Our Staff

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Antonio Mendez  |  Executive Director

Antonio MendezAntonio has worked in government for almost a decade and most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff to then-Lt. Governor Donna Lynne. He was the recipient of a Posse Scholarship and graduated from Colby College with a bachelor's degree 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. He was selected as a 2018 Aspen Institute Spotlight Health Scholar, a 2018 New American Leaders Fellow, and a 2018 Colorado Change Leader. Most recently, Antonio was selected as a board member and the Public Policy Chair for America's Service Commissions. 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 is excited to be back in the Rocky Mountain region since his first exposure as an AmeriCorps Crew Leader with the Montana Conservation Corps in 2001. He most recently 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, he 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

Justin Nyetrae  |  Program Officer

Justin NyetraeJustin comes to Serve Colorado with experience working with nonprofit organizations. He served as an AmeriCorps member in Arizona through Arizona Serve with U.S.VETS-Prescott. After two years of AmeriCorps service, Justin became the Workforce Development Coordinator for U.S.VETS-Phoenix facilitating a Department of Labor grant as part of the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. In this role, he worked to alleviate the barriers that veterans experiencing homelessness face when searching for employment. Justin graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science from Arizona State University. An Arizona native, he is excited for new adventures exploring the Colorado outdoors and all the great restaurants the region has to offer. Justin is an Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns fanatic, enjoys playing all sorts of sports and games, likes to volunteer, and loves to spend time with friends and family.

Direct: (303) 866-6426  |  justin.nyetrae@state.co.us

Jackie Rader  |  Program Officer

Jackie RaderJackie comes to Serve Colorado with experience working in nonprofit organizations and state agencies. Prior to coming onboard, 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 holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Califonia, Santa Cruz. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring the world, and playing ultimate frisbee.

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

Emily Worm  |  Program Officer

Emily WormEmily joins Serve Colorado with experience in a variety of nonprofits. She began her career serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps State member with a youth mentoring program in rural Maine. Emily’s service inspired her to work with nonprofits to improve the community, including running youth programming at a library, managing a RSVP program, and directing a produce rescue program. She holds a master’s degree in business administration focusing on nonprofits from Brandeis University and a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

When not at the office, you can find Emily knitting, cooking, and exploring Colorado with her dog, Sly.

Direct: (303) 866-2119  |  emily.worm@state.co.us

Danny Fisher  |  Training Officer

Danny FisherDanny 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 a master's degree in negotiation and conflict resolution from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Oklahoma State University.

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

Brian Wegner  |  Administrative Coordinator

Brian WegnerBrian is excited to return to Colorado after serving two terms as an AmeriCorps NCCC Team Leader in the Southwest Region. He earned 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. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Bike&Build, a national nonprofit that organizes cross-country cycling trips to raise money and advocate for affordable housing.

Brian served as an AmeriCorps member in Michigan, developing urban gardens for refugee populations in the city while earning his bachelor's degree 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 serves as a volunteer crew leader for Flatirons Habitat for Humanity. He also enjoys reading, climbing, biking, traveling, and spending time with his partner and her cat.

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

Kevin Sheffler  |  MSW Intern

Kevin SchefflerKevin hails from Port Washington, New York and is in his second year of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at the University of Denver. Kevin is a national service alum, having served in AmeriCorps NCCC in the North Central Region in 2011 and Peace Corps Mongolia from 2016 to 2018. He has experience working with youth in the JET Program, Boys & Girls Club, and Vacamas Programs for Youth. Kevin has a bachelor's degree in sociology from Buffalo State College. He enjoys cycling, karaoke, frequenting Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, reading before bedtime, dining on sushi, playing with dogs, and traveling the world.

Direct: servecolorado@state.co.us