Member Biography

Colleen Fitzgerald

Colleen Fitzgerald began working in the field of Therapeutic Recreation in 1985 providing recreation programs, recruiting volunteers, supervising interns, developing risk management programs, fundraising and advocating for people with disabilities. In 1997 Colleen continued her career with the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department in Boulder, Colorado. She recently retired from Boulder, where she was a Recreation Administrator focusing on “Access and Inclusion” for all community members. The two programs Colleen coordinated serve children, youth and adults with disabilities and an afterschool and summer program for youth who reside in Boulder’s low income housing sites. Throughout her career Colleen has participated in state, regional and national committees. She is a former National Therapeutic Recreation Society (NTRS) board member and was also a member of the National Institute on Recreation Inclusion (NIRI) steering committee. She  has been active and still is active on many community non-profit and school district special education boards. Most recently, Colleen served as President of the Boulder and Broomfield Counties ARC. The ARC is a national organization which provides advocacy to people who have a developmental or intellectual disability. Colleen received her bachelor’s degree in 1985 from the College of St. Francis, IL and her master’s degree from Northern Illinois University, IL in 2001.