Board of Directors
Gary Gomulinski, Board ChairGary is a Vice President for Vectra Bank of Colorado. Gary has over fourteen years experience working as an executive consultant helping Fortune 500 companies with their growth objectives, cost-benefit modeling and the development of business plans. He is a Rotarian, serving as a board member with his club and is involved as a volunteer with The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County. He was appointed a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky for his volunteer efforts related to outdoor recreation. Kentucky's highest civilian honor. Gary is an avid outdoor enthusiast whose interest includes mountain biking, skiing and triathlon. "I am inspired by the strong women in my life and believe the world needs many more. By being a board member I hope to help continue the great work TWWI has done and hope they can expand to reach many more women and girls."
Trish Thomas, Vice ChairTrish Thomas is a business growth expert providing integrated strategic and marketing consulting to companies globally. She serves on boards for the Better Business Bureau, the University of Denver Women's College, The Women's Wilderness Institute and Other Side of Everest Educational Foundation. A member of the American Mensa Society and the Institute of Management Consultants, Trish loves inspiring innovation and transformation both in the business community and in the non-profits she supports. Although her world today is dominated by board rooms, laptops, smartphones and airplanes, wilderness experiences were pivotal in shaping Trish into the person she is today and she loves leveraging TWWI to change the lives or girls and women for the better.
Leslie MadsenIn her former, professional life, Leslie was an International Trade Specialist for the State of Colorado, assisting small companies develop marketing plans and making contacts with distributors overseas. As Denver International Airport's Air Service and International Marketing Director, she represented the City and County of Denver on bilateral air service negotiations and at meetings with airline executives to establish nonstop flights between DIA and Canada, Germany and London. She directed a state grant from 2005-2008 that facilitated an economic development incubator in downtown Denver for non-profit organizations and was responsible for promoting industry clusters related to sustainable energy development, technology, biotechnology and venture capital.
In addition to joining the board of TWWI, Leslie is on the board of Mayfair Neighbors, Inc., is a remote reader for The Audio Information Network of Colorado based in Boulder, is a mentor for the A+ Angels program at East High School in Denver and is a guide for SkiMeisters based in Winter Park, Colorado. She skis, snowshoes, rides bikes, swims and runs occasionally, but her number one outdoor passion is hiking. She's "making up for lost time" as she never skied or hiked while growing up 'next door' in Utah. "Supporting the Women's Wildness Institute is the best way I can reach out to teenage girls so they can understand the magic that happens on an individual level when you open yourself up to adventures in the great outdoors."
Whitney PainterWhitney brings more than 15 years of experience in journalism, politics, activism and a range of nonprofit organizations focused on women's issues, youth advocacy and environment. Her work includes several years focused on innovative educational opportunities for "high risk" youth as part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Small Schools Initiative. Currently, she owns a small renewable energy business, designing and installing solar electric (PV) systems for homeowners and businesses throughout the state. Some of her other passions include mentoring teens, skate skiing, running, swimming, backpacking and tandem cycling with her husband. "I am inspired to be a TWWI board member because the culture is only as strong as its women, and the world is only as peaceful as the individual lives of all its people."