Board of Directors
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.
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.
Amanda Ruybal Amanda has served on the Richard Lambert Foundation Board of Directors as the organizations first youth board member since 2017. She is a junior at Brighton High School and has been a member of the Brighton Youth Commission, a body of 20 youth and 6 adults that are appointed by the City Council to study and investigate matters impacting youth in the City of Brighton, for the past four years. Amanda loves helping in our community and sees her time on the board as an opportunity to engage youth in volunteering. She enjoys music, movies, reading and creating art.
Eric Frisk Eric has served on the Richard Lambert Foundation Board of Directors since 2017.