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Board of Directors

Information on District Board Members & others


Considering becoming a board member?  We are offering reading materials regarding our rules and regulations, by-laws and pre-attending meetings to become familiar with our procedures.  You would also be assigned to a current board member to be able to converse and ask questions.


  1. Registered Colorado voter
  2. Resident of the district
  3. Owner of taxable real or personal property



Vice Chairman


Assistant Treasurer - DRAFT

Communication & Construction - DRAFT


Non-Voting Employees of the District

  -  Recording Secretary 

  -  Fire Chief

Chairman - Suzanne Burks

(Appointed on March 15, 2023)


I moved to the Deer Mountain Fire Protection District in September of 2021. I have a masters degree in elementary education and in Health & Wellness with an emphasis in grief and bereavement. As a member of this community, I feel compelled and honored to support the fire department in whatever ways I can. Living in a mountain community has always been my dream, yet it comes with many dangers which become even greater without the presence of fire fighting and emergency personnel. I am thankful for all who work for, with and support our fire district.

I am married to Daryl Burks. Together, we have two rescue horses and four dogs.

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Vice Chairman - Rose Abel

(Appointed March 15, 2023)


Hi I'm Rose Abel I have lived in Colorado for 4 years moved here from Missouri. I'm a mother of 5 a grandmother of 9 and 9 great which I miss and love dearly. I love Colorado and I'm retired so I thought I would volunteer at the fire station. 

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Communication, Grants and Construction Director - Cathy Mask

(Appointed on September 20, 2023)


Assistant Treasurer - Nancy Mickelson

(Appointed on May 17, 2023)


Nancy Mickelson has lived in the Glen Vista neighborhood since 2021.  Nancy is a geologist that has worked primarily managing soil and groundwater quality investigations and environmental compliance issues related to real estate ownership and sales. 

As the owner of an environmental consulting company for 16 years, Nancy hopes to apply her technical knowledge and business communication experience to the DMFPD.

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Treasurer - Gretchen Abel

(Appointed July 2, 2022)


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Fire Chief  - Rick Cleveland

(Appointed interim on April 28, 2022 and hired on November 16, 2022)


I am a Colorado native, born and raised in Arvada, Colorado. I was with the Arvada Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years and retired as a Lieutenant.

In 1997, I got married to my wife, Pam. We just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary this year! We love camping, fishing, stock-car racing, and riding in hot air balloons.

I enjoy being on Deer Mountain Fire Department; helping in our community; helping the Fire Department grow; and meeting good people in our community. We love the mountains and love living in this community. I am proud to be Deer Mountain Fire Chief.

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Recording Secretary - Anita Gregg


I am originally from rural Pennsylvania. My husband Scott and I are the proud parents to two great kids. We moved to Colorado in 1993 to provide them with a better quality of life. We purchased our land in the mountains in the summer of 2008 and moved into our log home in 2016. We have traveled quite a bit over the years and choosing to retire in the beauty we discovered here was not a hard decision. 

My B.A. in Business Administration has helped in all of my professional life, but especially as a small business owner. I have worked 18 years within Colorado school districts. Working in education, I have learned that communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration are essential skills for success. These skills I use daily and bring to my position as recording secretary.

Oversight Committee Lead - Rachel Vinson

Rachel coordinates questions or concerns between the community and board members.  

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