April Costigan, Director of Communications

My name is April Costigan and I just celebrated my 3rd anniversary working for DechtmanWealth as Director of Communications.

Boy how time flies.  It’s my turn to be featured in the Employee Spotlight and I put a lot of thought into what I wanted to share with you about me and the person that I am.  I’ve had so many wonderful experiences in my lifetime, its hard to choose just a few things to tell you about.  For example, I’m a wife, a mother, a soldier, an employee, an animal lover, a gardener, a grandmother, a foster-animal volunteer, and an artist.  That’s a lot of ground to cover, so I’ll just pick a few highlights out for you.

The little dog pictured is one of my former foster puppies named Annie.  A very good friend of my adopted her and now spoils her rotten.  They both are absolutely devoted to each other.

I grew up in Albuquerque, NM the youngest of 4 children.  My father was from Liverpool England and my mother a farm girl from Michigan who joined the Marines as a young woman.  My father was in the US Army and got his US citizenship while serving in Korea.  

I joined the Army when I was 20 and trained to be a 63B which is a Light-Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic.  I was very good at it, and I think it’s because I enjoy a good puzzle.  Every part had a place and it was my job to put it where it belonged.  I liked the organization of it, and the mechanics of the stuff I worked on (5 Ton Trucks and below), was a lot simpler than cars and trucks today.  I would not want to be a mechanic now, mostly because I hate being dirty, but also because there are too many electronics involved.  I was stationed in Ft. Jackson, SC and then in Ft. Knox, KY where I met my husband Joe.  He was a tank mechanic and very handsome.  It was love at first sight.  I met him on July 19, 1986 and married him on December 13, 1986.  I would have married him sooner, but we wanted our parents to be able to attend a real wedding.  It’s been over 30 years now and Joe remains the love of my life.

We had two children while we were still in the Army.  Our son Ben and our daughter Sarah.  Joe and I completed our terms of service and moved to Denver in January 1990.  We’ve been here ever since.  I love Denver.  Growing up in the hot sun in Albuquerque, gives you a real appreciation for shade trees and green grass.  I have to honestly say that I hate pine trees and cactus with a passion.  I never, ever want to live in New Mexico again.  Colorado is the place for me.

My son Ben is 31 now, he too joined the Army and did two tours in Iraq.  Now he’s a college graduate and moving up the corporate ladder at Comcast.  My daughter Sarah gave birth to a baby girl in 2009 named Eva.  Joe and I are Eva’s primary guardians and it’s like being parents all over again.  We don’t mind though, having a little girl in the house breathes new life into every holiday.  I get to make Halloween costumes again, attend terrible musicals at her elementary school, roll my eyes at Christmas lists that are as long as my arm, and do all the fun and not so fun things that come along with being a parent.  Only this time I’m a Grandma.

I am also a die-hard volunteer for The Denver Dumb Friends League.  If I didn’t have to work, I think I would spend my days working at the shelter, cleaning kennels and socializing with the animals.  Since I can’t work on site every day, I volunteer as a foster parent instead.

I have had puppies in my home for nearly 4 years straight.  I have had some kittens too, but most of the time I have puppies.  Lots and lots of puppies.  In fact, I have fostered over 100 dogs and cats and just love it.

I have bottle fed babies with no mother in the wee hours of the morning for more than one litter of puppies.  I have hand-fed a beautiful mother Dachshund with a broken jaw because some horrible person kicked her in the face, breaking her jaw in several places.  She was unable to eat, and therefore could not feed her own puppies.  They were given to me on the brink of starvation.  I hand fed Franny (the mother) through her external cast, and bottle-fed her 3 beautiful puppies until Franny could produce milk on her own for her puppies.  After 6 weeks Franny healed very nicely, but lost most of her teeth.  She was such a wonderful mother and took such good care of her babies that they grew fat and happy and were immediately adopted as soon as they were old enough.  Franny was also adopted by a very nice woman just two days after I returned her to DDFL.  That lovely lady understood Franny’s injuries and wanted to give her a loving home for the rest of her life.  This is just one of many, many successful foster stories.

I also fancy myself an artist.  Mostly I enjoy creating mosaic art for my backyard.  I’ve made 40 mosaic backyard solar lamps for my patio, several outdoor decorations, and more recently I have been working on refining my skills at creating animal portraits in mosaic glass.  I created a memorial headstone for each of my departed friends (Peggy, Diego and Rambo), and placed them in my garden where they all spent many happy days.  

I have also done several mosaic pieces for other people, not necessarily as a memorial stone (as their pets were alive and well), but more as a piece of garden art for their own home.  It takes me about 6 weeks to complete one project.  Perhaps you may like to commission a piece for your own pet.  If so, give me a call!

Well, I could go on and on, but that’s probably enough.  Thank you for reading my article, I hope you found it as fun and interesting as it was to write.