CAL’s new vice president and Membership Chair, like many members, writes and speaks about a subject close to her heart: Loss. Rachel Kodanaz was 31 years old and her daughter was two when she was widowed. She continued her career in telecommunications and information technology, but began publishing articles in a variety of magazine about what she was going through.
“The truth is, I always had a book in me that was eager to be written,” she says, “However, I never sat down long enough until I had a difficult ski accident that forced me on the couch for months and my computer joined me.” Her book is Living with Loss, One Day at a Time, and nearly ever since she has been speaking to groups across the country about this difficult, but on reflection, common challenge in life.
Already, Rachel is improving CAL. Hawaiian Ironman Race finishers don’t waste time. She has proposed some membership options for next year’s renewal period that could save CAL members some cash and help stabilize membership churn, that heart-chart spiking of highs and lows that challenges the organization every year.
Rachel serves on two other boards, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and Soaring Spirits International, and is a member of the Denver Speakers Bureau.