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.
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. He 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. He is passionate about improving local capability through relationship building and collaboratively engaging partners across all sectors of public service. While not at work, he enjoys traveling and exploring Colorado with his family.
Emergency Management Coordinator
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.
Emergency Management Coordinator
Kim grew up in Cape Cod, MA and attended UMass Amherst, where she graduated with two bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Journalism. After college, she spent one year living in Boston working and then decided to go to Colorado “just for the summer”.
Kim moved to Colorado in 1992, and after realizing this wasn’t a summer “thing”, settled in Breckenridge, where she stayed until 2011. During her time in Breckenridge, she worked for Red, White & Blue Fire District for 17 years, serving in every rank making her way to battalion chief. During that time, she managed the wildland mitigation and education programs and served as the District’s public information officer. It was also in Breckenridge where she met her husband.
In 2011, Kim and her family decided to move to Boulder, where she started working at Boulder Fire-Rescue as their public educator. She taught fire and life safety education to a wide range of ages, from kindergarten through college-aged students, to older adults. She made a concentrated effort to work with underserved populations, installing smoke and CO detectors in their homes, and teaching them how to keep themselves safe. She initiated a concentrated effort to provide wildfire education and outreach to City residents along the wildland urban interface to reduce their vulnerability to wildfire.
She is very excited to be working at Boulder Office of Emergency Management, where she sees her previous skills and experience tying in with her current responsibilities. She is team-focused and is looking forward to continuing to serve her community.
When I’m not working, you will find her mountain biking, hiking, camping (and dreaming of warm sandy beaches) or doing just about anything outdoors with her kids, sometimes her husband (when he’s not working) and two Rottweilers.
Law Enforcement Lead Technician
Francesca moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1981 and started working for Boulder County as an intern in 1995. During her career with the County, she held a variety of positions with both the Administrative Services Department and the Commissioners’ Office.
In 2010, 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 community.