Our Board of Directors
CFPD Volunteer Board of Directors 2018
CFPD was established by a volunteer Board of Directors in 1994. Our Board is made up of attorneys, financial planners, a Trust officer, medical and service professionals as well as parents of people with disabilities.
- M. Kent Olsen - President
- Frank Baysore - Vice President
- Stephanie Brennan - Secretary
- Nancy Susan Germany - Director
- Gary Hamilton - Treasurer, Chairman of the Finance Committee, Co-Chair of the Investment Committee
- Lynn Mason – Director
- Hal Wright - Director
- Lisa Eastin - Director
- Arlene S. Barringer - Director
- John Bartlett-Powers - Director
M. Kent Olsen - President
A partner in the law firm of Olsen & Traeger, LLP, Kent specializes in estate planning; administration and litigation; guardianships; conservatorships; advance medical directives; individuals with disabilities; and elder law. A member of the Trust and Estate Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, he is past chair of the section as well as the Rules and Forms Committee. Previously a column editor for the Colorado Lawyer, he co-chaired the Protective Proceedings Act subcommittee and now serves on the Statutory Revisions Committee. He was a referee of the Denver Probate Court for six years and an appointed member of the Governor's Commission on Life and the Law. His name appears in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and the Colorado Super Lawyers 2006 to 2010. He is currently the president of the Advocacy Denver and a director on the Arc Colorado board.
Frank Baysore - Vice President
Frank Baysore, NCG, is a partner in Baysore & Christian Fiduciary Services, LLC. Frank is a member of the National Guardianship Association, the primary professional association of guardians, as well as the Colorado Guardianship Association. In 2004 he passed the national credentialing examination to become a Nationally Certified Guardian under the auspices of the Center for Guardianship Certification. In his professional role, Frank serves as court appointed conservator for incapacitated adults. He also serves as a personal representative for estates, as agent under power of attorney, representative payee, and trustee for special needs trusts and other trusts. Frank is a member of the Probate Best Practices Committee for Arapahoe County District Court and is a Patron (non-attorney) member of the Colorado Bar Association and its Elder Law Section. Frank also serves as a board member to the Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities, a special needs pooled trust. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in business administration. He and his wife Mary Jean have two adult daughters and four grandchildren. They live in Aurora.
Stephanie Brennan - Secretary
Stephanie is a third-generation Coloradan who has been an associate with the firm Hurth, Yeager, Sisk & Blakemore since 2002. She received her J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1998, was an articles editor with the Land and Water Law Review and a member of the Order of the Barristers. She clerked for the Hon. Richard V. Thomas of the Wyoming Supreme Court and the Hon. Frank Dubofsky of Colorado's Twentieth Judicial District. She has training in trial advocacy and depositions from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. In addition, she is licensed to practice law in the Colorado State Courts and the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.
Nancy Susan Germany - Director
Nancy (Susie) is an attorney with the Germany Law Firm, P.C., a probate and elder law firm with locations in Denver, Erie and Broomfield.,Colorado. Her practice focuses on the areas of wills, Trusts, living wills, powers of attorney, estate administration, estate planning, probate, elder law, Medicaid, guardianships and conservatorships. A native Coloradan, she received her law degree from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. She is a member of the Alaska Bar Association and the Colorado Bar Association, as well as past chair of the Elder Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. She is also a member of the Erie Chamber of Commerce, Alliance of Professional Women, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a team sponsor and a volunteer for Colorado Special Olympics.
Gary Hamilton - Treasurer, Chairman of the Finance Committee, Co-Chair of the Investment Committee
Gary joined the CFPD Board in May of 2013. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Trinity Law Group and Executive Managing Director of LH Law Holdings and Sterling Law Holdings – all companies involved in 3rd party litigation finance and/or marketing for potential plaintiffs who have suffered injury from the use of a consumer product or pharmaceutical drug or medical device. Gary has previously worked in the financial services industry as a banker with the Investment Banking firm of W.G. Nielsen & Co. providing sell side representation to middle market companies and sourcing institutional debt and equity capital. Additionally, he was a Manager of the Paine Webber Denver office and Sales Manager and Senior Vice President with Merrill Lynch. Mr. Hamilton has been the President of the University of Colorado Denver Buff Club and lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife Deborah.
Lynn Mason – Director
Lynn Mason is a student services administrator and currently works as interim director of the Learning Resource Center in the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. At the CU -Anschutz Medical Campus he has served as associate and acting dean in the Graduate School and has done research and teaching in medical anthropology, gerontology, public health, and biomedical ethics. He has served as a board member, officer, staff member and volunteer advocate in several aging services organizations, including the Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People, the Denver Community Bioethics Committee, Seniors’ Resource Center, the Colorado Nursing Home Ombudsman Program, Denver Indian Health and Family Services, and the Guardianship Alliance of Colorado. He earned a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. from UCLA.
Hal Wright - Director
Hal Wright is a retired Certified Financial Planner who specialized in advising families with a loved one with a disability. He is now a consultant helping families create comprehensive life plans for a person with special needs. He is a parent of an adult daughter with Down syndrome. He is a nationally known expert in special needs planning and is frequently invited to speak to both parent and professional audiences. His is the author of a book published in 2013, The Complete Guide to Creating a Special Needs Life Plan: a Comprehensive Approach Integrating Life, Resource, Financial and Legal Panning. He is a registered pro bono lobbyist and currently serves on the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council by Governor’s appointment and chairs its Legislative and Public Policy Committee.
Lisa Eastin - Director
Lisa is an attorney with Buchanan & Stouffer, PC, an estate planning law firm in Lakewood, Colorado. A fifth generation Coloradan, Lisa has four sons, one with mild traumatic brain injury and the challenges of mental illness. Her practice focuses on special needs planning, estate planning, trust and estate administration, and elder law, with a special emphasis on working with families that include members with special needs. She received an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law and her law degree from the University of San Francisco. Lisa is a member of the Trust and Estate and Elder Law Sections of the Colorado Bar Association. She is also a member of Women’s’ Estate Planning Council and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
Arlene S. Barringer - Director
Arlene is a probate and elder law attorney who began her law career in civil litigation in 1995. In 2009, she joined the law firm of Glatstein & O’Brien, LLP, where she focuses her practice on contested and uncontested guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, probate administration and litigation, estate planning, and special needs planning. Arlene is active with the Elder Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, having recently served as Chair of the Section. In addition, she has served as liaison to the Statutory Revisions Committee and Co-Chair of the Elder Law Retreat. Arlene is past president of Women’s Estate Planning Council and serves as a volunteer for the Law Line of the National Alliance of Mental Illness. She is a member of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and Catholic Lawyers Guild. She frequently volunteers at the Denver Probate Court Pro Se Court and coordinates the Jefferson County District Court pro se probate clinic. Arlene authors a chapter in the CBA/CLE handbook and regularly teaches legal seminars. She also volunteers at senior law days across the metro area and numerous other community events. Arlene received her B.A. degree from Texas A&M University and law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters.
John Bartlett-Powers - Director
John Bartlett-Powers is co-owner of Colorado Care Management and Guardianship Services which provides guardianship, power of attorney and care management services to adults with disabilities and seniors. Mr. Bartlett-Powers received his Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado. He also is an Advanced Social Worker in Gerontology from the National Association of Social Workers. Mr. Bartlett-Powers is a member of the National Guardianship Association and National Association of Social Workers.