2015 Federal Regions 8 & 10 Community Action Conference
Presenting Speakers
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Mary Pat Aardup [More Info]
Program Coordinator for Healthy Sustainable Homes Program
City of Fort Collins Healthy Sustainable Homes Program
Kenneth Ackerman [More Info]
Virtual CAP Project Manager
Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies (as of 1-1-2015)
Kenneth Ackerman is the creator and manager of VirtualCAP.org, which was launched in 2002 through federal OCS funding.  From 2010 - 2013, he also served as the primary researcher identifying evidence-based/evidence-informed and exemplary/promising programs and practices for the CSBG T&T/A Resource Center.  Ken is a certified peer reviewer for the Award for Excellence/Pathways to Excellence in Community Action and has provided interim management assistance and direct T&TA to CAAs across the U.S.  He was Executive Director of the Monticello Area CAA (VA) from 1976-2000 after initially working as the agency’s Chief Planner.  His involvement with Community Action began in 1971 as a VISTA volunteer in rural Virginia.
Marq Agboyani [More Info]
WorkLife Partnership
Life Partnership directly engages private industry in issues of poverty prevention, workforce sustainability, and economic development in ways that speak directly to a business’s bottom-line. The workshop will present how WorkLife focuses on the importance of employer engagement in the community issues like poverty, shelter, food, healthcare, transportation, financial stress, and family instability by addressing those issues directly with employees at the workplace. Employers begin to see that poverty in no longer ‘out there’ , but ‘in here’. WorkLife obtains investment from its 17 employer members throughout the Front Range on monthly basis. Come listen to how we get this done!
Kathleen Bates [More Info]
General Manager
Holiday Inn Stapleton
Has a long history of hiring individuals with significant job barriers, and training her supervisors how to provide effective supervision to employees with these challenges. Kathleen has participated in presentations for Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI); Denver's Road Home; the Denver Downtown Partnership; Sage Hospitality Resources; the Marriott Corporation; and the chamber of Commerce.
Jill Bednarek [More Info]
Secondhand Smoke Initiatives Coordinator Prevention Services Division
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Jill Bednarek directs secondhand smoke initiatives and manages the state mandated Tobacco Review Committee in the tobacco program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She has served in this capacity since 2008. She has nearly twenty years of professional experience in positive youth involvement, alcohol, and tobacco and other drug prevention and health promotion. She received her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. She has served as a member of the board of directors for several nonprofit organizations and is the proud mother to three children ages 18, 18 and 14.
Amy Beres [More Info]
Asst. Director, Urban Cooperative Development
Rocky Mt. Farmers Union Foundation, Co-op Developmt. Ctr.
Jenae Bjelland [More Info]
Ed Blair [More Info]
Director of Operations
Mile High United Way (MHUW)
Ed has been in the hospitality sector for over 20 years, and has been the General Manager of the Oxford and Embassy Suites Hotels in Denver for Sage Hospitality Resources. He is now the Director of Operations at MHUW, and oversee all aspects of operations. He has hired, supervised and managed hundreds of employees, serves as a training employer for Denver's Road to Work, and has been on the Business Advisory Committee for over six years. He is also a member of the Denver's Road Home Commission, and is on the Board of the Denver Downtown Partnership. Ed has participated in all of the SAMHSA presentations listed above, and has also spoken about the DRW at an employer conference convened and hosted by the VA in Nashville, Tennessee. Laura and Ed have refined their presentation to represent the perspectives of the service provider and the employer as a combined point of view so that the audience has a full picture of how the BAC and the DRW program operate. Randy Quintana - Employment Specialist - Mental Health Center of Denver(MHCD) - Randy has been an employment specialist at MHCD for 4 years and works with the Denver's Road to Work program. He specifically works with participants who have a mental illness and are seeking employment. Randy is a member of the Chamber of Commerce as well as the Hotel Human Resources Assn, and uses these affiliations to make frequent presentations about the DRW program. Randy's perspective emphasizes how the employment specialist works with participants to identify job goals and potential job matches, and this point of view is quite important in cultivating honest relationships with the employers where specific issues and needs of individuals with barriers can be understood more completely by the employers.
Jean Block [More Info]
Jean Block Consulting, Inc
Jean Block is a nationally recognized consultant and trainer on nonprofit management, FUNdraising, board development and social enterprise. She is a regular presenter at national conferences, including CAPLAW, this conference, and others each month. She presented this workshop to the Kansas Conference on Poverty in 2014. A list of presentations she has presented is found on her web site at jblockinc.com.
David Bradley [More Info]
Co-Founder and Executive Director
National Community Action Foundation
For more than 30 years, David Bradley has been one of Washington’s leading advocates on behalf of low-income programs. In 1981, David helped found the National Community Action Foundation (NCAF). As a private non-profit organization funded solely by non-governmental contributions, NCAF represents funding and policy interests of the nation’s 1000 community action agencies before Congress and the Executive Branch. In this role at NCAF, David was the primary architect of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). Besides the CSBG, David’s legislative activities include Weatherization Assistance, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Head Start, and job training programs. In an age in which partisan gridlock is too often the norm, David has shown an uncanny ability to make poverty issues a concern to both parties. After facing elimination in the 1995 House Republican’s Contract with America, David was able to work with key House Republican leaders to ensure CSBG funding procured the largest percentage received of any domestic program in FY 1997. In his role at NCAF, David has also helped power CAPLAW, a legal resource center for the Community Action Agencies (CAA) network and CAPPAC, a Political Action Committee. In addition, David Bradley has helped foster a unique partnership between the private sector and the CAA network. His work with Exxon-Mobil provided first hand job training to thousands of workers. His development of a graduate program in Community Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University has allowed numerous students the opportunity to earn a graduate degree affordably. Prior to joining NCAF, David worked in Congressional Affairs at the Small Business Administration under President Jimmy Carter. He has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from George Washington University. In 1987, he was a Senior Executive Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University. He and his wife Nancy reside in Fredericksburg, Virginia. David’s passion for politics and poverty is matched by his interest in reading and baseball. David is part owner of a number of minor league baseball teams including the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers; the Bowie Baysox and the Frederick Keys, both in the Orioles System; and the Huntsville Stars, the Milwaukee Brewers Double-A franchise. David’s mentor, Sargent Shriver, perhaps described David’s advocacy best when he wrote “no one has done more to keep the War on Poverty fresh in the hearts and minds of individuals than David Bradley.”
Billie Bramhille [More Info]
Donald Burnes [More Info]
Acting Executive Director
Burnes Institute
Donald Burnes- Executive Director and Board Chair, Burnes Institute on Poverty and Homelessness
Rebecca Carter [More Info]
Executive Director
Colorado East Community Action Agency
Becky Carter is a trained MACA Poverty Simulation facilitator. She is a graduate of the University of Denver and attended graduate school at the University of Colorado Boulder. For the past 6 years she has been the Executive Director of Colorado East Community Action Agency and a Board member of the Colorado Community Action Association. She lives in a former library on the eastern plains of Colorado along with a variety of animals including several rescued dogs. Pam Witucki is a trained MACA Poverty Simulation facilitator. A Detroit native, she has lived in Aurora and later in Kiowa most of her adult life. She has been the Executive Director of Elbert County Coalition for Outreach for over 7 years.
Reginald Carter [More Info]
MacGregor Management
Dr. Carter presently is a consultant and does research for the Center for Applied Management Practices and is a Nursing home administrator educator for MSU Executive development program. This program through the Michigan Department of Community Health is a project to improve enrollment in family planning programs funded through MSU’s College of Human Medicine Institute for Health Care Studies. His career ranges from a Long Term Care Analyst for the Aging Services of Michigan in Lansing from 2009-2010 to serving on Governor Granholm’s LTC Task Force from 2004-2005. From 1984-2006, he was the V.P for Reimbursement and President/CEO of the Health Care Association of Michigan, a trade association representing 220 nursing homes and 100 assisted living communities. Dr. Carter has written or contributed to several books and published articles, including: The Accountable Agency, Developing Client Outcome Monitoring Systems; articles on accountability and a chapter on “Maximizing the Use of Evaluation Results” in The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation; and The Transparent Accountability Paradigm: An Outcome-Based Management Approach for Government and Nonprofit Organizations. Dr. Carter served as Professor from 1964-1974 in Sociology at MSU, Wayne State University, Albion College, Bowling Green State University and University of Wisconsin at Parkside. And from 2011-12 he taught Graduate courses in organizational dynamics and administration for Central Michigan University. Dr. Carter received a PhD in Sociology from Michigan State University in 1975. He currently lives in East Lansing, Michigan.
Rand Clark [More Info]
Community of Care Navigator
Douglas County
Rand Clark is the Community of Care Navigator for Douglas County Colorado and the Douglas County Cares Program Manager. In two years he has rebuilt the County's CSBG program, built a network of over 60 community partners and created DC Cares from the ground up. Rand has spoken at the 2013 Region 8 & 10 NAHRO Conference on building self-sufficiency assessment tools.
Dani Crane [More Info]
Program Manager
Jefferson County Human Services
Ben Dunning [More Info]
Lauren Ferguson [More Info]
Integrated Services Manager
Mountain Resource Center
Bart Givens [More Info]
Independent Consultant
Independent Consultant
Bart Givens has over 30 years experience in domestic and international anti-poverty work, and over 10 years experience in developing and conducting training and technical assistance for a wide variety of organizations and diverse audiences. He is a certified trainer for Bridges Out of Poverty and a nationally certified trainer in outcomes measurement. Before Retiring as Executive Director of Pikes Peak Community Action Agency he led the agency in developing and implementing successful self-sufficiency programs, including an Individual Development Account (IDA) matched savings program. Prior to that, as an administrator for the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, he managed a primary health care program for migrant farm workers, developing and implementing a successful statewide medical case management system for newly legalized immigrants. His extensive background includes youth development work as a Papal Volunteer for Latin America in Santiago, Chile, where he worked in a home for juvenile delinquent boys; and as an Executive Director for Youth Service Bureaus in Trinidad and Lakewood, Colorado. His civic and community involvement includes serving as a small group facilitator for Conversations on Race in 1998, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) volunteer; and he serves on the Board of Directors for Greccio Housing, Inc. He presently is a volunteer consultant for the Front Range Executive Service Corps, providing affordable consulting services for nonprofit organizations in the Pikes Peak Region, and is an Adjunct Instructor for an Advanced Academic Achievement course at Pikes Peak Community College. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Creighton University and a Masters Degree in Education/Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University. He is a graduate of several leadership programs including Leadership Lakewood (1984), Leadership Pikes Peak (1996) and Center for Creative Leadership - Community Leadership Program (2001).

Rick Hanger [More Info]
Program Manager
Colorado Division of Housing
Rick Hanger (confirmed) Colorado Division of Housing Program Manager rick.hanger@state.co.us 303.864.7833 Rick Hanger is the Housing Technology and Standards (HTS) Manager for the Colorado Division of Housing (DOH) whose mission is to ensure life, health and safety standards are met through code compliant construction and installation of factory-built structures in Colorado. Rick is also the lead Division staff for energy-efficient, green and healthy construction in all of the Division’s projects and programs. Rick has worked at the Division of Housing for over 22 years and has served in several capacities including the lead technical trainer for the Colorado Weatherization Program, the Housing Development Manager for the Division, and as a field-based Regional Housing Development Specialist. Rick serves on the Mile High Community Loan Fund Loan Committee and the Colorado Lead-Based Paint Coalition. He also represents the State of Colorado as a Class A voting member for the International Code Council. Prior to joining DOH in 1991, Rick spent over ten years in the private and non-profit energy-efficient construction fields and gained a national recognition for the implementation of residential energy-efficiency and safety rennovations. Mr. Hanger has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, moved to Colorado in 1982, and currently lives with his family in Denver.
Denise Harlow [More Info]
Chief Executive Officer
Community Action Partnership
Terese Howard [More Info]
Robert Hudson [More Info]
Abby Hugill [More Info]
Lead Hazard Control Healthy Homes Representative
U.S. Housing and Urban Development Office of Healthy Homes
Abby Hugill joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2008 through the MBA Fellows Program, an intensive two-year program which focuses on professional and personal growth through a number of developmental program components, including assignments in various HUD offices. Upon successful completion of the program in the spring of 2010, Abby accepted a position as a Healthy Homes Representative within HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control. In this role, she is the Region VIII liaison tasked with furthering the Office mission to reduce health and safety hazards in housing in a comprehensive and cost effective manner, with a particular focus on protecting the health of children and other sensitive populations in low-income households. Prior to joining HUD, Abby spent seven years working in the housing industry in the Denver area. She has a Business degree from Michigan State University and an MBA from University of Colorado Denver. 

Marcus Hyde [More Info]
Afton January [More Info]
Associate Director
Community Action Partnership of Utah
Tammy Jelinek, MBS [More Info]
Senior Manager
Wipfli LLP
Tammy Jelinek has spent the majority of her career working in and with grant-funded and fee-for-services nonprofit organizations. She engages with leadership teams to strategically align their goals to grow, expand, and meet their mission. Tammy has provided training nationally in the areas of OMB’s Uniform Guidance, Head Start/Early Head Start regulations, organizational development, organizational culture, human resources, leadership, and management. With her understanding of federal laws and regulations, she has assisted with growth, development, and consulting in both the private and public arenas. In helping clients make changes to impact their communities, Tammy has engaged in organizational development and culture initiatives, process design and implementation, financial analysis, and change management (including coaching). In addition, she offered her Head Start/Early Head Start knowledge to Wipfli's Model Human Resources Policies and Procedures Manual.
Tim Johnstone [More Info]
Chief Strategy Officer
Tim Johnstone, Chief Strategy Officer of Hopelink, a CA in Redmond, WA and leader of The Lyndon Project, the three state coalition.
Perry Jowsey [More Info]
Development Director
Reach Out and Read Colorado
Perry Jowsey is a professional fundraiser and featured speaker who has been leading financial turnarounds for more than a decade, where he has generated more than $20 million through a data-driven revenue model. By transforming ballooning budget gaps into historic income highs, he has produced unique and quantifiable results which rank among the top 1% of comparable agencies, leading to features in national trade publications and special invitations to teach and present to groups across the United States. Perry has worked with local and international media, foreign government delegations, and philanthropists on the Forbes 400. Whether working with start-up agencies, regional nonprofits, or national organizations with multi-billion dollar brands, he has applied customized systems and a unique ROI model to produce unprecedented revenue results in each capacity. Perry has personally secured 7 figure major gifts, millions of dollars in highly competitive grants, and has built entire development systems as a development director, a consultant, Chairman of the Board, and in executive management. He earned a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Buffalo, specializing in the scientific application of compliance-gaining, nonverbal behavior, and predictive modeling. Presentations and Publications Jowsey, P. (2014). The Science of Fundraising. Feature workshop presented at the Colorado Nonprofit Association’s SPARK Fall Conference and Exhibition, Denver. Jowsey, P. (2014). Three keys to data-driven revenue growth. 2014 Pikes Peak Regional Nonprofit Directory. Published by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. Jowsey, P. (2014). The Science of Fundraising. Feature workshop presented at the Center for Nonprofit Excellence annual Nonprofit Day, Colorado Springs. Jowsey, P. (2013). Data-driven revenue growth. Feature workshop presented at Rocky Mountain Philanthropy Institute, hosted by the Colorado Association of Fundraising Professionals, Vail. Jowsey, P. (2012). Growing revenue in a single person development shop. Feature workshop presented at the Center for Nonprofit Excellence annual conference, Colorado Springs. Jowsey, P. (2012). Writing for Dollars. Breakout session presented at Habitat for Humanity Camp Colorado, Beaver Creek. Jowsey, P. (2011) Table for One? Growing revenue in the one person development shop. Feature workshop presented at the Colorado Nonprofit Association annual conference, Denver. * Also featured in Consultants Corner during this conference. Fletcher, H. (2010). An interview with Perry Jowsey. Fundraising Success Magazine. Vol. 8, No. 12. Jowsey, P. & Gerdermann, J. (2010). Zero to zenith: growing a nonprofit budget of any size through acquisitions and major gifts. Feature workshop presented at the Colorado Nonprofit Association annual conference, Denver. Jowsey, P. & Egan, E. (2009). Major Construction: building a major gifts program from the ground up. Feature workshop presented at the Colorado Nonprofit Association annual conference, Denver. Jowsey, P. & Kirchner, C. (2008). Dollars and Sense: Exploring fee-based models to augment revenue. Feature workshop presented at the Colorado Nonprofit Association annual conference, Denver. Jowsey, P. (2000). Continued Resistance to Persuasive Attempts: The Impact of Relational Intimacy and Noncompliance on Affect. Buffalo, NY: State University of New York at Buffalo.
William "Bear" Kistler [More Info]
Centura Health LINKS
Wm. 'Bear' Kistler has been working in the Aging field for over 10 years. He is currently chair of CCSES and the Outreach and Project Director at Centura Health LINKS in Denver. The purpose of CCSES is to bring together into a coalition all the agencies and individuals that work with senior issues throughout the State of Colorado, to help those seniors access their benefits and get everything they have worked for and deserve. He is currently working on his PhD-OD at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Athena Landry [More Info]
Paul Leggett [More Info]
Executive Director
Community Action Partnership of Utah
Paul joined CAP Utah in October of 2006 and has been in the position of Executive Director since January 2011. As the Executive Director for CAP Utah, Paul works hand in hand with Utah’s Community Action network to provide solutions to poverty and effect change. Paul is also a certified ROMA (Results Orientated Management and Accountability) trainer. Prior to his current position, Paul held the position of Associate Director with CAP Utah. Additionally Paul previously chaired the statewide Earn it. Keep it. Save it. coalition and directed CAP Utah's statewide Asset Development initiative. Paul previously worked for Utah Food Bank Services in the development department, which ignited his enthusiasm to work with volunteers and the non-profit sector. Paul, originally from Northampton, England, earned a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences from the University of Northampton and a master’s degree in management, with a non-profit emphasis, from the University of Leicester.
Regina A. Lewis Ph.D. [More Info]
ReginaSpeaking LLC and aha Process
Both Regina Lewis, Ph.D and Bart Givens are Lifetime Certified Trainers for Bridges Out of Poverty. For over five years they have presented numerous Bridges workshops in the Colorado Springs community and have presented at the 2012 and 2013 Colorado CSBG Conferences on Poverty. Dr. Regina Lewis leads and has alliances with worldwide organizations, specializing in leadership development and organizational communication. With clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies through not-for-profit agencies to educational institutions, Dr. Lewis' proven specialty is leadership, professional excellence, culture inclusion, executive coaching, strategic development, and executive public speaking coaching. Regina is a consulting partner, national speaker, and director of ReginaSpeaking, LLC. Through this company, she has worked with clientele executives, groups, and organizations in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Hong Kong, China, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Brazil, and the United States to name a few. Dr. Lewis has presented and facilitated widely on topics of cultural competence, cross-cultural leveraging, strategic planning, executive speaking, interpersonal communication, personal professional development, media & public relations, social media, understanding and climbing out of poverty, and retention. Dr. Lewis is the department chair and professor of Communication at Pikes Peak Community College; at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, she is an adjunct professor of Freshmen Seminar, and an executive coach for the Center for Creative Leadership. Regina holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership, Research and Policy, a Master of Arts in Communication) a Bachelor of Arts in Communication) and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Regina's publications are found in books, refereed journals, and educational textbooks. She is also certified in an array of assessment tools. Visit Regina's website at www.reginaspeaking.com
Ray Lyall [More Info]
Denver Homeless Out Loud
Ray Lyall Is A Hud defined Chronically Homeless Man who has spent the last year fighting for the rights of the homeless as an advocate for the homeless Ray spends much of his time on the streets, and in the shelters Talking with the homeless and also volunteering in the community to help make a difference.
Allison Ma'luf Esq [More Info]
Allison Ma’luf, Esq. is Deputy Director and Senior Counsel at CAPLAW. She advises community action agencies on a wide range of legal issues, including board responsibilities, Head Start, employment law, and tax-exempt organization law requirements. Prior to joining CAPLAW, Ms. Ma’luf practiced law as a corporate associate at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston, Massachusetts and Troutman Sanders LLP in Atlanta, Georgia where she represented public and private companies and nonprofit organizations in general corporate matters. She also completed a two-year appointment to the Staff Attorney’s Office at the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. Ms. Ma’luf received her undergraduate and law degrees from Wake Forest University.
Kristy Martino [More Info]
U.S. Poverty Grassroots Organizer
RESULTS: The Power to End Poverty
Jim Masters [More Info]
Knowledge Worker
Center for Community Futures
James I. Masters is President of the Center for Community Futures in Berkeley, CA. Jim Masters has worked with over 500 Community Action Agencies and Head Start programs since 1966. He was with the US Office of Economic Opportunity from 1966 to 1970. From 1970 to 1975, he served in several appointive positions in New York City government, including Assistant to the Budget Director, Evaluation Director in the Human Resources Administration and Assistant Deputy Administrator in the HRA Department of Community Development. Mr. Masters has a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Kansas and a MS in International Business (with Honors), from St. Mary's Graduate School of Business, Moraga, California. Jim's motto: LIFE LONG LEARNING!
Susan Maynard [More Info]
Human Resources Director
Rocky Mountain Prestress
Susan Maynard has worked at this large cement manufacturer and subcontractor for over 7 years, and previously worked for several technology companies in Boulder. Susan has extensive experience hiring individuals with poor work histories and supporting them to be successful. She has presented for MDHI, at Construction Conferences, and at technology conferences.
Grif McClure [More Info]
Job Retention Manager
Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD)
Griff McClure currently does extensive trainings on behalf of MHCD for employers, workers, business associations, and other groups about hiring individuals with mental illness. His primary role is to support working participants to retain employment and develop appropriate career development plans. He has presented to MHUW, mental health conferences, the Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and to disability groups.
Joanne McLain [More Info]
Financial Health Institute
Joanne McLain, PhD. is a Director at the Financial Health Institute. She is also a counselor, life coach, consultant and writer. She has over thirty years of experience working with people to help them gain skills to create the life they want to live. Joanne provides a range of services, including Life Coaching for Stress Management, Financial Wellness, and the Poetry of Life; Program Development for non-profit organizations; workshops on stress and relaxation; and instructional design and training to help direct-service providers develop their skills for encouraging people to lead healthy and productive lives. Her experience includes six years with a county Department of Human Services, where she managed Family Programs including services for families involved in Child Welfare, Adult Protection, and all benefits programs. She has provided mental health and substance abuse counseling for over twenty years in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, private practice, nursing homes, emergency rooms and inpatient units. She also served her community for thirteen years as a volunteer fire fighter and first responder. Joanne has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Addictions Counselor. She also earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Innovation from the University of Colorado-Denver. She presented this workshop to good reviews at the Colorado Department of Human Services-Professional Development Academy in 2014.
Anthony Molieri [More Info]
Research Associate
OMNI Institute
Roweena Naidoo [More Info]
Director of Adult Self-Sufficiency
Mile High United Way
Liz Ojeda [More Info]
Manager of Adult Workforce Services
Denver Division of Workforce Development
Oversees workforce services for adults in Denver including all programs. Liz has presented to many forums, including employer breakfasts, Workforce Conferences, the Chamber of Commerce and many other business groups.
Andrea Olson [More Info]
Executive Director
Andrea Olson joined NDCAP in 2008 and became the Executive Director in 2013. She has worked in the non-profit sector for over ten years in various leadership roles. Andrea has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from North Dakota State University and a Master’s Degree in Public, Human Service, and Health Administration from Minnesota State University. She currently serves on the Jump$tart Coalition, was recently appointed as a member of the ND Governor’s Youth Council, and is a certified ROMA trainer. Ms. Olson recently presented at the 50th annual CAP conference in Washington DC
Alison Oyler-Mitsch [More Info]
Fresh Events
Alison Oyler-Mitsch is a creative, highly-qualified, award-winning marketing, event planning and fundraising professional with over 15 years of distinguished performance in the nonprofit industry. During her event planning career she has planned over 300 events and helped raise more than $2 million in fundraising dollars. In 2010, Alison founded Fresh Events, an event planning company that focuses on corporate and nonprofit events. She is the creative mastermind behind all the events and specializes in taking a client’s current event or idea and making it new, fresh and exciting!
Andrew Quinn [More Info]
Associate Professor
University of North Dakota
Frederick Richmond [More Info]
The Center for Applied Management Practices
Mr. Richmond is the founder of CAMP having started as a hospital administrator with an M.S./M.H.A. from The Ohio State University and is a veteran having served as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service. In addition to positions with both federal and state government, Fred held key management positions with a Pennsylvania statewide children´s research and advocate organization where he served as the state´s first Kids Count Director and was one of the team that created the Children´s Health Insurance Program in Pennsylvania which served as the model for the national Children´s Health Insurance Program. He also co-founded the Virtual Outcomes College which after federal funding in 2001, became the National ROMA Peer-To-Peer Train-The-Trainer Program. He directed the team that created the eLogic Model® and derivative eLogic Model software applications. In 1996, Fred founded The Center for Applied Management Practices which has focused on improving the management capacity of nonprofit organizations and local government through the provision of Results-Oriented Management and Accountability and better use of technology and data analysis. More recently, Fred co-authored two books, Introduction to Results-Oriented Management and Accountability and the Accountable Case Manager and was one of the developers of the eLogic Model®, an electronic or software driven adaptation of the logic model which supports a database of information gathering about agency performance.
Chaer Robert [More Info]
Manager, Family Economic Security Program
Colorado Center on Law and Policy
Chaer Robert: Chaer Robert is Program Manager for the Family Economic Security Program of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. Prior to that she served as director of the Denver Women’s Commission. She has served on the Women’s Lobby of Colorado board since its inception, as currently serves as its chair. She serves on the executive committee of the All Families Deserve a Chance (AFDC) Coalition which advocates on welfare and poverty issues. She is vice chair of the Colorado Social Legislation Committee, a coalition interested in legislation related to human needs and human services. She was a founding board member of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, Women’s Lobby of Colorado and MiCasa Resource Center. Chaer is a Denver native.
Liddy Romero [More Info]
Executive Director
WorkLife Partnership
Mary "Jeannette" Schultz [More Info]
Project Manager
National Endowment for Financial Education
Mary Jeannette Schultz is the project manager Research & Grants of the Denver-based National Endowment for Financial Education. Her collaborative projects have included National Community Action Partnerships, Habitat for Humanity, Child Welfare League of America, Women’s Prisoner’s Association to name a few. To date, she has worked with more than 100 nonprofit institutions, creating financial literacy in booklets, Web sites and facilitator’s formats. Under her tutelage, she has received the bronze quill and regional merit for developing financial education content.
Kim Shepherd [More Info]
Rocky Mountain Human Services
Kim has a strong vocational background supporting low-income and other vulnerable populations find and maintain meaningful employment. She has coached, trained, and organized employment programs for individuals facing barriers, with an expertise around the unique challenges of TANF and veteran populations. Among her several training and leadership roles, Kim has been called upon as subject-matter expert to assist with the development of TANF employment-focused programs in Colorado and TANF-specific training content for Employment Specialists in Vermont.
Ester Smith [More Info]
City and County of Denver, Office of Community Corrections
Esther Smith - City and County of Denver, Office of Community Corrections - has worked with different probation and parole officers, and coordinated diverse work-release programs. She provides technical assistance to projects that are implementing employment programs for individuals who are coming out of the criminal justice system. She has presented for MDHI, Mile High United Way, the Denver Office of Community Safety, the Colorado Dept of Labor and Employment and the State Department of Human Services.
Bill Stevenson [More Info]
Rocky Mt. Farmers Union Foundation
Bill Stevenson – Director, Cooperative Development Center of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) Foundation. Bill directs all aspects of the Center’s operations, together with a staff that are the Center’s real stars. Based in Denver but serving the tri-state region of Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming, the Center has provided resources for innovative cooperative responses to economic and social opportunities in the Rocky Mountain West for almost 20 years, assisted in the development and support of well over 100 cooperatives and other businesses and organizations, and helped to create or sustain hundreds of jobs and raise millions of dollars in capital to support their operations. Bill was general counsel, senior vice president of communications and senior vice president of marketing for various periods during his tenure at the National Farmers Union property and casualty companies from 1983 until 2008, where he became familiar with cooperative organizations and their operations. Bill served as chair of the National Farmers Union Foundation from 2009 to 2013 and is well along in earning an MA from the Iliff School of Theology, a Methodist seminary in Denver.
Dan Tam [More Info]
Program Manager
Goodwill Industries
Dan Tam - is a veteran and has an offender background. Has been served by the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program, and is now a Program Manager at Goodwill Industries. He has presented at MDHI and Goodwill employer events.
Rae Tamblyn [More Info]
Research and Communications Analyst
Rae Tamblyn is NASCSP’s Research and Communications Analyst. She has a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and American Racial and Multicultural Studies from St. Olaf College in MN. Her background includes program evaluation and survey analysis work in both English and Spanish. She was first drawn to NASCSP due to her strong belief in the need for efficient communication between organizations working on different aspects of poverty reduction in the US.
Jovita Tolbert [More Info]
CSBG Services Director
Amanda Trujillo [More Info]
Amanda Trujillo - is an intern at MDHI and is nearing the completion of her BA degree from Metro State University. Amanda has been involved with MDHI as a volunteer on the Point in Time project and in creating the newsletter. She has presented at MDHI, different university events, and Mile High United Way.
Shaunay Vafeades [More Info]
Denver Public Schools Family and Community Engagement Office
Gina Vincent [More Info]
Community Affairs Specialist
Ms. Vincent joined the FDIC’s Dallas Community Affairs Program Staff as a Community Affairs Specialist in January 2007. In this position, she assists financial institutions in developing strategies that are responsive to the credit, service and investment needs of their communities. Prior to 2007, Ms. Vincent was a Financial Institution Examiner for 17 years, working in South Texas and Eastern Oklahoma. An Executive Leadership Program and USDA Graduate School alum, Ms. Vincent has participated in numerous assignments for the FDIC including Special Assistant to the Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection Director in Washington, Special Assistant to the Regional Director in Dallas, Regional Recruitment Coordinator, and Acting Supervisory Examiner. Ms. Vincent will seek out additional presenters from the NCOA, FRB and local community based organizations serving older adults.
Laura Ware [More Info]
Program Consultant
Denver's Road to Work/Bayaud Enterprises
Laura Ware - facilitator - Chair - MDHI Employment Subcommittee - Laura has been involved in creating employment collaborations and networks for many years, and believes that collaboration is essential for regional issues. Laura has done many presentations at MDHI, employer groups, mental health conferences, veterans conferences, mental health conferences and workforce conferences..
Ruth Weirich [More Info]
aha! Process, Inc.
Ruth Weirich has been a management professional in the publishing industry for 30 years. She has experience in leadership, marketing, training, sales budgets, and financials. She received her M.B.A. from Colorado State and her B.A. in Business Administration from Goshen College. With a love of maximizing an organization’s operating performance and achieving its financial goals, Ruth has held responsibilities ranging from communicating with all stakeholders to preparing operating budgets to overseeing a strategic plan. Ruth is an active listener, a critical thinker, and has quick judgment and decision making skills. Ruth was introduced to Bridges Out of Poverty 15 years ago. The book provides an alternate way of looking at class issues and has been a powerful tool for her both professionally and personally since. Ruth has an M.B.A. from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, and a B.A. in Business Administration from Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana
Debra Whitehead [More Info]
Sr Consultant/Trainer
Rocky Mountain Human Services
Shawn Young [More Info]
Financial Health Institute
Recognizing the strong relationship among money, stress and health, Shawn B. Young created the Financial Health Institute. Shawn has devoted the last 7 years to delivering educational programs, seminars and workshops focused on life skill development, specifically targeted at helping people lead healthier lives. In his effort to help people make changes to their financial and health behaviors, Shawn founded the non-profit organization Frontier Asset Building (2007), created the Colorado Asset Building Coalition (2008) and created the Bootstraps Asset Building Education Program (2009). Over the last 7 years, Shawn’s organizations, programs and efforts have helped over 40,000 people across the United States. Shawn and his programs have been presented across the United States and he has been a featured presenter for the AARP Colorado, the National Head Start Association, the Colorado Conference on Poverty, Colorado Professional Development Academy (TANF), Colorado Senior Community Service Employment Program, the Colorado Family Support Council and the Jefferson County Power of Partnership forum. He has also been featured on two occasions at Forbes.com Shawn and his organizations have been contracted or funded to create numerous curricula on topics like, Financial Literacy for Public Schools (State of Colorado), Finances and Health (Kaiser Permanente), Finance, Stress and Relapse Prevention (Salvation Army). He sits on several Boards for organizations focusing on personal economic development and has served as a consultant to many organizations working on life skills/financial education development. Shawn has been recognized on multiple occasions for his innovation, service and dedication by organizations such as the National Disability Institute and the Internal Revenue Service.