Karen Fedrizzi was named Administrative Professional on March 9, 2009. She started with ACFR as a volunteer in September 2007. She was raised in Des Moines, Iowa and moved to Denver in 1961. Fedrizzi was with Tri-State Generation and Transmission in the payroll department for 28 years before retiring. She started at ACFR as a volunteer and was happy to become a permanent part-time employee with the ACFR family. In her free time, she likes to play golf in several summer leagues and spend time with friends. Fedrizzi has one adult son.
Community Outreach Specialist
Carlos A. Briano was named Community Outreach Specialist on Jan. 2, 2018. He and his family are from El Paso, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Evangel University. Briano served as the Public Information Officer of the El Paso Fire Department for three years. Prior to entering the fire service, Briano worked as a journalism teacher in the Socorro Independent School District. During his nine-year tenure with the school district, Briano was named a finalist for 2013 Texas Teacher of the Year, a 2012 Reynolds Institute Fellow by the American Society of Newspaper Editors and a 2011 Rising Star by the Journalism Education Association. In 2011, his yearbook students won the Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, given to the best student publications in the nation. Before working as a journalism teacher, Briano served as a Communication Specialist for Socorro ISD and as the editor of Eastside Reporter y Noticias, a weekly bilingual publication of the El Paso Times.
Executive Assistant to the Fire Chief
Sandy Danne joined Adams County Fire Rescue on Jan. 1, 2010. She is the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Chief. She grew up in the ACFR area and attended school in the Mapleton School District. Danne spent 29 years in the newspaper business, where she worked as Promotions and Marketing Director for both Denver newspapers. In 2009, when Denver turned into a one-newspaper town and newspapers became a thing of the past, she left the newspaper industry and joined ACFR. “Working for ACFR has been a wonderful and rewarding experience, to be part of an organization that helps people in the community," she said. "It’s also felt like I’ve returned home after being away from the community for more than 25 years.”
Garry Aranda was named Fleet Manager on June, 1, 2015. He's been with ACFR since June 8, 1987. He’s originally from El Paso, Texas but moved to the Colorado area when he was 8 years old. Aranda has 31 years of experience in fleet service and maintenance and holds ASE master and EVT certifications in various areas. He loves supporting line personnel with their apparatus needs and is proud to be associated with an organization with the excellence of Adams County Fire Rescue.
Alan Gosselin, a Fleet Technician, joined the AFCR family in March 2017. He is a United States Air Force veteran who served as an Aircraft Technician and an Electronics Specialist in serval parts of the world. He holds ASE and EVT certifications and is highly motivated to Master both. Gosselin is dedicated to maintaining all apparatus to support line personnel and the needs of the community that Adams County Fire Rescue serves.
Human Resources Generalist
Lisa Spindler, PHR, SHRM-CP, was named Human Resources Generalist on March 7, 2017. She is a Colorado native. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Phoenix. Spindler holds multiple Human Resources certifications since 2008 including a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) with the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and Certified Professional (CP) with the Society of HR Management (SHRM). Spindler has supported the Human Resources function for 20 years since 1998. She has seven years of experience in training and development attaining multiple software application and train the trainer certifications and awards. She is passionate about Organizational and Leadership Development and has supported these functions for multiple organizations. Spindler worked for the City of Boulder and Vail Resorts as an expert in Benefits, Workers Compensation, Safety, Leave of Absence, and Disability Management.
Aaron Marquez was named IT Manager on Nov. 16, 2016. He previously worked for the City of Federal Heights, Federal Heights Police Department and Federal Heights Fire Department as the Network Administrator for six years. He has worked in the IT field for the last 14 years. He is from the Westminster area and is a graduate of Westminster High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts and associate degrees from Westwood College.
Gayla Akerfelds was named Administrative Professional on Oct. 1, 2016. She was raised in the ACFR area and attended school in the Mapleton school district. She spent 20 years working with Adams School District 12, instructing and guiding young adults with disabilities towards independency. This could be cooking, cleaning, budgeting, and street and transportation safety. Feeling ready for a change, she joined ACFR. She loves the family atmosphere and is proud to be associated with an organization with the excellence of Adams County Fire Rescue.