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Honoree Questionnaire#

Name: Brian Meyer
Current Position: GIS Analyst I
First position with City: GIS Specialist
Years with City: 4

How did you come to work for the City of Fort Collins?

 After working at a GIS consulting company and living in Fort Collins for several years, I wanted to find a job that was more connected to my community and aligned with my interests. In 2016, I applied for a part time position with the City to work as a GIS Specialist. This position was specifically created to support the Natural Areas department. I really enjoy the work and was lucky that the position was converted to a full-time job in 2019.

What are your favorite things about working for the City, and more specifically, your department, and why?

I get the best of both worlds by working in the IT department and supporting the Natural Areas department. In both departments, I am surrounded by talented, smart people that I can learn from and advance my skills. I get to solve spatial problems and provide data management on incredibly interesting projects. 

What has been your most memorable project or experience while working for the City, and why?

The most memorable project I have worked on is the black-footed ferret recovery effort at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Meadow Springs Ranch. I set up the field data collection maps, manage the spatial data and create a dashboard for our wildlife ecologist. As part of the work, I got to visit the National Black-Footed Ferret Conservation Center which is north of Fort Collins and I released a black-footed ferret into the wild.

In your role as a City employee, how do you believe you are making this community a better place to live?

Natural Areas are one of the things that makes Fort Collins a great place to live.  They preserve biodiversity and support human wellness and health. I am appreciate being part of the team that supports these Natural Areas and our community.

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Name:  Cheryl Kalmbach
Current Position:  Customer Support Representative
First position with City:  Aqua Fitness Instructor
Years with City:  15

How did you come to work for the City of Fort Collins?

I started attending aqua fitness classes at the Senior Center when I was expecting my first child. I loved this type of exercise so much that I continued taking other aqua fitness classes even after my son was born. When the instructor for our class changed jobs, I was asked if I would be interested in teaching the class. I most definitely was! I went on to become a certified instructor and am still teaching today.

What are your favorite things about working for the City, and more specifically, your department, and why?

After participating in so many recreation programs with my family for over 20 years, I love being able to help provide some of the same – and some new – wonderful experiences for other families in the Fort Collins community. I enjoy meeting new people and helping them register for programs that fit their fitness and educational needs.

What has been your most memorable project or experience while working for the City, and why?

In 2018-2019, I spent eight months on what was considered an almost impossible task – clearing the RecTrac database of duplicate households and deceased members in preparation for migration to a new software version. In that self-driven project, I single-handedly cleared over 7,500 households from the database! I still routinely merge duplicate and inactive households to keep the database clean and easy to use. 

In your role as a City employee, how do you believe you are making this community a better place to live?

By knowing most of the patrons who visit recreation facilities by name and greeting everyone with a friendly smile, I feel that I help create a welcoming atmosphere where patrons are a part of our big, happy recreation family! 

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Name: Christine Arnott
Current Position: Specialist, Talent Development
First position with City: Analyst I, HRIS
Years with City: 3 

How did you come to work for the City of Fort Collins?

After getting out of the military, I went looking for a casual job until I found my forever place. I started with the City (in HR) via a temp position. It didn’t take long to figure out this was it – a place that aligned with my values and where my work would be meaningful! I applied for the position as an HRIS Analyst in 2017 and got it! I’m grateful every day for that opportunity. In 2019, my current position opened, and I got to join the Talent Development team - a return to work that has been in my heart since my military years. This truly feels like a “right place, right time” situation, and I’m so grateful.

What are your favorite things about working for the City, and more specifically, your department, and why?

I’m really grateful that in HR, we get to serve those who serve our community and we’re never in a silo – we collaborate extensively to meet the needs of our workforce. 

I love that I work for an organization (and a department) that is more proactive than reactive and one that recognizes the importance of engaging historically under-served parts of our population. We aspire to make sure everyone feels welcome in our community and THAT is the right work to be doing.

Lastly, I love how much we’re encouraged to bring our whole, authentic selves to work every day and to take care of ourselves and our families. The “It, We, & I” concept genuinely reflects the work that my department is doing to make sure this is the best place we’ve ever worked, and in my case, it truly is! 

What has been your most memorable project or experience while working for the City, and why?

The pandemic has offered new opportunities to break down barriers and get our employees the information and tools we all need to live and work better. 

Some of my most memorable projects this past year include our Manager and Employee Check-Ins, supporting the organization’s transition to Microsoft Teams & Zoom, the enneagram series, my work with the PRIDE ERG, supporting our transition from CityNet to HR Connect, and using TD tools such as Articulate for training and dissemination of information to our furloughed folx.

All these projects contributed to the overall experience of getting key information and tools out to our colleagues in a time when we all need a little extra support and grace. I have really valued the opportunity to ask hard questions, collaborate with some incredible people and find solutions that meet the needs of as many people as possible throughout this historic time.

In your role as a City employee, how do you believe you are making this community a better place to live?

I get to serve the people who serve our community. I get to find new ways to make sure you all feel supported, equipped, invested in and prepared for your future with the City. When your needs are met and you both know AND feel that we’ve got your back, you’re better able to care for our community in your daily work and lives.

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Name: Jim Byrne
Current Position: Director: Emergency Preparedness and Security  
First position with City: Police Officer
Years with City: 20

How did you come to work for the City of Fort Collins?

We visited the area for a family reunion in Estes Park and thought it was amazing. We had young children and decided to take a leap; we didn’t know anyone here. We called it “Fort Mayberry” because it had that small town feel compared to the large metro area we were leaving. It was a good decision.

What are your favorite things about working for the City, and more specifically, your department, and why?

I appreciate the value of teamwork that plays out daily within and between departments. In most organizations a territorial, “ours first”, thinking is not uncommon. It can happen here too, but I find that it is a rare thing. There is a genuine desire to help with the big picture of community service. This makes it easier when there are big challenges to manage, because it is how we do business daily.

As a new department, the mission of EPS allows our team to interact with every other department in the City. I am naturally curious and have been exposed to, and learned, many things more than I could have ever imagined. People are passionate about what they do. I love being able to learn from those types of folks. This community is well served because of that passion.

What has been your most memorable project or experience while working for the City, and why?

There have been many, but considering this last year, and the ongoing issues, I’d have to say it’s been the COVID-19 pandemic and 2020 as a whole. Nobody saw this coming, and there wasn’t a play book. As a new department, we quickly got thrown into a coordination role that was overwhelming at times. The stepping up that took place at all levels, across every department in the City, was amazing. Everybody shared, communicated, and tackled the challenges as one organization. The managing and sharing of resources and ideas was impressive. Mistakes made were openly shared to find solutions and prevent others from doing the same. For the most part, egos got set to the side. I took great comfort in knowing that when I made mistakes, there were many, somebody was going to catch it and then gently tell me how to fix it.  

Throw the largest wildfire in state history at our front door, and it’s been a year. Again, more stories than space and time allows.  

In your role as a City employee, how do you believe you are making this community a better place to live?

We are all generally at our best when we allow others to lead with their strengths and support them with ours when needed. Community service is our mission; organizational health and supported teams and team members is the foundation for the mission. I try to keep those priorities in mind.

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Name: Kaley Zeisel
Current Position: Grant Compliance & Asset Manager, Transfort & Parking Services
First position with City: Hourly Administrative Clerk
Years with City: 12 

How did you come to work for the City of Fort Collins?

I started working for the City of Fort Collins, Transfort as an hourly Admin Clerk in early 2009. I was interested in the position because it was within the Transfort department. My father (Dave Leicester) has worked for the City for over 25 years and started at the City with Transfort. Transfort has always given me a sense of pride, even as a child.

What are your favorite things about working for the City, and more specifically, your department, and why?

The most exhilarating thing about working for Transfort & Parking services is recognizing the value of the service that our department provides. Transfort & Parking’s mission supports environmental sustainability, generates economic returns, and improves connectivity in low income and minority areas of our community. Not only do these undertakings support the City’s objectives but are closely aligned with my personal values.

What has been your most memorable project or experience while working for the City, and why?

My most memorable experience working at Transfort & Parking has not been a single experience or project, but rather witnessing the evolution of transit in our community over the past decade. The success of MAX is proof that reliable public transit can revolutionize our community. MAX is only the beginning. As the Transit Master Plan is brought to fruition, I anticipate public transit being a cornerstone to the City’s growth and development in the future.

In your role as a City employee, how do you believe you are making this community a better place to live?

I am a contributor in a department that is making a difference for many individuals in our community, while impacting all citizens, whether they use public transportation or not. Transfort contributes to minimizing congestion on our roads, encouraging economic vitality, allows many citizens to be able to hold jobs, and provides a means of transportation for individuals to be able to access critical services such as school, healthcare, and food. I am proud to be a contributor in a department that makes a vital impact.

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Name: Leonardo Escalante
Current Position: Public Engagement Specialist
First position with City: Public Engagement, Sr. Coordinator
Years with City: 1.5 years 

How did you come to work for the City of Fort Collins

My wife and I had been living in Houston, Texas and needed a change in scenery. I had been working in the nonprofit sector for close to a decade in different roles and capacities but always in a position where I could help others. My most recent professional experience was in community development. When I saw that the focus of the Public Engagement, Sr. Coordinator role was to build relationships and elevate the voices of minority communities, namely the Hispanic community—my community, I felt like it was great opportunity to use my experience to bring a new approach to public engagement; an approach that is community-centered and that is based in relationship building.  

What are your favorite things about working for the City, and more specifically, your department, and why?

Without a doubt, my favorite thing about working for the City is having the ability to build relationships in the community, which guides my work. It also provides me with the necessary input to use my role to influence systemic change that benefits those community members that have been historically marginalized, underserved and ignored.

What has been your most memorable project or experience while working for the City, and why?

My most memorable experience has been, and continues to be, seeing an increase in public participation from community members who felt that their voices and stories were oftentimes unheard. What brings me joy is seeing an increase in confidence, trust and ability from marginalized groups in the community to advocate for themselves and for their families.

In your role as a City employee, how do you believe you are making this community a better place to live?

To be honest, I am unsure if I am making this community a better place to live. How do we even know we are making our community a better place to live? I think community members are better suited to answer this question. But what I am sure of, is that I am dedicated to continuing working on removing barriers that inhibit the ability of people to participate in the decision-making process. What I am sure of is that I am motivated at the thought of envisioning a thriving Fort Collins community that acknowledges and embraces its diversity; a community that bases its strength on trust, respect, and cooperation for one another despite any social construct. A community that does not succumb to systemic inequities, but instead acknowledges them and uses them as motivation to build a more inclusive and more welcoming place for all.

Ultimately, I think community members have the last word and the last say when it comes to answering this question. And I will continue working towards ensuring their answers are heard.

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Name: Maggie (Mags) Escobar
Current Position: Lead Safety Specialist
First position with City: Lead Safety Specialist
Years with City: 2 years 

How did you come to work for the City of Fort Collins?

As a CSU Ram, I knew Fort Collins was a great place to live and learn, and I also knew of the City’s reputation as an amazing employer. I was thrilled to be accepted into the Safety & Risk Management (SRM) team and to continue following my passion for safety and industrial hygiene.

What are your favorite things about working for the City, and more specifically, your department, and why?

One of my favorite things about working for the City is the diversity of my work. One day I’ll be out working with Natural Areas at a trailhead for safety related to a CSU research project, and the next I will be supporting a Transfort operator with bus ergonomics. My days are never the same, and I get to apply my safety knowledge in so many different areas. I always have something new to look forward to! I also really enjoy getting to know people in different departments on a more personal level. Building these meaningful relationships helps to create a strong and supportive safety culture.  

What I love about SRM is that we are all such diverse experts in our own areas, and we pool our knowledge to support each other, the City, and our Fort Collins community. We work hard to ensure that we are providing the best safety, risk, DOT, and workers’ compensation services, and we have a lot of fun doing it!

What has been your most memorable project or experience while working for the City, and why?

I love the creativity and critical thinking around safety projects that help resolve a concern. It is so rewarding to bring different experiences, knowledge, and resources together with my peers to help prevent injuries and promote safety.

One of my most memorable projects was supplying the City and the community with PPE, training, references, education, supplies, and other resources related to COVID-19. It was initially a huge challenge to find the necessary supplies but through persistence we were able to provide our departments with the items they needed. The SRM team also continues to pursue our normal responsibilities throughout the pandemic, which is a testament to the strength and resilience of the team. We support each other, promote work-life balance internally, and focus on immediate needs and long-term responsibilities. We will always have more work to do, but we are the team to get it done!

In your role as a City employee, how do you believe you are making this community a better place to live?

Through safety! At the end of the day, everything ties back into safety. Supporting my departments with safety and risk management helps to create a safe, healthy, and productive work environment. When the safety needs of our City employees are met, they can give to the community to provide transportation, new roads, signalization, provide stewardship of natural areas, and so many things that make Fort Collins such a wonderful place to live.

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Name: Maren Bzdek
Current Position: Senior Historic Preservation Planner
First position with City: Historic Preservation Planner
Years with City: 5 years 

How did you come to work for the City of Fort Collins?

 I have lived in Fort Collins for twenty-three years and cannot imagine living anywhere else! I started my service to the City in 2013 as a volunteer for the Landmark Preservation Commission, while I was working as program manager for the Public Lands History Center at CSU. I loved the experience of coming together with other Fort Collins residents to meet a community need with my professional expertise, so when a full-time opportunity came up in 2015 to work as a contractor for the City’s Historic Preservation Division, I felt pulled to make the transition and work more directly with the community. I felt at home with the work and with my colleagues right away and was thrilled to be offered a permanent position the following year. My father was a public servant who worked in state government, and both of my older sisters had careers as first responders and in public service, so I absorbed their commitment to working on behalf of the community at a young age.

What are your favorite things about working for the City, and more specifically, your department, and why?

Working in the Community Development and Neighborhood Services Department allows me to be part of a diverse team of people who truly enjoy working together and learning from each other. It has been hard to be away from everyone during the pandemic and has really enhanced my appreciation and gratitude for my colleagues in Historic Preservation and across our whole department. Like most City employees, I interact with people across the community on a regular basis. It may seem paradoxical, but I find that collaborating and serving as a resource to people who need my time and energy is replenishing on a daily basis because I am reminded daily that my work matters, even on days that are more stressful than others. Having worked in other employment sectors that are not so directly connected to the community, I have learned not to take this feeling for granted!

What has been your most memorable project or experience while working for the City, and why?

In the Historic Preservation Division, we get to engage with the story of Fort Collins through our built environment every day. It never gets boring, and the work is so varied that there is no way I could narrow down my most memorable experiences to just one. A few moments that come to mind: several very hot, sweaty, days in July 2018 when I participated in a volunteer workshop to “re-mud” the 1927 Romero House (a local landmark that houses the Museo de las Tres Colonias) with my City colleagues and members of the community, under the expert direction of Francisco Uvina-Contreras of the University of New Mexico; a very cold, face-numbing day in February 2020 investigating the structural integrity of the historic structures at the Ranch-Way Feeds plant on Willow Street with engineers and a wood scientist; and most recently working with my City colleagues and partners at CSU, Poudre School District, and community organizations to create a pandemic-safe, virtual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration that included the chance to share previously untold local Black history stories on our website and through a virtual tour of important historic places.

In your role as a City employee, how do you believe you are making this community a better place to live?

“Sense of place” is something we are good at creating in Fort Collins. It calls to mind neighborhood character, good urban design, and unique identity that makes our city a great place to live and visit. To that end, our division works diligently to support the preservation and rehabilitation of historic properties, but the reality is that our work is as much or more about people as it is about buildings and places. By recognizing and helping to preserve places that people care about, we hope to contribute to a sense of belonging for all of our residents—a feeling that I believe everyone deserves, and that signifies a healthy community. The City has done a wonderful job in past decades of celebrating our treasured Old Town neighborhoods and business district. Today, our work in Historic Preservation is grounded in a broader commitment to expanding and improving our services to everyone in the community.

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Name: Peter Robertson Jr.
Current Position: Parks Crew Chief
First position with City: Seasonal, Parks Utility Worker
Years with City: 19 

How did you come to work for the City of Fort Collins? 

I started working for the Parks Department as an hourly thinking it was going to be a high school summer job. I ended up liking the work and the people I was working with, and I decided to stay.  Ever since then I have continued to get educated in my field of work and have taken full advantage of the leadership opportunities the city has to offer.

What are your favorite things about working for the City, and more specifically, your department, and why?   

I really enjoy providing a well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing place for people to relax or recreate. I love driving through our parks and seeing community members enjoying themselves. Nothing is better than when a citizen comes up to you and thanks you for impacting their experience. Having grown up in this workspace, I feel really connected to my coworkers, and I tend to refer to our workplace as a family environment. 

What has been your most memorable project or experience while working for the City, and why?  

My most memorable experience working for the City was when the flood hit at Creekside Park in 1997. I came into work, lined up for a tetanus shot and jumped in to help with the cleanup efforts down our spring creek corridor from Creekside to Edora Park. It was a very humbling experience seeing the devastation and loss of the trailer park that had once existed because I had known some people that had lived there. I was happy to see all these different entities come together for a common purpose and goal. I remember at one point when I was at Creekside, I looked across the park to see my dad who at the time was working for the Streets Department. He was in a front-end loader moving debris around in the trailer park. It is one of those tethered moments you just never forget.

In your role as a City employee, how do you believe you are making this community a better place to live? 

I am fortunate to have daily interactions with the public, and I thrive trying to make a positive impact on their day. I am a Fort Colins native and I represent the 4th generation of my Mexican American heritage here in Fort Collins. In many ways historically the community that I have grown to love so much has suppressed my culture in ways that still affect our modern generation. That said, I am proud and thankful to be a part of an organization that in these times is creating and allowing a space where I can participate on our Equity and Inclusion Teams, ENCORE, and can be a voice for others that feel the same way I do, both internal and external to our organization. I feel we have a window of opportunity to stand with one another and put in the work to make Fort Collins a welcoming place where all feel valued and free to be themselves.

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Name: Selina Lujan de Albers
Current Position: Sr. Indoor Air Quality Specialist, Healthy Homes Program Coordinator
First position with City: Part-time Intern with the Healthy Homes Program
Years with City: 8 1/2

How did you come to work for the City of Fort Collins?

I graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 2012 and, like most college graduates, was excited to find my first professional adventure! I was 21 years old, and having been born and raised in Fort Collins, all I really knew is that I was ready to come home. Setting goals for myself, I decided that I needed to find a place to live and somewhere to work. My community lifted me up and led me to an internship at the City. I reached out to my High School Spanish teacher, Mr. Espinoza, who connected me to this neat, new volunteer program at the City called Healthy Homes. At the time, the program was looking for Spanish-speaking volunteers, and after meeting with the Program Coordinator, Mary Pat Aardrup, my predecessor, she hired me as a part-time intern. Looking back, I feel very fortunate with how everything worked out. I owe the start of my career to the community I love serving.       

What are your favorite things about working for the City, and more specifically, your department, and why?

My top two favorite things about working for the City are the people and the work. I get to work with the most incredible people! It is a privilege to come to work every day as my true, authentic self and share that with colleagues and community members who foster creativity and genuineness.

In a lot of professions, we see a separation between one’s identity and the work that they do; it is not like that within my department. The Environmental Services Department (ESD) has created a safe space to explore, grow, engage, and be vulnerable. And most importantly, my department and service area not only care for their employees but also care about the impact that our work has on the Fort Collins community. The dedication to the work within ESD can be seen and felt.

What has been your most memorable project or experience while working for the City, and why?

After the flood in 2013, the Healthy Homes program was called out to a manufactured home that had been severely impacted. With the next snowfall, the roof would have most likely caved in.The Healthy Homes mission is to create a healthier community by improving indoor air quality and promoting a safe home environment, and in achieving that mission, it was important to work with other departments and agencies to help this family successfully secure safe and healthy housing.

While Healthy Homes focuses on providing education and low-cost or no-cost recommendations to improving indoor air quality, this project helped me realize the importance of creating and maintaining partnerships to help leverage opportunities for households in need. It inspired me to pursue my master’s in social work, providing me the ability to advance my skillset in equitably serving community members. With each Healthy Homes assessment, it is a priority for me to meet community members where they are to help support their needs in maintaining a healthy home –this means serving as a catalyst in connecting people to other City and local programs.  

In your role as a City employee, how do you believe you are making this community a better place to live?

 My job is primarily focused on community health and well-being, which I love, but it is so much more than that. Working at the City has allowed me to work on racial equity and inclusion efforts. As a result, I get the privilege of working cross-departmentally on projects with colleagues who are making a significant difference in their own departments. Together, we learn from one another and help each other improve services delivered across the whole organization. With empathy, commitment and community interest at the forefront, I am able help make Fort Collins a better place to live.

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Name: SeonAh Kendall
Current Position: City Recovery Manager
First position with City: Economic Health Analyst
Years with City: 9 years in May ‘21

How did you come to work for the City of Fort Collins?

I had been a small business owner since 1995, and I was very head down in my business. I was first exposed to city government through the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Fort Collins and knew I wanted to learn more and give back to a community that had given my family so much. After hearing of the Economic Health Analyst position, I learned as much as possible about the Economic Health Office and the City. I may not have been the most qualified, but I believe Josh Birks (Economic Health and Redevelopment Director) saw my passion and eagerness to do more and took a risk in hiring me.

What are your favorite things about working for the City, and more specifically, your department, and why?

I truly believe I have one of the best jobs in the City, working with passionate colleagues who support the community. My favorite thing about working for the City is that I learn something new every day. Our businesses are amazing, resilient community members that open their doors and hearts to us – sharing their ups and downs. I am proud to work for the City and the Sustainability Service Area.

What has been your most memorable project or experience while working for the City, and why?

I have two memorable projects while working for the City: Broadband and the Coronavirus stay-at-home order.

In late 2013, I was assigned as the broadband project manager. I had the opportunity to work with colleagues and community members to bring an idea to reality through community education and engagement, analysis, voter-approved funding and branding. I am proud of the hard work from our citizen volunteer group and colleagues did to get affordable, reliable high-speed 1G internet service to our community (now Connexion).

The other most memorable experience is in March 2020 when the stay-at-home public health order occurred due to Coronavirus. There was a lot of uncertainty on who was “essential” vs. “nonessential” and the intricacies of how to keep our community safe and the economy going. Communication was key, and I cannot thank the City enough for setting the standard on being nimble and responsive during this uncertain time. There was a lot of trust built in this short amount of time as we all understood that lives and livelihoods were at stake. Things were happening at a rapid pace, and it was “all-hands-on-deck” with our colleagues and regional partners to make sure that businesses and residents received information in a timely manner.

In your role as a City employee, how do you believe you are making this community a better place to live?

Giving a voice to our businesses and sharing how integral businesses are to our sense of place in Fort Collins are an important part of my job. If anything, the COVID pandemic has shifted us in our thinking of an “us or them” to “all of us.” Our small businesses reflect the personality of our community and our small business owners live, work and invest in our community and take pride in what makes Fort Collins so special. Economic Health, and the City as a whole, work to make sure that all businesses survive and thrive in our community.

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Name: Wendy Serour
Current Position: Strategic Accounts Specialist
First position with City: Outreach Specialist, ClimateWise, Natural Resources Dept.
Years with City: 11 ½

How did you come to work for the City of Fort Collins?

I served on the City’s ClimateWise Advisory Committee from 2006-2008, and when I lost my job during the 2008 economic downturn, I started volunteering for the City. I eventually landed a position with ClimateWise in Natural Resources (now known as Environmental Services and Natural Areas).

What are your favorite things about working for the City, and more specifically, your department, and why?

I enjoy learning about the services we provide, the people who coordinate these services and more specifically, how we’ve woven sustainable practices and goals into our organization, including Utilities. In my various roles with the City, I’ve served as a conduit between our internal service areas and our commercial customers – I love connecting the dots between our customer’s needs and the services our organization provides. Seeing our customers engage and take steps to help achieve the goals we’ve set as an organization and a community that support Climate Action is very satisfying! I also love getting to know each of our customers personally as well as professionally – understanding their needs and being able to help them problem solve is another fun, and sometimes challenging part of my job.

What has been your most memorable project or experience while working for the City, and why?

Being part of the City’s work for the Climate Action Plan is my most memorable project. From my work in the private sector, serving on the ClimateWise Advisory Committee, to the work with the ClimateWise program team, it’s been incredible to see how dedicated our business community is. There have been hundreds of projects implemented by businesses (including the City organization), all in an effort to reduce carbon emissions as well as social sustainability measures, while saving millions of dollars! No matter how small, these projects have made a large impact in our community and benefit our environment. At the core of this program was a community of caring business leaders who supported one another – they have spent hundreds of hours working alongside City staff to help shape and grow this program over the past 20 years. That was the heart of ClimateWise and I believe is a strong representation of our business community: leaders making a difference.

In your role as a City employee, how do you believe you are making this community a better place to live?

Fort Collins has been my home since 1993, and I feel lucky to have experienced it as a smaller community and watch it grow into the much larger community we know today. I have a passion for helping the people, creating connection/inclusivity in my community as well as protecting our planet. My role at the City allows me to work with businesses to help answer questions and solve problems. I serve as a conduit to these business members to ensure they feel heard and receive the answers and resources they need while always trying to remember and respect their different values and views. Not everyone has sustainability at the forefront of their mind, and I love thinking of creative ways to help our customers understand the connection of the bottom line and how it relates to ways we can also reduce our environmental impact.