Colleen Luzier, MPA
Board of Trustees
Drawing on an expansive career with nonprofits and as a group facilitator, Colleen first came to the organization to lead an activity for grieving children at Camp Caring. After attending Volunteer Training, she became a volunteer caregiver and Good Grief Club facilitator, joined the Board of Trustees and then became a Board Member, serving from 2016 - 2021. As the Board’s Governance Chair, she took the lead on key endeavors, such as establishing committees, updating bylaws, contributing to the governance manuals, developing the Board self-assessment survey, and providing her expertise on strategic planning, personnel issues and the Standards of Excellence renewal..
Colleen is also the visionary force, funder, developer and key facilitator of the Bereaved Caregiver's Retreat, a program that has been life-changing for attendees. “One main goal is transformation - helping them be open and vulnerable, yet become stronger for it,” she said. “It is a special gift, both to give and receive.”
Ms. Luzier’s support has extended to fundraising auctions, generous event sponsorships, attendance at community education events and representation at community events. Additionally, her profound essay on the Bereaved Caregiver's Retreat was featured in the 2020 Keepsake Book. Ms. Luzier continues to volunteer as a Trustee and remain engaged with the Caregivers Retreat and other programs.
Colleen has over 30 years of experience as an organizational development and human resources consultant and manager for businesses of all sizes, both public and private. Furthermore, she brings to the organizaton her prior and current Board experience with non-profits such as the Center for Adoption Support and Education, the Treatment and Learning Centers, the Career Transition Center and St. Luke’s House (now Cornerstone Montgomery). Colleen is a 1993 graduate of Leadership Montgomery and a 2000 graduate from Leadership America. In September 2009, Colleen received the Community Leadership Award from Leadership Montgomery in recognition of her years of service to the Montgomery County community. Colleen founded and led a small non-profit, CourageCollages, which offers creative expression workshops that facilitated the emotional recovery, coping and healing process for cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones.
Colleen, and her husband, Ron, have both utilized hospice services for their respective parents and recognize how critical these services are to the family’s peace of mind. They are actively involved in supporting the organization's annual Bereaved Caregiver’s Retreat, which started in 2017 and continues to be held each year.