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.

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 implemented the organization’s first formal fund development plan, reimagining fundraising for operations, establishing the foundation’s first impact investment program, and formally launching and expanding community leadership efforts. 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.



Staff


Catherine Bucholz

Development Specialist
Phone: (970) 825-5792
Catherine supports the chief engagement officer and works to implement the Foundation’s development 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.

Sydney Clevenger
Sydney Clevenger, CPA

Controller
Phone: (970) 488-1972
Sydney supports the accounting department by performing the daily accounting functions for the Foundation. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Colorado State University and holds an active CPA license. She is a Colorado native and loves to travel, bake, ride horses, and spend time with her husband.

Mary Ericson

Communications Officer
Phone: (970) 488-1982
Mary oversees the Foundation’s marketing and communication functions.  She has a passion for the nonprofit sector, and most recently served with CASA of Larimer County and The Matthews House. Raised in Greeley, she received her master’s in public administration from the University of Colorado, bachelor’s in business administration from Colorado State, and remains a loyal CSU Ram. She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time in the sunshine with her family.

Codi Farrar

Operations Officer
Phone: (970) 488-1989
Codi oversees the Foundation’s scholarship program and supports the President and CEO. She holds a BA from Colorado State University and is pursuing a MS in Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Denver. Codi enjoys concerts, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Robyn Goldy
Robyn Goldy

Events and Communications Specialist
Phone: (970) 488-1983
Robyn manages the Foundation’s signature events, such as the Celebration of Philanthropy, and assists with various communications and social media functions. For more than 20 years, Robyn worked in higher ed as an alumni relations professional in Colorado, Minnesota, and Iowa. She has a BA from Colorado College and an MS from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She enjoys reading, crafting, and spending quality time with her husband and two dogs.

Francie Koehmstedt

Operations Specialist
Phone: (970) 488-1989
As the operations specialist, Francie oversees the front desk at the Community Foundation, greeting visitors and staff everyday with a friendly smile and sometimes, if we’re lucky, a sample of her delectable baked goods from her side business, Francie Pants Baked Goodies. Francie and her husband Steve have been longtime Fort Collins residents since their marriage 25 years ago. With her expansive administrative background, a trove of local knowledge, and a penchant for baking, Francie is certainly a “sweet” addition to the Foundation staff.

Elizabeth Messerli

Philanthropic Services Officer
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 supports nonprofit granting. 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

Philanthropic Services Specialist
Phone: (970) 488-1984
Carrie processes approximately 1,200 grants each year, 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.

Sandra Sheffler

Philanthropic Services Specialist
Phone: (970) 488-1970
Sandra supports philanthropic services by maintaining database records for donors and grants. 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.


Interns

We are hiring! Interns help plan events, assist with operations, complete special projects, and much more. Job descriptions and application information can be found at www.nocofoundation.org/job-opportunities

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