Our Staff


2017 Our Work.pngAntonio Mendez - Executive Director
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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

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Paul is excited to join Serve Colorado 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 had been the AmeriCorps Program Officer since January, 2016. 

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 that worked with small-scale food processors fortifying the country’s staple foods to boost children's nutrition status.

Paul is excited to jump in with both feet with his wife and 1-year old son to explore Colorado! In addition to enjoying a microbrew while watching the Red Sox or Vikings, Paul can often be seen on the trail, negotiating traffic on his bike on his way to work, in the kitchen, marveling at his son's newfound skills, and reading.

 Direct: (303) 866-2565


Tanesha Bell - AmeriCorps Program Officer
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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


Jamie Giacomini - AmeriCorps Program Officer

JM-76 (1).jpgJamie comes to Serve Colorado from the sunny state of Florida. Passionate about volunteerism and building strong communities, Jamie has served in state government, international development and nonprofit sectors for over nine years. Jamie has a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from Florida State University. Jamie's passion for volunteering took her to Suriname, South America where she served as a Community Economic Development Volunteer with the Peace Corps in a rural community deep in the Amazon Rainforest for two years. After completing her service, Jamie accepted a position with as an AmeriCorps Program Manager with the state commission in Florida. As a program manager, Jamie has supported numerous AmeriCorps programs in strengthening their data systems, performance tracking, and member management practices. Jamie enjoys helping out on her family's cattle ranch and is excited to serve and explore Colorado with her husband.

Direct: (303) 866-6220


Nellie Stagg - AmeriCorps Program Officer

Nellie HeadshotAfter graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut, Nellie came to Colorado to serve with AmeriCorps NCCC in the Southwest Region. After two years of service in the field and in the Denver office, Nellie joined the Serve Colorado team as a Program Officer working to strengthen programs across the state. She specializes in data and impact messaging, working to better tell the story of National Service in Colorado. Stagg’s previous experience is in international sustainable development and human rights. She is passionate about reliable data, good design, innovation, and collaboration.


Direct: (303) 866-2119