Board of Directors

Shannon Hempelman

Shannon is the Consumer Lending and Business Services Manager for Denver Community Credit Union. She earned her BA in communication from the University of Colorado, and has worked in the financial industry for her entire career. After taking time off to raise her two children, she returned to work because she is passionate about the mission of credit unions - to be involved in and enrich the community. She has spent time volunteering with The Women’s Bean Project, providing financial education to the women in their program, also volunteering her time in various community outreach projects in Arvada including the Arvada Food Bank, Arvada Wheat Ridge Service Ambassadors for Youth and the Arvada On Tap fundraiser for Arvada Kiwanis.


She was attracted to the Friends First mission and vision because she is passionate about the health and well being of our youth.  She believes that providing peer mentors to teenagers helps them make positive social and relationship choices greatly affecting their futures.

She has been a member of the FRIENDS FIRST board since 2017.