Ronda Brooks
Community Partnerships & Grants Operations Partner

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

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
Regional Associate – Southwest 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
Administrative Assistant – 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.

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.

Jose Luis Chavez
Regional Associate – West Central Colorado

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, 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.

Noelle Dorward
Advocacy & Policy Partner

Prior to joining The Trust in 2015, Noelle worked in rural and urban nonprofits on issues related to healthy eating, active living, health equity and transportation justice. Noelle lives happily with her wife, two dogs and cat in Aurora. In their free time, they love to bike, drink lots of black coffee, cook, embroider and read.

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.

Martha Girón-Correa
Regional Associate - 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
Research, Evaluation & Strategic 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
Administrative Assistant – 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
Regional Associate – 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.

Jess Hedden
Community Partner – Northwest Colorado

Before working at The Trust, Jess worked in both the Eagle County and Garfield County public health departments with a focus on strengthening community partnerships. She lives in New Castle with her two kids and loves spending time outside hiking, camping and gardening.

Alejandra Hernandez
Community Partnerships Program Assistant

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 statewide government lens from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, where she coached various communities around the state to mobilize and build public support towards systems-level changes to create healthier communities. Monica lives in Pueblo with her husband Jose and two boys. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, baking and spending time with her family.

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.

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.

Rorey King
Regional Associate – North & 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.

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 is dedicated to compassionate, courageous community transformation. She has facilitated equity-focused strategic planning, coalition and network building, and collective visioning. She holds community dialogue and provides coaching around racial justice, power and equity. Her life pursuit is the co-creation of genuine opportunities for healing justice and collective joy through embodied liberation. Born in Denver and raised in the Rocky Mountains, Krista now resides in Fort Collins.

Tori Martinez
Regional Associate - South Central Colorado

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
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 degree in workforce diversity enrichment from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Patricia resides in Lakewood with her two daughters and Cornish Rex cat.

Françoise Mbabazi
Regional Associate – 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.

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 golden retriever rescue dog, Suri.

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.

Kelly Pollard
Administrative Assistant - 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
Administrative Assistant

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.

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.

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 being with friends and family. 

Wafa Saeed
Event Coordinator

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.

Tara Spahr
Manager of Information Technology

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.

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.

Genina Taylor
Community Partnerships & Grants Administrative Assistant

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.

Jenice Whitehead
Contracts & Payable Coordinator

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.