Team Members

Bob Beckes, BSBA, chief financing adviser, is the founder and managing director of Peak Fiduciary, LLC, which provides comprehensive financial management services and trust fund administration for clients who are unable to manage their finances because of injury or illness. Early in his career in financial management, Beckes secured bridge financing for a high-tech medical products manufacturer and two years later helped lead the company to its initial public offering. He was also project manager for One United Bank Center in Denver and treasurer of a startup oil and gas company where he helped raise more than $300 million in private placements, formed one of the first master limited partnerships offered in public markets and negotiated a successful sale of the business for 100 times its original capitalization after only three years in operation. More recently Beckes was senior vice president of a Fortune 200 company where he led a division with worldwide operations and created more than $800 million in incremental profitability. 

Victor R. Dukay, MBA, Ph.D., president of the Lundy Foundation, believes that human ingenuity coupled with respectful cooperation can resolve all problems, no matter how difficult. Dukay has brought this outlook to every professional endeavor – from his creation of a successful jet-leasing business to the founding of an international management consulting firm and the start of the foundation in 1991. Dukay has integrated his passion and skills with the foundation’s resources to address the organizational effectiveness of nonprofits, empower populations marginalized by society to create change, and draft legislation requiring the U.S. government to evaluate the impact of all foreign assistance programs. Dukay was awarded the 2011 Dr. Thomas A. Dooley Humanitarian Award from the University of Notre Dame for his past work with orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa and twice received the Contributions to the Improvement of Teamwork and Collaboration award from the University of Denver. He holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame and three advanced degrees, including a doctorate in human communications, from the University of Denver. Since 2008, Vic has volunteered his time to the Foundation.

Sandy Graham, B.A., communications advisor, has extensive experience in health, environment, energy and business writing, and worked for several newspapers including The Wall Street Journal before launching Sandy Graham Communications in 1992. In addition to her work for the Lundy Foundation, Graham is also a grants specialist for The Children’s Museum of Denver. Previously she managed and wrote for Metro Magazine, the alumni publication of Metro State College of Denver, and Health Elevations, the quarterly publication of the Colorado Health Foundation. Graham studied journalism and mass communications at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

Harryl Hollingsworth, M.A., co-principal investigator, is an instructional design specialist and writer whose areas of expertise include instructional design and development, needs assessment, training, evaluation, distance learning and grant writing. For the Mayor’s Office of Denver, Colorado, she conducted a six-county needs assessment to determine the housing and services needs for people living with HIV/AIDS and was responsible for survey design and implementation, focus group facilitation, logistics management and development of the final report. She recently developed a curriculum for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, focusing on hepatitis prevention, treatment and counseling within the public health sector.

Sylvia Kaaya, MD, Ph.D., co-principal investigator, serves as the head of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania-East Africa). Dr. Kaaya holds a doctor of medicine, master of science in medicine and a diploma in psychiatry. Supported by Carnegie Foundation grants, she has completed two fellowship programs in health and behavior through Harvard Medical School. Areas of expertise include epidemiology, adolescent sexuality, biostatistics and health services research. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Mental Health Programme (Tanzania), secretary of the Social Science and Medicine Programme of the University of Dar es Salaam, and serves as a representative of the Academic Board in the Academic Appointments Committee. Dr. Kaaya is a member of the Medical Association of Tanzania as well as a founding member and treasurer of the Mental Health Association of Tanzania.

Joanna Larsen, B.A., design and branding advisor, has extensive experience in both print and Web communications for clients ranging from Koala Kare to the San Francisco Art Dealers Association. Corporate and brand identity, packaging, print collateral, trade show graphics, signage and website development are among her specialties. Larsen founded Flipside Visual in 2007 and is based in Bend, Oregon. She studied visual communication at California State University, Chico.

Carl E. Larson, Ph.D., co-principal investigator, is a retired professor of human communication studies and past dean of social sciences at the University of Denver, and is an expert in evaluative methodology. Larson is a recognized authority on teamwork and collaboration, and has frequently consulted with private and public sector organizations, including Baxter Healthcare, Merrill Lynch, NASA, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Environmental Protection Agency and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Larson is the author of eight books and numerous professional articles on communication, including The Humanitarian Leader in Each of Us: 7 Choices That Shape a Socially Responsible Life (with Frank LaFasto). His book Collaborative Leadership—How Citizens and Civic Leaders Can Make a Difference (with David Chrislip), reports research results on successful collaborative projects and their leadership.

Laurie Larson, M.S.S., data analyst advisor, has expertise in evaluation planning and design, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, report writing and project management. Her work in research and program evaluation spans many areas, including substance abuse prevention and treatment, juvenile delinquency prevention and homelessness. She has been involved in statewide efforts to track process and outcome data related to service delivery of prevention programming, and has overseen the evaluation of program effectiveness for service providers.

Claude Mellins, Ph.D., co-principal investigator, is an associate professor of clinical psychology, Departments of Psychiatry and Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University, New York. Mellins has served as a consultant to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Office of AIDS Research, on issues related to pediatric AIDS. She is a member of the neurodevelopment subcommittee of the Women and Infants Transmission Study, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, and a member of the Coordinating Center (P.I. James Bell) for a multisite HIV-AIDS cost study funded by SAMHSA, NIMH, NIDA and HRSA. Mellins serves as supervisor of neurodevelopment, Women and Children’s Care Center, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and as a psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York.

Carol Rolland, B.S., editor and writer, has more than 20 years of experience in the communications and publishing industries. In addition to her work with the Lundy Foundation, Rolland provides editorial consulting and project management services to large corporations, small businesses, government agencies and nonprofits as well as magazine and book publishers. She has consulted on various projects for the Colorado Health Foundation, Coors Brewing Company, Janus Capital Group, Medical Group Management Association and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, among others. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism education from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Allan Wallis, Ph.D., co-principal investigator, is associate professor of public policy at the Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado at Denver, where he directs the concentration on local governments and teaches courses on leadership and ethics, urban social problems, urban politics and growth management. He has served as interim director of the Wirth Chair in Sustainable Environmental and Community Development, director of the Ph.D. program in public affairs, and as director of research for the National Civic League. Wallis facilitated the development of a comprehensive HIV/AIDS service plan for the state of Colorado and metropolitan Denver as well as the Colorado Comprehensive Asthma Plan. He also was co-principal investigator in developing a handbook for conducting needs assessments in Colorado for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Brian Williams, Ph.D., senior science advisor, is a former epidemiologist for the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Cambridge University in England. Early in his career, Williams investigated methods to control tsetse flies and trypanosomiasis in Tanzania and Kenya, and subsequently at Oxford University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Later in South Africa, he studied the epidemiology of occupational diseases of mine workers, mainly silicosis and tuberculosis, and also administered a project to control HIV and AIDS in Carletonville, the biggest gold mining complex in the world, focusing on mine workers, sex workers and adolescents. Williams co-founded the South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA), based in Stellenbosch, South Africa, and was the senior author of two key modelling papers that demonstrated the impact that antiretroviral therapy could have on HIV and HIV-related tuberculosis in Africa. He is also co-founder and senior technical adviser of Test & Treat to End AIDS, an international partnership that promotes the use of immediate antiretroviral therapy to end the HIV epidemic.