Rich Devlin, President
Rich Devlin is a lawyer and aspiring writer. His nonfiction life includes business and legal jobs in the telecommunications industry, the longest being a 13-year stint as EVP-General Counsel for Sprint Corporation, running a pro bono law firm, and serving on numerous nonprofit boards in Kansas City, Winter Park, and Denver. He received a BS in industrial Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and his JD from Fordham University School of Law. His fiction life involves inventing twisted characters that cannot stay out of trouble. Rich and his wife, Kim Linin, an interior designer, live in Winter Park and enjoy outdoor activities.
Rudy Melena, Vice-President
Rudy has been an educator all his life. Born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado, he graduated from Colorado College with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a minor in elementary education. He taught fifth grade for18 years in Canon City, Colorado where, in 1991, he was selected Elementary Teacher of the Year for Fremont County. He was an elementary principal in Jefferson County for 14 years. Kyffin Elementary, where he was principal for 9 years, was consistently ranked Excellent by the state. In 2002, he opened Blue Heron Elementary in Grant Ranch, managing the construction budget and developing the school’s educational philosophy. During his time in Jefferson County, he successfully facilitated conflict mediation that involved families of minority students and administrators. Rudy participated in the Book Project developed by Lighthouse Writers. During the two-year program, he wrote 16 short stories and a novel. His short stories have appeared in speechbubblezine.com and Green Hills Literary Lantern. He has served on the Board of Directors for Lighthouse Writers since 2015.
Lynda Ricketson, Secretary
Lynda is the director of development for Community First Foundation, where she has the joy of helping nearly 100 nonprofit endowment partners to grow their endowments to build for the future. Additionally, Lynda helps donors to make a difference in ways that matter to them. Lynda started her career at the Women’s Foundation of Colorado in 1991 and served as a development coordinator until 1997, when she joined Rose Community Foundation as a program officer and philanthropy advisor for 12 years. During her time at Rose Community Foundation, she evaluated grant applications in the areas of aging, child & family development, education, and health and worked with individuals and families to achieve their strategic philanthropic goals. Lynda served as director of development and alumni giving for the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work for eight years. Lynda has a bachelor of arts with a creative writing concentration from Metropolitan State University of Colorado and a master of liberal studies, creative writing concentration, from the University College at the University of Denver. Lynda has more than 25 years of experience in the philanthropic sector and is a Certified Fund Raising Professional. She is a member of the Institute for Leaders in Development steering committee and serves as chair of the Capstone Committee.
Randy Sylvan, Treasurer
Randy Sylvan has over 20 years of financial-management experience within the telecommunications industry and is currently a senior director with Comcast Cable where he oversees the budgeting and forecasting for national engineering capital investments. Randall has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Colorado State University, and a Masters of Arts in Education from the University of Colorado, Denver. Randall has taken workshops at Lighthouse for six years and enjoys writing about balancing career and parenting responsibilities (or not balancing as is oftentimes the case). Randall also serves on the Sewall Child Development board where he is Co-Treasurer. Randall enjoys playing golf, reading about history, and hanging with his wife, Elizabeth, and playing with their two sons, Joseph and Daniel.
Rick Bailey is a lawyer at the Burg Simpson law firm. From 2000 through 2002, Mr. Bailey served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for AT&T Broadband, where he served as senior legal counsel and local government affairs officer for the 40,000-employee cable and broadband division of AT&T Corp. . Between June 1997 and April 2000, Mr. Bailey was the Senior Vice President of Federal Government Affairs for AT&T Corp, responsible for the day-to-day operations of AT&T’s federal government affairs office and its relations with the Executive Branch, the Congress, the State Department, the FCC and other regulatory agencies, trade associations and think-tanks in Washington, D.C.. Prior to joining AT&T in 1988, Mr. Bailey was a trial lawyer in Chicago. He received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin, graduating cum laude, in 1982. Mr. Bailey is also a 1979 graduate of Illinois State University, having received a BS, with honors, in Political Science. Mr. Bailey is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Colorado, Wisconsin and the US Court of Federal Claims.
Stephanie Bruno owns and operates SBWA, LLC a boutique wealth advising practice where she works to improve the impact of money in people’s lives. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelor of Arts in English from The Ohio State University. She is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary®, a Certified Financial Planner and a Certified Private Wealth Advisor®. She is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association, the Purposeful Planning Collaboration and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. Aside from serving on the Lighthouse board, Stephanie participates in the development and strategic planning committees. Additionally, she volunteers her time with the Women’s Foundation of Colorado on their board of trustees and serves as chair of the investment committee. She also participates on the Colorado Zoological Trust board. She lives in Denver with her partner Steve de Beer, his two beautiful daughters and their three dogs. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, hiking, biking, running, skiing, reading, and writing.
Sierra E. Fleenor
Sierra E. Fleenor serves as Director of College Access and Success for the Colorado Department of Higher Education where she directs the Colorado Challenge, a program aimed at implementing student success strategies for low-income, first-generation college students. Raised in the Rocky Mountains of southern Colorado, she graduated from Colorado College with a B.A. in religion. She then worked at Colorado College in Student Life for two years, where she received the Nelson-Cisneros Award in recognition for her work to support diversity. Sierra continued her studies at Harvard University’s Divinity School, where she completed her Master in Theological Studies focusing on literary arts and religion. Sierra also volunteers at Judi’s House, a non-profit in Denver that serves students who are grieving the loss of a parent or a sibling and is a newer member of the Board of Lighthouse. In her free time, Sierra reads and writes avidly. Her work has been featured in literary magazines, The Wick and Divinitas, and two anthologies: Class Lives (Cornell University) and In the Biblical Sense (self-published by editors). She also finds time to enjoy the beauty that is Colorado with her friends, her dog, and her partner.
Nick Franciose is an engineer with QEP Resources, where his primary focus is structuring transactions in the upstream energy sector. He earned his B.S. in physics from the University of Mary Washington, and his M.S. in mechanical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. An aspiring writer, Nick has been a Lighthouse member since 2007 and he counts himself fortunate to be part of such a thriving literary community. In his spare time, Nick enjoys skiing, soccer, and golf. He has served on the Lighthouse Board since 2016.
Deanne Gertner has been a member of Lighthouse since 2007, works as a Project Manager for NINE dot ARTS, a Denver-based art consulting firm that uses the power of original art to transform environments into experiences. She received an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2013 with a focus on short stories and has an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Regis University. Since high school, Deanne has volunteered for such diverse organizations as the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Metro State’s Center for Visual Art, the Colorado Nonprofit Association, Create Denver, and One of Ninety-Nine. Deanne currently serves the board of CultureHaus, the Denver Art Museum's young professional support group, where she brings views of Denver's top rare and private art collections to members.
Sarah Gilbert is the Director of Operations and IT at boutique, international executive talent development organization and an aspiring science fiction writer. Sarah has a masters degree in Journalism & Communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder and worked as a newspaper reporter for a number of years before joining a technology start-up. She has an undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Queen’s University. Her extended family, including her parents, are Canadians. Sarah is a participant in The Book Project, a 2-year program developed by Lighthouse. She lives in Denver with her wife, a botanist, and their two daughters.
Annette Taylor is a molecular geneticist and lover of the arts. She is currently scientific director of molecular genetics at Esoterix Coagulation, Laboratory Corporation of America. Previously the founder, president and CEO of Kimball Genetics, she has extensive experience in strategic planning, business development, marketing, and education to empower patients and physicians. Annette is board-certified in both clinical molecular genetics and genetic counseling. She earned a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from UCLA, a master's in genetic counseling from the University of Colorado, and a bachelor's in biology, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College. She has more than 50 scientific research publications in the fields of fragile X syndrome and celiac disease. Annette has served on the American College of Medical Genetics Quality Assurance Committee and Intellectual Property Committee and has contributed to guidelines for genetic testing. She has also served on the Department of Veteran Affairs Genomic Medicine Program Advisory Committee and in the Personalized Health Care Working Group of the Department of Health and Human Services. Annette has taken classes at Lighthouse Writers since 2011 and is honored to be a member of the Book Project. She has served on the board of directors at Lighthouse since 2016. Annette embraces story and metaphor in all of the arts, and she especially loves theater and the visual arts in addition to the literary world. She enjoys photography and the wild west outdoors and cherishes time with beloved friends and her daughter.