Our Staff


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. 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. Antonio 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 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

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, he was a grant compliance analyst with the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. In that role, Luis worked with a small team to monitor over 300 subrecipients, perform site visits statewide, and provide 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 Colorado 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 the grant. Luis has additional project and grants management experience working at HandsOn Broward, Knight Foundation, and AARP Foundation.

Luis is a proud AmeriCorps alum. 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 holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Rollins College. She is a lifelong member of the American Legion Auxiliary. 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 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 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 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

[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 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 enjoys reading, climbing, biking, traveling, and spending time with his partner and her cat.

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