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Denkai consists of a very active and enthusiastic Board of three experienced Directors. This board is actively involved on a daily basis with the Sanctuary. Board members are actively heading up and participating in fundraisers, development of educational programs for the community, and more.


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  • Floss Blackburn, President/Founder
 Ms. Blackburn brings with her excellence in leadership skills, strong business and marketing skills gained from Colorado State University and Front Range Community College along with nine years of hands on experience dealing with all aspects of for profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Having founded Denkai Sanctuary in 2004 with minimal resources on a shoestring, Ms. Blackburn has experience in all aspects of not for profit on the ground and in public relations. Floss has individually contributed more than 18,600 volunteer hours since 2004 through managing Denkai Sanctuary, administering Sanctuary programs, personally providing medical treatment to the animals, fundraising, and supervising volunteers Ms. Blackburn has grown Denkai's budget from $7,000 in year one of operations to more than $1.2 Million in income and assets during 2015, eleven years later. Ms. Blackburn successfully negotiated and raised funding for the purchase of 640 acres of land with outbuildings, corrals and agricultural crops for Denkai Sanctuary after only four years in operation.
Most recently, Ms. Blackburn has led Denkai in the purchase, organization and set up of a subsidized veterinary clinic operation in Eaton, CO.  Between September 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012; the Clinic has seen more than 500 clients for spay/neuter and other general services.

Ms. Blackburn led her team of professionals in facilitation of the Miracle Horse Rescue in Cheyenne, WY together with the Humane Society of the United States in April of 2007. Through this and other large horse rescues, Floss has gained a working knowledge of the agricultural industry including those in the State Veterinarian's office, individual and family farming and ranching operations, livestock auction facilities and more.

Ms. Blackburn has spent countless hours helping other not for profit horse rescue and sanctuary organizations through providing resources and guidance in the "bricks and mortar" of start up and existing not for profit organizations. Today, Ms. Blackburn continues to reside at the Sanctuary and provides daily care for more than 150 animals, managing staff, volunteers, has successfully written and received more  grant funding from numerous organizations all the while managing a budget and public relations for Denkai Animal Sanctuary.

Colorado Women of Distinction Nominee, 2011
E-Town, Echievement Award 2012

Colorado Women of Influence, 2011
"Top 40 Under 40" - Northern CO Business Report, 2009
7 Everyday Hero Award , 2009
Presidential Leadership Award,  2005
Ms. Blackburn is also on the Board of Directors for CFAWA

  • Elizabeth Connell, Secretary, Treasurer
KrElizabeth Connell, pet owner and animal enthusiast since childhood, and a graduate of CSU in Animal Science 1974. Elizabeth enjoys living with Gizmo, the Wonder Dog, and four cats.

  • Krystal Roth
          Krystal worked for Denkai for four years starting in 2012 and has extensive knowledge in veterinary care and all aspects of pet animal rescue. She quickly became the face and heart of our Eaton, CO facilities and we are so thrilled to have her now as a member of our board of directors. Krystal resides in Eaton with her husband, two children and dogs. Krystal never hesitates to step up for an animal in need coupled with her degree in accounting, she's a catch for us!

James Lehr

James is a long time supporter of Denkai since 2006, James has seen Denkai through many of our transitions and growing pains. He has been an avid supporter of animals in need and brings years of experience from his own business to the board of directors for Denkai.



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