As the “community’s foundation” we deliver unrivaled charitable giving expertise, professionalism, and individualized service, all while providing the confidentiality that donors expect and deserve.

Whether facilitating complex gifts, researching local nonprofit agencies, or preserving family legacies through long-term giving vehicles, our staff can help you decide what, where, and how to give. Contact us today to learn more about the ways we can help you achieve your philanthropic goals.

Wendy Banks

Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (970) 488-1988
Wendy ensures that accounting and investment activities are carried out according to policies, procedures, and objectives set by the Board of Trustees. She oversees projections and forecasting in order to secure the organization’s long-term financial health. Wendy also directs donor services and the Foundation’s human resources. She has 15 years’ experience of contract CFO services to regional nonprofit organizations and businesses.

Mishelle Baun

Content and Media Coordinator
Phone: (970) 488-1978

Mishelle oversees content for the Foundation’s publications. She has an extensive background in communications — specializing in media relations — and studied journalism and public relations at CSU. A fourth-generation Coloradan, she has served many nonprofits, including ChildSafe, Habitat for Humanity, Fort Collins Symphony, and Bas Bleu Theatre. She studied in Norway and loves to travel with her husband Bob.

Catherine Bucholz

Development and Stewardship Coordinator
Phone: (970) 825-5792
Catherine supports the chief engagement officer and works to implement the Foundation’s development and stewardship plan. She utilizes the Raiser’s Edge skills she honed at the Grand Canyon Conservancy. Raised in San Antonio, she attended The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., and recently moved to Fort Collins with her family from Flagstaff, Ariz. She enjoys her dogs, and time outdoors, especially hiking and skiing.

John Chapdelaine

Director, Eastern Colorado Community Fund
Phone: (970) 580-1013
John provides Foundation leadership to the Eastern Colorado Community Fund (ECCF) board and visibility throughout the Eastern Plains. John served for 30 years with the State of Colorado, as a teacher, principal, prison-education director, and warden on the Eastern Plains. John lives in Haxtun and is passionate about the sense of community in Eastern Colorado.

Ella Fahrlander, MBA*

Chief Engagement Officer
Phone: (970) 488-1979
Ella leads our events and communications team and carries out fund-development efforts focusing on our region’s nonprofit sector. She also provides leadership for our role of Regional Champion for Colorado Gives and supports Foundation initiatives and projects that enhance community engagement. Ella grew up in Crested Butte, Colo., and previously worked at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs.

Richard Fagerlin

Interim President
Phone: (970) 227-3462
Richard founded Peak Solutions, a management consulting and leadership development firm, in 2001 and is currently the President of the firm. He authored the book Trustology and is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars around the country. Richard is also a member of the Mill City Church Board of Trustees, a past member of the Alpha Center Board of Directors, and volunteers in various capacities throughout the community. Richard has been a Trustee since 2015.

Codi Farrar

Operations and IT Coordinator
Phone: (970) 488-1989
Codi manages our office, takes care of visitors, and oversees the internship program. She previously worked in healthcare administration and interned at the United Way of Larimer County as an undergrad at CSU. She volunteers for Homeward Alliance, A Little Help, and is pursuing a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Denver. In her free time, Codi can be found at concerts or Rockies baseball games.

Lizzie Gauriloff

Events and Communications Coordinator
Phone: (970) 488-1983
Lizzie coordinates events and communications efforts. She graduated from Gannon University with a bachelor of arts in English and a minor in advertising and communications. She’s been involved in nonprofit missions for most of her life. Coming from the East Coast, she’s been enjoying getting outdoors and discovering Colorado.

Jeremy Geisert, MBA

Phone: (970) 488-1972
Jeremy reviews daily accounting functions, processes the month end close procedures, and  helps to meet the financial reporting needs of the foundation.  His professional experience includes eight years with a Denver-area retirement services firm. He held a FINRA Series 6 license and was responsible for mutual fund fees and revenue share allocation. Growing up in Fort Collins, he earned both his undergrad and MBA degrees from Colorado State University. Jeremy enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and skiing.

Mandy Hoffman

Operations and Initiatives Manager
Phone: (970) 488-1976
Mandy works on community engagement special projects and supports the President and Chief Engagement Officer while creating lasting relationships with the community. A native of Fort Collins and a graduate of CSU, she previously served as the Community Life Center Family Services Director at the Matthews House. Mandy loves music and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and dogs.

Jerrie Lyndon-Sylvia, MS

Communications Manager
Phone: (970) 488-1982
Jerrie oversees the Foundation’s visual presentation, manages the website, and coordinates multimedia needs. She holds a master’s of science in arts and nonprofit administration from Boston University and has worked in nonprofit marketing since 2009, including for Cambridge Arts Council and Boston Children’s Hospital. Jerrie lived in Argentina, Russia, and Boston, before settling in Northern Colorado with her family.

Elizabeth Messerli*

Donor Services Manager
Phone: (970) 488-1986
Elizabeth helps donors experience an easy and strategic approach to giving. She also provides staff leadership to community fund committees and oversees our scholarship program. Elizabeth holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Northern Iowa and is a Certified Nonprofit Professional. She enjoys spending time with family, exploring Colorado, and discovering different cultures.

Carrie Miller

Donor Services Coordinator
Phone: (970) 488-1984
Carrie processes approximately 1,000 grants each year, supports the Foundation’s scholarship program, helps fund advisors gain access to their charitable funds, and serves as a customer service contact for current and potential donors. Carrie is a Colorado native from Windsor. She worked at the National Association for Interpretation for ten years before joining the Foundation.

Katie Romberg, CPA

Phone: (970) 488-1987
Katie oversees accounting functions, manages the audit, and provides financial reporting to the foundation and its stakeholders. She ensures that the Foundation meets its financial obligations in a timely manner and that it complies with generally accepted accounting principles and meets audit standards. Katie graduated from Colorado Christian University and holds an active CPA license.

Sandra Sheffler

Accounting and Donor Services Coordinator
Phone: (970) 488-1970
Sandra processes daily accounting functions, including gift processing, payables, and grants. She also supports donor services with fund maintenance and scholarship fund processing. She has 20 years’ experience in accounting-based positions, including 14 years in municipal government. A Longmont native, she’s lived in rural Loveland for 24 years, farming and doing custom hay for neighbors. Sandra enjoys traveling, family time, ATVing/camping/hiking and loves every type of animal; she has horses, cats, and cows.

*Development Team


Student interns are a tremendous asset to our organization in the areas of donor services, marketing, graphic design, and project management. Interns become familiar with key community leaders and interact with them by phone, email, and in person.

Students help plan events, assist with operations, make website updates, and much more. Students interested in our internships should email a cover letter and resume to info@NoCoFoundation.orgClick here for a full job description.


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