Debbie and Michael Feiner
Michael Feiner is the chairman of Feiner Enterprises Inc., a private family office, primarily focused on real estate investments, mortgage securities and private equity.
Mr. and Mrs. Feiner have been very active with many civic and philanthropic causes including National Jewish Health, the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, the Rose Community Foundation, Kent Denver School, the Anti-Defamation League, Temple Emanuel and the Phoenix United Way.
The Feiners both act as directors for the Feiner Family Foundation, steering its efforts to make meaningful change in the community. They have developed a special affinity for National Jewish Health – through serving in various leadership roles in the institution for the past 30-plus years, including Mr. Feiner’s role on the board of directors.
Mr. and Mrs. Feiner enjoy time in the winter in Phoenix but center their lives around their three children, Dan (Angela), Lisa (Jason) and David, and four grandchildren, Sebastian, Blake, Julian and Taylor, in Denver.
Cathey and Richard Finlon
Cathey and Dick Finlon have lived in Colorado for over 40 years, having been raised in State College, Penn., home of Penn State University. Mr. Finlon has an economics degree from Penn State and worked in the printing industry until his retirement. Having learned to love fishing in the great fly-fishing country of Central Pennsylvania, Mr. Finlon has a love of all fishing, including now the hunt for the elusive permit and easier to find bonefish.
Mr. and Mrs. Finlon have bicycled all over the world — Myanmar, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Bhutan, Morocco and most of Europe. They are avid in their love of the outdoors.
Mrs. Finlon retired as CEO/owner of 26-year-old McClain Finlon Advertising, ranked as one of the top 50 advertising agencies in the United States and consistently ranked as a top woman-owned business. She served as president of the Denver Art Museum during an important transition period and retired once again. She continues to serve on the board of the Denver Art Museum.
Mrs. Finlon has chaired the boards of Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Rocky Mountain Junior Achievement and Denver Advertising Federation, and now chairs Denver Scholarship Foundation. Her board service also includes History Colorado, Denver Public Schools Foundation, University of Denver Daniels College of Business Advisory Board, Colorado Outward Bound, National Repertory Orchestra and American Association of Advertising Agencies.
Mary Lou Blackledge Kortz and Donald Kortz
Donald Kortz is vice chair of Cushman & Wakefield, a global real estate services company. He currently serves on the boards of HealthOne, National Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and the Mizel Institute. He is a past chair of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Children’s Hospital Colorado and Colorado Concern, and served as the president and CEO of Rose Community Foundation. Mr. Kortz is a Colorado Business Hall of Fame Laureate. He received his BA from Tulane University and Juris Doctor from the University of Denver.
Born in Colorado, Mary Lou Blackledge Kortz was raised in Idaho. After graduating from college, she completed her formal education at the Université de Strasbourg, France. She taught English for two years at the Institut Universitaire de Technologie. During her years in France, with a background in art, she began painting in earnest, developing a series of realistic street and village scenes. Ms. Blackledge Kortz has been painting and exhibiting for 36 years. She has also served as a trustee on the board of Colorado Ballet for 15 years.
Ms. Blackledge Kortz and Mr. Kortz are the parents of Zoey, who resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Julie and Brent Morse
Julie and Brent Morse are both natives of Tulsa, Oklahoma. They met while in school and have been married 37 years.
Mr. Morse began his career in 1979 as a petroleum landman with Amoco Production Company. In 1986, he formed his own independent oil company, Morenergy Exploration Company, to pursue drilling and exploration projects, and acquire producing oil and gas leases. He co-founded Saga Petroleum Corp., a private independent exploration and production company, and also recently co-founded Epic Permian Resources.
Mrs. Morse graduated from Southern Methodist University with a MS in audiology. She worked as an audiologist, and later for the Tattered Cover Book Store. She continues to pursue her interests in continuing education, travel and activities with friends and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Morse are both involved in many charitable and community organizations. They received the 2009 Jewish Family Service Jack Shapiro Community Service Award. Mr. Morse volunteers for Jewish Family Service and the University of Denver’s Bridge Project. Mrs. Morse was a member of the Allied Jewish Federation’s Women’s board, and she received the Charlotte Tucker Young Leadership Award. She currently serves on the board of the Denver Jewish Community Center. Together, Mr. and Mrs. Morse support Colorado Uplift, the Denver Scholarship Foundation, the Denver Inner City Parish, the Anti-Defamation League and other organizations of interest.
Mr. and Mrs. Morse have two children, Jessica, who is pursuing her PhD in psychology at Colorado State University, and Brad (Kelsey), who manages funds that invest in the oil and gas industry.
2017 Lorber Award Recipients
Carrie and John Morgridge
Carrie and John Morgridge are vice president and president, respectively, of the Morgridge Family Foundation. Mrs. Morgridge is the award-winning author of “Every Gift Matters – How Your Passion Can Change the World,” and serves as the co-CEO for Share Fair Nation.
Since 2009 when they established the foundation, the Morgridges have focused on investing in leaders who are transforming our world through community. The foundation has supported major projects at National Jewish Health, the University of Denver, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and Mile High United Way.
Mr. and Mrs. Morgridge also founded Student Support Foundation, a club that educates high school and college philanthropists about giving through hands-on learning, and helped create Share Fair Nation, which provides high-quality, creative, professional learning for educators nationwide.
Mrs. Morgridge received the Mile High United Way Frances Wisebart Jacobs Award. She and Mr. Morgridge also received the Colorado Distant Learning Association “Every Gift Matters” Award. Mrs. Morgridge currently serves on the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Board of Trustees and Colorado Mountain College Board of Overseers, and is a University of Denver emeritus board member. Mrs. Morgridge graduated summa cum laude from the International Academy of Design and Technology and Mr. Morgridge from Plymouth State College.
The Morgridges divide their time between Colorado and Florida. Both are avid outdoors enthusiasts, participating in marathons and Ironman triathlons. In 2016, they completed a mountain bike ride from Canada to Mexico. Mr. Morgridge is an accomplished fixed-wing and helicopter pilot.
The Arthur B. Lorber Award for Distinguished Service, the highest honor at National Jewish Health, recognizes individuals who show leadership that has impacted the reputation, service, science or mission of the institution.
2017 Honorary Chair
A. Barry Hirschfeld
A. Barry Hirschfeld is president and CEO of A.B. Hirschfeld & Sons. The Hirschfeld legacy in both business and philanthropy spans five generations with Mr. Hirschfeld representing the fourth generation and his two sons the fifth. His 50-year involvement in the Denver business community includes commercial printing, entrepreneurial investments and real estate.
Mr. Hirschfeld has been involved in various entrepreneurial endeavors, including founding Colorado Carphone, the first master agent for U.S. West Cellular in Colorado. In 1984, he became president of A. B. Hirschfeld Press, the printing business founded in 1907 by his grandfather. In 2004, he merged the company with National Printing. Along with his grandfather and father, he was inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame in 2004. In real estate, Mr. Hirschfeld has focused on developing commercial, residential and mixed-use properties.
He is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University and earned his MBA from the University of Denver, which recognized him with the 1991 Founders Day Award and the 2007 Evans Award. In 2013, he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Cal Poly Pomona.
His community and civic endeavors are extensive. He has been a member of the National Jewish Health Board of Directors since 1981. He and his wife, Arlene, were honored as Beaux Arts Ball Grand Marshals in 1998. He has been instrumental in recruiting Grand Marshals and ensuring the Beaux Arts Ball’s success.
In addition to National Jewish Health, where he follows his grandfather who began supporting the institution in 1900 and his father who also served on the Board from 1963 to 1981, Mr. Hirschfeld currently serves on the boards of VISIT DENVER, Colorado Concern, the Denver Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center and the American Transplant Foundation. His past board service includes Xcel Energy, the Denver Art Museum, Boettcher Foundation, Clyfford Still Museum and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. He also received the 2015 Mizel Institute Community Enrichment Award.
Mr. and Mrs. Hirschfeld have two children and three grandchildren.