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Chief Executive Officer
Bio coming soon! Katy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"CWEE has helped me build my self-esteem. I feel worthy and inspired to do something positive everyday. Because of my wonderful experience at CWEE, I’m able to share it with others."
– Shawan, Alumni Award Winner 1998 & former CWEE staff member for 13 years
"I sit on many boards and councils but the endeavor that I am most passionate about is sitting on the Board of Directors for the Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE). CWEE helps individuals receiving TANF get the education and skills necessary to obtain viable employment putting them in a position to eventually transition off of public assistance and hopefully out of poverty."
– Taryn Lewis,
Former Board of Directors
"CWEE has given me the confidence I need and brought me some hope through this difficult time in my life. I am really grateful to be here."
– Michelle, CWEE Participant
CWEE has been a wonderful and positive experience for me. I’ve updated my skills and am preparing to re-enter the workforce. It has revived my self-worth.
– Rochelle, CWEE Participant
"My advice for a new CWEE participant would be to go at with an open mind and be ready to learn. We're all here to support each other. Everyone at CWEE is coming to try and make a better life for themselves, and the best thing to do is just support each other through that."
– Natasha, CWEE Participant
"Presenting at CWEE is an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. The participants are fun, interactive and willing to learn."
– Linda Hicks, Premier Members
Chris Pennington, CWEE’s Accountant, has worked for CWEE on a part time basis for 11 years. Chris graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder and received her CPA license in 1989. Her career began with Big 6 auditing and evolved into working for nonprofit agencies. She enjoys the culture of the nonprofit sector and the compassion of her coworkers. Working part time has allowed Chris to raise her 3 children. She loves spending time with her family and watching her children excel academically and athletically.
Development, Communications and Marketing
Director of Development
Baret Walker joined CWEE as Director of Development in 2016 to lead CWEE’s fundraising efforts, and to advance its major gifts program. Baret actively engages community members in CWEE’s program, and works to broaden CWEE’s exposure in the Denver Metro Area. She brings years of development experience supporting under-resourced families, predominantly in education settings. Prior to CWEE, Baret served as Development Director at Escuela de Guadalupe, an independent, dual-language school that created a pipeline to college for low-income Latino families. Baret earned her BA in Political Science and French from Middlebury College in Vermont. When she’s not expounding on CWEE’s positive impact, you can find her digging around in the garden, spending time in the mountains, or working on her next Trip Advisor badge. Baret can be contacted at email@example.com
Development and Events Coordinator
Born and raised in upstate New York, Emma relocated to Colorado after receiving her BA in Psychology and Hispanic Studies from Hamilton College. She joins the CWEE team after gaining interest in nonprofit administration while working in Hamilton’s Community Outreach and Opportunities Project office. During this time, Emma worked with a program connecting college students with local nonprofit organizations for long-term volunteer experiences, and also worked one-on-one with refugees at a weekly ESOL class in the local area. She is a strong believer in the power of communities, and enjoyed playing a role in creating a healthy relationship between Hamilton and the surrounding area. Emma hopes to continue building happy and healthy communities here at CWEE! In her free time, you can find Emma buried in a book, out frolicking in the mountains, or singing with her newly formed Denver a cappella group. Emma can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Operations and Administration
Michael was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and moved to Colorado in 2010. He attended Arizona State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Management. Michael spent 10 years in hospitality starting at Rancho Oso RV and Camping Resort in Santa Barbara California, then working for Marriott Int. and Hilton Hotels and Resorts gaining valuable management, leadership, and office skills. As the Office Manager, Michael oversees the day to day administrative functions, maintains systems, organizes office spaces, and oversees office procedures. When he is not at CWEE, Michael enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors. Some of their favorite activities are going to concerts, hiking, snowboarding, running, gardening, and most recently raising chickens! Michael can be contacted at: email@example.com.
Deirdre comes to CWEE with a Bachelor's in Economics and Political Science and a passion for creating data-driven, meaningful impact in our communities. Previously living in New York City, the Navajo reservation, Osaka, and New Orleans, she is familiar with how our environments shape our lives and opportunities. As Program Assistant, Deirdre manages CWEE data through maintaining the database, and reports out results of CWEE's robust programming. In her free time, you can find her playing board games at a local café, exploring Colorado's scenery with her dog, or biking or skiing depending on the season. Deirdre can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Devyn grew up in Northwest Denver where she pursued her educational career in the health field. Devyn graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health, with a certificate in the sociology of health and medicine. She comes to us with a wealth of experience in customer service, leadership, and administrative roles. Devyn aspires to help her community achieve healthy lifestyles and have access to everything they need in order to be healthy. If Devyn is not at work, you can find her directing the North High School cheerleading program. In her free time, she enjoys exploring all of Denver's finest restaurants and relaxing at home with her dog Charlie. Devyn can be reached at email@example.com.
Director of Employer Engagement
Stephanie, a Colorado native and graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, started her career in Miami, Florida. In 2009, she made her way back to her roots in Colorado. As the Director of Employer Engagement, Stephanie is responsible for executing CWEE’s employment-related services by developing strategy, generating leads and cultivating relationships with employers. Stephanie is also a mayoral appointed commissioner on the Women's Commission and uses her voice and connections to develop and support opportunities for the advancement of women and girls in community, both personally and professionally. Outside of the office, you can find Stephanie and her husband at their kids’ sporting events, on a patio enjoying the Colorado sunshine or at the airport headed out for some rest and relaxation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Manager of Employment Services
As the Manager of Employment Services, Elizabeth enjoys being part of an organization that recognizes the important balance of education and support in order to create lasting change. In her role she oversees the day to day activities for the Employment Services team, working closely with case management and instructional staff, as well as community and training partners. Elizabeth is a Colorado native and grew up in Lakewood before living in Minnesota and Tennessee. She returned to Denver in 2011 for school and received her M.A. in Higher Education from the University of Denver. She feels passionate about the work that takes place at CWEE as well as in the field of career development and serves as an active member in both the Colorado Career Development Association and the National Career Development Association. Should she have free time, she enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her large extended family. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Senior Career Development Specialist
A native of Michigan, Kira came to CWEE with experience teaching independent functioning, problem solving, and career related skills. Kira has a passion for helping others make positive life choices and she is thrilled to assist CWEE participants in preparing for, and finding, meaningful employment. It is Kira’s belief that it is both empowering and motivational to witness others build upon their strengths and skill set when faced with outside challenges. Prior to CWEE, Kira worked in mental health counseling and child welfare. Kira is a strong supporter of the non-profit sector and volunteers her time advocating for suicide prevention and mental health reform as a board member for a local suicide prevention organization. Outside of work, Kira enjoys writing, playing the ukulele and acrylic painting. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Career Development Specialist
Hailing from Indiana, Victoria relocated to Denver to complete her Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Colorado – Denver. She completed her BA in Linguistics at Indiana University. Victoria was drawn to CWEE because of her passion for empowering others and equipping them with the tools to reach their full potential. She has prior experience in faith-based and public health nonprofits working to increase access to health and community services among vulnerable populations. In all her work, she seeks opportunities to engage in social justice. In her spare time, she enjoys creative writing, CrossFit, and pampering her cat, Tom Hanks. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Career Transition Specialist
Kate joins CWEE as a Career Transition Specialist and enjoys assisting participants in utilizing their knowledge and skills to achieve their employment and educational goals. Having grown up in Minnesota, she relocated to Colorado after completing her BA in Marketing from Augsburg College. Before joining the CWEE team, Kate worked in a variety of different roles in higher education and completed her MS in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University - Global Campus. Kate is passionate about helping others make positive life choices and reach their full potential. In her spare time, Kate loves to cook, travel, and see live music. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Programs Specialist
Bio coming soon!
Career Retention Specialist
Kiara was born and raised in the Denver Park Hill neighborhood where her experiences led her to pursue a career where she can empower both families and communities. In 2016 Kiara graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. Through volunteering and internships, she found her niche in the nonprofit sector and found joy in helping others meet their full potential through motivation and empowerment. Kiara has prior experience teaching STEM-based education to students in after-school elementary programs, nonprofit operations, and event planning. Kiara believes that CWEE's mission strongly aligns with her values and hopes to continue to have a positive impact on other's lives here at CWEE. In her free time, Kiara enjoys playing tennis, reading, spending time with her family and cooking.
Training and Education
Director of Education and Training
Stephanie comes to CWEE with a background in both education and social work and a commitment to advocating for justice and equity for all. As the Director of Training and Education, she strives to ensure that CWEE’s curriculum addresses the comprehensive needs of our participants. Stephanie values community building as a way to strengthen resilience against the harmful impacts of poverty, trauma, and oppression. She believes that we are best able to make positive change in our lives when we feel understood, respected, and valued by those around us. Stephanie has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Secondary Education, a Master’s degree in Social Work, is fluent in Spanish, and has traveled throughout Mexico, Central and South America. Stephanie has an active life in Denver, especially in the summers when you will either find her working in the garden or backpacking in the mountains. Stephanie can be contacted at: email@example.com
Manager of Training and Education
Throughout her work experiences, Meredith Jones has lived her passion to support individuals in overcoming obstacles and reaching their goals. Meredith graduated with her MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado and has worked in classrooms for young children, youth with Autism spectrum disorders, and teens preparing for life after high school. Originally from Alabama, Meredith moved to Colorado to work at a dude ranch and immediately fell in love with the outdoor spirit of the state. In her free time, Meredith enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Native of Oklahoma, Zenzal has lived in Denver since 1976. She began her career in the civic and corporate arenas prior to being introduced to CWEE in 1982. After completing the CWEE program as a participant, Zenzal worked for two major banks in downtown Denver as an Executive Secretary before returning to work at CWEE.ﾠ Zenzal’s experience gave her a passion to help single mothers transition into a self-supporting lifestyle. She has worked as a development coach, trainer, and program manager at Hope Communities, Inc., the Piton Foundation, and Urban League of Metropolitan Denver. Zenzal served as a Director on numerous boards, and is an alumna of Denver Community Leadership Foundation program. She is a self-proclaimed “CWEE Sister.” Zenzal can be reached at email@example.com
Originally from Michigan, Danielle moved to Chicago to pursue her Bachelor's in Social Justice from Roosevelt University. She relocated to Denver for the sunshine and the snow that melts. While teaching in a nontraditional middle school classroom, she earned her Master's in Critical Pedagogy from the University of Colorado Denver. Danielle comes to CWEE having experience creating and teaching curriculum for all core subjects and life skills. Danielle believes that learning is a process of making meaning that evolves as new experiences occur. She loves creating these new experiences for those at CWEE who are working towards earning their High School Equivalency diploma. In her free time, Danielle loves spending time outside, seeing live music, and being with her family, friends and dog.
Isabel has had the opportunity to pursue her passion for social justice and human rights in her career as an advocate and educator, with a focus on amplifying the voices of marginalized communities to become agents of change. Originally hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Isabel comes to CWEE with a background in fostering grassroots leadership and mobilization among various groups, particularly young womxn of color, through her work in nonprofits and advocacy organizations in New York City, New Haven, and Denver. A graduate of Yale University with a BA in Sociology with honors and a certificate in Human Rights, Isabel continues to be inspired by the immense power that community voices and stories can wield in enacting change on local and global levels. She feels so lucky to be able to dedicate her time at CWEE to recognize and develop leadership opportunities for our participants to share their stories and harness their power to effect change in their lives, in our city and state, and in our world! When she isn't in the classroom or at the Capitol, you can find Isabel chasing a disc while playing Ultimate Frisbee, busting a move wherever there is music playing, or enjoying all of the amazing food and activities that Denver has to offer. Isabel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digital Literacy Specialist
With over 30 years of teaching experience, Novella came to CWEE in the early 90’s and has taught and facilitated a number of classes and subjects. As CWEE’s Digital Literacy Specialist, Novella enjoys creating curriculum and designing trainings to increase participants’ knowledge of social media, using the Internet, email, and Microsoft Office Suite. Novella has a daughter and two grandchildren. In her spare time, she and her husband are restoring a vintage 1968 American Built Coach trailer home at Lake McConaughy in Nebraska. She also enjoys spending time at her cabin near Conifer, Colorado. Novella can be contacted at: email@example.com
Career Readiness Trainer
Riana is a Denver native with a passion for social justice, human service, and restorative practice. After completing a BSW in Michigan at Andrews University, she returned home to Colorado to put these passions to work. Riana considers herself to be a "human service nomad" - having walked many different paths within this field. To the CWEE team, she brings professional experience serving at-risk youth and adults, individuals experience homelessness, low-income families, and more. Along her journey, Riana has been able to fine-tune her mission and skill set. Her heart took residence in restoration work after serving as a Restorative Practice Coordinator for Denver Public Schools. She believes whole-heartedly in restorative practice as a means to resolve conflict and is thrilled to have the opportunity to engage adult learners at CWEE and share the benefits of restoration in their work and personal lives. Outside of CWEE, Riana calls herself "a struggling artist" with a love for music, poetry, and dance.
Personal Finance Coach
Kate is delighted to be a part of mpowered's dedicated team, where she offers her passion, coaching, and teaching experience to make a positive difference in her clients' lives. Kate thinks it is wonderful to encourage and empower financial self-sufficiency in CWEE's participants. She believes that the values that mpowered holds facilitate a highly effective, sincere and heart-centered service for their clients.
Having been in the non-profit sector for over 15 years, and now being with mpowered, Kate has had a wonderful experience being able to share some of her values, such as inclusivity, empowerment, non-judgment, equality and service. Kate is a Denver native, and loves living here. Kate also enjoys hiking, walking, photography and reading, among other activities. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Support Services
Director of Family Support
Carie has dedicated the past thirteen years of her career to working in the non-profit field, supporting underserved populations and helping them to achieve financial independence and personal success.ﾠ Before joining the CWEE team in 2009, she was a TANF case manager in Minneapolis, Minnesota and relocated to beautiful Colorado for the sunshine!ﾠ Carie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and was a licensed social worker prior to moving to Colorado.ﾠ She is certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator and enjoys working with a diverse group of individuals to reach their goals.ﾠ She oversees and provides direction in the Family Support Program department and is fortunate to have a wonderful team of case managers to support. She can be reached at email@example.com
Manager of Family Support
Tosha has lived in Colorado since 1993. Her father, who was in the Military, moved around often. Tosha was born in Germany and has lived in Puerto Rico, Kentucky, Texas (all parts) and Colorado. Tosha obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice/ Sociology with an Associates in Business. “Since I was a little girl, I remember watching the “Cops” television show with my father who was and is currently a State Trooper for the state of Texas. Watching that show inspired me to not only capture the “bad guys” but also to help rehabilitate those who have criminal backgrounds in order to become normal, law-abiding citizens”. For the last 12 years, Tosha has served the “hard-to serve population”, unemployed or underemployed and low-income families with non-profit agencies in El Paso County. “It is my passion to assist individuals reach their highest level of independence and self-sufficiency and I enjoy what I do”. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children and making tie blankets. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Manager of Clinical Services
CWEE’s Manager of Clinical Services, Anna, has a Master’s degree in social work and over fifteen years of experience advocating for system change and working to support survivors of trauma and oppression. Anna conducts home visits with participants who are facing barriers to participation, in order to provide support and help connect them to resources. She also facilitates support groups and provides individual psychotherapy to on-site participants. Anna is particularly invested in understanding how poverty and violence disrupts our communities and silences us – and how we can strengthen our resiliency, reduce our isolation, and work together for change. Anna is glad to call Denver home and, along with her two young children, has developed quite the knowledge of the area’s many playgrounds.
Senior Case Manager
As someone who is passionate about helping others and motivating them to advocate for their success, Case Manager Brandi Singleton has found her niche here at CWEE. In addition to being a case manager, Brandi is also the project manager for the Steps to Success program at CWEE, a program designed to support participants in retaining employment. A Colorado native, Brandi completed her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Colorado State University. Life eventually took her to Phoenix, where she worked in the child welfare field. Brandi has also worked in victim advocacy and volunteers when she can. In her spare time, Brandi loves spending time in the mountains, skiing, hiking, and camping with her husband and two dogs. She can be reached at email@example.com
Senior Case Manager
Jessica came to Colorado in 2014 from northern California and has long believed in connecting people to each other and to their communities so we are creating futures rooted in cooperation, equality and hope. She received her Master's degree in social work from the University of Denver focusing on sustainable development and global practice. Jessica has worked with agencies and institutions ranging in services to elders, children, refugees, students and low-income families with roles including program coordination, program assessment, partnership building and administration. In her free time she enjoys cooking, going to the movies and exploring the Rockies. Jessica can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
John grew up in Denver in the Parkhill neighborhood where his experiences led him to obtain a better education to improve his life and better his community. After being a football coach for the Aurora Youth League John saw a need for struggling young men to have a mentor and receive support in education. John then decided to pursue a career in education while also volunteering his time in areas of adult education for nonprofits like Warren Village. John earned a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies, and an Adult Training and Development Certificate from Regis University. He enjoys building rapport with individuals and finding resources to support those in need. As a hobby he enjoys fiction and screen writing and video editing. John can be reached at email@example.com
Lily is a proud native of Denver and an advocate for the development of socially just and innovative community resources that will support our growing population. She is focused on incorporating counseling and mental health-oriented strategies in her work as a means of promoting motivation, self-awareness, and personal empowerment. She enjoys being able to practice both administration and relationship building in her role as a case manager. She is currently receiving her Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Regis University, with an emphasis on helping others to create new personal narratives that support positive feelings and experiences. Lily has worked extensively with children who have experienced stressful or traumatic life events. She seeks to support the next generation by first helping their parents find stable and meaningful career paths. In her free time she enjoys playing fetch with her cat, hiking, painting, and constantly re-decorating her house. Lily can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rose is a Colorado native, and completed her Bachelors degree in Social Work from Colorado State University. She got her start working victims of interpersonal violence and education around gender based violence and has since worked with a diverse range of populations. She believes in empowering individuals to become their best selves. Rose enjoys the community at CWEE. In her free time Rose can be found spending time with her friends and family, trying new recipes in the kitchen, and exploring the outdoors. Rose can be contacted at email@example.com.
Bio coming soon!
Joseph grew up in Colorado. He comes to CWEE with experience in youth residential treatment, transitional housing, school social work, and homeless case management. Joseph graduated from Metropolitan State University with a Master of Social Work Degree in 2013. While working on his degree, Joseph had an internship experience at a local transitional housing agency helping people experiencing homelessness navigate community resources. After obtaining his degree, Joseph worked as a Housing Stabilization Advocate at The Gathering Place, a drop-in day center serving women, children, and transgender individuals experiencing homeless and poverty. He is very passionate about helping and empowering people to accomplish their goals. In his spare time, Joseph enjoys cooking, playing golf, and playing the piano. Joseph can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally from Jinja, Uganda, Priscilla has lived in the United States since 2007. Priscilla has a background in Case Management and Financial Coaching. She has a Master's degree in Non-Profit Management from Eastern University in Pennsylvania, with a focus in International Development. Priscilla deeply cares about low-income families and would like to help them become self-sufficient. She also serves as a commissioner for the Office of Immigration & Refugee Affairs where she advocates for Refugee communities in the city of Denver for their inclusive and meaningful integration. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, and snow-shoeing with familiy and friends. Priscilla can be reached at email@example.com.
Community Support Specialist
Laura feels passionate about supporting individuals as they realize their strengths, self-worth, and build confidence to achieve their personal and professional goals. Laura graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in International Studies and Human Rights. She worked closely with refugees in the resettlement process which sparked her interest in a career in social work. Laura obtained her Masters of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, where she continued working closely with refugees to integrate into a new culture and become self-supporting. Laura’s passion for service and to learn from other cultures took her to Costa Rica where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a rural, coffee farming community. There she worked with women who had experienced domestic violence, started a community-driven ceramic mural project, facilitated a girls' leadership program and taught Costa Rican youth about healthy sexuality using soccer. Laura moved to Denver in 2015 and began supporting individuals working towards personal and professional goals to advance their careers and overall family prosperity. Laura loves volunteering as both a mentor for youth living in a transitional housing program and with a refugee youth leadership program. In her free time, Laura enjoys hiking with her dog, dancing salsa and exploring the mountains. Laura can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meghan comes to CWEE with a Bachelor of Science degree in American Sign Language/English Interpreting. For the last seven years, she has worked in the field in both the Indiana and Colorado Deaf communities. Originally from Indiana, she has been living in Colorado for the past two years. Living here has provided her with many new opportunities and she is excited that CWEE is one of those. While working for CWEE, Meghan looks forward to supporting the needs of her new Denver and Arapahoe county communities. When not working, you can find Meghan listening to podcasts, enjoying photography, or hanging out with her neices. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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