Celebrity Council

Jim Benemann & Karen Leigh, CBS4 News Anchors

Emmy-award winning journalist Jim Benemann and Karen Leigh are co-anchors of CBS4 at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Jim is an outstanding journalist and an exceptional communicator. His passion for his work and his commitment to this community make him one of the most respected broadcasters in Colorado.

Karen joined the CBS4 News team in 2008 as anchor of CBS4 news at 5pm, 6pm, 6:30pm, and 10pm from WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she served as an Emmy Award winning morning show anchor since 2004.

Terrell Davis, Former Denver Bronco

Terrell Davis is a former American football running back who played for the Denver Broncos from 1995 to 2001. Davis was drafted by the Broncos in the sixth round (196th pick overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft. Davis is the Denver Broncos all-time leading rusher, with 7,607 rushing yards. As a player, he was given the nickname “T. D.” by players, fans and the media; this denoted both the initials of his first and last name as well as being an abbreviation for touchdown. – See more at: http://www.foodbankrockies.org/about-us/celebrity-council/#sthash.Zwy8fyfj.dpuf

Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Chief Deputy Whip Diana DeGette is serving her 9th term in Congress as Representative for the First District of Colorado. As a member of the powerful Committee on Energy and Commerce, an exclusive congressional committee with vast jurisdiction over health care, trade, business, technology, food safety, and consumer protection, she is one of the leading voices in the health care debate in this country. She also serves as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which conducts the oversight of, and investigations into, issues falling under the jurisdiction of the full committee. As a member of the Democratic leadership, she played a vital role in the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, has fought for tough food safety legislation, and was a key player in crafting a comprehensive consumer product safety bill.

U.S. Rep. DeGette is also the chief architect of legislation to expand stem cell research, which has been passed twice with broad, bipartisan support in Congress. The measure was vetoed twice by President George W. Bush – including his very first presidential veto. A life-long Coloradoan, U.S. Rep. DeGette is guided by traditional Western values. She’s also the author of the landmark Colorado Wilderness Act, which would protect and preserve pristine land across Colorado for generations to come. She has fought to enhance her constituents’ access to affordable quality health care, expand mass transit, improve transportation in the Denver area, clean up environmental waste sites, and improve opportunities for small business.

Tom Green, KWGN Morning News Anchor

Tom Green anchors the Emmy-award winning Daybreak on Colorado’s own Channel 2, the morning show which airs on KWGN from 5-9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Tom is a news and sports veteran within the Denver market, with almost 30 years experience and 10 Emmy awards.

Tom made the transition to news anchor when he joined KWGN after three years as the main sports anchor at KMGH-TV (ABC) in Denver, CO. Tom’s experience also includes play-by-play, color and sideline reporting for ABC and Fox Sports, hosting a national game show (Sports On Tap) for ESPN. Tom also was radio host for KKFN-AM where he inaugurated shows featuring then-Nuggets head coaches Doug Moe and Dan Issel. Previously Tom was sports anchor for more than 13 years for KUSA-TV (NBC) in Denver, CO after working for ESPN.

In addition to 10 Emmy awards, Tom was named the Colorado Sportscaster of the Year 4 times by the National sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Kathie J, KS 107.5 Morning Show Host and Co Host, Colorado’s Everyday on Fox31

Kathie J is co-host, along with Larry Ulibarri and Kendall B, on Denver’s #1 morning show, the KS1075 Morning Show. The show has aired for over a decade and has been consistently ranked #1 in the station’s target demographic. Kathi J also co-hosts Colorado’s Everyday with Chris Parente on Fox31. Kathie J grew up on Thornton and had an early passion for volunteering. She was active in Girl Scouts and Student Council throughout her school years. In college, she was a Domestic Violence Ambassador for the El Paso Courts. She has also volunteered weekly at local Denver area animal shelters for over 10 years. Her relationship with Food Bank of the Rockies began with the yearly KS1075 Food Drive for Food Bank of the Rockies.

Amber Johnson, Editor of Denver Post’s Mile High Mamas

Amber Johnson is so passionate about motherhood that she teamed up with The Denver Post to build a community around it. Mile High Mamas is Denver’s leading social media community for moms and Amber regularly organizes events that pair local mom “Influencers” with organizations in need. Of course, her favorite event ever was when she teamed up with Food Bank of the Rockies to help bring awareness to child hunger.

Amber was selected after a nationwide search to be Microsoft’s accredited blogger at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A former columnist of The Denver Post, she has been named as a Brand Enthusiast for companies such as Disney, Park City Mountain Resort, Nintendo, Windex and Feld Entertainment. She is also a family travel writer and has been blogging at her personal blog, The Mile High Mama, since 2003 and has received numerous blogging awards including First Place for Online Excellence by the Colorado Associated Press.

Mark Koebrich, 9NEWS Anchor

Mark Koebrich joined Channel 9 in September 1981 from WLKY-TV in Louisville, Kentucky. Koebrich came to 9NEWS as the Southern Bureau reporter in Colorado Springs. Later that year, Koebrich helped launch 9NEWS 6:00AM with Bertha Lynn, Larry Camp and Krista Bradford. Koebrich anchored the early morning news for six years and was then assigned to anchor 9NEWS at 12:00pm and 9NEWS 4:30pm with former staffer Linda Benzel.

Mark Koebrich is now the anchor for 4 o’clock @ 9NEWS and 9NEWS at 5 pm. He is also the 9NEWS Consumer Reporter and involved with 9news Senior Source.

Dom Testa, Host of Mix 100 Dom in the Morning

From the time I was a teenager I knew that I wanted to do two things: goof around on the radio, and write. So that’s exactly what I’ve done. Starting at age 16, I’ve been able to do the radio part, and it has brought me here to MIX 100.3. I began hosting this show in 1993 (jeez, has it really been that long?), and it’s still a blast every morning.

The writing has always been a big part of my life, but really took off a few years ago. I’ve published twelve books in all, including six books in the award-winning Galahad series for young adults, three best-selling Mindbender books, and a new set of books for middle grade students (written under the pen name Buster Blank).

Marc Moser, Radio Play by Play/Analyst

Marc Moser is in his fifth season in the radio booth for the Avalanche on the Altitude Radio Network. Moser’s ties to the organization date back to 1997-98, when he became the in-studio host and producer of all Avalanche radio broadcasts. He worked in that capacity for seven years until the end of the 2003-04 campaign. During that time, Moser was also a daily sports-talk show host and the host of the highly popular “Avalanche Talk” on the network flagship sports station.

Anne Trujillo, KMGH News Anchor

Hans Rosemond, Celebrity Council Photographer

Hans Rosemond is an athletic and portrait photographer,  based in Denver, Colorado.

Joe Sakic, Former Colorado Avalanche All-Star

Former Avalanche captain, Joe Sakic, began his first season as the organization’s Executive Advisor/Alternate Governor in 2011. He began his duties at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season. In this role, Sakic serves as an executive advisor regarding all facets of hockey operations. He also represents the Avalanche at the Board of Governors Meetings as one of the Alternate Governors.

Sakic announced his retirement from the game of hockey on July 9, 2009, following a career that spanned 20 seasons and 1,378 games with the same organization. He was team captain for 16 consecutive seasons (17 seasons overall), making him the second-longest serving captain in NHL history.

Bret Saunders, KBCO Morning Show Host

Bret Saunders has been involved in Denver area radio for nearly twenty years, including a 14 year and counting stint as the morning show host at KBCO-FM. He began broadcasting as a teenager in suburban Detroit, Michigan in the 1980s before stumbling around various parts of the US in search of a distinct style, which still eludes him to this day. He likes ‘esoteric’ music, uncomfortable silences in conversation, and dachshunds.

Jake Schroeder, Musician

Jake’s full bio to come soon!

Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche Center

Stastny led the Avalanche with a career-high 79 points in 81 games. His previous high was 78 points as a rookie in 2006-07. Stastny’s 59 assists were also a personal best, nine more than he had during that rookie campaign. He reached the 20-goal mark for the third time in four NHL seasons and ranked first on the team in games, points, assists, power-play points and faceoff percentage. He took 1,703 total faceoffs, second most in the NHL (Sidney Crosby 1791) and helped the United States capture the silver medal at the 2010 Olympics. Stastny now plays for the St. Louis Blues, but continues to support Food Bank of the Rockies through the Joe Sakic Bringing Hope to the Table Celebration and Celebrity Golf Tournament.