Organization honors ErkenBrack as a Father of the Year

Rocky Mountain Health Plans President and Chief Executive Officer Steve ErkenBrack has been named one of Colorado’s 2012 Father of the Year honorees by The Father’s Day Council and the American Diabetes Association.

Since 1999, the council and the association have honored fathers nationwide who balance a successful career with parenting. Colorado’s Father of the Year banquet will take place June 6 in Denver. Proceeds from tickets to the dinner will benefit diabetes research and education and help pay for scholarships for children with diabetes to attend a summer camp, hosted by the American Diabetes Association, July 1–6.

ErkenBrack and his wife, Lysa, have three children: Kabe, 31, Elizabeth, 29, and Daniel, 28. Kabe is the principal of the middle school at Vail Mountain School, Elizabeth is working on social media projects for Rocky Mountain Health Plans in Denver, and Daniel teaches English in Seoul, South Korea. Elizabeth and Kabe will attend the Father of the Year banquet in June with their dad.

The trio’s proud father said he often had to work long hours as an attorney while his kids were growing up. But he made it home for family dinners each night and used his off-the-clock time to give each of his children individual attention, he said. That meant going to baseball games with his eldest son, walking the dog and chatting with his daughter, and watching every Academy Award for Best Picture film with his youngest son.

ErkenBrack is one of four Colorado Father of the Year honorees in 2012. The others are Walt DeHaven, vice president and general manager of CBS4, KCNC-TV; Greg Feasel, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Colorado Rockies; and Jeff Jones, copresident and chief financial officer of Vail Resorts Inc.

Jim Swayze, cochairman of the Father of the Year gala and an American Diabetes Association board member in Denver, said each Father of the Year honoree is nominated by a group of past winners and American Diabetes Association advocates and staff members. The ADA board then vets and interviews nominees and selects four winners in late summer or early fall the year before the award winners are announced.

This year’s four honorees will be paired with a child who has diabetes at a kickoff reception Wednesday for Father of the Year and will spend time between now and June with that child. Swayze said the goal of pairing fathers with children with diabetes is to help the award winners understand what it’s like to have a child with Type 1 diabetes.


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