Staff and Council of Trustees

Council of Trustees

Brian Berg Brian is starting his 30th year in working with children in many different capacities from a juvenile justice counselor, to an elementary school teacher and later a  principal of a state identified turnaround elementary school.  Brian then moved onto district level leadership in two separate Colorado school districts. Currently, he is returning to the classroom as a 4th grade teacher at Glenwood Springs Elementary School which is also an Expeditionary Learning school. He has seen the power of storytelling in action as a teacher and administrator.  For 15 years he has promoted the Spellbinders as an effective teaching tool to help students with learning about the art of storytelling which helps all academic areas as well as character development.

Jenny Henke is a retired journalist, public relations specialist and teacher whose work has included working for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation where she learned about the many elements that go into creating a thriving, well-managed, volunteer-based organization.  In 2006, she discovered Spellbinders, fell in love with storytelling and quickly took on a leadership role within her Chapter.  She has assisted her Chapter with publicity, fund-raising and programming and currently is one of her Chapter’s Certified Spellbinders Trainers that introduces new volunteers to the joy of storytelling.

Tom Hobbs is a business owner, a serial Entrepreneurial Nut & Professional Speaker. He draws upon stories  from his youth in the country to traveling on Cruise Ships as a Dance Host.   He was Toastmasters District 26 Governor 2013-14 the largest Communications and Leadership Organization in the World. A Master of Causing Smiles.  He utilizes Stories & Humor as a Professional Speaker to make information stick.   Tom Hobbs proves this  over 150 times a year as he speaks for Professional Organizations, Schools, Service Clubs and teaches entrepreneurs to Increase Profits by Causing More Smiles.  Enriching our youth with Creative Literacy is one way Tom gives back to the world.

Harriet R. Hogue is a retired Urban/City Planner.  Her 32 years with the City and County of Denver involved creating and stabilizing residential neighborhoods such as the reuse of Lowry Air Force Base and also varied major commercial redevelopments.  She was the manager of Neighborhood Planning division and citywide Zoning planner. Her career also included work with Parks and Recreation as the Community Liaison where she was the first City Park Administrator appointed by Mayor Webb.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from DU and a Masters degree in Urban Planning from CU.  Harriet is a former trustee of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, was a board member of the Neighborhood Resource Center of Colorado, served for 6 years on the Denver council for SCFD (Scientific Cultural Facilities District), and is currently on the board of ArtsStreet, a non-profit teaching Youth new century workforce skills via creative and art grounded tools.  With a true love of the power of stories, she joined Spellbinders in 2014.

Denise Jurgens is a CPA with Reese Henry & Company in Aspen, Colorado. Her practice includes many nonprofit organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley. Denise began working with Spellbinders’ founders, Al & Germaine Dietsh, in 1997, when Spellbinders was founded.  She has watched it grow from one chapter in 1997 to over 15 today. In addition to Spellbinders, she serves on the boards of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Hospice of the Valley and Wheeler Associates.

Rob Kaufold is the Executive Director of Hemera Regnant, LLC, the administrative arm of Hemera Foundation, a Bermuda-based private family foundation founded in 2007. Hemera is a contemplative philanthropic organization focusing on prenatal to three early childhood development, socially focused art and culture, the promotion of secular contemplative practice, homelessness, and aging. Prior to joining Hemera Regnant, Rob established Carriage Partners, LLC; an advisory firm focused on family offices and their related charitable entities. In this role, he helped organizations review their operational, reporting, and decision-making processes so to build efficient, sustainable infrastructure while maintaining strong internal controls and appropriate financial reporting. Rob began his career in 1993 in public accounting with Coopers and Lybrand, LLP. Since then, he has served in various senior accounting and financial advisory roles within the family office, insurance, and financial services industries. Rob is a New York CPA and has a BS in Accounting from Providence College. He lives in Broomfield, CO with his wife, Erin, and two children, Emily, and Molly.

Judy Lloyd is a 45-year energy industry professional who recently retired as a senior analyst with Kinder Morgan, Inc., the nation’s largest natural gas pipeline company.  She earned a Bachelors’ degree in Political Science from Rice University in Houston, Texas.  Judy also worked with the Harris County, Texas Extension Service to develop and teach a leadership program for high school juniors and seniors and conducted leadership training for 4H students and adult leaders.  Judy’s volunteer work included chairmanship of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Boards for the cities of Friendswood, Texas and for Broomfield, Colorado.  In addition, Judy has been a member of Toastmasters International for the past 26 years.  She served in numerous leadership positions including the Toastmasters District 26 Governor from 2001-2002 where she led and served 3,000 members in 150 Toastmaster clubs throughout Colorado, Wyoming and western Nebraska.   Judy has been a member of the Broomfield chapter of Spellbinders since 2011 and currently serves as the Chapter Leader.

Sandy Magnuson is a retired professional counselor, counselor educator and supervisor, family therapist, and professional author. She wrote three textbooks and over 60 articles that were published in professional journals. Sandy continues to write columns for local newspapers. Storytelling, folklore, and children’s literature captured Sandy’s interest throughout her career. Thus, she welcomed opportunities to continue telling stories as a Spellbinder® oral storyteller. She has been a member of the Larimer chapter since 2011. She is also a certified trainer.  Sandy grew up on a cattle ranch north of Briggsdale, Colorado. She particularly appreciates her opportunities to tell stories to elementary students at the school she attended. She also serves on the Weld County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Board, Greeley Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and Greeley Art Commission.

Ray Mohr is a retired environmental planner from the Air Division of the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment where he worked for over 30 years helping develop community and state air quality programs. He is also an adjunct instructor at Devry University where he teaches environmental science and public speaking. He has been a member of several professional associations including the Colorado Environmental Health Association, the Association of Commuter Transportation and the Air and waste Management Association. He was also appointed to serve on the Governors Bicycling Advisory Board. He has been a member of the Denver Spellbinders Chapter for over five years. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Zoology and two masters Degrees in Zoology and Public Administration.


Catherine Johnson
Executive Director

Catherine has a B.S. in International Relationships from Georgetown University. She has spent her career working in the public and non-profit sector to strengthen community. This work has included policy, fundraising, communications and governance work at organizations as varied as the United Nations, the U.S. Congress, the National Audubon Society, the Wyoming Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation. Catherine brings to Spellbinders a deep appreciation of the value of intergenerational relationships and storytelling’s value to child development. Catherine tells stories to her two young daughters in her three generation household. Catherine joined Spellbinders in May 2008.

Lena McCain
Chapter Coordinator

Lena has spent most of her career in the field of community outreach, with a focus on multicultural development and youth education, particularly as it relates to literacy. Lena is drawn to Spellbinders because of our vision to connect elders to youth, changing the lives of children through storytelling. As her drive and passion lies in the non-profit sector of brand awareness, it is Lena’s hope to unite her experience and expertise to further the Spellbinders community, their mission, and their vision.