Board of Directors


David Forest Dornself defense david forest dorn picture- IMPACT Personal Safety of Colorado

David 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 (IPSCO) in 2006. David served as IPSCO’s 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.

Sam Gallaher

Sam Gallaher, Ph.D., began his service on Impact’s board in the fall of 2017. His first experience with Impact was as a Men’s Basic Course student in 2012. In 2013, he joined his wife Laura in the Advanced Basics 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 B.S. 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 a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado Denver. He currently works in the Denver Auditor’s Office.

Sam is excited to serve on the Impact Board of Directors and use his policy and public administration knowledge and analytical skills to benefit the organization.

Susan Harrington

Impact Board Susan HarringtonSusan hails from Wisconsin, relocated to Boston for college and career, 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, then took the Women’s Basics class. She joined the board of directors in 2016.

Cindy Scarlett

Impact Chair Cindy ScarlettCindy 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 Ph.D. in Human and Organization Systems with a focus on leadership, change management and adult learning.

Cindy grew up in Boulder. After graduation 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 class and immediately committed to serving as a volunteer to foster the important work and mission of IMPACT. Cindy joined the board of directors of IMPACT Personal Safety of Colorado in 2013 and currently serves as its chair.

Jill Schmieding

Board member Jill SchmiedingOriginally 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 class 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 by founder Amelia Dorn.

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

Micah Pilkington, Board AdvisorMicah is an Impact graduate who is honored to help the organization increase access to life-changing skills for children and adults. She is an Aurora native who returned to Colorado in 2011 after more than a decade in San Francisco’s technology and media industries. Micah has worked as a professional editor and writer since 2000; her clients include educators, novelists and marketing professionals. She is working to launch Impact Personal Safety of Colorado’s new website in 2017.

Sarah Shepherd

Sarah served as Executive Director of IMPACT Personal Safety Colorado from summer 2010 to December 2016. After taking her first IMPACT Basics class 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. With her experience as a partner/vice-president of a government management consulting company, Sarah’s “help” to IMPACT soon lead to her tenure as the organization’s first executive director.

Sarah has a degree in philosophy and mathematics from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, and post-grad work in Philosophy of Aesthetics from the Marchutz School, in Aix-en-Provence, France. She has worked with outdoor experiential education leading groups of at-risk populations on wilderness whitewater rafting trips, as well as assisting with an animal rescue NGO in Bali, Indonesia.

Sarah lives with her partner David, a garden of heirloom varietals, and the “most awesome man-cave around.” She plays and enjoys music, paints in oils, and loves to travel. She 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.