Board of Directors

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

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.

Tim Collins

Tim Collins is a senior banker with J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Denver, CO. Tim works with clients to achieve their family wealth management goals, generational transfer plans, and financial peace of mind. Prior to joining J. P. Morgan, Tim co-founded an economics research boutique and managed marketing and client services for a $1 billion hedge fund in New York City. Tim previously spent 20 years working with institutional equity and hedge fund managers for major Wall Street firms. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Webb-Waring Bio-Medical Research Institute, the Webb-Waring Foundation, and Colorado Ballet. Tim is a 5th generation native of Colorado. He lives in Denver with his wife Kirsten, and twin daughters, Annabel and Christina. In his spare time, Tim enjoys yoga, skiing, cycling, squash, reading, theater, and visual arts.

Steve Davis

Steve Davis is a reformed (retired) attorney, living in Denver, Colorado with his wife, Kim. Steve is an aspiring musician, and his literary efforts lie primarily in writing music and lyrics for his blues/rock band. Kim is an interior designer and artist. Their two children are both authors of various works of fiction, including short stories, children’s books and partially completed novels. When he retired, Steve was an executive vice president at CenturyLink. He previously held similar positions at Qwest and AT&T. Steve has served on a number of charitable boards in Denver. He is an avid golfer, and enjoys all outdoor activities.

Brooke Dilling

Brooke Dilling has over 20 years of experience in event planning and logistics. In her current role, she plans arts and cultural events for the City and County of Denver, including Denver’s popular Five Points Jazz Fest. A transplant from Wisconsin, Brooke has lived in Denver since 1996. She loves the sunshine, the mountains, the great restaurants, and the live music scene in Denver. Although she misses fishing in Wisconsin lakes. Brooke is a voracious reader with a passion for increasing Denver's youth literacy rates. Brooke is also a fitness lover, ice cream connoisseur, and runner-after’er of two boys, Reese, age 6, and Hank, age 4.

Nick Franciose

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

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

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.

Juliette LaChapelle

Mediator. Advocate. Master Planner. A firm believer in the power of story – the stories we read or write and share with others, and even those we write and keep to ourselves. Her own stories are mostly fiction or fantasy and draw heavily on the years she worked as a federal prosecutor and civil rights attorney. She is the owner of JLC Resolution LLC, and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Harvard Law School, and The London School of Economics and Political Science. She enjoys tennis and rowing, and most of the adventures cooked up by her partner and their two boys.

Annette Taylor

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.