VALE Denver


Meet the Board

Patty Powell, Co-Chair of the Denver VALE Board, is a dedicated administrator acting as the Assistant Dean of Career Services at the University of Colorado School of Law. Ms. Powell had a lengthy stint as Dean of Student Affairs at the University of Denver School of Law and is a committed mentor to her students. Ms. Powell brings unique perspective and knowledge as she has worked as an attorney in both the private and public sector. Patty Powell has long been a community leader and is very proud to have been a part of VALE for many years.

Tom Brewster,Co-Chair of the Denver VALE Board, is an Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is also the President and founder of the Signal Behavioral Health Network and is part of the board of Directors for the Rocky Mountain Institute for Alcohol and Drug Education. Tom's insightful understanding of the interplay between victimization and addiction lends itself well to his long time leadership role on the VALE Board and his enthusiasm is revered by all who meet him.

Beverly Martinez, a 30 year veteran of Denver television and a chamipon of community assistance programs, embodies forward thinking public service. Ms. Martinez spearheaded fundraising efforts for the CW2 Gives during the Columbine tragedy and was one of the founding partners of the "Healing Fund." In 2002 she was inducted into the Colorado Broadcast Pioneer's Hall of Fame--a prestigious group of only twenty. Beverly Martinez is a role model for her peers and feels that television should be a community resource where localism and neighborhoods are the utmost priority. Ms. Martinez considers her most outstanding accoplishment to be her three wonderful children and two grandchildren.

Robert Preston of Boynton Beach , Florida abandoned his career as an electronics engineer after the murder of his 21-year-old daughter in 1977, to serve full time as a volunteer for JUSTICE FOR SURVIVING VICTIMS. This organization is devoted to elevating the status of all victims in the criminal justice system. Mr. Preston was a primary force in the successful passage of Florida 's Victim-Witness Protection Act of 1984 and worked actively on tort reform legislation and the 1981 exclusionary rule reform in the state. He has received recognition for his work from such organizations as the Florida Network of Victim Witness Services, the National Organization for Victim Assistance, Palm Beach County and the Florida Trial Lawyers Association.

Chief Gerald Whitman became a Denver Police Officer In 1982 moving up the ranks from Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Sergeant and Lieutenant. In January 1995, he was named Captain of District 6, Denver 's newest police district that represents Capitol Hill and Downtown Denver. In 1998, he was named Division Chief of Patrol and oversaw all uniformed patrol operations.  In 2000, the Mayor named him as the Chief of Police. Chief Whitman holds a Bachelor of Science Degree In Law Enforcement Administration with a Minor in Sociology. Chief Whitman completed his Masters Degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Colorado at Denver . He has also completed numerous specialized law enforcement training courses.