Colorado State Board

 President: Susanne Young       

1st Vice President: Christine Baumgartner

2nd Vice President: Janet Arce

3rd Vice President: Liz Raedeke

Treasurer: Kathy Burnham

State Organizer: Lee Vos 

Recording Secretary: Open position

Historian: Betty Thompson 

Communications Secretary: Louise Churchill

State Board Nominees

Susanne L. Young- Nominated for President


  Susanne has been a member of DBE for 34 years. She is a member of the Commonwealth Rose Chapter. Susanne was born in Heswal in the Wirral just outside Liverpool but grew up in King’s Lynn, Norfolk.  Susanne trained as an RN at Addenbrookes Hospital Cambridge where she met her husband of 50 years Ken. They came to Boston in 1974, moved to St Louis and then to Colorado in 1988. Susanne was a Trauma nurse for many years and was the manager of the Trauma Center at St Anthony’s hospital in Denver.  Susanne then went back to school to obtain her BSN and after a clinical experience became a hospice nurse rising to Vice President of Hospice of St John. Susanne retired (finally, fourth time!) as Director of Hospice after establishing the hospice program for Brookdale Senior Living in Denver. Some of Susanne’s best nursing memories were when she completed 2 trips to India as a Mission Nurse.

Susanne and Ken have 3 married sons and 7 grandchildren. 

Susanne enjoys the friendships, the support and commitment of DBE members. 

Liz Raedeke- Nominated for 1st Vice President


 Liz was born in the old West Riding of Yorkshire, about 7 miles from the Market town of Selby. After she graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and a brief career as a singer with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, she settled in London working for the BBC in their classical music radio department. It was in London that she met her American born husband,  Arlin,  and was married in 1978. Later that year, they moved to Boulder, where they lived for 26 years. They moved to Denver   

when they retired in 2004 and travelled extensively for the next few years. Liz joined DBE in Colorado in 2017 and is a member of the Commonwealth Rose Chapter.

Janet C. Arce- Nominated for 2nd Vice President


 I was born on March 14, 1946, in Nottingham, and brought up in Hillingdon, Middlesex. Immigrated to California in early 1970s and immediately joined the Princess Royal Chapter in Sierra Madre and served as correspondence secretary. Joined Grosvenor Square Chapter in 2008 until 2016 and served as Regent for seven years; also served on the State Board as 2nd Vice President for 6 years. Moved in 2016 with husband Ross to Colorado to be with our only son Michael, daughter-in-law, Cassandra, and grandchildren, Alexandra and Savanah. Transferred to Chatsworth Chapter in 2016, presently serving as Recording Secretary and 2nd VP on the State Board.

Vicki Turner- Nominated for 3rd Vice President


 Vicki was born in Walthamstow, London. In 1940 her family’s home was bombed and she along with her mother and 2 brothers were evacuated to Pertenhall, Bedfordshire where she grew up. In 1955 the family moved to Needham Market, Suffolk. She graduated from Ipswich Business College as a Book Keeper and Comptometer Operator. 

She met her US Air Force husband, John, at the USO in Ipswich, married, and came to the USA in 1965, where she met his New York family. With the Air Force they were stationed in New York, North Dakota, Greenland, England, New Mexico and Colorado where they retired. She has lived in Littleton and Parker for 44 years.

Vicki joined DBE in 2002 as a member of Sandhurst chapter and has enjoyed serving as an officer at the chapter and state levels in a number of different positions and is excited, if elected, to serve as 3rd VP. On the next State board. She has also enjoyed the DBE National conventions in Denver, California, Houston, New York, Pennsylvania and the Banquet in Seattle before the Cruise to Alaska, she is looking forward to the next DBE cruise to Mexico in 2021.

Kathy Burnham- Nominated for Treasurer

Lee Vos- Nominated for Organizer


Lee was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. She worked for a local law firm specializing in conveyancing, i.e., writing up deeds of sale and mortgages. In 1975 Lee married Henri, a civil engineer.

Lee, Henri and their two children emigrated to the United States in October 1994 and settled in Denver. She was a stay-at-home mom until she joined Nordstrom in 1998. Since her retirement in 2013 she has traveled extensively locally and overseas. Her interests include cooking, reading, gardening, travel and spending time with her two granddaughters.

Lee has been the Interim State Organizer since May 2019. She has been part of the DBE organization for six years and is a member of the Commonwealth Rose Chapter.

Open- Nominated for Recording Secretary

Pam Smith-Nominated for Historian


Pam was born in Nottingham, England, and was raised in the city. After graduating Teachers College at the Univ. of Manchester, she taught elementary school children for four years. With two teacher friends she decided to work for a year in the U.S., settling in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. After that time the friends decided to work their way around the U.S., and then return to England. Having covered the east coast down to Key West the friends headed for Colorado. While working at the Broadmoor Hotel she met a fellow employee and future husband, Michael. This year they celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary. Before retiring in 2010, Pam taught in Denver Public Schools, developed family literacy programs statewide on Gov. Romer’s staff. Pam spent her last 12 working years at The Colorado Department of Education, managing Colorado’s literacy programs for the State. Pam joined DBE in 2013 and is a member of the Commonwealth Rose Chapter.

Louise Churchill- Nominated for Correspondence & communications secretary


Louise was born and raised in Poole in Dorset. She moved to Bournemouth as a young wife and mother and lived there for 10 years. During that time she ran her own daycare and worked for Poole Social Services as a Respite Care Giver. specializing  in children with hearing impairments and special needs. She then moved to Crawley, West Sussex where she met and married her present husband, and then emigrated her whole family to Colorado in 2007. Here she raised her now 5 children and for a few years, ran a hobby farm, milking her herd of goats and tending to chickens, rabbits, turkeys and geese. Louise has only been a member of the DBE for a few months, starting a new chapter in Colorado Springs called The Mary Wollstonecraft Chapter and is currently their regent. She loves history and has often attended reenactments depicting the Rev war and Victorian and Edwardian eras. She is often asked to speak and teach the history and importance of the Dorset Button. Much of her time is devoted to her family that now includes 3 small grandchildren.

Marguerite Brunel- Nominated for Standard Bearer