meet our team
Ms. Michelle Mallin, Executive Director
Michelle Mallin is the owner and principal of MGM Solutions, a nonprofit consulting firm in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. She has worked in the nonprofit world for the better part of the last 20 years. Michelle is focused on event planning, fundraising, and project management with an emphasis on developing non-traditional revenue streams. Having volunteered with a variety of organizations whose causes included working to prevent drunk driving, fight breast cancer, and support victims of sexual assault, Michelle took her background in technology, publishing, direct mail, event planning, and marketing and formed a freelance marketing and public relations firm which allows her to draw upon a vast network of charities and contacts. She has worked with dozens of charities with a variety of missions but does specialize in those that support the military and first responder communities. Michelle has organized myriad events and helped to form several non-profit organizations. Her father and stepfather are both US Army veterans; one, a recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, and the other a decorated New York City police officer. Each instilled in her a deep respect for those who serve our nation and our neighborhoods. She and her team strive daily to “honor and respect, those who serve and protect.” Michelle is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and completed the M.S. program in Publishing at Pace University.
Mr. Tracy Turner, Director of Bell Honors
Tracy Turner served in the US Navy and Navy Reserves for over twenty years, starting on the USS Acadia, a Destroyer Tender, from 1980–84. He finished his service on the Acadia as the Captain’s Coxswain. Later, Turner joined the reserves, serving with Special Boat Unit Eleven, working closely with Seal Team One. Fifteen years after finishing his first Reserve service, Turner re-joined the Reserves in 2006. He was deployed three times with Inshore Boat Unit Thirteen as an Expeditionary Warfare Specialist. For the final four years of his Reserve service he served on the Navy’s Funeral Detail in Denver, performing over 1,100 missions for his fellow service members. Turner retired from the Navy in mid-2018 after 24 years of service.
Mr. Alan Bucknam, Director of Marketing
Alan Bucknam is the owner and principal of Notchcode Creative, a visual communications studio in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. He has over two decades' experience in graphic design, branding, and integrated marketing. Graduating with a BFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1993, his background includes work in small boutique design studios and at a large private university. Since opening Notchcode in 1999, he has created award-winning campaigns for local and national clients in the nonprofit, small business, corporate, and government sectors. Keeping the user experience focused on clients' messages and branding points is his specialty, along with exploring ways to innovate new brand experiences and points of contact for clients and their markets. In addition to the big picture, Alan’s clients are always impressed with his creativity, his detail-oriented approach, and his research-based process. While he has not served, his family includes a long tradition of military service from the Spanish-American War through Operation Iraqi Freedom; he is humbled by the opportunity to help honor our country’s service members.
Mr. Louis Olivera, Founder
Louis Olivera was the Founder and first Executive Director of the Honor Bell Foundation. Louis was a former U.S. Army Ranger and was critically wounded during the 1989 invasion of Panama, where he received the Purple Heart Medal while spearheading the nighttime combat parachute jump into Rio Hato. As a United States Army retiree, he worked in the business and program management sector for nearly 25 years. As a U.S. Department of the Army civilian he served for nearly half a decade as the deputy program manager for a multimillion dollar technology program. Louis went on to build startups in the business management, marketing, and financial sectors. He was also a former Service Officer and Chaplin for the Department of Colorado, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and served as Senior-Vice Commander of Chapter 1041, Military Order of the Purple Heart. Louis graduated from the University of Colorado Masters Program in Entrepreneurship.
In 2014, Lou had a vision to forge an instrument that would be used to honor veterans at their passing. In June of that year, he created the Honor Bell Foundation. Leading a small but passionate team, he oversaw the creation of the country’s first bell designed specifically for that purpose. The Honor Bell was cast in May of 2016 and dedicated on Memorial Day at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Since that time, Bell Honors have been rendered over 1000 times — the majority by Lou himself.
Lou passed away on July 12, 2018. Lou’s service, kindness, generosity, and passion for supporting veterans touched many people and he will be incredibly missed. He leaves behind a loving wife and daughter, his nine siblings, countless friends, and fellow veterans. The mission of the Honor Bell will continue as his legacy.