Chief Executive Officer
hroughout her career, Katy’s work has focused on education, workforce development, and economic mobility. Since joining CWEE in November 2018, she has focused on establishing a culture of continuous learning and collaboration, diversifying the CWEE Board of Directors, and advancing new and innovative partnerships. Her experience working across sectors has enabled her to bring new thinking and strategic visioning to CWEE. Most recently, Katy led the national expansion of Skillful, an initiative of the New York City based Markle Foundation focused on creating a skills-based labor market. Katy joined Markle in 2015 and was integral in designing and launching Skillful leveraging data and insights to inform program design and iteration. She played a key role in shaping the Rework America Task Force which focuses heavily on opportunities surrounding the future of work. Her contributions at the Markle Foundation led to the Governor’s Coaching Corps, a leadership development program for front-line human service and workforce professionals. Before joining Markle, Katy was Vice President of Education & Workforce at the Partnership for New York City. While at the Partnership, Katy was loaned to the NYC Department of Education to liaise between the private-sector and career and technical education schools to ensure programming was demand-driven and adequately resourced. She started her career in the Office of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius where she served as Legislative Liaison and Director of Policy. Katy holds a Masters in International Politics from the University of Melbourne, Australia and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Texas Christian University. She lives in Edgewater with her husband and 2-year old son. Katy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vice President of External Affairs
Stephanie, a Colorado native and graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, is the Vice President of External Affairs for the Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE) where she is responsible for developing and implementing a unifying vision to support meaningful and strategic engagement opportunities with external stakeholders in support of helping prepare low-income families to find and maintain quality employment.
Prior to joining CWEE, she held positions focused on adult education, program management, fund development, community relations, sales and marketing. Stephanie also served two years as a mayoral appointed commissioner on the Denver Women's Commission and used her voice and connections to develop and support opportunities for the advancement of women and girls in community. She can be reached at email@example.com
"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,
Former 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
"My advice for a new CWEE participant would be to go at with an open mind and be ready to learn. We're all here to support each other. Everyone at CWEE is coming to try and make a better life for themselves, and the best thing to do is just support each other through that."
– Natasha, CWEE Participant
"Presenting at CWEE is an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. The participants are fun, interactive and willing to learn."
– Linda Hicks, Premier Members
Vice President of Impact
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Director, Culture & Talent
As the Manager of Employment Services, Elizabeth enjoys being part of an organization that recognizes the important balance of education and support in order to create lasting change. In her role she oversees the day to day activities for the Employment Services team, working closely with case management and instructional staff, as well as community and training partners. Elizabeth is a Colorado native and grew up in Lakewood before living in Minnesota and Tennessee. She returned to Denver in 2011 for school and received her M.A. in Higher Education from the University of Denver. She feels passionate about the work that takes place at CWEE as well as in the field of career development and serves as an active member in both the Colorado Career Development Association and the National Career Development Association. Should she have free time, she enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her large extended family. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Pennington, CWEE’s Accountant, has worked for CWEE on a part time basis for 11 years. Chris graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder and received her CPA license in 1989. Her career began with Big 6 auditing and evolved into working for nonprofit agencies. She enjoys the culture of the nonprofit sector and the compassion of her coworkers. Working part time has allowed Chris to raise her 3 children. She loves spending time with her family and watching her children excel academically and athletically.
Development, Communications and Marketing
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Development and Events Coordinator
Born and raised in upstate New York, Emma relocated to Colorado after receiving her BA in Psychology and Hispanic Studies from Hamilton College. She joins the CWEE team after gaining interest in nonprofit administration while working in Hamilton’s Community Outreach and Opportunities Project office. During this time, Emma worked with a program connecting college students with local nonprofit organizations for long-term volunteer experiences, and also worked one-on-one with refugees at a weekly ESOL class in the local area. She is a strong believer in the power of communities, and enjoyed playing a role in creating a healthy relationship between Hamilton and the surrounding area. Emma hopes to continue building happy and healthy communities here at CWEE! In her free time, you can find Emma buried in a book, out frolicking in the mountains, or singing with her newly formed Denver a cappella group. Emma can be reached at email@example.com
Operations and Administration
Director of Operations
Michael was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and moved to Colorado in 2010. He attended Arizona State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Management. Michael spent 10 years in hospitality starting at Rancho Oso RV and Camping Resort in Santa Barbara California, then working for Marriott Int. and Hilton Hotels and Resorts gaining valuable management, leadership, and office skills. As the Director of Operations, Michael oversees the day to day administrative functions, maintains systems, organizes office spaces, and oversees office procedures. When he is not at CWEE, Michael enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors. Some of their favorite activities are going to concerts, hiking, snowboarding, running, gardening, and most recently raising chickens! Michael can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Deirdre comes to CWEE with a Bachelor's in Economics and Political Science and a passion for creating data-driven, meaningful impact in our communities. Previously living in New York City, the Navajo reservation, Osaka, and New Orleans, she is familiar with how our environments shape our lives and opportunities. As Program Assistant, Deirdre manages CWEE data through maintaining the database, and reports out results of CWEE's robust programming. In her free time, you can find her playing board games at a local café, exploring Colorado's scenery with her dog, or biking or skiing depending on the season. Deirdre can be reached at email@example.com.
Manager of Employment Services
Joe, a Colorado native, is the Manager of Employment Services for the Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE). In his role he oversees the day to day activities for the Employment Services team, working closely with case management and instructional staff, as well as employment and training partners. Joe has dedicated his career to assisting others in achieving their academic and career goals. He began with CWEE as volunteer mock interviewer, Training Partner and an Employer Advisory Committee member for 4 years. Joe is excited to work for CWEE and with their amazing staff and participants on a full time basis. Outside of CWEE, Joe enjoys family time, cheering on the local sports teams and cooking. Joe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Career Development Specialist
A native of Michigan, Kira came to CWEE with experience teaching independent functioning, problem solving, and career related skills. Kira has a passion for helping others make positive life choices and she is thrilled to assist CWEE participants in preparing for, and finding, meaningful employment. It is Kira’s belief that it is both empowering and motivational to witness others build upon their strengths and skill set when faced with outside challenges. Prior to CWEE, Kira worked in mental health counseling and child welfare. Kira is a strong supporter of the non-profit sector and volunteers her time advocating for suicide prevention and mental health reform as a board member for a local suicide prevention organization. Outside of work, Kira enjoys writing, playing the ukulele and acrylic painting. She can be reached at email@example.com
Career Development Specialist
Sue has a Bachelor's degree in economics and politics. She comes to CWEE from Melbourne, Australia where she has worked for over ten years in the higher education sector developing, managing and training in the career readiness area. She believes strongly in the power of education to transform lives and gains enormous satisfaction from helping others develop their skills and find meaningful employment.
As the Career Development Specialist, Sue assists CWEE participants maximize their personal brand through resumes and interview skills and by assisting them to identify career paths that lead to quality employment pathways.
In her spare time, Sue enjoys traveling around both Colorado and the wider US, exercising and reading. Sue can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Career Transition Specialist
Kate joins CWEE as a Career Transition Specialist and enjoys assisting participants in utilizing their knowledge and skills to achieve their employment and educational goals. Having grown up in Minnesota, she relocated to Colorado after completing her BA in Marketing from Augsburg College. Before joining the CWEE team, Kate worked in a variety of different roles in higher education and completed her MS in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University - Global Campus. Kate is passionate about helping others make positive life choices and reach their full potential. In her spare time, Kate loves to cook, travel, and see live music. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Community Programs Specialist
Ariana Tyler joins CWEE with a Bachelors in Public Health and Political Science from Northern Arizona University. Prior to joining the CWEE team she worked to provide underserved individuals in Flagstaff, AZ with referrals to existing community resources, and she taught health professions and pre-medical students about the social determinants of health and the lifelong impacts of poverty on low income populations. Ariana is passionate about living in and helping to develop equitable communities, and positively impacting the wellness of others. In her free time you can find her practicing martial arts, baking, or snuggled up with her cat and a good book. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Career Retention Specialist
Kiara was born and raised in the Denver Park Hill neighborhood where her experiences led her to pursue a career where she can empower both families and communities. In 2016 Kiara graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. Through volunteering and internships, she found her niche in the nonprofit sector and found joy in helping others meet their full potential through motivation and empowerment. Kiara has prior experience teaching STEM-based education to students in after-school elementary programs, nonprofit operations, and event planning. Kiara believes that CWEE's mission strongly aligns with her values and hopes to continue to have a positive impact on other's lives here at CWEE. In her free time, Kiara enjoys playing tennis, reading, spending time with her family and cooking.
Training and Education
Director of Education and Training
Stephanie comes to CWEE with a background in both education and social work and a commitment to advocating for justice and equity for all. As the Director of Training and Education, she strives to ensure that CWEE’s curriculum addresses the comprehensive needs of our participants. Stephanie values community building as a way to strengthen resilience against the harmful impacts of poverty, trauma, and oppression. She believes that we are best able to make positive change in our lives when we feel understood, respected, and valued by those around us. Stephanie has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Secondary Education, a Master’s degree in Social Work, is fluent in Spanish, and has traveled throughout Mexico, Central and South America. Stephanie has an active life in Denver, especially in the summers when you will either find her working in the garden or backpacking in the mountains. Stephanie can be contacted at: email@example.com
Manager of Training and Education
Throughout her work experiences, Meredith Jones has lived her passion to support individuals in overcoming obstacles and reaching their goals. Meredith graduated with her MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado and has worked in classrooms for young children, youth with Autism spectrum disorders, and teens preparing for life after high school. Originally from Alabama, Meredith moved to Colorado to work at a dude ranch and immediately fell in love with the outdoor spirit of the state. In her free time, Meredith enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Native of Oklahoma, Zenzal has lived in Denver since 1976. She began her career in the civic and corporate arenas prior to being introduced to CWEE in 1982. After completing the CWEE program as a participant, Zenzal worked for two major banks in downtown Denver as an Executive Secretary before returning to work at CWEE.ﾠ Zenzal’s experience gave her a passion to help single mothers transition into a self-supporting lifestyle. She has worked as a development coach, trainer, and program manager at Hope Communities, Inc., the Piton Foundation, and Urban League of Metropolitan Denver. Zenzal served as a Director on numerous boards, and is an alumna of Denver Community Leadership Foundation program. She is a self-proclaimed “CWEE Sister.” Zenzal can be reached at email@example.com
Originally from Michigan, Danielle moved to Chicago to pursue her Bachelor's in Social Justice from Roosevelt University. She relocated to Denver for the sunshine and the snow that melts. While teaching in a nontraditional middle school classroom, she earned her Master's in Critical Pedagogy from the University of Colorado Denver. Danielle comes to CWEE having experience creating and teaching curriculum for all core subjects and life skills. Danielle believes that learning is a process of making meaning that evolves as new experiences occur. She loves creating these new experiences for those at CWEE who are working towards earning their High School Equivalency diploma. In her free time, Danielle loves spending time outside, seeing live music, and being with her family, friends and dog.
Isabel has had the opportunity to pursue her passion for social justice and human rights in her career as an advocate and educator, with a focus on amplifying the voices of marginalized communities to become agents of change. Originally hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Isabel comes to CWEE with a background in fostering grassroots leadership and mobilization among various groups, particularly young womxn of color, through her work in nonprofits and advocacy organizations in New York City, New Haven, and Denver. A graduate of Yale University with a BA in Sociology with honors and a certificate in Human Rights, Isabel continues to be inspired by the immense power that community voices and stories can wield in enacting change on local and global levels. She feels so lucky to be able to dedicate her time at CWEE to recognize and develop leadership opportunities for our participants to share their stories and harness their power to effect change in their lives, in our city and state, and in our world! When she isn't in the classroom or at the Capitol, you can find Isabel chasing a disc while playing Ultimate Frisbee, busting a move wherever there is music playing, or enjoying all of the amazing food and activities that Denver has to offer. Isabel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digital Literacy Specialist
With over 30 years of teaching experience, Novella came to CWEE in the early 90’s and has taught and facilitated a number of classes and subjects. As CWEE’s Digital Literacy Specialist, Novella enjoys creating curriculum and designing trainings to increase participants’ knowledge of social media, using the Internet, email, and Microsoft Office Suite. Novella has a daughter and two grandchildren. In her spare time, she and her husband are restoring a vintage 1968 American Built Coach trailer home at Lake McConaughy in Nebraska. She also enjoys spending time at her cabin near Conifer, Colorado. Novella can be contacted at: email@example.com
Career Readiness Trainer
Riana is a Denver native with a passion for social justice, human service, and restorative practice. After completing a BSW in Michigan at Andrews University, she returned home to Colorado to put these passions to work. Riana considers herself to be a "human service nomad" - having walked many different paths within this field. To the CWEE team, she brings professional experience serving at-risk youth and adults, individuals experience homelessness, low-income families, and more. Along her journey, Riana has been able to fine-tune her mission and skill set. Her heart took residence in restoration work after serving as a Restorative Practice Coordinator for Denver Public Schools. She believes whole-heartedly in restorative practice as a means to resolve conflict and is thrilled to have the opportunity to engage adult learners at CWEE and share the benefits of restoration in their work and personal lives. Outside of CWEE, Riana calls herself "a struggling artist" with a love for music, poetry, and dance.
Personal Finance Coach
Kate is delighted to be a part of mpowered's dedicated team, where she offers her passion, coaching, and teaching experience to make a positive difference in her clients' lives. Kate thinks it is wonderful to encourage and empower financial self-sufficiency in CWEE's participants. She believes that the values that mpowered holds facilitate a highly effective, sincere and heart-centered service for their clients.
Having been in the non-profit sector for over 15 years, and now being with mpowered, Kate has had a wonderful experience being able to share some of her values, such as inclusivity, empowerment, non-judgment, equality and service. Kate is a Denver native, and loves living here. Kate also enjoys hiking, walking, photography and reading, among other activities. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Support Services
Director of Family Support
Carie has dedicated the past thirteen years of her career to working in the non-profit field, supporting underserved populations and helping them to achieve financial independence and personal success.ﾠ Before joining the CWEE team in 2009, she was a TANF case manager in Minneapolis, Minnesota and relocated to beautiful Colorado for the sunshine!ﾠ Carie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and was a licensed social worker prior to moving to Colorado.ﾠ She is certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator and enjoys working with a diverse group of individuals to reach their goals.ﾠ She oversees and provides direction in the Family Support Program department and is fortunate to have a wonderful team of Family Support Specialists to support. She can be reached at email@example.com
Manager of Family Support
Tosha has lived in Colorado since 1993. Her father, who was in the Military, moved around often. Tosha was born in Germany and has lived in Puerto Rico, Kentucky, Texas (all parts) and Colorado. Tosha obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice/ Sociology with an Associates in Business. “Since I was a little girl, I remember watching the “Cops” television show with my father who was and is currently a State Trooper for the state of Texas. Watching that show inspired me to not only capture the “bad guys” but also to help rehabilitate those who have criminal backgrounds in order to become normal, law-abiding citizens”. For the last 12 years, Tosha has served the “hard-to serve population”, unemployed or underemployed and low-income families with non-profit agencies in El Paso County. “It is my passion to assist individuals reach their highest level of independence and self-sufficiency and I enjoy what I do”. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children and making tie blankets. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Manager of Clinical Services
CWEE’s Manager of Clinical Services, Anna, has a Master’s degree in social work and over fifteen years of experience advocating for system change and working to support survivors of trauma and oppression. Anna conducts home visits with participants who are facing barriers to participation, in order to provide support and help connect them to resources. She also facilitates support groups and provides individual psychotherapy to on-site participants. Anna is particularly invested in understanding how poverty and violence disrupts our communities and silences us – and how we can strengthen our resiliency, reduce our isolation, and work together for change. Anna is glad to call Denver home and, along with her two young children, has developed quite the knowledge of the area’s many playgrounds.
Assistant Manager of Family Support
As someone who is passionate about helping others and motivating them to advocate for their success, Case Manager Brandi Singleton has found her niche here at CWEE. In addition to being a Family Support Specialists, Brandi is also the project manager for the Steps to Success program at CWEE, a program designed to support participants in retaining employment. A Colorado native, Brandi completed her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Colorado State University. Life eventually took her to Phoenix, where she worked in the child welfare field. Brandi has also worked in victim advocacy and volunteers when she can. In her spare time, Brandi loves spending time in the mountains, skiing, hiking, and camping with her husband and two dogs. She can be reached at email@example.com
Senior Family Support Specialist
Jessica came to Colorado in 2014 from northern California and has long believed in connecting people to each other and to their communities so we are creating futures rooted in cooperation, equality and hope. She received her Master's degree in social work from the University of Denver focusing on sustainable development and global practice. Jessica has worked with agencies and institutions ranging in services to elders, children, refugees, students and low-income families with roles including program coordination, program assessment, partnership building and administration. In her free time she enjoys cooking, going to the movies and exploring the Rockies. Jessica can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Support Specialist
John grew up in Denver in the Parkhill neighborhood where his experiences led him to obtain a better education to improve his life and better his community. After being a football coach for the Aurora Youth League John saw a need for struggling young men to have a mentor and receive support in education. John then decided to pursue a career in education while also volunteering his time in areas of adult education for nonprofits like Warren Village. John earned a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies, and an Adult Training and Development Certificate from Regis University. He enjoys building rapport with individuals and finding resources to support those in need. As a hobby he enjoys fiction and screen writing and video editing. John can be reached at email@example.com
Family Support Specialist
Lily is a proud native of Denver and an advocate for the development of socially just and innovative community resources that will support our growing population. She is focused on incorporating counseling and mental health-oriented strategies in her work as a means of promoting motivation, self-awareness, and personal empowerment. She enjoys being able to practice both administration and relationship building in her role as a case manager. She is currently receiving her Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Regis University, with an emphasis on helping others to create new personal narratives that support positive feelings and experiences. Lily has worked extensively with children who have experienced stressful or traumatic life events. She seeks to support the next generation by first helping their parents find stable and meaningful career paths. In her free time she enjoys playing fetch with her cat, hiking, painting, and constantly re-decorating her house. Lily can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Support Specialist
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Family Support Specialist
Joseph grew up in Colorado. He comes to CWEE with experience in youth residential treatment, transitional housing, school social work, and homeless case management. Joseph graduated from Metropolitan State University with a Master of Social Work Degree in 2013. While working on his degree, Joseph had an internship experience at a local transitional housing agency helping people experiencing homelessness navigate community resources. After obtaining his degree, Joseph worked as a Housing Stabilization Advocate at The Gathering Place, a drop-in day center serving women, children, and transgender individuals experiencing homeless and poverty. He is very passionate about helping and empowering people to accomplish their goals. In his spare time, Joseph enjoys cooking, playing golf, and playing the piano. Joseph can be reached at email@example.com
Family Support Specialist
Originally from Jinja, Uganda, Priscilla has lived in the United States since 2007. Priscilla has a background in Case Management and Financial Coaching. She has a Master's degree in Non-Profit Management from Eastern University in Pennsylvania, with a focus in International Development. Priscilla deeply cares about low-income families and would like to help them become self-sufficient. She also serves as a commissioner for the Office of Immigration & Refugee Affairs where she advocates for Refugee communities in the city of Denver for their inclusive and meaningful integration. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, and snow-shoeing with familiy and friends. Priscilla can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Support Specialist
Laura feels passionate about supporting individuals as they realize their strengths, self-worth, and build confidence to achieve their personal and professional goals. Laura graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in International Studies and Human Rights. She worked closely with refugees in the resettlement process which sparked her interest in a career in social work. Laura obtained her Masters of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, where she continued working closely with refugees to integrate into a new culture and become self-supporting. Laura’s passion for service and to learn from other cultures took her to Costa Rica where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a rural, coffee farming community. There she worked with women who had experienced domestic violence, started a community-driven ceramic mural project, facilitated a girls' leadership program and taught Costa Rican youth about healthy sexuality using soccer. Laura moved to Denver in 2015 and began supporting individuals working towards personal and professional goals to advance their careers and overall family prosperity. Laura loves volunteering as both a mentor for youth living in a transitional housing program and with a refugee youth leadership program. In her free time, Laura enjoys hiking with her dog, dancing salsa and exploring the mountains. Laura can be reached at email@example.com
Meghan comes to CWEE with a Bachelor of Science degree in American Sign Language/English Interpreting. For the last seven years, she has worked in the field in both the Indiana and Colorado Deaf communities. Originally from Indiana, she has been living in Colorado for the past two years. Living here has provided her with many new opportunities and she is excited that CWEE is one of those. While working for CWEE, Meghan looks forward to supporting the needs of her new Denver and Arapahoe county communities. When not working, you can find Meghan listening to podcasts, enjoying photography, or hanging out with her neices. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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