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457 South 4th Avenue
Brighton, CO, 80601
United States


We are driven by the loss and love for our son and ambition to craft a better world than the one we inherited. We do this work with the hope of comforting, supporting and providing affordable grief counseling and support to families in need of healing, following the loss of a loved one.


Board of Directors


Our board of directors

We are looking for board members who are passionate about our mission. If you are interested and would like to join our community in leading the development of RLF please contact Susan Chavez at 720-408-8417 for more information on board expectations.

Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance, financial management policies and protection of the public interest, as well as making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission. Your role as stewards of Richard Lambert Foundation will involve fundraising and an annual personal contribution. The board plays an important role as advocates of RLF’s mission. The board should ensure that the Executive Director has the moral and professional support he or she needs to further the goals of the organization.

Sara Dawson - Board Chair  Sara has served on the Richard Lambert Foundation Board of Directors since 2016. Sara is a Professional Genealogist and Historian with Descent Detective, LLC in Brighton CO. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Northern Colorado and has continued her education with both Regis and Boston Universities. Sara spent over 15 years with the Bureau of Land Management in both Denver and Lakewood. Both she and her husband are native Coloradoans who enjoy 4-wheeling in the outdoors of Colorado and Utah.

Valerie Rodriguez - Board Vice Chair  Valerie has served on the Richard Lambert Foundation Board of Directors since 2016. Valerie is the General Interest Coordinator with the City of Brighton where she manages large city events, oversees day to day activities, develops and implements numerous programs for the city. Valerie received a Bachelor Degree of Sociology from Metro State University of Denver and an Associate of Arts Degree from Front Range Community College. Valerie has years of education and experience in obtaining grant donations, fundraising, special events and programming. Valerie is also active in the community and volunteers on the Patient Partner Board for Platte Valley Medical Center. Valerie currently resides in Brighton with her husband and daughter and enjoys spending her free time riding ATV’s, camping, attending her daughter’s sporting events, vacations, scrapbooking and hanging out with her 2 dogs.

Rachel Monroe - Board Treasurer  Rachel has served on the Richard Lambert Foundation Board of Directors since 2016. Rachel is the Development Director at Almost Home. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nonprofit Management and Human Services from Metro State University of Denver and has 20 years of event planning, fundraising, grant writing, community relations and social media management. Rachel is a very active member of the community, volunteering her time to local nonprofits and special events for the City of Brighton. Rachel currently resides in Brighton with her husband and young son and enjoys spending her free time at her son's sporting events, camping, watching live music and entertaining family and friends.

Cassidy Zavala - Board Secretary  Cassidy has served on the Richard Lambert Foundation Board of Directors since 2017. Cassidy is a work-from-home mom who is the Senior Property Accounting Analyst for Leprino Foods Company. She received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology from Regis University in 2013 and is currently working on her Masters of Arts in Counseling from Regis University as well. After the loss of her daughter in 2015, Cassidy attended a grief support group that she feels changed her life and her relationship with grief. Her life altering loss was the catalyst that prompted her back to school to get her Masters, and she hopes to someday be a grief counselor. Her heart is truly invested in helping others receive the care and support they need to walk through their grief journey. Cassidy is active in the nonprofit community and also volunteers for the Make-a-Wish Foundation in Denver. She currently resides in Commerce City with her husband and 9-month-old son. As a mom, wife, friend, daughter, employee, grad student, volunteer and board member, Cassidy wants to know…what is free time? 

Dr. Shahlaye Geer  Dr. Geer has served on the Richard Lambert Foundation Board of Directors since 2016. She is a local chiropractor of her clinic Geer Chiropractic & Spine Health, which proudly has been serving the Brighton and surrounding areas since 2016. Dr.Geer received her Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University (Bloomington, MN) and her Bachelor Degree from University of Colorado, Boulder. She is very passionate about helping people live their life to their fullest capability and cultivating compassionate relationships with family, friends, patients and colleagues. She is a Brighton native who enjoys golfing, CrossFit, road biking, playing the drums and finding humor that lies within each challenge life throws her way.

Jaime Chavez  Jaime is the Co-Founder of the Richard Lambert Foundation and has been on the board since it's inception in 2013. Jaime lost both his father in 1981 and his mother in 2011 and had never really dealt with the loss of his parents. Jaime has personally experienced the value in grief counseling and workshops through the grieving process after the loss of his son, where he was able to work on his own healing and has learned that grief needs to be faced or it can come up years later when you least expect it. Jaime has 30 years in Sales and Marketing experience and has worked for two fortune 500 companies. He retired after 23 years of service from a beverage company and began another career with Swire Coca-Cola. Jaime is known for his hiring and developing efficient high performing teams through strong servant leadership skills as well as facilitating and celebrating their success. Jaime believes “Nothing great was ever accomplished without passion”. Jaime and Susan have been married for 20 years and in Jaime's off time he enjoy's golfing, fly fishing, camping and sports.

Eric Frisk   Eric has served on the Richard Lambert Foundation Board of Directors since 2017. Eric is an Estimator for DuctWorks overseeing commercial projects and has been with the company for 12 years. He is a Brighton High School graduate who grew up with Richard Lambert. Eric has experienced his own close personal loss, of his mother in 2011 and his father in 2016, as well as his good friend Richard in 2012. Eric has been a strong supporter of the Foundation since it's inception and has a strong desire to see others in the community receive grief support. Eric and his wife have been married for six years and reside in Arvada. He coaches football and baseball for his son Trenton's teams and is an avid sports fan.

Brian Engle   Brian has served on the Richard Lambert Foundation Board of Directors since 2017. Brian, a Brighton native, has worked in the financial industry for over 9 years, opening his own office in Brighton in 2016. Brian works with individuals, young families and people in or approaching retirement providing advise on investment options and money management. Brian has a passion for educating investors and empowering people to make wise financial decisions for long-term financial security . His life has not always been easy or gone according to plan, which helps him to relate to his clients and their struggles. His personal experiences have led him to be a result orientated wealth advisor. Since early 2017, Brian has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Children in Adams & Broomfield Counties.  He also serves as an ambassador for the Brighton Chamber of Commerce. When Brian is not working or volunteering he enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 children in the Colorado outdoors camping, hiking, and fishing. He and his family are also very active in their church

Kristel Acre  Kristel joined the Richard Lambert Foundation Board of Directors in 2018 and as a new member is focusing on learning about the organization and is excited to contribute to the outstanding work of the foundation.  For over 20 years Kristel has been helping people achieve the American dream of home ownership in the northern Colorado area as a Realtor.  Kristel is passionate about serving others and has volunteered with numerous non-profits and held several board positions since the early 1990's.  Her recent notable achievements are serving as President of the Fort Lupton Chamber of Commerce in 2014-2015, Chairwoman of the 2016 state convention of P.E.O., and as Board Secretary of the Family Resource Center of South Weld County.  Kristel is a published author contributing to "How to Buy and Sell Real Estate in Today's Market" as a celebration of her 20th year in real estate in 2016.  Her chapter entitled "Why I am actively involved in my community" illustrates Kristel's passion for and the importance of community service in forging strong relationships with others.  Over the past decade, Kristel has suffered many personal losses including her best friend, father-in-law and grandparents.  Recognizing that this stage of life will encompass more and more loss through death, Kristel is interested in helping people connect with the grief support services the Richard Lambert Foundation offers.  "It's as if I've had a calling to recognize that death is a part of the circle of life and that there are programs available to help us learn to accept, heal and move-on after loss."  Kristel resides in Fort Lupton with her husband of 25 years, Mike, and their spoiled rotten labrador retriever, Jet.  In their limited spare time, Kristel and Mike enjoy road trips in their Corvette, riding ATV's, camping, golfing and traveling.

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