Board of Directors

Don Herman-President

Don and his wife Kathy moved to Ft. Collins in 1983, when he started his career with Hewlett Packard.  They raised three children here, who are all now living successfully on their own. Don accepted an early retirement option from HP in 2012, which enabled him to fulfill his desire to serve the needs of others through volunteering.  They moved to the mountains north-west of Ft. Collins after retirement, but frequent the city regularly, which allows them to enjoy  a volunteering and retirement life style.  Don started volunteering for  MOW Ft. Collins in 2014. He delivers via motorcycle as often as possible, so he can combine his joy of riding with community service.  He also enjoys golf, but hasn't found away to couple that with volunteering...! He also supports the MOW database application, which allows him to leverage some of his software experience while providing valuable technical support.  He also volunteers with the Gardens on Spring Creek and is a handyman and flood recovery project lead for Volunteers of America.  He enjoys using his skills to provide service to others in multiple capacities, and looks forward to continuing to do so for several more years.
 
Steve Peterson - Vice President
Steve was raised in Minnesota where he attended the University of Minnesota and received a degree in business management.  After college, he joined the construction and materials industry where he worked for over 30 years.  He retired as a senior executive with Lafarge North America in 2014.  Steve, along with his wife Carol and family moved to Fort Collins in 1995.  Career retirement has allowed Steve to spend more time with family, enjoy the outdoors and getting more involved in the community.  He has enjoyed his time as a driver for Meals on Wheels.
 
David Eads-Treasurer
David is a fee-only Certified Financial Planner™, specializing in investment management and financial planning. He is the Vice President of Colorado Financial Management and chairs the firm’s Investment Committee. David sits on the Board of Directors for the Loveland Center for Business Development (LCBD) and Stir (Loveland’s young professional organization). He’s an active member of the Loveland Rotary Club.  David spent the first seven years of his professional career at U.S. Engineering Company as a Project Engineer and Project Manager. He was on the project management teams of many of the region’s most complex construction projects including the Medical Center of the Rockies, Embassy Suites Loveland, Colorado State University – Research Innovation Center and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Facility (cGMP), NCAR’s Wyoming Supercomputing Center in Cheyenne, WY, and the new Exempla St. Joseph Hospital in Denver.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University in 2006. A Loveland resident since 1983, He and his wife Rachel have a son Bradley and two dogs.
 
Pam Johannsen - Secretary
Pam has a deep commitment to causes supporting the issues of food insecurity.  She began her Monday Meals on Wheels route over a decade ago as a member of the National Charity League, Inc., Fort Collins Chapter.  She now serves as Vice President on the NCL, Inc. Board of Directors with governing responsibilities for the organization’s 202 Chapters and 56,000 members.  Her professional career has been devoted to project, event and administrative management at Colorado State University.  She welcomes this opportunity to support Meals on Wheels as a member of the board.
 
Dell Howard 
Dell was born and raised in Washington, DC and came to Colorado to attend CU Boulder in the 70’s and forgot to ever go home!  Married to Steve for 33 years, they have five children, three of whom were adopted from India and the Philippines. Prior to having kids, she worked as a dental assistant, office manager and a probation officer.  She has served on various boards, from their Homeowners’ Association to Colorado Wildlife Coalition to Westfield Pool.  Of course, with five kids raised in Poudre School District, she has been Room Mother/Team Mom/Team Parent for countless teams over the years.  Recently, Dell  worked part-time in  a small law office for about 10 years. With their youngest a sophomore at Montana State, she is excited to be able to focus her energies on Meals on Wheels and the wonderful service they offer our community!
 
Liz Hollowell
Liz was born in Kearney, Nebraska and grew up in Lincoln, the middle of seven children. She moved to Denver in 1970 and worked for Mercy Hospital for nineteen years. During that time Liz went to Metro State College and received her Certified Dietary Manager Certification from the University of Florida.  Mercy Hospital was part of Provident Health Partners and closed in 1995. She then transferred to the St. Anthony Health System where she worked until 2005, at which time she  moved to Fort Collins and started her career with Poudre Valley Hospital. Liz became Regional Director for University of Colorado Health in December, 2012.  Liz enjoys cooking, decorating, walking and spending time with her large family and friends, and cheering for the Nebraska football team.
 
Lynn Meyer
Lynn has spent most of her business career in administrative management in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Her experience includes managing client services and human resources for management consulting firms and for a law firm.  She and her husband retired to Fort Collins in 2004.  Since then she has been a volunteer driver and an office volunteer for Meals on Wheels for Fort Collins.  She is the immediate past President of her HOA’s Board of Directors, and served on that board for 4½ years.
 
Gretchen Osborn
Gretchen, native daughter of Fort Collins, has been a longtime supporter of Meals on Wheels.  She brings enthusiasm and passion for serving the clients.  Gretchen serves on the fundraising committee, and faithfully delivers meals on Thursdays.  She is a long time community volunteer for many local service groups and is an avid world traveling angler!
 
Nancy Vahrenwald
Nancy has called Fort Collins home since 1971 and is the mother of four wonderful children. Nancy volunteers with many organizations in a variety of capacities including House Corporation President of the CSU chapter of Pi Beta Phi, Board member with the Poudre School District Foundation, and Landscape Board member with The Reserve at Fossil Lake Ranch.  After volunteering with MOW as a driver for many years, Nancy is delighted to expand her involvement by joining the board.