Our People

Toni Abbey

RN, OCN, ONN-CG, Executive Director, and Founder  gardener • bicycle and book adorer • snowshoer • hiker • lover of family, friends, children, mountains, and learning • wife and mom 

Toni has over 23 years of health care and oncology experience. Before transitioning into program development for Blueprints of Hope, she worked as a clinical nurse in the fields of medical and radiation oncology. Through her work in this capacity she, as many oncology nurses do, worked ardently to break down barriers to care, find resources, and solve problems related to improving the lives of her patients. She attended George Washington Cancer Institute’s Navigation and Survivorship program, and the Colorado Patient Navigation program. She is credentialed as an Oncology Nurse Navigator-Certified Generalist by the Academy of Nurse and Patient Navigators. She completed CancerFit training through the Colorado Parks and Recreation Department, and is a graduate of the Fort Lewis College non-profit certification course. Toni is an Oncology Certified Nurse through the Oncology Nursing Society; and a Board Certified Registered Nurse through the Colorado State Board of Nursing. She is a member the Colorado Cancer Coalition and the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators. Toni is passionate about quality cancer survivorship and thrivership care, and about helping to make lives better for all those who are experiencing any season of cancer.

Lani Graham

BS Physical Ed., MS Guidance Counseling, M.Ed Gifted and Talented, Office Assistant  dancer • tennis & badminton player • x-country & downhill skier • snowshoer • dog trainer • people & animal lover • world traveler • volunteer • walker of family dog • wanderer of nature • athlete • mom • caregiver

Lani trained with Guiding Eyes for the Blind and raised dogs for their training program.   She has lived internationally and traveled extensively. She spent much of her life as a teacher and educator – from preschool through college-level. Her positions, spanning through 30 years, were as a counselor, administrator and child-care manager. She was a facilitator for church support groups for single parents, and worked as a consultant for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Over the years she has hosted over 35 foreign exchange students while raising her children & working full-time. Aside from working with Blueprints of Hope, she has volunteered as a docent at Anasazi Heritage Center, worked with Seniors Outdoors, the ACS Cancer Resource Center, Durango Contra Dance, and hosts traveling Danish Gymnasts and Folk Dancers.

Heidi Fletcher Nichols

BA Psychology, M.Ed Guidance & Counseling, Institute of Children’s Literature Graduate, Administrative Assistant photographer • seamstress • tennis fanatic • calligrapher • writer • nature lover • gardener • mother • grandmother

Heidi’s degree is in counseling, but her passion is teaching Parenting Education. Her past experience includes working with preschool children with autism and Down syndrome. Besides working for Blueprints of Hope, she volunteers at Liberty School in their reading program.