Steven Adams (in memoriam) a professional photographer and the father of Morgan Adams for whom the foundation is named. Adams was also a member of the Children’s Hospital Oncology Advisory Board for three years and, in partnership with his wife, Joan Slaughter, created multiple events to raise money for children’s cancer research. Before organizing The Morgan Adams Foundation they worked for four years under the umbrella of the Children’s Hospital Foundation. To date their efforts, with the help of their friends and volunteers, have grossed over two million dollars. The Steven Adams Memorial Endowment Fund is named in his honor and will help to keep the dream of Steven and Joan Slaughter alive and well.
, mother of Morgan Adams, has a background in accounting and was a member of a special projects divestiture team for a Fortune 100 company prior to Morgan's diagnosis. After the death of her oldest daughter, Joan has redirected her focus toward fundraising and community support for pediatric cancer research. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's Hospital Colorado, and is a member of the Colorado Kids' Cancer Association. Joan and husband Steven Adams have two other children, Andrew and Grace.
2013 Executive Committee
, President. Gail was born and raised in Denver. She attended the University of Denver and received her B.A. in education and her M.A. in educationally handicapped in 1979. The first part of her career she worked as the teacher supervisor and coordinator for an inner city program servicing juvenile delinquents with learning disabilities. Gail then worked with severely emotionally disturbed teen-agers at Denver Children's Home and in the Cherry Creek School District. She moved on to work with elementary level children with learning disabilities and from there ran a program in the District for severe needs children. She was awarded the Golden Heart Award. In February of 2008 she retired from teaching. Gail is married and raised two children of her own. Her son, Gabe died of a brain tumor at the age of 24. Her daughter has blessed her with three beautiful grandchildren.
is an artist and designer and runs his own art and design studio in Greenwich Village, New York. Utilizing his 20 years in advertising and marketing, Bari manages all of the design, marketing and promotion projects including auction catalog, corporate banners, event invitations, and print ads for MAF. He is a founding board member of The Morgan Adams Foundation, has donated countless hours to the Foundation, supports the work of the Foundation financially and regularly contributes his artwork to artma.
has a BS in Civil Engineering from Colorado State and is the Vice President of Operations for a global engineering and construction firm. John and his wife, Vicki were first introduced to MAF at the Morgan Adams Concours d'Elegance in 2012, a month after losing their 11 year old daughter Avery to a brain tumor. Both John and Vicki were so overwhelmed and impressed by the event, the cause, and the foundation that they knew they wanted to get involved. John is focusing on supporting MAF in the areas of operational and organizational planning.
Leslie McKay is the Director of External Relations for Metropolitan State University of Denver. She graduated from St. Mary's College, Notre Dame with a BA in Communications, and minors in Psychology and Italian. Following graduation, Leslie moved to Denver and began a career focused in engagement. She previously worked for The Children's Museum of Denver and Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation. Leslie is actively involved with a variety of children's causes and currently serves on the Board of The Morgan Adams Foundation. In her free time, she enjoys working out, taking in Denver arts and culture, and following her hometown sports teams from St. Louis and Denver. She resides in Denver with her son, Aidan.
is the CFO of a $300 million dollar real estate company. With over twenty-three years of diverse financial, tax, and business experience, his work includes: acquisitions and dispositions; valuations; operations and management; transaction structuring; and partnership tax planning and compliance. Keith lends his considerable financial acumen to help guide MAF and serves as chairman of the major gifts subcommittee. His company is a regular corporate sponsor of both artma and Concours.
has a BA in Chemistry from the University of Kansas and attended medical school at Northwestern University. He currently practices internal medicine at Denver Internal Medicine Group in Cherry Creek and serves as Chair of the Primary Care Task Force, implementing physician and hospital systems integration, for Presbyterian St Lukes Hospital. He is married to Dianna Litvak and is the father of two girls, Allison and Emily Winn. Allison is a brain cancer survivor and the Founder of the Stinkbug Project.
Perpetual Board Seat
Brett M. Derosier
, Co-Founder and Event Chair Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance September 10, 1976 – August 13, 2005 Brett’s vision of a unique event; a carefully blended display of the best driving and flying machines in history, has come together through his incredibly hard work, his dedication and most of all, his belief in the purpose behind it all – a cure for children with cancer. We grieve the untimely loss of such an incredible partner and yet we celebrate his life, knowing that what he envisioned and loved will continue to grow, and in so doing, will honor his spirit.