Board of Trustees

Sue Anschutz-Rodgers, Chair and President
Henry Porter Couzens
John Manning Couzens, Jr.
Melinda Rodgers Couzens

Susan Rodgers Drumm
Sarah Anschutz Hunt

Melissa Rodgers Padgett
 Robert S. Rich, Esq.


Sue Anschutz-Rodgers, Chair and President

As Chair and President of the Anschutz Family Foundation, Sue’s dedication to the nonprofit and philanthropic sector is evidenced through not only the financial commitments of the foundation, but also her vision and willingness to take risks. Her devotion to rural Colorado stems from her rural roots, having grown up in a small town in Central Kansas. She led the Foundation’s efforts in establishing Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days, now in its 25th year, connecting Front Range funders and rural nonprofit partners in rural sites biannually. Sue serves on the boards of the Colorado Cattleman’s Agricultural Land Trust, Denver Police Foundation, Jane Goodall Institute, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy of Kenya (USA), and the Crow Canyon Archeological Center. She is interested in wildlife habitat and animal welfare, land preservation and international issues. When she is not participating in the Foundation’s activities, or those of her boards, Sue is attending to ranch matters, or is involved in some of her activities in Africa.

Kumella Aiu, Program Officer

Kumella has been at the foundation since 2011. As a Program Officer, she works with nonprofits across the state, using her background as former business owner and co-founder of a local nonprofit, to support each grantee’s impact and story. Kumella has a BA in Social Enterprise from Metropolitan State University of Denver and is an active member of the Colorado Funders for Inclusiveness and Equity (COFIE). When not exploring the state through site visits with grantees, Kumella can be found working in her garden, spending time with family and/or driving her teenagers to one of their many activities.

Abel Wurmnest, Program Officer

Since 2011, Abel has been traversing the state in search of nonprofits and fellow philanthropists to strengthen communities and philanthropy in Colorado. As a Program Officer, Abel works with grantseekers and grantees to understand and champion their work . In his previous life, he worked with the Colorado Association of Funders, completed a master’s degree in post-secondary educational leadership from San Diego State University and a bachelor’s in agricultural education from the University of Illinois. When he’s not working, Abel can be found relaxing in one of Denver’s amazing parks, binge watching Netflix documentaries, or spending time with his new niece and nephew. 

Debbie Jessup, Executive Director

Since 2012, Debbie has served as Executive Director of the Anschutz Family Foundation. Debbie provides leadership to grantees and in many of the initiatives of the Foundation, including Rural Philanthropy Days. Previously, Debbie served as president of Bank of Choice Holding Company, leading its expansion in the Denver metro area and across Colorado. Jessup currently serves as a Trustee of the Denver Zoo.  She also served as a member of the board of directors for Junior Achievement, Denver Metro Chamber Foundation and the Kempe Foundation. She served on Governor Bill Owens Task Force for Transportation and Finance and is a graduate of the Leadership Denver program.  She holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and communications from Denison University in Granville, Ohio.  When Debbie is not conducting site visits or siting on steering committees, she can be found spending as much time as she can with her husband, their five children and eight grandchildren.

Elaine England, Grants Manager

With over 10 years at the foundation, Elaine is our point person (and yours) for the foundation’s recent history and for many of our relationships with grantees. As Grants Manager, Elaine crosses all t’s and dots all i’s to manage hundreds of applications, letters of inquiry, final reports, and many other correspondences with grantees and grantseekers. When Elaine is not holding down the fort, she can be found doing anything by her domestic chores!

Whitney Johnson, Program Officer

Whitney has been at the foundation twice, from 2008-2012 and as of July 2016. Her Program Officer duties enable her to meet nonprofit partners and find matches with the foundation’s mission. Whitney has spent her entire career in the nonprofit sector–from program implementation to grant writing, to grant giving. She has worked from Tennessee to Alaska, always committed to making a difference in communities along the way. Whitney received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Miami University. She promises never to live on a tugboat in Alaska again. Ever. When she’s not at work, Whitney can be found skate skiing or chasing her toddler.