Who We Are

The People Who Power Us Forward

STAFF

Chérie Talbert

Chérie Talbert

Executive Director, Sharing Connexion

Chérie Talbert, M.A., CPC is an executive leader, a policy and regulatory strategist, and business process consultant with more than 20 years of experience. Specializing in the development of high-performance organizations, governance, strategic planning, advocacy, and change management, Chérie came to Sharing Connexion, Inc. with a background in homebuilding, construction, land use, public policy, and real estate.

Cherie was the VP of Public and Government Affairs, SVP, and CEO of the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver, a Senior Consultant with Design Group International, District Manager of numerous Title 32 Metro Districts, an Advisory Member for the CLAS Dean at the University of Colorado Denver and is an Executive Board Member for Michigan State University Women’s Leadership Institute. She is also a proud 7-year Challenge Foundation mentor to a young lady from sixth grade through her acceptance into college.

Cherie earned her master’s degree at the University of Colorado Denver in Public Policy and Political Science and her undergraduate degree at Michigan State University in Political Science and International Relations with an emphasis on Japanese studies. Outside of work, she is a high-performance track driver and an advocate for women in motorsports and considers herself an “arm-chair” health and wellness nutritionist.

Steve Shineman

Steve Shineman

Senior Vice President, Sharing Connexion

Steve Shineman, MBA, CFP® joined Sharing Connexion from Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation where he was the Senior Vice President, Philanthropy for five years. Steve led the development efforts of several business units of the Foundation and was a valued member of the Executive team. Prior to joining Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, he worked at the University of Denver where he served from 2014 to 2018 as the Executive Director of Gift Planning. Before moving to Denver, he was the Director of Gift Planning for Texas Christian University (TCU) for five and a half years. His designation as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) allows him to work with donors and advisors on exploring current and deferred giving options. Steve was also a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors from 2002 to 2009. He earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Communications from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida and his Master's in Business Administration from Texas Christian University. Steve and his wife live in Denver with their two kids.

Stefanie Fox

Program Director, Sharing Connexion

Before joining the staff of Sharing Connexion as Program Director of Real Estate Impact Lending and Real Estate Rescue, Stefanie served on the board of directors since 2019. During the organization’s rapid growth, she helped craft the organizations loan policy and procedure, sat on the fund management committee, and acted as liaison with board in determining which projects to invest in. In her new role Stefanie participates in the Small Preservation Committee meetings and represents Sharing Connexion in the coalition. This is a collaborative group of CDFI and nonprofit partners working on preservation projects with existing multifamily housing stock., as a part of the Real Estate Rescue (preservation) work. She looks forward to managing the impact loan fund, in anticipation of the AHIF23 grant opportunity.

Previously, she spent close to 5 years working at Colorado Enterprise Fund, as its Senior Community Lending Officer. In this role, she was doing outreach to entrepreneurs facing barriers to capital, but also working with community and banking partners to find opportunities to deploy capital. Stefanie conducted financing consultations through the State of Colorado’s Small Business Development Center (SDBC) network in Metro Denver, she partnered with Denver’s Department of Economic Development Office (DEDO) for gap funding and CEF lending programs. Stefanie was also the program manager for the Town of Parker’s revolving loan fund in partnership with CEF. Frequent guest on panel discussions and subject matter expert related to small business financing and the benefit of microloans on economic development. Stefanie received her MBA from Florida Atlantic University and after living in Florida for 30 years, Stefanie traded the beach for mountains in 2016.

Jim Hammett

CEO, Sharing Connexion Hawaii

Jim has forty years of Public and Private Development and construction experience with a specific focus upon Design-Build Projects of scale for government and institutional clients; as well as working with community groups developing projects in under-invested communities. His experience includes executive responsibility for strategic planning, project due diligence, negotiating complex contracts, securing entitlements and profitable project completion. He has earned recognition for innovative infrastructure solutions, adaptive reuse of facilities, brownfield restoration, and implementing a successful mentor/protégé program for small and disadvantaged contractors. Jim continues advising community groups with their strategic planning structure for sustainable economic growth.

 

Sutton Anderson

Sutton Anderson

Accounting Manager, Sharing Connexion

Sutton is currently a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California where she and her family live. Sutton comes to Sharing Connexion (SCI) with over 13 years of accounting experience. Prior to her working with SCI, she spent seven years working for Alvarez and Marsal’s Transaction Advisory Group where she provided financial and accounting due diligence for private equity clients. Before this, Sutton also worked for KPMG providing assurance services for SEC registrants and other private entities. Outside of work she enjoys exploring more of her hometown of San Francisco, playing tennis and spending time with her daughter, husband and two bernedoodles.

Becky Babers

Becky Babers

Administrative Assistant, Sharing Connexion

Becky comes to Sharing Connexion with a diverse background including startups, publicly held companies, non-profits, social enterprises, and home care, Becky has gained extensive experience in various organizations. Her administrative expertise includes operations, management, real estate, finance, and bookkeeping. Above all, Becky is enthusiastic about helping others and takes great pleasure in making their lives easier. As a third-generation Colorado native, she enjoys exploring the state's history and beautiful surroundings. You'll find her attending a sporting event, concert, or camping in the mountains during her free time, and spending as much time as she can outdoors.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Founder & President

Edwin G. Anderson III

Chief Executive Officer, Connexion Asset Group

President, Edwin G. Anderson III is a highly accomplished and nationally recognized individual for making places a reality through his extensive dealings and holdings in real estate concerns. Mr. Anderson is the founding Principal of Connexion Asset Group, LLC, and has 30+ years’ experience in real estate, including the acquisition, management, finance, joint venture or repositioning of nearly $1 billion of real estate. In this portfolio are several of the nation's prestigious real estate properties inclusive of landmark properties, office, multi-family, industrial, hotel, resort and land development. He is actively involved in the acquisition of distressed and underperforming properties, defaulted debt instruments and partnership interests as well as structuring transactions involving international joint ventures and entity recapitalizations.

He has co-authored two white papers with the University of Denver’s Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management including "Commercial Real Estate Debt Maturities: Shortfall & Implications", published by the Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management. He is the past chair of the Salvation Army's real estate committee and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado. Mr. Anderson is a member of the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties, the American Institute and the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants, and a board member of the University of Denver’s school of Real Estate and Construction Management.

From a young age, Ed has always been passionate about affordable housing and solutions for homelessness. Ed has served the community through multiple board positions, and personally invested in innovative solutions creating homeownership opportunities for veterans. Now, he is now using his real estate passion and expertise to lead this cause and share his connections, envisioning a strong Colorado for nonprofits and residents who are seeking an affordable place to live.  

Board of Directors

David Chasnow

Director of Acquisitions and Asset Management, Connexion Asset Group

Mr. Chasnow has widespread experience in real estate investment, focusing on coordinating acquisitions and asset management for Connexion Asset Group ("CAG"). Mr. Chasnow joined CAG in 2008 and has played a key role helping to establish the company as a strong performer in the arena of private equity real estate investment. Prior to CAG, Mr. Chasnow was an analyst at Archstone, one of the largest investors, developers and operators of apartment communities in the U.S. Mr. Chasnow co-authored a white paper titled “Commercial Real Estate Debt Maturities: Shortfall & Implications”, published by the Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management in 2009. Mr. Chasnow is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Master of Science in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver's Burns School, as well as an undergraduate degree from Tulane University.

John Daskam

Partner, Milgrom & Daskam

John Daskam joined Milgrom & Daskam as a Partner in January 2019. He focuses his law practice on real estate and corporate law. His real estate practice includes acquisitions and dispositions, landlord-tenant matters, leasing, financing, development, and contract preparation and negotiation. John’s corporate law practice encompasses the formation and maintenance of corporations, general and limited partnerships, and limited liability companies, debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, and private placement of securities, including regulatory filings and preparation of private placement investment memoranda. John believes in balancing the practice of law with significant involvement in local community organizations and an active outdoor personal life. In addition to Sharing Connexion, he also sits on the board of directors and is General Counsel for Burning Through Pages, a local non-profit fostering a community of avid readers and inspired thinkers by providing literature, resources, and time to youth organizations. John enjoys playing golf and soccer and is a Colorado sports enthusiast. He and his wife Amanda are both Colorado natives and live in the Park Hill area of Denver.

Vaneesha Dutra

Vaneesha Dutra, Ph.D.

Professor, Financial Markets & Real Estate, Howard University

Dr. Dutra is a professor teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in investment analysis, financial institutions and markets, real estate, derivatives, and banking. Dr. Dutra actively managed equity and real estate investment portfolios and worked in mutual fund and retail banking. She is skilled in equity and financial markets (domestic and South America based) research, decision making and behavioral finance, statistical/empirical methodology and analysis, curriculum development, investment/derivative strategies, real estate investment and higher education matters. She has also worked in areas around economic empowerment, financial literacy, diversity, and inclusion and is very passionate about women's issues and early education. She has previous experience as a member of numerous Boards including Colorado Urban Leadership Foundation, the Finance Committee Chair for the Heru Foundation, Commissioner of the Denver African American Commission, and a board member for Brown Equity Properties.

Rob Gillis

Portfolio Manager, Dream US Industrial Fund

Mr. Gillis is the portfolio manager of Dream Unlimited open-ended U.S. industrial real estate fund. Prior to joining Dream in 2021, he shared responsibility for disposition efforts and mergers and acquisitions across North America for Prologis (NYSE: PLD). Previously at Prologis, he managed an open-ended investment fund consisting of over $3.0 billion industrial real estate assets across 30 North American markets, and also served in Research, Financial Planning/Analysis, and Treasury departments. Prior to joining Prologis, Mr. Gillis worked for a Denver based commercial real estate management and investment firm and two publicly held homebuilders where he was responsible for land acquisitions and market research. Mr. Gillis holds an MBA in real estate and finance from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a minor in Spanish from Colorado State University, and is an active member of PREA, NCREIF, NAIOP, and the University of Colorado Real Estate Council. Mr. Gillis also serves on the Board of Mile High Youth Corps.

Justin Gilmore

Justin Gilmore

Project Manager and Director of Business Development, Gilmore Construction

Justin Gilmore is the Director of Business Development for Gilmore Construction. He has served in other roles as an Estimator, Project Engineer, and Project Manager in projects totaling over $300 million dollars. Justin has developed long lasting industry relationships within market segments both existing and new.  He provides strategic direction for Gilmore Construction to navigate and grow in the Colorado market. Through this process he helps manage, grow, and build customer relations to increase the business’s visibility and reputation. A key part of his role in Gilmore Construction is to not only promote the growth and branding of the company but to support Gilmore Construction’s community outreach.  Gilmore Construction is an enormously proud member of the Colorado community and believes in giving back. Justin is also engaged in the construction community and helps small businesses with sustainable growth and capacity building.

Jim Mellor

Consultant, Rainmaker AEC

Jim has long been involved from both a professional and personal level in Denver’s affordable housing and homeless outreach from a construction perspective. Jim recently retired from Pinkard Construction Co. a leading provider of construction services of affordable housing since its beginnings in 1962. On the personal side, Jim has served on both the Denver Rescue Mission’s and The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Center board of directors to further address the affordable housing needs of Metro Denver. He has been involved in numerous affordable and homeless development projects – his favorite being the Champa House; a women with children’s transitional housing project. Champa House provides a safe place for women and children for up to three years while providing child care, GED educational advancement, and general life skills training.

Glenn Mueller

Glenn Mueller, Ph.D

Professor, University of Denver, F.L Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management

Dr. Mueller has 48 years of real estate industry experience, including 41 years of research. Mueller is internationally known for his Market Cycle research on income producing real estate, his real estate securities analysis (REITs) research and his public and private market investment strategies and capital markets analysis. Glenn is currently a Professor at the University of Denver, F.L Burns School of Real Estate & Construction Management, teaching and researching real estate market cycles, investment strategies, real estate capital markets (Institutions, REITs & CMBS), development and feasibility. He has published 100+ research articles and won many awards and has also authored 130+ quarterly issues of his Real Estate Market Cycle Reports. Glenn holds a B.S.B.A. from the University of Denver, MBA from Babson College, and Ph.D. in Real Estate from Georgia State University. Former research positions at Black Creek Group, Legg Mason Inc., Price Waterhouse Coopers, ABKB/ Jones Lange LaSalle Real Estate Investors, and Prudential Real Estate Investors. Glenn is the chair of the Real Estate Committee for Sharing Connexion.

David Ogunsanya

VP of Real Estate, Elevation Community Land Trust

David Ogunsanya is the Vice President of Real Estate for Elevation Community Land Trust and brings over 15 years of experience in real estate, affordable housing and community land trusts. He is responsible for the organization’s real estate acquisition and development strategy, and external partner relations to create more than 1000 affordable homes in metro Denver and ultimately statewide.

Prior to joining Elevation CLT, David served as the Director of Housing for Athens Land Trust in Athens, Georgia. He oversaw all real estate and strategic planning activities and led the management of a portfolio with more than 60 multi- and single-family homes. He also ensured the implementation of best practice models to preserve housing affordability and land trust ground leases.

David’s expertise extends into the intersection of community engagement and policy awareness where he educates key stakeholders about the benefits of the community land trust model as a mechanism for creating permanent affordability and driving positive change in communities. His work focuses on affordable housing policies such as inclusionary zoning, to assist in the creation of more affordable homes within market rate developments.

Courtney Parmelee

Principal, Bootpack Investments

Courtney has 13 years of experience in private real estate development and capital markets. She currently holds the position of Principal at Bootpack Investments, which is the real estate development company that she owns with her husband. Prior to Bootpack, Courtney held the position of Vice President of Capital Markets and Investor Relations at McWhinney where she established and maintained relationships with both debt and equity providers. She worked directly with the CIO to raise equity capital for McWhinney’s various development and acquisition strategies across the multifamily, hospitality, and commercial platforms. Prior to her role on the equity team, she spent 4 years helping to source and negotiate debt capital for vertical construction and permanent loans for the company’s development projects as well as structure and negotiate corporate debt capital. Courtney started her career at Wells Fargo in San Francisco, where she originated, underwrote, and structured debt capital for public and private real estate companies, including developers, investors, private equity fund sponsors, and REIT’s. She underwrote and closed $500MM+ in transactions including syndicated construction facilities, project/standing loans (multifamily, office, retail, industrial/flex, hotel), for-sale condominiums, bridge/land loans, mezzanine debt, letters of credit, and secured/unsecured lines of credit.

Courtney holds a B.S. in Economics and International Business from Villanova University and earned her Master’s in Real Estate from the University of Denver.

Jessica Rawson

Jessica Rawson

Vice President, Merrick Capital

Jessica joined Merrick Capital in 2019 as Vice President, where she is responsible for the management of existing strategic partnerships and operations and identifying and transacting new business opportunities. Prior to joining Merrick Capital, Jessica served as Vice President & Associate General Counsel at McWhinney, a Denver-based commercial real estate development firm, where she managed the legal and securities aspects of the organization's equity syndications, real estate acquisitions, land and asset sales, hotel, joint venture and lease negotiations. Jessica started her career as In-House Counsel at McCord Development, where she focused on the development of Generation Park in Houston, Texas.

Jessica holds a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Florida and earned her J.D. degree from Santa Clara University. She spent a year at the Department of War Studies at King’s College in London. She is a Member of the State Bars of Texas and California. Jessica is also an Active Investor with Thrive Investments, which facilitates the introduction of female entrepreneurs to angel investors interested in capitalizing female-led, privately held companies in the early stages of development.

Lauren Schevets

Lauren Schevets

Director of Development - Colorado, Gorman & Company

Lauren Schevets is responsible for Gorman and Company’s planning and implementation of Colorado development, including new construction projects as well as land acquisition and existing housing. At Gorman, she currently has two exciting projects underway: the Colburn hotel, a preservation and rehabilitation of homeless housing in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood, and The Stella, a mixed‐income affordable community in the Globeville neighborhood which partners with the Laradon Hall Society for Exceptional Children and Adults.

 

Lauren joined Gorman in 2017 with a diversity of public sector experience in land use planning and real estate from Boulder Housing Partners (“BHP”), the City of Westminster, and Denver Water. Among her achievements at BHP were the development of the award-winning High Mar senior housing project, and the development of the Palo Park family housing project, a unique partnership project between BHP and Flatirons Habitat for Humanity. Lauren participated in the real estate diversity initiative at ULI Colorado. Lauren holds a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Colorado – Denver and a Bachelor in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado – Boulder. 

Carlos Trujillo

Carlos Trujillo

 

Carlos Trujillo has spent his career spanning over two decades leveraging his expertise in public finance and alternative investments to bring about the revitalization of affordable housing units nationwide.

Mr. Trujillo possesses extensive knowledge in the formation of special financing districts and public funding of student housing units working with top tier Universities and nonprofits across the country. His expertise in this area has allowed him to navigate complex financial structures and develop innovative solutions to address the financing needs of these projects.

For the past 10 years, Mr. Trujillo has dedicated his efforts towards purchasing, rehabilitating, and operating affordable housing units in Colorado and the SouthEastern United States. His commitment to providing quality housing options for low-income individuals and families has positively impacted communities in these regions. Through his leadership and strategic vision, he has successfully revitalized numerous affordable housing properties, ensuring safe and sustainable living environments for those in need.

When not working, he can be found trying to keep up with his wife and two sons as they carve up the slopes of Vail, CO.

LEGACY CIRCLE

Sharing Connexion’s Legacy Circle is an initiative to recognize a select group who were a part of Sharing Connexion’s Board of Directors and significantly contributed to its stability and strength. The Legacy Circle remains actively involved in supporting Sharing Connexion in various ways.

Daniel Sheehan, CCIM

Over his 36-year real estate finance career, Dan has been responsible for originating, structuring, and closing over $1.2 billion in debt and equity transactions for commercial real estate. Prior to joining Commerce Bank, Dan originated long-term and interim debt financing, and sale-leaseback financing for GE Real Estate – Business Property. He also served as Vice President of Finance for Trammell Crow Residential – Midwest Division and has held senior commercial real estate lending positions with Wells Fargo Bank and its predecessors. Dan earned his B.A. degree in Government from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA degree from the University of Denver. He is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), an active member of the Denver NAIOP chapter and the Colorado University Real Estate Council. Dan has served as Chairman of the Board of the St. Anthony Health Foundation and the CHI Colorado Foundation. He was former Chairman of the Board at Brothers Redevelopment, a Colorado-based nonprofit that provides housing solutions for the poor, elderly, and disabled.

Fred Baker

Fred is in the process of retiring from active real estate development and entitlement activities. Fred is currently the principal of Baker Consulting Services, which provides consulting services for owners and developers in the commercial real estate development industry. He specializes in real estate projects where the highest and best use and marketability are more difficult to ascertain. His mission is to identify the highest and best use and to assist in the development and realization of the highest return for these real estate projects. Fred is a past Partner and Broker for BakerSmith & Company Commercial Real Estate Services, where he oversaw brokerage, entitlement and development consulting activities for the firm. BakerSmith represents clients searching for the location of prime developable land as well as the horizontal development and governmental interfacing throughout the development process.

Fred also served as Director of Marketing, Site Acquisition and Development for Ojala & Company for 16 years. While there, Fred expanded the marketing division to provide brokerage services, as well as, research, development and entitlement services, resulting in the acquisition and entitlement of many significant business park projects along the Front Range. As Vice President – Development for United Properties, Fred worked on the acquisition and development of several sizable mixed use projects, totaling more than four million SF in Stapleton and South Denver. Fred also founded and served as president/owner of Commercial Investment Services, Inc., a 44-broker real estate investment organization in San Diego. Fred received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Colorado State University and did post-graduate study in Chemistry and Chemical Process Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. For board service, Fred has served in the following capacities: past Chairman of the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation; current President of the Mountain West Metropolitan District; Treasurer of the San Diego Boys and Girls Clubs; and as board member of Arvada Economic Development Association, the Ken Caryl Business Park Association, and the Coors Technology Park Association.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Lawrence A. Atler, Esq.

Former Co-Chair, Finance Committee Early Childhood Education Project; Former Chair, Metro State College Foundation; Former Commissioner, Commission on Higher Education

Robert Bach, Esq.

Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner; Former Trustee, Denver Zoo; Former Denver Civic Ventures Board Member, Downtown Denver Partnership

Dr. Sandy Baker

Former Director of ER, US Veterans Hospital; Medical Director, Army Corps – FEMA

Doug Bakke

Vice Chair

Derek Barsksdale

Founder, Military Mutual; Director of Lending, Ensure Lending

Ed Briscoe

Managing Director, Weave Social Finance; Director at Impact Charitable; Former Sharing Connexion Board Member

Susan Birch

Executive Director, Washington State Health Care Authority; Former Executive Director, CO Dept. of Health Care Policy & Financing; Fellow, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Livingston Fellows; Board Member, Colorado Health Foundation Philanthropic Committee

Sean Choi

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Senior Vice President, FirstBank Holding Company

Alan Colussy

Principal, Alan Colussy Architecture; Board Member, Urban Land Institute Colorado

David Foster, Esq.

Partner, Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher; Denver Jewish Day School, Former Chair of the Board; Founding Board Member, Civic Center Conservancy

Jeff Hawks

Vice Chair, Apartment Realty Advisors; Former Board Member, Arapahoe House; Board Member, Apartment Association of Metro Denver

Kevin Kelley

Executive Vice President and Regional Director, United Properties; Former Board President, NAIOP Colorado; Former Board Member, Rocky Mountain Human Services

Charlie Knight

Former General Counsel, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority; Board Member, Urban Peak; Former Board Member, Downtown Denver Partnership

Mark Levine

Professor, University of Denver; Endowed Chair, Burns School of Real Estate Management and Construction

William Martin, Esq.

Partner, Kutak Rock

Anthea Martin

Senior Vice President, Bellwether Enterprise, Former Sharing Connexion Board Member, Current Board Member at Housing Colorado and the State Housing Board

Gilbert F. McNeish, Esq.

Of Counsel, Spencer Fane LLP; Former Member, Denver Planning Board: Adjunct Professor (Retired), College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado/Denver; Former Staff Director, Colorado Land Use Commission

Robert F. Phelps, Jr.

Managing Director, JP Morgan; Emeritus Member, The Denver Foundation

Jeffrey Schmitz

Former COO, Citywide Banks

William Sorensen

Former Managing Partner, Boettcher and Company; Honorary Life Trustee, University of Denver; Trustee Emeritus, Boettcher Foundation

Ray Stranske

Affordable Housing Consultant, RaiseHomes; Former Executive Director, Hope Communities; Board Chair, Project Education South Sudan

Michael Van Gilder

Executive Vice President, Amaze Health

John Wilson, Esq.

Partner, Holland & Hart

Mike Zoellner

Managing Partner, ZF Capital; Vice Chair, ULI Colorado; Former President, RedPeak Properties


FINANCIALS & REPORTS

Financials

990 Tax Documents

2021 IRS Form 990 - Fiscal Year 7/1/2021 - 6/30/2022

2020 IRS Form 990 - Fiscal Year 7/1/2020 - 6/30/2021

2019 IRS Form 990 - Fiscal Year 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

2018 IRS Form 990 - Fiscal Year 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019

 

Reports

Annual Reports

2021 Annual Report - Fiscal Year 7/1/2020 - 6/30/2021

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