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Deborah Burcham is a seasoned management professional with expertise in project management, event planning, volunteer management, staff management, development operations, marketing and strategic planning.
Deborah has spent much of her career working in operations management and fundraising for large local and national non-profits including: the Dumb Friends League, Arthritis Foundation, and various national Cancer Centers.
Deborah was born and raised in Colorado. She graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver with Bachelor of Science in Human Services. Deborah recently moved back to Aurora with her husband, Steve, and their four-legged children (Riley, Stella and Willard). Deborah enjoys hiking, kayaking, reading, crafting and spending time with her family and friends.
Jan enlisted in the Air Force in 1978. During her 28+ year career she served several assignments in Europe and deployed to Diego Garcia during Desert Storm and later for Enduring Freedom, supporting operations in Afghanistan. Jan retired at the rank of Colonel in 2006.
An animal lover throughout her life, she started volunteering at Adams County Animal Shelter and later became a full-time employee there. She met her current fur baby, Xena, the Warrior Princess dog, at the shelter and fostered her while Xena was recovering from a broken leg. The foster led to adoption and the current pack of two. She continues her support of the shelter through volunteer service there.
Jan graduated from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse with a BS in Education and earned an MA in Human Relations from Webster College.
Black Ops Rescue combines two of her passions, helping veterans and animals.
In August of 1984 Keith's older sister and two of her friends took Keith on a secret adventure. The three of them had pre-determined that Keith needed a puppy. They took him to the Dumb Friends League. Keith was new to Denver and hadn't heard of this organization. As it turned out, Keith did indeed need a puppy.
Impressed with the shelter and its operation he applied for a job there and the rest is history. He held a variety of positions with the League over his 33 year career. The one he held the longest was that of Animal Cruelty Investigator. Upon his retirement in 2018, he was the longest serving Bureau of Animal Protection Agent in the state of Colorado.
When approached to be a part of the Black Ops Rescue team he didn't hesitate to join some of his former colleagues to contribute his knowledge and skills from animal welfare to this organization. And, to continue his commitment to the human/animal bond.
Laurel Burnett grew up in Los Alamos, NM, and currently lives in Albuquerque, NM. She attended the University of Arizona for her BA degree concurrent with a 4-yr ROTC program. She served in the U.S. Air Force for 25 years (12 years on active duty and 13 years Reserve). As a second career, Laurel attended Webster University to obtain her Masters degree in Counseling. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in NM.
Laurel's love for dogs soared over the past 10-years. She worked for two pet sitting companies and provided care for dozens of wonderful pets. The best part of the care was establishing long term relationships with the animals and their families.
In 2018, Laurel adopted a dog named Howie who had been rescued from a shelter in Utah. He was one of the dogs she had grown to love as his pet sitter. The family asked her to adopt Howie when they moved back to Utah because Howie was enamoured with sunshine (and hates cold weather and snow).