SLBA Board Members

SLBA Board Members

Doug Whitten and his wife Judy have spent 46 years in Lakewood, the last 40 years in the Southern Gables area of Lakewood.  Doug is currently the President of the Southern Gables Neighborhood Association, a position he has held for 4 years.

In addition, he is on the Boards of the South Lakewood Business Association, Lakewood Forward, and the Green Gables Elementary School Accountability Committee.  His proudest educational experience was as an Assistant Principal at the Warren Occupational-Technical Center where he assisted in the planning and implementation of that great school.  Doug is committed to neighbor/neighborhood building where residents become involved and engaged in their community by working with all organizations with in community.


Joe Barnholt
SLBA Vice President

Music and Guitar Teacher
303-217-1225
joebarnholt@gmail.com

Joe is an engineer, project manager, and musician. He is a Colorado native and 4th generation Coloradan with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, and has always enjoyed challenging himself with new opportunities, whether they be business or hobby. As a young professional by day and want-to-be rock star by night, he enjoys balancing the roles of his day job in software with his roles in the LLC he started for his band and music lessons.
Through his work in music, he has become a jack of all trades, including marketing, administrative duties, contract negotiations, networking, social media, and teaching. This has allowed him to expand his skill set in his professional life and provide creative solutions to those he works with as he continues to grow into new roles in his job, music, and community.


George Kowach

South Lakewood Resident

303.903.6985        tkowach@gmail.com

Following a 40 year career in the Denver banking and lending community, George T. Kowach is now a dedicated volunteer, serving on three different boards in the Jefferson County area. George and his wife Adair have lived in Lakewood for 21 years and have two adult children and three grandchildren. Devoted to health and fitness, George is an avid runner and workout nut. He welcomes you to SLBA and would enjoy meeting for coffee and good conversation.


Robert Smith
City Liaison to the SLBA Board

City of Lakewood Economic Development Office

303-987-7050               ed@lakewood.org

Robert is Economic Development Manager for the City of Lakewood, CO.  With twenty-five plus years of marketing, business attraction, communications and economic development experience, he has previously served key roles in Colorado communities including Douglas County, Aurora, Thornton and Brighton.

Robert is a Colorado native, raised in the Denver Metro area.  After graduating from Northglenn High School, he received his Bachelor’s Degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver.


Gordon Seufert

Recycle Mat-ters

720.515.1666
Gordon@RecycledMat-ters.com

Recycled Mat-ters does just that: Recycles & refurbishes products destined for premature waste-stream demise in landfills. Our primary products are sought by business offices, commercial buildings and retail establishments, as well as homeowners. Recycled commercial grade floor mats, carpet tiles, shop towels, aprons, gloves and vehicle fender protectors – stay in contact with us as more products are always being tested as candidates for our form of recycling.


Damion Rice

DBR Sales & Installation

(303) 507-1431

drice3285@gmail.com

I am the owner/operator of DBR Sales and Installations. We are a full service flooring company specializing in the sales and installation of all types of flooring, both residential and commercial. With over 25 years in business in the metro area I have developed a value based sales system that puts the client first. Let me be your personal flooring department. I am also an engaged Lakewood citizen, Lion and SLBA board member.


Liz Duff-Lamb

SLBA Treasurer

Organo Gold

(303) 517-0041
liz.duff23@gmail.com

Having grown up in the Chicago area, and going to college in New Hampshire, Liz came out west to Colorado almost 25 years ago for graduate school, and never left! She earned her Masters Degree in special education, at the University of Northern Colorado.
After 20 years as a special education teacher, Liz decided to change careers. Starting her healthy coffee business, was another way Liz is able to help people in a different way than in her teaching career! “Change your coffee, Change your life”. She has enjoyed meeting people and businesses involved with SLBA, and looks forward to getting more businesses in South Lakewood involved in SLBA.


Ross Howell

Business Relationship Representative

Easterseals Colorado

720-254-7257
rhowell@eastersealscolorado.org

Ross retired in 2015 after working 20+ years in the financial services industry, as a Portfolio Consultant and Stockbroker, for Charles Schwab Investment Advisory. During his years at Charles Schwab, he earned his Series 7, Series 9/10, Series 61, and Series 65 securities licenses, and his Accredited Asset Management Specialist designation. Ross came out of retirement and began working for Easterseals Colorado in 2017, but he has been actively involved with fundraising for them since 1991. In addition to his belief in, and passion for, the mission of Easterseals Colorado, Ross loves to ride his Harley, with his wife Linda, and their 2 sons, Brian and Heath. He, and a small group of friends, started the Iron Pony Express, a group of bikers that have been raising money, since 1993, to help send kids and adults with disabilities, to Rocky Mountain Village, Easterseals Colorado’s fully accessible camp in Empire Colorado.

Ross has the same kind of passion for the mission of the SLBA, and would love to have you come join us!


Amira Watters
Liason to Board – Jefferson County Business Resource Center (JCBRC)


Rashon Manning

FirstBank

303-742-3094             rashon.manning@efirstbank.com

After an eight-year stint in the US Army with two deployments to Afghanistan, Rashon decided to go a different path and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship as well as his MBA from Mercer University.  Rashon is now a Banking Officer at FirstBank and is currently serving on the board of Colorado Veterans Project as the Chief Marketing Officer. 

When he’s not working, Rashon enjoys various activities (that doesn’t include extreme heights), hanging with his boxer, Rosa, and traveling to new countries.