OEM Staff

Mike Chard

Mike ChardMike Chard

Mike Chard is the Director for the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.

The best part of his job as the Director, he says, is working in the county where he lives. Mike has been a Boulder County resident since 1994 and having that connection heightens his commitment to the community.

Mike has 28 years of experience in the emergency service field, including 26 years as a firefighter with the Boulder Fire Department, Sheridan Fire Department and Loveland Fire-Rescue, 23 years experience as a paramedic (11 of those serving Boulder County), 17 years in education and training and 10 years of emergency management experience. Mike holds a Masters of Science in Management & Organizational Leadership and a Bachelors of Science in Organizational Development from Regis University, an Associate of Science in Fire Science from Red Rocks Community College, as well as numerous certifications in the Emergency Management field.

Email: Mike Chard


Justin BukartekJustin Bukartek

Justin Bukartek is the Deputy Director for the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.

Justin went to Penn State where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in geography and a commission in the U.S. Army where he served as a transportation officer for four and a half years. During his time in the military, Justin was attached to a scout helicopter unit that deployed overseas twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Justin left the service to move to Colorado and pursue a new career in emergency management. While earning his Master’s degree in emergency management and homeland security from UC-Denver, he worked as a resource support analyst for the North Central All-Hazards Region before coming to Boulder. While not at work, he enjoys traveling, riding his motorcycle and exploring Colorado with his family.

Email: Justin Bukartek


Andrew NotbohmAndrew Notbohm

Andrew Notbohm is an Emergency Management Coordinator with the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.

Before joining the Boulder OEM, Andrew was a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist for Boulder County Land Use, Wildland Fuels Coordinator for the Colorado Springs Fire Department, and owned a successful tree (fire mitigation) business that specialized in creating defensible space and healthy forests. He has worked for over a decade coordinating wildfire mitigation education and outreach efforts to help Colorado homeowners and communities reduce the risk of wildfires.

Andrew is a proud Boulder County mountain resident and holds a degree in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his free time, Andrew enjoys fly fishing wild rivers, exploring Utah’s canyon country and pick’n his Collings guitar with friends.

Email: Andrew Notbohm


Patrick Van Horne

Patrick Van Horne is an Emergency Management Coordinator with the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.

Patrick began his career in disaster response in his home state of New York while serving as a volunteer with Team Rubicon. Prior to that, Patrick served in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry officer for seven years, deploying overseas twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following his service, Patrick co-authored the book Left of Bang: How the Marine Corps’ Combat Hunter Program Can Save Your Life, and co-founded an online education company to provide violence prevention and behavioral analysis training to our nation’s military, first responders and security professionals from around the world.

Patrick holds a graduate degree in business administration from Fordham University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Marist College. Outside of work, Patrick enjoys cooking, skiing, playing hockey and hiking with his family.

Email: Patrick Van Horne


Francesca GonzalesFrancesca Gonzales

Francesca Gonzales is the Law Enforcement Lead Technician for the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.

Francesca moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1981. She started working for the County as an intern in 1995. During her career with Boulder County Francesca held a variety of positions in Administrative Services and the Commissioners’ office.

Francesca took a position in the Commissioners’ office to assist residents following the Four Mile Fire which opened an opportunity for her to join the emergency management team. Francesca’s knowledge of Boulder County and her passion for providing excellent customer service to the residents and her fellow colleagues is a great asset to the OEM team and the community.

Email: Francesca Gonzales