On the Job October 19, 2012


Ehrhardt Keefe Steiner & Hottman, a Colorado-based public accounting firm, announced the promotion of John Devore, Kelly Kozeliski, Sean McBride, Patrick McFarlen and Eric Stutz as partners in the firm’s tax, audit and consulting service areas, effective immediately.


Fort Collins resident Judy Dorsey, president and principal engineer of Brendle Group, was recently honored for her work in entrepreneurship and innovative business models at the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium, hosted by the MIT Energy Initiative and the Department of Energy. Dorsey was chosen for her success in energy innovation over the past 20 years with Brendle Group, leading the completion of more than 200 sustainability projects for more than 100 clients nation-wide, including co-founding the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster and heading FortZED, an initiative to create one of the world’s largest active net zero energy districts.

Stantec announced the appointment of Charles Johnson as principal in the company’s Fort Collins environmental services practice. Johnson brings more than 15 years of industry experience managing environmental compliance projects throughout the central and western U.S. to the role, as well as more than 25 years as a wildlife biologist. At Stantec, he will be responsible for providing environmental planning leadership on new mining and oil and gas projects throughout the U.S.


First Western Financial Inc. announced that Mandy Jesser, client experience coordinator in Fort Collins, has been named to the Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals list compiled by Colorado Biz Magazine. This award recognizes Jesser as a leader in the local private banking industry and honors her efforts to give back to her community through volunteering and social engagement.

Cornerstone Mortgage Co. announced that Julie Piepho CMB, president of national operations, was re-appointed for four years to the Board of Mortgage Loan Originators for the Division of Real Estate by the Governor of Colorado.

Jeff Wolff of Fidelity National Title Company was recently recognized for his years of leadership and service by the Land Title Association of Colorado at their annual state convention in Beaver Creek, Colo. Wolff is a past president of the Land Title Association and has been in the title industry for 34 years. Shari Bullock, also of Fidelity, has recently been appointed marketing director for the company’s Northern Colorado offices. Bullock has more than 12 years of experience in the real estate and marketing industries.

Amy Bibbey, loan officer with Cornerstone Mortgage Company, has recently been selected as a class member of the 2012-2013 Leadership Fort Collins program. Leadership Fort Collins, a Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce program, is meant to educate and motivate leaders who are committed to shaping the future of the community while encouraging involvement that contributes to community betterment.

Charlie Pepin, a member of Wells Fargo’s Larimer County Business Banking team, has been promoted to principal business relationship manager. Pepin is a 10-year Wells Fargo veteran and joined the Larimer County Business Banking team in 2011.  He has experience in SBA and medical-industry lending, and equipment finance.


Susie Velasquez, public trustee of Weld County, was elected to serve as the president of the Public Trustee Association of Colorado. The Public Trustee Association of Colorado is comprised of 64 public trustees representing each county in the state. The association’s purposes are the education of public trustees, improving efficiency through standardized procedural guidelines, updating procedures as statutes are enacted by the state legislature and monitoring pending state legislation to determine its effect on the statutory duties of the public trustees. Velasquez is a graduate of the University of Denver College of Law.

Larimer County’s Human Resources Director Lorenda Volker has been named the 2012-2013 president of the Colorado chapter of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources. Volker is also on a task force looking at successful practices in HR. Larimer County Community Corrections Director Joe Ferrando has been selected as chair of the Colorado Community Corrections Coalition, and re-appointed to the Governor’s Community Corrections Advisory Council.


Brown & Brown account executive Karen Siwek recently earned her Certified Insurance Counselor designation. The industry’s professional CIC designation is evidence of continuing education and successful completion of exams in five main areas of insurance.


Amy Shoemaker has joined the Fort Collins-based Trebuchet Group as director of leader strategies. Most recently with Kennedy and Coe, Shoemaker brings more than 25 years of experience in human resources and training and 18 years as a vice president.  She will be helping Trebuchet Group clients with executive coaching and those who are experiencing complex organizational changes.

If you have an item to share about a promotion, job change or career news of note, e-mail it to Maggie Shafer at mshafer@ncbr.com, or mail it to On The Job at NCBR, 1550 E. Harmony Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525.

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