Joy and Chris Dinsdale’s Nebraska heritage defined their core values and inspired a lifelong passion for community enrichment in the spirit of their quintessential American lifestyle. Drawn to Northeast Colorado thirty-three years ago by the cattle feeding industry, they made their home in the town of Sterling where they raised their four children, Alex 35, Christian 27, and twin daughters (2012 Fine Arts Foundation Debutantes) Jillian and Chloe 21. Currently, the couple spends the majority of their time in Denver.
Expanding agriculture, banking, and commercial interests have allowed the couple to invest in the communities they serve. They believe corporate partnerships with local businesses create strong community economics. Their collective nonprofit board service emphasizes philanthropy and civic responsibility for the arts, education, healthcare and military organizations at the local, state and national level.
Joy’s board participation started with small hometown arts organizations. Through arts education and sponsorship, she introduced school age audiences, “the next generation of artists,” to the visual excitement of museum collections and the “grand stage” of performing arts. Her vigilance has been especially successful gaining exposure to the arts for rural and previously underserved populations. In recognition of said stewardship, the Logan County Chamber of Commerce named Chris and Joy Citizens of the Year in 2009.
Joy served more than a decade with the Opera Colorado Board of Directors where she led the Education and Community Engagement Committee and organized and sponsored touring engagements for the Opera Colorado Young Artists across Colorado and into Wyoming.
Together, Joy and Chris have nurtured opportunities in education with a founding gift for the Northeastern Junior College Hope Scholarship. Joy also chaired the Northeastern Junior College Hope Scholarship Gala which benefits the scholarship fund. The couple has served on the Northeastern Junior College Foundation with Chris acting as President for two years.
The couple’s broader philanthropic interests in healthcare include co-chairing a capital building campaign for Bonfils Blood Center in Sterling, Colorado and formerly participating on the 9Health Fair Board of Directors. She and Chris (former finance committee members) remain active supporting the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance.
Apart from Chris’s leadership in philanthropy, he is President of Dinsdale Bros Inc. and oversees cattle and farming interests in Colorado, Nebraska, Utah and California. Chris is a director of Pinnacle Bank Wyoming, co-chair of Bank of Colorado, Vice President and director of Pinnacle Bancorp in Omaha, Nebraska. He has served as chairman of Sterling Ethanol, LLC and Yuma Ethanol, LLC. Additionally, Chris was a member of the 2005-2006 Board of Directors for the National Cowboy Museum of Oklahoma City, has expanded member participation in WPO and CEO organizations, and is a member of Colorado Forum.
Chris and Joy have a special interest in working to strengthen military relationships with Chris’s participation through the Colorado Thirty Group.
Joy encourages her creative perspective of “culture + art = life” by serving on the Denver Art Museum Board of Trustees, the Denver Art Museum Collections Committee and the Denver Art Museum Learning and Engagement Committee. The couple and their Dinsdale family-owned Bank of Colorado gave the major sponsorship gift for the Denver Art Museum’s “Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century Exhibition.”
The Fine Arts Foundation is pleased and proud to honor Joy and Chris Dinsdale.