Pamela Burnelis is the “right hand man” for Kaiser Permanente’s public affairs director C.J. Moore.
“She has assisted me with our corporate contributions program and has been another set of eyes for Kaiser in the community, seeking out worthy nonprofit programs that fit our charitable giving guidelines, and coming to me with suggestions that have really made a difference,” Moore said in nominating Burnelis for the award. “She is something else.”
Burnelis is the executive assistant and office manager for Kaiser Permanente.
She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Regis University and is working on an master’s degree in business administration.
As office manager, she oversees the “daily grind” of keeping Kaiser’s Colorado Springs office working smoothly, Moore said. Burnelis has organized office wellness programs and assisted with the implantation of Kaiser’s claims project; pharmacy benefit management project and the one-network hospital implementation project.
“She is the ‘go to’ for organizing office volunteer projects such as teams for local nonprofit walks, Care and Share projects,” Moore said. “While many may poo-poo the position of office manager, I can truly say that without Pam’s expertise, our office here would literally fall apart.”
Burnelis is active in the Colorado Springs community: she’s a member of the current class of Leadership Pikes Peak, on the board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and is the nominating chairwoman and a participant in the 2005 and 2006 Ride for the Cure in Death Valley.
She also serves on the board at the Southern Colorado AIDS Project and is a member of the state board for the ALS Association.
The charity work keeps her active physically and mentally as well. She said the bike rides and walks keep her fit, all while she helps others.
“I’ve always been active in charity,” Burnelis said. “I was raised that way — you do for others, that’s the greatest gift you can give anyone. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t active and involved.”
Burnelis was recognized by the ALS Association for establishing Lou Gehrig Day at Sky Sox Stadium.
She’s also involved with the Race for the Cure, Pikes Peak Challenge for Brain Injury, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women luncheon, the Multiple Sclerosis Walk, the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk and the Memorial Health Systems Gala committee.
Burnelis gives credit for her active community involvement to the working atmosphere at Kaiser.
“I am so glad I have a platform to give back to the community,” she said. “I have a great boss who encourages me, mentors me.”