"Committed to excellence in all we do"
Starla Thompson - President- email@example.com
Justin Snare - Vice President - firstname.lastname@example.org
Vicky Collings - Treasurer - email@example.com
Amanda Sutton - Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
Shane Pratt - Assistant Secretary - email@example.com
I hope to briefly list or describe some of my previous employment and volunteer positions I have held over the years. I am that one guy that is a Jack of all trades.
I worked as a correctional officer with the State of Oregon, DOC for approximately 9 years, during my time in the DOC I was a Security Threat Group Officer and earned a Life Saving Award. While I was working in the DOC, I was a Probationary Volunteer Fire Fighter with Turn Fire Dept, Turner Oregon. But was soon transferred to a different Prison where I had to resign as a Volunteer.
I am very proud to have served our nation in the Military. I spent 6 years in the Army, and 5 years in the USMC. While in the Army, I was deployed to the Gulf War, where I had over 116 hours of combat flight time and earning the Air Medal and many others awards and commendations.
Much of my time volunteering was with youth programs, like the Emerald Empire Young Marines, Where I was the executive officer for 3 years and enjoyed leading and preparing thirty young men and woman to better them self and be future leaders. I was also an American Red Cross Volunteer and instructed others on 1st Aid/CPR/AED skills.
My most recent Volunteering was with Team Rubicon. Team Rubicon uses the experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. I held the position of training manager for the northwest states. My skills were put to the test when I was made the Incident Commander (IC) for all the flooding NW of Portland OR. For Operation Truffle Shuffle, In the wake of severe flooding, Region X mobilized members to Columbia County, Oregon to assist with muck out operations, damage assessments, and volunteer management. As the IC, I oversaw TR volunteers, that logged over 888 hours assisting the community of St. Helens, OR. I worked directly with Federal, State, and Local governments ensuring safety and assistance to those in need.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me, if you have any questions or concerns, and I will do my best to help you out if I can.
Amanda comes to the Florissant Fire Board of Directors as a strategic program, operations and entrepreneurial leader working passionately to make a difference in people's lives. She spent the first portion of her career for over 12 years as a direct service provider and leader in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis working with families with infants and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She obtained her M.A. in Industrial Organizational Psychology with an emphasis in Organizational Effectiveness to then create and operate a consulting company focused heavily on business process consulting for small and growing non-profits and for-profits in the behavioral, health and human service sectors. She then worked at the local level for the Community Centered Board (CCB) serving Boulder and Broomfield counties as a Program Manager Children and Family Support Services overseeing the regions Family Support Services Program, Early Intervention, and Autism Spectrum Disorder program. This work then created an opportunity to join the State of Colorado working in the Department of Human Services in the Office of Early Childhood for five years in various leadership roles with responsibilities including: fiscal management, dispute resolution, data and billing governance, compliance, quality improvement, and IT strategy and operations. She recently transitioned back into the private sector working as an IT Program Manager with a company who is transforming workforce management in the energy industry. In addition to her current role, she and her husband are actively working on several business ventures and slowly building and growing their homestead in Florissant!
By way of a brief introduction, I am a retired CPA, CMA and SPHR with experience in manufacturing
and most recently in non-profit/tax-exempt accounting. I stayed in this profession 35+ years. I have found in my “mature” years I like giving back to organizations in a volunteer role.
The reason I put my hat in the ring as a potential board member is simple. I want to help. Admittedly, I have very limited experience in the government/fire protection space. I am learning there are some differences! The thing is - I love to learn. It brings a joy to me that is hard to explain.
My husband and I moved the Colorado Springs in 2000. In Jan 2022 we moved into our forever home in Florissant. We absolutely love it here.
I will leave you with my personal mission statement I wrote after I was appointed to the board.
As I bring my education and experience to the table, plus a passion to learn and serve, I will commit to bringing trusted financial information to all parties that have a vested interest in providing for the safety of lives and the protection of property in the district.