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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
"Volunteering with the Leadership Council enables members to leverage their capabilities, network and resources to advance CWEE’s noble mission. Supporting their strategic planning initiatives, reviewing legal contracts or simply participating in their annual holiday activities, Leadership Council members help CWEE deliver even greater value to its clients."
- David Craig, Senior Director,
Global Corporate Finance at Arrow Electronics
I am involved with CWEE’s Leadership Council for several reasons. First, I have been involved with CWEE for the past eight years and have seen the impact that CWEE has on the lives of the participants. Secondly, the members of the Leadership Council represent a broad spectrum of the business community by age, gender, ethnic background and business experience. This gives us a diversified picture on how we can best help CWEE. I am most pleased when I have the opportunity to talk with participants and learn about them, their families, their struggles, and their goals. CWEE provides these participants with a way to enrich their lives and the lives around them. In return this helps to enrich my life.
- Ralph Barocas, Vice President,
Investments RBC Wealth Management
Bio coming soon!
Melissa Butler is an Internal Auditor at OppenheimerFunds, Inc. In addition, Melissa leads the local philanthropy branch of the organization’s Women’s Network. She holds a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University Global Campus.
Melissa has been volunteering with CWEE since 2015 and she received the Winter 2017 Volunteer Recognition Award for her recent work with CWEE. Melissa is passionate about making a difference in the world through intentional action and also volunteers with Junior Achievement, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Toastmasters, and various school groups. In her free time, she loves spending time hiking and traveling with her daughter.
Consumer Education and Public Outreach Coordinator
State of Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
Natriece Bryant is the Consumer Education and Public Outreach Coordinator for the Department of Regulatory Agencies, Divisions of Banking and Financial Services. Natriece joined the Division in September 2016 and brings legislative, communications, public relations and outreach experience. Previous to her role at the Department, Natriece worked for the Department of Revenue as the Communications Specialist for the Division of Motor Vehicles in Driver’s License Administration on multiple community issues specifically focusing on the under-served populations in Colorado. She also was the Communications Specialist for the Marijuana Enforcement Division where she worked on varying issues surrounding public safety and consumer education during the height of legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado. Prior to joining the State she served as a Victim Specialist for elder and domestic violence victims for the Denver City Attorney’s Office in 2007-2013, where she implemented several programs as the office lead the way for changes surrounding elder abuse laws and at risk populations in the City of Denver. Natriece has gained substantial experience in dealing with diverse populations, specifically seniors and children in Colorado. Natriece worked for the Denver Office of Drug Strategy where she helped implement a program that decreased binge drinking for Latino youth by 3% over the span of four years. She has worked endlessly in the community to help people of Colorado better their lives.
She holds three Master's degrees in Business Administration from Regis University, Sociology and Criminal Justice both obtained from the University of Colorado. Her passion has always been to assist populations that are under-represented or need assistance in the community whether it be at the government level or through non-profits. Natriece also holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Colorado. Natriece is a published author in which she wrote a book in 2009 about the disparity and stereotypes of African Americans through sitcom media and how those stereotypes can play role in rhetoric and stigma in the community. Natriece continues to do outreach work and education in the community as she also serves as a professor for Regis University in the Criminology department and at Metropolitan State University where she is a professor in the Sociology department.
“I have always loved that old Chinese proverb, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime!”ﾠ One of the many reasons for CWEE’s track record of success, year after year, is because of the vision and “can do” leadership exemplified by Laurie Harvey, CWEE’s Executive Director. Combine Laurie’s leadership and expertise with the many caring hearts and work ethic of CWEE’s staff and you end up with a premier organization that is devoted to changing lives daily. These wonderful people make our community a better place to live, work and play. My hat is off to them and to the courageous participants who pass through their doors to a better life ahead! It is such an honor to serve on the Leadership Council of CWEE and to be an ambassador for this great community resource.”
- Barbara Wilcox,
First National Denver
30 year Telecom career
Bio coming soon!
Marijuana Communications Specialist
Colorado Department of Revenue
Shannon is the Marijuana Communications Specialist for the Colorado Department of Revenue, with a particular focus supporting the Executive Director's Office and the Enforcement and Taxation Divisions.
Previously, Shannon worked at the University of Denver in several positions, includng at the Center for Professional Development, University Advancement, the Divisions of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and as an adjunct faculty member at the Department of Film, Journalism and Media Studies.
Personally, Shannon is passionate about championing the causes she believes in, including animal welfare, education for all, and providing opportunities for low-income families to achieve financial independence through employment.
Shannon has an MS in Strategic Communication from the University of Denver and a BA in History and Journalism from Wake Forest University. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, reading, cooking, traveling and hiking with her husband Ryan and their rescue black lab mix, Avery.
Bio coming soon!
Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
Bio coming soon!
Owner and Principal Consultant
Barbara Nett is co-owner and principal consultant of Savina Consulting, which provides expert witness testimony in employment discrimination lawsuits involving allegations of age, race, and gender discrimination. Additionally, Savina conducts job analysis and test development for organizations that is intended to reduce adverse impact and enhance legal defensibility. Barbara has a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver. She hopes to explore ways to apply her training and unique background in HR and employment litigation consulting to benefit CWEE and its clients.
Rosita Padilla is a Legal Assistant IV in the Legal Department at CenturyLink, where she has been employed for the past 17 years. CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. Prior to CenturyLink, Rosita worked for IKON Office Solutions.
Rosita is a 1995 CWEE graduate and received one of the three Alumni Awards in 2012 (30th Anniversary Award). She is passionate about CWEE and has shared her story and success with numerous CWEE participants. Rosita hopes to positively impact the community by serving on the CWEE Leadership Council. Rosita’s motivation and inspiration is to bring value to the CWEE Council from a former participant perspective.
Originally from Taos, New Mexico, Rosita lives in Denver. She has three grown children and four grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys being with her family and finds joy in volunteering and giving back to the community through a variety of organizations and outreach programs.
Cherry Creek Branch Manager
Great Western Bank
Bio coming soon!
Manager, Project Manager Office
Jacquelyn Starks is the Manager for the Project Management Office at Mortgage Cadence, LLC an Accenture Company. She currently leads a team of dynamic project managers who are responsible for implementation of their SaaS Loan Origination Software, Business Operations Initiatives, Information Technology and various internal projects.
Her 20+ years of experience in project management consists of managing projects varying in scope and technical complexity including but not limited to SDLC using AGILE and Waterfall methodologies, Mobile Platforms, Unified Messaging, Advanced Infrastructure, Enterprise Application Integration and Enterprise Information Management. She is focused on providing leadership, career development, delivering high quality projects and ensuring the needs of their clients are met.
Jacquelyn earned a Bachelor Degree in Technical Management from DeVry University and MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.
Originally from Landsthul, Germany, Jacquelyn lives in Lone Tree, CO. She is married, has three children and one grandchild. She enjoys spending time with her family and is passionate about growing an ethnically diverse workforce.
Non-Op and Subsequent Ops Oil & Gas Landman for the Denver Julesburg Basin
Anne Stoffel joined SRC Energy in 2015 as the Non-Op and Subsequent Ops Oil & Gas Landman for the Denver Julesburg Basin. Her 36-year career has been evenly split working in the oil and gas industry and as a business litigation paralegal working in Denver, Dallas, and Orange County California. Stoffel earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Business from the University of Colorado in Boulder and her Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Irvine.
When her daughter attended St. Anne’s Episcopal School in Denver, Anne was an active parent volunteer. She is an alumna of Kappa Kappa Gamma and volunteers for her chapter in Boulder and her daughter’s chapter at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. She has been an active community outreach volunteer for the Rose Andom Center and has recently turned her volunteer energy to helping the low-income women at CWEE.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Anne’s family moved to Colorado when Johns-Manville, where her father worked, relocated its corporate world headquarters to Denver. A graduate of Cherry Creek High School, she still connects with many of high school friends. In her spare time, Anne enjoys her family, her golden retriever, and her garden.
Bio coming soon!
1175 Osage Street
Denver, CO 80204