Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
The Arvada Vitality Alliance is supported by dedicated volunteers.
Our Board of Directors works every day to improve the place we love to live, work and play!
Bob Dyer has been a business owner in the city for many years. He has been a retailer, Realtor, and Financial Advisor. Bob served as the Arvada council member for sixteen years.
Mike Litzau is retired from 44 years in the credit union movement. He continues to be active in the Arvada Community through Arvada Sunrise Rotary, Arvada Chamber Advocacy KAPS Council and Arvada Wheat Ridge Service Ambassadors for Youth.
Ereka O’Hara moved to Arvada in 1973 where she raised her family. She became a Realtor in 1982. She served as Chair of the Children’s Charity and the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. In 2011, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce named her Arvada Woman of the Year.
Ed Brady is the Chief of Police for the Arvada Police Department where he has served since 1994. Ed and his wife, Cathleen, are the parents of 4 children and have one grandbaby.
Erica (Easter) Mandelaris is a Colorado native. Erica consults manufacturing companies on LEAN Principles, Operation Strategies, and Workforce Retention Practices. Erica enjoys golfing, snowboarding, traveling, or running races with her husband, Stavros.
Bob Fifer has been actively involved with the community through youth activities and sports, Ralston House, the Arvada Community Food Bank and Historic Olde Town Arvada. Bob has served as an Arvada At-Large Councilmember for twelve years.
Mary Jo Giddings
Mary Jo is a well known community volunteer with non-profits including the Arvada Historical Society, Arvada Festivals Commission, Arvada Center and the Arvada Jefferson Kiwanis. She and her husband Dave are Arvada residents and longtime volunteers.
Since 2012, Jean has served as the Executive Director of Visit Arvada, a 501c3 non-profit organization that promotes this community as a must-see, must-visit destination. Jean has led marketing efforts for the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the Denver Pavilions before her time in this role.
Katie Groke, CPRP, MPA is currently the Director of Community Services at the Apex Park and Recreation District. Katie also sits on the Board of Directors for the Arvada Chamber of Commerce and Porchlight, a Family Justice Center.
Jerry Marks is a native of Arvada. He volunteered on the Arvada Fire Department for 9 years, married and raised two daughters in Arvada. He served as Chair of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. Jerry also served on the Arvada City Council representing Northeast Arvada.
Gillian is the Vice President at Lakeside Insurance. She is involved with several non-profit organizations including the Arvada Wheat Ridge Service Ambassadors for Youth and the Arvada Economic Development Association. Gillian and her husband are long time Arvada residents. They have 3 children.
Kami Welch is the President of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. Kami also sits on for non-profit organizations that focus on children, education, homelessness, and domestic violence, including Family Tree. Kami loves living in Colorado with her husband of 15 years and two young children.