CRC Board of Directors

CRC MAIN: 303.623.1540 or 800.516.6284

Board of Directors

Gretchen Van De Carr

CRC Board Chair

Founding Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps

Maggie Frasure

CRC Board Vice Chair


Mary Zanotti

CRC Board Treasurer

Executive Director, Colorado Youth for a Change

Dan Dunlap

CRC Board Secretary

State Program Director, Corporation for National and Community Service

Karen Brown

Community Volunteer

Kim DeLashmit

President, Orange Marketing

Nina DiSalvo

Executive Director, Towards Justice

Lindsey Hodel

Program Manager, Western Conservation Foundation

Margie Joy

Executive Director, Pioneers Hospital Foundation

Sharon Liu

Program Manager, Colorado Office of Behavioral Health

CRC Team

Maria Fabula

President & CEO

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Maria brings more than 17 years of experience in nonprofit management, fund development, volunteer engagement, collaboration and business development.  Maria has extensive experience delivering training and consulting services to increase nonprofit capacity. Maria earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego Revelle College and has spent a majority of her career connecting government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private enterprises to improve community. Her experience includes leadership positions with the Nonprofit Support Center, the Junior Statesmen Foundation and the California State Senate. She is the past president of the Nipomo Area Recreation Association and resides in Castle Rock with her husband and three sons.

Hannah Clemenson

Executive Coordinator

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Hannah graduated from American University with a double major in Political Science and Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG). While in Washington, she had the opportunity to work for two Congressmen and run a grassroots fundraising operation. Hannah returned to her hometown in western Pennsylvania for a congressional campaign. She then moved to Denver where she worked to run daily operations in the Aurora Public Defender’s Office and at Project New America before joining the CRC team. In her free time Hannah enjoys practicing yoga, baking, and gardening.

Stephanie Gommert

Program Assistant

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Stephanie is originally from Chiang Mai, Thailand and graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station with a B.S. in Biology, minoring in Neuroscience.  While at Texas A&M, Stephanie worked and volunteered with various health focused and international development related non-profit organizations. She quickly developed a passion for promoting health and equity in economically disadvantaged communities. Before joining Community Resource Center, Stephanie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cambodia. Through her role as a Community Health Educator, she had the opportunity to gain valuable skills in rural outreach, youth development, and project management. Stephanie is looking forward to being a part of CRC’s mission and vision, while expanding her knowledge of the non-profit sector and continuing to develop professionally. In her spare time, you can find Stephanie exploring her new home state of Colorado through eating food and hiking in the beautiful outdoors.

Rebecca Gorrell

Director of Education and Leadership Development

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Rebecca brings more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit management, advocacy, fund development, and community engagement.  Most recently, Rebecca served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Participation Project, leading efforts to equip and activate nonprofits in civic engagement and advocacy.  She has trained and built the capacity of nonprofits across the country and is a contributor to the Colorado Nonprofit Association’s Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Nonprofit Management from Regis University.

Diana Pineda

Program Assistant

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For most of her life, Diana lived in Georgia, and it was in her college years at Armstrong State University where she found her passion for helping others through Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. In the organization, she spent a lot of time volunteering and committing to community service. This lead her to realize her calling is in nonprofits. Seeking a change, she moved to Colorado and discovered that CRC was the perfect fit for her. What better way to help others than to realize their mission and goals for incredible causes? Diana is fully dedicated to CRC’s vision and all the while, continuing to further her academic career at the University of Colorado Denver.

Leah Rausch

Director of Rural Partnerships

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Leah is passionate about building sustainable and vibrant communities in Colorado. A Minnesota native, Leah moved to Colorado to attend the University of Denver and earned a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish. Leah has demonstrated skills and expertise in community outreach, volunteer coordination and recruitment, project management, and facilitation. She has executed events in all corners of Colorado, and has managed over 200 professional volunteers on regional committees. In addition to her work with CRC, Leah serves on the Women’s Global Empowerment Fund (WGEF) Board of Directors.  In her free time, Leah takes advantage of the beautiful Colorado landscape through skiing, hiking, and biking. She often uses her work trips to rural Colorado to adventure off the beaten path. Leah has visited 63 of 64 Colorado counties, and plans to visit the elusive Hinsdale County before the end of the year.

Josef Scarantino

Director of Social Enterprise

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Josef offers nearly twenty years of experience in program design, strategic partnership development, and innovation leadership through a wide range of social impact ventures including an international pan-disability organization, an open education foundation, an East African peace institute, and multiple advisory roles, board positions, and mentorships to individuals and startup businesses. His work has included developing and managing partnerships with high profile technology and telecommunication companies in addition to nonprofits, government, and educational institutions. Josef’s expertise is in social entrepreneurship, emerging technologies, and strategic partnership engagement. Josef currently resides as Vice Chair on the Colorado State Rehabilitation Council and holds a B.S. in Business Management in addition to a M.A. in International Education & Human Development from George Washington University.

Emily Shamsid-Deen

Community Engagement Manager

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Emily Shamsid-Deen has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 13 years. She has worked in HIV/AIDS education and prevention as a direct service provider, managed a statewide training program supporting domestic violence organizations, and ran a statewide leadership development program for those working to advance social justice issues in Colorado. Most recently, she was an Adjunct Faculty at Denver University in the Graduate School of Social Work teaching social welfare policy analysis and practice. Emily holds a BA in Political Science and Black Studies from Colorado College and a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University with an emphasis in Program Management. Emily is committed to working collaboratively with the nonprofit sector to increase their capacity to affect long-term systemic change in the communities they serve. Emily lives in Denver with her husband, two kids, and their dog Roscoe.

Andrea Swan

Program Manager, Rural Philanthropy Days

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Andrea comes to Denver by way of Northern California. She graduated with a B.S. in Applied Nutrition with a minor in Spanish from Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo. Andrea began her career at Community Resource Center as an AmeriCorps VISTA in 2015 and has gained valuable experience in non-profit capacity building and rural outreach. Additionally, Andrea has worked and volunteered with a variety of nutrition and health related non-profits. Andrea has a passion for promoting the overall health and well-being of communities and believes this can be achieved by connecting individuals with the appropriate resources. Andrea is thrilled to be in Colorado and is excited to continue exploring rural regions of the state. When she is not in the office you can find Andrea baking, practicing yoga, listening to live music, traveling and taking advantage of Colorado’s endless opportunities for outdoor activities.

Mariah Taylor

Communications Assistant

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As a Colorado native, Mariah graduated from Colorado State University earning a B.A in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice, along with a minor in Anthropology. Through her studies at CSU, Mariah developed a passion for society, people, social justice, social change, and criminal justice. As a Research Assistant for the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis, Mariah became interested in disaster recovery and preparedness, and how different disasters effect surrounding communities. Discovering a passion for traveling, she has explored multiple countries in Europe and has also volunteered throughout the southern regions of Ghana. Shortly after graduation, Mariah became a part of the Community Resource Center where she is excited to start her career. Mariah is ready to enhance her professional skills greatly while at CRC and hopes to continue her travels to a variety of international destinations.

Americorps VISTA Members

Jenia Hooper

VISTA Leader

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Jenia is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and completed her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2016. While completing her degree she worked in youth development, community engagement, and research with numerous local non-profit organizations and city government agencies focusing primarily on serving the immigrant and refugee community. She also previously served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala and is excited to be able to return to Denver after 8 years of living in a variety of places both domestically and internationally. Jenia looks forward to providing support to VISTA’s currently serving throughout the state and assisting CRC with identifying new VISTA’s who can provide capacity development to Colorado’s non-profit sector. In her spare time, she hopes to volunteer with a local organization that empowers immigrant and minority youth as well as coach lacrosse.

Samantha Register

Nonprofit Resource Associate

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Samantha grew up in Northern California and graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in English. After graduation, Samantha was a member of the White House Internship Program, and also spent much of the last five years working on different political campaigns around the country. She is hoping to start working on a Master’s degree in Political Science soon. Samantha recently moved to Colorado with her husband and their new dog. She is excited to work with CRC because of its focus on leadership training and professional development. One of Samantha’s interests is traveling, and she has previously spent a year studying abroad in Reading, England.

Bailey Smith

Development Associate

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Bailey is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Public Affairs and Administration. During her time in school, she was part of the Capitol Scholars program which allowed her to intern with the Oklahoma State Senate. She later took this experience to travel to Washington, DC to intern for a member of Congress. Before joining Community Resource Center, Bailey spent her summer with Starfish Project, a nonprofit that helps women who have been victims of sex trafficking in China. With her passion for creating sustainable funding for nonprofits through social enterprises, Bailey is excited to help develop the Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange at CRC. As an Oklahoma native, she is looking forward to spending time in the mountains and exploring the endless outdoor opportunities that Colorado has to offer. In her free time, she loves to hike, play soccer, travel to new places, and cheer on the Oklahoma Sooners at Stoney’s.

Hamza Syed

Rural Outreach and Research Associate

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Hamza grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas and graduated with a degree in Politics from Hendrix College. While in school, Hamza was a part of The Washington Center professional development program which allowed him to spend several months working for the National Association of Attorneys General in Washington DC. After finishing the program, Hamza went on to work at the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance where he learned his love for both the nonprofit sector and community outreach. He hopes to further his skills in program management and rural outreach during his time at CRC, while also expanding his knowledge of nonprofit activities. Having lived primarily in the South his entire life, Hamza is excited to move to and discover what Colorado has to offer (and also seeing sustained snowfall for the first time). During his free time, Hamza loves cooking, playing frisbee, and exploring new areas with friends.

CRC Volunteers

Betty Allen-Parrish

Research Volunteer

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Betty Allen-Parrish, currently is a Research Volunteer, editing and researching the Colorado Grants Guide® since March 2011. She has recently been assisting with grant proposal writing and has participated in a number of trainings offered at CRC. Previously, she completed activities in a number of departments as an Intern at the Anschutz Medical Center and at a local television station. Betty has dedicated her career to promoting a stronger community through education, healthcare and telecommunications sectors. She has a wide range of experiences in K-12 public and private urban school settings. She holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in French and Special Education as well as a Doctoral degree in Education.