Our Ave’s Superstar, #18

Paul Stastny, Avalanche Center
Photo by Rachel Kemble

"I have lived a life so blessed that I have never worried where my next meal would come from, however many families are not as fortunate. Food bank of the  Rockies strives every day to feed and nourish those in need. I am humbled and honored to be in the company of an organization that does so much for the community that does so much for me."
About Paul:
Stastny led the Avalanche with a career-high 79 points (20g/59a) 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…Reached the 20-goal mark for the third time in four NHL seasons…Ranked first on the team in games (tied), points, assists, power-play points (9g/16a) and faceoff percentage (50%)…Took 1,703 total faceoffs, second most in the NHL (Sidney Crosby 1791)…Helped the United States capture the silver medal at the 2010 Olympics…Skated in all six games for the Americans, tallying a goal and two assists with a +2 rating while winning 54% of his faceoffs…Played in his 200th NHL game on Oct. 15 at Montreal…Surpassed the 200-career point mark with three assists on Nov. 4 vs. Phoenix…Recorded a seasonhigh four points (1g/3a) on Dec. 2 at Florida…Tied his career-high with a six-game assist streak from Jan. 9-24…Had points in each of his first nine games after returning from the Olympics (5g/11a), his longest point streak of the season…Collected back-to-back multi-goal games for the first time in his career March 11-14…Led the team with 20 points in March (6g/14a), the first Avalanche player with 20 points in a single month since Joe Sakic (20) in February of 2007. PLAYOFFS: Led Colorado in playoff scoring with five points (1g/4a) in six games…Collected two assists and won 14-of-24 faceoffs (58%) in Game 1 of the WCQF at San Jose on April 14…Scored a power-play goal in Game 4 (CQF) vs. San Jose on April 20.
Son of Hockey Hall-of-Famer Peter Stastny…His uncles, Anton and Marian, also played in the NHL…Older brother Yan is currently playing in Europe but has spent time with the Edmonton Oilers and St. Louis Blues…Is involved with Garth Brooks’ “Teammates for Kids.”…Actively participates in the Avalanche Player Clinics, teaching the fundaments of ice hockey to local youth players.

Mr. Dave, our #17

Dave Krieger, Denver Post Sports Columnist & KOA Radio Host
Photo by Hans Rosemond
"The last time Springsteen was in town, I remember volunteers from Food Bank of the Rockies manning the escalators at the Pepsi Center to accept contributions. I've always admired the ingenuity the Food Bank brings to the battle against hunger in Colorado, and in particular its important work to alleviate and prevent hunger in children. I'm delighted to do my part by accepting its invitation to be a member of the council."

About Dave:
Dave Krieger is a sports columnist for The Denver Post and a part-time host on KOA radio. He has been a Colorado journalist for 30 years, including 27 with the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News. Over that span, he has covered everything from the 1983 Denver mayoral race to Super Bowls, World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals and Olympic Games.

Mose, Our #16

Marc Moser, Radio Play by Play/Analyst
Photo by Rachel Kemble

“It’s such an honor to work alongside Food Bank of the Rockies, an organization I’ve come to respect and admire in such a big way. The work they do fighting hunger and the dignity that they do it with make them a top notch charity. Our community would suffer without the services they offer and it’s my pleasure to support them in any way that I can for years to come.”

About Marc:
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.

Moser returned to the Avalanche broadcast team as a television studio host and analyst on Altitude in 2006-07 and left the world of daily sports-talk to move into the Avalanche radio booth in 2007. In addition to his Avalanche duties, Moser is also one of the television play-by-play voices of the Colorado Rapids of the MLS on Altitude and is a regular host and contributor to the “Golf at Altitude” and “Sports Summit” shows. During the off-season, he also assists various charities and organizations in public events and MC duties and is the annual MC for the Joe Sakic Celebrity Golf Classic and Joe and Debbie Sakic Bringing Hope to the Table Gala benefiting Food Bank of the Rockies.

Prior to his arrival in Denver in 1996, Moser was the Sports Director at KFBK Radio in Sacramento, Calif., where he was the play-by-play announcer for the California State University Sacramento football and basketball teams in the Big Sky conference and host of a nightly sports talk-show. He also served as sideline reporter and host of the Sacramento Gold Miners of the Canadian Football League and provided extensive coverage and reporting on the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. Moser has covered every major sport in the United States and Canada and recalls the on-ice celebration of the Avalanche winning the Stanley Cup in 2001 as his favorite broadcasting memory.

An alumnus of CSUS, his resume also includes a 14-year stint as a NASCAR announcer at Colorado National Speedway, where he was named National Short Track announcer of the year, and various play-by-play duties for California and Colorado high school and college teams.

A native of Sacramento, Calif., Moser resides with his wife, Patty, and daughter, Brooke, in Parker, Colo. A private pilot, Moser enjoys flying all over Colorado and Kansas as well as spending time on the golf course and playing the guitar.

Welcoming #14 & #15, Melody & Ken

Melody Mendez & Ken Clark, FOX 31 Morning Show Anchor & Traffic Anchor
Photo by Hans Rosemond
“As a Denver native I have seen the growth the city has gone through.  Throughout the years one thing has remained the same; the big hearts of the people who call Colorado home. Times are very tough and families need basics like food.  Joining the team at Food Bank of the Rockies and helping fill the basic food needs of local families is an honor.”  Ken Clark
About Melody:
Melody Mendez is the co-anchor of FOX31's Good Day Colorado. She joined the KDVR team in August 2010. Her love of storytelling and constant learning makes journalism the perfect career for Melody. She cherishes every opportunity to meet new people and share their stories.
Before coming to Denver, Melody was a reporter/fill-in anchor for KOMO 4 News in Seattle, WA. While there, she was fortunate to witness the community band together after the slaying of four police officers in a Lakewood coffee shop, and covered the hunt for their killer. She often filed reports for their Spanish-speaking station, KUNS ( Univision). Melody loved her time in the Pacific Northwest - but is ready for the sunny days in Denver.
Melody is a graduate of Boston University's College of Communication, where she received the "Dennis Kauff Award" for excellence in journalism. After graduation, Melody headed south and began her broadcast career at WBBJ in Jackson, Tennessee. Her work as the evening anchor, reporter and Gibson County Bureau Chief helped launch the station to its spot as the highest rated ABC affiliate in the nation. During Hurricane Katrina, Melody led a major effort to get water to victims on the gulf coast. With her help, six tractor trailers full of bottled water were sent to those in need.
After 2 years in Tennessee, Melody was hired by WICD TV in Champaign, Illinois. She quickly worked her way up from General Assignment Reporter to Weekend Anchor. While there, she worked closely with the American Cancer Society and helped organize the Champaign County Relay for Life.
The daughter of an Air Force Pilot (and Air Force Academy grad), Melody has travelled the globe. Her job has brought her to small towns and cities across America. She is thrilled about her latest stop here in Denver and can't wait to be a part of the community.  A native New Englander, Melody loves sports and remains a loyal Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins fan - no matter where she lives! When her Boston teams aren't in town, she looks forward to cheering on the Rockies at Coors Field and catching a Broncos game at Invesco.  In her free time, Melody likes to travel, exercise, read, spend time on the water and visit family in Peru. 
Melody is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
About Ken:
Ken Clark is traffic anchor on KDVR FOX 31's Good Day Colorado.  He worked as traffic reporter for Good Day before becoming an anchor on the show. Prior to joining Fox-31 Ken worked at Premier Traffic. He was the airborne drive time reporter for 107.5 KQKS and 104.3 KJCD.  Ken's career also includes working as an overnight jock for 103.5 KRFX. He also produced "Lou from Littleton" at 850 KOA and "The Peter Boyles Show" at 630 KHOW.

Ken began his career as operation manager at 91.9/ 93.9 KDUR in Durango, CO. He received Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Fort Lewis College.

Announcing Member #13…Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn, Olympic Ski Racer

"Colorado is near and dear to me. I understand that there are many Coloradans who don't always know where their next meal is coming from and I can't imagine the feelings that are associated with fearing hunger.  I'm fortunate enough to be in a position where I can offer support for those in need and through Food Bank of the Rockies, I hope to offer my talents and voice in fighting hunger and feeding hope for so many Coloradans who need food assistance."

About Lindsey:
Lindsey Vonn has established herself as the most successful female ski racer in American History. She is the only American woman to have captured downhill gold at the Olympics and the only American woman with three World Cup Overall titles. Vonn’s victories include an Olympic Gold and Bronze medal, 33 World Cup wins in four disciplines (downhill, Super G, Slamon and super combined), as well as two World Championship gold medals.

Vonn began racing in Minnesota at the age of two, before moving into Erich Sailer’s renowned program at Buck Hill. She commuted to Vail to train for a few years, before her family decided to relocate. En route to the World Cup, Vonn excelled at every level including Junior Olympics, Trofeo Topolino, Whislter Cup, Junior Worlds, NorArms and Europa Cup.

Vonn has become one of the most recognizable female athletes in the United States, gracing the covers of publications such as ESPN: The Magazine, Sports Illustrated and Fitness Magazine.  Vonn resides in Vail, Colorado with her husband.

Celeb Council Members #11 & #12

Anne Trujillo & Mike Nelson, Nightly Anchor & Chief Meteorologist for 7NEWS
Photo by Hans Rosemond
"This is a tough time for so many families in Colorado.  The mission of Food Bank of the Rockies has never been so important.  We urge everyone to do what they can to help support this vital service."

About Anne:
Anne Trujillo co-anchors 7NEWS at 3, 5, and 10 p.m. Anne started her broadcasting career at a Denver radio station. From there, Anne moved on to television stations in Scottsbluff and Omaha, Neb., before returning home to Colorado in September 1984 as a 7NEWS general assignment reporter.

Anne is an award-winning broadcast journalist. Her reporting and anchoring work has been recognized by the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, the Colorado Broadcasters Association, The Associated Press, and Women in Communications. She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Throughout her career, Anne has been very active in the community. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Kempe Center, and is chair of the Advisory Council for Escuela de Guadalupe, a K-5 school in Denver. She is also a member of the Latino Outreach Committee of the Denver Art Museum and the Food Bank of the Rockies Celebrity Council. 

In addition, Anne serves on the board of "WINS," Women's Initiative for Networking and Success, a McGraw-Hill Companies initiative to provide skills for advancement to women within the company.

Anne has also received numerous awards for service to the community from Mi Casa Resource Center, RAAP, Rape Assistance and Awareness Program, Museo de las Americas, and LAEF among many others. Anne is married, has two children, and still makes her home in Littleton, Colo., where she grew up.

About Mike:
Mike Nelson joined 7News in June of 2004 as Chief Meteorologist. Prior to his position at KMGH, Nelson served as Chief Meteorologist for KUSA-TV from 1991 to 2004.

Mike received his degree in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 1976, he began work at Weather Central, a private weather consulting firm specializing in forecasts for ski areas, agri-business, power utilities, and the Wisconsin TV network as well as over 40 other radio and TV stations nationwide. Nelson was appointed executive vice president of Weather Central in 1979 and supervised a staff of 14 meteorologists.

While in Madison, Nelson partnered with fellow meteorologist, Terry Kelly, in devising a computer weather graphics system for television. This system, called LIVELINE, remains the most widely used television weather graphics system in the world; over 500 TV stations use this system.

In 1985, Mike and his family moved to St. Louis, Missouri where he served as Chief Meteorologist at KMOV-TV until 1991. While in St. Louis, Mike was a member of the American Meteorological Society's Board of Broadcast Meteorology and was one of six meteorologists that select candidates to receive the AMS Seal of Approval for Television Weathercasting.

Mike has won 14 Emmy awards for Outstanding Weather Anchor. In 2001, he was recognized by the Colorado Broadcasters Association as their "Citizen of the Year" for his volunteer work in Colorado schools. Mike enjoys sharing his knowledge of the weather with young and old, visiting nearly 100 schools, clubs, and service organizations each year. His Tornado Dance is a much anticipated event!

Mike has also written a local best seller, "The Colorado Weather Almanac."

Celeb Council Member #10

Murphy Huston, Host of the Murphy & Denise KOSI 101 Morning Show
"It's an honor for me to be a part of the Celebrity Council for Food Bank of the Rockies.  I so respect all they do for people in need.  I hope I can help further the cause of fighting hunger."
About Murphy:
Murphy has been doing radio in Denver for 25 years, 14 on KOSI. He is married to Carol and they raised their 4 children here and now have 4 grandchildren. Murphy has been very active in the community and has the 7 Everyday hero award and several others. For years he was the face of the Colorado Lotto by doing their weekly drawings on News 4. He thoroughly enjoys doing radio where is lone goal everyday to to put a smile on some one's face....."If I can make your day a little better then I'm a happy man." He is truly a "HOMER" when it comes to the local sports teams and is still trying to figure out his golf game.

Celeb Council Members #8 & 9

Dom Testa, Co-host of the Dom & Jane Morning Show on Mix 100
Not picturedJane London - photo to come soon!
"We're always known that Food Bank of the Rockies does incredible work with more than 1,000 agencies, and we've seen firsthand how they impact lives.  But when we actually spent time at their facilities, and saw the spirit in their staff and volunteers, it made us appreciate the real people who dedicate each day to making a difference.  We're fortunate in Colorado to have an organization that is fueled not only by generous donors, but by passionate believers in the power to change lives."
About Dom:
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. 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. Now, my award-winning book series for young adults has been acquired by Tor Books in New York, and they are launching the Galahad series worldwide.

I also visit schools and host writing assemblies and workshops. Plus, when I’m in front of the kids, I always talk about the foundation I created called The Big Brain Club. Its primary goal is to help kids overcome the peer pressure to dumb down. Plus, there are tons of writing tips and exercises to help kids exercise their brains. Check it out at http://www.bigbrainclub.com/.  Thanks for spending your mornings with the Dom and Jane Show!

About Jane:
I’m happy to have been part of The Dom and Jane Show for over 10 years, here on MIX 100.  I grew up in Michigan and attended Central Michigan University, where I managed (between visits to the bar) to get a degree in Journalism. My career began as a radio reporter and I was able to cover a couple of presidential elections, which was a lot of fun for me. I morphed out of news and into a ‘morning radio personality’ and worked as a talk show host for a few years, before moving to Denver and MIX 100.

I’ve been married to my husband, Prince Charming, for almost 20 years. We live in the hills and spend most of our free time in the mountains, near Winter Park, where we ski, hike, bike, and catch up on sleep. We have a cat, named Gus and a Jack Russell Terrier, named Chili, who is without a doubt, the Cutest Dog in the World!

If you listen to The Dom and Jane Show, you know that I tend to say what’s on my mind, and I credit my parents for producing four independent, free-thinking (and speaking) children. That’s not to say I didn’t get punished for my smart mouth on occasion! My mom once told me, as a child, that I’d never keep a job if I continued to be such a smart aleck. Good thing I didn’t listen to that advice.

Dom and I are very proud of the success that we’ve been able to achieve as the morning hosts on MIX 100. Thanks so much for listening!

Celeb Council Member #7

Matt Morris, Recording Artist

"As an artist, I'm given the unique opportunity to share what is meaningful to me with a large, sometimes international audience. Now I'm honored to use my voice to bring awareness to something local. Food Bank of the Rockies provides an amazing service to communities across Colorado, and I stand by them in the movement to end hunger. No one should go to bed hungry in the Land of Plenty."

About Matt:
What is it that separates Matt Morris from so many other recording artists? When you peel back all the layers - the diverse moods, styles and topics he sings about - there is one common denominator: They reflect Matt's dedication to living and writing about a meaningful life.
His album, Everything Breaks Open, was produced in Austin, Texas, and in Los Angeles by Charlie Sexton and Tennman label founder Justin Timberlake - two names you wouldn’t intuitively expect to team up in the studio. “Charlie and Justin can be seen as representative of different sides of my music,” Morris says. “There is an earthy, rooted, sometimes melancholy side to some of my writing that is in line with Charlie’s personality and approach. There is a playful, high-energy, soulful side that speaks to who Justin is, as a person and producer. The two people are very different from one another, but they both have impeccable instincts.”
Morris has known Timberlake since the early 1990s, when the two were child co-stars of that era’s edition of “The All New Mickey Mouse Club.” Morris was on the show for four seasons, from 1991-1995. Even before what was popularly known as MMC, Morris was a stage savvy performer. His father is country artist Gary Morris, former Broadway actor and once one of country’s biggest stars. His parents divorced when he was young; he lived with his mother in Denver, but on summer vacations, he would often join his father not just on the road, but on stage.

In addition to Timberlake, Morris’ friends and contemporaries from the show included luminaries such as Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Keri Russell, Ryan Gosling, and JC Chasez. While many of his cohorts leveraged their Disney Channel exposure to successful pop and acting careers, Morris craved teenage normality, and the family headed back to Denver. “At 15, all I really wanted to do was hang out, get my learner’s permit, and not work” Morris says. “I didn’t want to be a celebrity; I wanted to be a kid."  During the summer between his Junior and Senior years in high school, Matt worked as a volunteer health activist for the non-profit organization, Amigos de las Americas. He worked in a remote village in Paraguay, South America, teaching hygiene to locals and assisting with sanitation. Matt’s experience with Amigos was a precursor to the work he would do as a partner artist with the Flobot’s non-profit, FightWithTools.org, an organization committed to providing support on many levels to communities in need.

Morris reunited as a collaborator for some of his fellow Mouseketeers as they pursued their music careers. Morris and Aguilera co-wrote five songs on her Stripped album, including the hit “Can’t Hold Us Down”; they also wrote Kelly Clarkson’s hit, “Miss Independent.” Morris teamed up with Timberlake to craft “The Only Promise That Remains” – a duet performed by Timberlake and Reba McEntire for the Reba Duets album. The pair also wrote “(Another Song) All Over Again” produced by mega-producer Rick Rubin, for Justin’s 2008 FutureSex/LoveSounds.

“To write for another person is to channel that person’s artistic vision,” Morris says. “I work to become aligned with their intentions, and allow my words to speak as close to their perspectives as possible. I think that’s why it is so easy for me to write with Justin, and why my time with Christina yielded so many songs. I know them; we have a shared context.”

Morris’ own music occupies a time and space entirely different from the songs he has collaborated on. In 2003, Matt released the DIY album, UnSpoken, and over the last couple of years has toured with Grammy award winners The Indigo Girls and Joan Osborne. In 2008, he performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, which spawned a five song EP - Backstage at Bonnaroo and other Acoustic Performances.  All these years of work paved the way for When Everything Breaks Open, which was conceived in a Middle Eastern restaurant in New York City. “Justin had just performed on “Saturday Night Live” for the first time, and I was there to support him and watch the show. At dinner after the show, he told me he was going to start a label of his own, and that he wanted to sign me as his artist. He said he was going to help me share my music with the world, and I believed him.”

On When Everything Breaks Open, Matt Morris has grown from an award-winning songwriter to a multi-talented recording artist with one of the most ambitious albums of 2010.

Celeb Council Member, #6

Amber Johnson, Editor of Denver Post's Mile High Mamas
"I've had the opportunity to serve in food banks all over the world but since becoming a mom, I feel especially passionate about helping combat child hunger. I'm so impressed with the programs at  Food Bank of the Rockies and I feel honored to be conjoined with them."

About Amber:
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. She works as a social media strategist at Pixo Web Design & Strategy and has been named as a Brand Enthusiast for companies such as Park City Mountain Resort's Snowmamas.com, Nintendo, Windex and Feld Entertainment. She is also a family travel writer and has been blogging at her personal blog Crazy Bloggin’ Canuck since 2003 and was received numerous blogging awards including being honored in Westword magazine’s Best of Denver edition.

She is originally from Canada but spent a number of years working as a publicist for Utah’s ski and outdoor industry whilst moonlighting as a radio personality and travel writer. She relinquished her wanderlust life to marry the real love of her life nine years ago. She and her husband Jamie have two kids ages 5 and 7. Well, actually three offspring if you count Jamie's obsession with growing The Great Pumpkin, for which Amber and Jamie were featured on the premiere on NBC's The Marriage Ref.