Ken McQuarrie, Chair and Treasurer
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.
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 a volunteer with her teammate, Puck, at Swedish Medical Center and other various locations as available.
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.
Linda Forsyth, Training
Linda has been a member of Denver Pet Partners since 2006 when she trained and evaluated with her first therapy dog, Toby. Since then, she has volunteered at Swedish Medical Center visiting patients, staff and visitors with 3 additional canine partners, Kenzie, Katie and now Willy. Additionally, Linda has participated in reading programs and spoken to community groups, college classes and other volunteer groups about AAI. She is a licensed Pet Partner Evaluator and Instructor and has conducted many training classes and evaluations.
In her professional life, Linda was a 33-year science educator and professional writer with Denver Public Schools. Her happiest moments were in the classroom, but found much satisfaction as an instructional leader and mentor for new teachers and teachers in training. After retirement, she began her volunteer ‘career’ at Denver Zoo where she has spent many rewarding years as a docent touring visitors of all ages. Today, Linda continues her Zoo work as an animal handler for educational/public programs along with her DPP work at Swedish Hospital.
Both Denver natives, Linda and her husband can’t imagine living anywhere else and have many wonderful friends and family in the area. They’ve traveled extensively around the U.S. as well as England, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Sandy Langley, Membership
Sandy has been a member of DPP since July of 2014. She was the DPP Program Coordinator which encompassed working closely with Instructors, Evaluators and the DPP membership in organizing Workshops and Evaluations.
Sandy is a wife and mother of two boys, one living in Illinois and the other in Michigan. She and her husband retired and moved to Colorado from Ohio. She has been an active volunteer through various clubs, groups and organizations for the past 20+ years. These many experiences have given Sandy the opportunity to meet and work with many interesting people, to assist in organizing meetings and events and most importantly to communicate with and engage members to actively participate within the organization.
Sandy visits with her Sheltie, Greyson at The Medical Center of Aurora and Rocky Mountain Cancer Center. She and Greyson enjoy attending other DPP events when available. Other interests and hobbies include, scrapbooking, crocheting, hiking and skiing.