Board Member Bios
Judy Trompeter, President
Judy Trompeter previously chaired Uptown on the Hill’s Parks and Beautification Committee. She grew up in Kansas City, MO, then lived in mid-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 architectural inventory of the structures in the city. She and her husband Larry are the parents of four children and have four grandchildren.
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 University. 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.
Beth Ashby is a Colorado native who came to Denver for college in 1989. She and her husband have lived in the area for 25 years, raising their children in the neighborhood. As a long time resident, Beth has watched the changes and growth of the community and looks forward to working on the board as the area continues to change.
Kelsey Blaho is a Colorado native from Fort Collins, CO. After getting a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Ecology in the University of Utah she came back to Colorado for graduate school at CU Denver. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning in 2016, first working at the Colorado Center for Community Development doing design/planning work and community outreach in rural Colorado communities. Now she works as an urban planner at Otak, doing a mixture local and National Parks projects. Kelsey has loved living in Uptown since 2015 and looks forward to being more involved in her neighborhood community!
Jodie Brownlee says, “My father was a road designer and we loved discussing how road design can affect a neighborhood. My work with international charities involved a lot of travel which enabled me to see first-hand how other cities put simple design innovations into practice. So while I was out saving penguins or promoting renewable energy, I was also checking out the urban design and public transport systems of wherever I happened to be. Past careers have included photojournalism, environmental activism (online and ‘in the real world’), web development, bar tending, writing, dog walking and a lot of other things which qualifies me for… not much really. I now write SEO copy, travel articles, charitable funding proposals and fiction from my home office under the watchful gaze of Bernie the cat. I currently serve on my HOA board and am involved with Humboldt Street Neighborhood Association. I look forward to being of service to Uptown on the Hill!”
Chris Hinds has worked in Uptown since 2007 and lived there since 2008. He’s seen Uptown grow and change, and he joined the Uptown on the Hill Board to help the neighborhood as it continues to prosper. Chris served on Capitol Hill United Neighborhood association as a Board member, Blueprint Denver, and several other state and municipal groups. He’s also on the board of his HOA. Chris has a computer science degree and an MBA in finance and strategy. In his free time, he plays with his yellow Labrador retriever.
Annette Solis is a fourth-generation Colorado native who comes to Uptown on the Hill as a community member. She is involved in leading an effort toward Benedict Fountain Park to clean it up involving neighbors and outside community members alike. As a certified Health Coach, Annette is active in impacting positive change in our local food system while advocating for a stronger health and wellness community. A member of Uptown on the Hill’s Tech Committee, she will be assisting with items such as our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the monthly newsletter.
Melanie Unruh is new to UOTH as of 2018. After pursuing a degree from Kansas State University, Mel moved here in 1997 to study at Metropolitan State University and graduated in 1999. She has since lived in Capital Hill, Uptown and Five-Points and been an award-winning business owner in the Uptown neighborhood for 11 years and is looking forward to being part of a collective voice in the community.
David Lynn Wise
David Lynn Wise has more than 30 years of professional experience in architecture and urban design, primarily in Colorado. As an active member of the design community, he has also mentored students, taught at the graduate level, and organized urban design-related public events. For several years he wrote a monthly column on urban design and policy in Life on Capitol Hill. His office is located in Uptown.