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.
Dr. Daniél (Dani) Kimlinger, PhD, 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.
Steve Rauch, MSW, LCSW is a retired clinical social worker who specialized in treating adolescents for over 35 years as a private practitioner. As an outdoor enthusiast, during his career, he developed programs that provided experiential opportunities for both physically disabled and high-risk youth, He has a passion to ensure that anyone can access and enjoy the benefits of outdoor recreation. In this pursuit, he has worked with the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes and the Lockwood Foundation to share with others the many benefits of getting outdoors.
Susan E. Brown, MA, LPC, CBIS is a psychotherapist and Certified Brain Injury Specialist in Colorado. She is an artist, writer, hiker, and avid volunteer in disabilities communities and in projects in support of Indigenous peoples. Her background is in early childhood education, disability advocacy, holistic health, art and art therapy, and mindfulness-based clinical psychology. Susan began volunteering for The Lockwood Foundation soon after its founding through fundraising, promotions, administrative support, and most importantly on the ground as a participant. She believes in the healing power of nature and uplifting each other to be our greatest selves.
Andy Schlichting, MS is a marketing and communications professional, currently working in alumni and advancement at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He previously worked in collegiate athletics in a similar role for 12 years at MSU Denver and CU Boulder. He graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University with a bachelor’s degree in sports management and a master’s degree in education. Andy is a lover of the outdoors and enjoys traveling, hiking, running, climbing, skiing, and mountaineering in his free time. He is passionate about accessibility and social justice, and has been a volunteer with The Lockwood Foundation since 2019.