OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kristin Steadman
Founder and Board President

Kristin Steadman is the Founder of Night Lights and started the organization because of her own journey raising her two children; one who has an ultra-rare neurogenetic disability and one who is typically developing. Kristin completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and became a registered nurse to care for her son. Her greatest passion with Night Lights is providing safe and accepting respite care to families of children with special needs and their siblings, as she understands first-hand the need for a much-needed break. She enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, outdoor Colorado activities and watching sports.

Craig Shannon

Craig has been on the Board from the very beginning. He was one of Night Lights’s original volunteers. As a matter of fact, he and his wife Janice brought the idea for Night Lights to WCC while volunteering for a similar group through Denver University. It was called Night Owls. Knowing how much room there was at WCC, they thought it could work. Craig has a heart for special needs kids which has grown stronger as the years go by. Between the two organizations, he has volunteered for twelve years. Craig is the owner/operator of nine Dairy Queens which are located in the Denver Metro area and throughout Colorado. He has been in the Dairy Queen business for over fifty years. Serving on the Boards of non-profits is one of the ways that Craig gives back. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, spending time at his cabin, and traveling. His two favorite places to go are Jackson, Wyoming to visit his daughter and son-in-law, and Hawaii to visit his son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.

Matt Vogan Board Secretary

Matthew Vogan has served as Night Lights Secretary since August 2023. Matthew has been in education for over two decades as a teacher and learning specialist in a variety of programs including Affective Needs , Significant Needs , and Moderate Needs. He currently works in JeffCO schools as a learning specialist and department chair for Collegiate Academy Charter. Matthew holds an undergraduate degree in Music Composition from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and has his M.A. in Special Education from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He has volunteered for many organizations in several capacities including middle school youth groups for over 15 years, playing saxophone on church worship teams for over 20 years, and serving kids in foster care through Royal Family Kids for the past 6 years.

Reid Christopherson

Reid, President of MaxAssets Inc. has been on Nights Lights Board of Directors since December 2022. He wanted the opportunity to serve an organization that provides a critical service to the many families with children with special needs. Reid has over 35 years of broad business experience including corporate positions, consulting, and university teaching. Since 2008 he has been self-employed in a variety of industries including healthcare, manufacturing, transportation and service industries. A native of Minnesota, Reid has in Colorado Springs since 2007. In addition to running his businesses, he is committed to giving back through church, community, and men’s groups. In his spare time he enjoys skiing, golfing, hiking, and camping. Most important is spending time with the family, particularly his 3 year old granddaughter.

Dave Shaw

Mr. Shaw is a Mergers and Acquisition Specialist for small to mid-sized companies. He has 40 years experience in business management in a variety of industries - IT, hospitality, franchising , professional services and more. He currently volunteers as a mentor for the SBA’s SCORE program providing guidance to Colorado business owners in addition to consulting for his private clients. Dave is very excited to be helping the Night Lights organization. He became empassioned with the special needs community when he and his wife developed a device that helped improve cognitive functioning. This device has been used to help people of all ages in the special needs world. Dave attended Colorado State University, is married and has lived in Colorado all his adult life. He has two daughters and five grandchildren. He enjoys hiking, scuba diving and spending time with his family.

Dawn Gonzales

Serving the real estate community in the Denver Metro area since 2012, Dawn holds an Employing Broker level license in the state of Colorado. She has garnered many awards and honors for top sales production during her licensure. Dawn has graduated dozens of agents from her program, some of which, are now mentoring agents as well. She is also the former Owner and Managing Broker of a Denver-based real estate brokerage firm that she founded with her late husband, Gabriel. Dawn has been a long-time supporter of the Nights Lights organization. The Mission and Vision touch a tender place in her heart as her youngest son, nearly 25, is high functioning autistic. Though these weren't resources she was aware of as a young mom, she is thrilled to champion the journey of other families!

Jennie Lie

Jennie Lie has served as a pediatric speech-language pathologist in the Denver Metro area for 28 years. She currently works in home healthcare with Solace Pediatric Healthcare where she holds several leadership roles. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology from Butler University and a Master’s in Communication Disorders and Speech Sciences from the University of Colorado. Along with her volunteer work with multiple non-profits, her passions include all things “Disney” and musical theater. Jennie is the proud parent of 3 amazing adult children and has recently begun enjoying the “empty nester life” with her husband! Jennie’s experience with special needs children has allowed her to see first hand the great need for families to have safe and trusted respite care! It is because of this passion and understanding that she serves on the Board of Directors for NightLights!

Reginald Norman

Reginald (Reggie) Norman Junior is a proud husband, and father of three children with special needs. I have a bachelors and master's degrees in Criminology. I spent 5 years working in the Criminal Justice Field before discovering my true passion, teaching students with special needs. Family is incredibly important to me, and I strive to be a positive role model for my loved ones. As a husband and father, I understand the value of compassion, empathy, and support, and I bring these qualities to my work as well. For the past 14 years, I have been working as a special education teacher. I also serve as a volunteer girl’s basketball coach. I believe that education, sports and extracurricular activities play a vital role in all children's development regardless of their abilities.

WANT TO JOIN OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS?

Expectations:

  • Provide leadership and planning. The main focus of the board is to provide financial oversight, fundraising support, accountability, and uphold the mission and vision of Night Lights.
  • Meet regularly. Our current meeting schedule is once each month.
  • Assist with fundraising.
  • Represent Night Lights in the community.
  • Advocate for the Night Lights mission.
  • Help Night Lights reach more families.
  • Help with volunteer appreciation and other site-related activities.
  • Believers in the Christian faith (we do not ask for personal faith statements, and we do not require a specific denomination).
  • Donate.  The frequency and amount do not matter as long as there is at least 1 donation each year.
  • The main focus of the board is to provide financial oversight, fundraising support, accountability, and uphold the mission and vision of Night Lights.

Apply To Join Our Board of Directors:

Jenna McAfee

Broomfield Nurse since 2021

Mary Rae Pacheco

Littleton Nurse since 2011

Erica Coates

Arvada Nurse since 2018