Melissa Faith Hart, Founder & CEO
Melissa Faith Hart is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of eBodyGuard, LCC. She created the eBodyGuard personal safety, evidence, and wellness technology with its eBodyGuard Safety Card and eBodyCam, which are available in the App Store and Google Play. These are key components of the vendor-agnostic eBodyGuard Smart Discovery Platform, which integrates discovery both within and outside of criminal justice IT systems. Her 20 years of experience working with law enforcement and District Attorneys led to the first criminal eDiscovery system in the nation.
Melissa spent 17 years in corporate America, mostly with Xerox. She later served on the Pink Tax on Mobility initiative, sponsored by New York University, investigating the reasons why women pay more for transportation than men. She is working with NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) to improve the efficiency and passenger safety of transit systems.
Using her certifications in Six Sigma Business processes as a core principle of solving business problems, Melissa focused deeply to understand the criminal justice system. She brought in experts from Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) to help improve this very burdened and siloed process. She later became the executive director of the program supporting the process of automating criminal discovery, integrating 363 law enforcement agencies to expedite the passing of evidence within 72 hours.
Melissa believes personal safety is a primal right, and has invested decades in learning the cultures and the technologies of these systems. She remains determined to help transform systems to better support our communities.
Councilwoman Ortega co-chaired Denver’s 2020 Census Committee, is City Council’s representative on the Opioid Abatement Council, is a commissioner on Healthy Food for Denver Kids, and serves on the Crime Prevention Control Commission. She chaired a Charter Review Committee that put forth several charter changes that addressed the imbalance between a strong mayor, weak council form of government. She serves as the first executive director of the Denver Commission on Homelessness and as chair of Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation, a non-profit for affordable housing. She has served on the board of directors of numerous non-profit organizations and has been appointed to serve on local and state initiatives.
Torben M. Welch is the head of the Messner Reeves Utah office, where he handles complex business and commercial transactions worldwide, providing practical “solutions-oriented” operations and general counsel services to help client’s business goals. Licensed in Utah, Colorado, and New York, Torben practices in a variety of industries – Real Estate, Finance, International Business, Lending/Banking, Tech, Hospitality, and Sports. He has represented a variety of clients in his 18 years of practice, including serving as outside general counsel to companies both big and small, including those in the Fortune 500.
Torben was named a Colorado Super Lawyer – Rising Star: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014, Best Real Estate and Corporate Practice Manager – Denver (2016 Legal Elite Awards – Corporate America News), and 2019 Leading Advisor – Complex Business and Commercial Transactions Lawyer of the Year, Utah (Acquisitions International).
Torben received dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and English from the University of Utah (’99) and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (’02).
Dr. Scott Hurlbert is a vascular surgeon with UCHealth Vein and Vascular Surgery. He received his medical degree from the University of Colorado, where he graduated with honors. He completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his fellowship in vascular surgery, involving extensive experience in endovascular therapy, at Southern Illinois University. Dr. Hurlbert attended the University of Colorado Boulder on a Boettcher Scholarship and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. Later he obtained an MBA from the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Hurlbert also has a certificate in Quality and Patient Safety from Regis University.
Besides a busy clinical practice, Dr. Hurlbert has been active in physician leadership, serving in several capacities at UC Health Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs including Chief of Medical Staff, Medical Director of Perioperative Services, Chief Quality Officer UC Health Southern Region, Senior Medical Director for Surgical Specialties and Senior Medical Director of Grandview Hospital. He has also served on the board of the nonprofit Memorial Hospital Foundation.