The working Board of Directors at IMPACT Personal Safety of Colorado leverages its members’ professional knowledge, creativity, and belief in the value of IMPACT courses and workshops to help the organization meet its goals and grow. The BOD welcomes your interest in becoming a member or advisor.

Kristina Casinelli, Member

IMPACT Board Member Kristina Casinelli Kristina joined the IMPACT Board in Fall 2017 and is thrilled to be a part of this incredible group! She took the Women’s Basics Course in 2015 and it changed her life in immeasurable positive ways.

After getting her BA in Spanish and International Affairs from the University of Nevada, Reno, Kristina worked as an English instructor in Spain for two years. 2012 led her to Colorado to continue a career in elementary education. Kristina now works full-time as a real estate agent in the Denver Metro area. She is passionate about helping people and finds real estate to be the perfect blend of service, education and business she was always driven towards.

Kristina is a lifelong traveler and explorer and her adventures have reached five of the seven continents, including Antarctica! Kristina lives in Denver with her husband Adam and enjoys skiing, hiking and yoga. She loves Colorado for the high quality of life it provides and for the many friendly people who also call it home.

Sam Gallaher, Treasurer

BOD Treasurer Sam GallaherSam Gallaher, PhD, began his service on the Board in the fall of 2017. His first experience with IMPACT Colorado was as a student of their first Men’s Basic Course in 2012. In 2013, he joined his wife Laura in the Advanced Course. IMPACT training has increased their self-esteem and the communication skills learned in these courses have added immensely to their marriage.

Sam grew up in southeast Washington state, where his passion for public service was forged working at Camp Grizzly, the local Boy Scout camp. After earning a BS in Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering from Oregon State University, Sam moved to Colorado to work for Johns Manville. He joined the organization’s philanthropy board, JM Stars, and organized the company’s quarterly blood drive.

Desiring a stronger link between his work and his community, Sam completed a Master of Public Administration and PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado Denver. He currently works in the Denver Auditor’s Office.

Sam is excited to use his policy and public administration knowledge and analytical skills to benefit the organization.

Susan Harrington, Member

Board member Susan Harrington
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Susan hails from Wisconsin, relocated to Boston for college and career, and then moved to Denver in 2004 with her husband. She has over 20 years of experience in research, analytics, marketing, project management and product development.

She holds an MBA from Bentley University, graduated with high honors and received the Graduate Marketing Student of the Year Award. She is a National Merit Scholar.

Susan first became involved with IMPACT after hearing Colorado chapter founder Amelia Dorn speak at a Shine event and taking the Women’s Basics Course. She joined the Board of Directors in 2016.

Marc Hoffman, Member

IMPACT Board member Marc HoffmanMarc joined IMPACT in the spring of 2018, bringing a diverse set of life and educational experiences to the Board. Marc grew up in Buffalo, NY, and moved to Denver in 2015 with his wife, Erin, and their two cats, Cosmo Kramer and Eleanor Roosevelt. In his free time, he loves going on day hikes and anything to do with music!

After obtaining an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from SUNY Potsdam in 2006, he began working in direct care after a fun summer camp job for adults with disabilities. Marc worked a few years for the largest nonprofit agency in Western New York, eventually applying his business acumen to individuals’ financial accounts, working as an internal auditor and audit manager for five more years. Marc earned an MBA in Nonprofit Management in 2013 and eventually moved to Denver. While enjoying his work for the City and County of Denver as a Senior Performance Auditor, Marc had been looking to get more involved in the community. Upon learning of IMPACT and their amazing work, he couldn’t wait to get involved!

Cindy Scarlett, Chair

IMPACT Chair Cindy Scarlett
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Cindy brings more than 25 years of extensive and diverse experience as a leader, educational consultant and professor in higher education. Her educational credentials include a PhD in Human and Organization Systems with a focus on leadership, change management and adult learning.

Cindy grew up in Boulder. After graduating from the University of Colorado (GO BUFFS!), she moved to St. Louis and then to the greater Chicago area prior to happily returning to Denver 10 years ago. She and her husband have three adult sons, one of whom lives in Denver and is a suited IMPACT instructor.

After attending an IMPACT graduation, she took the Women’s Basics Course and immediately committed to serving as a volunteer to foster the important work and mission of IMPACT. Cindy joined the Board of Directors of in 2013 and currently serves as its chair.

Jill Schmieding, Member

Board Member Jill Schmieding
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Originally from Nebraska, Jill came to Denver in 2014 to pursue new career opportunities. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and works in finance, where her primary focus is assisting people with personal wealth management.

IMPACT has served as a great fit for Jill. After taking the Women’s Basics Course and finding it to be rewarding in many different ways, she began volunteering as an assistant teacher. In 2017, she was invited to bring her enthusiastic attitude and fresh ideas to IMPACT’s Board of Directors.

Jill looks forward to helping the organization grow in Colorado and loves the idea of helping women, men and children feel empowered and use their voices. Her volunteer service stems from her passion for helping people.

Micah Pilkington, Advisor

Board Advisor Micah PilkingtonMicah is an IMPACT Basics and Advanced graduate who is honored to help the organization increase its capacity to serve students. She is an Aurora native who returned to Colorado in 2011 after more than a decade as an editor and writer in San Francisco’s technology and media industries.

Micah became a Board Advisor in 2017 and used her online content expertise to create IMPACT’s updated website.  She is currently a student at CU Denver’s School of Public Affairs, where she served as a Spring 2018 Ethics Fellow.

Sarah Shepherd, Advisor

Board Advisor Sarah ShepherdSarah served as Executive Director of IMPACT Personal Safety Colorado from summer 2010 to December 2016. After taking her first IMPACT Basics Course in 2010, she instantly recognized that the program should be available to everyone in her life and offered to help the Dorns expand their coursework in Denver. Sarah hopes her career in nonprofit business development and personal safety will enable her to lead by example and share her passion for safety and self-efficacy skills with people everywhere she goes.

David Forest Dorn, Founder and Board Member Emeritus

Founder David Forest DornDavid grew up right here in Colorado. In 2003, while working as an architect in Los Angeles, he took the Men’s Basics Course with IMPACT Personal Safety of Southern California. As a longtime philanthropist and champion of equality, David was immediately drawn to IMPACT’s missions and important work.

David and his wife Amelia returned home in 2005 and founded the Colorado Chapter of IMPACT Personal Safety in 2006. David served as the founding Board Chair and continues to play active and inspiring roles on the Board of Directors and on the big blue mats.

David works passionately as an architect at Open Studio Architecture. He enjoys the outdoors and is the proud father of two empowered kids.