COLORADO FIREFIGHTER CALENDAR, INC.
Colorado Firefighter Calendar, Inc. is a Denver-based non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that creates and produces Colorado’s official firefighter calendar. Firefighters from around the state contribute many hours to help raise funds, educate and increase awareness for the Regional Pediatric Burn Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado and others around Colorado. These men and women represent one of the noblest professions and the calendar serves as a tribute to all firefighters and the people they help every day. Net proceeds received from the sale of calendars and special events will directly benefit the Regional Pediatric Burn Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado and burn centers across the state. The centers are committed to providing the highest standard of burn care to neonates, infants, children and adolescents up to 21 years of age in the Rocky Mountain region.
The Colorado Firefighter Calendar is looking for an Executive Director. This is a paid, 30-hour/week position, and is crucial to making sure CFC continues to see success and growth in our mission of supporting the Burn Camps and Burn Programs at Children’s Hospital Colorado. The Executive Director works closely with the Colorado Firefighter Calendar Board of Directors to make sure the organization is living up to its highest potential. Click here if you think you’d be awesome for this position, or know someone who would be, to see the full job description and instructions on how to apply.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SHANDA VANGAS | PRESIDENT
Shanda is the Corporate Contributions & Volunteer Advisor for QEP Resources, a leading independent natural gas and crude oil exploration and production company headquartered in Denver, Colorado. In that role, she is responsible for developing QEP’s philanthropic strategies and leading the company’s community investment efforts throughout their seven state service area. Shanda has worked in the nonprofit and public sectors in the Denver metro area for 20 years and has extensive experience working with organizations that improve communities and provide services to the people of Colorado. She earned a Master’s Degree in nonprofit management (MNM) from Regis University and a Bachelors of Science in business administration from the University of Kansas and is an affiliate faculty member in the Regis University MNM program. In addition to serving on the CFC board, Shanda is the Board President of the Community Resource Center and serves on the PEP Committee of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado.
ANDREA WELTER | SECRETARY
Andrea has been working with the Colorado Firefighter Calendar, Inc. since its organization in 2011. She is a corporate transactional attorney with Burns, Figa & Will, P.C. In her free time, she is volunteering with calendar events, skiing, or being active. Andrea enjoys volunteering with the calendar and raising money for Children’s Hospital Burn Center and Burn Camp programs.
KRISTY NEARY | TREASURER
Kristy has been volunteering with the Colorado Firefighter Calendar as Treasurer since 2012. Professionally, Kristy works in Corporate Finance at a Colorado-based internet service provider. Outside of volunteering and working, Kristy enjoys athletic pursuits and makes health and fitness a priority in her life.
CRYSTAL SULLINGS | VOLUNTEERS
Crystal’s passion for The Children’s Hospital has spanned over 23 years. She has been an active volunteer for the Foundation since 1989. After a close family member had to be admitted to the hospital as a baby, Crystal was moved by outstanding care that was received and decided that day to get involved. She joined the calendar in 2005, which has led her to her current role. Crystal was born and raised in Colorado and understands the changing needs of the Front Ranges’ diverse population. In Crystal’s career life, she is an Annuity Wholesaler at Jackson and has been in the financial industry for over 15 years. Her passion for reaching goals is what motivates her and helps her to stay focused towards Colorado Firefighter Calendar’s vision.
KARIN PALMER | MERCHANDISE AND PRODUCTION
Karin has been involved with the Colorado Firefighter Calendar for six years and serves as the Chair of Merchandise and Production. She is the owner of Zolarium Tanning Studio in Downtown Denver and also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Lodo Historic District, Inc., a 501(C)3/non-profit in Denver. As Chair of Production, Karin oversees the photo-shoot of the calendar; spray tanning, oiling, and misting the firefighters to make them look their best. “It’s a horrible job but someone has to do it”. – Karin Palmer
KRISTIN CHALSON | SOCIAL MEDIA
Kristin’s dedication and passion to volunteer in her community led her to the opportunity to be a part of the Colorado Firefighter Calendar board. As the Communications Assistant at a Denver based Oil & Gas Company, Kristin works in many different areas, from Communications to Government Affairs. She is also responsible for leading corporate events from planning to execution. She has an extensive background in advertising, public relations, event management, graphic design and marketing. Kristin grew up in Colorado and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Journalism degree focused in Advertising and Public Relations. She spent some time living on the east coast in Boston and New York before making her way back home to Colorado. She enjoys traveling, golfing, baking, attending concerts and spending time with her family and friends.
VICKI DUNBAR | MARKETING
Vicki is a long-time supporter of CFC and the mission to support The Children’s Hospital Burn Center and many other local non-profit organizations within the community. Professionally, Vicki is an experienced marketing, communications and event planner for Starwood Retail Partners. Vicki comes to CFC with 10+ years of experience and expertise in data analytics, strategic planning, integrated and omni-channel marketing, digital and social advertising and corporate event management. Vicki grew up in Gunnison, Colorado and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree focused in Graphic Design with a double major Art History. She also received a second degree in Web Design/Development and Multimedia from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at local animal shelters and rescues, giving back to those who don’t have a voice. Like many Coloradoans, she loves Cross Fit, hiking, biking, camping and anything that gets her out in nature.
DAYNA DAVIS | DIGITAL MARKETING
A journalist turned marketer, Dayna has extensive experience in communications strategy, public relations, content development and digital media. After over a decade in the corporate world, she founded Davis Social Studio, a digital communications agency. She’s worked on both the agency and client sides for companies including Red Robin, Panera Bread, Rudi’s Organic Bakery, Tiffany & Co. and Healthgrades.com. She’s directed editorial and content strategy for news organizations and brands, launching numerous blogs, content hubs and social communities. She’s currently an adjunct professor at CU Boulder’s College of Media, Communication and Information, teaching social media strategy and digital marketing.
Dayna’s served on the boards for the Mile High Social Media Club and the Denver American Marketing Association and volunteers for various literacy programs in the community. She’s a proud Colorado native with a BA in English from Colorado College and a Master’s of Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley. She lives in Denver with her two labradoodles and never misses a Broncos game.
JEFF COLE | FIREFIGHTER LIAISON
Jeff just recently closed out the 2016 Colorado Firefighter Calendar as “Mr. December” and he is honored to continue his work with the calendar by having been named to the Board of Directors. A graduate of the University of Colorado and the Naval Postgraduate School, Jeff has been a firefighter for 28 years as well as having served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He has been involved with his department’s peer support and critical incident debriefing teams and he has also been a scoutmaster and a member of the collaborative decision making team at his children’s school. Jeff believes that, in his role as liaison, he will be able to support and coach firefighters who are in (or who aspire to be in) the calendar and to also assist the board in understanding firefighter needs and perspectives. In his spare time, Jeff likes to fish, ski, camp and generally be outdoors. Currently, Jeff is the training chief for District 2 with the Denver Fire Department.
LOREN SCHUESSLER | FIREFIGHTER LIAISON
Loren is a Firefighter Paramedic with North Metro Fire Rescue. He started his journey with the calendar in 2013 as Mr. September and has since been involved in developing the early childhood fire safety education program. His focus is to expand the fire safety education program and inform families of the importance of fire safety in the home. Loren also finds time for golf, hiking, travel and new adventures. He is dedicated to participating in community events and continues to volunteer with Elk Creek Fire in Conifer, CO.
FRANK ROTELLO | FIREFIGHTER LIAISON
Recently elected to the Board of Directors, Frank was born and raised in Denver, a true Colorado native. He has been in the fire service since 1999 and works as a firefighter/paramedic with the Adams County Fire Protection District. Frank first started with the Colorado Firefighter Calendar as Mr. May 2015, which was a record setting year for donations. He brings great expertise in public relations, event organizing, signings and donations. Frank is a great resource for current and future firefighters in the calendar as a certified fitness trainer and as a recruiter for future Calendars. Frank spends some of his off days from the fire department working for a north Denver winery, as one of his passions is culinary arts and wine. In his leisure time, Frank enjoys spending time with family and being active, including: fitness, traveling, snowboarding, surfing, snorkeling/diving, golf, motorcycles and sport shooting.