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Volunteer Work Gloves

Staff, interns and skilled volunteers work hard to make your volunteer experience a great one! Meet the amazing humans that make volunteering such a wonderful experience at the City.

Sue Schafer#

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Sue Schafer is the Program Manager for Volunteer Services, which is part of Human Resources Department with the City of Fort Collins.  Sue's background is in conservation where she worked with volunteer Naturalists and Rangers for over two decades.  Sue has been with the City for 16 years working the Natural Areas and Recreation departments, and now Human Resources. Sue owns a horse farm with her husband and two daughters.

Elizabeth Lux#

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Elizabeth Lux is the Volunteer Services Program Assistant. She graduated from CSU with a bachelor's in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Leadership and Entrepreneurial Professions in May of 2023. She has played an active role in Volunteer Services since 2022. First as an unpaid summer intern, then as a paid long-term intern, and finally as the Volunteer Services Program Assistant. She hopes to continue her work with the City for a long time. One of her favorite aspects of the job is getting to work with the teens in the NextGen Serve summer program. She loves to see the youth engagement in volunteerism, education, and the community. 

A fun fact about her is that she has over 50 houseplants!

Volunteer Engagement Lead Team (VELT)#

AJ Chlebnik#

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AJ Chlebnik is the Volunteer and School Field Trip Coordinator for the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department. Her career in education and heritage interpretation spans over 20 years and has taken her through the states of Montana, Washington and Colorado. Her professional life goal is to make natural areas accessible for all who wish to experience them. Her favorite natural areas are Reservoir Ridge and Riverbend Ponds. She also once appeared as an expert in a bigfoot documentary for the Smithsonian Channel. 

Brenda McDowell#

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Brenda McDowell was born and raised in Southern California where she got her degree from Long Beach State in Adaptive Physical Education as well as her Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Certification. She has been living in Fort Collins and working for Adaptive Recreation Opportunities for the past 15 years. What she loves most about her job is meeting amazing people and creating long-lasting friendships, while also seeing participants improve physically, mentally, and emotionally through participating in adaptive sports and programs. In her free time, she loves to trail run, do yoga, craft, read, and explore new places with her family.

Davina Lau#

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Davina Lau is the Public Engagement Specialist for the City Clerk's Office. She manages the Boards and Commissions program and loves encouraging Fort Collins community members to get involved in local government. She has been with the City since October 2022. In her free time, she enjoys reading, planning her next adventure, and hiking high up into the mountains to spend time around pikas. 

Hannah Krikorian#

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Hannah Krikorian is the Volunteer Coordinator at the Gardens on Spring Creek. She grew up in Central California and studied Sustainability at San Diego State University before moving to Disney World for two years after graduation. She’s been with The City and The Gardens since 2018 and loves connecting members of our FOCO community to nature through volunteering in her role. When not at The Gardens, you can find her at a Disney theme park with her fiancé Sam.

Tyler Davis#

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Tyler Davis has worn many hats over the years.  He studied Forensic Chemistry, Math, and Criminology at Colorado State University, has worked in virtually every position in the food service industry over a more than 25-year career, ran his own theater company for 5 years, built sets for OpenStage Theatre for 7 years, was a Private Investigator for 6 years, and worked as the Lead House Manager at The Lincoln Center before applying for, and getting, the position of Front of House Coordinator.  He manages a team of 7 hourly employees and a Volunteer team of over 220.  Tyler and his team work almost 400 events each year and are very proud to facilitate the community's link to the arts.  Volunteers are essential to The Lincoln Center's operations and Tyler loves the team and staff that work with him.  He joined the VELT so that he can help give back to the Volunteers who give so much of themselves around the City of Fort Collins.