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Spring Canyon Staff
Dean Rizzo - Director
Dean graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1984 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. His first assignment was to the Airborne Battalion Combat Team in Vicenza , Italy . Dean met his wife, Sue, while both were stationed in Italy . Sue got Dean involved in attending a local OCF Bible Study at Fort Bragg , NC and Dean was saved during his tour there. Another officer led him in the prayer of salvation during a night airborne operation and he would love to tell you the story. Dean left the active duty Army in 1995. Sue and Dean now serve with Officers Christian Fellowship as the director couple for Spring Canyon Camp & Conference Center near Buena Vista , CO . They have four children. Dean and Sue are excited to be at Spring Canyon and continue to do God's work.
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Roxanna Simmons -Watchman Intercessor/Programs Manager
Roxanna has been involved with Spring Canyon since 1987 when she attended her first Rocky Moutain High as an instructor. Her growing up years were spent on a working farm in Indiana. Taking care of animals, raising horses and helping in the fields kept her busy and out of trouble.
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Angela Lundy - Office Manager
Angela has been a part of Spring Canyon since she met her husband, Aron Lundy, back in 1992. Aron served here at camp during the Tom Hemingway years and both of them have a deep love for Spring Canyon . Angela has been part of the Spring Canyon family since 1997, continuously serving since 2003. She grew up in southern California and moved to Colorado with Focus on the Family in 1990. She has been married to Aron since 1995 and they have 3 children-Kate (1998) and Royal (2004) and Reed (2008). Angela loves her family, serving here at Camp, shopping, going out to dinner, shopping and dreaming of a vacation home somewhere tropical. Come visit the Canyon!
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Chris Nicewarner, LtCol. USMC (Ret) - Outdoor Program Leader
Chris joined the Spring Canyon staff after serving 21 years as a Marine in the infantry and special ops communities. A 1991 graduate of the Naval Academy, he was a student at Rocky Mountain High back in the early years when Tom Hemingway was still very involved in the running of the program and the mentoring of young leaders.
Chris, his wife Tina, and daughter Juli have been involved with Christian camp ministry on the East Coast for several years and know first-hand the tremendous impact that a week or two at camp can have on individuals and families. The whole family is excited about the opportunity to serve the military community through Spring Canyon’s outdoor programs.
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Charlie Sturgis -- Facilities Manager
Hello, I am Charlie Sturgis. The Lord has truly blessed me and my family by bringing us to this place of service for Him. I retired from the US Air Force after 23 years, knowing the Lord had even greater things in store for my family by serving Him in full time Christian Ministry .
My wonderful wife, Beverly is very happy about our work here at Spring Canyon . We have three children. Our oldest, Katie, is married (to Brian Todd) living in Colorado Springs with their son, our wonderful grandson, James.
Anna and Nathan are now both attending college.
My testimony is very simple. I became a child of God by accepting His grace as a teenager, and have been blessed by the Lord ever since. I have found the Lord faithful and true. As the Psalmist tells us, "He will carry you through"! Seeing the opportunities here to reach others for our Lord, to serve as the Facilities Manager, to relate to the military families, and take our witness to all who come here, or see us in the community, brings a smile to our hearts each and every day.
Because of His grace and love
Serving our Lord -- Charlie and the Sturgis Family
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Dorothy Archie - Food Service Manager
Hi, my name is Dorothy (Dot) Archie. I live in Buena Vista and I have been working at Spring Canyon since around 1996, starting with Tom Hemingway. Thanks to the Lord, who has saved me, loves me and lets me serve Him.
I am a Great-grandmother now with a whole lot of loving family!
When I'm not working I love to spend time landscaping, remodeling my home, and exercising. Stop by the kitchen and say "hi" whenever you're here.
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Annette Peterson - Cook and Housekeeping Supervisor
Hi, my name is Annette (Netti) Peterson. I am a Buena Vista native and I have been working at the Canyon since the spring of 2008, thanks to our Heavenly Father, who led me here to serve. I am a Grandmother, and at the camp I am the second cook as well as housekeeping supervisor. When I'm not working I spend time with my grandchildren, daughter and son-in-law, my parents and my pets. Family is very important to me, the guests and Spring Canyon staff have become my extended family.
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