Meet the people responsible for helping you get your nerd on:
Dom Testa – Founder, Chairman, and CEO
Dom is an award-winning author, speaker, broadcaster and philanthropist. In addition to his work with The Big Brain Club, he hosts a top-rated morning radio show, speaks to schools and professional organizations all over the country, and has written a best-selling book series for young adults.
At age 16 he got his first radio job, working weekends at a small-town station and learning the joys (and pains) of playing Bee Gees songs twice an hour. He moved to Denver in 1986, and for the past 21 years he’s hosted the morning show on Denver’s Mix100. With an audience of nearly a quarter-million people per day, his daily radio program has been twice named Best Morning Show by the Colorado Broadcasters Association.
Dom discovered a love of writing in the third grade. After a flurry of writing short fiction, in 1999 he began writing the beloved Galahad series. The first novel in the series, The Comet’s Curse, won an international grand prize from Writer’s Digest Magazine and was a Top Shelf selection from The American Library Association.
That love of writing led Dom to work with students, beginning with small writing workshops. His passion has grown into a year-round schedule of presentations to student bodies and educators alike. Dom travels the country helping kids find their own creative spark, and helping teachers and parents shift our academic culture from apathetic to enthusiastic. Smart is cool!
Dom lives in, and loves, Colorado, where he is active in the community. He has a grown son (see below) and a Ficus tree that’s been with him for more than 20 years. You can learn more at DomTesta.com.
Cathy Kruzic – Board of Directors
Cathy is a successful business owner with more than 30 years experience in the communications, marketing, travel, and sports industries. She is also, not incidentally, a former teacher and a deeply involved volunteer leader for a number of community organization. She is a founding member of The Big Brain Club’s board of directors.
Looking for a bit more free time to enjoy family, grandchildren, travel, and hobbies, Cathy recently began to downsize her business and workload. She has merged clients and team members into a larger Denver-based PR firm while choosing to continue to represent the Kansas tourism industry – where her love affair with tourism and hospitality began as the state’s tourism director in 1981.
Cathy is an active member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), where she served two terms as national treasurer from 2008-2012. She was the recipient of the 2003 SATW President’s Award, for meritorious service as Co-Chair of the PR Committee, and was previously recognized as State Travel Director of the Year by the Travel Industry Association of America.
Cathy’s B.S. degree is in education, and she began her career as a high school teacher. As a proud mother and grandmother she is committed to enhancing educational opportunities for children and young adults.
Herb Tabak – Board of Directors
Now considered “semi-retired”, his long career as a CPA included representing clients in various fields including aviation, medical, performing arts, government, professional sports, agriculture, manufacturing, retail and others. In addition, his legal experience included litigation in various state and federal courts including US District courts, US Court of Appeals, US Tax Court and with the Internal Revenue Service.
In addition to being an award winning author and photographer, he holds an instrument and multi-engine Commercial Pilot certificate. He has served on the board of directors of other non-profit organizations including the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA), CIPA Education & Literacy Foundation and The ASTER Foundation. His academic credentials include three Associate degrees, Bachelor of Science (Accounting), MBA (Taxation), Juris Doctor (Law) and PhD (Management). Smart is cool!
Herb is a founding director of the Big Brain Club. He lives in Summit County.
Amanda Rhoads – Board of Directors
Amanda is a sterling example of all that The Big Brain Club embodies. A self-described ‘math, science, and English geek’ in high school, she overcame the peer pressure to dumb down and later became a senior executive at a major company while still in her 30s.
As Vice President of Licensing and Human Resources for HW Holdings Corp (licensor of LePeep restaurants), Amanda relies on her wide-ranging academic experience every day.
More than just a good student, she was also a writer and editor for the school paper and yearbook, cheerleader, homecoming princess, National Merit Scholarship competitor, Honor Society president, and more.
Amanda is committed to helping The Big Brain Club show students that there are many paths to take in life, but that almost all of them require a dedication to hard work and education. She lives in Arvada with her boyfriend, Scott.
Dominic Testa – Executive Director and Board of Directors (non-voting)
Dominic is a non-profit executive with experience in the fields of education, professional and amateur sports, communications, and business development. He oversees the day-to-day operations of The Big Brain Club.
Prior to assuming his current role, Dominic was the Director of Development for the USA Swimming Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the world’s most successful Olympic National Governing Body. In that role, he was responsible for the development of a new operational infrastructure, including the implementation of major gift and annual fund campaigns, the development of the Foundation’s website and social networking platforms, creating and executing strategic operational and marketing plans, overseeing the production of an annual awards show, hiring, training and managing staff, and serving as primary staff liaison for the board of directors.
Dominic also has corporate business experience, having worked with the Colorado Rockies and National Western Stock Show. While with the Rockies, he held various roles in business operations and media relations.
Dominic currently sits on an advisory board for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, where he serves as communications chair. He also volunteers with a number of other community organizations, and has served on the Scholarship Selection Committee for The Daniels Fund since 2013.
Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Dominic is a graduate of Metropolitan State College of Denver, with a degree in Business Management. He is an avid reader, runner, and traveler. He lives in Denver.
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