HOPE Board Members
Carol was Born Hays, Kansas and was one of seven children (six sisters and one boy). Her father was a welder and mom worked in the restaurant industry, from cook to owner and everything in between. They both instilled in their children an unwavering faith in God’s plan and a solid work ethic. After tiring of tornadoes, the family moved to Denver when Carol was in 2nd grade. She attended Englewood High School and upon graduation, she spent a year working at Swedish Hospital. She completed her LPN in 1972 and went on to work at Craig Hospital for 2 ½ years. After Craig Hospital, Carol spent the next 5 years away from the healthcare industry caring for her two young sons, Kevin and Russell. In 1980, Carol began what would become her life-long career of working for both people with disabilities and folks with head injuries, assisting them with handling the activities of daily living. In 1984 this path led her to a position with a small company called Accents on Independence (AOI) handling many different roles. While at AOI, Carrol married Harold Bouchard in 1986, a quadriplegic and an activist in the disability movement focusing on accessibility. In 1989, Carol along with two other colleagues began running AOI and in 1994 Carol become sole owner of AOI and remained in that capacity until 2013. During her almost 30 years at AOI, Carol witnessed firsthand the struggles that many of AOI’s clients and people in society were having with access to sufficient food resources and decided to launch in 2007 Helping Our People Excel (HOPE), a non-profit aimed at fighting hunger. To this day, HOPE continues the original mission. In 2016, after 30 years of an inspiring, joyous and love filled marriage, Carol’s husband Harold passed away peacefully. Carol feels blessed and gives credit to God for having been able to lead such a rich and purpose driven life serving others. She currently channels her considerable energies into her family, HOPE and settling in her new home.
Mike Sutherland is a third generation Denver native who lived in the Park Hill neighborhood until he moved to Centennial with his wife, Kathy Sutherland, and their children in 1994. Mike graduated from the University of Denver with a B.S.B.A. in Management. He earned his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He is Benefits Counsel for the Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado (FPPA), part of Colorado state government. Before FPPA, Mike practiced law in the private sector in the areas of estate planning and administration, workers’ compensation and personal injury litigation. He has served as the managing shareholder of three Denver law firms and financial director of one law firm. Mike serves on the Professionalism Coordinating Council for the Colorado Bar Association. He joined the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce in 2004, and he serves as Vice-Chair of the Chamber’s Legislative Action Committee. In 2005, Mike was appointed as a Commissioner on the City of Centennial Planning and Zoning Commission where he continues to serve. He is a past member of the boards of the Centennial Council of Neighborhoods and the Foxridge Improvement Association. With his family, Mike enjoys biking, hiking, politics, skiing, spectator sports, and traveling, in addition to being active in his church and charitable organizations.
Mark Ryan originally from New York where he attended Power Memorial and studied Economics at Queens College of the City University of NY. Currently he is a partner of the Corriere Ryan Group at Keller Williams Realty in Lone Tree. Previously he spent 25 years on Wall Street. He is passionate about serving others. He has served on the Boards of SECOR, the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, the Arapahoe Youth League among others. He volunteers at his church and has coached numerous sports teams. In his spare time, he volunteers. He last won the Boston Marathon in 2015 (just checking to see if you are reading this)
Secretary of the Board
Jim Ruth is originally from Michigan. Jim graduated with a B.S.B.A in Marketing and Management from Central Michigan University in 1994. After working in the automotive supply chain back in Michigan until 2001, he found his work passion in mortgages (yes he’s a number geek) because of the difference that he could make in lives by educating homeowners about their finances. He moved to Denver in 2004 to an abundance of sunshine. He is a Senior Loan Officer for Fairway Independent Mortgage. He’s always been a passionate person. I’ve given a lot of time and money to many charities in the past including Bonfils, American Red Cross, American Humane Society, and the Arthritis Foundation. He’s very excited to assist HOPE with a lot of energy and passion.
Norman was born north of the border and graduated with a Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, he came south to attend Dallas Theological Seminary and 25 years ago moved to Denver where he obtained his MBA from the University of Denver. He is currently the General Manager for the Colorado office of PADT, a mechanical engineering services firm and previously spent time in the commercial real estate industry. Previously he has served on the Board of the Urban League of Metro Denver, the South Metro Chamber of Commerce as well as his local church and other community organizations.
Bretha Mahe is a resident of Littleton. She graduated from the University of Denver with a BSBA
in education-teaching at Ft Carson Army Base and Littleton Public Schools. After her children became older, she was employed at Wells Fargo Bank for 23 years and had a fun job being a Frontier Airlines Scout for three years. She is a member of Columbine United Church in Littleton and has been on numerous committees~~the most meaningful is the Mission Committee for about ten years. She, with three others, made a trip to Joplin, MO after the tornado in May, 2011 to take supplies to that community; participated in two Mission Trips to Nicaragua to help El Porvenir with water projects and coordinated four trips to Nicaragua from Columbine. When she saw the opportunity at HOPE, she felt at home helping our local, Colorado residents.