Ken McQuarrie, Chair
Ken has been a member of DPP since it was founded in 2001 and was instrumental in helping start the organization along with Diana – his wife, DPP founder and Emeritus Executive Director. In addition to being Chair, Ken also manages all the business activities of DPP including finances, policy development, and reporting. Ken has been a member on previous DPP boards and has extensive knowledge of the history of the organization. Ken also contributes through his extensive business experience. Ken works with Accenture, one of the largest professional business and IT services consulting organizations in the world with approximately 350,000 employees globally. Throughout his 25year career with Accenture, Ken has worked with a number of large clients in various industries and government to help improve their productivity and quality, and reduce their cost to serve through the implementation of industrialized processes, tools and best practices. Ken holds a Masters degree in Applied Science from the University of Waterloo in Canada.
Ed worked for 38 years for Hoffmann LaRoche, a large Swiss pharmaceutical company, in sales management and marketing. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in pre-Med. Ed served as state President of Colorado Trout Unlimited, a prominent service organization dedicated to preservation and enhancement of habitat for our trout rivers. He oversaw 22 active chapters with 10,000 members. During his life, Ed has cared for 15 different dogs, from 2 Great Pyrenees to multiple “Heinz 57” rescue dogs. Presently, he is a registered Pet Partner with his 3 year old black lab, Magnum, and looks forward to a long service with him. Ed and Magnum visit regularly at Swedish Medical Center and participate in many DPP events. Both Ed and his wife, Lynn, a registered nurse at Porter Hospital, have been active members and passionate supporters of DPP since 2013.
Erika Simon, Secretary
Erika Simon has been a Pet Partners member for 4 years and a Denver Pet Partner for almost 2 years. Erika has an MBA from the University of Denver and BA in Chemistry from the University of Vermont. She has been leading organizations in sales and marketing for the past two decades. She brings leadership and strategic vision to our board. She currently is volunteer with her teammate Puck at Swedish Medical Center and other various locations as available.
Mandy has been a member of DPP since 2008 and knew at that time that she wanted to be a part of every aspect of the organization. Mandy is an evaluator, has been a team lead, a buddy, a member of the advisory committee and has visited most types of facilities in which DPP provides services. Mandy has volunteered primarily with at risk youth in schools and at therapy offices, visiting with children who were emotionally, physically and often sexually abused. Mandy has also participated in many speaking engagements with children and adults representing DPP and the power of the human-animal bond. She is currently working with her second Australian Shepherd named Hitch with whom she will be evaluating soon. Mandy is a professional event planner for weddings, corporate, non-profit and corporate events and meetings. She has organized events from 50 to 3,000 people. Mandy is a 4th generation Colorado native. She grew up as an equestrian with a love of horses and she is still an avid horse lover. Mandy’s main passion is dogs but she also loves hiking, traveling, Pilates and gardening.
Susan and her Golden Retriever, Lucy, have been members of Denver Pet Partners since the summer of 2009. Since that time they have primarily served Life Care Center of Littleton supporting Physical Therapists with one -on -one activity that assist individuals to heal physically and emotionally from surgeries and other life altering events. This team has also added Rose Medical Center to their weekly rotation of AAI service and has volunteered for DPP in a number of other capacities. Susan’s corporate career included 25 years as a sales professional and director with CoreLogic, a nationally recognized leader of data and information tools providing solutions to businesses associated with real estate, mortgage finance, capital markets and others. Her responsibilities over the years included client and territory development, customer training and support, as well as internal communication and collaboration.
Susan lists hiking, fly-fishing, snowshoeing, snow-mobiling and gardening as her top interests and passions after being a wife, mother, caretaker of two Goldens and DPP volunteer.
Laura has been a member of Denver Pet Partners since March of 2014. Her partner Addie, a Bernese Mountain Dog, has represented DPP at schools, libraries, hospitals, and universities, as well as at Denver International Airport. They regularly visit Castle Rock Adventist Hospital and visit other facilities when they can.
Laura worked as a technical writer and project manager for high tech companies in New York, New England, Seattle, and Colorado. She holds a B.S. degree in Technical Communications from Clarkson University and in January 2017 she received the Animals and Human Health (AHH) Certificate from the Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work. The program gave her a deeper understanding of the human-animal bond and the ethical and humane considerations of Animal-Assisted Interactions.
Laura and her husband are both New York City natives who have long called Colorado home and who have come a long way from New York – they live on 99 acres of land in the beautiful Palmer Divide area north of Colorado Springs, where they formerly operated a horse boarding business. In their free time, Laura and Hal love to travel and have visited 40 states and more than 25 countries.