The Risk Communications Network Core Group is responsible for determining the content of the meetings, identifying committee members for upcoming projects, and keeping the RCN mission on track. Nearly all of the core group members have been with the RCN since it's inception and attend all of the quarterly meetings. They are considered some of the experts in public information in the community of Pueblo and make themselves available to the media and their fellow PIO's consistantly.
Paul Fanning is Public Relations and Legislation Administrator for the Board of Water Works of Pueblo. Paul is a Pueblo native whose media experience began in the early 1980’s with KOAA TV and whose specialties include media relations, public involvement, legislative affairs and crisis communications. He enjoys serving as the Board’s liaison to numerous business and professional organizations including both Chambers of Commerce, the Risk Communications Network and the Pueblo County Sustainability Team. He is a Trustee for the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Water Works Association and serves as Advocacy Chair for the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. An advocate for lifelong learning, Paul has served on the Community Advisory Board for the President’s Leadership Program at CSU Pueblo since 2002.
Sarah Joseph is the Public Information Officer for the Pueblo City-County Health Department where she has been working for since 1999. Sarah was trained by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication. She was also trained in Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Joint Information Systems & Joint Information Centers and as an Advanced Public Information Officer. Sarah has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She served in the 2004 response to Florida’s Hurricane Charley as a Field Communicator. Locally, Sarah serves on the board of the Southern Colorado Press Club.
Michelle Peulen is the Public Relations Specialist and Public Information Officer at Parkview Medical Center. She oversees media relations, internal communications, online communications as well as serving as the medical center’s spokesperson. Michelle started her career with Parkview in 2004. She has also worked for Bessemer Historical Society and the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce. Michelle serves on the United Way Board of Trustees, Risk Communications Network and is President of Southern Colorado Press Club. She is a Pueblo native and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications from Colorado State University – Pueblo.
Lisa Shorter is the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) Public Information Officer (PIO) for Pueblo, Colorado. She works with first response agencies and the citizens inside the communities that surround the Pueblo Chemical Depot to enhance emergency preparedness, readiness, and response capabilities. Lisa is a steering committee member of the National CSEPP Public Affairs Integrated Process Team. She teaches G290 Basic Public Information Officer training throughout Colorado and has produced and distributed informational materials with an emphasis on the relationships between first responders/first response agencies and the media. She has coordinated several events with the focus on public emergency preparedness and often focuses her efforts on outreach to children. Prior to joining CSEPP, Shorter was the PIO for the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office. In addition, she was a Communications Officer with the agency for 9 years. She was instrumental in the outreach efforts of the 911 center during that time period. As a crisis communications PIO, Shorter has worked a variety of emergencies including brush and wild land fires, search and rescue efforts, jail escapes, and homicides.
Cora Zaletel is Executive Director of External Affairs, where she oversees the communications, marketing, and community relations operations and serves as the University’s spokesperson. She joined the CSU-Pueblo staff in July of 2002. A native of Des Moines, Ia., Zaletel earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Emporia State University (KS) and has completed all but her dissertation toward a doctorate in Educational Policy and Leadership from the University of Kansas. She worked as a reporter and in corporate communications before beginning her career in higher education as news bureau director at her alma mater Emporia State. She spent 13 years at ESU in numerous capacities as director of university relations and later as director of advancement communications, a faculty member, and director of educational programming at the National Teachers Hall of Fame. A graduate of Leadership Pueblo and Leadership Program of the Rockies, she has served on numerous boards from the Higher Education Association of the Rockies, Pueblo Kiwanis, Pueblo Community Health Center Foundation and District VI of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education as well as CSU-Pueblo’s President’s Leadership Program.