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Mile High United Way Names Neil Oberfeld as Chair, Announces New Trustees

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Jenn Kostka Beck

Fourteen Community Leaders Also Join Existing Trustees

(DENVER) – Mile High United Way is thrilled to announce Neil Oberfeld as the incoming chair of the organization’s Board of Trustees. Oberfeld currently is a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, in Denver and is a longtime supporter of Mile High United Way. He succeeds Carlos Pacheco, from Premier Members Credit Union, who served as chair from July 2022 to June 2024 and will remain on the Board of Trustees.

“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with and for Carlos during his time as chair, and I look forward to continuing our partnership with him. Neil is an incredible advocate for families in our community and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise from his work with Mile High United Way and other organizations across Metro Denver,” said Christine Benero, Mile High United Way president and CEO. “I am thrilled to see how our organization will continue to grow and thrive under his guidance in the coming years.”

“I am thrilled and honored to be named chair of the Mile High United Way Board of Trustees,” Oberfeld said. “A special thank you to Carlos Pacheco for all his hard work as board chair the last two years. I look forward to following in his footsteps as we look toward a big year for Mile High United Way. We have never been in a better position to do the good work that’s needed in this city.”

The Board of Trustees is committed to advancing Mile High United Way’s three community priorities: Giving all children a strong start, supporting education and academic success and creating economic opportunities for all families across Metro Denver.

The officers joining Oberfeld are Vice Chair Diane Garcia from Congruex, Secretary Helen Drexler from Delta Dental Colorado and Keybank’s Doug Dell, who has served as treasurer since 2023. Garcia also previously served as secretary from 2022-2024.

Additionally, Mile High United Way welcomes 13 new trustees and a new Mile High United Way Catalyst Society representative. The new members are:

  • Kent Berke, Performance Food Group (retired)
  • Trudi Boyd, Chevron
  • Dorian Brugger, U.S. Bank
  • Alexis Denis, KPMG
  • Lori Fox, Taloma Partners
  • Jamie Gard, Newmark
  • Matthew Goldberg, BDO
  • Megan Jurgemeyer, Denver7 KMGH
  • J.D. Keller, Comcast
  • Maureen McDonald, HCA HealthONE
  • Anish Michael, FGC
  • Kelly Noble, Empower
  • Monica Sasakura, Wells Fargo
  • Allison Burke, Sherman & Howard (Catalyst Society representative)


The Catalyst Society is a group of inclusive, forward-thinking professionals who are committed to amplifying the diverse voices of our community and paving the future of philanthropy and leadership in business.

The Board of Trustees consists of as many as 50 Trustees and 12 Emeritus Trustees who may be elected to as many as three consecutive three-year terms.

Trustees help guide Mile High United Way both financially and programmatically and serve as ambassadors to enhance the organization’s presence in the seven-county Metro Denver area.

See the complete list of 2024-2025 Mile High United Way Trustees.


About Mile High United Way

Mile High United Way, the first United Way in the world, was founded in Denver in 1887. Working side by side with the community, Mile High United Way takes on critical human services issues facing our seven-county footprint including the Metro Denver, Boulder and Broomfield communities. Our united approach changes the odds for all children, families and individuals in our community, so that we all can succeed.

Learn more at www.unitedwaydenver.org. Follow us on social media: @UnitedWayDenver.