Rocky Mountain Fisher House Foundation Staff
Sara Morris is the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Fisher House Foundation with responsibility for overall management of the organization which includes presentations to prospective sponsors and donors. Sara is also the Founder and Owner of StoryCatchers Media, a video production company in Denver, Colorado. She and her team create marketing and social media videos for companies and non-profits. She also produces videos for law firms for trial and settlement purposes. Since starting her company, she has won 2 Emmy Awards and a Telly Award for her work. Her background is in television news where she worked for 15-years as a journalist all over the country reporting and anchoring the news. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Sara worked on marketing and fundraising efforts for the Rocky Mountain Fisher House.
Izzy Abbass is an Army Veteran and spent over 20-years in the telecommunications industry. He is currently the Vice President for Hangar 30, which provides digital communication and marketing services for a number of DoD entities. Izzy has over a decade of involvement in the Veteran community, serving as the Commander of Post 1 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Vice President of the United Veterans Committee of Colorado. He created the suicide prevention text help line for Veterans with the Department of Veterans Affairs which launched in 2011 and in 2012, was recognized by the United Veterans Committee of Colorado as Veteran of the Year for this effort.
Board Vice President
Wayne Puglisi is a Real Estate Broker at your Castle Realty and owner of Puglisi Properties, LLC. He started his real estate career at Keller Williams Preferred Realty in Westminster, CO in 2014. Prior to his Real Estate career, Mr. Puglisi was a Senior Director at SK Hynix Memory Solutions (previously Link-A-Media Devices). As the Senior Director of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development, he was focused on sales of SSD Controllers and Storage Devices into the Mobile Phone, Computer and Tablet market segments. Mr. Puglisi has held various Executive Sales Management positions at leading Storage & Semiconductor Companies such as LSI, Agere, Lucent and Adaptec. Prior to joining Link-A-Media, Wayne was Director of Storage Sales at LSI with World Wide Responsibility for sales and marketing to Seagate Technology, LSI’s largest customer at that time. At Agere and Lucent, he was the Storage Sales Director for North America and in charge of Sales and Field Application Engineering teams for Seagate, Western Digital, Hitachi, Samsung, Quantum and Maxtor. At Agere he was also responsible for the Computer Sales Teams calling on Dell, HP, Compaq and Apple. He held various Sales Management positions at Adaptec before heading Adaptec’s Longmont Site. As the Adaptec Site Director, he was responsible for HR, IT, Facilities, Security, and University and Community Relationships. Mr. Puglisi holds a BSJ degree in Public Relations with a minor in Management and Marketing from the University of Florida.
Shan Burchenal is the Treasurer for Rocky Mountain Fisher House and is also the Director, Compensation & amp; Benefits for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. Red Robin is a 500 restaurant casual dining chain headquartered in Denver, CO. Shan is a seasoned Human Resources professional. She spent 23 years in various management roles with PepsiCo, Inc. Early in her career she worked for The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, Schering-Plough, Inc. and FMC Corporation. Shan graduated from Denison University with a BA in Economics and received an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Shan and her husband, Caleb, have two grown children and a Golden Retriever. They enjoy hiking and skiing.
Marc Costain is a retired Marine Corps officer and pilot. During his twenty years of service, he served in various operations leadership and management roles. After transitioning from the military in 2013, Marc became heavily involved in education management, specifically online K-12 education. His roles have included Executive Director and Colorado Director of Operations for several company-managed schools. Marc is a graduate of UCLA and received his masters degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is married with two kids at Denver East High School and one up at CU Boulder. He and his family are very grateful to have chosen Colorado as home after bouncing around the globe with the Marines and looks forward to supporting the Fisher House!
Linda Duckworth is the Fundraising Chair for the Rocky Mountain Fisher House Foundation and is also the Director of Private Equity Coordination for UnitedHealthcare for which she has spent 20 years of her career with UnitedHealthcare. UnitedHealthcare is a Fortune 500 Company headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. Linda is responsible of the coordination of the Private Equity book of business. Early in her career she worked for The Taylor Thoracic Clinic as the Office Manager responsible for all insurance payors, she then endevored over to a sales support role with Northstar Marketing eventually being promoted into a sales role responsible for marketing and developing the West Texas region for John Alden Insurance, and The Grant Nelson Group as an Account Manager. Linda has spent over 30 years in the healthcare sector, she attended East Carolina University and Central Piedmont College for her business and finance studies. Linda is very excited to call Denver, Colorado home and has one adult son that also lives in the metro area and looks forward to supporting the Fisher House to help execute and exceed on their fundraising goals.
Marie Moll has served on the board of the Rocky Mountain Fisher House Foundation for 20 years. She’s a widower of a 22-year veteran of the Air Force. When BRAC closed Fitzsimmons Hospital, the Denver VA hospital took over being in charge of the Denver Fisher House. Col. Scott had been involved with the House and was instrumental in forming a board of directors for the foundation. The American Legion Auxiliary was asked to provide a rep from that organization and Marie was asked to be that rep.
Marie is proud to continue as long as possible to serve our Veterans on the board. She says her age and disability limits her help, but she tries to do all she can possibly do. Marie recently spoke to a veterans group and was given a donation for the Rocky Mountain Fisher House. She has attended several Retiree Days at Buckley AFB representing the board. A couple years ago she spoke to several hundred people at an Aurora Realtors' Holiday luncheon. So many people don’t know about Fisher House and she is proud to enlighten them as how we serve our heroes and families. Since 1998, she has done some of the grocery shopping at Buckley AFB because she is the only board member who has access to the base commissary. Considering her age, Marie hopes she will be able to see the new Rocky Mountain Fisher House be built on the new VA Hospital campus and enjoy the "fruits of her labor" on this board.
Chris Bruce is a graduate of Colorado State University. He retired from the Air Force after 20 years where he flew the C-130 and the C-141. Chris then went to work United Airlines flew for them for 22 years. He has been based at San Francisco, New York's JFK, Newark and Denver. He flew the B-727, B-737, B-757, B-767 and the B-777. Chris and his wife Lynn have two daughters and two granddaughters. They live in East Denver.