., an investment banking firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions as well as raising private equity and debt from institutional investors. 


Chair Elect:


Robert Clasen

Robert Clasen is a retired Media and Entertainment executive whose career has included President and CEO of Comcast Cable and later Comcast International, CEO of Starz Entertainment, Division President at McCaw Cellular, and Executive VP of US Operations for Rogers Communications. Currently he serves as Chairman of the Colorado Creative Industries Council.




Jack McGuire, CPA
GHP Horwath, P.C. 

Jack McGuire is a Senior Manager at GHP Horwath, P.C., a member firm of Crowe Horwath International.  Jack has over eighteen years of accounting and auditing experience, including not-for-profit accounting and financial reporting.




Lauren Handler 

Lauren Handler is a Colorado native and a Principal in Handler/Silva Management - a management company that  oversees various business interests, trust interests and real estate holdings.  In addition, she has been working in the healthcare industry in a patient advocate role for over 10 years. 



Mary Lee Beauregard

Mary Lee worked for the University of Colorado as Director of Public Affairs for a number of years. When she retired from the University, she was elected to serve on the University of Colorado Foundation Board. She chaired the board for two years and finished her chairmanship in November, 2012.



Linda Petrie Bunch
Core Interactive

Linda Petrie Bunch owns Core Interactive, an Internet development and promotional video business established in 1996. She is also a children's book author.



John Dee
Placewise Media

As the president of Placewise Media, John Dee applies his expertise in marketing and digital solutions to the shopping center industry. Under his guidance, Placewise has grown to be the leading provider of interactive, mobile and social media solutions to shopping center industry. Placewise has built the Shoptopia Network, a nationwide advertising network of mall shoppers. Prior to Placewise, John was the VP of Sales and Business Development at Ricochet Networks and VP of Product Marketing at KN Energy where he developed and launched the nations’ first bundled consumer services including telephone, television and mobile. Additionally, John was an integral part of the marketing team at MCI, pioneering the company’s commercial Internet rollout as Regional Manager of Internet Marketing. John attended the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver and is fluent in French, Spanish, German, and Arabic.


Shannon Gifford
Helios Associates

Shannon Gifford works with businesses principally in the real estate industry, advising on business and development plans, planning and architect selection, financial structure, and lender and investor relations, and preparing complex financial models. She has an MBA in Finance from Wharton Business School.


Ron Henderson

Ron Henderson is the co-founder of the Denver Film Society / Denver International Film Festival. He retired in in 2007, on the occasion of DFS' 30th anniversary. For the past five years, he has served as a senior program consultant for the Starz Denver Film Festival. Ron is the recipient of the Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, the University of Colorado's Distinguished Community Service Award, and the festival's John Cassavetes Award. A former book editor at the Macmillan Company in New York, he is author of two books on film.


Leslie Horna
Cherry Creek North 

Leslie is an integrated marketing communications leader with over 12 years experience in advertising, creative branding, community & constituent relations, marketing, promotions and events, measurement & evaluation, public relations, strategic planning, and interactive media within non-profit and corporate in-house agency teams. She currently serves as Marketing & Communications Director for the Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District. Leslie's community involvement includes volunteering with the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, One of 99, Progressive Health Center, and Denver Film Society; and is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for PlatteForum.


Joanne Katz
Three Tomatoes Catering

Joanne Katz has lived in Denver since 1964. She is co-founder of Three Tomatoes Catering, a full service catering service that has been operation since 1977.


Todd Lemley

Todd Lemley has been an executive, consultant and entrepreneur in multiple industries, mostly engaged with enterprises during significant growth or transition periods. He has lived on three continents and been significantly involved in fund raising activity spanning institutional, venture, private, angel and crowdfunding projects. Todd is also a film writer/producer. The first feature he lead produced, SHUTTLE, played in theaters across the country and was distributed worldwide.


Polly Loewy

Polly Loewy is a retired US Congress health policy consultant and hospital administrator. Polly has volunteered in public schools and with other education philanthropies during the last fourteen years in Denver.


Julie Mordecai
The Complete Non Profit 

Julie Mordecai owns and operates the Complete Non Profit, which provides resources for non-profits in Colorado and New Mexico. She has been involved professionally in the non profit sector for 12 years and as a volunteer for over 24 years. She is working on her M.A. in Higher Education and Leadership at Adams State University.


Richard Rhodes
RNR Creative Enterprises, CEO

Richard is the chief executive and chief creative officer of RNR Creative Enterprises ( with more than a decade and a half of experience providing branding and strategic solutions for various business sectors as well as the community. During this span he has fostered professional relationships with some of today's leading experts, consultants, organizations and business leaders and collaborates with them and others to offer a comprehensive approach to offering solutions.


Suzanne Sell
Starz Entertainment, Denver, CO

Suzanne Sell is Senior Vice President of Research for Starz Networks, a premium television service. As a researcher, news and programming consultant, producer, and newspaper editor/publisher, she has spent more than 30 years helping to build strategies and audiences for media businesses across the United States and internationally.


Katie Shapiro
Independent Media Consultant, Denver, CO

Katie Shapiro most recently worked for Denver Magazine as the Director of Public Relations. She was a public relations executive in New York City before relocating to Denver in 2007. She holds a Master's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is a freelance writer, media consultant, and co-chair of Reel Social Club.



David Thomson

With 25 years in real estate development experience, Thomson was selected in the Who’s Who in Real Estate by the Denver Business Journal for many years and then the 40 under 40, Denver Business Journal in 2002. Thomson was responsible for bringing the likes of GE, Arrow Electronics and NBH to Colorado as the Global Business Development Director for Governor Hickenlooper. Thomson has been associated with large scale development projects that include, base village of Winter Park Ski Resort, base village of River Run of Keystone Ski Resort, The Riverfront Park in Denver and Cordillera in Vail Colorado. As COO and a partner to East West Partners, Thomson was responsible for bringing the Riverfront Park Community to Denver. Thomson serves on various boards including President of The Nathan Yip Foundation, The Winter Park Ski Resort Trust, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, The Burns Society DU Real Estate School and various others. Thomson is a graduate of The University of Denver and Thunderbird University. Thomson enjoys the outdoors of Colorado with his sons and is an active skier and runner.


Natalie West

Natalie West is an attorney at the law firm of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP. A commercial litigator, she has considerable experience in a variety of practice areas, including antitrust and unfair competition, trade secrets, employment, and intellectual property. She obtained her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, TX.


Michael Day

Michael Day is retired from Norwest Corporation, an international energy and environmental consulting company, where he specialized in groundwater resource management and sustainable unconventional energy development, working on projects worldwide.  He was a founder of the company, president of the Water Resources Group for 30 years, and served on the Board of Directors.  He has been retained with Norwest as a mentor, technical advisor, and marketing specialist.  Mike has been an Executive Producer member of the Denver Film Society and a Patron of the Denver Film Festival for many years.  He has co-produced an independent feature-length film that enjoyed success in the film festival circuit and is currently involved in several independent film projects.  

"It really puts Denver at a very high level. It puts us on the map and it’s a very highly recommended film festival, one of the best in the world."

- John Hickenlooper
    Governor of Colorado