Board Member Bios


Johan Barrios, President

Johan “Jo” Barrios has been on the Board of Uptown on the Hill since December of 2014 and served as treasurer for 2015. Her professional background is in disaster recovery, local capacity building, and grant compliance. She is originally from Bogota, Colombia and moved to Denver in 2013. She loves Uptown because it’s walkable and diverse.


Frank Locantore

Frank has been on the Uptown on the Hill board of directors since its formal “reanimation” in January 2012, and was excited by the fact that the group came together without any crisis confronting the neighborhood. From 2013-2015 Frank was the president of Uptown and focused on building relationships with different parts of the neighborhood and businesses. For employment, Frank started working with the Colfax Business Improvement District (CBID) in April 2015, and prior to that spent 25 years with various national non profits in the US and Canada working on environmental, economic, and social justice issues.


Kate Moran, Communications

Kate Moran is an environmental consultant with seven years of experience in public and private land use planning, threatened and endangered species, and water resources.  Kate is passionate about interdisciplinary water resource planning, thoughtful land use planning and management, and making Denver an exemplary bike and pedestrian city.  She has worked in multiple countries for the protection and monitoring of the Kemp’s ridley and leatherback sea turtle species and believes in exploring the world through being in the moment and immersing oneself in different cultures.   A recent transplant from Portland, Oregon, Kate is now currently settling into the City Park West neighborhood and is a board member assisting on the Land Use & Zoning Committee for Uptown on the Hill Neighborhood Association and serves on the WalkDenver board.


Ryan Todd, Land Use and Zoning

Ryan was born and raised in the southern Appalachian mountains, where he fostered an interest in sustainability and the environment. In 2004, Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, where he was commissioned as an Engineer Officer in the U.S. Army. During his career in the Army, Ryan lived in Idar-Oberstein, Germany for five years, where he developed a passion for human-scaled urban environments; completed a master’s degree in geologic engineering; and eventually found himself advising Afghan municipal officials and representatives for the U.S. State Department. Ryan is a recent graduate of CU Denver’s Master in Urban and Regional Program, is a snowboard instructor at Arapahoe Basin, and fights wildfire for the U.S. Forest Service.


Cate Blackford

Cate joined the Uptown on the Hill board in 2015 and became Vice President in 2016. She brings a passion for community engagement and over 10 years of experience empowering communities and coalitions to develop and implement creative, sustainable solutions on issues ranging from community development, healthy eating and active living to opiate misuse and hunger. Cate is especially excited about coming together with her neighbors to update Uptown on the Hill’s neighborhood plan in 2017.


Sue Nelson

Sue Nelson is the Regional Manager for The Health Center. She moved to Denver in 1999 from North Carolina and received a Batchelor’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences from Metropolitan State. After managing breweries and restaurants for many years she made the switch to the cannabis industry in early 2014. Sue is passionate about community and has volunteered and worked with The Gathering Place, The Blue Bench, and Girl Scouts. She has been working and enjoying the Uptown neighborhood for 3 years now.


Sara Randall

Sara Randall has volunteered with Uptown on the Hill on the events committee since moving to Denver in 2014. Sara is enthusiastic to build relationships between neighbors, businesses and nonprofit organizations. Her background is nonprofit public relations and she currently works at Colfax Ave Business Improvement District (Colfax Ave). Sara launched the Denver affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, teaches barre and loves walking her unruly dogs, Dave and Momo around the neighborhood. Her motto for 2017 is “We must continue to do more for our community.


Judy Trompeter

Judy Trompeter chairs Uptown on the Hill’s Parks and Beautification Committee. She grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, then lived in Midland, Michigan for 26 years before moving to Denver in 1998. She was extensively involved with movements to end domestic violence and sexual assault in Michigan and also was employed for many years with PFLAG Denver (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). Buying a condo in an 1890s terrace jump-started her volunteer involvement with Historic Denver, where she leads walking tours and participates in Discover Denver, an ongoing inventory of the built structures in the city. She and her husband Larry are the parents of three sons and a daughter and have four grandchildren.