SAINT’s PEOPLE

Volunteer Spotlight


 

Vaughn Hunkins, 1925 – 2018

 

Driver

 

Advisory Council Member

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Board of Directors Member Emeritus

Vaughn Hunkins was awarded the first Loveland SAINT Volunteer of the Year Award in 1995. In 2016, the last year Vaughn drove for SAINT, he received the Lifesaver Award. In 2017, he received the Heart of SAINT award.

In between, he was truly the heart of the Loveland SAINT program. He was a charter member of the program and was instrumental in guiding Loveland SAINT through its formative years. He served on the Loveland Advisory Council for ten years, six as chair. In 1997, he joined the SAINT Board of Directors where he served as treasurer until his passing in 2018.  

In 22 years Vaughn gave over 4,000 rides to his Loveland neighbors – helping those who could not drive stay independent by getting them to the doctor and the grocery store, the senior center, and the hairdresser.  

Vaughn’s enthusiasm for SAINT never wavered. That enthusiasm convinced many friends and acquaintances to become SAINT volunteers. It convinced many strangers too – because Vaughn always gave generously of his time to support SAINT at Corn Roast Festivals and Health Fairs. Everything that Vaughn did, was done with a smile and a charming sense of humor. It is no wonder that he was a favorite with SAINT clients, other board members, and the SAINT staff.  

Vaughn’s community service was not limited to SAINT. He was an active member of the Loveland Golden K Kiwanis Club and treasurer of his church. He was a founder and board member of Loveland’s Community Kitchen. He volunteered with the United Way and Alternatives to Violence.  

SAINT was privileged to call Vaughn a SAINT volunteer for over twenty years.

SAINT Board of Directors


The SAINT Board of Directors consists of community members with backgrounds and interests in transportation and senior issues. The board meets six times a year to review operations and financial results. The board acts as a committee of the whole in evaluating the executive director, establishing policy, and hiring an outside auditor.

President:  Margaret Long

“I am a third-generation Coloradoan raised in Boulder at our family farm Longs Gardens.

I graduated from C.U. Boulder and later obtained an M.P.A. from C.U. Denver.

I worked for forty-four years in human services in six Colorado counties. I spent the last eight years of my career as the Program Manager for the Larimer County Office on Aging.

Throughout my career, I served on many boards and committees and have continued that in the last ten years since I retired. When I was asked to consider joining the SAINT Board of Directors I happily agreed as I had found SAINT to be one of the most cost-effective and impactful nonprofits I had worked with over the years. 

It is my privilege to work with this great organization.”

Margaret joined the board of directors in 2011. Her current term expires in 2022.

 

Vice-president:  Dan Gould

Dan has lived in Fort Collins for 45 years. He earned a professional veterinary medical degree at Colorado State University and a Ph.D. degree in pathology at the University of CA, Davis. He retired from CSU after teaching veterinary students and investigating animal disease outbreaks. Dan has been an advocate for expanded public transit services. He served on a number of City of Fort Collins advisory committees including the Transit Finance Committee, Transportation Board, Energy Board, Bicycle Advisory Committee, and City Plan. He has been a volunteer at the Food Bank for Larimer County. In addition to serving on the SAINT Board of Directors, Dan is a volunteer driver.  

Dan joined the board of directors in 2012. His current term expires in 2023.  

 

Treasurer:  Sharon Courtney

Sharon joined the board of directors to complete Bill Rister’s term in 2020. She was then elected to her own term which expires in 2023.

 

Secretary:  Scott Griffin

Scott joined the board of directors in 2018. His current term expires in 2024.

 

Member:  Beverly Griffin

Bev is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Professional Doctorate of Audiology. She has been associated with SAINT since 1993 in various capacities including  volunteer driver, advisory council, and board of directors. She was presented with a “Driver of the Year” award in 1996. Bev has worked as an audiologist with the Veteran’s Administration and in Christ Church, New Zealand.  

Bev previously served on the board of directors from 1996 to 2011. She returned to the board in 2018. Her current term expires in 2024.

 

Member:  Brent Unrau-Goring

Brent joined the board of directors in 2018. His current term expires in 2024.

 

SAINT Advisory Councils


SAINT has two informal Advisory Councils – one for each city.  These councils are composed of riders, drivers and other community members.  The purpose of the councils is to provide a forum for discussion of the SAINT program.

Fort Collins Advisory Council


Raoul Bates, volunteer driver

Paige Groninger, volunteer driver

Karen Hammond, volunteer driver

Merry Hulse, volunteer driver

Cynthia Jensen, volunteer driver

Linda Potter, retired volunteer driver

Deborah West, client, retired volunteer driver

Loveland Advisory Council


Linda Alvine, volunteer driver

Bill Hughes, volunteer driver

Carol Juntunen, community member

Sue Matthews, volunteer driver

Juan Mohr, retired volunteer driver

Ellen Nelson, volunteer driver

Emilie Peterson, client

Darlene Proctor, retired volunteer driver

 

SAINT Staff


SAINT employs four paid staff members. Our schedulers, one for Fort Collins and one for Loveland, are the link between our clients and our volunteers. They work tirelessly to organize the information needed to provide thousands of rides a month – taking calls from clients, sending schedules to drivers, balancing client needs with driver availability. Since there is no SAINT service without our volunteers, our Volunteer Coordinator is central to keeping SAINT on the road – recruiting, training, and thanking volunteers. Our Executive Director oversees operations and reaches out to the community for the financial support needed to make SAINT run.

Fort Collins Scheduler:  Sue Lamb

Sue has been with SAINT since May 2010. Sue came to SAINT with thirteen years’ experience with the Fort Collins office of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Sue feels strongly about working in the nonprofit sector and understands the heartfelt dedication that is so important in helping those in need. She enjoys getting to know volunteers and clients and the camaraderie that develops among those working for a common purpose.

Loveland Scheduler:  Sally Henry

Sally has been with SAINT since March 2017. When Sally came to SAINT she was looking for a “retirement” job after a long career as a healthcare educator and nonprofit executive. As a former nurse, Sally understands how important it is to keep seniors in their own homes to best serve the individuals and the community.

Volunteer Coordinator:  Theresa Holbrook, saintvc@frii.com

Theresa has been with SAINT since April 2018. She has proven to be a wonderful asset to the SAINT team. She brought to SAINT a wealth of experience from the human services sector including time as a family support advocate with SummitStone Health Partners and in human resources with Poudre Valley Health System. Theresa is certified in mediation and family facilitation. She has traveled nationally and internationally with volunteer medical and educational programs.  

Executive Director:  Connie Nelson-Cleverley, sainted@frii.com

Connie has served as Executive Director at SAINT since July 2017. Prior to taking on the Executive role, Connie had been SAINT’s volunteer coordinator for ten years. She has held a number of volunteer management and supervisory positions over the years including work with the Red Cross as a Digital Services Human Resources Administrator and a Disaster Action Team Captain. She was recognized by the Red Cross with a state-wide award for her collaboration with the state organization in her role in responding to the wildfires in 2012. Connie has served on the local Red Cross board of directors and was active with Neighbor to Neighbor, Habitat for Humanity, and the Junior League annual garden tour. Connie has a law degree from the University of Denver.