Brecken Schaefer Named in 2022 Leadership Northern Colorado Class

NAI Affinity
December 6, 2021

2022 Leadership Northern Colorado Class Members Announced

Thirty-two current and emerging leaders were recently selected to participate in the 2022 Leadership Northern Colorado program.  The group is a diverse mix of professions with representative from education, large and small business, not for profit and government.

Leadership Northern Colorado, a joint initiative of the Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland Chambers of Commerce, the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and the Greeley Community Foundation, is designed to build human capacity and to identify, define and address the issues facing the Northern Colorado region.

“The diversity and quality of applications was outstanding, and we are thrilled to offer this opportunity to 32 exceptional community members,” said Ann Hutchison, President & CEO of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce.

The 2022 Leadership Northern Colorado Class members are:

  • Heather Anderson, Greeley Area Chamber/Visit Greeley
  • Debra Antista-Bianchi, Alzheimer's Association
  • Nick Armstrong, WTF Marketing
  • Aaron (AJ) Baer, Canvas Credit Union
  • Reyes Barrios Jr., FNBO
  • Erik Caffee, Waypoint Real Estate
  • Curtis Carlson, Great Western Bank
  • Ryan Cassidy, ANB Bank
  • Debbie Davis, Independent Financial
  • Jessica Dyrdahl, Colorado State University
  • Fawn Floyd-Baltzer, Loveland Downtown District
  • Karen Frawley, Town of Windsor
  • Madisen Golden, United Way of Larimer County
  • Kat Hart, Loveland Business Development Center
  • Angela Kelton, Gallagher Benefit Services
  • Nick Kenny, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Neal Kingman, Bank of Colorado
  • Abby Kirkbride, McWhinney Real Estate Services, Inc.
  • Randall Klamser, City of Fort Collins
  • Nate Lamkin, Pathways Hospice
  • Jill Maasch, Larimer County
  • Margarita Marquez, Employment Services of Weld County
  • Michele Marquitz, Food Bank for Larimer County
  • Heather Miller, Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Sergio Ortiz, The Neenan Company
  • Hailey Peters, Loveland Chamber of Commerce
  • Hope Pruett, Loveland Water and Power
  • Shane Redman, High Country Beverage
  • Brecken Schaefer, NAI Affinity
  • Rhonda Solis, Northern Smiles Family Dental
  • Kris Stoppenhagen, RLH Engineering
  • Jessi Yarnell, Kaiser Permanente

"I feel very excited about joining Leadership Northern Colorado’s program and representing NAI Affinity in this year’s class of regional leaders. The Program offers fantastic opportunities for its members to make connections, learn more about our community, and understand how to better serve our community’s needs – all of which I am looking forward to experiencing and growing from,” said Brecken Schaefer, Real Estate Analyst / Assistant Project Manager of NAI Affinity.

Brecken and her fellow class members will begin their experience at the Leadership Northern Colorado Orientation on December 7 at the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland followed by a Leadership Northern Colorado Alumni Happy Hour.  Registration is open at  The first all day class session for the class participants will be on January 25. The program is a six-month interactive development program that will be focused on regional issues, regionalism and regional leadership skills.  The program is designed to educate and motivate leaders who are committed to shaping the future of our region.  The 2022 Program is sponsored by Elevations Credit Union.

The class is supported by a steering committee of program alumni and the Chamber CEOs:

  • Bill Becker, Loveland Chamber of Commerce
  • Tonja Hadley, The Group Inc.
  • Ann Hutchison, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Todd Karl, Great Western Bank
  • Nikki Lucas, The Place Setting Company
  • Elizabeth Mahoney, Complete Professional Development
  • CeCe Moreno, Employment Services of Weld County
  • Scott McPherson, Banner Health
  • Amanda Miller, The Place Setting Company
  • Dawn Paepke, Kaiser Permanente
  • Natyce Parent, Greeley Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Nancy Patton, Canvas Credit Union
  • Beth Phillips, The Group, Inc.
  • Sara Potter, FNBO
  • Ted Ray, Great Western Bank  
  • Jared Reimer, The Craft Broker at Elevations Real Estate
  • Donna Reiser, Colorado State University Alumni Association
  • Jill Zamzow, UCHealth
  • Jaime Henning, Greeley Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Mindy McCloughan, Loveland Chamber of Commerce

This story was also picked up by BizWest and the Greeley Tribune

About NAI Affinity

Affinity Real Estate Partners’ is a family of companies. NAI Affinity, a Northern Colorado based commercial real estate brokerage firm, is the first arm. Affinity Partners, LLC, a real estate investment and development company, is the second. As a Northern Colorado real estate brokerage firm, we provide focused and expert commercial real estate assistance throughout the state. Including cities like Fort Collins, Timnath, Loveland, Windsor, Johnstown/Milliken, Berthoud, Greeley/Evans, the North Front Range, and select Denver-Metropolitan areas.

Additionally, we are a full-service real estate brokerage firm in Northern Colorado offering a wide range of commercial property services including commercial brokeragereal estate consulting, and investment and development. Furthermore, our real estate brokerage firm has decades of experience in CRE with various property types, transaction structures, and municipalities. Our clients have the opportunity to leverage this experience to maximize their results and outcomes.

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