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About Families of Character

Families of Character is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquarted in Denver, Colorado. We offer a discussion-based course that assists parents in developing virtues in their families.[/text_output]


Develop transcendent virtues in families, creating generations of success.



Core Goals

  Provide parents the tools to live virtues
  Educate on what makes up character
  Reverse the breakdown of the family
  Create happier, more unified families[/text_output]

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Steve Markel

Steve spent 21 years at American Funds as Senior Vice President before founding Families of Character. Steve and his wife Nancy have organized and developed parenting programs and talks in the Denver area over the past 15 years. He is actively involved in his community, serves on a few Boards and committees.[/text_output]

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Stephanie Corder

Stephanie graduated with a B.A. from Colorado State University. At CSU, she worked for the premier programming organization (ASAP) and served on numerous advisory committees. She then worked in marketing for two years before joining us in 2013. She is actively involved at her church and other young adult organizations.[/text_output]

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Tom Bissmeyer is a Partner and Cofounder of iTrip.net, one of the countries leading vacation rental and property management companies. iTrip.net serves over 100 vacation destinations across North America through it’s network of local Licensees.

Mr. Bissmeyer has been a public speaker on the topics of Real Estate, Finance and Personal Development for the last 20+ years and has shared events with Colin Powell, Sarah Palin, Rudy Giuliani and Barbara Bush.

Mr. Bissmeyer is passionate about character formation and believes it is one of the keys to living a successful and productive live.

Tom graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Finance and from the University of Cincinnati with his MBA with a concentration in Finance.

Tom has been married for over 25 years and he and his wife have 2 children.

Walt Coughlin is the Chair of the Board.

Walt Coughlin, Executive Vice President, joined Coughlin & Company in 1990 after working for four years in the Investment Banking Group of Salomon Brothers, Inc.

Mr. Coughlin’s two primary areas of expertise are financing for non-profit entities and affordable housing development and financing.

Mr. Coughlin is active in various community activities including Donor Alliance (the organ procurement organization and bone and tissue bank for Colorado and Wyoming) where he served as Chairman, SafeHouse Denver (a shelter for battered women) where he was Board Chairman, Mercy Housing Colorado where he served as Board President, Junior Great Books where he has been a 6th grade discussion leader for seven years, and Skyline Soccer where he has been a head coach for 12 years. Other activities include The Downtown Denver Partnership (where he served as Chairman of the Fiscal Policy Subcommittee), MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce (where he served as Vice Chairman of the Board), Colorado Municipal Bond Dealers Association (where he served as Treasurer), the Rocky Mountain Stanford Club, and Toastmasters International.

Mr. Coughlin graduated from Stanford University with a degree in economics in 1984, and from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University with a Masters in Management degree in 1986.
Walt his wife Ellyn and two children live in Denver.

Maribeth Hanzlik has an extensive background in social work, psychology, and counseling. She has worked as a counseling specialist at many organizations and schools in the Denver area including Catholic Charities Denver, Catholic Denver schools, and Lois Lenski Elementary school.

She currently serves on the Seeds of Hope Board of Directors where she has been the Executive Director of the Seeds of Hope Charitable Trust. She also serves as a Board Member on the University of Colorado Medical Center Nursing Foundation. Maribeth is also an avid volunteer with many organizations and schools in the Denver Metro area.

Maribeth currently resides in Denver with her family.

Mike Haselden is Chief Operating Officer of Haselden Construction in Centennial, Colorado. Founded in 1973, Haselden Construction is a premier regional construction management and general contracting firm consistently ranked in Engineering News Records (ENR) Top Contractors Lists. Mike is currently on several boards and charitable organizations such as Executive Committee and Past Board President, Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Colorado, Seed of Hope Board of Trustees, and Parker Economic Development Council.
Michael is an advocate, author and public speaker. He has over 32 years of Washington experience working closely with the government, political, corporate, and technology sectors. He is the founder and principal of Kerrigan & Associates, Inc., a Washington-based management consulting and advocacy firm focused on creating business opportunities in the private-public sector.

He is interested in the commercialization of intellectual property and has publishing a book on character education. As a former Chief Executive Officer for a Washington-based trade association and for an advocacy practice, Mr. Kerrigan has recruited and managed 50-state and federal networks of legislative consultants. He honed his public policy skills while managing these lobbying corps and worked with major public policy organizations, such as NCSL, CSG, NGA, SLLF, NACO, DNC, and RNC.

In 1993, Mr. Kerrigan founded The Advocacy Group, Inc., one of the first organizations of government-relations specialists, providing advocacy services worldwide.

Prior to coming to Washington in 1978, Mr. Kerrigan was a marketing executive (1972-1978) in Manhattan and Boston with the Ogden Corporation, then a Fortune 200 company. He received his Bachelor of Science from Loyola University in 1968. Mr. Kerrigan has been a teacher, coach, congressional campaign consultant and guest lecturer. He has served as an international political liaison to the Vatican to assist in planning an international conference on disabilities. He served as an observer, investigating the war-torn regions of Northern Ireland, Latin America, and the Middle East. He also served as an ACYPL delegate to the Federal Republic of Germany.

K&A is an innovative Washington-based advocacy, business development and management consulting firm that effectively serves the needs of its clients. Applying the key features of a political campaign–setting a specific end date, pooling just-in-time resources, using multidisciplinary skill sets, disbanding at victory–K&A crafts business solutions for its client.

Janis Kugler is President of Facet Consulting Group. She consults with a variety of non-profit organizations, specializing in strategy and resource development. Prior to launching her consulting business, she served for 12 years with MOPS International in the areas of development, marketing, strategic planning, organizational research, learning and innovation. Prior to coming to MOPS she worked with Youth for Christ/USA and Officers’ Christian Fellowship. She also taught two years at the high school and middle school level. She has a B.S. in Business Administration/Business Education through the University of Northern Colorado and a MBA through the University of Colorado at Denver. She is a graduate of the CMA Executive Leadership Program. Speaking experience includes leading workshops for CLA and MOPS International at their annual national convention and speaking for local MOPS groups and women’s ministry events. Janis is a Colorado native, married to her high-school sweetheart, Steve, and has two daughters, one precious granddaughter and a great son-in-law. She lives in Littleton, Colorado.
Andy Limes if the Vice Chair of the Board.

Andy Limes has over 25 years of experience in strategic and transactional analysis and advisory services. As a founding shareholder and an investment banking Principal at SDR Ventures, Andy works closely with clients executing mergers and acquisitions, securing equity and debt financing, implementing strategic initiatives aimed at maximizing shareholder value and generational transfers of family held businesses.

Prior to forming SDR, Andy was the President and a partner in a transport refrigeration company. Andy and his partners grew this company from $9 million to $30 million in sales. Prior to this company, Andy was the CFO and shareholder of an engine, generator and transport refrigeration company with $60 million in annual sales.
Andy is a member of WPO and C12. He is a board member of several portfolio companies financed by SDR.
Andy is a CPA (inactive) and started his career in the tax practice of Deloitte & Touche. He is a graduate of Colorado University.

Andy is from Oklahoma but has made his home in Denver since 1981. He spends much of his time with his wife and three daughters. He is an avid golfer and actively involved at Mission Hills Church where he is an Elder.

Steve is the founder of Families of Character; he spent 21 years at American Funds as Senior Vice President. American Funds is the Distribution Company for the Capital Group which is one of the oldest and largest money management organizations in the U.S., managing over $1.5 trillion for over 3 million investors, at the point of his departure.

Steve and his wife Nancy have organized and developed parenting programs and talks in the Denver area over the past 15 years. They are currently in a discussion group with other couples. He is actively involved in his community, serves on a few Boards and committees. Steve and Nancy live in Greenwood Village; have five children and four grand children.

Howard J. Markman, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology of the University of Denver and the Co-Director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies, one of the leading couples research center in the country. He is one of the most respected couples researchers and couples therapists in the country. Dr. Markman is internationally known for his cutting edge work on the prediction and prevention of marital distress and divorce and on research based relationship and marriage education and therapy programs. He is the founder of PREP (Prevention and Relationship Education Program, PREPinc.com) the most widely used, scientifically validated couples relationship education program. PREP is listed in the U. S. Government’s SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Programs have to meet rigorous standards of evidence to be listed by NREPP, and PREP is the only relationship education program listed there. (http://nrepp.samhsa.gov/ViewIntervention.aspx?id=147)

He has authored or co-authored over 125 articles and 10 books including, the bestselling book on relationship enhancement and education, Fighting For Your Marriage (Jossey-Bass, 2010). We Can Work It Out, Why do Fools in Love, 12 Hours to a Great Marriage. Dr. Markman also has a clinical practice working with couples, offers weekend couples retreats and workshops based on PREP and Fighting For Your Marriage (see loveyourrelationship.com) and speaks to groups around the world. His programs are used around the world (e.g., Norway, Germany, Israel, Estonia, Sweden) including in the U.S. Military, supporting the men and woman fighting for our country and their families. He also has research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Administration of Children and Families. He has received many awards and honors including being named a John Evans Professor at the University of Denver, the 2008 Distinguished Contributions to Family Therapy Research Award (from AFTA) and the 2007 University of Denver Distinguished Scholar Award. He is often featured as an expert on love, relationships, marriage and divorce in the media, including Oprah, The Today Show, 20/20, CBS Morning News, NPR, CNN, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Washington Post, USA Today, and recently asked to blog on relationships and divorce on Huffington Post.

Brent is a co-founder and executive vice president of Money Line Financial Services, Inc. He also co-founded Money Line Mortgage Inc. and S & B Development which were both sold in 2001 and 2007 respectively. He serves as Chairman on the board for Seeds of Hope Charitable Trust and a Board Member of Legatus of Colorado. Brent and his wife Gina have been married for over 16 years and have two children, Olivia and Josef.
William Stigall is a pediatric cardiac critical care physician in the Congenital Heart Surgical Unit at Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, TX. Dr. Stigall is a native Texan and graduated with a BBA in Business Honors from UT-Austin and a MD from UT-Southwestern in Dallas. He continued medical training in Dallas at UTSW/Children’s Medical Center of Dallas for residency (pediatrics), chief residency (pediatrics), fellowship (pediatric critical care), and chief fellowship (pediatric critical care). He then completed an additional fellowship year in pediatric cardiac critical care at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center in Phoenix, AZ prior to joining his current practice, Pediatric Cardiac Intensivists of North Texas, LLC.

During residency and fellowship, Dr. Stigall was enrolled in the University of Dallas’ graduate school of philosophy and graduated with an MA with his thesis concerning the philosophical underpinnings of the children’s rights movement and the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child. Dr. Stigall has been a member of multiple bioethics committees and currently teaches bioethics at the University of Dallas.

Dr. Stigall and his wife, Kate, have a son, John, who is 7 years old.

Rich is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Innovest Portfolio Solutions LLC. Innovest has 25 employees, and manages nearly $4 billion for retirement plans, foundations and endowments, and wealthy families.

Rich has served the community as former President of Legatus of Colorado. Rich is a member of The 100 Club of Denver which provides financial support to the families of police and firefighters that are under stress. He serves on the investment committee of Regis Jesuit High School Foundation. In addition, he serves on the board of Seeds of Hope Charitable Trust, providing financial support to inner city children. Rich also coaches competitive baseball.

Rich and his wife Joanie have 2 children, Alex and Reagan. Alex attends Purdue University and Reagan attends Arizona State University.

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