State and other public employees throughout Colorado and the nation provide essential services, solve and prevent serious problems, help ensure our safety and advance the common good.
A half century ago, President John F. Kennedy declared, “Let the public service be a proud and lively career. And let every man and woman who works in any area of our national government, in any branch, at any level, be able to say with pride and with honor in future years: ‘I served the United States Government in that hour of our nation’s need.’”
Below are just some of the men and women who serve Coloradans every day.
Sarah Rounds grew up in Pueblo and lived overseas for several years while her husband served in the military. She works at the Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimmons as a hairstylist and cosmetologist, serving the veterans who live there.
Mike Klein lives Pueblo West. He works at the Pueblo Regional Center as a therapist, helping patients to relearn critical life skills. He loves to ride his bike on the single track trails around Lake Pueblo.
David Pertz works at the prison in Delta as a corrections officer. He also runs his own construction company part-time to help pay for his daughter’s medical care. David is baseball fan and lives with his family in Western Colorado.
Alex Acosta lives in Longmont with his family. He works at CU Boulder as a lead janitor. Alex is very active in the community, he volunteers regularly with Intercambio de Comunidades and the Student Alliance Worker Program teaching English to non-native speakers. He also serves on the Longmont Housing and Human Service Advisory Board and the Longmont Police Review Panel.
Andy Valdez is a native son of Pueblo. He works as a security officer at the Colorado Institute for Mental Health at Pueblo. He is looking forward to retirement in a few years when he can spend more time with his grandson and his family.
Rachel Ruiz lives in Pueblo and works at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo as a client care aide. She finds spiritual wholeness in the work that she does, especially when she connects it with her activism to create a better future for her children.
Bill Ortiz, Jr. is a Pueblo local and security officer at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo. Bill recently helped dedicate the new high security forensic institute at CMHIP. Decades earlier, his father helped to dedicate the original high security facility at CMHIP.
Sylvia Lee lives in Aurora with her family. She prepares and serves meals for veterans at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing home at Fitzsimmons. She is active in her community and she is the political representative for Colorado WINS at her facility, sharing information about state policies that impact workers.
Chris Vigil lives in Westminster with his wife and children. He works as a housekeeping supervisor at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing home at Fitzsimmons. He likes to loves to camp, fish and work on cars.
Rosa Tellez lives in Erie with her husband, where they have been prould homeowners for the past four years. Rosa works at CU Boulder. Rosa has met with Senate President Brandon Shaffer on behalf of many of her co-workers who are struggling to pay for health insurance.
Marco Gutierrez works in the custodial department at CU Boulder. He has worked there for eleven years. When not working, Marco is spends his time with his children, attending church and working to launch is own landscaping business.
Manuela Corchado owns a home in Boulder and for the past eight years she has worked in the custodial department at CU Boulder. She loves to spend time with her family, coooking, gardening and going to church.
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