Bullying Recovery Resource Center
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2021
Dru Ahlborg – Executive Director
Dru is a co-founder and the Executive Director of BRRC, mother or two and more importantly, parent of a child who was severely bullied. She has been tasked with building BRRC into a thriving charity that defends bullied children and helps rebuilds lives. Dru is passionate about educating families and schools about bullying, advocating on behalf of bullied children and building a world of Upstanders. Her professional background includes education, human resources, training and development, and management. She obtained a marketing degree from the University of Colorado. She is a member of the International Bullying Prevention Association. Ms. Ahlborg was accepted and successfully completed the Non-Profit Leadership Development program through the Community Resource Center in Denver. In her free time Dru can be found hiking, cheering on the Colorado Avalanche and spending time with family and friends.
Tom Ahlborg – Chairman and Director
Tom is a co-founder and serves as BRRC’s Chairman of the Board and Director of Advocacy. He is responsible for working closely with the Board of Directors by administering good board governance and he also works closely with the Executive Director as she/he directs the organization’s overall impact and long-term vision. In addition to this role, Tom is also Managing Director of Ahlborg Acquisitions, a Denver-based family venture capital firm that specializes in investing. Mr. Ahlborg also supports and mentors entrepreneurs to build successful companies. As Tom is also a parent of a severely bullied child, he is hugely passionate about improving and creating safer schools for students. His focus is on advocacy, educating parents, teachers, and administrators on bullying and obtaining restorative justice for bullied children.
Barbara Coloroso – Director and Bullying Expert Advisor
Barbara is an international bestselling author and for the past 48 years has been revered as an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on parenting, teaching, school discipline, positive school climate, bullying, grieving, non-violent conflict resolution and restorative justice. Her uniquely effective parenting and teaching strategies were developed through her years of training in sociology, special education, and philosophy, as well as field-tested through her experiences as a classroom teacher, laboratory school instructor, university instructor, seminar leader, volunteer in Rwanda, and a mother of three grown children and three school-aged grandchildren.
Curtis Kowalski – Director and Parent Representative
Curtis works in the Information Technology sector where he has spent over 25 years working as a consultant and a manager that specializes in big data and analytics. A few years ago, Curtis bonded with some parents and teachers who had seen children being mistreated. He made the decision to get involved and became a community activist for children. Since then, he has met with numerous parents, the media, and local officials to advocate for effective change to protect children and provide a safe school environment. Curtis is married to a Colorado native, has two children and believes that teaching our children how to be the best human beings possible is a top priority.
Walt Kramarz – Director
Walt is a powerful advocate for anti-bullying. As an attorney with experience in the private sector, along with over 16 years of representing Colorado public school systems, Walt created his own practice in July 2019, Kramarz Law LLC. His law practice focus is on upholding the rights of families, students, and employees and counterbalancing the “stacked deck” structural disadvantages and institutional power imbalances they can encounter, both in the school and in the workplace. Walt is also a member of the Colorado Bar Association’s Civil Rights, Disability Law, and Labor & Employment Law sections.
Andrew Laing – Director and Public Relations Professional
Andrew has been a Public Relations professional for close to two decades and is a Principal at Agency 33 Public Relations Firm in Denver, CO. Andrew specializes in representing professional service organizations and has secured media exposure in diverse publications nationwide. He is also a board member and Committee Chair with the Colorado Judicial Institute and assist other non-profits like the Women’s Global Empowerment Fund.
Reverend Phil Tapp – Director and Youth Facilitator
Phil brings his experience as a youth minister and father of 8 children to the board of BRRC. He is committed to recovery and growth for all individuals through the teaching and practice of secularized spiritual principles such as kindness, gratitude, and the power of one’s own thinking. His passion for this is infectious and uplifting and is the fulfillment of his personal mission of moving toward “a world that works for everyone.”
Bill Wiese – Director and Corporate Legal
Bill is a Denver-based lawyer with a practice in corporate, business and transactional matters throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Bill is also a certified public accountant and advises clients on legal, business and strategic planning matters. He graduated from the University of Denver Law School in 1984, is an avid athlete and has coached youth basketball and baseball for over 15 years. He has been married to a Denver native for almost 36 years and has three grown children.
William Ahlborg – Advisor to the Board
Bill’s background lies in investment management, finance and philanthropy. He currently is a Director at Ahlborg Acquisitions and manages several investment portfolios. Being a fourth-generation Denver native, Bill is a strong supporter of several Denver-based charities.
Cyndi Aikin – Director and Parent Representative
Cyndi Aikin is an executive in the healthcare industry. Through a series of personal events, she has become an advocate and activist for children in her community. Her experience has been centered around Title IX, 504/IEP and FAPE violations against students. Cyndi believes that it is essential for those who are taking a stand against bullying or recovering from the trauma associated with their own situation, to know that they are not alone in their pain and struggle. She has united families in her community to drive change, as well as provide resources and emotional support to those who have been impacted by bullying. Cyndi and her husband are both Colorado natives, who spend their “free time” juggling the active schedules of their two children (and exchange students). Cyndi is also the co-founder of a non-profit dedicated to childhood cancer research and support.