Kirk-smallerfilepicter Kirk Freedle, President

Kirk Freedle has been a board member of the Colorado Fallen Fighters Foundation since October of 2010.

Kirk is a Chartered Financial Consultant, an advanced degree in financial planning issued by the American College, located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.  He has been assisting fire fighters, municipalities, individuals and businesses with their investment and financial planning since 1994. He earned his undergraduate degree in finance from Colorado State University. Kirk is a third generation Colorado native who enjoys coaching soccer, fly fishing, skiing, and golf. He lives in Brighton Colorado with his wife Tiffany and his daughters Skylar and Addison.


C Griggs Photo July 2012 Christina Z. Griggs, Treasurer

Christina has been a Colorado Fallen Firefighter Board Member since May 2010.

Christina owns a management consulting company that she founded in 2001.  Since 2004, Christina has been focused on working with special districts and non-profits and developing an expertise in those areas.  During that time she has found a love of working with these organizations.

During her professional career, Christina has worked as a short-interest trader in London, England, been an investment advisor with Dean Witter (now JP Morgan), held the role as Chief Financial Officer for a successful corporate housing firm and has successfully worked with over 200 different organizations in developing and maintaining fiscal and operational structures.

Christina is married to a firefighter and has two children.  When Christina is not working she enjoys playing ice hockey, being outside, spending time with her family, playing games and traveling.

QualmanDan Dan H. Qualman, Secretary

Dan Qualman has served as the fire chief of South Metro Fire Rescue Authority since 2008.  Prior to that appointment he served as the fire chief of Parker Fire Protection district from 1986.  A native of Toledo, Ohio, he went to college in Arkansas, worked in the avionics industry in Kansas until his career change to the fire service in 1978.  He served with the Leawood (KS) Fire Department for 5 years before moving to Parker, Colorado. Dan and his family moved to Colorado in 1983 to accept the position of Assistant Chief for Parker Fire Protection District. He became fire chief in 1986 until 2008 when Parker FPD and SMFR consolidated into an Authority.

Dan Qualman has been a member of the Colorado Fallen Firefighters Foundation since its inception except for a short time in the early 2000’s.  He joined the small group in 1989 after being invited to do so by Chief James Etzel of Castlewood Fire Protection District.  The purpose of the small group was to create a memorial that would recognize all firefighters serving their communities within the State of Colorado, wildland or structural firefighters, volunteer or career, or union or non-union affiliation. After serving many hot dogs and pancakes in order to raise funds to build the memorial, in 2000 the group saw the fruition of the many years of planning when the Memorial was finally dedicated. After a couple years absence he rejoined the Foundation and currently serves as secretary.

ChiefRhodes2008 Jerry Rhodes, Board Member

Jerry, a Denver native, wanted to be a firefighter since junior high school.   He has responded to emergency scenes with different groups on a regular basis since 1970s.

He started with the Glendale Fire Dept. in 1974 as a volunteer firefighter.  He worked through the ranks and left Glendale in 1990 as the Asst. Chief.   He moved to Cunningham FPD as the Div. Chief of Training and was appointed to Fire Chief in 1995.

He loves his family and his extended Fire Service Family.  He enjoys teaching firefighter and EMS personnel and serves on multiple boards and committees at a regional, state, and national level including the Board of Directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

He feels honored to serve on the Colorado Fallen Firefighters Foundation Board and to have the opportunity to execute the foundation’s mission to honor our fallen, support their family, and prevent future line of duty deaths.

Bryan Martin Bio photo Bryan Martin, Board Member

Bryan joined the Colorado Fallen Firefighters Foundation 2013. He is a Certified Restorer and licensed General Contractor that specializes in fire and water restoration.  Bryan is an active participant and sponsor of Metro Fire Chiefs, State Chiefs, FMAC (Fire Marshall’s association of Colorado), Fire Life Safety Educators, Hearts of Fire and The Denver Burn Foundation.   He has been involved in assisting with RFP’s and emergency service contacts with multiple cities and municipalities.  In addition, he is a member of Concerted Effort between Public and Private (CEPP) and has worked to support the efforts to combine public and private entities in a professional manner.

Bryan is originally from Dayton, Ohio and has resided in Colorado for eighteen years.   He enjoys golf, camping and spending time with his wife, four children and granddaughter.

 Mark Carlson, Board Member

Mark Carlson is President of T. Charles Insurance Service and is considered one of the leading authorities on insurance for fire districts.

Mark holds the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Certified Risk Manager (CRM), and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designations.

The CPCU designation is the most prestigious insurance designation in the insurance industry that gives individuals a strong foundation in risk management of property and casualty exposures.

A native of Colorado, Mark graduated from Santa Clara University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.   Mark began his career with SAFECO Insurance Company in 1994, left SAFECO for Travelers where he ran a $100,000,000 revenue regional sales department.  He joined T. Charles Wilson Insurance Service in 2004 and became President of the organization in 2009.

Mark is very active within fire community and currently servers on the Governor’s Fire Service Training and Certification Advisory Board..  He and T. Charles Wilson Insurance Service are active in the Colorado State Fire Chiefs Association.

  J. Paul Russell, Vice-President

Currently Works for Colorado Springs Fire Department in the Division of the Fire Marshal. He has over 32 years of combined full time, paid reserve and volunteer experience within the fire service. Has served in the positions of firefighter, fire safety/public educator, fire inspector, fire prevention officer/fire investigator, and deputy fire marshal. As well as a chaplain. He has attended the Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Academy and the National Fire Academy’s fire/arson training. He is a certified fire and explosions investigator CFEI through the National Association of Fire Investigators NAFI. Additional training includes interpersonal skills, problem solving, decision making, conflict resolution, CISM, EMDR, basic fire chaplain certification and fire families training through the Federation of Fire Chaplains. National Fallen Firefighter taking care of our own—preparing for LODD. Paul Is the co-founder of Colorado State Chaplains Association CSCA founded in November 2000 and founder/President of Emergency Services Ministries (ESM), a resource to several fire and law enforcement agencies. He is also serves as Vice President on the Colorado Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Don Lombardi, Board Member
Lloyd See, Board Member
Vikki Seela, Board Member
Ashley Austin
Mike Weege

Founding Board Members
Don Reichel
James Etzel
Ken Ranson
Shirley Keller
Viki and Dennis
Vikki Seela

Historical Board Members
Bill Guindon
Bob Brown
Craig Sellers
Dean Smith
Deb Unruh
Doug Lee
Doug McBee
George Goldbach
Jeff Cunningham
Jeff Johnson
Jewel Berkey
Joe Ashby
John Bliven
Julie Davis Ratner
Katie Baumann
Ken Rice
Ken Westlund
Kirk Freedle
Larry Petersen
Linda Glesne
Mark Davis
Rachael Nelson
Phil Workman
Rob Appelhanz
Rob Jones
Ron Weidmann
Sheryl West
Tom Farber
Dennis Murphy