Emilie Suzanne Padgett
Fredrick William Couzens
Henry Porter Couzens
John Manning Couzens, Jr.
Melinda Rodgers Couzens
Melissa Rodgers Padgett
Susan Rodgers Drumm
Sarah Anschutz Hunt
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 27th 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.
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 enjoying everything Colorado has to offer or spending time with his niece and nephews.
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 Camarena, 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 three dogs.
Sara Nadelman, Program Officer
Sara joined the Anschutz Family Foundation in mid-2019. She spent most of her career in hospital and medical school administration until a chance opportunity sent her abroad to begin a second career in anti-human trafficking. She has worked in anti-trafficking in both nonprofits and government systems with a particular focus on youth and young adults. Sara holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a master’s degree from Boston University School of Public Health. In her spare time, she likes to visit all of the Colorado Atlas Obscura landmarks and hang out with her awesome niece.
Zoe Krusic, Grants Manager
Zoe joined the Anschutz Family Foundation in 2018. As Grants Manager, Zoe stays busy managing hundreds of applications, letters of inquiry and reports. She understands that technology can be a challenge and enjoys guiding potential grantees through our application process. Having previous experience in fundraising and development, she is dedicated to creating a positive experience for our grantees and grantseekers alike. Zoe earned her bachelor’s degree from Colorado College, has her master’s in Clinical Ayurveda, and is a proud Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Lesotho). Outside of work, she can be found practicing yoga, discovering Colorado’s outdoor wonders with her partner, Tom, or enjoying a good book with a cup of tea.