Byers Fire Command Staff and Board of Directors

Byers Fire Command Staff

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Mike Disher

Chief

Chief Disher has been with Byers Fire since 2006. Chief Disher has served as a member, Fire Captain and Chief of Byers Fire. Chief Disher is a certified EMT-IV, Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Hazmat Technician, Fire Instructor I, State of Colorado Division of Fire Proctor, ICS 100, ICS 200, ICS 300, ICS 700, and ICS 800 certified.

Karen Williams

Battalion Chief

Battalion Chief Williams started her career as a cadet in 2012. Currently serving as a Battalion Chief and the EMS Coordinator of Byers Fire, Chief Williams handles all EMS matters for the department. Chief Williams has also served as the secretary, a Lieutenant and the EMS Captain of Byers Fire. Battalion Chief Williams is a certified Paramedic, Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Hazmat Operations, Fire Instructor I, State of Colorado Division of Fire Proctor, ICS 100, ICS 200, ICS 300, ICS 700, and ICS 800 certified. Battalion Williams is currently working on her Bachelors of Emergency Systems Management at Metro State University. Battalion Williams currently also works as a Paramedic for Rapid Response Paramedic Services (a sports-based event medical company). When not working, Battalion Williams enjoys playing with her two dogs, Xena and K-9, or hiking, kayaking and snowshoeing.

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Dillon Sketers

Captain

Captain Sketers is currently serving as the Fire Captain. Captain Sketers is a ICS 100, ICS 200, ICS 300, ICS 700, and ICS 800 certified. Captain Sketers enjoys playing with his daughter, hunting, fishing and relaxing on his boat.

Josh Nowak

Captain

Captain Nowak has been with Byers Fire since 2015, and is currently serving as a Captain with Byers Fire. Captian Nowak has worked with our corridor partner, Sable Altura as a Lieutenant, prior to coming to Byers. Captain Nowak is an EMT-IV, Firefighter I, Hazmat Operations, Colorado State Division of Fire Proctor, ICS 100, ICS 200, ICS 700, and ICS 800.

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Angie Koldeway

Secretary

Firefighter Koldeway is currently serving as the Secretary for Byers Fire, fulfilling many duties for the department including taking minutes during meetings and tracking shift worker's attendance. Firefighter Koldeway is EMT-IV, Firefighter I, and Hazmat Operations. Firefighter Koldeway is also currently a nurse at a regional hospital.

Sjon Clemons

Lieutenant

Lieutenant Clemons has been with Byers Fire since 2017, and is currently serving as a Lieutenant with Byers Fire, overseeing the Station 71.  Lieutenant Clemons is an EMT-IV and holds his ICS 100, ICS 200, and ICS 700 certifications. 

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John Dillingham

Lieutenant

Lieutenant Dillingham has been with Byers Fire since 2015, and is currently serving as a Lieutenant with Byers Fire overseeing fire operations, apparatus and training,g, and building maintenance.  Lieutenant Dillingham is an EMT-IV, Firefighter I, Hazmat Operations, ICS 100, ICS 200, ICS 700 and ICS 800. Lieutenant Dillingham currently works for Strasburg Fire part-time and owns his own construction-remodeling company with his wife. 

Colby Pappel

Lieutenant

Lieutenant Pappel has been with Byers Fire since 2019, and is currently serving as a Lieutenant with Byers Fire overseeing technology and scheduling. 

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MacKenzie Schledorn-Rudden

Lieutenant

Lieutenant Schledorn-Rudden has been with Byers Fire since 2017, and is currently serving as a Lieutenant with Byers Fire, overseeing the Peer Support-Wellness Team, the website and social media, and assisting with EMS operations under Battalion Chief Williams. Lieutenant Schledorn-Rudden is a Paramedic, Firefighter I, Hazmat Technician, ICS 100, ICS 200, ICS 700 and ICS 800. Lieutenant Schledorn-Rudden works full-time in Denver as a Paramedic, but during her off time enjoys spending time outdoors and with her two dogs, Motley and Maiden. 

Board of Directors

Serving the community of Byers by providing financial oversight and guiding district policies, the Board of Directors is a group of individuals who donate their time to the District. The Board consists of a Chairman, a Vice Chair, Secretary-Treasurer, and two Board Members. 


The Board of Directors meet the 2nd Monday of every month at 630pm. 

To contact the Board of Directors Secretary, please call (303)-822-5208 or email admin@byersfire.org

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R. James Shelley

Chairman of the Board

Chairman Shelley has been a member of Byers Fire since 2000, first beginning with Byers as a volunteer, serving 11 years and obtaining his Fire I. He was heavily involved and the founder of Byers' Fire Prevention program and has served on the Board of Directors since 2004.

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Shawn Palmer

Vice Chair of the Board

Shawn Palmer is currently serving as the Vice Chairman of the Board.

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Mike Gierwatoski

Member of the Board

Mike is currently serving as a member of the board and as a volunteer firefighter with Byers Fire.

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Dale Ness

Member of the Board

Member Ness has been a member of the board since 2012.

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Michael Nail

Member of the Board

Member Nail joined the board in 2020.