Tennyson Center's Executive Team
Chief Executive Officer, December 2012 to Present
Email Rod Witte
Mr. Witte is no stranger to Tennyson Center, having served on the non-profit’s board of directors since 2009. While he has had an impressive, 30-year career in the finance industry, he says he’s been preparing for a change into the field of non-profit management for the past 10 years. From 2009 through 2012, Rod was the Metro Denver/Southeast Colorado regional President for Greenwood Village based Community Banks of Colorado. Prior to that, he was the Vice President in charge of corporate banking for First National Bank in Ft. Collins. In addition to serving on the board at Tennyson, Rod also serves on the board of directors for Stride, a non-profit that aids low-income families, as well as the board of directors for the Central Rocky Mountain Region of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ.
Richard Thorgren, J.D.
Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, October 1998-January 2004; October 2004 to Present
Email Rick Thorgren
Mr. Thorgren manages the operational and support departments for the agency, is the Corporate Secretary, and serves on both the Executive and Management Teams. He has been a licensed attorney for over 36 years, and was a litigation partner in two Denver law firms and a senior assistant city attorney for Denver in the employment law division prior to joining the agency in 1998. In his role as General Counsel Mr. Thorgren provides a wide range of legal services, including contract review, counsel on employment and personnel matters and policies, and monitoring all licensing and corporate requirements. Mr. Thorgren has served as a board member for over ten years on two other local non-profits, in both cases serving as an original board member and as Corporate Secretary.
Jeff Leniger, CPA
Chief Financial Officer, 2011 to Present
Email Jeff Leniger
Mr. Leniger is the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Tennyson Center for Children at Colorado Christian Home and is responsible for all of the financial operations and reporting for the agency. Mr. Leniger is a CPA and his professional history includes roles in both private and public accounting. Mr. Leniger volunteers his time on the Board of Directors of Second Wind Fund as Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair. Mr. Leniger holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Denver and also received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from DU. Most of his career has been spent working in nonprofit auditing, accounting, and financial management. He has a particular passion for the incredible program work that happens daily at Tennyson. Mr. Leniger invests the majority of his non-Tennyson time with his wife and three boys, who are ages 5, 3, and 4 months and keep him very busy.
Chief Development Officer, September, 2014 to present
Email Micah Abram
Micah Abram is the Chief Development Officer responsible for the overall planning and management of the development department, including fundraising, planned giving, special events, marketing, community relations, corporate relations and church relations. Most recently, she served as Senior Director of Development at the University of Colorado Boulder raising current, deferred and endowed gifts for the College of Arts and Sciences’ fine and performing art departments including the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the CU Art Museum.
Prior to moving to Colorado, Micah lived in Florida while she was completing her BA at the University of Florida then her MFA in arts administration at Florida State University while also working for FSU Foundation. Micah has a personal passion for children and the arts. In her free time she can be found on the playground with her husband, Andy and their 2 ½ year old little girl, Annabelle or perhaps working on a play at a local community theatre.
Andrew Pasini, M.Ed.
Director of Human Resources, June 2005 to present
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Andrew Pasini is the Director of Human Resources and manages the recruitment, selection, compensation, benefits and employee relations for the agency. He is a certified professional in Human Resources and holds a Masters of Education degree in Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University. He has spent most of his career in the nonprofit sector, prior to joining TCC in 2005. Andrew grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico and has lived in Argentina and Papua New Guinea. When not at work, he enjoys films and running.