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
Lee Staab is a retired US Army officer and engineer. Over the course of his 27+ years or service, he had the privilege of commanding and serving with thousands of veterans. While in Europe, he oversaw the construction of the Fisher House in Landstuhl, Germany. After retiring from the military in 2006, Lee worked with the Department of Defense as a civilian contractor, spending more than 7 years working in Iraq and Afghanistan. Following his return to the United States, Lee continued his public service career serving as the City Manager for Minot, North Dakota and most recently as the County Manager for Grand County, Colorado. Lee is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also has a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois, an Executive Business Degree from Harvard Business School and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the United States Army War College. He is married to his bride, Wanda, and they have 4 children and 11 grandchildren. He is looking forward to continuing to serve veterans and families as a member of the Rocky Mountain Fisher House Foundation Board of Directors.
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!
Terri Clinton served in the United States Army as a 98GKP Electronic Warfare Specialist. She attended linguistics school and tested proficient in reading, speaking and writing Korean. She graduated from Military Intelligence school and was assigned to the 125th MI BN at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Terri separated at the rank of Specialist in 1990.
When her brother-in-law was KIA on August 5, 2005, she decided to advocate for veterans though her membership in The American Legion. Terri has held many post, district and department officer positions, and was elected state Commander in 2017. She is currently the National American Legion College Alumni Association Secretary and National American Legion Press Association Finance Officer.
Terri is a proud member of American Legion Post 206 Aurora, an all-female post she helped to revitalize, and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1 in Denver, Colorado.
Terri resides in Westminster, Colorado. She has three children: Cory, Chelsea and Hannah. She is currently employed as a Sr. Benefits Specialist by Cimarex Energy Co. Terri continues to live by her Commander’s motto: “Veteran Lives Matter – We Matter,” and proudly serves as a member of the Rocky Mountain Fisher House Foundation Board of Directors.
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.
David Kotwasinski served in the US Navy as a Cryptologic Technician (Collections) and separated in 2015 at the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class. After the Navy, he served as a volunteer Board Member for the Friends of Fisher House Illinois Chapter for two years. Prior to the Navy, David earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master’s in public administration from Governor’s State University in Illinois. He is still employed in the public sector, as a Management Analyst at the South Suburban Park and Recreation District. In his free time, David enjoys volunteering at the Humane Society of South Platte Valley, participating in the Centennial “Millennial” Rotary Club, hiking, and climbing. David currently resides in Denver.
Kailey Pukini is an experienced loan officer with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Before dedicating her time to the facets of home acquisition and ownership, Kailey managed fundraising efforts for the University of Arizona and The University of Denver. At this time, her teams were responsible for raising over 1.5 million for faculty retention and financial aid. She is personally connected to The Fisher House Foundation through her brother who was suddenly hospitalized when based in San Diego, CA. Kailey and her family experienced first hand how beneficial the organization was to military families who were travelling out of the area to care for loved ones. The organization not only provided her with an extended support system, but allowed her and her family to spend their time and energy solely focusing on the recovery of her brother.
Board Member Emeritus
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.