Our Staff

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Antonio Mendez  |  Executive Director

Antonio MendezAntonio Mendez has worked in government for almost a decade and most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Lt. Governor Donna Lynne. Antonio was the recipient of a Posse Scholarship and graduated from Colby College with a B.A. in American Studies. After attending Colby, Antonio dedicated himself to public service. He worked as a Teach for America Corps member, a Senior Trainer at the Posse Foundation, a Colorado Legislative Fellow, and an intern in the Obama Administration. In 2014, Antonio graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law with a Juris Doctor and a certificate in International Law. Antonio was selected as a 2018 Aspen Institute Spotlight Health Scholar, a 2018 New American Leaders Fellow, and a 2018 Colorado Change Leader. He lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood with his wife Caitlin and their poodle-schnauzer mix Duke.

Direct: (303) 866-2524  |  antonio.mendez@state.co.us

Paul Brown  |  Deputy Director

Paul BrownPaul Brown is excited to be back living in the Rocky Mountains for the first time since his first AmeriCorps term as a Crew Leader with the Montana Conservation Corps back in 2001. Most recently Paul comes from the Oregon Commission for Voluntary Action & Service (Oregon Volunteers) where he was the AmeriCorps Program Officer.

Paul spent seven years working abroad, initially in Vietnam as a liaison between Vietnamese and American universities helping develop academic programs to train the next class of global leaders. He spent five years in Tanzania, first as a Peace Corps volunteer, then as Program Manager for a USAID-funded nutrition project.

Paul enjoys exploring Colorado's trails and sights with his wife, son, and daughter. In addition to enjoying a microbrew while watching the Red Sox or Marquette basketball, Paul can often be seen on the trail, negotiating traffic on his bike on his way to work, in the kitchen, marveling at his children's newfound skills, or reading.

Direct: (303) 866-2565  |  paul.brown@state.co.us

Tanesha Bell  |  Senior Program Officer

Tanesha BellTanesha Bell joined Serve Colorado in 2014 with extensive experience working in Denver's non-profit sector, the education field, and managing federal grants. She is a product of Denver Public Schools (DPS) and is among the first class of Bill Daniels Scholars, which afforded her the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2004 from Drury University in Springfield, MO.

Tanesha first achieved success as an intern and peer mentor with the Daniels Fund, and later became a founding member of Alliance of Minority Minds and the Community Service Chair on the Student Union Board while at Drury University. Over the course of a decade, she professionally supported middle and high school students under a federally funded college readiness and scholarship program with Colorado GEAR UP, piloted a school-based volunteer program, and managed several transitional housing programs for homeless youth and families with Volunteers of America. Currently, Tanesha takes great pride and care in training staff and monitoring the various AmeriCorps State programs operating to address the diverse needs of communities across Colorado.

Outside of work, Tanesha enjoys taking in a flick or two at movie theaters, watching professional sporting events (preferably live), and dining out at the next best eatery.

Direct: (303) 866-6426  |  tanesha.bell@state.co.us

Luis Linares-Roake  |  Grants and Fiscal Compliance Officer

Luis Linares-RoakeLuis Linares-Roake comes to Serve Colorado with many years of experience working in grants- and program-management. Prior to coming onboard, Luis was a grant compliance analyst with the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. In this role, he worked with a small team to monitor over 300 subrecipients, performing site visits statewide, and providing technical assistance with federal grants.

Before working in state government, Luis was the program manager at Metro Caring. In this position, he testified in front of House and Senate committees to help pass HB 16-1386, a program to cover vulnerable populations' costs of acquiring necessary documents. With this funding, Luis expanded the Colorado ID Project to 32 nonprofit organizations across Colorado, helping over 14,000 individuals obtain identification documents for employment, housing and education in the first year of this grant. Luis has additional project- and grants-management experience working at HandsOn Broward, Knight Foundation, and AARP Foundation.

Luis is a proud AmeriCorps alum and is excited to join Serve Colorado. He looks forward to working closely with community partners statewide to ensure grant and fiscal compliance. Luis and his wife, Julia, enjoy spending time with their two dogs, running the occasional half-marathon, and being outdoors as much as possible.

Direct: (303) 866-2525  |  luis.linares-roake@state.co.us

Sharon Riegsecker  |  Program Officer

Sharon RiegseckerSharon Riegsecker comes to Serve Colorado with many years of experience working in program and federal grants management. As the daughter of an Army veteran, she learned the importance and meaning of service at a young age. This experience led her to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps VISTA Leader, as well as a Commissioner for Serve DC.

Most recently Sharon worked in DC with the American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters. In this role, she oversaw training, compliance, reporting, and the AmeriCorps member and alumni experience for the Auxiliary's CNCS-funded programs. The Auxiliary served as an intermediary organization with AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps National, and September 11 Day of Service grants focused on serving the military and veteran community, placing members and distributing funds in nearly every state. Sharon also worked with volunteers to manage the organization's efforts around grassroots advocacy, Days of Service, military family support, and national preparedness.

Sharon is a lifelong member of the Auxiliary, and she currently is a member of Unit 1 in DC. When not volunteering, Sharon enjoys crafting, making baked goods, and spending time with friends.

Direct: (303) 866-2119  |  sharon.riegsecker@state.co.us

Jackie Rader  |  Program Officer

Jackie RaderJackie Rader comes to Serve Colorado with experience working in nonprofit organizations and state agencies. Prior to coming on board, Jackie worked for the Utah Department of Workforce Services' Refugee Services Office. In her role, she worked with AmeriCorps VISTA members on a multi-site project, worked closely with advisory board members and refugee service providers, and coordinated and managed public events, such as the World Refugee Day Festival.

Before working in state government, Jackie worked in special events in Los Angeles for the Autry National Center of the American West. In this role, she was responsible for coordinating and managing donors, artwork, sponsors, and ticket holders for institutional fundraising events to help support the many programs of the museum.

Jackie is excited to be part of the Serve Colorado team and is looking forward to many outdoor adventures. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring the world, and playing ultimate frisbee.

Direct: (303) 866-6220  |  jacqueline.rader@state.co.us

Danny Fisher  |  Training Officer

Danny FisherDanny Fisher joins Serve Colorado after working in the federal government on emergency management and community resilience. He began his career in public service with a graduate internship with the U.S. Department of Justice's Community Relations Service, providing community-based conflict resolution and dialogue facilitation throughout New York State. Following graduate school, Danny was awarded a Presidential Management Fellowship, during which he worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in national preparedness. He later worked with the White House Council on Environmental Quality during the Obama Administration, where he focused on climate change preparedness and community resilience, including initiatives supporting Resilience AmeriCorps VISTA members.

A certified mediator, Danny graduated with an MS in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University and a BS in Psychology from Oklahoma State University.

Direct: (720) 610-6012  |  danny.fisher@state.co.us

Brian Wegner  |  Administrative Coordinator

[name]Brian Wegner is excited to return to Colorado after serving two terms as an AmeriCorps NCCC Team Leader in the Southwest Region. He recently completed his Master of Public Service degree at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. There, Brian created and implemented educational programming for museums around the state of Arkansas, organized a student service trip to respond after Hurricane Harvey, monitored educational programming at a wildlife conservation in Namibia, and helped the City of Little Rock develop a day labor program for individuals experiencing homelessness.

Brian served as an AmeriCorps State member in Michigan, developing urban gardens for refugee populations in the city while earning his B.S. in Physiology at Michigan State University. After graduating, he spent two years serving with AmeriCorps NCCC in communities across Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Arkansas on veteran wellness, environmental stewardship, and disaster response.

In his free time, Brian enjoys reading, climbing, biking, traveling, and spending time his partner and her cat.

Direct: (720) 610-6011  |  brian.wegner@state.co.us

Paige Onstott  |  MSW Intern

Paige OnstottPaige Onstott moved to Colorado from Michigan to pursue her master's degree in social work. She received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Ferris State University. She chose to pursue her degree outside of Michigan to receive a new and unique learning experience and is pursuing organizational leadership and policy practice through the Graduate School of Social Work at University of Denver.

Paige's prior experience includes working as a childhood development research intern, case management involving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and being involved sustainable development planning at The Mitten Brewing Company in Michigan where she most recently worked as a server before moving to Colorado.

In her spare time, Paige enjoys yoga, hiking, listening to music, and reading. She is excited to experience all of these activities in a new location while getting her degree.

Direct: paige.onstott@state.co.us