Who We Are
We are a family with a story like most families. Our founder, H. Michael Hayes, has given us the gift of sharing our story through a Foundation. In doing so, we have the opportunity to help others though organizations who provide services that have supported our family or families with stories like ours or organizations we sincerely wished we had known about when our family needed help.
Richard "Dick" Becker Hayes is Mike and Neola's oldest son and, in honoring those he's lost, is the patriarch of the Hayes Family. Dick serves as president of the board.
Douglas Michael Hayes is the oldest grandchild and son of Steve and Cindy Hayes and his enthusiasm continually celebrates family. Douglas serves as secretary for the board.
Lindsey Hayes Daly is Dick and Penny Hayes' oldest daughter who honors those she lost in how she lives every day. Lindsey serves as a board member and as Executive Director.
Gregory Stephen Hayes is the younger son of Steve and Cindy Hayes and honors his family through his work ethic and humor. Gregory serves as a board member.
Elisabeth Maria Cook is a family member in every way but blood relation and shares support during times of grief and celebration of life. Elisabeth serves as a board member.
Lindsey Hayes Daly brings over twenty years of project management, process improvement, administrative oversight, and financial management experience for healthcare organizations and nonprofits, including a MS in Health Administration from the University of Colorado. She is grateful for her grandfather’s gift of valuing philanthropy and the unique opportunity to serve as Executive Director. The experiences of her two children, Evan and Clare, shared with husband, Trevor, have significantly shaped her focus of philanthropic giving.
Megan Nyce has a MA in Community Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado and over twenty years working in community mental health and non-profit housing agencies serving formerly homeless individuals and families. She personally knows the importance of public education after her older brother died after mixing prescribed medications. Megan serves as a Grant Manager with a focus on Mental Health Support and Housing Empowerment.
Robynn Kuhns received a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University and worked in healthcare for over 10 years. In 2007, her daughter was born with a rare genetic syndrome. Her focus has been on healthcare, fundraising and education. Robynn serves as a Grant Manager with a focus on Education in the Community and Healthcare for Children.
Family Members We Honor
H. Michael Hayes was the patriarch of the Hayes family and cared for those he loved and his community in big and small ways until the day he died. "Big Mike" lives on through this Foundation, but more, in the daily reflections on what his thoughts would be - on anything.
Elona Jean Pontiff was Lindsey and Alison's beloved grandmother and Penny Hayes' mom, whose sweet nature and humor provided unconditional love to everyone she touched.
Alison Leigh Hayes had a light within her that shone around those she loved. Her spirit is with us every day and we mourn that she did not have Another Chance.
Caroline Cook was a beautiful mother, kind friend, supportive daughter, and one of the strongest people we have ever known. Her grace inspires us always.
Charles O. "Tony" Cook III gave advice that is still with us. He cared so much about his family and community that any way we can honor him is a privilege.
Stephen E. Hayes had an entrepreneurial spirit and cared for his clients and those in need. Not to mention his humor! We dearly miss his laugh and the subtle support he provided.
Neola Jean Hayes had a love of life, the Southwest, crossword puzzles and solitaire, and her family. Remembering Nonna Jean's smile makes us smile.
To read our family member's obituary, please click on their name.