Get to know the Puksta Team

Board of Directors

John Mulstay, Executive Director

John Mulstay is a Senior Vice President with a prestigious investment firm.  John began his practice in 1995 and currently manages over $650 million in assets and operates out of their Denver, CO office.  John’s practice is focused on assisting high net worth families, foundations and endowments with all aspects of their wealth management.  He specializes in creating and managing customized investment portfolios for his clients utilizing the capital markets group and the alternative investment team.  Prior to joining his investment firm, John was coaching the snowboard program for Team Summit.  John founded the Team Summit snowboard program in 1993 for a handful of very talented young men and women living in Summit County, CO.  The program is now one of the largest and most successful snowboard programs in the country.

John’s initial involvement with The Puksta Foundation began at the very beginning.  Harry and Eva Puksta were clients of John’s.  While working with Harry and Eva on their estate planning and wealth transfer the idea of a scholarship program for “good kids” in the community began to take shape.  In the early part of 1999, Eva was diagnosed with an untreatable form of cancer.  At this point, Harry and Eva asked John, that should anything happen to them, if he would create this foundation for them.  Harry and Eva Puksta passed away just hours apart from each other on July 3rd and July 4th of 1999.  With the assets that Harry and Eva left behind, John built the Puksta Foundation and it was incorporated in the state of Colorado in 2000.  The first gifts to the Puksta Scholar program were made in 2001 and those scholarship grants continue through to this day.

John grew up in New York and earned his B.A. degree in Business and Economics at the State University of New York at Oneonta.  Upon graduation he made his way to Colorado and currently lives in the city of  Denver with his girlfriend and his little dog named Molly.  He is still passionate about snowboarding and also loves to scuba dive.


NiChel Meis, Director of Development and Community Outreach


Laurie Mulstay, Secretary





Advisory Committee

Bland, Michael – Estate planning attorney HRO Bryan Cave


Hartnett,PhD, Stephen - Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Hartnett webThe University of Colorado Denver


Stephen John Hartnett is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at The University of Colorado Denver, where he is the editor of Captured Words/Free Thoughts, an annual magazine of poems and stories crafted by imprisoned writers.

He is one of the co-founders of PCARE, a national group of scholars who work on Prison Communication Activism Research and Education. In recognition of this work, he has received numerous awards, including the Northwest Communication Association’s 2008 Human Rights Award and the University of Colorado’s 2010 Thomas Jefferson Award.

Working with the Department’s partners at the International College Beijing, Hartnett has developed a passion for working, teaching, and studying in China, where he has traveled each summer since 2009. This work led, in the summer of 2012, to a research trip to Hong Kong and Tibet, and has resulted in his launching a research project about the China-U.S. relationship. With the support of the Waterhouse Family Institute (affiliated with Villanova University), Hartnett and his research team returned to Tibet, Nepal, China, and India in the summer of 2013 to continue their research into modes of artful dissent on the “Roof of the World.”



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Chip began his career as a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley. And prior
to co-founding Meridian Wealth Management in 2005, he specialized as a
Certified Financial Planner practitioner with the Wells Fargo Private Client
Group assisting corporate executives, business owners and high net-worth




Nash, Andy – Nationwide financial VP regional sales



Mark Potter_004Potter, PhD, Mark – Community outreach coordinator Metro State Univ                        

Dr. Mark Potter is Associate Vice President of Academic and Civic Collaboration at Metropolitan State University of Denver. In this role, he oversees several programs that enhance the undergraduate experience, often through community engagement, and he leads efforts within the framework of the American Democracy Project to prepare students to be engaged and informed citizens in our globally connected democracy. Mark has also been a professor of European history, and he was the founding Director of MSU Denver’s Center for Faculty Development from 2008 to 2012.














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