Emmanuel Adolf Alzuphar
Community Organizer, Montbello

Adolf lives with his partner Ivy in the City Park neighborhood of Denver. He grew up in Haiti and received a bachelor’s degree in political science from The George Washington University. In his spare time, he loves to read, bike and listen to music. He is an armchair historian and occasionally writes about music and society.

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.

Berle Bowen
Finance & Accounting Manager

Berle is an accomplished business owner, creative and true extrovert at heart. As an avid learner, he graduated from Colorado State University in 2020 with a master’s degree in organizational leadership. Berle works to inspire, create and promote equality through financial literacy, while encouraging fairness and inclusion. Berle has a wide array of financial and accounting experience, and serving in the military helped make him punctual, a strong communicator and accountable.

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.

Tirzah Camacho
Senior Community Organizer, Southwest and West Central Colorado

Tirzah has lived in southwest Colorado for the past 20 years and is originally from the Bay Area of California. They hold a B.A in studio arts and southwest studies from Fort Lewis College in Durango. Tirzah has a background in formal fine art making, instruction and curation that is a constant parallel to their other interests: LGBTQIA2S+ advocacy, creating safe spaces for People of Color/community organizing, social justice promotion, and bolstering protective factors for youth.

Lia Carpio
Project Administrator, South Central Colorado

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.

Jose Luis Chavez
Community Organizer, Clifton

Jose Luis Chavez has previously worked in the criminal justice system. In his free time he enjoys fishing, hiking and being in the outdoors. Jose resides in Fruita with his spouse.

Nancy Csuti
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.

Liberty Dosier
Project Administrator, Denver Metro Area

Liberty has been involved with dozens of nonprofits and small community groups throughout the last few decades. She has training in facilitation, consensus-based decision making and Theatre of the Oppressed, and is also a certified permaculture designer. Liberty enjoys being grounded, coming up with a plan, comfy pajamas, and deeply connecting with friends and family.

Rachel Esters
Project Administrator, Southwest and West Central Colorado

Rachel is a retired law enforcement executive and criminal justice consultant. She is a veteran of both the U.S. Army and Air Force. As a public speaker, Rachel addresses topics such as LGBTQ+ issues, race and justice. She is an advocate for drastic changes to the criminal justice system and law enforcement practices. Rachel resides near Telluride with her partner Katie and two pups.

Israel ​García-Humes
Senior Community Organizer, South Central Colorado

Israel was born and raised in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. After earning degrees in ethnic studies, sociology and political science from University of Colorado Boulder, he worked in various state and federal electoral, legislative and candidate campaigns before moving into direct service work. Israel is called to organizing because of his own lived experience with inequity and looks forward to organizing in the place he calls home. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his husband, two dalmatians and two huskies.

Martha Girón-Correa
Community Organizer, North/Northeast Colorado

Martha is Colombian and lived in Spain for 20 years before moving to Colorado. She has now lived here for 6 years working as an early childhood teacher. She specializes in working with Latino and immigrant families. In addition, she has three children and likes hiking, poetry and crafts.

Felisa Gonzales, PhD, MPH
Evaluation & Learning Manager

Felisa hails from the San Luis Valley. Prior to joining The 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.

Amanda Guerrero
Project Administrator, Southeast Colorado

Amanda was born and raised in Pueblo, Colo., where she co-owns a yoga studio (having taught yoga for 10 years) and remains an active community member. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado Boulder, and a M.Sc. in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado Denver School of Business. Amanda previously worked in energy and commodity trading, but left to pursue a life dedicated to community and holding space for others.

Duane L. Gurule
Community Organizer, Southeast Colorado

Duane and his family live in Rocky Ford, Colo. He has a passion for helping low-income communities, stemming from first-hand experience growing up facing many of the barriers and inequities that historically disenfranchise low-income populations. He holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Metropolitan State University in Denver, and his background in the IT industry have helped him develop a vision of promoting health equity in rural areas by leveraging the same technology that has driven Colorado's growth along the Front Range.

Maritza Gutierrez
Community Organizer, Craig

Maritza believes in the collective power of community members to create change by supporting them in identifying their voice to become strong advocates around issues that impact their lives. She has been involved in grassroots organizing, specifically within the Latino community for over 15 years. Maritza brings a strong background in community organizing, social justice and community healing and leadership. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, cooking and spending time with family.

Saira Yasmin Hamidi
Senior Community Organizer, North/Northeast Colorado

Saira brings her background in community organizing, international philanthropy, global education and social justice theatre to The Trust. She is an abolition feminist and passionate agitator committed to racial justice and liberation for all. Creativity and collaboration are among two of her core values on which she builds her life’s work. She enjoys writing, baking with her daughter, learning languages, traveling and connecting with others over food. She also likes experimenting with fermentation—namely, her home-brewed kombucha.

Alejandra Hernandez
Capacity-Building Training Coordinator

Alejandra was born and raised in Denver, and holds a B.A. in feminist and gender studies from Colorado College. Prior to joining The Trust, she interned at The Denver Foundation’s Strengthening Neighborhoods Program. She also works as a plaza activities leader at the Denver Public Library. Alejandra loves dancing, gardening and spending time with her family.

Monica Hernandez
Community Partner, Southeast Colorado

Monica brings a state government and nonprofit lens along with over a decade of experience working with volunteers, youth and marginalized communities. She has coached various community groups and organizations across the state to promote health equity and collaboration on community issues to meet shared goals. Monica is Pueblo proud and in her spare time, she finds self-care by working out, cooking new recipes, going on camping adventures and spending quality time with her family.

Courtney Hoff
Project Administrator, Colorado Springs and Surrounding Five Counties

Courtney grew up on the East Coast and earned a bachelor’s degree in human services from Old Dominion University before moving to Colorado. Prior to The Trust, she worked at nonprofit organizations for eight years, most recently as a grants and project manager for a transitional housing program. She lives in Colorado Springs with her two young kids and their cat, Mr. Pickles.

Carolyn Homer
Controller

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.

Sierra Jeter
Community Organizer, El Jebel

Born and raised in Virginia, Sierra moved to Glenwood Springs, Colo. shortly after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University in economics, sustainability & society and peace & justice studies. She is an experienced grassroots organizer and people-centered creator, and has many years of experience working directly with communities impacted by inequitable systems. When she isn't working at The Trust, you can most likely find her hot-springs hunting during the winter months and paddle boarding in the spring and summer.

Candace Johnson
Community Partner, Denver Metro Area

Before joining 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.

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.

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.

Max Kronstadt
Community Organizer, Fountain

Max grew up in Silver Spring, Md. before coming to attend Colorado College in 2016, where he majored in political science. Throughout high school and college, he has been active in community organizing efforts on campus and off, and is excited to continue this work with The Colorado Trust. In his free time, he likes to run, cook, play various games, bug his friends and family, and generally engage in silliness whenever possible.

Katie Mackley
Project Administrator, Northwest Colorado

Katie previously was executive director of the Rifle Regional Economic Development Corporation, where she founded a coworking space and developed grant programs to assist small-business owners impacted economically by COVID-19. She holds degrees in theatre and English literature from University of Colorado Boulder. Katie is passionate about building community and relationships. She lives in Rifle with her husband, three kids, three dogs and three cats, and enjoys hiking, yoga, SUPing and laughing as much as possible.

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.

Krista Martinez
Community Partner, North & Northeast Colorado

Krista has been doing grassroots and community-based work in Colorado since a young age. Her background and expertise are in equity-focused strategic planning, coalition and network building, and individual and community coaching around racial justice, power and equity. Born and raised in Colorado, Krista now resides in Fort Collins with her growing family and chosen family of plants, animals and humans alike.

Tori Martinez
Community Organizer, Alamosa

Tori holds degrees from Arizona State University and Adams State University. She is a social scientist and previously directed the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area. Tori and her sweetheart live in the San Luis Valley and enjoy spending time in nature.

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.

Françoise Mbabazi
Senior Community Organizer, Denver Metro Area

Originally from Rwanda, Françoise holds a master’s degree in gender studies from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree from United States International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. She is a passionate human rights activist and community engagement leader with over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, with previous leadership development and management positions at several Colorado policy organizations. Françoise is committed to education equity, economic justice, social justice, poverty reduction, and empowering women and girls. She loves dancing, exercising, hiking, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Nancy Molina
Community Organizer, South Central Colorado

Nancy Molina holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in curriculum/instruction. She was a facilitator at Rio Grande Prevention Partners for five years. Nancy has experience in community organizing, teaching and working with youth. She has lived in the San Luis Valley for 20 years and understands how poverty affects people’s minds, bodies and souls. Working together to solve poverty, a result of health inequities, is Nancy’s passion. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family.

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 design to her duties in 2004. Rachel loves long hikes with husband, Dan, and hanging out with her two rescue dogs, Suri and Wickett.

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.

Eric Hoshang Pavri
Senior Community Organizer, Colorado Springs and Surrounding Five Counties

Eric and his family live in Colorado Springs. Prior to joining The Trust, he was a practicing attorney, running a nonprofit office representing immigrants seeking asylum, escaping domestic violence, and facing deportation and family separation. Prior to that he was a public defender in Ohio, a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala, and a national park ranger throughout the West. His parents both immigrated to the United States, and he believes, as they did, that everyone deserves a fair opportunity to thrive, no matter their origins.

Kelly Pollard
Project Administrator, North/Northeast Colorado

Kelly worked for over a decade in the nonprofit reproductive-justice community. She managed major transitions that included Medicaid expansion and Affordable Care Act implementation. She has loved having the opportunity to watch her son grow and evolve. In her spare time, she tries to maintain a regular yoga practice and keep her little backyard homestead alive.

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.

Adriana Quintero
Community Organizer, North/Northeast Colorado

Before working at The Trust, Adriana worked for Poudre School District and various nonprofits with a focus on advocating for and empowering immigrant families. She has been involved with the immigrant community for over 18 years. Adriana brings a strong background in activism, community organizing and social justice. She is originally from Mexico and is the mother of three. In her free time, she enjoys dancing and spending time with her family.

Mia Ramirez
Community Partner, Colorado Springs and Surrounding Five Counties

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.

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.

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.

Wafa Saeed
Grants Department Events & Project Administrator

Wafa has been working with nonprofits and supporting communities for many years. She has 10 years of event planning experience through her business and other organizations. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, volunteering, traveling and hiking. She is originally from Denver, with a heart of a wanderlust.

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.

Sol Tafoya
Community Organizer, East Pueblo

Sol has lived in Pueblo for the past 15 years and was born and raised in Los Angeles. She holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in mass communications with a public relations emphasis and the other in Spanish. Sol brings her passion for organizing, social justice and racial equity; she has 10 years of experience in the government sector. Sol enjoys running, gardening, frothy lattes and empowering young women. She has two children and a dog named Esteban.

Genina Taylor
Grants Department Project Administrator

Born and raised in Colorado, Genina has a variety of work experience in both the nonprofit and private legal sectors. She holds a B.A. in African/African-American History from Earlham College, as well as her paralegal certification. Prior to joining The Trust, she was the administrator for several Denver-area law firms. Drawn to connection and community, Genina returned to the nonprofit arena to support work that aids, heals and serves others in health and wellness.

Arden Trewartha
Community Partner, South Central Colorado

Arden spent 16 years organizing around low-income youth and families through nonprofits and government in central Colorado. She joined Peace Corps, living in a Peruvian village while developing health curriculum for families, and coaching youth to be peer health teachers. Arden and her sweetheart live in Chaffee County where she enjoys hiking, pursuing Spanish proficiency, and gathering with friends for potlucks, spontaneous porch BBQs and general merrymaking.

Rena Trujillo
Community Organizer, Fort Collins

Rena recently graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in ethnic studies and a minor in women’s studies. As she navigates post-grad life, she commits to deepening her understanding and responsibility to communities as a grassroots community organizer. Rena believes there is power that lies at the intersection of embodiment, land-based practices, and social and environmental justice. She is a proud plant and puppy companion—and aunt of 10 younger nephews and nieces.

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.

Tera Wick
Community Partner, West Central & Southwest Colorado

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