- Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 12:10
Mike Chard has been a Boulder County resident since 1994. The best part of his job as the Director of BOEM, he says, is working in the county where he lives. Having that connection heightens his commitment to the community. Mike has 28 years of experience in the emergency service field, including 26 years as a firefighter with the Boulder Fire Department, Sheridan Fire Department and Loveland Fire-Rescue, 23 years experience as a paramedic (11 of those serving Boulder County), 17 years in education and training and 10 years of emergency management experience. He holds a Masters of Science in Management & Organizational Leadership and a Bachelors of Science in Organizational Development from Regis University, an Associate of Science in Fire Science from Red Rocks Community College, as well as numerous certifications in the Emergency Management field.
Dan Barber started his career in law enforcement in California, before coming to Colorado in 1989, when he was hired by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. In his 20+ years with the BCSO, he has worked in numerous divisions and positions. Among his favorites, he says, are the years he spent in the detective bureau and as a Sergeant in Lyons. In 2008, Dan was asked to join the staff in the Boulder Office of Emergency Management, and has enjoyed his transition from a first responder to an all-hazards preparedness, planning and support role on behalf of the City of Boulder and Boulder County.
Merrie Leach is the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Boulder Office of Emergency Management, specializing in plan review and emergency preparedness. Prior to joining the OEM staff in 2006, she worked as a dispatcher for the Boulder County Sheriff's Office for three years. Merrie joined the public safety field after spending many years in marketing, development and event planning for non-profit organizations in California. Her career change coincided with her return to Colorado, where she grew up among family members who worked in law enforcement and public safety in Boulder County going back three generations. Her return to her home state along with the opportunity to work in her hometown has been overwhelmingly positive.
Emergency Management Specialist Amy Danzl is the newest addition to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management staff. Amy comes from the Red Cross where she worked as the disaster preparedness and response director in Alaska. She then moved to London, England where she served as volunteering unit manager for the British Red Cross. Most recently Amy worked in partnership building for the Red Cross here in Colorado and began volunteering in international disaster response work. Amy is extremely excited to have joined the Boulder OEM team, and she is looking forward to working in and with the Boulder community.