Kim began coordinating the NWAHEMR in June of 1995 through a contract with NWCCOG and has been managing the complex federal grant administration duties since. With funding related to the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the Department of Emergency Management, the deliverables and recordkeeping are complex. Canselosis’s various roles prepared her for the job. Prior to her role with NWCCOG, Kim served on the Frisco Town Council, and as a licensed attorney, helped her husband review contracts for his plumbing company. Prior to that, she was an Adams County prosecutor who later worked in private practice.
Growing up, Cancelosi says, “I was an Air Force Brat… mainly Europe,” which included most of her school years in England (8), Spain, and Germany. Born stateside, her family moved from Virginia to Louisiana to California through her earliest years prior to the years in Europe. Since moving to Colorado, she has largely stayed put. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado to teach special education, which she did for 5 years before deciding that she wanted to protect the rights of handicapped people, so she attended Law School at CU Boulder. Soon after graduating from law school as a newly minted attorney– you can’t make this up– she had to leave her job because she broke her neck and back and was in rehabilitation for 18 months. Its’ a tossup whether she hated private practice or rehab more, Cancelosi enjoys her current work which allows her to “enjoy what life is all about” which for her means, “camping, fly fishing, cycling or just about any outdoor adventure with her dog and family.