Meet the Team
Wes Gardner Founder
Wes Gardner is the founder and CEO of Prime Trailer, a semi-tractor-trailer dealership with an emphasis on rental and leasing. Prime has operations in Colorado, Utah and Nevada. Wes is a successful entrepreneur with a strong faith which he integrates into his businesses and the marketplace. He has an ardent desire to give back to his employees and his community. Wes believes that a “Good Job” is the best way to fight poverty which is why he founded The Gardner Family Foundation which provides grants to nonprofits that focus on education, job training and sustainable self-sufficiency programs for single moms. Wes sits on several boards including CityUnite and Activate Workforce Solutions. Wes is married to his high school sweetheart, Allyson, and has two children and 6 grandkids that he calls his “True North!”
His favorite flavor of ice cream is cinnamon.
Kelly McFadden is excited to be a part of the Bridge Network Team. She has spent her career in the nonprofit sector. She has worked with homeless families living in motels and most currently as the Director of Safe Families for Children in Colorado. She believes wholeheartedly in the vision of the Bridge Network and helping single moms move from welfare to self-sufficiency. She lives in Denver with her husband Mike and their three kids. She has her BA from the University of Colorado (Go Buffs) and her MA from Azusa Pacific.
Her favorite ice cream is Cappuccino Crunch.
Scott Fast serves as Innovate+Educate’s Director of Colorado Projects, focusing on the development and implementation of the Skills to Jobs model, the development of career pathways for Careers in Colorado, and leading a Family-centered Employment Initiatives with 15 Workforce Development Boards. Previously, Scott served as the Executive Director of the Accenture Foundation, developing and implementing the strategy for the foundation’s support of Accenture’s Skills to Succeed initiatives with a focus on helping students prepare for and attain a career. Prior to his role with the Accenture Foundation, Scott was responsible for leading the implementation, operation and maintenance of large computer applications and business process outsourcing activities for several Accenture clients. Scott volunteers extensively with Colorado non-profit organizations, furthering collaboration between business, education, government, and non-profit organizations with a focus on strengthening the tie between the competency needs of business and the ability of educators to help students develop those competencies.
His favorite flavor of ice cream is chocolate almond.
Annette Glynn moved from Minnesota to Colorado with her husband Dave in 1985. She met Wes Gardner shortly after arriving in Colorado and has worked for him since 1988. Her husband retired from the Arvada Police department after 28 years on the job. Her son is a federal agent, her daughter-in-law is a police officer and she has a beautiful granddaughter. Annette graduated from Winona State University with a BA in communications.
Her favorite flavor of ice cream is mint chocolate chip.
Charlotte Donnell has a love for numbers and based her education and career around them. She has a BBA in Accounting, a Master’s in Business Administration, and holds a Certified Fraud Examiner designation. She works for Prime Trailer as the Director of Accounting and her background includes auditor and controller positions. Shortly after moving to Colorado in 2015 with her husband of 23 years and their four rescue dogs, she met Wes Gardner. Through Wes, she has learned the joy of giving, both financially and through service, often volunteering for the Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association and other non-profit organizations. Charlotte is excited to utilize her accounting background and desire to give back to the community to serve The Bridge Network.
Her favorite flavor of ice cream is chocolate fudge brownie.
Dave Runyon is the co-founder and director of CityUnite, which helps government, business, and faith leaders unite around common causes. He also serves as a consultant for businesses that have a desire to make a difference in their communities. Previously, Dave served as a pastor for nine years at Foothills Community Church and The Next Level Church. In 2010 he launched a neighboring movement that mobilized over 70 churches and 40,000 people in the Denver Metro area. He graduated from Colorado State University, where he studied history and secondary education. He speaks locally and nationally encouraging leaders to work together for the good of their cities. Dave and his wife, Lauren, have four kids.
His favorite ice cream flavor is cookie dough.
Gretchen Kushniroff is a former sales professional and leader in the nonprofit sector,volunteering for several homeless organizations.
She has been married for 42 years and has two children and four grandchildren.
Gretchen is excited to join her brother Wes to continue her passion with empowering at risk families!
Her favorite ice cream is salted caramel