Meet the Board
Robert E. Cardwell
Professionally Bob Cardwell has over 43 years in the commercial real estate industry in more than 80 markets from Honolulu to Boston, responsible for commercial real estate valued in excess of 2 billion dollars. The responsibilities included overseeing all of the physical and financial decisions of the assets and the various consultants and contractors hired to perform services. Since moving to Evergreen in 1989, his community involvement includes leadership positions with Evergreen Legacy Fund, Mountain Area Land Trust, The Trust for Public Land Advisory Board, Evergreen Land Community Coalition, and an 85-unit condominium complex. He chaired a county park and open space commission in Minnesota. The visionary behind the creation of Buchanan Park in Evergreen, he was named Leader of the Year in 2013.
Alexa Cowley, owner of Mountain Home Furnishings and Alexa Interiors, has called Evergreen home since moving here from Canada in 2000. Her community involvement includes the Bergen Leadership Council at Bergen Meadow Elementary School and a member of the North Evergreen Activity Trail (responsible for bringing to fruition safe trails and paths between activity centers in the Bergen Park area), and now the Evergreen Legacy Fund Foundation. As a business owner, she learned about the voids that exist in unincorporated Jefferson County and interacted with the Downtown Evergreen Economic District with regard to infrastructure concerns. She later stepped up to be a 1% contributing member to the Evergreen Legacy Fund and looks forward to encouraging other businesses to do the same.
Brenda H. Cumming
Brenda H. Cumming, RN, MEP-C, is the owner of Medical Aesthetics, LLC, in Bergen Village, a long-time 1% ELF member. She also founded the science-and-nature-based skin care company Lira Clinical, which is sold internationally. She has more than 30 years' clinical and management experience in the area of Critical Care, Trauma, Post Anesthesia, Urgent Care, and Family Practice. Brenda has been a resident of Evergreen since 1994 and has been active on the boards of Leadership Evergreen and the Evergreen Legacy Fund.
Dean Dalvit, a licensed architect as well as a licensed professional engineer, is the founding principal of EVstudio, a full-service architecture and engineering firm with offices in Evergreen, Denver, and Austin. Since 2006 he’s been the owner/landlord of Evergreen Mountain Village at the intersection of highways 73 and 74 in Downtown Evergreen. His community service includes leadership roles with the Evergreen Lake Loop Trail, the Evergreen Trails Master Plan, the East Downtown River Trail project, the Evergreen North Lake Trail boardwalk, the Evergreen Local Improvement District effort, and the Evergreen Legacy Fund Foundation. He is a member of the Jefferson County Regulatory Advisory Panel. He’s lived in Evergreen since 1998 and was named Evergreen’s Leader of the Year in 2014.
Since 1997 Eric Gill has been the owner/operator of Bear Paw Property Management, which is responsible for renting and managing single-family properties in Evergreen and the surrounding areas. He manages a staff of six. His business is located on Main Street in Evergreen where he interacts with locals, newcomers, and those passing through. “I’m passionate about Evergreen and my desire is for it to remain the charming mountain town that it is,” he says. His community involvement includes Rotary, Leadership Evergreen, the Evergreen Chamber, Downtown Business Association, and the Evergreen Legacy Fund. Eric was named Evergreen’s Leader of the Year in 2017.
Linda Kirkpatrick has been a community activist since moving to Evergreen in 1981, with leadership roles in the construction of the ambulance facility, Bootstraps, the successful effort to Save Noble Meadow (408 acres of open space slated for 238 homes), creating Buchanan Park and Stagecoach Park, and co-founding Leadership Evergreen. She’s owned two award-winning publications focusing on community involvement in Evergreen and has been recognized many times for her contributions, including a Lifetime Leadership Award in 2015, being inducted into the Jefferson County Historical Hall of Fame in 2020, and her induction into the Mountain Area Women in Business Hall of Fame in 2021.
Jim Pisula has worked in finance and commercial real estate for nearly 30 years. He is currently the President & CEO of Pinecroft Realty – a group that focuses on healthcare real estate. He and his family are also part owners of Bergen Village Shopping Center on the north end of Evergreen. Jim has lived in Evergreen since 2004 and says he's loved every minute of it! He has been active with local schools as a member of the finance committees for both Evergreen Country Day School (ECDS) and Montessori School of Evergreen (MSE) where he also served on the board.
Sharon Wood has lived in Evergreen since 1994 and is passionate about keeping our town as beautiful, safe, and friendly as it was when she arrived. As founder and Legacy Coach of Generational Family Wealth, she creates customized solutions for families to successfully transition wealth, stories, values, vision, and leadership from one generation to the next. Prior to that, she spent 14 years at T-Mobile as the National Director of Leadership Development. Her community involvement includes Intermountain YoungLife, Team Evergreen, and Faithful Workouts. While her children were still in school, she served on the PTA at King Murphy and Evergreen Mountain School (now Country Day). She also volunteers her time developing leaders at CrossPurpose in Denver.