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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
Learning & Development Manager
Theresa has been a Learning & Development Manager at Wells Fargo for over 22 years. Although her title has changed little, her world has changed to an enormous degree as financial services, technology and team member development approaches and strategies have evolved over the years. She is a proud University of Colorado, Boulder graduate, with a B.A. in Psychology.
Theresa became passionate about CWEE’s mission over 25 years ago, when her employer hosted workplace tours. Using her training experience, she began volunteering in the CWEE classrooms. Today she enjoys conducting mock interviews with the participants, and was honored to receive the 2016 Outstanding Volunteer award, and is excited to serve on the CWEE Leadership Council.
Beyond CWEE, Theresa is passionate about prison ministry, and volunteers at Denver Women’s Correctional Facility, a maximum security site in the Denver area, through the God Behind Bars organization and Red Rocks Church.
When not on the clock, Theresa loves the Colorado outdoors – hiking, biking, skiing and playing golf, as well as cheering on our local sports teams. Her favorite pastime involves anything that includes her husband and two adult children.
Client Relationship Manager
Brown & Company, Inc.
Danielle is a Certified Financial Planner™ at Brown and Company, focusing on providing advice around retirement planning, investments, estate and tax planning for high and ultra high net worth families. She grew up in Golden, Colorado and lived there until she moved to attend school at the University of Washington. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Spanish and rowed on the NCAA Women's Crew Team. Before moving back to Colorado and joining Brown and Company, she lived in Seattle and worked as a financial advisor with UBS Financial Services. She enjoys watching football, traveling, snowboarding, eating out and hiking.
Katie is a Senior IT Business Analyst at Encana, where she facilitates technological advancement in energy production. In addition to her day-to-day projects, she is active in the Encana Women's Network, whose mission is to promote leadership and professional development of Encana women, and to make a positive impact in the community. Prior to Encana, Katie worked in technology consulting, which took her through various industries, from the restaurant industry, to agriculture, to public utilities.
Katie has a BA in Foreign Language and International Affairs from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. She grew up in Littleton, CO, where her mother encouraged her to be involved in the community from a young age - including Habitat for Humanity, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, even canvassing door-to-door in the neighborhood with petitions for important causes. Katie carries the value of social outreach in her life today, volunteering at the Denver Botanic Gardens, serving as a mentor in the Denver Public Schools CareerCoach program, and attending events for the Women's Foundation of Colorado. Recently, her Encana Women's Network committee organized a donation drive and collected 100lbs of hygiene products for the women of CWEE.
In her spare time, Katie enjoys gardening, practicing yoga and Brazilian jiu jitsu, and spending time with friends and family, including her rescue coonhoud, Lucky.
“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
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.
Julia Doria is a Colorado native and 1986 graduate of CWEE. Before finding CWEE, Julia was a struggling single mom, working a minimum wage job at a fast food restaurant and sleeping in her car with her son. She soon realized they couldn't live like this, but couldn't see how it would get any better. CWEE helped Julia build concrete skills and find a job at Mountain Bell. She took advantage of training opportunities and earned promotions, which led to a successful 30-year career in the telecommunications industry.
Julia believes CWEE has a 'ripple effect' on low income families. CWEE participants work together, trying to make their lives better and provide for their families. Children can see their parent trying to build a better life and be inspired to do the same for themselves.
Through Julia's work as a public speaker, CWEE volunteer, former board member and current Leadership Council member, she continues to inspire countless other Coloradoans and give back to CWEE.
In her spare time, Julia enjoys traveling, reading, biking and soaking up the Colorado sunshine!
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Tiara relocated to Colorado after living in South Korea for a year teaching English and receiving her BBA in International Business and Mandarin Chinese from Belmont University. She joins the CWEE Leadership Council after learning about more ways to get involved with single parent families in the Denver area. She is a strong believer in the power of connections, goals, and community involvement. Tiara hopes to bring what skills she has in finance, business, and nonprofit involvement to the team at CWEE. In her free time, you can find Tiara hanging out with her husband, Tom, and dog, Patrick, rock climbing, or riding her bike in the great outdoors!
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!
Rocky Mountain Human Services
Keelyn earned a Bachelor of Arts from Santa Clara University and her J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she moved to Denver in 2015. Since moving here, Keelyn's worked in wealth management and she recently transitioned to the non-profit sector where she is a Manager at Rocky Mountain Human Services. She has been volunteering at CWEE since 2017. Keelyn is a life-long St. Louis Cardinals fan but has happily adopted the Broncos as her “hometown” football team!
Asset & Credit Review Examiner
Asset and Opperations Examiner - II, supports and leads, as assigned, the reviews of all portfolios. Ms. Keaton joined CoBank in 2018, bringing 20 years of credit and banking experience. Prior to joining CoBank, LaTonya serves for six years as Corporate Banking Risk Lead and an Underwriting Manager with PNC Financial Services. Previously, LaTonya spent fourteen years with JP Morgan Chase as a Relationship Manager with responsibilities for a diverse not-for-profit/government lending and treasury management portfolio and as Senior Underwriter helping customers assess needs, deliver solutions, manage change and evaluate outcomes.
LaTonya hold a Master's in Professional Accountancy from Georgia State University; a Master's in Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership from Butler University; and a Bachelor's Degree in English from The University of Notre Dame.
Public Information Officer
CO Department of Land Management
Bio coming soon!
Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
Mallary is an associate with Dinsmore & Shohl LLP who focuses her pratice on public finance. She earned her J.D. from University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and works primarily on financing projects with governments, including counties and housing authorities, and non-profits such as schools, colleges, senior living center and hospitals. She starts every morning with a fresh cup of coffee and the latest edition of Bond Buyer.
Mallary has volunteered with non-profits since college, specifically with organizations fostering education and employment skills so individuals can be self-sufficient. This has been a passion of Mallary's since she was young and saw her mother, a prosecutor, working with victims of domestic violence who were attempting to regroup and reshape their lives. Hearing their stories helped her fully appreciate the importance of long-term, full-time employment, which is why she commits her time to ensuring everyone has access to resources that will enable them to succeed.
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.
Keller Williams Realty
Bio coming soon!
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.
Esteban was born in Colorado, and attended Horizon High School. He then received his Bachelors in Global Perspectives and International Business from Johnson and Wales University. Esteban started work at the United States Postal Service with the intentions of becoming a United States Postal Inspector. His plans changed, however, and he became a Union Steward with the National Association of Letter Carriers. Esteban then felt he needed to pursue something that would help the Hispanic community, so he took a position with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver in 2016. When not at work, Esteban loves to hike, swim, camp, hunt, and he owns two dogs. Esteban is an active member of The University Club, Nathan Yip Foundation, and CWEE.
Banking Center Manager
Gina Seeley is a Branch Manager for Great Western Bank. With over fourteen years of banking experience, she currently leads a team of energetic and compassionate team members. Together, they are responsible for day to day operations, customer service, and meeting the needs of the community. Gina’s main focuses are to provide leadership, staff development, and ensuring client satisfaction. Originally from Madison, WI, Gina currently resides in Littleton, CO with her son Remy. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, cooking/baking, and is passionate about investing in her community.
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.
Bio coming soon!
VP - Retail Branch Executive
Bio coming soon!
1175 Osage Street
Denver, CO 80204