Our 2017 Zing Emcees – Ellen Burns and the Celebrated Pug Elliott

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What a pair!  Our Emcees are sure to keep you laughing.  Ellen Burnes and her celebrated pug Elliot are a lively team.
Ellen will strike up the band and get everyone in the room on their feet. But don’t worry Elliot will save you;  he is not a lively socialite but rather, he is a bit more serious, and will amuse you with his rather  dry sense of humor.Meet Elliott

He is a 5-year-old pug whose dog house walls are covered with the blue ribbons from his many obedience competitions.  Elliott entered a competitive training environment at 4 months old and loves to perform. He is proud to be an example of defying stereotypes; after hearing “pugs can’t do that” one time too often, he decided to prove them all wrong. Elliot helps people understand that anything is possible. In his free time, he enjoys resting in laps and looking for snacks.

Like any good Zontian he always has time for his community service. Currently, he is working as a classroom assistant at Colorado State University helping undergraduate students  relax and focus on his mom’s lectures. He is also a reading assistant in a number of local Elementary Schools. Elliot is an avid hiker and has even summited Bear Peak.  He would like to add a 14-er to his achievements, but only if the weather is good. Elliott loves children, cats and bunnies.


Meet Ellen

Ellen is Elliott’s “mom” and trainer.  She is a Zonta Foothills Club member and an avid women’s advocate. When she is not serving Elliott, she is a professor at CSU in the College of Business where she teaches Finance.   She is very proud of her students, and especially the young women who are entering University-wide research competitions, leading teams in Finance challenges, and earning coveted spots on our University-sponsored investment fund.

Ellen relaxes through knitting (Elliott approves) and trail running with her 3 year old Australian Cattle Dog, Franklin (Elliott thinks that running and Cattle Dogs are bad ideas).


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