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Alisa Axtell

Operations Coordinator

Alisa is from Pueblo, Colo. and holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in human resource management with a specialization in nonprofit management. She has an extensive background in providing administrative support and is motivated by her passion for supporting individuals and teams that catalyze social change and believe in liberation for all. Outside of work, Alisa enjoys riding her bike, playing cards, traveling and gardening.

Jack Bouchard

Payroll & Accounting Specialist

Jack was born and raised in rural Maine, moving to Colorado in 2007. Before joining The Trust, he worked in operations and accounting for low-income housing tax credit investments, hunger relief initiatives, and contractors for the Library of Congress’s National Library Service program. He lives in Denver with his partner and their pets, and enjoys nature, hiking, cooking, reading and exploring all things music.

Asialee Drews

Grants Management Specialist

Originally from Omaha, Neb., Asia brings a range of experiences in domestic and international nonprofits and grantmaking to The Trust. Prior to The Trust, Asia led community & crisis response grantmaking for the Western Union Foundation, and holds a B.A. from Creighton University. In her free time, you can find Asia enjoying the Colorado sunshine.

Carolyn Homer


Carolyn has over 30 years of accounting experience in the nonprofit, government and private sectors. She has a passion for organizations who contribute to the greater good. She lives in Denver with her dog, Sierra, and likes to play bridge, darts, and read.

Pam Hughes

Accounts Payable Specialist

Pam joined The Trust in 2017 and works as part of the accounting team. She was born and raised in Colorado and enjoys hiking and camping in her free time.

Patricia Maynes, PHR

Human Resources Manager

Patricia has more than 20 years of experience in the private and nonprofit sectors in human resources and administrative capacities. She holds a degree in workforce diversity enrichment from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Patricia resides in Lakewood with her husband, youngest daughter and Shiba Inu dog. She enjoys spending time with her family, watching her daughter play competitive softball, being outdoors, reading and taking long motorcycle rides.

Lexi Nickens

IT Operations Manager

Lexi previously earned a degree in Management Information Systems and worked in IT at The Carter Center. Her background is in technology, but her passion is for advocating for marginalized communities. Technology is just her preferred tool; she uses it to help nonprofits that share her mission run more efficiently so that they can expand their impact. This is exactly what she hopes to do at The Trust. Outside of work, her other passions include cuddling with her two cats, running, and baking delicious treats.

Shannon Quarles

Finance & Operations Project Administrator

Born and raised in New Jersey, Shannon recently moved to Denver from Dallas to enjoy the mountains. She holds a B.A. in Biblical Exposition from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and brings eight years of administrative experience to The Trust. Shannon loves traveling internationally, reading, being in nature and trying new foods. Wherever she is, Shannon strives to use her power and position to advocate for the marginalized.

Rob Riker

Grants Finance & Compliance Manager

Rob brings his background in international environmental and social justice, indigenous rights, and civil society movements to The Trust. He previously managed the international grassroots grantmaking of Global Greengrants Fund and holds degrees in Government and Politics and Latin American History from the University of Maryland. Rob lives in Longmont and enjoys sports, getting outdoors with his dog Scout, and reading science fiction and fantasy novels.

Danielle Shoots

Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Danielle is a lifelong Coloradan who attended the University of Colorado at Denver and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. She comes to The Trust with a finance background across nonprofit, government and corporate industries. Danielle speaks across the country about leadership and her journey as a teen mom to financial executive. In her spare time Danielle volunteers for a number of community boards, has a lot of dance parties with her two kids and goes to as many yoga classes as possible.

Jenice Whitehead

Grants Management Specialist

Born and raised in Colorado, Jenice holds a degree in psychology and sociology from Western Colorado University. Jenice has a passion for supporting and serving marginalized populations, wherever that may be. In her free time, Jenice loves reading, running, snowboarding, and cooking with family and friends.