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"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,
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
"One of the highlights of my year is taking pictures of the women and men of CWEE. I have the utmost respect and admiration for the graduates of this program, and especially the Alumni Award Winners."
– Whitney Yeager,
Whitney Yeager Photography
"Presenting at CWEE is an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. The participants are fun, interactive and willing to learn."
– Linda Hicks, Premier Members
(From left to right) Laurie Harvey, Kelli Fritts, DaLinda Grimm, Bart Spaulding, Kathryn Albright, Ethnie Treick, Shelly Dill, and Don Mackenzie. Not pictured: Taryn Lewis, David Craig and Susan Hill
CWEE’s Board of Directors are 100% committed to the mission of the organization and contribute financially. The board meets monthly, and hosts an annual day-long planning retreat. Board members are expected to regularly attend board meetings, serve actively on a committee, assist in fundraising efforts, participate in the annual board retreat, and make a personal financial donation. CWEE also has a Board Governance Committee.
Chair of the Board
Don brings over 30 years of experience to Forum Real Estate and oversees the group’s development projects to identify new development opportunities to help grow and expand the company’s development footprint.
Prior to joining Forum, Don most recently served as head of West Coast Development at UDR, Inc., where he oversaw the development of $1 Billion of Class A multifamily/ mixed-use assets, including the award-winning Wilshire La Jolla and 339 Fremont in San Francisco. Prior posts also include Founder and CEO of MacKenzie House, LLC; Managing Partner of Greystar West; Senior Vice President of Development at Equity Residential (EQR); and nearly 10 years at Wellsford Residential (WRP)working in development, acquisitions, asset and property management.
In addition, Don is also actively involved in industry and community organizations. For the past decade he has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE), a welfare-to-work job and career training organization. He is on the Board of CLIMB, Inc. (Colorado Leaders Interns Mentors in Business), an organization providing a marketplace of summer internships in Denver for current undergraduates from eight universities. Don has twice served as President of the Board of Directors of the Arapahoe Tennis Club and is a member of the Silver Multifamily Council of the Urban Land Institute.
Don lives in Cherry Hills Village with his wife, Suzanne, and their three daughters.
Vice Chair of the Board
Bart is the Managing Partner of Oakwood Real Estate Partners, LLC (Oakwood), a commercial real estate private equity firm in Denver. Recognizing that real estate investing is a localized business, Oakwood invests nationally in joint ventures with local operators who routinely outperform their peers. Oakwood has built a number of valuable relationships, many of them cultivated over years of successful investing. This strategy began 20 years ago with Trammell Crow Company Funds, where Oakwood's Chairman successfully raised and invested 5 separate Funds from 1994 to 2005.
Bart oversees all aspects of the Firm's business, including the day-to-day operations. Prior to his current position, he was Managing Partner of Greystar West based in Denver. Greystar West is an affiliate of Greystar Real Estate Partners, a national multifamily real estate company focused on development, investment, property management, and construction. He was responsible for multifamily investment origination, development, condominium conversions, and property management. He began his career with ProLogis Trust, specializing in industrial distribution facilities. Bart holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is active in the charitable community in Denver. He has been a CWEE Board Member since 2014.
Secretary of the Board
DaLinda Grimm has been a member of the CWEE Board for 10 years, and has served as the Secretary of the Board for many of those years. She has served on the Finance Committee and Executive Committee of CWEE. Prior to joining the Board, she volunteered in the CWEE classrooms. DaLinda has been in the financial services industry for more than 30 years focused on retail sales, sales management, customer experience, and learning and sales development. Her educational background is in Elementary Education. DaLinda and her husband recently moved to Castle Rock in order to live closer to their two children.
Kathryn is the CWEE board treasurer and has served on the board since 2014. She has been the National Director for Global Treasury Management Sales for U.S. Bank since December 2015, and is responsible for leading the sales activities and teams nationally for U.S. Bank's Global Treasury Management Services division. Before that, she was the Senior Vice President of US Bank from 2009 – 2015, as well as the National Manager for Deposit & Payment Solutions for Commercial Real Estate. She is a results-oriented executive and Senior Vice President with 23 years of experience in the financial services industry including senior-level management, product, sales and operations management, and new business development, with a focus in corporate treasury management, payments, and investment management and consulting.
Involved in the community, Albright serves on several non-profit boards and advisory councils in the Denver Metro area, and was recognized by the Denver Business Journal in 2015 and 2012 as an “Outstanding Woman in Business” in the Banking and Finance industry. She has also been honored as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Banking” in 2009 - 2015 by American Banker Magazine. A member of the Denver Metro Chamber’s Leadership Denver Class of 2011, Albright was nominated as a “Woman of Influence” in October 2012 by Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) of Denver.
Albright holds a B.S. and Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, and is a Certified Treasury Professional and Accredited ACH Professional.
David Craig is in his first year of a 3-year Board term with CWEE and currently serves as the Senior Director of Corporate Finance for Arrow Electronics, a Denver-based Fortune 120 technology company. His 15-year career includes domestic and international assignments with DaVita Healthcare, Molson Coors, First Data Corp and Western Union. David obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance from Colorado State University and Masters of Science in Finance from the University of Colorado.
A Colorado native, David resides in Denver with his wife and 5-year old son and remains philanthropically active in his time with the Read12 Literacy Foundation and the Denver Metro Chamber.
Shelly Dill is in her first year of a 3-year Board term with CWEE, and is a member of the Governance Committee. Prior to her appointment on the Board, she was active in volunteering with CWEE through the Colorado Women's Bar Association. Shelly Dill, Esq. is the owner and operator of Uhuru Law, Mediation & Consulting where she practices civil litigation and specializes in protection orders and domestic violence. Her practice focuses primarily on providing legal representation and services to low and medium income individuals. Prior to this, she worked as a litigation associate at the Martinez Law Group, the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Colorado Supreme Court, the 1st Judicial District, and the Judicial Arbiter Group (JAG).
Shelly received her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. She also holds an MA from American University's School of International Service in Political Economy, an MA from the University of Kwa Zulu Natal in Economic Development, and a BA from Baylor University in International Relations. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Colorado, United States District Court for the District of Colorado and in the 10th Circuit of Appeals. Shelly has a passion for helping people, particularly women, and is actively engaged in legal and non-legal community activities that promote dignity, self-sufficiency, and economic development both domestically and globally. Shelly has lived abroad in South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, and India. During law school she also clerked for Chief Justice Georgiana Wood of the Ghana Supreme Court.
Katie Dix Elsner
Bio coming soon!
A Colorado native, Kelli attended and graduated from Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana with a degree in political science. After graduating, Kelli worked for over 10 years with her family in the insurance business where she was recognized as the Young Agent of the Year by the Professional Independent Agents of Colorado.
Kelli joined AARP in 2001 as the Associate State Director, Advocacy Representative. During her employment at AARP, Kelli received an Advocacy Award from the Colorado Association of Area Agencies on Aging for her work on legislation to increase funding for services that help keep seniors at home and independent, and a certificate of Appreciation from the Colorado Senate for her leadership on affordable prescription drug legislation. She currently serves on the board of The Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE.)
Ethnie Groves Treick
Ethnie Groves Treick joined the CWEE Board in 2012, and is the chair of the Development Committee. Originally from South Dakota, Ethnie lives in Fort Collins with her husband, Kyle, and their young sons. In addition to the CWEE Board, Ethnie serves as Vice President of the BlueFlower Fund Board and Membership Chair on the Board of the Denver Area Alumnae of Alpha Omicron Pi. Ethnie has worked in both the private and public sector. Most recently, she led the government affairs team for Xcel Energy in Colorado, working on state energy policy, including the Clean Air Clean Jobs Act and Renewable Energy Standard. Previously, Ethnie worked as a reporter, in media relations, and in the communications offices of Governor Jim Doyle and Senator Tom Daschle.
Susan is in the first year of a three-year term on CWEE’s Board. She has 30 years of experience in public health and philanthropy. After earning a Masters in Public Health, Susan went to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to help create a statewide program of community-based health promotion/disease prevention. As the first executive director of Colorado Action for Healthy People (CAHP), Susan was a leader in developing a community needs assessment and seed grant process that received funding from a number of foundations. Among the more than 150 community projects developed with CAHP support were the community health needs assessment that helped create Clinica Tepeyac and the creation of a public health office in Hinsdale County. In 2001, Susan became the Director of Programs and was later named Vice President for a new Colorado foundation, Caring for Colorado (CFC), where she worked for 13 years. Susan’s initial role at CFC was to lead the development of the foundation’s grantmaking strategies and processes. Under Susan’s leadership CFC implemented a community-based grants program with an emphasis on strengthening the capacity of the healthcare safety net.
Before beginning her career in public health, Susan was a middle and high school teacher. She also served as the director of a school district-based teenage mothers program. Since 2014, Susan has worked as a consultant for foundations and nonprofit organizations through Sullivan Hill Consulting.
Taryn Lewis is the Housing Manager for Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA), a full-service redevelopment agency engaged in neighborhood and downtown revitalization, economic development, home ownership, and housing rehabilitation throughout the City and County of Denver. She has held several paid and volunteer positions that have allowed her to display and develop exemplary leadership qualities, willingness to actively pursue increased responsibility for herself and her peers, and support for the development and promotion of others. Taryn holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, and a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Denver.
Born and raised in Denver, Taryn spends her free time with her husband Daryl and her two boys, Khalil and Kyle. She is an avid reader and enjoys attending sporting events. Her sons are both talented athletes who offer her frequent opportunities to enjoy their victories and growth as individuals. Her siblings and parents are local, so family is an important part of her daily life.
Bio coming soon!
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