Area Directors

The Area Directors are elected by members of the association for alternating three year terms.  They serve in a variety of roles and perform numerous functions to run the day-to-day operations of DFOA.

John Conklin

President - through 2022
John lives in southwest Denver with his wife of 25 years, Michele. He has two very tall boys, Evan, 21 and Ryan, 18, in college at Washington State and Washington, D.C., respectively. John is an attorney practicing law since 1994 and defending physicians at trial in medical malpractice cases. He has been a dedicated football official since 1998, first as a Head Linesman and the past 12 years as a Referee. Mr. Conklin worked as the Head Linesman in the 2006 5A State Championship game, Referee in the 2012 A6 State Championship game, and Referee in the 2016 5A State Championship game. He is passionate about football as a sport, a game, and an educational experience for student-athletes and officials. He previously served as a DFOA Area Director in 2013 when Kirk Russell was elected as CFOA President. Time commitments to job and family prevented him from then running for another term, but he is now an empty-nester and looks forward to a 3-year term working to make the officiating experience better for DFOA members. John has served as a Crew Chief since 2015. Non-football hobbies include golfing, skiing, international travel, and scuba diving. One of these is sort of challenging in Colorado.

John Juranek

Vice-President - through 2021
John is a married father of three boys, John, Justin and Brandon.  His wife of 30 years has been very patient with him and his officiating career. John's gracious family has allowed him to work in sports officiating for a long time. There is a point to being over committed to what you do, family, job, and his love of baseball and football. John thanks his wife and DFOA for allowing him the opportunity to serve all of you in this position. John began officiating football in 1996, spent three years at the youth level, worked two more at the lower level high school. His first varsity assignment came in  2002 after he took the NFHS test at the Calvary Baptist Church.  Rick Cole was his first mentor and crew chief. John currently works baseball as a second sport and is associated with Area 1 in Denver. Baseball has also has been very rewarding for John, to those who work both of these sports thank you for all you do for the game. In closing, John is just getting his feet wet as an Area Director. Thank you, let him know if he can help you.

Jeff Penney

Vice-President - through 2020
Jeff resides on a small horse property in Parker, with his wife of 25 years, and father of two kids; Tyler and Kelly. He started officiating youth football in 1985, in East Texas. He moved quickly into varsity level football the following year, and thereafter for 13 years, before moving to Colorado. Raising kids and travel with work kept Jeff out of officiating football, until 2012 – when he joined the DFOA.  His first Varsity game assignment, was at the R position.  “I realized quickly after being out of football officiating, how much I really missed it.”  Thankfully, kids sports filled the void – watching his son’s high school football team play at a chance to win the 5A Championship, and his daughter’s track & field team winning the girls 5A Championship was both very rewarding. Jeff is Vice President of an automotive parts distributor, with 7 locations across the US. Hobbies include; horseback riding, golf, and racquetball. 2019 marks his first year as Crew Chief, and working the R position. 2018 was very rewarding, working the 5A Championship Game – at the Back Judge position. There have been many officials over the years help shape my ability to officiate football, and some of them are in the DFOA today – it’s a great organization! I am very grateful for this opportunity to serve the members of the DFOA in this role. My dedication and effort will be nothing short of 100%, to ensure a healthy and growing DFOA going forward.  Thank you.

Joel Pogar

Treasurer - through 2020
Joel has been a resident of Parker, CO since 2006 and has been a DFOA official since 2012. He only officiates football but has worked a variety of games from youth leagues to NCAA and semi-pro with several post-season and championship assignments.  Joel became a Referee with DFOA in 2016 and Crew Chief in 2018. Joel has a passion for sports and played baseball and football through his college years.  He "retired" his playing days after an injury in 2004 and began officiating as a way to stay active and close to the game he loves. Joel has been married to his wife Kerri of 25 years and has two college age children.  Although football takes up a lot of time through the year, he enjoys his dogs, chickens and turkeys on a 2 acre ranch in Parker when he is not on the field. For the last 25 years, Joel has had a prosperous career in the telecommunications and technology industry.  He has worked for Cisco Systems since 2011 covering the North America Service Provider segment enabling Internet and cloud based systems.  Joel travels the world but loves to call Colorado his home and serve the student athletes in the Denver area.
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