Our President :
Casey Peifer has lived in Fort Collins since 2007, and has loved every minute of it! She was born and raised in the Philadelphia area, and earned her Bachelor’s Degree at George Mason University where she was a member of the Division One Women’s Soccer team. After that, she moved to London, England where she received her Master’s Degree at The University of Westminster. Having moved to FoCo to continue her education, she promptly fell in love with her life and took her career in a different direction. She loves the outdoors, music festivals, and spending time with her fiance, Leanna, and their two dogs, Stevie (Nicks) and Baxter (the Brown). Casey is honored to be a member of the Board, and looks forward to helping this amazing organization grow into the core community resource that Northern Colorado deserves!
Suzanne Peyrot moved to Fort Collins, Colorado from Fort Knox, Kentucky. She studied Arts & Business and majored in accounting at University of Phoenix while developing a career in Accounting and growing her photography business at the same time. She is very passionate about people, scenery, and making a difference for all community members in Colorado and Wyoming.
With encouragement from her wife, family, and her closest friends she became an active part of the LGBT community in 2005 and helped with other organizations that were LGBT+ related. She joined the Choice City Shots softball team in 2007 and continued to help with activities that evolved fun Day Sundays with all members of LGBT+ and their allies.
She dedicated herself to the Northern Colorado Equality team in 2015 to help make a difference for the community by volunteering herself to help in NoCo Pride in ways that were needed. She became a member Northern Colorado Equality organization in 2017 and was nominated through the BOD members to become the Treasurer, and later on was nominated as Chairperson of NoCo Equality Pride by directing members of the community and celebrate an annual community event with all members of the LGBT+ members and allies of Northern Colorado with joined forces of with other organizations of Colorado and Wyoming. Now as the Vice-President, Suzanne will surely continue to be the rock of this organization that she has proved herself to be in the past.
Our Secretary :
Sam Mallouf – Originally from California, Sam Mallouf earned her BA in Painting and Drawing from San Francisco State University. Close to 10 years ago, Sam’s family decided to leave California and make the trek out to the Fort Collins area. For years, Sam had dreamed of building her own home and in 2016 her folks encouraged her to build a tiny home on their property here in Colorado. Currently, Sam provides administrative support in at the CSU Veterinary Hosipital. Sam absolutely loves Colorado and community she’s found here. She is incredibly excited to be a part of the NoCo Equality board and looks forward to working with and for the LGBT+ community.
Our Treasurer :
Board Member, At Large :
Andy Auer – Andy Auer is originally from Lake Forest, California, and moved to Fort Collins in 2013. They graduated from CSU in May 2017, with a B.S. in geology and a minor in history. Andy is active in the Fort Collins community, and loves visiting different community events (and breweries!) around town. They are a board member of the Fort Collins Running Club, and can often be found running or volunteering for local races.
Board Member, At Large:
Laura MacWaters Transgender, LGBTQI, Feminist, and Environmental Activist. I also herd cats.
Board Member, At Large:
Board Member, At Large:
Lynda M. Nielson
Our Colorado State Representative :
Rep. Joann Ginal is a healthcare professional, college teacher, bio-scientist and community leader State Rep. Joann Ginal is a longtime Fort Collins resident. Dr. Joann Ginal is in her third term representing Colorado House District 52, which is East Fort Collins, which includes Old Town. She is the Chairwoman of the House: Health, Insurance & Environment Committee and a member of the Public Health Care & Human Services Committee and the Transportation and Energy Committee.
Rep. Ginal has focused much of her attention on healthcare and public health issues. Most recent bill to pass is to help flag doctor shopping by people who are addicted to opioids. Rep Ginal passed a bill this year to help decrease the deaths of babies and animals left in hot cars, by giving immunity for people to break a car window if they call 911 , break the window and stay with the victim until first responders arrive. She has sponsored a bill to help both large and small animal veterinarians to have stock available of compounding drugs for emergency use in their offices or mobile offices. She also passed another bill to create uniform standards for prior authorization of prescription medication, saving health care providers significant time and money and ultimately reducing costs for consumers. In 2015 she passed a statewide bill for tele-health, which will help patients see their healthcare provider faster esp. in rural and underserved urban areas. In 2013 she was the first to pass a law regulating naturopathic doctors in Colorado, which had failed for 22 years prior to Rep. Ginal’s legislation.
Rep. Ginal is also a champion for patients’ rights. She is the sponsor of the End of Life Options Act, which would allow the terminally ill to self-administer a lethal dose of medication rather than continue to suffer with an irreversible and incurable illness that, in the expertice of two doctors, will result in death within six months. She also passed a law to allow terminally ill patients to participate in clinical trials or use investigational drugs.
Rep. Ginal has worked in the pharmaceutical and medical fields for over 20 years as a scientist specializing in reproductive endocrinology. Her positions in the pharmaceutical industry were in sales, marketing and clinical field research as a medical liaison specializing in women’s health, neurology and cardiology.
Before entering the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, she was a professor of biology at Florida Institute of Technology, did aging research at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL and held other teaching positions at Iowa State University. She has also been a lead biologist for three years with several international eco- travel companies, leading expedition biodiversity trips down the Amazon River in Peru, Columbia and Brazil and African photo safaris in Kenya and Tanzania.
She earned a Ph.D. in reproductive endocrinology from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, a Master’s degree in zoology, specialty in parasitology from Iowa State University and a Bachelor’s degree, with honors in biology from the University of New Hampshire and a minor in microbiology.
She has been an active member of the Fort Collins community, serving a total of 16 years on the City of Fort Collins Boards and Commissions. Eight years on the Commission for the Status of Women and eight years on the Human Relations Commission. She is a trained master naturalist for the City of Fort Collins and cares deeply about preserving the special places that make Fort Collins a nationally recognized place to raise a family, retire, enjoy the outdoors, start a business or receive an excellent education.
Rep. Ginal was raised in a working-class family, in Manchester, N.H. Her father was a police officer and her mother stayed at home, raised three children, and was a dedicated community volunteer. Her parents taught her the values of honesty, hard work, and the importance of giving back to the community.
In her spare time, Rep. Ginal loves being outdoors. Her favorite activities are hiking and slot canyoneering in Utah and Arizona. She has trekked for many weeks at a time in the U.S., Africa, Middle East, Europe, Asia and South America. Other activities include skiing, paddle boarding, riding her motorcycle and collecting vintage maps medical books and vintage children’s books.