Antonio Mendez - Executive Director
Antonio has worked in government for almost a decade and most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne. Antonio was the fortunate recipient of a Posse Scholarship and graduated from Colby College with a B.A. in American Studies. After Colby, Antonio dedicated himself to public service. He worked as 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. That summer, Antonio joined the Hickenlooper for Colorado campaign. Antonio and his wife, Caitlin, live in the Capitol Hill neighborhood with Duke, their poodle-terrier mix.
Direct: (303) 866-2524
Paul Brown - Deputy Director
Paul is excited to be part of the Serve Colorado team as its Deputy Director, moving back to 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 is excited to explore 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 childrens’ newfound skills, and reading.
Direct: (303) 866-2565
Tanesha Bell - Senior Program Officer
Tanesha has extensive experience working in in Denver's non-profit sector, the education world, and managing federal grants. She grew up in Denver and is a product of Denver Public Schools. She was awarded the Bill Daniels full education scholarship in the first class of scholars selected in 2000. Four years later she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drury University in Springfield, MO. Tanesha began a career with Colorado GEAR UP, a federally-funded college prep and scholarship program serving 7th-12th graders in NE Denver as a Site Coordinator for three years. In 2007, she started with Volunteers of America Colorado Branch as Project Manager to embark on a school-based volunteer pilot program called Community Connect, based at Manual High School. In 2011, she transitioned into managing the Community Housing and Youth Transitions Program, a supportive housing program aimed at supporting homeless youth and families to achieve self-sufficiency.
Direct: (303) 866-6426
Luis Linares-Roake - Grants and Fiscal Compliance Officer
Luis 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
Sharon 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 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
Jackie Rader - Program Officer
Jackie comes to Serve Colorado with experience working in non-profit 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, as well as coordinating and managing 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