Meet Our Dedicated Leadership Team
Eve is a wife and mother to five children and a practicing physician anesthesiologist in Littleton, CO. She attended Catholic school through eighth grade and graduated from the University of Notre Dame and Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. She believes in the value of a Catholic school education and has seen firsthand the benefits in her life as well as those of her older four children. When her youngest daughter, Anna, was born with Down syndrome, Eve and her husband discovered the FIRE Foundation in Kansas City, MO and went on to found the Denver affiliate with three other families in 2021. She is excited to share the blessings Anna has brought to her family with the wider Denver Catholic school community.
Jessica Johnson is a former Catholic school teacher and private tutor with a Master’s Degree in Educational Theory and Practice. After her son’s prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis, Jessica and her husband, Chris, were disappointed to face the reality that Liam would be turned away from Catholic school. As a current full-time mother to two children, she joined FIRE Denver because she values Catholic education and desires to see children of all abilities thrive in our faith communities.
Jill Ann Perry Hall, Ph.D.
Jill Ann Perry Hall, Ph.D., is a wife and mother of four. She has lived in Colorado for 20 years, after attending Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Her passion for inclusion began when she was a teacher and recognized that the myriad of abilities and struggles her students faced. Her focus on helping these students led her to a graduate degree in School Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. In 2010, Jill and her husband welcomed their third child, Anna, into the world. Anna has Down syndrome, and she has taught Jill more than any of her courses could about living fully despite disabilities. Jill is thrilled to bring more opportunities to students in the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Denver by working with the FIRE Foundation of Denver.
David A. Holden
Dave is a husband and father of 3 with 2 grandchildren. He and his wife Joanie are Colorado natives. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Archdiocese of Denver from December 2002 to March 2014 upon his retirement. Dave was a board member of various other entities within the Archdiocese and served as a member of the Accounting Practices Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. From 1996 through 2002, Dave was the controller and then the CFO of Ascent Entertainment Group, Inc. From 1981 through 1995, Dave worked as a CPA for the international accounting and consulting firm of Deloitte & Touche, LLP.
Dave has provided financial consulting services to other Catholic dioceses in the US and volunteer financial advisory services to non-profits in the Denver area. Dave and Joanie gratefully assist the Carmelite Monastery, located in Littleton.
Abriana Chilelli serves as Associate Superintendent for Academic Renewal for the Archdiocese of Denver Office of Catholic Schools. She believes deeply in the necessity of inclusion in Catholic education, and that inclusion flows from the mission of our schools to form students to receive the love of God. Abriana has an undergraduate degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from University of Colorado, and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Notre Dame’s Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program. She lives in Littleton with her husband and four children.
Kate Flynn is the mother of three children, two with Down syndrome, and an advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the life of the Church. A social worker, Kate has experience advocating for people with developmental and physical disabilities. Kate has a Bachelors in Social Work from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and a Masters in Social Work from the Catholic University of America.
Wesley M. Hardin
Wesley M. Hardin is a husband and proud father of four children. He is a Denver Native and attended Regis Jesuit High School graduating in 1998. He owns and operates a family run real estate company in the Denver Metro Area. Their two oldest children attend Our Lady of Loreto Catholic School in Foxfield, Co. Wesley and Krista’s fourth child, Benedict was born with Down Syndrome on July 2, 2021. Wesley sits as an original board member of RMRPI (Rocky Mountain Research & Prevention Institute) for the past 19 years. RMRPI is the founder of the Colorado Kids 1st License Plate as their mission is to provide funding for injury prevention and protection for Colorado children. Wesley believes in the benefits of a Catholic education and is excited to join the Fire Foundation in hopes to provide children with disabilities the same opportunity. He and his family reside in Parker, Colorado.
With more than twenty-five years of experience in the marketing field, Lori brings the same keen sense of style and level of detail to her wardrobe that she does to her business. As the marketing integration guru, she has knowledge and experience in all aspects of marketing, advertising, PR, Internet and social programs. Where Lori truly shines, however, is her ability to bring each of those areas together. Her experience with national and local brands such as Big O Tires, Pentax Imaging, Papa John’s Pizza, Arc Thrift Stores, Hain Celestial, Massage Envy and Orange Glo enable her to contribute a strong understanding of the intricacies of today’s consumer and business motivators. Lori brings her talents and skills in marketing to the FIRE Foundation of Denver team as a new Board Member and Chair of the Marketing Committee.
Susan Selner-Wright, Ph.D.
Susan Selner-Wright, PhD, holds the Archbishop Chaput Chair of Philosophy at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver. She and her husband, Terry, have two adult children who are the light of their lives. Their son, 24, is intellectually and musically gifted. Their daughter, 22, is intellectually disabled (due to a rare chromosomal anomoly, Tetrasomy 18p) but can sing any song she’s heard more than once and is spiritually far ahead of the rest of her family. Susan is honored to serve on the Fire Denver Board of Directors to help assure that all kids can be welcomed in Catholic schools and all kids can learn from each other and form the adults in their lives.
Kyle Van Frank
Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Kyle Van Frank is a nonprofit leader and creative storyteller committed to leaving the world better than he found it. A product of Catholic K-12 education, Kyle attended The University of Alabama and received a BA in Theatre with a Concentration in Musical Theatre, as well as double minors in Spanish and Political Science. After graduation, Kyle’s work as a professional actor, director, and teaching artist took him around the country to venues in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, and Tennessee. For two years, his work with Florida Studio Theatre’s WRITE A PLAY program provided opportunities to teach playwriting to students in grades K-12 across the country, as well as a virtual residency to students in Israel. Following his time in Florida, Kyle spent two years working as the Director of Alumni for his alma mater, St. Benedict at Auburndale High School. There, Kyle increased alumni giving by 300% and served as the Assistant Director for the school’s development, admissions, communications, and special events efforts, planning and contributing to nearly 50 events. Kyle is a Sullivan Scholar, a Blackburn Fellow, and a recent graduate of University of Denver’s Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership program where he studied Mission-Driven Operations & Management and Philanthropy & Resource Development. Kyle is excited to contribute to the work of FIRE Denver and looks forward to helping the organization grow and expand its impact.
Fr. Nathan Goebel – Chaplain
Father Nathan Goebel is a priest of the Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado, and is presently the pastor of Saint Joan of Arc Parish in Arvada. Originally from Central Illinois he came to Colorado in 2006 working as a FOCUS Missionary; soon after discerning a call to the priesthood for Denver. Looking for priestly community, he was blessed to see the beginnings of the Companions of Christ in Denver and joined soon after its inception in 2007. Father Nathan has his undergraduate in political science from the University of Illinois and graduated from seminary with degrees in philosophy and theology. He joined the FIRE Denver board to further the promotion and inclusion of all children and their families in the common endeavor of Catholic Education.
Casey Gunning – FIRE Ambassador
Casey was born on St. Patrick’s Day, along with her twin sister, Shannon, who is a Sister of Life nun in New York. Casey grew up in CA and CO and graduated from high school in Highlands Ranch. She then went on to attend Eastern New Mexico University for two years where she received her Early Childhood Education Certificate. She lived independently with her sister, Shannon and two other roommates, for ten years and works as a childcare assistant at a pre-school in Littleton. Casey is active in her community and is a Eucharistic minister at St. Frances Cabrini parish. She is a board member of Tall Tales Ranch, attends Higher Vision Education classes and participates in All Stars. She loves spending time with her many friends. Casey recently spoke with Sr. Mary Casey at the Jan. 20, 2023 March for Life in D.C. See our news page for details.