Meet the AARP Colorado Executive Council, the volunteer leadership in our state.
Dan Chapman is a volunteer on the Colorado State Executive Council and Congressional District Liaison for Congressional District 1 with Colorado AARP. During his 33 year Colorado state government career, 30 years were spent with the Colorado Legislative Council, the non-partisan research and staff arm of the Colorado General Assembly. During his legislative career, Chapman served as a researcher, committee staffer, supervising analyst, and for the last ten years as assistant director for administration. He has served on a number of legislative commissions and task forces and has worked in areas ranging from transportation and local government to education and state fiscal policy. Chapman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado-Denver.
Phil Hernandez is chairman of El Comite, an advisory group of AARP Colorado that focuses on issues pertinent to Latinos. Retired from state government as a human resources manager, Hernandez currently works part time as a Medicare ombudsman, assisting seniors on Medicare, plan choices and Social Security, among other issues. He is active in his Boulder community, serving as a member of the boards for the Community Foundation for Boulder County and The Immigration Legal Center for Boulder County. Phil has three children and four grandchildren.
Laurel Kubin was appointed to the Colorado AARP Executive Council in 2007. She is the Director of the Larimer County Office of Colorado State University Extension in Fort Collins CO. Kubin has provided non-formal education and community facilitation in two Colorado counties through Extension. Her focus is increasing financial literacy among people of all ages. She is one of the planners of the annual Rocky Mountain Conference on Aging that focused on prevention, intervention, and investigation of financial exploitation of seniors. She has served on the planning committee for the Fort Collins AARP chapter conference and served two terms on the Larimer County Office on Aging Advisory Committee. She has received state, regional, and national recognition through the Cooperative Extension System. She served as the national president of Epsilon Sigma Phi, the Extension professional organization, and chaired the national Joint Council of Extension Professionals.
Steve Merrill was appointed to the Colorado AARP Executive Council in January, 2010. He also serves as AARP’s volunteer Congressional District #5 Liaison, Colorado Springs and also as an AARP volunteer advocate/lobbyist. Merrick’s professional experience encompasses thirty-five years of engineering, operations, management and regulatory experience predominately in the field of telecommunications but also includes eight years in electric distribution. His telecommunications experience includes working for New England Telephone, serving on the engineering staff of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, Utility Analyst with the New Hampshire Consumer Advocate and several years in the competitive local exchange carrier market.
Jean Nofles is a retired federal manager at the Denver Regional Office of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Nofles has over 20 years demonstrated managerial and organizational skills. She is a former Presidential Management Intern for the Federal government. Nofles also is a volunteer legislative advocate for AARP and served two years as Chair of the legislative Advocates.
Terri Potente has served on the State Executive Council for AARP for the last three years. She is also President of the Board of Mesa County RSVP.
She moved to Fruita, Colorado in 1999 and worked as Recruitment Manager for Mesa County RSVP. She retired from there in 2006. Prior to living in Colorado, she worked in New York City for the Rockefeller Foundation. She served as Assistant to the President at that organization.
A.W. Schnellbacher is currently a volunteer Legislative Advocate with Colorado AARP. He retired after 30 years with the U.S. Government. Of the 30 years, 27 were spent with the Federal Medicare and Medicaid Programs. In addition, he spent five years in the Medicaid program with the State of Kansas.
During the 27 years with the Federal Medicare and Medicaid programs, he served in several management, operational, financial, and policy positions located in two different Regional Offices. His five years in the State Medicaid program include both financial and management positions.