2017 Board Officers
President – Ben Wiederholt is the Group Vice President of Mission Integration for Centura Health Mountain North Denver Operating Group. He has system-wide responsibilities in leadership, compliance, communications and community outreach to name a few. Ben played a vital role in the development of a community clinic to serve people who are uninsured as well as the establishment of a charitable foundation for the organization. He lives in Arvada with his wife Jessica and his four children.
Vice President – Karen Harrison and her husband own and operate Braddock-Harrison Agency, located at 1690 Kipling and dedicated to a no-nonsense approach to insurance since 1987. She is also active with the West Colfax Community Association and South Lakewood Business Association. Karen was elected to represent Ward 5 on Lakewood City Council in 2013. Her term runs through 2017. She is also an active member of her LDS church in Lakewood. She is a graduate of Fort Lewis College in Durango.
Secretary – Joel Varnell is a civil litigator specializing in insurance defense with White & Steele, PC. He specializes in insurance defense litigation, defense of bad faith claims against insurance companies, personal injury claims-primarily defense, law office management, and expert witness in bad faith cases involving uninsured/underinsured motorist benefits claims. Joel received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and attended Sturm College of Law at University of Colorado.
Treasurer – Jon Halverson is the Vice President of Guaranty Bank and Trust in Denver. He currently serves as a commercial banker providing commercial banking products and services to both new and existing clients. Jon returned to the Board of Directors after having served a previous six year term. He is a graduate of Colorado State University.
Past President – Leslie Hord is the Vice President and Branch Manager of locally owned Citywide Banks at the Lakewood location. Leslie was been with Citywide Banks since 1996 and has over 30 years’ experience in the finance industry. Leslie currently is chair of the Youth Leadership Jefferson County (YLJC) program’s Justice Day and serves on the Leadership Jefferson County Alumni Committee. She has previously served as Chairman of the Board for the West Chamber Serving Jefferson County, chaired the Women’s Forum West Program and served on the West Chambers Foundation Board. After graduating from the Leadership Jefferson County Program, Leslie chaired the program two different times. Leslie is committed to the Jefferson County Community.
2017 Board Members
Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office
Office Evolution Littleton, Cherry Creek, and Lakewood
Jefferson County Colorado Works/Child Care Assistance Program
Chief Compliance Officer,
VP of Student Success,
Red Rocks Community College
Director of Human Resources,
Public Affairs Representative,
The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints
Controller, Stratagem PM
Mile High Pikes Peak District
Lakewood Police Department
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Retired systems engineer and former First Lady of Colorado School of Mines
Chief Communications Officer,
Jeffco Public Schools
Executive Vice President, First Bank