Trish Morris, President/CEO/Founder
Start Date: 2014
From the beginning, the leader who has been at the helm of Courageous Faces Foundation is Trish Morris, President, CEO & Founder. She maintains the direction and vision for this one of a kind, foundation which provides ongoing, direct and personalized care for people with rare and severe medical conditions to enhance their quality of life.
EXPERIENCE WITH A HEART
Trish has more than two decades of volunteer work as a compassionate advocate for people with differences, believing everyone deserves to have opportunities and support to live their best life. She coordinated hundreds of athletes for the Rocky Mountain Special Olympics Team and served on multiple boards and committees with similar vision before starting the Courageous Faces Foundation.
A CAREFUL MONEY STEWARD
Trish also brings a savvy and strategic sense of financial management to the Foundation so donors can be assured their dollars are being allocated in the most carefully planned and cost-effective ways. Prior to embarking on her philanthropic journey, she served as Associate Vice President and Private Investment Manager at Wells Fargo Advisors. In 2010, Trish retired after 25 years to fully embrace her passion for helping people who have rare & severe medical conditions to not just survive but thrive.
She and her husband Rick share their home with their dogs who are adoring enough to let them continue living there.
Barb Richie, Outreach Director
Start Date: 2018
If you've ever had to guide and referee between kids, parents, teachers, state and federal standards, special needs, and changing academic programs, you'll get a snapshot of Barb's background. For 36-years she navigated a career supporting individuals of all ages and abilities needing special education in a large local school district before coming to Courageous Faces Foundation.
She's tackled some of the most complex situations, problem solving for individuals, families and teams to provide the best solutions available. She advocates for equal access and active participation for all to enhance their quality of life so everyone can feel proud of themselves and thrive as contributing members of their communities.
Barb comes to Colorado via Missouri and Kansas and says she's fortunate to call Colorado her home where her two children have grown up. She says she's continually inspired by them. She relishes spending time with family and friends and enjoys the great outdoors while exploring new places to hike, bike, snowshoe, and more.
Barb says she considers it an honor to be a part of the Courageous Faces team and looks forward to creating new opportunities for the "Inspirational Faces" the foundation supports. Her energy is contagious as she looks forward to sharing the Courageous Faces story with everyone she meets.
Dee Nichols, Administrative Director
Start Date: 2017
Not only was Dee Nichols born in Alaska, she was crowned "Little Miss Alaska" when the territory became a state in 1959. Shortly after, she and her parents moved to Colorado where, as an adult, she began focusing on her passion of supporting people with unique differences through various foundations and charities.
Her impactful "track record" began as a proud mother who raised three kids as a single parent, guiding her children to excel in both academics and athletics. All three were varsity athletes in high school, with one of her daughters becoming a two-time state champion and All-American pole vaulter. Now, when not at work, she showers her love and support on two beautiful granddaughters.
For twenty of her years, Dee has made it her passion to search for ways to make people better, stronger, healthier, and more fulfilled, first through improved nutrition followed by pragmatic self-care.
Ever since her first encounter with the Courageous Faces Foundation, Dee has dedicated her talents and time to enhancing the quality of life for those living with chronic and rare health conditions. In many ways, she has become the "glue" that keeps the mission of the Foundation clearly focused, pulling all the separate parts together with dedication, detail, direction, and passion.
Neal Browne, Media Director
Start Date: 2016
Maybe his playing in an accordion band as a kid, going on a medical work mission to Bolivia for a summer, and working in high school as a night janitor in a steel plant foreshadowed the variety of life Neal was about to take on. In college, He began a broadcasting stint which spanned into a nearly 30-year career in radio and TV broadcast news both in front of and behind the camera.
Neal is the most recent member to join the Courageous Faces Foundation team as Media Director. "Striving to tell captivating stories" is what he says is his main goal, "to make people aware of both what's being done for the "Inspirational Faces," the "Champions" of the Foundation, as well as how our inspired donors are impacting our Faces so they can thrive."
During his tenure in news, along with the day-to-day duties, he anchored a two-year long feature called "America Today," broadcast on both PBS in America and Armed Forces Radio and Television in Europe. He won two regional Emmys for live reporting, one for breaking the story nationally of Gary Hart leaving the Presidential race in the late 1980s.
He lives in the Denver area, often emcees a variety of events, has four stepchildren, and three grandchildren, and enjoys anything outdoors in Colorado, as well as scuba diving when not landlocked.
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