Board of Trustees

Introducing Frasier Board Members

Meredith Benedict

Beverly Carrigan



Ellen Cotts

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Ellen Cotts was appointed to the Frasier Board of Trustees in July 2014. Ellen graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in Economics. She later earned her MBA at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating, Ellen worked for Conrail as a Manger of Economic Analysis.

Upon retirement, Ellen and her husband, Ron, became Peace Corps Volunteers in Kenya. Ellen taught finance in the Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology, a post-secondary technical vocational school. After completing her Peace Corps volunteer service, Ellen was hired as a Peace Corps staff member in Kyrgystan. She was later transferred to Ukraine. Ellen continued to work for the Peace Corps as a trouble shooter, traveling to several countries each year.

Ellen has been active at Frasier, since moving here in 2011, organizing resident volunteers and serving as chair of the Lyceum Committee and serving on various board committees. Ron and Ellen each have three adult daughters and enjoy playing bridge and traveling.

Leslie Durgin




Jane Engle

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Jane has over 30 years of financial and investment management experience.  She is currently a principal with Cornerstone Investment Advisors, LLC, a local financial planning and investment advisory firm.  She previously served as the principal of JBSE WealthCare LLC, a financial planning and registered investment advisory firm, and an affiliate of Jensen Burcham Stelmack Edwards LLP, a CPA firm in Longmont, where she also worked in the tax department. From 1988 to 1997, Jane served in various financial roles for Tucson Newspapers in Tucson, AZ including that of CFO. Her certified public accounting experience includes work in the audit department of Price Waterhouse, LLP in Tucson and Oppenheim Appel Dixon in Chicago.

Jane grew up in Iowa and graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a BS degree in accounting. She is currently a member of Boulder Valley Rotary Club and serves as Treasurer on her home owner’s association board.  Her other community involvement in Boulder includes serving as Treasurer for Growing Gardens of Boulder County, Pine Brook Hills Fire Protection District, the Boulder History Museum and the CMF Endowment board.   Her mother lived at Frasier Meadows until her death several years ago.

John Frisbie

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John Frisbie, Certified Financial PlannerTM  practitioner and Director of The Boulder Group at Robert W. Baird. The team provides solutions that encompass every aspect of a clients financial life, targeting their unique situtation, and emphasizing their specific goals and objectives.  We serve as the clients core advisor by helping to consolidate their finances and provideing referrals to other specialists when appropriate.

Prior to entering the financial services industry, he was a United States Air Force Officer for 12 years. John graduated from the Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Sciences in Mathematics. He went on to get his Master of Arts in Management from Webster University.

He is actively involved in the community by volunteering with City of Broomfield, Parks & Recreation and Master Plan Communities as well as Boulder Rotary.  He also is the former President of the Board of Directors of Imagine! – a community organization that helps individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities.

John has lived off and on in Colorado for over 24 years and resides in Broomfield with his wife Deea and their two children Dallas Ann and Charles Lewis. In his leisure time, John enjoys spending time with his family, running, skiing, fly fishing and participating in water sports.

Kaye Howe

Kay Howe

Kaye Howe joined the Frasier Board of Trustees in July 2014. She served as Executive Director of the National Science Digital Library at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) from 2001 to 2013.

Kaye joined the faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1981, where she served as chair of the graduate program in comparative literature before becoming the university’s Vice Chancellor for Academic Services. From 1990 to 1996 she served as president of Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. After leaving Western State, she returned to Boulder and was president of Jones International University, a regionally accredited distance learning organization. In 2004, she was honored with the YWCA of Boulder County Woman of the Year award and has received the Daily Camera’s Pacesetter Award for Community Service.

Dr. Howe received both her B.A. and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. She has served on the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She has also served on the boards of Boulder Community Hospital, the I Have A Dream Foundation of Boulder County, the Boulder Valley YWCA, Boulder County United Way, and numerous other boards.

Betty Hoye

Jonathan Jones


Jo Ann Joselyn

Carol Lynch

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Carol Lynch is a senior scholar at the Council of Graduate Schools, where she directs the professional master’s initiatives. She is also dean emerita at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she was dean of the graduate school and vice chancellor for research from 1992 to 2004. She was professor of ecological and evolutionary biology, and is a fellow of the Institute for Behavioral Genetics. She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, her M.A. from the University of Michigan, and her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. She held a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at the University of Colorado.

Much of her professional career was spent at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where she served as a professor of biology and dean of the sciences. She has received a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, is a fellow of the AAAS, and was president of the Behavior Genetics Association. Prior to coming to the University of Colorado, Dr. Lynch was the program director in population biology and physiological ecology at the NSF. She was president of the Western Association of Graduate Schools and has served on the board of directors of the Council of Graduate Schools and on the executive committee of the Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education at NASULGC (now APLU). She is currently a member of the Graduate Record Examination Board and was the chair of the TOEFL Board (Educational Testing Service, ETS). Dr. Lynch has authored numerous publications in evolutionary and behavioral genetics.


Beau Rezendes


Beau Rezendes became a member of the Board of Trustees in July 2012.

Beau is a senior consultant in leadership assessment and employee coaching for the Organizational Consulting Group, a division of Financial & Accounting Support Specialists in Golden, Colorado. Formerly a trainer and leader of organizational development for BP Amoco, Beau received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology, a master’s in personnel administration and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Beau has been active in the field of hospice and palliative care. She was a founding organizer of Hospice Care of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, a founding member on the Board of Directors of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and a former national director of education and training for that organization. Currently, she is a member of the coaching advisory committee for NHPCO’s leadership development program.

In addition, Beau serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Grillo Health Information Center, which conducts free personal medical research to provide the most up-to-date information to the public. She recently taught conversational English to university students in China, Ghana and Portugal as part of a global volunteer organization.

Rev. Dr. Scott Schiesswohl


Judy Scrimshire


Judy Scrimshire became a member of the Board of Trustees in July 2012.

Retired after 44 years as an executive administrative assistant – most recently at IBM – Judy has been a Longmont resident for 17 years.

She has served the needs of children as a member of the Arkansas Council of Youth and Children and during a 12-year stint as a Girl Scout leader.

Judy is a member of the Longs Peak United Methodist Church, where she has served in numerous capacities. Her service commitments have included leader for the prayer shawl group, pianist for the congregation’s Dixieland gospel band, member of the church board of trustees, choir member, social action coordinator for the local United Methodist Women, and Secretary for the United Methodist Women Rocky Mountain Conference.

Judy is an active participant in the community, with memberships in the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO), the Kiwanis Club, and the Red Hat Society.

James R. Topping


James R. Topping became a member of the Board of Trustees in July 2012.

A longtime Boulder resident, James is the Retired Associate Vice President, Director Of University Budgets And Controller for the University of Colorado system.  He earned his Ph.D. in higher education administration, his M.B.A. and his B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Wisconsin. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

James is an active member of the Boulder community, having served on the Boulder City Council, as Chair of the city of Boulder’s Planning Board, as Commissioner of the Housing Authority, and as Chair Of The City Parks And Recreation Board.  He is also a member of the Boulder Valley School District’s Audit And Budget Advisory Committees.  In addition, James is a current board member of the Boulder Bach Festival as well as a member of its strategic planning and finance committees, and was the former treasurer of the Colorado Music Festival.

A long-standing member of Trinity Lutheran Church, James serves on the church’s Strategic Planning And Finance Committees.

Jim Williams



 Stuart Wright

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Stu has been active in Boulder real estate sales since 1966. His first twelve years in real estate were spent with Mock Realty, as a top producer and sales manager. In 1976, he and partner, Lew Kingdom, formed Wright Kingdom Realtors. He served as President of the Boulder Board of Realtors in 1978 and was Realtor of the Year in 1981. He was named All Points Relocation Realtor of the Year in 1990 and 1996. He holds the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and Certified Real Estate Broker Manager (CRB) designations, which are awarded to less than 5% of the Realtor population.

For 47 years, Stu has been a top producer in listings and sales with areas of emphasis from first-time to move-up buyers, relocating families and corporate relocation accounts, sellers and luxury home listings, and residential development  and investment partnerships. He has been the Top Producer annually for Wright Kingdom Real Estate for the past 36 years. He is a member of Who’s  Who in Luxury Real Estate and The

Registry of Real Estate Brokers.  For many years, Stu served on the Board of Directors for All Points Relocation Service and RELO, the Premier Network of Independent Brokers.

Stu’s past local community activities include City of Boulder Open Space Board of Trustees, Colorado Music Festival, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, and Peak Arts.  His personal interests are long distance cycling, fly fishing, traveling, and reading.  He has three grown sons living in Colorado with seven grandchildren.

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