BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Patricia M Nielsen, CPA, Accredited Estate Planner
CPA since 1996 specializing in: High Net-Worth Individuals, Stock Options, Trusts, Estate Planning, Family Partnerships, Farm & Ranch, Non-Profit Organizations & Foundations
Professional and Volunteer Profile:
• Founder of Nielsen & Company CPAs & Consultants 1992
• 2010 was her 23rd tax season since graduating from the University of Idaho, BS Business
Community Foundation Serving Boulder County – Former Audit Committee, former Board of Trustees for 6 years and Treasurer for 4 years, grants committees
• Intercambio board since 2008, Chair finance committee – non-profit’s mission is teaching English to immigrants and an exchange of cultures
• Milagros Scholarship Fund trustee, Adelante mentor – supports Latina young women
• Member of Boulder Rotary since 1997
• Colorado Capital Bank – Boulder bank Board of Advisors since 2006
• Audit committee for BankVest Inc (holding company for Colorado Capital Bank)
• Boulder Estate Planning Council – member since 1976 – AEP designation award
• Colorado Society of CPAs since 1976, former CO tax committee chair, Ethics committee
• Boulder Community Hospital – former Professional Advisory Board Member
• Boulder Chamber of Commerce – former Chair of several committees, CEO exchange
• Wrote monthly tax columns for Women’s magazine in Boulder for 9 years
Passions & Pastimes:
• Remodeling Boulder & Leadville properties with green emphasis
• Flower gardening with lots of color
• Traveling – US in 38’ motor home, Internationally to Italy, Ecuador, Europe, Indonesia
Leaf Van Boven is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU). His research expertise concerns the interrelation between people’s emotions and the judgments and decisions they make in everyday life. His teaching expertise is in research methods, consumer behavior, and conflict resolution. In addition, Leaf directs the Center for Research on Judgment and Policy.
My occupation is Business Executive.
At the present time I am involved in Church work in Boulder, and am currently a member of the State of Colorado Policy Advisory Committee for substance abuse. In the past I have also served on the Executive Advisory Committee of the University of Colorado Business School.
Susan is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice in Fort Collins and Windsor, Colorado, and she specializes in working with individuals struggling to recover from addictions. She has worked in inpatient, residential, and outpatient treatment settings and is grateful to have the opportunity to bring her clinical expertise to the Board at Harmony. Susan has been in recovery since 1996.
My relationship with Harmony started when I received treatment for alcoholism back in 1977. I’ve been involved in one way or another ever since that time. Not long after I left Harmony, we organized a group called the “Friends of Harmony”. The group’s primary mission was to provide a way for recovering alcoholics and addicts to maintain their relationship with Harmony, and to provide some financial assistance to Harmony. The Harmony Board of Directors decided to make the president of the Friends of Harmony a member of the Board, so I became a member of the Board when I became President of the Friends of Harmony in the early 1980’s. I’ve been on the Board ever since, serving in various capacities including President, Vice President, and Treasurer.
On the personal side, my wife and I recently celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. We have three adult children and 7 grandchildren. I am a Vietnam veteran, and am retired from IBM after more than 40 years in software development. In addition to Harmony, I’m also involved with the AARP Foundation (providing tax preparation services for seniors and the disadvantaged) and the Gold Crown Foundation, which provides supervised youth sports activities for middle school boys and girls.
One of the blessings of my association with Harmony has been to see the growth in both the treatment program and the physical assets at Harmony. My goal as a board member is to see Harmony maintain its current excellent reputation as it incorporates the best practices of the addiction treatment community.
I am a Colorado native, raised in Golden and have lived in Boulder since 1968. Recently, I sold the business that I owned for 21 years. I have been married for 36 years and have 4 lovely daughters. I hold a BA in History from the University of Colorado and have been President of the University of Colorado Parent’s Association, Admissions Volunteer and Mentor at University of Colorado, and have served on several boards, both profit and nonprofit.
Harmony provides excellent, quality care and gives a good jumpstart into recovery. I would absolutely send any of my friends or family to Harmony should they require treatment.
It is my extreme pleasure to serve on the Harmony Foundation Board of Directors and assist in fulfilling the mission of Harmony.
I was born and raised in Sterling, CO. I am the President/CEO of Colorado Credit Union, a position I’ve served in for over 23 years. I’ve worked in leadership positions with credit unions since 1985. I currently serve in the capacity of Vice Chairman of the Credit Union Service Network Board of Directors, and am a member of the National Association of Credit Union Supervisors Credit Union Advisory Board. I served on the Mountain West Credit Union Association and Credit Union Strategic Partners Boards from 2000 to 2013; most recently serving in the capacity of Chairman. Outside of my credit union commitments, I was recently appointed to the Harmony Board of Directors, and currently serve as the Chairman of Harmony’s Fundraising Committee, as well as serving on the Alumni Board. I’m very active in my church, serving on several church committees, including the Board of Directors for the Sky Ranch Lutheran Church Camp at Pingree Park from 2007 to 2013. Over the years I’ve both served and continue to serve on several local nonprofit boards.
Harmony has been a large part of my life for over ten years. Throughout those years, I have seen the transformation of numerous alumni getting their lives back and living life to the fullest. I look forward to helping carry on the “commitment to recovery” Harmony is nationally recognized for.
I’m married with two children and love spending time in the mountains with family and friends.
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Board Member, Emeritus
My journey to Harmony began by joining an Al Anon group in October 1975 in Boulder, CO. I had a female relative that needed help with an alcohol problem and I heard of Harmony Foundation from a friend who was a member of its Board of Directors. I brought my relative to Harmony in March 1976. She later became a counselor at a treatment facility; is now retired; and has 34 years of good sobriety. My wife and I were so impressed with Harmony that we attended the Saturday night dinners and meetings at Harmony for many years.
We and a few close friends started the initial Harmony Club whose sole purposes were to raise funds for Harmony and to promote social activities for Harmony graduates to demonstrate that one can have fun without drugs and alcohol.
I have personally witnessed the healing of so many people over the last 34 years. The lasting friendships that have taken place and personal support received from these friends are beyond description.
One of the major results is that my wife and I have enjoyed 53 years of marriage and have a loving relationship with our four adult children, their spouses and our grandchildren. Without involvement with Harmony, I doubt that this would ever have been possible.