Meet The Founders & Mentors
Brooke Elder, Arvada Fire
I've been in the fire service for 7 years and a paramedic for 6. I'm a FF/Paramedic at Arvada Fire Protection District.
I graduated from CSU with a Biology degree and worked in breast cancer research for 6 years. I decided to pursue a career in the fire service after an incredible crew helped my family in an emergency. I wanted to provide that kind of kindness, support and service to others. I love my job. I love the eclectic nature of it, my amazing, fun and caring coworkers, the physical aspects and providing care and service to citizens.
I have two incredible kids who are kind, funny, sarcastic and adventurous. I am a better person because of their love, encouragement and just plain awesomeness. I like exploring with my kids, world travel, mountain biking and rafting as much as possible, backpacking, camping, rock climbing, reading, yoga, all poetry by John Keats and Pablo Neruda, Indian food, buttercream frosting, cross fit (except for double unders), dogs, 90's hip hop, tattoos and crosswords.
I'm honored to be a part of Camp Ember and can't wait to meet the 16 extraordinary young women.
Lakota Beckhorn, West Metro Fire
I’m Lakota and I was just hired on with West Metro Fire Rescue in March of 2016. Firefighting embraces much of what is important to me – helpful and kind service to others, a team dynamic, getting to work with my hands, and a physical challenge.
I have a Degree in Anthropology from NCSU and a diverse work history ranging from special education to industrial construction.
Outside of fire I am an athlete, adventurer, and traveler. Rugby is my first love, as I have played competitively for 12 years. The sport requires a unique blend of strength, endurance, diversity, and respect which I am grateful has shaped my character. I am also a Tri-Athlete – I’ll be doing my second Half Ironman in June 2017. I love backpacking (I actually came off of the Appalachian Trail after 350 miles to get my position at West Metro). I’m game for just about anything active and outdoors – especially if I can bring my dog, Slick!
I am extremely honored to be working with Camp Ember. I look forward to working with you all to embrace and enjoy new challenges, no matter what they may be
Emily Jury, Arvada Fire
Hi, my name is Emily Jury and I am a Firefighter Paramedic with Arvada Fire. Both my parents are retired from the EMS field and so I continue to carry on the tradition. I have been in the fire service for 14 years and have been a paramedic for 8. I have worked in the mountains and the city and love the diversity of calls both have to offer. I also worked in Antarctica and would love to go back sometime.
I absolutely love the outdoors and have a hard time sitting still so I like to occupy my time with rafting, mountain biking, hiking, traveling and anything else that keeps me moving. I love physical challenges (probably why I like the fire service) and enjoy the thought process of taking care of patients.
I look forward to meeting all of you and showing you how to overcome any challenge and gain confidence in trying new things.
Tracy Amann, Arvada Fire
I am Tracie Amann and an engineer with Arvada Fire. I have been in the fire service since 2004, all with Arvada Fire. I holds a Haz-mat technician certification, Swift water certification, Red Card certification among others that are part of being a firefighter.
I have received an associate degree in Fire Science from Red Rocks Community College and I am currently working on finishing my bachelor’s degree in business through Columbia Southern University.
Prior to getting hired on as a career firefighter with Arvada in 2007, I was a volunteer firefighter for three years. In addition, I was also a Denver Public Safety Cadet for the City and County of Denver for two years.
In my free time I enjoy camping and riding dirt bikes with my husband. I also enjoy hiking, snowboarding, and paddle boarding.
Marissa Gettman, South Metro FIre
My name is Marissa Gettman and I am currently an Engineer Medic with South Metro Fire (formerly known as Littleton Fire Rescue). I have been a paid firefighter for 11 years and a medic for 7.
I never knew I wanted to be a part of the fire service coming from a small farm town in eastern Colorado. I didn't have exposure to this fantastic job (other than the yearly small town parade) until I had the opportunity to attend Women in the Fire Service Convention in downtown Denver. Women from all over the state came to show their knowledge and love for the fire service. I was officially SOLD!
I have made my way from a volunteer department to the second largest department in the state. It's been quite and ride and I love every minute of what I do!