Denver Kappa Alpha Psi
Scholarship Foundation

Meet the Board

President Daniel Brown

Daniel C. Brown, a Program Director for Productivity Through Technology for Xcel Energy, is responsible for the company’s overall business transformation as it pertains to grid modernization specifically around transmission, distribution, energy supply, gas operations, and supply chain.  Prior to this role, Daniel had responsibility for Xcel’s network communications strategy and infrastructure including LAN/WAN networks, telecom, radio, microwave, servers, and storage, managing a $60 million budget.

Brown began his career with IBM in Chicago as a systems engineer.  His career included engineering, sales, and manufacturing across many industries.  When IBM purchased Lotus Notes, Brown led the worldwide deployment of the network infrastructure. He joined Qwest Communications in 2000 as director of eBusiness after the merger of US WEST and Qwest Communications.  He also ran a print manufacturing plant and led a nationwide sales team.

Brown is very involved in the community. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce, Kappa Housing Board and President of the Kappa Scholarship Foundation Board.  He served on the board for the American Red Cross as finance director, and the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity as the past president of the Denver alumni chapter. He also is active in the American Association of Blacks in Energy, National Society of Black Engineers, National Black MBA Association, Purdue alumni organization, and Columbia University alumni organization.

Brown earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and a master’s in Business Administration from Columbia University in New York, N.Y.

Brown, his wife and two children live in Denver.

1st Vice President Odell Barry

Originally from Ohio, Odell Barry began his Colorado experience in a way that ensures the admiration and affection of many of our residents--as a Denver Bronco. Playing in 1964 and 1965, he still holds a place in the Broncos' record books with the second-most kickoff return yards in a season. Mr. Barry's athletic accomplishments are the envy of many, and I am sure he will not mind my saying that I am old enough to recall them.

After his retirement from professional football, Odell involved himself heavily in the civic affairs of Northglenn, CO, a community in my district. He built a successful business with his wife, Glenda, and raised his family. These years were a preamble to his historic 1980 election as the first African-American mayor of Northglenn and the second African-American mayor of a major metropolitan city--after Mayor Penfield Tate of Boulder--in Colorado. As mayor of Northglenn, Odell Barry helped to steer the city through major commercial and economic growth at a difficult time in the history of Colorado's economy. His open and warm-hearted style won many admirers and he was particularly committed to improving recreational opportunities for young people. He was instrumental in advocating transportation improvements, including construction of the new Denver International Airport.

Odell was the first African-American citizen to become a charter member of Rotary International, the first African-American citizen to become president of the Colorado Civil Defense Association, the chair of the Colorado Economic Development Commission, and a crucial advocate for building, and bringing a professional baseball team, the Colorado Rockies, to Colorado.

Secretary Michael Dennis

Michael Dennis a Louisiana native, received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems/Business from Grambling State University and is currently enrolled at Regis University where he is working on obtaining an MBA specializing in Strategic Management and Finance. He is currently employed as a Solution Consultant in the Utility Industry.

 A strong advocate for youth development, Michael is also the Director of the Denver Kappa League Leadership Development Program, a program designed to provide leadership training to young men in grades 9th – 12th.

Michael and his wife welcomed their first child on January 14, 2013.
Treasurer Chris Veasey 

Columbus "Chris" Veasey, Jr. earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Syracuse University, a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Dayton,  a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Denver

Dr. Veasey retired in 1975 as a Major in the USAF following a 20 year career.  His overseas tours included one year in Iraklion Crete (Greece), and two years at Clark Air Force Base, Philippines.

He  held numerous positions in the City and County of Denver, culminating in appointments to Cabinet-level positions by former Mayors Wellington Webb, and  John Hickenlooper.  The three most recent executive-level positions that he held included Manager of Finance,  Manager of Environmental Health, and Manager of Human (Social) Services.  He retired from the City and County of Denver in 2004.

In addition to his dedication to higher education Chris is a dedicated member of the nonprofit community and community-oriented organizations.  He served as Chairman of the Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award Committee, Finance Chairman for the Denver Metropolitan Urban League,  Chairman of the Denver County Democratic Party, Chairman of the Denver Kappa Housing Incorporated, and Treasurer of the Denver Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship Foundation. 

He also served previously as Keeper of Exchequer, and three terms as Polemarch (President) of the Denver Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.  His passion is community involvement and helping to make a positive difference within his portion of the world.

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