Zara Vargues was one of our first supporters when The Lockwood Foundation was just an idea. Zara was the Colorado Coordinator for Ms. Wheelchair America and the Executive Director for Ms. Wheelchair Colorado for the better part of a decade. Her journey with Ms. Wheelchair and disability nonprofits began when she won the competition in 2010. She has a degree in nonprofit studies and is building a mentoring business. In addition to her experience and education, she offers the leadership of The Lockwood Foundation a unique insight into disability accessibility. Zara made history in 2020 becoming the first wheelchair user to summit Mt. Elbert, the tallest peak in Colorado.
Kenneth Adams has also been with us from day one as a founding board member. He is a hell of a mountaineer having summited Kilimanjaro, Rainier, Hood, Orizaba and most of the Colorado 14ers. Professionally, Ken is a pharmacist but he is also a trained wilderness first responder. Ken has worked at all levels helping nonprofits and charities grow and expand for years, making him a crucial member for our board. Ken owns and operates Highmtns.com, a company that reproduces cast metal summit markers as a token of one's journey to a summit.
Dr. Daniél (Dani) Kimlinger, MHA, SPHR-SCP is the Chief Executive Officer of MINES and Associates. Dani has a background in human resources and organizational psychology and leadership. She is also highly involved in the community volunteering where she sits on numerous non-profit and professional boards. In 2021, Dani was recognized as a Titan 100 CEO in Colorado.
Dani has her undergraduate in Psychology and Sociology and a Master of Health Administration (MHA). She completed her Ph.D. in the school of Business Psychology in Organizational Leadership at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In addition, she has a certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University. Dani is passionate about people, reading, running, animals, weightlifting, and the outdoors engaging in backpacking, hiking, snowboarding, trail running, and camping.