About the Judges
Eric Elkins is a strategist, author, professional speaker, and CEO of WideFoc.us, a social media agency he founded in 2007. His team provides social media consulting and community management for small businesses, consumer brands, and global corporations.
Eric is also a co-founder of E-3 Events at MACC, a Denver nonprofit producing Jewish arts and culture events, and he is a member of the Mountain States board of the Jewish National Fund. He also serves on The Denver Foundation’s marketing and communications committee.
He blogs about being a single father at datingdad.com, and has written several books (mymem.es/EEamazonpage). His Twitter handle is @datingdad.
Francisco Miraval is a philosopher, educator, and journalist. Originally from Argentina, he came to the United States more than two decades ago. In February 1997, Francisco founded Project Vision 21, a bilingual (English/Spanish), independent, news and consulting service agency with main offices in Aurora, Colorado. Since then, more than 9,000 of Francisco’s stories have been published in local, national, and international media outlets.
Francisco holds a Professorship in Philosophy degree (bachelor, master, and teaching licensure, University of Buenos Aires) and a Doctor of Theology degree (Trinity Evangelical Christian University), in addition to degrees in education, religious studies, and Hebrew. Francisco is an ordained minister (since 1978), a professional translator (since 1984), a presenter of scholarly papers at regional and national conferences (since 1984), a college professor (since 1985), and a journalist (since 1988.)
Francisco and Karin (a real estate agent) have been married for 28 years. They have two adult children: a daughter (graduated from Harvard) and a son (a photojournalist and creative writer).
Rebecca Saltman has developed an extensive career collaborating from the Front Range across the country, within the worlds of social entrepreneurship and "cause marketing". She has embraced and redefined the tenets of community building, public relations, and media networking at organizations from Ashoka to Dex Media, Alliance for Sustainable Colorado to Steven Spielberg’s "Survivors of the Shoah" Visual History Foundation. Recognized as a social entrepreneur, she is adjunct faculty at both Goucher College and Metro State University. Rebecca is currently working as the community engagement officer for Issue Media Group in Colorado. Rebecca is the founder and President of A Foot in the Door Productions, a 15-year-old collaboration-building firm designed to bridge the varying needs of business, government, nonprofits, academia and media.
Cori founded Barefoot PR in 2010 with the hopes of “changing the face of public relations” to include a more holistic approach. Cori’s professional background includes extensive work with local nonprofit organizations and businesses in the areas of internal and external communications, brand development, strategic partnership building, public relations, community investment initiatives, strategic messaging, and media relations. In 2013, the Denver Business Journal selected Cori as a Forty Under 40 honoree. And in 2011, ColoradoBiz Magazine selected Cori as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals in Colorado” in conjunction with the annual GenXYZ Awards. In addition to her work in the field of public relations, Cori also spent time in the publishing world as an editor of an online travel magazine.
Since making Denver her home nearly 15 years ago, Cori has volunteered countless hours to an assortment of nonprofit organizations. She is the incoming chair for Project PAVE (where she has served on the board since 2009); Marketing Committee member for The Denver Foundation (since 2011); review committee member for the Colorado Collaboration Award (2013, 2014 and 2015); and Program Committee member for B:Civic, an association for Colorado business leaders passionate about supporting the local community. In addition, Cori was a board member for the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter (2012 – 2015), founder/co-chair of the Governing Council for Behind The Red – an affinity group of the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter (2012 – 2015), and co-chair of the 2013 Pinstripe PJ Club, a corporate fundraising effort supporting PJ Day and Denver’s Road Home. Cori holds her masters of science in public relations from the University of Denver and enjoys exploring the world with her husband Tyler and son Brayden.