In her 30 year career as a management consultant at The Gallup Organization and her own firm, Steph has worked with a variety of notable leaders across the globe. Her team designs and implements systems that empower people to develop a well-being path to flourishing.
Steph taught Sustainable Business Strategy at Presidio Graduate School, and remains an advisor to many former students. She co-authored ‘Purpose Drives Performance’ and is currently writing ‘Connection Over Perfection’. With a Global MBA from Thunderbird School of Management, Steph believes that multi-cultural awareness is key to deepening our awareness of humanity.
Throughout her life, Steph has been fortunate to be inspired by many black dogs, who taught her unconditional love. Notables include a poodle who adopted her at birth, a 12-week rescue who won 4-H Obedience Champ, and an indigenous street dog from India who still stashes his treats.
Steph and her husband Keerat live on an acreage in Longmont, CO. When Steph is not behind a laptop, a tractor, or the reins of one of her horses, she jogs, bicycles, camps or hikes with her dogs - Zella and Mowgli.
Simon enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2012. His military career cut short due to a spinal injury, he left the Reserves in 2017 as the lead Utilities Engineer NCO for the Marine Air Support Squadron. Since leaving military service, Simon has spent several years building and scaling client success departments for various companies. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
A lifelong dog lover, he was first introduced to the joys of rescues by his wife, Cait, who volunteered at a dog shelter near Boston. After showing Simon pictures of available dogs online, she convinced him to join her volunteering for an afternoon, and discreetly ensured that he had an opportunity to meet one particular dog whose photo had caught his eye.
They now live in Castle Rock with their two rescue dogs. Loki (the aforementioned pup) was saved from Dead Dog Beach in Puerto Rico – a place that has, unfortunately, more than earned its name – by the Sato Project. Perrin, who came from a rescue in Arkansas, joined the family shortly thereafter. The four of them enjoy camping, hiking, and snowshoeing in the Rocky Mountains.
Kevin’s love for dogs goes back to his childhood in California and continues today with his friend Gus, a rescue from the Humane Society of Boulder County. Over the last 30 years, Kevin has adopted, or help family adopt, eight shelter pets and all became treasured members of his extended family.
Kevin lives in Broomfield Colorado and is recently retired after a 38 year career in accounting and audit. He completed a bachelor’s of science in accounting at California State University, Hayward and a Masters of Business Administration at Regis University in Denver. He holds professional designations as a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Carolyn’s passion for animals began as a little girl when her family rescued their first (of many) Siamese cats from an SPCA in New York City. Since then, she’s always had Siamese cats. She has been involved in animal welfare for 15+ years including rescuing homeless cats, volunteering with local Colorado rescues, and working with Best Friends Animal Society. Carolyn’s father, James G. Coffey, was a B-24 Bomber pilot in World War II. Her dad’s military experience made an indelible mark on him, and greatly influenced Carolyn’s life. Carolyn has a long accomplished sales, marketing and account management career with CSC. She also been a board member of the Society for Corporate Governance. Carolyn’s unique experience encompassing animal welfare, governance and marketing make her a great addition to the Black Ops Rescue. Carolyn is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College and holds her MBA from Iona College. She is also a certified Pilates Instructor. Carolyn lives in Evergreen with her husband Bob, and 3 Siamese rescues, Snickers, Portia and Jazzy.
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 enamored with sunshine (and hates cold weather and snow).
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.
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 in 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.