Governor's Commission on Community Service
Serve Colorado builds a culture of civic engagement across the state in partnership with a vast array of community based organizations. Housed in the Office of Lt. Governor Donna Lynne, the program is closely aligned with efforts to increase access to education and improve student outcomes. The commission guides our work in three distinct programs: AmeriCorps Colorado, the state agency of the national domestic service program; Colorado Reads, the state's early literacy initiative; and Days of Service to promote volunteerism.
Along with these three programs, Serve Colorado hosts and participates in a number of events such as the Governor's Service Awards, the AmeriCorps Opening Day Ceremony, retreats for AmeriCorps members, various literacy events and more.
Ryan Hanschen - Chair
Ryan currently serves as Program Coordinator with the University of Denver Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning.
A two-term AmeriCorps VISTA Alum, he has also served as Program & Development Coordinator with the PeaceJam Foundation and Colorado Area Coordinator with Amnesty International. Ryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Organizations & Leadership: Strategic Innovation & Change, both earned from the University of Denver. He grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and loves to play in Colorado’s wilderness areas, devour novels, and grow food and flowers with his wife and two sons.
Maria Fabula - Vice-Chair
Maria Fabula brings more than 18 years of experience in nonprofit management, fund development and volunteer engagement. With an extensive experience delivering training and consulting services to increase nonprofit capacity, Maria has spent a majority of her career connecting government resources, nonprofit organizations and business to improve community. Maria’s style is collaborative, inclusive and results-oriented.
Maria earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego’s Revelle College. Her work experience includes leadership positions with the Nonprofit Support Center, the Junior Statesmen Foundation and the California State Senate. In 2014, Maria was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, which recommends to the governor a comprehensive national and community service plan for the state that is developed through an open and public process and updated annually Maria resides in Castle Rock with her husband and three sons.
Floyd Cobb, Ph.D
Floyd Cobb, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning at the Colorado Department of Education. There he oversees the offices of Literacy, Standards and Instructional Support, Early Learning and School Readiness and Learning Supports. In addition to the aforementioned responsibilities, Floyd is a member of Education Commissioners Cabinet and co-leads the implementation of the department’s strategic plan.
Floyd also an adjunct faculty member with the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. In 2017, he was awarded the Ruth Murray Underhill Teaching Award, which is given annually to one adjunct faculty member for excellence in teaching at the University of Denver. Floyd proud graduate of Howard University where he earned his Bachelor’s degrees in History and Spanish. He also holds a Master’s degree from The George Washington University and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Denver. Floyd and his wife Jennifer are the proud parents of two.
Ian Cowan first came to Colorado as an AmeriCorps NCCC member in 2010. After earning a degree in Environmental Management from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs in his hometown of Bloomington, Ind. Ian moved back to Colorado to pursue a career in nonprofits. He started with a second year as an AmeriCorps member with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver and currently works as a Construction Technician with Brothers Redevelopment Inc, completing home renovations focused on safety and accessibility for low-income seniors and people with disabilities. He is passionate about affordable housing, environmental stewardship, and fly-fishing.
Marc has been a resident of Colorado since 1996. He has worked in mining, financial planning, higher education, and now County government. Marc was elected as Teller County Commissioner in 2012. He is an honors graduate from Regis University with an MBA in Operations Management and holds a magna cum laude bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in Communications/Political Science. Further, he is a 2014 Leadership Program of the Rockies (LPR) graduate. Marc believes in active, positive, and principled leadership.
Over the years Marc has engaged in various civic and volunteer activities in the community and across the State. Under Colorado Governor Bill Owens, Marc was a Governor appointee for the Colorado Emergency Planning Commission and the Colorado Workforce Development Council. Currently, he serves on the board for the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP), Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG – alternate board member), Teller County Board of Health, Teller County Board of Social Services, Gold Belt Tour Scenic Byways, Action 22, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Pikes Peak Region, and participates in Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) steering committees during the legislative session. Since 2014, Marc has been a member of the Governor’s Commission on Community Service. In 2015, he will begin serving as a member of the State’s Emergency Fire Fund (EFF) Committee.
Mickey is Co-Founder & President of Education Funding Partners, connecting leading consumer brands with public school districts nationwide to support STEM, health and wellness, athletics, arts, and other student achievement programs in public schools. He previously served as President of Outward Bound Wilderness and Chief Operating Officer of Outward Bound USA. An honors graduate of UNCG, Mickey earned an MBA at Harvard Business School. A social entrepreneur, his career has spanned Fortune 100 companies, dot.com startups and turnarounds, major nonprofits, and social enterprises and benefit corporations. Mickey lives in Golden and is the proud father of three children, 24, 14, and 12.
Summer arms organizations with the knowledge and capabilities they need to transition their vision from concept to execution, examine their strategy and sustain their growth. A former CPA, Summer has founded and launched a nonprofit organization, served as the “state” Secretary of Labor for Washington, DC, and coached C-level executives. Summer worked with the Corporation for National and Community Service in 2010 to help develop its five-year strategic plan. She also ran the Colorado statewide office for a national nonprofit for two years, during which she employed multiple AmeriCorps and VISTA members. Summer has experience in planning, organizing and implementing multiple projects and programs with diverse and competing demands to ensure that they operate effectively. She is often seen as a convener and has been able to secure the support and cooperation of various stakeholders on a myriad of projects.
From Ohio originally but considers Colorado home, Sarah grew up with a passion for social justice which lead her to a degree in social work. While doing social work she was exposed to the delightful world of politics and policy. She hit her stride working as an advocate for the under represented. This lead to her work for the middle class and unions. She currently is the Executive Director for the American Federation of Teachers in Colorado.
Kate Kalstein has devoted her entire career to strengthening nonprofit organizations through leadership, advocacy and the law to enable them to focus on progress. An attorney with more than 10 years professional experience, Kate is Principal and Founder of Kate Kalstein Consulting and provides governance and planning support to nonprofit organizations. Prior to launching her practice in 2009, Kate served as Legislative Counsel to the California Judges Association and Director of Policy and Planning at the Edgewood Center for Children and Families in San Francisco. She received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Kate studied Political Science and Music at Texas Christian University before joining the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps and serving as a Team Leader in the southeastern region. Kate is an active member of the Consultants' Leadership Forum sponsored by The Denver Foundation and CausePlanet and a mentor with the CityYear Denver Women's Leadership Initiative. Kate is proud to have worked with dozens of nonprofit boards and numerous nonprofit organizations to strengthen communities across the country.
Denise King is Program Director for the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation. She manages Leadership Denver, Impact Denver, Access Denver and facilitates the work of the Colorado Leadership Alliance, a partnership of leadership programs at twelve Colorado public and private colleges and universities. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was Director, National Administration at TIAA-CREF. In this position she launched a new division to provide operations support to 56 offices across the United States. Previously, she held management positions in Finance, Facilities, and Human Resources.
Denise received her BA from the State University of New York at Oswego, her MS in Adult Education from Fordham University and holds a certificate in Training and Development from New York University. She is a graduate of the Leadership Denver Class of 2003 and the CBCA Leadership Arts Class of 2002. Denise has served the community as a United Way Loaned Executive, Advisory Board member of Transit Alliance and co-chaired the 2004 Women's Vision Foundation Success Forum. She is a Colorado Master Gardener and currently sits on the national board of the Association of Leadership Programs. Denise and her husband, Tom, live in Highlands Ranch with their two daughters, Emily and Megan.
Before moving to Colorado, David served as the Executive Director for a state commission in the southeastern US for 8 ½ years. He also served in various national leadership positions for National Service, including Co-Chair for Voices for National Service and Chair for Public Policy with America’s Service Commissions. In these capacities David helped to lead bipartisan national efforts to overcome threats to AmeriCorps and National Service, including several years of proposed defunding. Here in Colorado, David serves as Executive Director for Bluff Lake Nature Center in NE Denver. In this capacity he has returned to his “early career roots,” having built and run a youth camp and then coordinated environmental education and volunteer programming as a Federal Park Ranger, early in his career. On weekends David and his wife, Michelle, can most likely be found on a Colorado mountain trail.
Monica joined Seniors’ Resource Center as its President & CEO in July 2017. She brings more than 25 years of experience in leadership, management, strategic planning, program development, financial management and program evaluation within the nonprofit and public sectors across the country, including spending significant time on the East Coast and in New Orleans before making Denver her home. She has served in executive leadership roles within county government departments, nonprofit human service organizations and nonprofit capacity building organizations, spending over 15 years as a nonprofit President & CEO/Executive Director. She earned a Master’s degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University a few years after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from St. Catherine University. She has taught master’s level courses in leadership and governance as an affiliate faculty member for Regis University’s Master in Nonprofit Management program. As President & CEO of SRC, Monica provides leadership to SRC’s 260 employees and manages its $10.3 million budget. Monica has served a number of boards and committees throughout her career including advisory boards at Bergen Community College in New Jersey and the University of New Orleans’ International Project for Nonprofit Leadership.
Carol Schneider is the Community Partnership Program Manager with Denver Public Schools, Department of Extended Learning. Hailing from New Hampshire, Carol made her way to Colorado years ago to serve as a Team Leader in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). After completing her two service terms with AmeriCorps NCCC, Carol worked for the City and County of Denver, Department of Human Services as a Program Administrator where she managed a youth development AmeriCorps State grant. Carol loves the outdoors, biking, crafting and cooking.
Amy Sovocool started with Conservation Legacy in 2003 as a crew leader. Since then she has held a variety of positions including Program Director, Director of Operations and Executive Director of Inter-Regional Initiatives. Amy has helped the organization grow and has been integral in the development of the Ancestral Lands and Veteran Fire Corps programming. She also supported the growth of the Environmental Stewards program, serving as the director of that program for two years. Working closely with staff in TN and VA, she has helped oversee the growth of emerging corps programs in these areas. She has also been heavily involved in national service initiatives, supporting the growth of AmeriCorps programming. Amy currently sits on the Governor’s Commission on Community Service and coaching youth hockey. She spends her free time outside, exploring with her husband and son.
Dan Dunlap - Ex-Officio
Dan Dunlap began serving as the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Colorado State Program Director in April, 2013. After serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member, Leader and Supervisor in Oklahoma City, Dan was a Learn and Serve America coordinator for the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Dan then worked as a CNCS State Program Specialist for twelve years in the Oklahoma, Colorado, and Texas offices. Dan is the father of two daughters and married to an AmeriCorps alum. He is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.