Our People

Meet our board of directors

We're extremely appreciative of the diverse group of talented leaders that makes up our board of directors. Not only do they share our deep commitment to protecting the health and safety of Colorado employers and their employees, but they work hard to support our mission and vision, and the impact it has on our community.

2022 board meeting dates: February 23 | May 18 | August 17 | November 2

If you'd like to contact the board for any reason, please send an email to boardchair@pinnacol.com.

Joseph A. Hoff, board chair

Since 2013, Joseph A. Hoff has been a Pinnacol Assurance board of directors member, serving first as the farm and ranch representative and, as board chair since 2020.

He serves on the board's investment and executive committees, as well as the risk and audit committee, and he is the chair of the governance and ethics committee.
Hoff is the managing partner for Confluent Strategies LLC. Additionally, he is also the chief financial officer for several northern Colorado agricultural companies and their subsidiaries, including Sonrise Feeders Inc., Montera Cattle Company and Front Range Feedlots LLC.

He currently serves as the fund administrator for the Montera Endowed Scholarship Fund. Previously, Hoff has served as president of the Kiwanis Club of Greeley and on the leadership council of the American Cancer Society's chapter in Greeley.

Hoff earned his bachelor's degree in business administration and finance from Colorado State University.

Mark D. Goodman, board vice chair

Mark D. Goodman joined Pinnacol Assurance's board of directors in 2015. He serves on the board's compensation and executive committees.

Goodman is chair and chief executive officer of the Colorado Nut Company, a Colorado-based company.
He has served as the top executive in leading public and private equity-backed companies. Most recently, Goodman served as chief executive officer of Boyer Coffee Company.

Additionally, Goodman is active in supporting educational institutions on a national basis. He has served on the boards of directors for St. Louis University School of Business, Tufts University School of Arts & Sciences, Xavier University, Livingstone College, History Makers, Eton Academy and Cal State's Dominquez Hills School of Business. Currently, Goodman serves on the board of trustees at Tufts University and the College of Wooster.

Goodman received his bachelor's degree in philosophy and logic from the College of Wooster and his master's degrees in philosophy and logic from Tufts.

Akasha Absher, employer representative

Akasha Absher joined the Pinnacol Assurance board of directors in 2020. She serves on the investment committee.

Absher is the president of Syntrinsic Investment Counsel, a national investment consulting firm exclusively focused on nonprofit organizations and philanthropic private clients.

She also is the principal for Syntrinsic Social Capital, which provides impact strategy engagement, investment manager selection and deal advisory services. Absher acts as a connector, educator, convener, facilitator and contributor to the broader impact investing ecosystem.

In 2020, Absher was named one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She is currently a board of advisors member of both the Colorado CLIMBER Loan Fund Program and Colorado Succeeds and a board member of both the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation and Colorado Charter Facility Solutions.

Absher earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Clark Atlanta University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Mowa Haile, employer representative

Mowa Haile joined Pinnacol’s board of directors in 2021.

Haile is the founder and president of Sky Blue Builders, a general contracting and construction management firm with offices in Colorado and New Mexico.
He is currently the co-chair of the Mayor’s Economic Relief and Recovery Council and chair-elect of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Haile earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

Howard L. Carver, insurance representative

Howard L. Carver joined Pinnacol Assurance's board of directors in 2013.

He serves as chair of the risk and audit committee and a member of the governance and ethics committee.
Carver spent 35 years with Ernst & Young, including serving as regional director of insurance operations; associate national director of insurance operations; co-chair of Ernst & Young's International Insurance Committee; a member of the Ernst & Young National Insurance Steering Committee; and managing partner of the Hartford, Connecticut, office. He also has served on the boards and audit and governance committees of three public companies.

A Summit County resident, Carver was previously the Continental Divide Land Trust's board president and is a current advisory board member. He is a member of the board and chair of the development committee for Keystone Science School and an active member of the Summit Foundation.

He is also active in many of Colorado's community and charitable organizations, including Mile High United Way, the Lake Dillon Theatre Foundation and the Family Intercultural Resource Center.

Carver holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Bradley University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ellen Golombek, employee representative

Ellen Golombek joined Pinnacol's board of directors in 2020. She serves on the governance and ethics committee.

She is the owner of Golombek Consulting Services LLC, where she works with nonprofits, businesses and other organizations to set their vision, develop strategy and implement programs.
Golombek is also the deputy executive director of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies.

Additionally, she has served on the lieutenant governor's Education Leadership Council and the executive board of the National Association of Government Labor Officials. She is active in the Colorado nonprofit community and has served on several boards, including the CareerWise Colorado and Mile High United Way boards of directors.

She earned her bachelor's degree in labor studies from Antioch University.

Andi Rugg, employee representative

Andi Rugg joined the Pinnacol Assurance board of directors in 2021. 

Rugg is the principal and owner of P.I. Practices, an advisory services firm with a principled, intentional approach to business and philanthropic challenges.
Previously, as general manager of the Energize Colorado PPE marketplace, she oversaw operations to supply personal protective equipment to Colorado organizations using a cost-neutral model during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rugg currently serves on the boards of directors for PBS12 and for Collins Bard Inc, an early-stage company building a proprietary product in the alternative and clean energy space.

She also served on the board of directors of the Queens County Farm Museum and managed the OPEN Digital Advisory Board while at American Express.She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Barbara Mellman Davis, J.D., finance and investment representative

Barbara Mellman Davis joined Pinnacol's board of directors in 2015. She serves on the board's investment, executive, and governance and ethics committees.
Mellman Davis is currently the manager and a member and co-founder of Madison Ventures LLC, an investment firm that manages private investments in unique technologies, startups and other ventures. She is also the president of the One Polo Creek Homeowners Association.

She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Colorado and a law degree from the University of Denver.

Jesus Salazar, employer representative

Jesus Salazar joined the Pinnacol Assurance board of directors in 2020.

Salazar is the co-founder and CEO of Prosono, a company that provides agile and sustainable strategies and execution support for organizations throughout North America.
In addition to being on the Pinnacol board of directors, Salazar holds two gubernatorial appointments ­— to the Business Experiential Learning Commission and the Colorado School of Mines board of trustees. He is the chairman of the Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting System and co-chair of Colorado Succeeds board of directors.

Salazar earned a bachelor’s degree in math and computer science and a master’s degree in engineering and technology management from the Colorado School of Mines.

Fiona Arnold, employer representative

Fiona Arnold is president of MAINSPRING Developers; a Colorado company engaged in commercial and residential real estate development and retail business operations.

Arnold began her career as an attorney in Australia before joining the international law firm of Jones Day in Dallas in 1998 and moving to Colorado in 2001. She has held executive positions at Vail Resorts, Western Gas Resources Inc. (now Anadarko Petroleum) and Crown Media Holdings.
From 2015 to 2016, Arnold served on Gov. Hickenlooper’s cabinet as executive director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. She has also served on state commissions on workforce development and experiential learning.

Currently, Arnold serves as a board member for the CUBE Corp, a non-profit charter high school, and as a board member of the non-profit CareerWise, an organization introducing the youth apprenticeship system in Colorado. Arnold holds a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting from the University of Tasmania, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Laws (International and Comparative) from Southern Methodist University.