Anythink Foundation: Who we are
Formed in 2009, the Anythink Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 developed to raise private funds for Anythink Libraries. The Anythink Foundation helps Adams County residents and the library to shoot for the moon and tap into their best selves. By supporting initiatives that help enhance people’s quality of life, Anythink becomes more than a library; it becomes a destination.
The projects funded by the Anythink Foundation fall outside of the scope of the district’s normal operations. Initiatives like Anythink’s public art projects, creativity labs, special programs and more are eligible for funding through the Anythink Foundation. And at Anythink, there’s never a lack of new ideas sprouting.
The Anythink Foundation Board is made up of volunteer board members who are leaders in their fields throughout Adams County.
Member • Contact
David Bell is a managing director with RBC Capital Markets. He is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, where he received his bachelor's degree in business education and marketing. Mr. Bell resides in Westminster, Colo., and is currently listed in the "Who's Who Registry of Global Business Leaders."
Foundation Board Chair • Contact
Kyle Kreischer is a shareholder with Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C., and co-heads the firm's commercial litigation team. After receiving his J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law, Kreischer attended Vermont Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude and received a Masters of Laws in Environmental Law (LL.M.) and completed his thesis, entitled "The Effect of Citizen Participation on the Listing of Species under the Endangered Species Act: An Empirical Regulatory Analysis." Kreischer focuses his current practice in the following areas of law: commercial litigation, construction litigation, civil appellate practice, commercial banking litigation, and real estate litigation. Additionally, Kreischer has significant experience in environmental law and science, and commercial real estate transactions.
Secretary • Contact
Chris Blackwood serves as a Director for PFM Asset Management, LLC in Denver, Colorado. His practice focuses on providing investment advisory services to governments throughout the western United States. He has expertise in developing investment policies, structuring investment portfolios and providing presentations to governing boards.
Prior to his current position, Blackwood served as portfolio manager and administrator for two local government investment pools and provided oversight on separately managed accounts. He also was chief financial economist for Boettcher & Company and senior economist to the governor of Colorado. Blackwood is a past board member of the Denver Association of Business Economists and is Vice Chairman of the Board for the Rangeview Library District Foundation. He is a frequent speaker at governmental organizations including the CGFOA, CML, Colorado County Treasurers Association, CASBO and the Special District Association of Colorado. He has authored a number of newsletters and books related to public finance and investment advisory services for government entities.
Blackwood holds a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado and has received Executive Education certificates from the University of Denver and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds FINRA licenses: series 7, 52 and 66.
Treasurer • Contact
Michelle Halstead joins the Anythink Foundation with more than 15 years of private- and public-sector experience in public affairs and project management. Currently serving as Director of External Affairs for the City of Commerce City, she helps oversee the city's capital planning and implementation, government affairs and the City Clerk's office and communications divisions. Halstead brings a passion for community building, along with an expertise in local government.
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Kim Crawford comes to the Anythink Foundation with more than 18 years of experience as a public finance attorney, working with local governments ranging from towns, cities and counties to special districts, schools and libraries. In addition to serving on the Anythink Foundation board, Crawford also serves on the Board of Directors of Great Education Colorado and is an executive committee member of the Doyle Inn of Court. She’s previously served on the Jefferson Foundation, supporting Jefferson County schools. Crawford strongly believes that libraries are more important than ever before.