Staff

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.

   
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Wendy Banks
Chief Financial Officer | Vice President, Finance
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 the Foundation’s human resources. She has 15 years’ experience of contract CFO services to regional nonprofit organizations and businesses. 
   

Mishelle Baun
Content and Media Coordinator

Mishelle oversees content for the Foundation’s publications. She has an extensive background in communications — specializing in media and public relations — and studied journalism and marketing at CSU.  A fourth-generation Coloradan, she has served on boards and committees of numerous regional nonprofits, including ChildSafe, Habitat for Humanity, and the Fort Collins Symphony. She and her husband Bob have two adult children.

   

Ray Caraway, JD*

Chief Executive Officer | President
Phone: (970) 488-1980

Ray carries out policies established by the Board of Trustees and strives to accomplish its strategic objectives. He works with donors interested in establishing new funds, specializing in helping with complex gift arrangements. A former practicing attorney, Ray served as the CEO of two other foundations before coming to the Foundation in 2003. Ray and his wife, Mary, live in the foothills west of Fort Collins. 

   
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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.

   

Randy Davis

Community Relations Coordinator
Phone: (970) 624-7717

Randy is responsible for building and maintaining meaningful relationships that enable the Foundation to better serve the Estes Valley. He also interfaces with the Estes Valley community fund committee, which awards grants to nonprofits that serve the area. For 27 years, Randy served as the executive manager for the Good Samaritan in Estes Park.

   

Ella Fahrlander, MBA*
Vice President, Community Engagement
Phone: (970) 488-1979
Ella leads our events and communications team and carries out fund-development efforts focusing on our region's nonprofit sector. She also provides leadership for our role of Regional Champion for Colorado Gives and supports Foundation initiatives and projects that enhance community engagement. Ella grew up in Crested Butte, Colo., and previously worked at the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs.

   

Catharine Fallin

Office Manager
Phone: (970) 488-1977
Catharine manages office and building-related functions, supervises our interns, and provides support to the finance and events & communications teams. Originally from northern Ontario, Canada, Catharine graduated from Carleton University with a bachelor’s degree in geography, and previously worked in the transportation and transit industry in northern Colorado.

   

Roxanne Fry, MBA
Chief Operating Officer | Vice President, Donor Services

Phone: (970) 488-1989
Roxanne leads the Foundation’s donor services department, overseeing grantmaking, scholarships, and special project funds. Roxanne received her bachelor’s degree from Winona State (Minn.) University and holds an MBA from CSU.  She was vice president of both the Fort Collins and Greeley/Weld chambers of commerce. Roxanne and her family have been Windsor residents for over 20 years.

   
Jerrie Lyndon-Sylvia, MS
Communications Coordinator
Phone: (970) 488-1982

Jerrie oversees the Foundation’s visual presentation, manages the website, and coordinates multimedia needs. She holds a master’s of science in arts and nonprofit administration from Boston University and has worked in nonprofit marketing since 2009, including for Cambridge Arts Council and Boston Children’s Hospital. Jerrie lived in Argentina, Russia, and Boston, before settling in Northern Colorado with her family.

   

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.

   

Rob Panos, MPP *
Donor Services Manager

Phone: (970) 488-1986
Rob builds meaningful relationships with current donors, provides staff leadership to community fund committees, oversees our scholarship program, and ensures that donors enjoy an easy and strategic approach to charitable giving. Rob holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public policy from the University of Virginia. He lives in Fort Collins and enjoys exploring the outdoors with his wife and son.

   
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Katie Romberg, CPA
Controller
Phone: (970) 488-1987
Katie oversees the daily accounting functions. 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.


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Interns

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 info@NoCoFoundation.orgClick here for a full job description.

   

Lynsie Roper
Intern
July 2017 - Present
Lynsie is a Colorado native majoring in corporate and investment finance and minoring in interdisciplinary leadership at CSU, class of 2018. In addition, Lynsie is a member of the CSU President’s Leadership Program. She hopes to start a nonprofit to help families and individuals have better access to healthy and affordable food.