Michael Gordon- President

Michael Gordon
Michael believes that a strong social and economic network has the potential to change people’s lives. After completing his Ph.D. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), he specifically sought out opportunities, and employment, in education (UNLV, Public Education Foundation) and economic development (Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance) to achieve this aim. During his time at the LVGEA, the organization was successful in luring the Raiders football team to Las Vegas, starting the movement in getting the Formula One race and Athletics baseball team to find a home in Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Michael was active in the non-profit sector receiving the Vegas Inc. “Volunteer of the Year” award for his years of service on numerous boards. Since relocating to Colorado, Michael has joined, or been elected to, the boards of Rotary Club of Broomfield, the Broomfield Area Chamber of Commerce and FRIENDS of Broomfield. He has served, or is serving, Rotary at the club, District, Zone, and international levels. Michael served District 5300 as Assistant Governor, District Trainer, District Conference chair, and Vocational Training chair and has served District 5450 as the chair of the Rotary Scholarship committee. Additionally, he served as the Assistant Rotary Coordinator (Membership) for Zones 26/27 from 2022-24. Currently, he serves on the international level as a member of the RI Joint Learning Committee which develops curriculum for the Rotary Learning Center courses on My Rotary. He met his wife Amanda when they both served as charter members of the Rotaract Club of Las Vegas. She later served as a District Rotaract Representative and attended four International Conventions. Says Michael: “She is a better Rotarian than me and she isn’t even a member of Rotary!” As a Rotary Foundation alumnus, Michael strongly believes in the impact every Rotarian can have through their continued donations to the “engine that drives Rotary service worldwide”. Together, the couple supports the Foundation as Benefactors, Bequest Society members, and Major Donors.

Redd Upton-President Elect

Redd Upton:
Redd joined Rotary just months before the pandemic hit that changed our outlook on the world. My initial meeting was in person with the following year in a zoom format. When the in-person meeting resumed, I enjoyed getting to know the Broomfield Rotary group becoming more involved over the past 3 1/3 years. The work with FISH, Epic Day of Service, and the annual Broomfield Rotary golf tournament to name a few have been wonderful. The community involvement and dedication are what make Broomfield a great place to live and serve.  My wife Elizabeth and I moved to Broomfield in 2014 from the Brighton area.  We have been operating a commercial HVAC business since 2005 in the greater Denver area. This has also led me to meeting and building strong relationships in Denver for going on 20 years.

Ben Vagher-Past President

Ben Vagher
In 1973, I married Katherine and moved to Broomfield. Initially, I began my career as a schoolteacher and coach, which lasted for five years. However, I eventually transitioned to the world of road construction. Over time, I advanced within the road construction industry until I founded my own road construction company in 1995. Starting from scratch, we grew the company into a sizable operation with over 200 employees. In 2018, I sold the company and shifted my focus to supporting non-profits in Broomfield and beyond. In 2019, I joined the Broomfield Rotary after being asked several times to become a member. I’ve always been impressed by the contributions the Broomfield Rotary makes to our community, particularly its support for non-profit organizations. Saying “yes” to membership was an easy decision. Due to COVID, my term as President was extended to two years, during which I worked diligently to make a positive impact through our Club’s community service efforts.

Dennis Kennedy-President Elect Nominee

Dennis Kennedy
Dennis Kennedy is a new Rotarian having joined in March of 2023. However, he jumped in with both feet and took on updating the website and publishing a weekly bulletin. His favorite Rotary activity is promoting the Dolly Parton Imagination Library which benefits all children from birth to 5 years old in the Broomfield zip codes. He and his wife, Linda, attend local events with a tableful of sample books and a life-size cutout of Dolly. As a retired educator, Dennis is passionate about literacy and kindergarten readiness. With a BS and MA in math, Dennis taught at the junior high and high school levels. As a visionary he found his best use was as an administrator working with students and teachers as the Principal of Shadow Ridge Middle School., Dennis was also able to work closely with the architects in the design Shadow Ridge Middle School to encompass the middle school philosophy of pods. Adams County Five Star Schools used those architectural plans to build the two additional schools. It is rare that an administrator can help plan and open a new school. Dennis sees that as a highlight of his career. Rotary gives Dennis the opportunity to engage in his community of 30 years. While the raising of 4 children and 6 grandchildren never really ends, he finds as they are busy with their lives, he has more time to give back to the community that supported his family.

Lauren Robydek- Secretary

Lauren Robydek
Lauren has enjoyed being a Rotarian for more than 17 years. She cherishes the relationships that have blossomed in this time, and she loves the access to community service opportunities that membership provides. Lauren belonged to the Rotary Club of Green Valley (District 5300) from 2006 - 2015, serving multiple years as Treasurer and one year on the District Conference Committee.  She was honored to receive her club’s “Rotarian of the Year” award in 2013.  
After purchasing a Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery and relocating to the Denver area, Lauren joined the Rotary Club of Broomfield (District 5450) in 2016.  She is currently a Paul Harris Fellow +2, and she has served as Club Secretary since 2018.  In addition to Rotary, Lauren is active in the non-profit organization 100 Broomfield Women Who Care. 
Lauren and husband Scott met playing soccer in 2008, and they have been happily married since 2012.  Now the proud parent of two children and two bakeries, Lauren spends the bulk of her time chasing kids, working, and fantasizing about sleeping. 
 

David Manley-Second Year Board Director

David Manley
  • David and his wife Cindi have two adult daughters: Elizabeth and Megan
  • David and Cindi both graduated from the University of Colorado
  • They have lived in the Broomfield/Boulder/Westminster area since 1971
  • David was a Commercial Banker in Community Banking for 35 years prior to beginning work as a Financial Services Professional in 2013
  • David was recognized for his community service by receiving the Gene Frank, Heart of Broomfield Award in 2020
  • David was President of Eagle Bank in Broomfield for 8 years
  • Eagle Bank won the Independent Bankers Community Service Award for Colorado in 1997
  • David coached girls’ soccer for 15 years with Broomfield Junior Soccer and the Broomfield Blast Soccer Club
  • Member and Past President of the Broomfield Rotary Club
  • Past President and member of the Broomfield Community Foundation Board of Directors
  • Member of the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce and past member of the Board of Directors
  • Member of the Colorado Conservatory of Dance Board of Directors
  • Winner of the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year in 1991
  • Past Chairman of the Board and Treasurer of the Broomfield Economic Development Corporation
  • Past member of the City and County of Broomfield Citizens Housing Task Force
  • Additional Community Service as a past board member for Bal Swan Children’s Center, Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center Foundation, Broomfield Swim and Tennis Club, City of Broomfield Citizen Parks and Recreation and Transportation Committees, Broomfield United Methodist Church.
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