Dawn Williams, President
Originally from Kansas, Dawn Williams is a self-described organizational nerd. A career project manager, Dawn started working with social outreach programs in her twenties where she helped MANA de Kansas City and the Kansas City Hispanic chamber achieve their communications goals. Today she uses those skills to hone the focus of Canyon Cares. She joined the board in 2013, taking the helm of the organization in 2016. To her, the most rewarding part of Canyon Cares is being able to help local families bridge the gaps that sometimes arise with mountain living.
Her family, including her husband, two kids and a dog, moved to the canyon in 2001 enjoying the views from 9,000 feet. She actively serves another county board and leads the bells choir at a metropolitan church.
Michelle Marciniak, Treasurer
Michelle Marciniak has been on the board since 2007, which is a year after its inception. She prepared the IRS nonprofit application in 2008, which enabled Canyon Cares to be a qualified public 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
She earned her B.A. in Criminology at the University of California Berkeley. After becoming a Certified Public Accountant in 1989, Michelle has worked in both private and public accounting, including for Price Waterhouse as an auditor. She started her own tax preparation business in 1991 and has clients from all over the United States, as well as a few living abroad.
After moving to Coal Creek Canyon in July 2002 and becoming aware of Canyon Cares in 2007, Michelle was invited to join the board by the previous board president, Brian Young. In addition to being their treasurer, she is actively involved in preparing the annual Christmas baskets for residents in Coal Creek Canyon, Nederland, and surrounding areas, assists in preparing aid applications to obtain help for residents, and staffs the Canyon Cares booth at various Canyon functions.
Michelle is also the treasurer for and member of the Rev 19 Choir, which is part of the Calvary Chapel in Nederland. The choir sings quarterly at the Denver Rescue Mission as well as at other venues. She was previously the treasurer for Whispering Pines Church and also volunteered for the Humane Society as a foster parent for kittens while in California.
Michelle hopes to see Canyon Cares continue to grow in its service to the Coal Creek Canyon and Nederland communities.
Cindy Goodrich, Secretary
Cindy joined the Canyon Cares Board of Directors in 2017. She has a B.A. from University of the Pacific in Behavioral Psychology. She, her husband, and two adult sons moved to the canyon from Dallas in 2014 so that her husband Gavan could assume the role of Principal at Ralston Valley High School.
Having grown up in the small town of Half Moon Bay, California, she has enjoyed every aspect of living in the beautiful, tight-knit, and giving community of Coal Creek Canyon.
Cindy has held a myriad of jobs over the years, from non-profit blood banking to the operations manager for a gourmet grocery store. She also volunteers with Saws and Slaws, performing fire mitigation work, and has hosted two events for them so far.
She is looking forward to many years of service to canyon residents through Canyon Cares.
Michael Madura, Board Member
Michael Madura, a ten-year resident of Coal Creek Canyon, has served Start-ups, Nonprofits and Business Ventures across the United States; he has worked for or consulted with some of the largest brands in the nonprofit world including The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill Industries and many more. He is a well-known fundraising engineer who enjoys helping organizations become more mission-driven and donor-centric. He is considered a content expert in strategic scaling for startups, and Higher Ed. Fundraising strategy, and Higher Ed. Advancement best practices.
Michael is a fantastic team player and enjoys building high-performance Salesforce Systems by using methods such as design thinking to deploy fast paced utilities for an ever-growing industry of scaling start-ups, nonprofits and Higher Ed environments.
He also likes to dig his fingers into the landscape of whatever community he is working in by serving on boards and committees to help strengthen communities from the inside out. With his most recent board service being at CU Boulder’s Environmental Center for their Bioneer’s Conference.
Specialties: Salesforce Architecture and Application Design, Strategic Scaling for high performance Startups, Marketing Automation, Higher Ed. and Nonprofit Fundraising Strategy, Crowd Fundraising, Nonprofit Technical Fundraising Systems.
Karen Siefert, Board Member
Karen joined Canyon Cares in 2014 at the request of the Nederland Food Pantry Board of Directors after Canyon Cares extended their area of service to include Nederland. Canyon Cares provided access to emergency aid that was not available from any other local organization, and has been an extremely valuable resource for those in the Peak to Peak community with limited resources.
As a member of the Nederland Food Pantry Board of Directors since 2012, she has been helping distribute food to people in need. She is a member of the Nederland Lions Club and is active in their KidSight Program (which provides free vision screening for children six months through six years) for the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain school districts. She also volunteered for the 9Health Fair in Nederland.
She has been a resident of Nederland since 1983. Karen earned her B.S. in Architecture and Master of Architecture with distinction from the University of Michigan.
Susan “Simone,” Board Member
Susan “Simone” (I go by “Simone”), has lived with her husband Kris Jonsson, in Coal Creek Canyon since 1986. She and Kris raised their two children, Seneca and Ulli, here, where they graduated from Coal Creek Elementary. Simone and Kris have also attended Whispering Pines Church since 1988. Simone has worked as an out-patient orthopedic physical therapist at Boulder Community Hospital for the past 33 years.
Since moving to the Canyon from Northern Virginia, Simone has participated in many Canyon events including after school activities, coaching a local Little League baseball team, director of Vacation Bible School and, more recently, Pastor’s Pantry at Whispering Pines Church. Joining the Canyon Cares team seemed like a natural progression for her. Evidently, she loves being involved in her community. When she can get out, Simone enjoys mountain biking and moving on snow, down rivers and up mountains in many forms.
Nancy von Schulz, Board Member
Nancy von Schulz joined the Canyon Cares Board of Directors in 2014. She has been fully involved in the Coal Creek Canyon community since 1985, when she moved here with her husband. Nancy and Bill raised their two now-adult sons here in the canyon, and she commuted for much of that time to her employment locations outside of the canyon. She has gained much compassion for and understanding of the unique circumstances that arise from being a canyonite.
Nancy retired from the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation after serving adults with disabilities for over 25 years as a vocational rehabilitation counselor.
After retirement she volunteered at Alternative Pregnancy Center as a client counselor. Other volunteer activities include having assisted teachers at Coal Creek K-8, and since 2010 she has been in a leadership role with the Lakewood chapter of Bible Study Fellowship, currently serving in the children’s department. Nancy is a member of Chapel in the Hills and serves on the deacon board coordinating the benevolence committee activities for church members.
This quote expresses Nancy’s heart with regard to those in need: ‘Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!’ Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, ESV
Nancy’s objectives for Canyon Cares include that it be used as a vessel for raising awareness of the needs of those in our community, and for learning about opportunities to serve, participate, and fulfill the needs of our community neighbors, drawing us closer together and making us a stronger community.
Nancy earned an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Utah State University and a B.A. in Social Work from Michigan State University.
Patricia Dohn, Board Member
Patricia Dohn has been a Coal Creek Canyon resident for 22 years. She originally hails from Garden City, New York and earned her B.A. in Psychology from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
Patricia’s employment experiences have ranged from working for a private investigator to florist. She was an assistant at an automotive repair shop here in the Canyon. Patricia is open to new and various experiences and appreciates a challenge.
Being part of the Coal Creek Canyon community and becoming more actively involved has been a great source of satisfaction and gratitude for her. During the years her son has been enrolled at the Coal Creek Canyon K-8 Elementary School, Patricia has volunteered her time for various causes: the annual Book Give Away/Swap each spring and other school/community events; and Rachel’s Challenge, a kindness/anti-bullying program she introduced to the school.
Patricia looks forward to contributing in any way she can for the common cause of Canyon Cares and all this organization does for those in need in our community. Her personal mantra is simple, but meaningful: “Be Kind.”
Lorraine Revelle, Founder and Board Member Emeritus
Never get tired of doing little things for others. Sometimes, those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts.
Lorraine created Canyon Cares to serve our community by providing short-term financial and support assistance to individuals experiencing financial crisis. Since we began in 2006, we have provided over $130,000 in assistance to residents within our target area, which includes Coal Creek Canyon, Nederland, and unincorporated Gilpin County.
Lorraine has a Bachelor of Arts degree with emphasis in Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations. She is a local real estate agent, who has won numerous sales awards including the prestigious “Culture Icon” award in real estate.
Lorraine is past President of the Coal Creek Canyon Improvement Association and past President of the local Chamber of Commerce, both nonprofit organizations. As a member of Canyon Cares, she utilizes her skills in the advertising and marketing fields.
Lorraine and husband John, have four children, 2 nieces, 5 grandchildren, and two cairn terriers.
Dennis Akin, Board Member Emeritus
Dennis Akin was one of the original Board members of Canyon Cares. He was born and raised in Denver and graduated from East High School. Dennis received a degree in education and sociology with a minor in fine arts from the University of Northern Colorado. This led him to Glenrock, Wyoming, where he taught middle school and high school social studies and art. After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned to Colorado and took courses toward a Master’s Degree in sociology. Dennis then started a 30-year career with the State of Colorado working with welfare reform, Workers’ Compensation, Social Security, and Veterans’ Employment Services. He also worked as a vocational counselor for the State of Colorado for the last 15 years of his career. Dennis has always been a major advocate of the environment and was president of The Environmental Group (TEG) for two years.
Dennis and his wife Rhonda lived in the Canyon for 15 years where they raised their family. As his family grew, Dennis was also involved with cub scouts and boy scouts along with Coal Creek Canyon K-8 Elementary School, where he served on the accountability committee. After retiring to Golden, Dennis continued to be involved with Canyon Cares, volunteering for Fourth of July festivities and distribution of holiday food baskets.
Dennis passionately enjoyed being a member of Canyon Cares for 10 years and believes the motto “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” is especially important in today’s world.
Dave Schemel, Board Member Emeritus
Dave is from Denver, Colorado and attended East High School. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder. Dave and his wife Suzy have been residents of Crescent Park in Coal Creek Canyon since 1977.
He worked as a youth counselor and juvenile parole officer for the State of Colorado for 25 years. He is a past president of the Colorado Juvenile Council and former member of the Colorado Forum on Restorative Justice.
Dave has been a freelance professional photographer since 1997. He specializes in landscapes, nature, and astrophotography of the moon. He has two photos in the digital gallery at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Dave also does photography for special events along with family and portrait photography. He is a member of the Sky Watchers group here in the canyon and is a past member of the Mountain Artisans Guild. He plays golf and enjoys music, science, motor sports, and football.
Dave has been a Canyon Cares board member since its inception in 2006. He firmly supports the neighbors helping neighbors theme of the organization.
Canyon Cares of Coal Creek Canyon, founded in 2006, is an unaffiliated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to serve our community by providing short-term resources to help care for the necessities and urgent needs of our neighbors. We help people in Coal Creek Canyon, Nederland, and unincorporated Gilpin County in Colorado’s Front Range.