Meet our Board of DirectorsA group of people dedicated to bettering the lives of animals
Dr. Daniel Heimerdinger
Daniel Heimerdinger, Ph.D., President. Dr. Heimerdinger has been a member of the TCRAS Board since 2010. He is the principal owner of Exostrategies, Inc., a professional services company focusing on space operations. Dr. Heimerdinger was appointed in 1995 to oversee the US/Russian joint space program for NASA and has been awarded NASA’s two highest medals of service, NASA’s Distinguished and Exceptional Public Service medals and a Russian Space Agency Commendation for International Collaboration.
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Dan came to TCRAS as a Board member because he believes in the services TCRAS offers within the community and Pikes Peak region. Dan’s focus as the board president is to carry out the non-profit’s mission and to strengthen the business by gathering statistics on the services provided, emphasize fundraising, improve financial management and streamline operating practices. When Dan’s Australian Shepherd/Border Collie, Sam, passed away, he made a contribution to hire an individual dedicated to fundraising, which resulted in an ability to expand the shelter and carry a sixthree-month operating cushion.
Dan has adopted six family members from TCRAS over the past 12 years. Dan loves the older animals and considers himself a foster “failure” —every pet he has fostered became a permanent family member.
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Shawn has over 20 years’ experience in the development of commercial and government software and hardware systems. In his early years, Shawn served as a Cryptologic Technician in the US Navy before going to college and graduating with degrees in Computer Systems Engineering and Software Engineering. He applied these degrees in Silicon Valley, doing several start-up companies before moving to Colorado Springs in 2003.
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Kevin Conrad, DVM
Chief Medical Officer/Ex-Officio
Born in Wray, Colorado, Dr. Conrad received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. After obtaining his degree he accepted a two year position as an associate veterinarian in Chadron, Nebraska. Kevin, his wife and four sons moved to Woodland Park in 1988 to open the Woodland Veterinary Clinic.
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I can honestly say that I look forward to each and every day working as a Real Estate Broker in the Pikes Peak region, and have been doing so for over 25 years. Originally born and raised in the State of Maryland, I grew up enjoying snow skiing and water skiing, but particularly the equestrian sport of Three-Day Eventing. I competed nationally for 6 years, winning a National Championship in 1979.
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Consistently a top producer in this area, my awards include the President’s Award Club, Peak Producers, and most recently the prestigious Platinum Award. I enjoy assisting sellers by achieving a successful and harmonious sale, and enjoy helping buyers find their Colorado dream property.
I look forward to many more years of being involved with our community and working in this beautiful Pikes Peak region.
Diana Henris has lived in the Teller County area with her husband and dogs since 2015 moving from Elko, NV. She has many years of experience in animal rescue including adoptions, animal transport, animal rehabilitation and fundraising. Diana is very involved in the community and enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her husband and dogs.
Ed "Whitey" Pine
Ed “Whitey” Pine brings more than 40 years of experience in the construction business to our organization. He has been involved with TCRAS as a volunteer and donor since 2000 and has adopted or fostered nearly a dozen animals from TCRAS through the years. Mr. Pine currently serves on the Mechanical Board of the Colorado Springs Regional Building Department and is a former member of the board of the Colorado Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Reggy Short first came to Colorado in 1989 as a cadet at the United States Air Force Academy, and upon graduation, he began his career as an aircraft maintenance and munitions officer for the Air Force. His military travels included duty assignments overseas in Turkey and Germany, as well as state-side postings to Utah, Arizona, and Alabama. Upon leaving the Air Force in 2001, he attended
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the University of Denver law school, graduating with high honors in 2004, and began serving as a public prosecutor, first in Douglas, Arapahoe, and La Plata counties before assuming his current position as a senior deputy district attorney in the 4th Judicial District, serving El Paso and Teller counties. He married his wife, Kimberly, in 2013, and together they have five dogs as members of their eclectic family.
Kirby was stationed at Fort Carson in the summer of 1972. Upon discharge from the Army, he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. A Woodland Park resident since 1981, he is the sole shareholder of Robert Kirby Laughlin, CPA, PC. With almost 40 years experience as a CPA, he brings considerable knowledge of the
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taxation and accounting of non profit entities to the Board. Tiggy, the rescued orange (mostly) Maine coon adopted Kirby as his human several years ago.