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Charlie Simmons


Charlie is a retired Sergeant from Jefferson County Sheriff's Office after 27 years. He worked in the  Detention, Patrol and Investigation divisions and was a sergeant for 15 years. He was a Field Training Officer and supervised the FTO program. He was the lead instructor for Civil Disturbances/Riot Control and was a sergeant on the Special Operations Response Team. He began photographing law enforcement in 2011 as a means to give back to the deputies he worked with and to enjoy his passion for photography. This endeavor grew and he began photographing many facets of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. In 2016, his photo "Storm" ,depicting a motorcycle unit running radar after a storm, won 1st place in the patrol category in the National Sheriff Association annual photo contest. Recently, one of his photos was used on the cover of K-9 Cops Magazine.    

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Karmen Hanson, M.A.

Liaison/Fund Raising

Karmen is thrilled to be a founding board member of BAA! A long-time supporter of law enforcement officers, including many in her family, she helped create and staff a retail area Cop Shop in Denver PD's District 1 to serve officers and the public with non-emergency services. She also shadowed neighborhood School Resource Officers to learn more about their role in the community and was a liaison to Denver PD as part of her neighborhood organization board.

Karmen brings to the BAA board her passion of connecting people from across the country and acquired experience from over 20 years of non-profit volunteer experience with the American Cancer Society and National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Colorado and Wyoming.

In her professional life, Karmen is a state health policy program director and tracks behavioral health legislation and laws across the country. In her free time, (free time?) you'll find her volunteering, cheering at hockey games or traveling.

Karmen earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Colorado in both Sociology and Psychology, and Master of Arts degree from the University of Denver in Sociology. 


Caroline Carlson

Fund Raising

Caroline Carlson serves as the director of development for the NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures where she oversees all donor management for the National Conference of State Legislatures. The NCSL Foundation is dedicated to building trust and confidence in representative democracy through a public-private dialogue, promoting ethics in government, and strengthening state legislatures. Caroline works with over 230 private-sector sponsors and recruits 25 to 30 new sponsors each year while retaining 90 percent renewal rate. When she started 18 years ago, the Foundation raised $500,000 consistently each year. Today, the Foundation continues to bring in over $2.8 million.


Before working for the National Conference of State Legislatures, Caroline lead special event fundraising for the American Cancer Society and continues to support its annual Relay for Life. Caroline received her master's degree in public affairs from Indiana University, Bloomington specializing in environmental policy and natural resource management and a bachelor's of science from James Madison University in Virginia.

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Darci Cochran


Darci Cochran has a bachelor of science in Business Management from Regis University along with 25+ years of experience in finance and accounting.  She currently holds a management position in the project accounting group with Stantec Consulting Service, a top-10 global design firm where she has been employed for the past 11 years.  Darci will act as treasurer for Badges Across America.  In her free time, Darci enjoys spending time with her two adult daughters, has a passion for traveling and loves “glamping” and boating with friends.


Mark Techmeyer

Public Relations

Mark is the Director of Communications for the Colorado Department of Human Services. Prior to joining the State, Mark served at the Jefferson County sheriff’s Office for 15 years, much of it in the Public Affairs Unit. He brings law enforcement, communications and media management expertise to the board, and has a passion for storytelling and the work that Badges Across America is doing. 

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