Board Members

Michael Bautista, Ph.D.
Director of Construction, Flatirons Habitat for Humanity

photo of Michael Bautista

As the President of the HOPE Board of Directors, Dr. Michael Bautista brings 30 years of experience in education. Currently, he is with Flatirons Habitat for Humanity as their Director of Construction. Dr. Bautista serves on the boards of Zikr Dance and the Denver Ballet Theater. He holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Vocal Music and Opera, a Master’s degree in Technical Theater and Design, a Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts and a Superintendent and Secondary Principal Certification.

Dr. Bautista has held a variety of positions in both local and national organizations and had the opportunity to develop and manage numerous programs and facilities. In the education sector, he has worked at both the higher education and public school levels, as well as started a magnate school that achieved the highest standardized test scores in the school district and the state of Colorado. Dr. Bautista points to a cross-disciplinary approach for the success of his magnate school. In fact, while in the public schools and higher education, he helped write curriculum and create programs that integrated subject matters and disciplines. His travels around the world have strengthened his belief that students must be educated in a variety of manners to fit their learning style.

In the arts, Dr. Bautista has freelanced as a theatrical designer, photographer, and consultant and opened two performing arts centers. He has done theatrical designs for high schools, community and regional theater, and regional opera companies. Dr. Bautista has been involved in 120 projects involving sets, lights and costumes, with a world premiere scene design for Opera Colorado’s “La Curandera” by Robert Xavier Rodriguez.

Joe Rice
Director, Government Relations - Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Joe RiceJoe Rice is Director of Government Relations for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. He is responsible for the management of legislative and regulatory matters at the state and local level for Space Systems Company, which employs more than 15,000 people and generated more than $8 billion in sales for the Lockheed Martin Corporation in 2011.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in August 2011, Mr. Rice served two terms in the Colorado Legislature as State Representative for the 38th House District of Colorado from 2007-2010. While in the legislature, he focused on economic development and transportation, passing legislation that resulted in significant jobs creation across the state. He also previously served as the Mayor of Glendale, Colo., from 1996-2003.

He currently holds the rank of Colonel in the United States Army Reserve with more than 25 years of military service. Mr. Rice's military service includes peacekeeping operations in Bosnia and five combat tours of duty in Iraq, which included establishing the first post-Saddam Baghdad City Council and serving as advisor and military liaison to the Council (2003-2004); advising on interactions between military forces and the Iraqi government (2005 and 2006); facilitating development of the Iraqi Security Forces (2009); and implementing the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq and developing enduring partnerships between US and Iraqi forces (2011). He is Airborne and Ranger qualified. Mr. Rice also serves as Adjunct Professor of history, government and public administration at the University of Phoenix, Colorado Campus.

Mr. Rice earned an Associate’s degree from the New Mexico Military Institute, a Bachelor's degree in History from Metropolitan State College of Denver, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. For his distinguished military service, he has received two Bronze Stars, the Combat Action Badge for action under enemy fire and the Expert Infantryman’s Badge. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Sister Cities International and has been involved since 2003 with the Baghdad-Denver Region Partnership, a cultural and professional exchange program between Iraq and the United States.

Kimberly (Kim) Rossi 
Vice President of Commercial Insurance, AssuredPartners of Colorado 

Kim Rossi is an insurance consultant with AssuredPartners of Colorado/The Wright Group. She began her career in insurance in 1992, working as a workers’ compensation underwriter for Pinnacol Assurance. Ms. Rossi transitioned to the agency side of insurance in 2000 and joined The Wright Group, which was purchased by AssuredPartners in 2014. As a licensed Colorado Insurance Producer, Ms. Rossi helps her clients design insurance and risk management programs that are both cost effective and comprehensive. A Colorado native, Ms. Rossi earned a Bachelor of Science from the Business School of the University of Colorado after graduating from Wheat Ridge High School.

Ms. Rossi and her husband, John, have a teenage son. She spent many of her son's grade-school years volunteering in his elementary school, including participation on the Collaborative School Committee (CSC) and as a Cub Scout leader.

Dr. Kristine A. Turner
Clinical Psychologist, Sole Proprietor of New Beginnings, Director Youth Leadership Douglas County

Dr. Kristine A. Turner has built her career around youth development. Her business, New Beginnings, is a court-approved organization that helps families who are going through divorce or facing child custody issues. Dr. Turner is also the author of several parenting books and videos, contributor to local radio and TV programs, and a member of many community organizations on this topic. Since 2006, Dr. Turner has been the coordinator and facilitator of Youth Leadership Douglas County, a program for area teens. Dr. Turner holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Dr. Turner was on the Douglas County School District Board of Education from 2003-2009, serving as President from 2007-2009 and Vice President from 2005-2007. Prior to that, Dr. Turner was on the Douglas County School District’s Long Range Planning Committee. She also served in leadership positions with the Colorado Association of School Boards, including Legislative Liaison.