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, Senior Program Officer
Kumella has been at the foundation since 2011. As a Senior 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.
Niki Herrera, Program Officer
Niki joined the Anschutz Family Foundation in 2017 and has spent her entire career working in Colorado’s nonprofit sector helping empower people and organizations to reach their full potential. From fundraising, to communications to program management and design, Niki’s experience allows her to help nonprofit organizations reach their goals in her role as Program Officer. Niki holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Colorado Boulder and a master’s degree in International Studies, with concentrations in Nonprofit Management and Human Rights, from the University of Denver. In her spare time, Niki enjoys traveling, flower and vegetable gardening, baking and spending time with her partner Brian and their two dogs.
Abel Wurmnest, Executive Director
Since 2011, Abel has been traversing the state in search of nonprofits and fellow philanthropists to strengthen communities and philanthropy in Colorado. He began his tenure at the Foundation as a Program Officer, and took over the reigns as Executive Director in May 2017. Abel works with grantseekers and grantees to understand and champion their work, in addition to providing leadership in many of the Foundation’s initiatives, including Rural Philanthropy Days. 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 nephews.
Elaine England, Grants Manager
With over 15 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 but 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.