Our Board Members are passionate individuals dedicated and committed to promote the mission of our organization. They leverage their skills and direct their energy to contribute to Special Kids Special Families’ strategic focus and financial sustainability. They are consistently visible in the community by actively participating and contributing in several areas of our organization. We appreciate their time and volunteerism and value their contributions!
Dan Frasier, President
Dan is a Colorado native hailing from Fort Morgan. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Finance from Colorado State University. He graduated honors with his MBA from Regis University. He currently is the Vice President of Commercial Lending with Adams Bank & Trust and is involved with several boards and organizations including BethHaven, Christian Business Men’s Coalition, and the Better Business Bureau. He relocated to Colorado Springs 7 years ago following his nuptials to his wife Christina. Together they have four sons, two of which have special needs. Dan’s goal is for all of his kids to live as fulfilling and high quality of life as possible.
Mark Schaefer, Vice President
Mark was born and raised in Minnesota and moved to Colorado in 1993. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in social studies in 1989 from St. Cloud State University and earned a Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1999. He’s been a licensed teacher since 1989 and has taught social studies at CHINS UP and Zeb Pike Youth Services Center. He is the current owner of Simple CPR, LLC since 2005 and has been instructing classes since 1992. Mark is currently active with Honor Flight of Southern Colorado and a number of veteran groups. Mark’s been married since 2010, has 2 stepsons and his hobbies include scuba diving, working out, traveling, reading.
Bijili Purushothaman, Treasurer
Bijili is a native of India and relocated to Colorado Springs in 1999. She had completed her Masters in Finance from India. She is currently working as an Accountant at Envision Radiology and has previously worked for SKSF in the Finance department. During her time with SKSF, she has volunteered for the Night of Comedy and Bowl-A-Thon fundraising events. It was the participation in these events that kept her interested in SKSF’s mission and she is very passionate about channeling her energy towards charitable voluntary efforts that aligns with the mission. She is married to her husband, Madhu, for 20 years and has two boys. She loves reading, hiking and driving as her main pastimes.
Patty Brookes, Secretary
Patty worked for Special Kids Special Families in numerous roles over the past ten years, most recently shaping SKSF’s marketing and media strategies and policies as well as organizing fundraising events; most notably The Night of Comedy. With her most recent involvement with a family illness, she’s become even more passionate about self-care and respite as she herself has experienced the struggles of becoming a caregiver. Hearing the stories of SKSF families over the years, Patty has developed empathy & compassion and has a drive to see the organization succeed and thrive. Patty has been married to her husband for 31 years, has a 26-year-old son & her hobbies include off-roading, hiking, and being with her family and two dogs.
Sarah Brown is currently a Director for a local childcare center in Colorado Springs for the past 9 years. She attended college at Northern State University in South Dakota before moving to Colorado in 2006. She continued to study Early Childhood Development at Pikes Peak Community College on a scholarship program through Alliance for Kids, El Paso County’s local ECE Council. After completing her certification in 2012, she was given the opportunity to apply her passion for ECE to impact the quality of childcare in our community. She’s married to husband, Camron, for 5 years and enjoys hiking, camping, and dog parks.
John is a Lead I&E (Instrument and Electrical) Technician at NuStar Energy. He’s been employed by NuStar and its predecessor Diamond Shamrock for over 20 years. John and his family are dedicated SKSF volunteers supporting fundraising events and program support. He has served on various SKSF fundraising and staff appreciation committees and also volunteers his time with other local organizations such as Meals on Wheels and Care & Share. Over the years, John has recruited co-workers, friends and neighbors to support SKSF. John has been a longtime Colorado Springs resident, since 1986. He and his wife, Jenny, have 3 children, are adoptive parents to their youngest daughter, and were foster parents for 10 years.
Harold (Hal) is a retired Air Force Officer. Hal, along with his wife and three children have lived in El Paso County since 2001. Subsequent to that date, Harold received assignments abroad, and returned to Colorado Springs in 2009. Major Jordan received many military recognitions. In 2005, he received the Colorado Junior Achievement Leadership award. Harold has a Master’s Degree in Human Services and in Criminology and Police Administration. He had owned and operated a youth hockey arena, and has been active in youth hockey sports.
Katie has recently located to the Colorado Springs area from Nebraska and recently obtained her Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. She currently works as a Speech-Language Pathologist in School District 8 in Fountain, Colorado. Katie has experience working with youth with disabilities in her career path and found SKSF while browsing online and became interested in the mission. She brings the educational system perspective to the organization.
Lukas Zakrzewski, SKSF Executive Director
Lukas relocated to Colorado from the east coast in 2010. He joined Special Kids Special Families in 2021 as the Director of Operations and Quality Assurance. In October 2021, Lukas stepped into the Executive Director position. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration – Management, Marketing, & International Business from Montclair State University. He also received his MBA – Finance, Accounting, Management from MSU. Lukas and his wife had their first child in August of 2020.