Who We Are

Kristin-SteadmanKristin Steadman
Founder and Executive Director

Kristin is the Founder and Executive Director of Night Lights. Night Lights was started out of her experience of raising 2 children; 1 of which has special needs. There is an ever-constant balancing act with parenting a child with special needs and a typically developing child; not to mention the time and energy it takes to care for a marriage, jobs, home life and one’s own health. There was pivotal point in the grieving process for Kristin, where she decided she needed to do something bigger. She knew the needs of the families first hand, and how crucial it is to have a break.

Night Lights become an official non-profit organization with it’s own 501c3 status in November of 2012. As the Executive Director of Night Lights, Kristin sits on the Board of Directors for Night Lights, which is comprised of 6 other individuals, who have a deep passion for seeing this program reach as many families as possible. Kristin transitioned out of her position at WaterStone Community Church after 5 ½ years in ministry, into the full time position as Executive Director of Night Lights. She has a degree in Exercise Physiology from The University of Texas at Arlington, and moved to Colorado with her husband in the fall of 2001.

In her free time, Kristin enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her family is the true source of her inspiration and passion. They enjoy fishing, hiking, watching movies and cooking together.

Night Lights Board of Directors

David-Reeves-David Reeves
Board Chair

David Reeves is the Director of Pastoral Care at The Medical Center of Aurora where he has been for 11 years. He received his Graduate degree from Denver Seminary (M.Div.) and a BA from The College of Wooster (OH) in Religious Studies. He is ordained by The Conservative Baptist Association. He is in further training to be endorsed by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education as a Supervisor. He is married and has four children (Ages 16, 14, 10, 8). His hobbies include reading and running with an occasionally triathlon.

 

Mary-NelsonMary Nelson
Board Vice Chair

Mary is a Colorado native. She grew up in Lakewood and found a passion for children with special needs through a middle school program that involved volunteering at Fletcher Miller, a Jefferson County school for students with physical and medical needs. Mary continued to volunteer at Fletcher Miller throughout high school, and these experiences led her to pursue degrees in Deaf Education and Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Today, Mary is back where it all began, teaching preschool at Fletcher Miller.

When Mary isn’t in school, she is busy at home with her husband and two daughters, ages 7 & 4. In true Colorado style, they enjoy summers spent in tents and sleeping bags and winters spent soaring down snow covered mountains (though usually in sleds or tubes as opposed to skis). Mary also spends quite a bit of time on the tennis court, both playing and teaching her daughters to play. She was introduced to Night Lights through a student in her classroom and has enjoyed serving on the board of such a worthy organization.

 

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Colette is a 1974 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a degree in Occupational Therapy. She is a Registered Occupational Therapist and has practiced in settings ranging from schools, to hospitals, to rehabilitation facilities. A mother of four children, including her youngest, Hanna, who has Down syndrome, Colette has been active in a number of community programs serving individuals with special needs. She co-founded and chaired the Research Group for what was then the Mile High Down Syndrome Association, and was instrumental in program development and fundraising for that organization. Her involvement in Nights Lights is driven by a longstanding passion for individuals with special needs and their families, a profound belief in the potential of every individual, and an abiding faith in God’s love for His creation. Her interests include scrapbooking, hiking, gardening, weekend cycling dates with her husband, Bible study and various programs associated with Waterstone Community Church.

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Timothy-Gordon-AtkinsonScott Davis
Board Secretary

Throughout his life, Scott has been blessed by the friendship of many people having special needs; not only in school and his own community, but also in his time spent with organizations such as Imagine! (formerly Developmental Disabilities Center), Developmental Disabilities Resource Center (DDRC) of Jefferson County, and Exempla Colorado Lutheran Home. Although most of his experience has been with adults with special needs, Scott has enjoyed every moment spent with the wonderful kids and volunteers in the Night Lights program since its very first event in March of 2011.

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Scott has spent the bulk of his professional career in the Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) industry, addressing the unique business needs of health plans and caregivers.  He is an active member of the Colorado Healthcare Strategy and Management (CHSM) organization and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Scott earned his MBA in Healthcare Industry Management from Regis University and holds a B.S. in Business Administration & Marketing from Colorado Christian University.

On weekends, Scott can be found backpacking through one of Colorado’s wilderness areas, golfing (poorly), flyfishing (poorly), or driving his 1964 Studebaker to a local car show.

SuzetteSuzette Fitzgerald
Board Member

Suzette and her family first encountered Night Lights as attendees at the Castle Rock site.  Suzette and her husband Jeff have three children: Claire, a freshman in high school, and twins Nathan and Daniel who are seventh graders.  Nathan and Daniel are severely impacted by autism and have mental handicaps.  Having experienced first-hand the blessing it can be to have loving, qualified people offer to entertain and care for her boys, Suzette enthusiastically became a member of the Night Lights board in order to help further this ministry to as many people as possible.

Suzette is a speech-language pathologist working at Early Start Speech and Language.  She specializes in treating children younger than age three who have speech and language delays.  Suzette graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with her B.A. and George Washington University with her M.A.

A Colorado native, Suzette has done her fair share of “roughing it” and now prefers to head up to the mountains to enjoy a nice weekend in a condo.  She also enjoys reading and traveling to any place with a beach.

CarolCarol Osborn
Board Member

Carol grew up in Southern California where she began a career in nursing as an operating room nurse. She later earned a degree in Christian Education from Biola University and subsequently served as Children’s Director in a local church.
Desiring to serve in overseas missions she spent a year at a hospital in central India. After her return she met and married Ed and they have two grown children and 6 grandchildren. In 1993 her family moved to Colorado and she found a position at Littleton Day Surgery Center and worked there 8 years serving as Director of Nursing for 2 yrs before retiring in 2003. While volunteering at Waterstone Community Church she got to know Kristin and became part of a group Kristin gathered to investigate the possibility of establishing a respite program for children with special needs. Their passion became hers as she worked beside them to find a way to serve the families of these children by providing a safe and fun environment for them.  She has continued to serve as Nurse Coordinator on the Waterstone Leadership Team since it’s inception and loves watching these children, with special needs and without, interact with the kind and loving volunteers who continue to come to serve. Of all her volunteer roles being with Night Lights fills a special place of joy and satisfaction.
Craig Shannon
Board Member

Craig Shannon has been self- employed for the majority of his adult life. He was twenty-eight years old when he started working for himself. All of those years have been spent purchasing, owning and operating successful small businesses in the Denver Metro area. He and his wife moved to Colorado in the late seventies specifically to open their own business, a Kwik Kopy Printing franchise. He was pleased to be able to put together the financing and purchase of his first Dairy Queen in 1982. From there he has purchased and sold a number of other Dairy Queens and in 2011 he had the opportunity to branch out to a full service restaurant and bar in Sidney, NE.

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In his free time, he enjoys biking, visiting art galleries and touring the Colorado mountains. He tries to donate around 20 hours per month to various friends in need and Christian organizations.

In addition, Craig and his wife are two of our dedicated Littleton volunteers.

 

 

 

 

Staff

CarlaCarla Shepherd
Executive Administrative Assistant

Carla Shepherd is thrilled to be part of the Night Lights team. Carla grew up in the Colorado Springs area where she met her husband, dedicated Night Lights volunteer, Scott. She got her degree in Veterinary Technology in March of 2002. Then, she stayed home with her 3 children for over 10 years, until one day Night Lights was looking for an Administrative Assistant. Although she didn’t know at the time that she was looking for a job, Night Lights has been a perfect fit for her and her family. She loves the flexibility of working around her children’s schedules and for a nonprofit that is helping so many families.

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Carla is an active volunteer with Girl Scouts, in her children’s PTA and the Children’s program at Waterstone. Carla is the mother of one of our Bright Lights in Littleton and aunt to two of our kids in the Castle Rock program. When Carla isn’t volunteering or updating the Night Lights Facebook page and website, she enjoys hiking, mud runs, skiing, photography and hanging out with family and good friends.

 

Click below to meet our Night Lights Leadership and Training Team at:

Littleton- Waterstone 

Castle Rock- Plum Creek

Parker- Southeast