Leaders from all over Jefferson County gathered to honor five of their peers who have spent a lifetime giving back to the county and its residents at the West Chamber’s fourth annual Jefferson County Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
The Chamber inducted Hank Alderfer of Evergreen, John Ellis of Evergreen, Lynn Johnson of Lakewood, Mike Moore of Evergreen, and Greg Stevinson of Lakewood on Aug. 3 at the Pinehurst Country Club.
“What an exciting group of leaders we have today,” said Gregg Moss, former 9News reporter and current executive director of Mile Hi Church, who was emceeing the ceremony. “All of these inductees were nominated by their peers and the community members, which shows how working together can make all the difference.”
In addition to the inductees, John Tracy, the 30-year newspaperman with the Golden Transcript who died on Aug. 1 was honored.
“John lived his life to the fullest, and showed kindness to everyone,” said Pam Bales, president and CEO of the Chamber. “He is going to be very missed in all of Jeffco, Golden and Lakewood.”
Ernie Witucki, the Chamber member who started the Hall of Fame program, also received special recognition for his efforts.
“There are a lot of champions in Jeffco and I wanted to recognize them,” Witucki said. “They do so much for everyone in the county.”
Get to know the six inductees here:
Who he is: Alderfer loves the history of Jeffco’s mountain communities, and shares his love with his readers in his “Yesteryear” column in the Canyon Courier newspaper.
He was raised at the Alderfer Ranch on Buffalo Park Road in Evergreen. The Alderfer family eventually donated or sold much of their property to Jefferson County Open Space. That, along with additional land purchased by Jeffco Open Space, would become the 242-acre Alderfer/Three Sisters Open Space Park.
Alderfer was on the Evergreen Park and Recreation Board for 16 years. He is also founding member of the Mountain Area Land Trust.
What he said: “It’s my pleasure to look out at all of you today, and I’m so glad for the support of the community in everything I’ve done. It’s a real pleasure to be here.”
Who he is: Affectionately known as the “Mayor of Evergeen,” Ellis’ day job is the Community Relations Manager for Evergreen National Bank. But, as a native of the city, he has worked hard to preserve the land and environment, with the support of his high school sweetheart, Sherry, and their four children and five grandchildren.
Ellis serves on multiple nonprofit boards, from Evergreen Christian Outreach to Blue Spruce Kiwanis to Evergreen Trout Unlimited to Jeffco Outdoor Lab Foundation. He’s also been an elected official for the Evergreen Metropolitan District for the last 11 years, and is going on his fourth year serving on the Evergreen Parks and Recreation District board.
He has served groups such as Leadership Evergreen, and is a past chair of the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Ellis is also involved in Evergreen Audubon, helping protect birds, wildlife, flora, fauna and trails for licensing for hunters. He also gives his time to Evergreen Trout Unlimited.
What he said: “I’m so honored to be part of a group of people I’ve known for years. What I love about our town is the people. Every day I make friends, and it’s not work if you do what you love. That’s what I do.”
Who she is: Johnson has dedicated her life to helping children, families and those who need help the most.
She currently serves as the Executive Director of Jefferson County Human Services, an agency that includes Divisions of Head Start, Workforce, Career and Family Services, Children, Youth and Families (Child Welfare), Justice Services, and Community Assistance which includes Medicaid, Food Stamps, and Aging and Adult Services.
Johnson has been appointed to numerous task forces and committees by three different Colorado Governors, including Child Welfare and Welfare Reform, Judicial Commission for Families in the Courts and Child and Youth Leadership Commission. She is currently the Human Trafficking Subcommittee Co-Chair and a Governor’s appointee to Colorado’s Human Trafficking Council.
What she said: “Our business is caring about the many vulnerable people in our state. We are a county like no other — a county that cares about people.”
Who he is: A Colorado native, Yale University graduate and a veteran volunteer of the Peace Corps, Moore has been working against poverty since the 1960s with his wife, Ann.
In 1966, he become the Executive Director of Denver Opportunity, the War on Poverty Community Action Agency. Mike was a co-founder of the Jefferson County Open Living School, an alternative public school open to anyone within the county who wished to attend.
A dedication to the arts began in 1974, when he and Ann joined the Evergreen Choral. He was a founding member of the Evergreen Center for the Arts in 1976, and was active on the stage in Evergreen and also with the Denver Civic Theatre, Littleton Town Hall Arts Center and the Loveland Music Guild.
He was a founding member and chairman of Plan Jeffco and was appointed a founding member of Jefferson County Open Space Advisory Committee in 1973. He helped found Culture Jeffco, which promoted the formation of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). In 1989, he was appointed as the founding chairman of the Jefferson County Cultural Council, Jeffco’s governing board of the SCFD.
Moore and Ann live in Evergreen in a “net zero energy” home. When they moved into their energy-efficient, sustainable home in 2009, it had the fourth lowest Home Energy Rating System rating in the country.
What he said: “Guys, I love Jeffco. It’s been a place of extraordinary opportunities to participate and make the community the great place it is.”
Who he is: Stevinson and his family have called Jefferson County home for nearly 60 years. As Managing Principal of Denver West Partners, LLC, Stevinson has devoted the past 40 years to developing the more than 500-acre Denver West community which includes Denver West Business Park, Colorado Mills/Denver West Village, the Promenade Shops, and the Denver West Automotive District.
Stevinson was a member of the Jefferson County Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC) for 23 years, serving as chair for 17 years. He also chaired the volunteer citizens committee called Save Open Space (SOS) which advocated for the issuance of revenue bonds to finance accelerated acquisition of open space throughout Jefferson County.
Stevinson’s Denver West development boasts one of the unique and robust outdoor art collections in the Metro area. And, the Stevinson family has donated dozens of bronze sculptures to Jefferson County. He former Chairman of the Board of Craig Hospital and served as a board member of the Craig Hospital Foundation. He has been on the Boards of Director of the West Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Baseball Stadium District, Red Rocks Community College Foundation and the Citizens Advisory Board for St. Anthony Hospital.
What he said: “It’s humbling to share the stage with four other community icons. I’ve been so fortunate to become partners with the City of Lakewood and help provide an economic engine for the city.”