Founder and President
Sales Account Executive
Tech Product Owner
Sales Development Representative
Client Relationship Manager - HR, Risk & Compliance
Heidi McLeanFounder and President
With a unique blended background that includes experience on both the client and freelance sides of corporate video and broadcast news production, Heidi has a natural gift for seeing the big picture.
For six years, Heidi worked with CBS News as a freelance audio technician, gaining indelible insight about how the industry could be improved. Since then, she has filled an industry-wide void by establishing Crew Connection in 1989 and PayReel in 1995. Today, thanks to Heidi, it’s never been easier for companies to outsource the recruitment, management, and payment of freelance video and media professionals.
Heidi is a wanderer with an appetite for good food, fresh powder, and world travels. Time with her husband and two daughters is one of the simplest joys of all. To Heidi, Colorado is the bee’s knees—a great place to raise a family, start a business, and invest in wildlife preservation efforts.Email Heidi
A self-proclaimed geek with a proven business acumen, Todd began his career by launching one of Colorado’s first internet service providers in 1993, growing it to one of the largest in the country, and ultimately selling it to publicly traded RMI.
A CTO, COO or CEO for 14 years, Todd has continued to combine technology, especially software development, with leadership and his love for business strategy to help grow several companies, including Arrival Telecommunications, 3C, and American DataBank.
Todd received his MBA from UCLA, but was born and raised in his beloved Colorado. Todd’s version of heaven is watching baseball under a summer sunset with his wife and three children—each of whom root hard for the Rockies, the Broncos, and UCLA (of course!).Email Todd
Aleah WilliamsCrew Coordinator
Before joining the Crew Connection team, Aleah was a Line Producer at Starz Entertainment. She has the people skills of a diplomat and the organizational skills of an event planner. At Crew Connection, she puts all that expertise to work connecting clients worldwide with the best crews for each job and keeping everything running smoothly on both sides of every production.
Aleah needs every ounce of her impressive organizational and people skills for her newest role: Mother to a very adorable baby girl.Email Aleah
Joe SafkenSales Manager
Joe learned early on that relationship building was ‘his thing’ and people are what he’s good at. Joe is a master at building truly meaningful relationships and he has 11 years’ worth of clients turned friends to prove it.
Joe, his wife, and their three kids love all things outdoorsy– just as they should, being born and bred with the mountains right in their backyards.Email Joe
Dani LymanCrew Coordinator
Before Crew Connection, Dani worked in freelance video and sports broadcast production, primarily as a Producer and Graphics Operator. Now, she makes clients’ shoots a breeze by hooking them up with the best crews and gear for their project in their area.
Dani loves going to concerts at interesting venues and exploring Colorado’s many mountain towns. The smaller the town the better. She volunteers for Denver Writes–a nonprofit which teaches kids the art of creative writing.Email Dani
Alexis GabelMarketing Manager
Alexis hails from the hustling and bustling town of New York City. Moving to the mountains of Colorado was a stark but surprisingly fast and easy transition for this city girl. She spent 10 years marketing luxury brands and boutique fitness on the East coast before making her way to the world of payroll and media.
Managing marketing strategy and development for both Crew Connection and PayReel by day, Alexis spends her time outside the office checking out the many mountains and breweries Colorado has to offer.Email Alexis
John ClarkSales Account Executive
After graduating from Colorado State University, John went straight to work in television production and never looked back. Prior to joining the Crew Connection Colorado team, John was fortunate enough to work on shows for the Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, and the National Park Service.
John is a member of the rare species known as “Colorado Native.” Not one to shy away from his Colorado roots, you’ll find John where the powder is. The mountains and ski slopes are his favorite playgrounds.Email John
Himanshu GoelTech Product Owner
With an array of experience spanning scrum master, product owner, and agile method of software testing and development, Himanshu plans, prioritizes, and delivers solutions to ensure Crew Connection aligns with client needs and variable market environments.
By rolling out bi-weekly updates he is able to provide every user an easy-to-use interface.
Himanshu is an India native, and moved to Colorado from Chicago in 2017. He enjoys the outdoors as much as any Colorado native.Email Himanshu
Cody ThibaultSales Development Representative
Previously a Marketing Coordinator for Three Points Center and a high school football coach at Valor Christian High School, Cody brings a wide array of skills to his role as a Sales Development Representative. He has an outstanding knack for building solid relationships and this serves him well in his professional life.
Whether skiing, hiking, working out, or playing sports, Cody’s favorite place to be is outside. When not reveling in the Colorado outdoors, Cody can be found either planning his next trip or jet-setting around the world. With three continents under his belt so far, Cody plans to visit the rest as soon as he can.
On the weekends, you’ll find Danette watching baseball, keeping up with her three active children, or curled up with a book. Family is hugely important to Danette. In the office, she’s the one tending to a different kind of books. And they’re perfectly balanced, too. With more than 20 years of experience in full-charge accounting roles, Danette brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as controller at Crew Connection and PayReel. She keeps everything in line.Email Danette
Lisa started at Crew Connection and PayReel in 1995 as a part-time bookkeeper. She proceeded to take over bookkeeping for both companies, and later moved on from payroll to handle HR, workers comp, ACA tracking, and health insurance. In 2017, Lisa jumped at the chance to get back into accounting as bookkeeper for Crew Connection and PayReel.
Lisa moved from Texas 30 years ago and while Lisa loves the Colorado snow, the only way she’ll ride it is on a snowmobile. In her spare time, you’ll find Lisa knitting, reading, hiking, watching movies, and eating.Email Lisa
Chris WrightClient Relationship Manager - HR, Risk & Compliance
Chris has a decade of experience in assessing and mitigating the risks related to independent contractor engagements and providing employer of record services on a global scale.
Chris is a 4th generation Colorado native and returned to Boulder after developing innovative contingent workforce management programs and technologies in Silicon Valley.Email Chris