Men of Parker

These 5 Parker Men Dream, Inspire, and Serve in Big Ways

Article by Joan Dameron and Hannah Echols Grieser

Photography by Jolie Rodriguez

Originally published in Parker Lifestyle

Cohlton Schultz

Cohlton is an athletic and faith-filled college student. After losing his sister, Sammie, in a tragic car accident last year, his family remains tightly knit and confident that God will pull them through this difficult time.

What's your “job?”

I am a student-athlete at Arizona State University and major in biology (conservation and ecology). I am a heavy-weight wrestler for ASU and also compete on the national level for Team USA. I placed second at the Olympic trials.

How do you envision your role in the community?

In Parker, I have a role within my family and a role in the wrestling community. By reaching some of the highest levels in wrestling, I have learned it is possible to do anything you set your sights on, and I am a role model for high school students. I want to give back as much as I can by using my experience to help younger athletes. I can give my time and knowledge to help them navigate the wrestling world. I have stayed in touch with the coaches and my former teammates at Ponderosa High School.

What are your passions?

Wrestling is my passion, and my college goal is to win the NCAA tournament. World Championships take place every year, and I want to keep competing. I am also passionate about my faith.

If you could have one impractical dream come true, what would it be?

Being an Olympic gold medalist seemed like an impractical dream not that long ago, but it seems more possible every day. I hope to make that dream come true at the 2024 Olympics.

Anthony Stephens 

Anthony is a serviceman to his country, an ambassador for Christ, and an encourager to many. He is an extrovert, good friend, and committed family man.

What is your job?  

My career started in the United States Air Force. After 8 years in active duty, I honorably separated and became an accountant for the Department of Defense (DoD). Today, my title is Mineral Revenue Analyst for the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR). In this role, I perform compliance reviews of gas and oil leases onshore and offshore for both federal and tribal land.

How do you envision your role in the community?

As a constant in the community for the past 25 years, I live by example, and I strive to be an upstanding citizen to the best of my ability. Another person’s perception of you can become your reality.  

What are your passions, and how do you incorporate them into your life?

I am passionate about helping military veterans suffering from both mental (PTSD) and physical disabilities sustained during active duty. I have partnered with another Air Force veteran and our mission is to assist veterans as they navigate the facilities and benefits that are available to them.

Exercise has become a personal passion of mine. I made a conscious decision to make a lifestyle change when I was on the verge of diabetes. I now work out every day on the elliptical for an hour and the stair stepper for 30 minutes. My collegiate athlete son advised me to start lifting too. Exercise has improved my physical health while maintaining optimal mental health too by reducing negative energy. Not every day is a good day, but it is still not a bad day.

Pete Vercellin

First and foremost, Pete is a family man. He and his wife have five kids. He works hard and fully commits to whatever he does. Pete believes in the resiliency of the human spirit and believes in people.

What's your job?

I worked for Floyd’s 99 Barbershop for 17 years and helped the company grow from three locations in Denver to a nationwide franchise. I was ready to do something on my own. As the owner of Floyd’s 99 Barbershop, I look at my job as guidance and a way to inspire my staff to be successful. The cornerstone of my job is service. I want to guide my staff to appreciate every client that visits. Clients have a choice to visit, and when clients choose us, it is important to acknowledge it.

How do you envision your role in the community?

We live in Parker, our kids go to school in Parker, and we shop in Parker. I want to be as active as humanly possible by volunteering at SECORCares and holding annual coat drives. A barbershop has been a staple in every little town in the USA. I look at it as a huge responsibility to continue the tradition and for Floyd’s to be a staple in the Parker community. I want to take on new opportunities for community involvement as they present themselves.

What are your passions, and how do you integrate them into your life?

I have a passion for my family and also have a passion for building teams. I love when a plan comes together.

Rick Eisenberg

Rick Eisenberg is a baseball aficionado who desires to love his neighbor as himself—even if that neighbor is on the opposing team! He gets energized when he’s around other passionate people and can be extremely goofy, but he knows when to put on his game face.

What's your job?

I am the Director of Player Development and Chaplain for Gameday which is a youth and high school competitive club baseball organization in Parker. I help lead all of our baseball training activities at Gameday and have a primary responsibility to work with our hitters. Each year our teams get better and better, and we believe that there are no shortcuts to player development!

As Gameday's Chaplain, I have committed to making it my priority to mentor as many young people as possible. At Gameday, we talk about faith, character, and excellence and it is my role to influence our young people in all of these areas. 

How do you envision your role in the community?

As Gameday Chaplain, I have commissioned all of our teams to participate in an outreach event every year of their choice where our kids can get outside in the community and help others. Our teams do everything from packing food for the less fortunate to participating in Tim Tebow's Night to Shine every year. We want to show our kids that it is really more blessed to give than to receive. I want our community and all of our players to know that we at Gameday really care. 

What are your passions, and how do you integrate them into your life?

When my friends find out about the job that I have, they are usually blown away because they know that I love God and baseball. I get to daily partake in both of these passions and make a difference in the lives of young people. I also love collecting baseball cards, hiking, and of course spending time with my lovely wife Hollie and beautiful daughters Eden and Shiloh. 

If you could have one impractical dream come true, what would it be?

To get a call from the Rockies Manager Bud Black to let me know that I will be starting in centerfield tonight for the Rockies. They could use the help, and my dream would come true!

Rob Nelson

Above all else, Rob Nelson is a connector. He is fueled by relationships and seeks to bring people together from every area of his life, from his graphic design business to the various Parker organizations where he volunteers. Rob is a loving husband and proud dad of three young adult girls.

How do you envision your role in the community?

I like to think of myself as a connector and liaison between the Grace Baptist food bank, Ft. Carson, WeCycle, and SECOR. They’ll call me and say that they have a surplus of items, and I’ll pick them up and transfer them to one of the other organizations. I also have a graphic design business and do a lot of work for local places and the Parker Chamber of Commerce.

What are your passions, and how do you integrate them into your life?

My passion is service. It really started in 2015 when my three daughters went to Kenya on a mission trip with Front Range Community Church. Afterward, they told me it was my turn, but I rarely got out of Douglas County as far as serving goes! I went, and it was totally transforming. Everything changed after that and I found myself doing clothing drives and food banks.

Can you tell us a little bit about the Diaper Difference?

I began to notice that many moms and families at the food bank would gravitate towards diapers instead of food. Then, an article in the Denver Post talked about how severe the need for diapers was during the pandemic. I thought to myself, “I can wrangle some diapers.” Over twenty businesses have gotten on board now. It’s so integrated and rewarding to feel like we’re all in a boat rowing together. The little bit you serve is minuscule to the blessings you get back.

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