Denise was born in Brooklyn, New York. She was one of three women to earn a degree in wildlife biology in her graduating class from Cornell University. Two weeks later she became the first woman professional hired by the US Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM). She also has an MPA (Organizational Behavior) from University of Southern California and a certificate in economics from Berkeley
Denise's career is highlighted in two of her books:
Thoughts While Chillin' about her early life and government career
The Year a Roof Rat Ate My Dishwasher: An Arizona Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs-her new book deals with the business and non-profit worlds of Arizona
Denise served in six states & DC twice, managing everything from wildlife to wild horses, oil & gas, coal, realty & recreation. She rose to be the top careerist in BLM as the first woman Deputy Director in DC. Denise finished her career as the Arizona director, upgrading all campgrounds & RV parks, designating five national monuments, returning condors to Arizona and bass fishing to Lake Havasu.
Denise has extensive experience in business management. She founded the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce & the Arizona Tourism Alliance. She served on the original Arizona Sports & Tourism Board and played a key role in approval of the University of Phoenix Stadium. DMCI has had innumerable public relations contracts with cities, private companies & individuals, including handling outreach for Sky Harbor Airport.
Sports has been a major focus for Denise. In addition to her work on the stadium, she founded the 14-yr-old non-profit Linking Sports & Communities; cooperated with ASU & others on various sports events; and written innumerable articles. She has collaborated with all the professional teams and NASCAR in Phoenix.
Denise's forte is communications. She teaches online communications & leadership courses for Cornell, and live sports marketing classes for ASU. Denise has been been a part-time
journalist for 20 years, writing for the Phoenix Business Journal, Arizona Republic, Examiner.com and many other magazines & publications. Denise helps companies with recruitment and helps individuals and businesses with media relations.
In 2017, Denise has most recently been awarded an Outstanding Woman in Business award and a Phoenix Award in Consulting Services. Past awards have included: Top 100 Phoenix Leaders; Valley's Most Influential-Phoenix Business Journal; (First-ever) Bureau of Land Management Legends Award 2002; Minority Business Advocate of the Year 2000; SBA's Vision Award for Minority Business Development; YMCA Entrepreneur of the Year 2001; NeverStop Award 2016.
Arizona Black Expo
Arizona Black Film Showcase
Arizona Trail Association
Arizona pro sports: Coyotes, Diamondbacks, Cardinals, Suns, Mercury Arizona Sports & Tourism Authority
Arizona State University
Bank of America
Bill Pickett Rodeo
Black Board of Directors
Carter & Burgess
Cities of Phoenix, Avondale, Glendale, Scottsdale and Phoenix
Community Authority for Black Student Support (ASU)
Downtown Phoenix Partnership
Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce
Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
Homes & Lifestyle Media
Leo A Daly Architects
Linking Sports & Communities
Maricopa County Community Colleges
Midfield Concession Enterprises
National Association of Black Journalists
National Black Meeting Planners
Pacific Gateway Concessions
People of Color Network
Phoenix Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo
Phoenix Birthing Project
Phoenix International Raceway
Phoenix Professional Sales
Phoenix Public Library
Pro’s Ranch Market Supermarkets
Robert Kiyosaki – Author Rich Dad, Poor Dad!
Robert Van Arlen LLC
Salt River Pima Indian Tribe
Sky Harbor International Airport (Phoenix)
South Mountain Community College
Tanner African Methodist Episcopal
The Leadership Consortium, Inc.
The State of Arizona
Trin & Associates
US Bureau of Land Management
Western International University