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.

Executive Team

Kristin Todd

President and CEO
Phone: (970) 488-1980
Kristin leads the Foundation and guides our efforts as a service provider to philanthropists while helping to inspire impactful community projects. She is a lifelong proponent of philanthropy, and throughout her 25-year career, she’s experienced its ability to have a lasting – and meaningful – impact on communities. She previously served as executive vice president for the Daniels Fund, grew up in New Orleans (Geaux Saints), and earned her master’s degree from the University of Colorado. Her family relocated from Denver in the spring of 2021, and they are excited to spend time outdoors hiking, biking, exploring, and learning about Northern Colorado.

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.

Ella Fahrlander

Chief Engagement Officer
Phone: (970) 488-1979
Ella leads community engagement efforts including fund-development, community initiatives, events and communications. During her tenure with the Foundation, she established the Foundation’s Nonprofit Loan Program, and led the effort to launch its flagship program, the Hach Center for Regional Engagement. Ella grew up in Crested Butte, Colo. where she developed her love of community and talent for collaboration. She enjoys spending time with her family, enjoying Colorado’s natural playground on skis or her mountain bike, and savors time with her horse Reba and dog Cora.


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.

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 the Food Bank for Larimer County, 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.

Jeremy Geisert

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 manages initiatives and membership for the Foundation’s flagship program, the Hach Center for Regional Engagement, as well as the activities of the Operations Department, and fund development efforts focused on the nonprofit sector.  A native of Fort Collins and a graduate of CSU, she has extensive knowledge of the Northern Colorado area and previously served as a director of prevention-based human services programs at a local nonprofit. She is currently pursuing her MBA and enjoys concerts, the outdoors, and all things Colorado.

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.


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


Click here to view current job opportunities at the Foundation.