Our hard working team is constantly on the lookout for new ideas and programs that get more people involved, inspire philanthropy and power community.

We are a team dedicated to sharing big ideas and visions, innovative strategies and hard work. We love being part of an organization that is creating tangible change.

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Emily Nightingale

Philanthropy and Communications Assistant

720.898.5930

Emily Nightingale

Philanthropy and Communications Assistant

"I care about supporting and encouraging each unique individual, making sure they feel heard and understood and just making the world a little brighter."

720.898.5930
enightingale@CommunityFirstFoundation.org


Emily joined Community First Foundation in April 2018. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked as a Client Engagement Specialist at Zillow Group. There she supported paid advertisers by connecting them with agent-ready consumers.

Emily earned a B.S. in Human Services from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Community Participation:

  • Champions are Readers, Mentor, 2013 - 2016
  • Best Buddies, Mentor, 2013 - 2016
  • March for Dimes, Runner, 2016 and 2017

Lynda Ricketson, CFRE

Vice President of Philanthropic Services

720.898.5916

Lynda Ricketson, CFRE

Vice President of Philanthropic Services

 "I'm passionate about increasing the strength of the nonprofit sector, connecting donors to their passion and making the community a better place."

720.898.5916
lricketson@CommunityFirstFoundation.org


Lynda joined Community First Foundation in May 2016. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as Vice President of Philanthropy at The Women’s Foundation of Colorado and Director of Development and Alumni Giving at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. She also held a philanthropic advisory position at Rose Community Foundation.

Lynda earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with a writing concentration at the University of Denver and a Bachelor’s in English at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She received a Certified Fund Raising Executive designation by CFRE International in 2014.

Community Participation:

  • Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Board Member and Secretary (2014 – present)
  • Institute for Leaders in Development, Steering Committee Member and Chair of the Capstone Committee (2012 – present)
  • Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable, Member (2008 – present)
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (2008 – present)

Rebecca Olchawa Barker

Director of Philanthropic Services

720.898.5933

Rebecca Olchawa Barker

Director of Philanthropic Services

"I care about empowering individuals, specifically providing children with the support, resources and opportunities to pursue their dreams and achieve the things they never thought they could."

720.898.5933
rbarker@CommunityFirstFoundation.org


Rebecca joined Community First Foundation in August 2017 with more than 13 years of experience in development. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the Associate Director of Major and Planned Giving at History Colorado. Additional experience includes fundraising roles at National Jewish Health, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Colorado Environmental Coalition and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Arts at Western Michigan University. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Leaders in Development at the University of Denver, class of 2013. Rebecca grew up in a Chicago suburb, but the lure of the mountains persuaded her and her husband to relocate to Denver in 2007.

Community Participation:

  • Institute for Leaders in Development, volunteer (2017- present)
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals, Board Member (2014-2015)
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals, Member (2010-present)
  • Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable, Member (2013-present)