VICKI MINOR – Founder and Executive Director
In 1987 Vicki Minor contracted with the US Forest Service to provide commissary units for remote incident command posts in the forest during fire seasons. Her business and love of the firefighter community grew as she provided dry goods and what was needed, to soften their harsh environment.
While being involved with the forest fires Vicki felt the devastation not only to the land but the people who fought to protect it. As a result, Vicki founded the Wildland Firefighter Foundation in 1997 in an extra room in her home in the Foothills of Boise. After seeing the Vietnam Wall she dreamed of having a place for wildland firefighters to honor their dead and help them heal. She started the funding and spearheaded the building of the Wildland Firefighter Monument at the National Interagency Fire Center, in Boise, Idaho. Until then there was no place to recognize the efforts of all wildland firefighters. In a short time she had funded and obtained non-profit status for the Foundation, that not only serves wildland firefighters across our nation but reached its arms out internationally to help firefighters killed in wildfires in other countries.
When CNN heard of her work at various burn centers she was nominated as a CNN Hero. She has also received the “Meeting American Needs Award,” from the Chief of the US Forest Service. She has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine twice and recently received national recognition by receiving a Mother Teresa Caring award given each year by the Caring Institute in Washington, D.C.
BURK MINOR – Director – Outreach
Burk has been with the Foundation since 2003. He is currently the driving force behind the capital campaign to create and build the interpretive center. Burk spends much of his summer on the road at fire camp, pulling the WFF trailer to each site. He also represents the Foundation at varies conferences, regional meetings, and fire academies. Burk has become a big part of initial efforts to step in and help crews who lose one of their own, and he has reached out to children who have lost a parent. He connects very close with them as a single father of three. Burk sits on a Task Force Group that oversees the maintenance and ongoing inclusion of markers at the Willdand Fire Monument at the National Interagency Fire Center.
DINA PFEIFER – Operations Manager
Dina handles the administration, fiscal oversight and management of the day-to-day business operations for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. Dina is dedicated to serving the wildland community, ensuring our mission is carried out effectively and efficiently. In her off time, Dina loves spending time with her husband and two beautiful daughters as well as creating and sewing quilts for fundraisers; including quilts for wildland firefighter families.
JULIE CHRISTOPHERSON – Bereavement Advisor
Julie is a Grief Recovery Specialist licensed through The Grief Recovery Institute. She is also certified in Group Crisis Intervention and Assisting Individuals in Crisis. When people experience trauma, death or severe life stressors it is not uncommon for it to feel as if their lives are unraveling. Julie’s passion is to work to bring healing to the Wildland Firefighters and the families of those who have been through these experiences. Her hope is to help children, adults and families strengthen themselves and their relationships so they can find peace and know that they can still find happiness, know love and continue to live full, meaningful lives. In addition to her work at the Foundation Julie enjoys photography, fishing, and spending time with her family, especially her two grandsons Crosby and Oakley.
LISA JOHNSON, LCPC – Wellness Advisor
Lisa is a licensed clinical professional counselor with over 20 years of advanced training in trauma, PTSD, suicide prevention and postvention, substance abuse and depression in first responders, military and veterans and wildland firefighters. She is a certified critical incident stress management facilitator and a long-time EMDR therapist. Lisa is passionate about raising awareness around mental health issues, making it ok to seek help and building resilience in wildland firefighters and their families. For fun, Lisa enjoys just about anything outside, from skiing to yoga, rafting and hiking, to watching star-filled skies at night.
Stephen Gage- Board President
Retired U.S. Forest Service as the Assistant Director of Operations within Fire and Aviation at the National Interagency Fire Center. His fulltime fire service career spanned 46 fire seasons.
Julie Quigley-Vice President
Active in emergency management for 22 years and owner of Fire Dawg, a company that contracts with the U.S. Forest Service.
Held executive positions in major oil and gas marketing firms, now a retired CFO. Her background includes extensive experience in financial reporting, governance, change and risk management, resulting in being honored with a President’s award for her efforts in 2005.
A certified Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team member for both group and individual crisis intervention. Mr. Thompson worked for the Pima Fire Agency and more recently as a top executive at AT&T for the Southwest Region.
Renae Crippen-Board Member
Over 25 years of service in wildland fire. She is currently the Center Manager for the Blue Mountain Interagency Fire Center in LaGrande, OR.
Dave Crumb-Board Member
Over 31 years of service in wildland fire. Dave is currently the Helicopter Operations Specialist for the USFS in the Northern Rockies Region in Missoula, MT.
Over 37 years of service in wildland fire. She is currently the Deputy Director of Fire and Aviation and Regional Aviation Officer, RAO in Montana. Maggie is CSIM trained and looks forward to utilizing that training in service of wildland firefighters and their families
Todd Abel-Board Member