Friends of L’Arche Fort Collins is looking to expand our board! Do you or someone you know have a desire to help build community in and around Fort Collins and share the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities. We are particularly interested in welcoming board members who have experience in the following:
- Real estate
- Programming for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Board of Directors
Tammy Breeding – Board President
Tammy is the proud Mom to 2 boys, both of whom are on the Autism Spectrum. The boys, Ethan 24, and Duncan 22, are “the primary motivation for everything I do”. She quit her job in 2001 to care for her children full time. She homeschooled both of them at different times, Ethan from 2nd Grade to 7th Grade, and Duncan from 8th Grade to 12th Grade.
Prior to this she worked in the field of Information Technology for 22 years. While her children were young, she worked as a paid caregiver in the child care ministry of Cherry Hills Church for 5 years, and worked in the nursery at the Highlands Ranch Recreation Centers.
She completed coursework and licensure to become a CNA.
She co-created O-kat (Our Kids are Transformative!), a parent support group for parents of Asperger young adults.
She served as a contributor to the book, “Raising a child on the autism spectrum: Insights from parents to parents “written by Mallory Griffith, MA, CCC-SLP, and Rachel Bédard, PhD
She has been active in all aspects of Special Needs Ministries, especially UPHOLD(Cherry Hills Community Church), and L.E.A.P.(Loving and Engaging Amazing People).
She holds the title of Past President of the following organizations:
1) Central Texas Ballooning Association, Austin TX
2) Theta Rho Sunshine #1(Independent Order of Odd Fellows), Houston TX
Jennifer Pfiester – Board Vice President/Secretary
Jennifer is a founding member of Friends of L’Arche Fort Collins. She worked as a Public Policy Researcher after receiving her Masters in Public Affairs, enjoyed staying home and raising four children, and has worked as a Labor and Delivery Nurse for the past 16 years
Sarah Reichardt – Board Treasurer
Sarah is a former assistant at L’Arche Tahoma Hope in Tacoma, Washington, and has experience in therapeutic horseback riding and Special Olympics. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a background in sustainable agriculture and business finance. Sarah lives in Loveland, Colorado with her husband and their two daughters.
Mandi Stoll – Board Treasurer Elect
Prior to joining the FOLFC team in 2018, Mandi spent three years with the L’Arche Greater Washington, DC community where she worked as the Hospitality and Social Media Coordinator. She has a Bachelors degree in Social Work from Eastern Mennonite University and currently works as a resource coordinator for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the Developmental Disability Resource Center based in Lakewood, CO.
Grace Robinson – Board Member at Large
Grace was born in 1936 in Detroit, Michigan. Grace graduated from Manhattanville College in 1958 and for twenty years she enjoyed teaching middle school-aged children. In the 80’s Grace adopted three older children from the foster care system. Her book, Older Child Adoption, was published in 1998. Since moving to Colorado in 1989, Grace has enjoyed riding horses and making friends with people with disabilities by participating in the Adaptive Recreation Opportunities program in Fort Collins. (Grace is now retired.)
Ryan Kepler – Board Member at Large
Ryan is a former assistant with the L’Arche Spokane community and friend of L’Arche Chicago community. – Expanded bio to come.
Deb Fitzgibbons — Board Member at Large
Deb Fitzgibbons has worked with differently abled people since high school and received her Master’s of Social Work in 1981 from the University of Denver. She, and her husband, John, have two adult children, both having significant special needs: a son, Joshua, 34 years old, and a daughter, Rose, 28. They live on a “farmette” outside of Boulder and have homed many four-legged rescues, including therapeutic riding horses seeking a quiet place to retire. Deb is a therapist in Boulder, specializing in working with families like her own. In addition, she is a special education advocate, and has worked adjunctively with CU- Boulder, Boulder Community hospital, and the Arc of Boulder.
Julie Marshall — Board Member at Large
Julie Marshall is a professional journalist and author, living in Lafayette with her husband, Tim, and daughters Sarah, 16 (pictured here downtown at a performance of Frozen), who has a genetic disorder, and Jazzy, 14. She is a currently Chair of the Boulder County Advisory Council for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, as well as founder of Brainsong, a nonprofit dedicated to opening doors to the professional performing arts to families living with all amazing abilities.