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Executive Team

Brigid McRaith, Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, Brigid is responsible for the overall leadership, management, and strategic direction of Mile High Youth Corps. She works closely with senior staff members and the board of directors to provide the vision for the Corps and acts collaboratively with staff and diverse community partners to fulfill the mission of the organization. Brigid is a native of Chicago and a Colorado College graduate. She has extensive experience working with the Spanish-speaking community, building strong staff teams and has over 15 years of experience in building strong youth development programs. Prior to being named CEO, Brigid served for 10 years as MHYC's Regional Director: Metro Denver. In 2010, she was awarded the Supervisor of the Year from the Colorado Juvenile Council and in 2011 was a Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Denver participant. 

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Aimee Liotino, Regional Director: Southern Front Range

As the Regional Director of the Southern Front Rage site, Aimee Liotino is responsible for the oversight of the daily operations to include staff leadership and development, community and donor relations, program management, and project coordination. This site, located in Colorado Springs, covers a seven-county region along the southern Front Range. Prior to joining the MHYC team, Aimee was with Pikes Peak United Way for over 5 years. Her role included community building, recruitment and development, project management, and employee training. She has over 15 years of professional experience ranging from serving in the Army as a Water Purification Specialist to serving her community with Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity as its volunteer manager. Aimee serves on the steering committee for the Women’s Community Leadership Initiative through Leadership Pikes Peak where she helps to empower women of modest income to find their true leadership potential through educational sessions and the completion of a community project. Aimee has also served on both the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest Fire Emergency Relief funds allocation committees. Aimee earned a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Plattsburgh State University in 1998. In 2010, she received her Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA) and in 2013 she earned her Master’s degree in Organizational Development and Leadership through the University of the Rockies.

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Kevin Haney, Director of Finance & Operations

Kevin manages all accounting, finance and operation activities of the organization. This includes daily accounting functions, grant management, budgeting, cost control, contract review, information technology support, building maintenance and human resources.  Kevin joined MHYC in 2008 and has over 20 years of experience in large and small for-profit entities.  Kevin earned both his BBA in Accounting and his Juris Doctor from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Energy & Water

Nick Brattin, Program Manager, Energy & Water Conservation

As Program Manager for the Energy & Water Conservation program, Nick oversees the implementation of projects in the field and Corpsmember programming components. He also supports the recruitment and hiring of all Energy & Water Corpsmembers. He oversees the development, implementation and continuous improvement of the Energy & Water Conservation program. Before joining Mile High Youth Corps, Nick owned and operated Brattin Construction for two of his five years in the construction field. He has previously worked with youth through summer camps and church youth groups. Nick earned his BS in Youth Ministry from Moody Bible Institute in 2005 and is currently pursuing an MA in Counseling through Denver Seminary.

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Sam Vasquez, Project Coordinator: Energy & Water Conservation

As the Project Coordinator for Mile High Youth Corps' Conservation services, Sam is responsible for coordination of the Energy & Water Conservation programs. These responsibilities include contracting, projecting, training, reporting and quality control. Sam was born in Denver, Colorado and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 2008.  He attended Metro State University of Denver with a focus in Business. Sam has worked in five positions with Mile High Youth Corps, starting in 2010 as the Administrative Assistant. In 2011, he became the Operations Alumni Mentor for the Energy Conservation program. During that year he received the Corpsmember of the Year award, and a certification from the Building Performance Institute for Weatherization Services in residential homes (Whole House Air Leakage Control Installer). In 2012, he was promoted to Project Specialist of the Energy & Water Conservation programs. In 2014, he was promoted to Project Supervisor of Energy Conservation. Recently in 2015, Sam received another promotion to Project Coordinator of Energy & Water conservation. Prior to working with Mile High Youth Corps, Sam worked in the sales and customer service industry for many years.

 

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Tim Verni-Lau, Client Intake Specialist

Tim is responsible for managing the intake process for the Energy & Water program and supporting Corpsmembers working in the intake office. This office schedules daily appointments and reaches out to the community to make them aware of and sign them up for MHYC’s free conservation services. Prior to Mile High Youth Corps, Tim was a Corpsmember and Team Leader with Americorps N.C.C.C. He has also held positions at Young Americans For Financial Education, Children’s Museum of Denver and Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Tim was a member of Brethren Volunteer Service for two years, living off of $60.00 a month in Atlanta and Washington D.C. Tim earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Film at Columbia of Chicago.

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Land Conservation

Tom Dillow, Senior Program Manager: Conservation

Tom manages the Summer of Service, Fall Forestry, and Leadership and Conservation programs.  In addition, he oversees educational and training activities for MHYC Corpsmembers, as well as professional development opportunities for staff members. Tom has over 18 years of experience working with young adults in a variety of settings, including five years as a GED Instructor at MHYC, counseling at an orphanage, and teaching high school and GED classes to male adolescents in residential drug/alcohol treatment at the Denver Synergy School for 5 ½ years. Tom received his BA from The Ohio State University in History and is an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps alumnus.

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Jesse Roehm, Project Manager: Land Conservation

As Project Manager for our Land Conservation Program, Jesse is responsible for obtaining contracts and maintaining strong relationships with local, state and federal land management agencies. Jesse oversees and provides direct support to crew leaders and ensures safe, high quality completion of land projects. Jesse previously served two full terms as an AmeriCorps Leadership and Conservation Corpsmember and Alumni Mentor at MHYC. He was honored as the Corps Network’s National Corpsmember of the Year in 2013. Jesse earned his B.A. in Sociology and International Studies from Indiana University in 2010.

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Diane Delano, Project Coordinator: Land Conservation - Southern Front Range

Diane's duties include coordinating crews, hiring Corpsmembers, ensuring Corpsmembers have adequate inventories and supplies, and facilitating field crew trainings. She obtains and manages new projects by developing relationships with governments, public land agencies and nonprofit organizations, and conducting site visits. Diane grew up in California and Colorado and has always enjoyed the outdoors. She attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins and received her Bachelor of Science in Forestry with a concentration in Forest Biology and minors in Conservation Biology and Botany in 2009. After graduating college, she moved to Colorado Springs and began working for the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in the zoo’s education department. Wanting to pursue her interests in forestry, she left the zoo in 2013 and worked as a wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service in Boulder, CO. She then went to the University of Northern Colorado to receive her Master of Arts in Teaching degree in August 2015. She has been a crew leader for Mile High Youth Corps for three seasons, beginning in the summer of 2014. She loves riding her bike and camping with her family.

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YouthBuild

Amber Palmeri, Program Manager: YouthBuild

Amber is responsible for oversight of the YouthBuild Program, including providing a link between the job site and the classroom, curriculum development, grants management and general program enhancement. She has a strong commitment to community service, having dedicated three full years to volunteering, both domestically (Urban Servant Corps) and internationally (Peace Corps: St. Lucia, Eastern Caribbean). Prior to MHYC, Amber spent 12 years working with organizations providing leadership development and educational programming to support low-income and under-advantaged youth in developing the skills they need to become self-sufficient contributors to their communities. Her experiences include direct service, human resources, data management, volunteer management and program management. She received a Master in Public Administration from University of Colorado Denver and a BA in Psychology from Midland University.

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Xavier Jennings, Program Coordinator: Leadership Development

As Program Coordinator: Leadership Development for YouthBuild, Xavier is responsible for providing support, training, and leadership development to MHYC Corpsmembers. He works closely with other staff to develop and implement leadership trainings within each program and oversees the agency’s Leadership Council. Xavier has been with the agency since 2008 when he graduated from MHYC’s YouthBuild program. He then served as the YouthBuild Alumni Mentor until being promoted to staff in 2010. In his current position, Xavier contributed to the development of and new partnership with RiseUp Community School (RCS), works closely with YouthBuild staff and Corpsmembers, and teaches a leadership development class at (RCS) called LEAD. He is a current member of YouthBuild USA’s National Alumni Council (NAC) and Community College of Denver graduate.

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Katie Davis, YouthBuild VISTA

As YouthBuild VISTA, Katie is responsible for updating and revising curricula for the YouthBuild program and creating new curricula when needed, developing and enhancing youth leadership through the MYHC Leadership Council, building service learning opportunities for students, and developing sustainable models for community outreach. She received a BS in Communications from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2015. Prior to coming to MHYC, Katie worked at an environmental non-profit for one year and spent five years volunteering in a low income elementary school.
 

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College & Career

Jason Vaughn, Program Coordinator: College & Careers

As the Program Coordinator: College and Careers, Jason serves as the Corpsmembers primary resource regarding their careers or next steps. He is responsible for providing career readiness training, job placement, career coaching and mentoring. Jason also assist participants with setting and meeting their goals, building successful relationships and ensuring team cohesion. Jason has 14 years of experience providing case management to youth at detention centers, court systems and other non-profit organizations. He earned his BA in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from the University of Hawaii. Jason is a native of Denver and attended Montbello High School.  

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Noreen Ahmed, Case Manager: College and Transitions

Noreen is responsible for assisting Corpsmembers with their post-secondary education plans. She supports them through the process of applying for college, apprenticeships or vocational programs; applying for financial aid and scholarships; registering for classes; and engaging in prosocial support programs. After receiving her B.S. at Boston University in public relations, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa. She has also worked for nonprofits in Washington DC, Baltimore and Denver, including two years as a YouthBuild AmeriCorps VISTA at MHYC.

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Monica Acosta, Case Manager: Resources

As the Case Manager: Resources, Monica is responsible for connecting Corpsmembers to resources and support services relevant to housing, childcare and substance abuse. In addition, she is responsible for developing and facilitating career readiness trainings, life skill classes and mentoring. Monica previously worked for the Los Angeles Conservation Corps as a Crew Supervisor and Project Coordinator. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy with minors in Botany and Regenerative Studies. Monica also volunteers as mentor for Colorado Youth At-Risk.

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Development & Marketing

Tory Pearson, Annual Giving & Events Coordinator

As the Annual Giving & Events Coordinator, Tory is responsible for developing and managing relationships with MHYC donors, overseeing MHYC special events, and managing the organization’s marketing, community relations and social media outreach. Prior to joining MHYC, Tory worked at Mile High United Way and managed corporate relations for the City of Lakewood’s Department of Community Resources. She also served a year in the Urban Education Corps as a literacy tutor. Tory earned a Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University and has a BA in Journalism from Metropolitan State University of Denver.

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Austin Scott, Donor Relations Officer--Grants

As the Donor Relations Officer--Grants, Austin is responsible for researching and obtaining funding from foundations and corporations. Austin communicates with funders to explore their philanthropic priorities, drafts grant proposals to highlight MHYC program accomplishments, and writes reports on the funds the agency receives. Before coming to MHYC, Austin worked as a development assistant at a nonprofit focused on early childhood education. He has also worked as a web content developer. He received his BA in English and Gender Studies from the University of Denver. Austin received his MA from the University of Sussex.

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Finance & Operations

Andryn Arithson, Senior Finance Manager

As Senior Finance Manager, Andryn develops and implements budgets for grants and contract, monitors actuals and maintains the Year End estimates. Prior to coming to MHYC, Andryn was a Budget Analyst for the College of Arts and Sciences at CU Boulder for 2 years.  In 2011, she worked as the Interim Marketing Coordinator for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival during the summer and was a bookkeeper for the nonprofit organization FLIC (Food, Libations and Independent Cinema). Between undergraduate and graduate school, she was an accountant at Crocs, Inc for 3 years. Andryn received her BA in Humanities with an emphasis in Art History and Spanish and Minor in Business at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2005. In 2013, she received her MBA from Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado Boulder as well as a MA in Theatre from University of Colorado Boulder. While earning her masters in theatre, Andryn worked with many undergraduate students as a teacher, production manager, fellow performer and director and is passionate about the potential of young people in the community.

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Chuck Dolbow, Operations Coordinator

As the Operations Coordinator, Chuck is responsible for the daily oversight of operational logistics, including information technology systems, inventory, facilities and fleet management. Chuck has extensive youth development and construction experience. He was in the building industry for ten years as a carpenter and project manager and has spent the majority of his career working with high school students as a youth pastor. Chuck received his BA from Colorado Christian University in Denver.

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Theresa Khong, Accountant

As Accountant, Theresa’s main responsibilities include payroll at Mile High Youth Corps, as well as managing the billing of the state-wide AmeriCorps grant and City of Denver grants. Theresa has a background in nonprofit accounting and worked as an Accountant III at the Eating Disorder Center of Denver prior to coming to MHYC in 2010. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Computer Information Systems from the University of Colorado in May 1998 and is working on her Master in Accounting. She has over 12 years experience and strong skills in all accounting procedures. Theresa is also fluent in Vietnamese.

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Programs

Kyle Kline, Program Coordinator: Outreach and Education

As the Program Coordinator for Outreach and Education, Kyle is responsible for managing educational and training activities for MHYC Corpsmembers as well as coordinating professional development opportunities for staff members.  He also oversees all Corpsmember recruitment. Before entering his current role, Kyle was a crew leader for the Energy & Water program.  In addition, he completed two terms of service; one as an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps member in Vicksburg, MS, and one as a Student Conservation Association Green Cities Fellow in Pittsburgh, PA. Kyle received his BS in Chemistry from Slippery Rock University and his MA in Higher Education from the University of Denver.

 

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Heather Hurd, Program Coordinator: Grants and Compliance

As the Program Coordinator for Grants and Compliance, Heather is responsible for ensuring AmeriCorps grant compliance.  Before moving into this position, Heather was the part-time Data Associate for the YouthBuild Program here at MHYC and a part-time Case Manager at Family Tree’s Homelessness Programs.  In addition, she served two years in AmeriCorps NCCC as a Corpsmember and Team Leader at the Denver Campus.  Heather earned her Associate’s Degree in Human Services from Corning Community College in 2004 and her BA in Hospitality Management from Metro State University of Denver in 2010.

 

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