Serve Colorado Commission Roster
|Commission Meetings and Announcements|
|October Meeting and Retreat, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Museum of Nature and Science, Harry T. Lewis Community Room,
2001 Colorado Blvd, CO 80205.
|October 13, 2017|
Ryan Hanschen - Chair
Ryan currently serves as Program Coordinator with the University of Denver Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning. A two-term AmeriCorps VISTA Alum, he has also served as Program & Development Coordinator with the PeaceJam Foundation and Colorado Area Coordinator with Amnesty International. Ryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Organizations & Leadership: Strategic Innovation & Change, both earned from the University of Denver. He grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and loves to play in Colorado’s wilderness areas, devour novels, and grow food and flowers with his wife and two sons.
Maria Fabula - Vice-Chair
Maria Fabula brings more than 18 years of experience in nonprofit management, fund development and volunteer engagement. With an extensive experience delivering training and consulting services to increase nonprofit capacity, Maria has spent a majority of her career connecting government resources, nonprofit organizations and business to improve community. Maria’s style is collaborative, inclusive and results-oriented.
Maria earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego’s Revelle College. Her work experience includes leadership positions with the Nonprofit Support Center, the Junior Statesmen Foundation and the California State Senate. In 2014, Maria was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, which recommends to the governor a comprehensive national and community service plan for the state that is developed through an open and public process and updated annually Maria resides in Castle Rock with her husband and three sons.
Debora Smith was a Tax Partner with Deloitte for more than 10 years and retired after 24 years of providing business advisory services to multinational corporations specializing in corporate taxation and accounting for income taxes. Following retirement from Deloitte, Deb has provided consulting services to several clients, which primarily relate to overall business and financial management of specified projects. She also serves as Board Member of Mile High United Way, Colorado Uplift, Donor Alliance and ENDOW. Deb and her husband Steve have three children ages 21, 19 and 15, and own and operate a Christ-Centered gym in Highlands Ranch, CrossFit Divine Mercy Fitness.
Marc has been a resident of Colorado since 1996. He has worked in mining, financial planning, higher education, and now County government. Marc was elected as Teller County Commissioner in 2012. He is an honors graduate from Regis University with an MBA in Operations Management and holds a magna cum laude bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in Communications/Political Science. Further, he is a 2014 Leadership Program of the Rockies (LPR) graduate. Marc believes in active, positive, and principled leadership.
Over the years Marc has engaged in various civic and volunteer activities in the community and across the State. Under Colorado Governor Bill Owens, Marc was a Governor appointee for the Colorado Emergency Planning Commission and the Colorado Workforce Development Council. Currently, he serves on the board for the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP), Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG – alternate board member), Teller County Board of Health, Teller County Board of Social Services, Gold Belt Tour Scenic Byways, Action 22, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Pikes Peak Region, and participates in Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) steering committees during the legislative session. Since 2014, Marc has been a member of the Governor’s Commission on Community Service. In 2015, he will begin serving as a member of the State’s Emergency Fire Fund (EFF) Committee.
Alisa (Frank) Dorman oversees the Office of Literacy at the Colorado Department of Education. She began serving as Executive Director in September 2014. In her current role, she leads the state’s early reading initiative along with several special projects related to early learning. She is a member of the Education Commissioner’s Cabinet and co-leads the implementation of the department’s strategic plan.
Dan Dunlap - Ex-Officio
Dan Dunlap began serving as the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Colorado State Program Director in April, 2013. After serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member, Leader and Supervisor in Oklahoma City, Dan was a Learn and Serve America coordinator for the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Dan then worked as a CNCS State Program Specialist for twelve years in the Oklahoma, Colorado, and Texas offices. Dan is the father of two daughters and married to an AmeriCorps alum. He is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.
Amy Sovocool started with Conservation Legacy in 2003 as a crew leader. Since then she has held a variety of positions including Program Director, Director of Operations and Executive Director of Inter-Regional Initiatives. Amy has helped the organization grow and has been integral in the development of the Ancestral Lands and Veteran Fire Corps programming. She also supported the growth of the Environmental Stewards program, serving as the director of that program for two years. Working closely with staff in TN and VA, she has helped oversee the growth of emerging corps programs in these areas. She has also been heavily involved in national service initiatives, supporting the growth of AmeriCorps programming. Amy currently sits on the Governor’s Commission on Community Service and coaching youth hockey. She spends her free time outside, exploring with her husband and son.
Summer arms organizations with the knowledge and capabilities they need to transition their vision from concept to execution, examine their strategy and sustain their growth. A former CPA, Summer has founded and launched a nonprofit organization, served as the “state” Secretary of Labor for Washington, DC, and coached C-level executives. Summer worked with the Corporation for National and Community Service in 2010 to help develop its five-year strategic plan. She also ran the Colorado statewide office for a national nonprofit for two years, during which she employed multiple AmeriCorps and VISTA members. Summer has experience in planning, organizing and implementing multiple projects and programs with diverse and competing demands to ensure that they operate effectively. She is often seen as a convener and has been able to secure the support and cooperation of various stakeholders on a myriad of projects.
Fred Jarman holds a B.A. in Political Science from Emory & Henry College in Virginia, a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon, and is currently completing a MBA from Colorado State University. He was awarded his membership in the Institute of Certified Planners in 2003 and is a member of the American Planning Association. Fred began his volunteer community development work in Central and West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer and consultant to the United Nations Children’s Fund (1993 to 1997) developing and implementing sustainable potable water systems. Returning to the US in 1997, Fred became an AmeriCorps volunteer in the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) program administered through the University of Oregon's Community Service Center. After coming to Colorado, he worked as a land use planner for the City of Aspen, CO and co-managed Aspen’s first Neighborhood Character Area Plan. He has worked for Garfield County since 2002, serving as the Director of the Garfield County Community Development Department since 2006 and now Deputy County Manager. In this role, he provides economic development, energy, land use, environmental and federal land policy development and guidance to the Garfield County Board of County Commissioners and citizens of Garfield County.
Steven Trujillo, a Pueblo native, holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in general studies from Pueblo Community College, a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University-Pueblo. Prior to working for the Latino Chamber, Steven served as the Early College Liaison & Marketing, Recruitment, and Retention Coordinator for Cesar Chavez Academy and Dolores Huerta Preparatory High School, was a member of the Presidents leadership Program at CSU-Pueblo, and served on the Scholars Board for the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation. He currently serves on the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, the President’s Leadership Program Advisory Board, Pueblo Community College CETD Advisory Board, and the Colorado Technical University Surgical Technology Program Advisory Committee.
From Ohio originally but considers Colorado home, Sarah grew up with a passion for social justice which lead her to a degree in social work. While doing social work she was exposed to the delightful world of politics and policy. She hit her stride working as an advocate for the under represented. This lead to her work for the middle class and unions. She currently is the Executive Director for the American Federation of Teachers in Colorado.
Kate Kalstein has devoted her entire career to strengthening nonprofit organizations through leadership, advocacy and the law to enable them to focus on progress. An attorney with more than 10 years professional experience, Kate is Principal and Founder of Kate Kalstein Consulting and provides governance and planning support to nonprofit organizations. Prior to launching her practice in 2009, Kate served as Legislative Counsel to the California Judges Association and Director of Policy and Planning at the Edgewood Center for Children and Families in San Francisco. She received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Kate studied Political Science and Music at Texas Christian University before joining the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps and serving as a Team Leader in the southeastern region. Kate is an active member of the Consultants' Leadership Forum sponsored by The Denver Foundation and CausePlanet and a mentor with the CityYear Denver Women's Leadership Initiative. Kate is proud to have worked with dozens of nonprofit boards and numerous nonprofit organizations to strengthen communities across the country.
Cathy Lasnik is the Senior Program Specialist with AARP Colorado. Her focus is community outreach and volunteer organization. She has worked for AARP for 9 years and worked in community outreach and volunteerism for over 25 years. The recipient of several awards for outstanding accomplishment and achievement highlight the creativity and leadership in her work. Cathy believes strongly in giving back, working with older adults via volunteerism and community collaboration. Although not quite a native to Colorado, Cathy has lived here most of her life and relishes all that Colorado has to offer.
Denise King is Program Director for the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation. She manages Leadership Denver, Impact Denver, Access Denver and facilitates the work of the Colorado Leadership Alliance, a partnership of leadership programs at twelve Colorado public and private colleges and universities. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was Director, National Administration at TIAA-CREF. In this position she launched a new division to provide operations support to 56 offices across the United States. Previously, she held management positions in Finance, Facilities, and Human Resources.
Denise received her BA from the State University of New York at Oswego, her MS in Adult Education from Fordham University and holds a certificate in Training and Development from New York University. She is a graduate of the Leadership Denver Class of 2003 and the CBCA Leadership Arts Class of 2002. Denise has served the community as a United Way Loaned Executive, Advisory Board member of Transit Alliance and co-chaired the 2004 Women's Vision Foundation Success Forum. She is a Colorado Master Gardener and currently sits on the national board of the Association of Leadership Programs. Denise and her husband, Tom, live in Highlands Ranch with their two daughters, Emily and Megan.
Carol Schneider is the Community Partnership Program Manager with Denver Public Schools, Department of Extended Learning. Hailing from New Hampshire, Carol made her way to Colorado years ago to serve as a Team Leader in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). After completing her two service terms with AmeriCorps NCCC, Carol worked for the City and County of Denver, Department of Human Services as a Program Administrator where she managed a youth development AmeriCorps State grant. Carol loves the outdoors, biking, crafting and cooking.