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Arianna Kilmer - President

Arianna Kilmer is the President of The Arch Foundation. Born and raised in Colorado and attended Colorado State University with degrees in BioMedical Science and Human Development and Family Studies. After graduation from CSU, She continued to work at the Otero Corporation where she worked her way up the ladder from Resource Specialist to a Program Director. She also worked at National Jewish Hospital where she provided personal healthcare in the pediatric center.

After working in this wheelchair community, Arianna met her fiancé John Morris, a C-4 Quadriplegic from a snowboard accident. Not only is she John's business partner and fiancé, she is also his full time caregiver. John and Arianna created a company, QuadshoX, which provides a Rear- Suspension system for Tilt-In-Space Wheelchairs. They wanted to improve the ride for those that are confined to a wheelchair- if a vehicle and a bicycle have suspension why not a manual wheelchair. In their free time, they also volunteer as board members on the City of Fort Collins Commissions on Disabilities.

Contact at: a.kilmer@quadshox.com

 

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TAMARA MERRITT - ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HEARTS & HORSES

Tamara has been working in the therapeutic riding industry for more than 26 years providing oversight, management and program development for numerous therapeutic riding centers in Northern Colorado.  Currently Tamara is the Associate Executive Director at Hearts & Horses where she oversees the various program operations and development. Tamara created the highly acclaimed Changing Leads program in 2009 which is now the largest youth at risk Equine Facilitated Learning program in Colorado. 

Contact at: tamara@heartsandhorses.org

 
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CHRIS DONEGON- TREASURE

Chris has worked for the City of Fort Collins for over twelve years in multiple financial roles.  Currently, he is the Financial Analyst for the Water and Wastewater funds and oversees approximately $60 million of budget annually.  He completed his undergraduate degree in Finance at Colorado State University and received his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wyoming.  He also holds the designation of Certified Treasury Professional and serves as a member of the test writing and review team.  A Colorado native, he grew up in Colorado Springs and has been living in Northern Colorado since 2006 with his wife Marisa and their two dogs.

Contact at: chris.donegon@gmail.com

 

Jen Barna- Secretary

Jen has over 16 years of healthcare experience in both clinical and non-clinical roles. She is a certified project management professional with 18+ years of project management experience in healthcare and other critical infrastructure industries. She is a successful process improvement lead and is respected as a professional mentor. From 2012 to 2013 Jen managed the revenue cycle component of a health information system implementation for the newly formed University of Colorado Health. This multiyear project included implementation at five hospitals statewide and over 200 clinics across three states. Currently, Jen is involved in maturing cybersecurity for energy and water infrastructure. Personally, Jen has been on the receiving end of intense long-term care from family, friends, and professional healthcare providers. She is eternally grateful to those who have gone above and beyond in supporting her and is honored to serve on the Arch Foundation board.

Contact at: Jenbarna0@gmail.com