Gemma Heckendorf is Chief Counsel at CSG International, headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado. CSG is one of the world’s largest providers of business support solutions, primarily serving the global communications industry, supporting the management of clients’ revenue, customer interactions, and digital ecosystems. Gemma advises on commercial and corporate transactional matters, domestically and internationally, as well as advising on a wide range of other corporate functions, including the management of data privacy, real estate portfolio, public company compliance and global entities. Prior to CSG, Gemma was Associate General Counsel at Ciber, Inc., a public company providing global information technology consulting and outsourcing to commercial clients, and has held a number of in-house legal positions in the Denver area, including at Vail Resorts and IHS, advising on a broad range of business and legal matters, including intellectual property protection, M&A activity, client and vendor engagement, HR, and strategic planning. Gemma began her legal career in Sydney, Australia, where she earned her Law and Arts degrees from the University of Sydney, and began the practice of law as an attorney at Allens, an international commercial law firm, after which she transitioned to her in-house career at Vodafone, Australia. Gemma has previously served as Chair of the Law Department Management Committee (LDMC) at the national ACC level, and is currently serving as Membership and Strategy co-chair to the LDMC.
Immediate Past President
Deputy General Counsel and General Real Estate Counsel
Alterra Mountain Company
Jennifer Ingrassia is Assistant General Counsel and General Real Estate Counsel for Alterra Mountain Company, a North American mountain resort and adventure company. Jennifer advises on and negotiates complex real estate, M&A, hospitality, resort operations and international transactions. Prior to joining Alterra in 2012, Jennifer gained extensive experience in all facets of commercial real estate and corporate law with law firms in Florida and Colorado. Jennifer has been a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel since 2012. She also served on the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation's Board of Directors and is the past Chair and Co-Founder of the Developing Leaders Mentor Committee for the Colorado chapter of the National Association of Office Properties. Jennifer is actively involved in community and philanthropic activities and was a Denver Business Journal Forty Under 40 award winner.
Programs and Sponsorship Chair
Deputy General Counsel
Children's Hospital of Colorado
Megan Zatz is Deputy General Counsel at Children’s Hospital Colorado, a nonprofit hospital for children that provides comprehensive pediatric care at its main hospital campus in Aurora, Colorado and at several locations throughout Colorado. Children’s Hospital Colorado is an organization at the forefront of pediatric research and outreach in the Rocky Mountain region that also focuses advocacy efforts out into communities across Colorado with the goal of making sure kids’ concerns are always heard when public policies are made. Ms. Zatz leads the legal team at Children’s Hospital Colorado and advises on a wide variety of regulatory, corporate and operational issues. She has called many states home, but has found her home base in Denver after working for several health systems in Colorado since 2006. Ms. Zatz earned her J.D. at Lewis & Clark Law School in Oregon and her undergraduate degree in English from Carleton College in Minnesota.
Samuel Shapiro is General Counsel at PyxisAi, a technology company that utilizes its proprietary video-based surveillance software employing artificial intelligence and computer vision. Sam oversees and manages all of the company’s legal matters, providing legal, compliance and risk management advice across the organization. He also helps drive business growth, pairing strategic contract negotiation with key partnerships. Prior to joining the Board of the Colorado ACC, he served for 5 years on the Executive Board of the ACC’s Litigation Committee. Mr. Shapiro enjoys spending his free time with his family, skiing and wakeboarding.
Jessica Borchers is Senior Attorney at CenturyLink, a global communications and IT services company and the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers. Jessica currently supports the state and local government business unit, drafting and negotiating commercial contracts for a wide variety of technology services. In this role she advises sales and business clients on legal and commercial issues to manage risk and ensure compliance with laws, company policies, and contract terms. Prior to her current role, Jessica supported strategic enterprise sales at Level 3 Communications, and procurement and strategic transactions at CenturyLink. Jessica has been an active member of ACC Colorado’s Emerging Leaders Group since 2015, serving as Co-Chair or Chair since 2016. Jessica earned her law degree from the University of Denver, and earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Colorado State University. Jessica is proud to be a Colorado native and enjoys exploring many aspects of Colorado’s outdoors, including road and mountain biking, hiking 14ers, and skiing.
Vice President, Law & Governance and General Counsel at TELUS International
Jeff Brown is Vice President, Law & Governance and General Counsel at TELUS International, headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. TELUS International is a subsidiary of TELUS, a national telecommunications company in Canada. With 40,000 team members in 13 countries, TELUS International provides multilingual customer service outsourcing and digital IT services to global clients. Clients include corporations in fast-growing technology, travel and hospitality, financial services and fintech, games, telecommunications, and healthcare industries.
Based in Denver, Jeff manages a global team of legal and governance professionals, and advises the board and senior leadership team on commercial and corporate transactional matters, domestically and internationally, as well as advising on a wide range of other corporate functions, including mergers and acquisitions, sales, data privacy, real estate, procurement, intellectual property, corporate secretarial and governance, policy development, dispute resolution, compliance and global entity management. Prior to joining TI, Jeff was VP and AGC at TTEC, a public company providing global business process outsourcing services, and Senior Counsel at HP. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and began his legal career in Chicago with Winston & Strawn. Jeff has previously served as Co-Chair of the International Network of the Colorado ACC, and as publications chair of the Law Department Management Committee of the Colorado Chapter of the ACC.
Sr. Employment Counsel
Greg Clouser is Sr. Employment Counsel for Empower Retirement, which is the second-largest retirement services provider in the United States. Greg develops practical business solutions and advice on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including hiring, performance management, wage and hour, discrimination and harassment, internal investigations, acquisitions, reorganizations and reductions in force, employment agreements and restrictive covenants, leaves of absence and reasonable accommodations. Greg has previously held a number of in-house legal positions in the Denver area, including as Associate General Counsel Red Robin international, Inc., and Senior Counsel at tw telecom, inc. Previously, Greg was an associate at Holland & Hart LLP. Greg hails originally from Illinois and Kentucky and attended law school at the University of Virginia.
Assistant General Counsel
Corporate Safety & Industrial Hygiene Mgr.
Jennifer Jaskolka is Assistant General Counsel/Corporate Safety & Industrial Hygiene Manager at Xcel Energy, a Fortune 500 company providing gas and electric services to customers in eight states. Jennifer is responsible for the Company's asbestos litigation portfolio, OSHA legal work and ensuring company-wide compliance with federal, state and local safety and health regulations. She is a member of the Colorado Pledge to Diversity Executive Committee and a member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation Board of Directors. Before joining Xcel Energy, Jennifer was a partner at White & Steele, PC in Denver, Colorado, and a shareholder at Sullivan & Ward, P.C. in Des Moines, Iowa. Jennifer received her J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law and completed her undergraduate degree in Occupational Safety & Health in November 2017 with high honors.
DISH Network L.L.C.
Victor L. Morales is an Associate Corporate Counsel at DISH Network L.L.C. In this role, Victor provides legal and business advice to the IT department and manages technology and software transactions across the organization. Prior to joining DISH in 2018, Victor served in-house counsel at ACC Global's legal department for almost a decade, with responsibilities such as handling various commercial transactions and managing ACC's online education and practice networks. Victor obtained his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law in 2016 and B.A. from Northeastern University in 2008.
Vice President of Risk Management & General Counsel
Encore Electric, Inc.
Jim Nottingham is the Vice President of Risk Management & General Counsel at Encore Electric, Inc. Jim supports Encore’s mission to be all things power, technology and energy by proactively identifying and mitigating risk throughout the organization. Jim manages the company’s Legal Department and he provides legal, compliance, and risk management advice across the organization.
Jim attended the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where he served as a Staff Editor on the University of Denver Law Review. After law school, Jim practiced at a Denver law firm where he served as Encore Electric’s outside attorney prior to making the transition to join Encore as member of the team. Prior to law school, Jim worked for a United States Senator in Washington, D.C.
Jim actively volunteers his time and he cares deeply about his community. For several years, Jim was a member of the Arapahoe Basin Volunteer Ski Patrol. He currently serves as a Board member for the Association of Corporate Counsel and as a Board member for the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.
In his free time, Jim enjoys spending time with his daughter and his wife. Jim loves being outdoors whenever possible. He has scaled the summits of Cotopaxi, Cayambe and Mount Rainier, he has floated the Grand Canyon, and he has climbed and skied numerous peaks in his native Colorado.
Chief Legal Officer
Neo Performance Materials
Randal’s diverse career includes private law practice, real estate brokerage and development, chief financial officer roles at investment banks, and in-house counsel positions in several different industries and includes extensive international business experience throughout Asia, Europe, South America, Australia, Canada, and the US. Such broad experiences enable him to provide invaluable perspectives on different ways to solve problems. At Neo, he advises on a wide variety of commercial matters for business units operating in 11 countries, in addition to overseeing a global patent and trademark portfolio.
He is an occasional speaker and panel member on the topic of international business and cross-cultural communication and chairs the Chapter’s International Practice group. Randal received JD and MBA degrees from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Counsel, Global Privacy
Lindsey Schultz is Counsel, Global Privacy, for Visa, supporting the business across a broad range of privacy and data use issues. Before joining Visa, Lindsey worked as Counsel, Privacy Governance and Compliance at Western Union where she oversaw global legal matters as well as worldwide privacy operations. Previously, Lindsey served in a business attorney role at Western Union dealing with a wide variety of commercial and regulatory matters, including extensive over-the-counter FX derivatives work. Her first in-house role was at a small payments company outside Boston which is now part of Worldpay/FIS. Lindsey earned her B.S. from Boston University and a J.D./M.B.A. from Willamette University in Oregon.
VP, Global Legal Operations
Courtney L. Seely is Vice President, Global Legal Operations at Molson Coors Brewing Company, a global company headquartered in Denver, CO that brews, markets and sells a portfolio of leading premium brands such as Coors Light, Molson Canadian, Miller Lite, Carling, Staropramen and Blue Moon across the Americas, Europe and Asia. In her current role, Courtney leads a multi-jurisdictional and multi-functional legal and risk management team and serves as a member of the Global Leadership Team as well as the Senior Legal and Corporate Affairs Global Leadership Team reporting to the Global Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer.
Previously, she was General Counsel to the global health, wellness and fitness brand, Orangetheory® Fitness, a fast-growing fitness franchise headquartered in Boca Raton, FL, with 1,100+ studio locations through the United States and internationally. Prior to that, Courtney served in various executive capacities for Smashburger®, a fast-casual restaurant brand headquartered in Denver, CO, as well as the private investment firm that founded it, most recently as Smashburger’s Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. Courtney also served in multiple roles for Quiznos®, a global QSR chain previously headquartered in Denver, CO, most recently as its’ EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, and before that, as an Assistant General Counsel to ARAMARK Corporation, a leading global provider of food, facilities and uniform services headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. Courtney began her legal career at Dechert LLP in Philadelphia, PA where she was an M&A and Securities Associate.
Courtney is a graduate of Lehigh University and Villanova University School of Law. She lives in Greenwood Village with her 2 sons and 2 dogs and is an outdoor enthusiast with a particular passion for running, hiking and skiing.
VP, GC & Corp. Secretary for the Americas
Julia Stutz is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the Americas with Cardno, a global professional infrastructure and environmental services company. As General Counsel for the Americas, Ms. Stutz is responsible for the management of all legal issues within the region, ensuring proper legal representation for the region's business units. She is also responsible for the management of the regional legal, contracts management, and insurance/risk services teams. Ms. Guynn has earned her BBA, J.D. and LL.M from the University of Denver.
Maureen “Mo” Watson
VP and General Counsel
Mo is a VP and the General Counsel at CQG, a global software company that provides high-performance trade routing, global market data, and advanced technical analysis. At CQG, Mo manages all active legal matters and works with a talented team to ensure CQG's global compliance with evolving regulatory regimes. She helps drive business growth in emerging and existing consumer markets through careful contract negotiation and strategic partnerships. She works broadly across the business to identify, understand, and mitigate risk. Outside of the office, Mo enjoys skiing, hiking, traveling, drinking wine, and spending time with her family.