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.


Kelsey Blaho

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

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!”

Mel Unruh

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.


Craig Howson

Craig Howson was elected to fill a vacancy on the board. He has lived in Denver area for more than 17 years, first from 1987 to 2002 and then returning in 2016. His first job here was in Uptown with a trade publishing firm at 17thand Downing. After leaving publishing to join the ranks of the Internet movement, he and his wife Shirley moved to New Jersey in 2002 and in 2003 he joined his current employer, The Omnicom Group. In planning the move back to Denver, they targeted downtown and surrounding areas, and Uptown met all their requirements – walkable, close to downtown, and a vibrant and diverse neighborhood.

“When we talked about the things we like to do, everything was downtown or near downtown,” Craig said.

Moving to Uptown has meant involvement in the community for both of them. Shirley is currently on the board of CHUN as an at-large delegate, while Craig is on the board of their HOA. Craig serves on Uptown on the Hill’s Communication and Technology Committee, where he has begun to update our website.