The George Karl Foundation
The George Karl Foundation is a catalyst of change, bringing together powerful partners to improve the cancer journey, beginning with educating people about cancer prevention to navigating patients through cancer treatments and ultimately to living healthy after surviving cancer. The George Karl Foundation (GKF) was founded in 2012 by Denver Nuggets Head Coach George Karl and Kim Van Deraa.
The George Karl Foundation Board Members
Coach George Karl
George Karl has compiled 1,175 NBA victories, made 22 playoff appearances and put together 21 winning seasons. Among coaches in any professional sport, few are more accomplished than Coach Karl.
Karl’s 1,175 wins rank him 5th most winning NBA coach of all time. He has been named NBA Coach of the Year and has coached in the NBA finals and NBA All Star Game. Coach Karl has notched 80 career playoff victories (10th all-time) and earned 10 Coach of the Month honors (4th all-time.)
Off the court, Coach is a 2-time cancer survivor and a family man.
|Paul Balaguer – George Karl Foundation Board Chair
Paul Balaguer lives in Boulder, Colorado and works as an independent event director, coordinating both cycling and non-cycling events. His past includes a 22-year stint directing Ride The Rockies and 3 years as Executive Director of the Mesa Verde Foundation, a non-profit partner of Mesa Verde National Park and the National Park Service.
Paul lives in Boulder, Colorado with his family. His passions include spending time with his family, cycling, skiing and eating well.
|Peter J. Burns
Peter Burns is a seasoned, senior executive in the natural foods industry.
He currently serves as president & CEO of ONE Brands. He has previously been president & CEO of Justin’s and Celestial Seasonings, and has held senior executive positions with Hain Celestial USA, Jones Soda Co., IZZE, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation and The Hershey Company.
Kissée is the founder of Securus Private Client Group a professional services consulting and coaching firm for high net worth families.
His past includes serving in the US Air Force, aerospace engineering, and ultra-luxury home construction.
Chuck is a certified fitness trainer in the Body Rebuild™ method, enjoys the outdoors and is the proud father of four grown sons. He is a published author and photographer and has jumped out of a perfectly good airplane at least 4 times.
Mike Laszlo is an attorney in Boulder, CO. In addition to the practice of law, I enjoy food and wine, cycling, golf, skiing and spending time with my family.