Executive Director and Board of Directors for SAC
Senior Assistance Center has an exceptional ED and Board who volunteer their time, talent and resources. SAC is grateful for their guidance in planning and implementing our programs and services.
Karen Black, Executive Director
Karen has spent most of her career in the non-profit arena. She is particularly drawn to vulnerable and at-risk populations and advocates for services that will positively impact the lives of these people in our community. Karen has held a variety of leadership roles and regularly volunteers at local non-profit agencies. Karen joined Senior Assistance Center in early 2017. Her vision for the agency’s future is to expand and enhance its programs to meet the changing needs of the senior community including the ever increasing homeless senior population.
Paul Scheidig, Board Chair
Paul Scheidig has served on the SAC Board since 2009 and on July 1, 2010, became SAC’s Chairman of the Board. Paul has over 40+ years of service as a senior executive for a Fortune 500 company, government service, environmental consulting, packaging, and non-profit organizations. He currently is working with Rocky Mountain SER (RMSER), a Denver-based non-profit, directing senior, management information services, and fund -raising programs. He holds undergrad and graduate degrees from Humboldt State University in Forest Engineering/Management and Arizona State University in Business and graduate studies in Hazardous Materials Management. Paul’s experience as CEO for a major international non-profit and recent directorship of the Senior Community Service and Employment Program (SCSEP) for RMSER affords SAC a wealth of expertise that will guide SAC well into the future. Paul is an avid golfer and also volunteers his time to teaching children the game and life skills under The First Tee program at Green Valley Ranch Golf Course.
Melinda Pasquini, Vice Chair
Melinda is a real estate attorney at the law firm of Faegre & Benson LLP. Melinda’s practice focuses on all aspects of real estate, including commercial property acquisition and development, leasing, investment, finance, and affordable housing. Her industry experience includes working with local and national developers, retailers, distributors, restaurants, agribusiness, and oil and gas clients. Prior to joining Faegre & Benson in 2007, Melinda owned and operated multiple restaurants in the Denver metro area.
Robert T. Spencer, Secretary
Robert T. Spencer joined the SAC Board of Directors in November of 2013. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas with a major in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. He continued his studies at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law and earned a Juris Doctorate with an emphasis on Land Use Law, conservation and LGBT issues. He is currently a Senior Landman at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation with a focus on upstream oil and gas development and negotiations in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. Although native to Louisiana, Robert has been a member of the Denver Metropolitan community for more than 14 years and calls the Park Hill neighborhood home. He believes the SAC is a unique, local organization that is providing a valuable service, not only to seniors currently in need, but will serve the needs of future seniors with the demand for SAC services ever increasing.
Senior Vice President, Industry Presence and Strategic Development
Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company
With 30 years of experience in the hotel and meeting planning industry, Schirmacher leads Experient’s strategic plan development and implementation, as well as industry presence for Maritz Global Events Company. He joined Experient in January 1996. Schirmacher was awarded the company’s highest award, the Pinnacle Award, in 2005, and was inducted into the Colorado Meetings Hall of Fame in 2011 with the Lifetime Achievement Award. He served as Chairman of the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado from 2002-2007 and currently serves as Past-Chairman of the PCMA Educational Foundation Board of Trustees. He is a long time Board Member for the Senior Assistance Center in Denver. Schirmacher is a frequent speaker at major industry events
Shea joined the Board of Directors for SAC in November of 2013. She attended the University of Arkansas earning her Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in English Literature in 2001. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver in 2006.
Shea is a Landman at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation with focus in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah exploration and production. She has experience in acquisitions and divestitures, Federal Lands and Utilization and Operated and Non-Operated drilling activity in Colorado’s Wattenberg field. Shea is also a trustee for the Colorado Ballet and PTO president at the International School of Denver where her daughter is a student of the Mandarin program.
Michael Shepherd has worked for Premier Members Credit Union for the past 3 ½ years, currently serving as Branch Manager. Michael had worked in banking for last 9 years with PMCU and VP Branch Manager and Small Business Specialist with JPMorgan Chase Bank. Previous management experience includes Rockbottom Brewery and The Home Depot.
Michael received his BBA in Marketing and Management with Minors in Economics and Mass Communication from Texas Tech University in Lubbock Texas. Michael has volunteered and served on various Committees, Boards and Church groups since Graduating Texas Tech in Dec 1993.
Since moving to Colorado in November 1996, Michael has served on St Joan of Arc’s Early Learning Center Committee and Finance Board. Michael currently serves on Spirit of Christ Catholic Community’s Funding Committee. Michael is also a Facilitator for the Lectors and serves as a Eucharistic Minister at Spirit of Christ Catholic Community.
John Ross – SAC Past President & Advisory Board
Chuck Calvin, Advisory Board
Barry Rosenberg , Advisory Board
Presently, Barry Rosenberg is the Director and Co-Owner of Personal Assistance Services of Colorado (PASCO). PASCO is a Medicaid/Medicare certified home health agency serving children and adults with severe disabilities. In 2009 PASCO provided over one million hours of service to approximately 900 clients. Barry founded the Center for Independent Living Development (CILD) in 1982 and is serving presently as the unpaid Director. CILD provides limited housing as well as Information & Referral to persons with disabilities. Barry was the Co-founder of the Atlantis Community in 1974 and helped establish (in 1975) the first program nationally to transition adults with disabilities from nursing homes to their own apartments. One accomplishment that he is very proud of was to organize the first demonstration ever directed toward a local transportation district (RTD) in an effort to make that system accessible to persons with disabilities (1974 ). In 1978 he founded Holistic Approaches to Independent Living (HAIL) and served as Acting Director for the first two years. Before Leaving HAIL, he successfully set up fee for service programs and wrote grants enabling this organization to have a budget of over $1.6 million in 1983. Barry is the current Chairman of the Family Voices Advisory Board. Family Voices is a non-profit organization that advocates for children with unique health care needs. He is also on the Board of the Chanda Plan Foundation a non-profit agency providing funding for alternative treatments (acupuncture, chiropractor service, etc) to persons with severe disabilities. He is on the Colorado Medicaid Long-Term Care Committee and served for over 17 years on the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition. Last, but certainly not least, he is also on the Board of Directors of the Senior Assistance Center.
Daniel Pabon, Advisory Board
Daniel Pabon joined the SAC board of directors in 2009. Daniel grew up in northwest Denver and has a degree in Engineering and a Law degree from the University of Colorado where he also served as student body president his senior year. Daniel has worked at a Denver bio-imaging company as an engineer and at Holland and Hart as an attorney. He served for two months in Washington DC for the Obama-Biden presidential transition team where he helped to draft the President’s first Executive Order on transparency and ethics in government. Daniel also serves on the Board of Directors of the Auraria Higher Education Center.