Ned Calonge, MD, MPH
President & CEO

Dr. Calonge has served as president and chief executive officer of The Trust since 2010. He previously held leadership positions at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Colorado Permanente Medical Group. See full bio.

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Deb DeMuth
Executive Vice President & CFO

Deb joined The Trust in May 2012. She began her career in public accounting as a certified public accountant. She was the chief financial officer for the Denver International Airport and then the chief executive officer of the State of Colorado’s 529 savings plan.

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Gwyn Barley, PhD
Vice President of Community Partnerships & Grants

Gwyn came to the Trust in 2012. She has a PhD in Social Welfare from Brandeis University and Masters in Planning from the University of Southern California. She was on the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine prior to joining the Trust. She lives in Boulder with her husband Paul and Labrador Opal. They have a daughter Zoe in college in CA.

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Ronda Brooks
Grantmaking Teams Administrative Partner

Joining The Trust in 2016, Ronda comes with a variety of experiences in nonprofits, public education and sports organizations. She is a native of Georgia and an Auburn graduate who enjoys hiking, running, spending time with her family and friends, and new adventures.

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Lia Carpio
Administrative Assistant – San Luis Valley

Lia holds degrees from The Florida State University and Adams State University, and has previously worked in higher education and leadership development. She enjoys spending time with family and dreaming up cool Halloween costumes.

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Michele Chader
Grants Management Specialist

Michele joined The Trust in 1986, a year after the foundation was formed. She previously worked at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in the hospital's administration department. Michele lives in Golden with her husband and enjoys gardening, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

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Nancy Csuti, DrPH
Vice President of Research, Evaluation & Strategic Learning

Nancy has been involved in evaluation and learning in communities across five continents, guided by the lessons she learned as a Peace Corps volunteer decades ago. Her home is anywhere in the world with mountains.

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Eleanor Dewey
Administrative Assistant

Eleanor has spent the past 10 years organizing and fundraising with various LGBTQ and social justice organizations throughout Colorado. She lives happily in Denver with her partner.

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Noelle Dorward
Advocacy & Policy Partner

Noelle was previously the Denver regional coordinator at LiveWell Colorado. She worked in the fields of healthy living, community organizing and health equity for seven years across urban and rural environs. Outside of work, she enjoys bike rides and spending time with her 80-pound puppy, Indiana “Indy” Jones.

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Maggie Frasure
Event Coordinator

Maggie held a communications role at The Trust from 2011 to 2015. She has returned as an event coordinator with 15 years of event planning experience. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, snowboarding and SCUBA diving. She lives in Canon City with her husband and two dogs.

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Zenobia Garcia
Staff Accountant

Zenobia previously worked in both the corporate banking and nonprofit industries, and managed federal housing grants before joining The Trust. She lives in Thornton with her husband, a retired Army officer, and enjoys working out in her spare time.

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Felisa Gonzales, PhD, MPH
Research, Evaluation & Strategic Learning Manager

Felisa hails from the San Luis Valley. Prior to joining The Colorado Trust in 2017, she conducted research on physical and mental health disparities, primarily among Latinos. Felisa enjoys taking in the Colorado sunshine while hiking and biking with her husband and son.

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Jess Hankins
Community Partner – Northwest Colorado

Before working at the Trust, Jess worked in both the Eagle and Garfield County Public Health departments with a focus on strengthening community partnerships. She calls New Castle home where she lives with her husband, two kids, and dog and loves spending time outside hiking, camping, and gardening.

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Monica Hernandez
Community Partner - Southeast Colorado

Monica brings a statewide government lens from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment where she coached a variety of communities to mobilize and build public support towards systems level changes to create healthy communities. She has worked for the American Heart Association to advance health equity and primary prevention efforts. Originally from Pueblo, Colorado, Monica's excited to be back in southern Colorado close to family.

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Pam Hughes
Accounts Payable Clerk

Pam joined The Colorado 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.

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Candace Johnson
Community Partner – Denver Metro Area

Before starting at The Trust, Candace was the organizing director at Colorado Jobs with Justice. Her background is in community organizing and advocacy. Candace is passionate about traveling, good food and spending time with good friends.

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Kristin Jones
Assistant Director of Communications

Kristin was previously a reporter for Rocky Mountain PBS I-News, The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets. She lives in Denver with her husband, two kids, and a trusted shih tzu named Walter Cronkite.

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Julian Kesner
Vice President of Communications

Julian previously oversaw communications at the Colorado Hospital Association, and managed public relations at Nurse-Family Partnership. He was also a reporter at the New York Daily News and senior editor at Prevention Magazine. Julian lives in Denver with his wife and daughter.

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Rorey King
Administrative Assistant – Northeast Colorado

Rorey grew up between Kansas and parts of the southeastern United States. She enjoys a combination of administrative and health equity facilitation and consulting work. At home, she is a visual artist and enjoys spending time writing, climbing and being outside with her people.

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Lorena Maldonado
Executive Administrative Assistant to the CEO

Prior to joining The Trust in 2015, Lorena worked at the Hispanic Chamber Foundation and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for 8 years, in various capacities. She lives in Thornton and enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

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Krista Martinez
Community Partner – Northeast Colorado

Krista was previously director of programs of The Family Center/La Familia in Fort Collins, and has been part of many community-organizing efforts in northern Colorado. She lives in a vibrant home in Fort Collins with her family and friends.

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Patricia Maynes
Senior Administrative Assistant & Human Resources Professional

Patricia has over 20 years of experience as an executive assistant in the private and nonprofit sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in workforce diversity enrichment from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Patricia resides in Lakewood with her two daughters and Cornish Rex cat.

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Debbie McCuiston, CPA

Debbie previously served as the accounting manager at Geovic Mining Corporation. Outside of work, she enjoys camping and spending time with her family. Debbie lives in Westminster with her husband.

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Rachel Mondragon
Website Manager & Graphic Designer

Rachel has managed The Trust’s website since 1997. She joined the Communications team in 2002, adding in-house graphic designer to her duties in 2004. In addition, Rachel loves long hikes with husband, Dan, and hanging out with her golden retriever rescue dog, Suri.

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Benita P. Muñiz
Administrative Assistant - Denver Metro Area

Benita has over 20 years of community organizing experience. Throughout her years of community advocacy, she has developed deep-rooted relationships throughout Denver neighborhoods. Benita enjoys traveling, living and loving life. She is originally from New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment.

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Mia Ramirez
Community Partner – Colorado Springs Area

Born and raised in Colorado Springs, Mia has a passion for improving community health. Mia earned a Masters of Public Health degree from Boston University and has over 15 years of community health experience working both nationally and internationally, from the grassroots level to the federal and international health agency level.

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Courtney Ricci, PhD
Head of Evaluation & Learning for Community Change

Courtney has a background in social justice, health and anthropology. She previously helped to design and conduct research studies at the University of Colorado, and taught classes in public health and the social sciences. Courtney enjoys community work and travel and likes to stay active and enjoy Colorado with her husband and two young sons.

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Karen Roberts
Administrative Assistant – Northwest Colorado

Karen's career, of over 35 years, has been with international companies where she's had opportunities to travel and work with people from all over the world learning about other cultures. She loves living in northwestern Colorado, gardening, hiking, snowshoeing and enjoys being with friends and family. 

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Natalie Rooks
Grants Management Specialist

Natalie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Moldova. She recruited for American Councils for International Education in Armenia and Russia and recently administered grants for The Denver Foundation. Natalie earned her MBA from the University of Colorado - Denver. She lives in Denver with her husband and loves to travel.

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Melanie Stevens
Administrative Assistant – Southwest Colorado

Melanie joined The Trust in March 2018.  She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Colorado Mesa University. She worked in higher education for eight years, supporting students, faculty and administration. Her most recent adventure was a mission trip to Bolivia and Peru to work with underprivileged children.

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Tara Spahr
IT Manager

Tara has worked at The Trust since 1993 in various capacities, including event planning and accounts payable. She enjoys cooking in her spare time, and lives in Lowry with her husband, three dogs and a cat.

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Arden Trewartha
Community Partner – San Luis Valley

Arden holds a Master of Social Work degree and has spent 16 years community organizing in central Colorado in the nonprofit and government sectors. Most recently, she spent two years in the Peace Corps in Peru. Arden lives with her husband in their off-the-grid home in Chaffee County.

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Tera Wick
Community Partner – Southwest Colorado

Tera previously coordinated LiveWell Montrose Olathe and was the founding director of Village Gardens in Portland, Oregon. She lives in Montrose with her husband, two children and mother-in-law.

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