CRC Team

CRC MAIN: 303.623.1540 or 800.516.6284

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.

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 robust communities in Colorado and abroad. 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, facilitation, fundraising, and marketing. 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 supports the Women’s Global Empowerment Fund (WGEF) as an officer on the 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 60 of 64 Colorado counties, and hopes to complete the tour by the end of 2016.

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 Coordinator, 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.

Emily Treece

Development Program Coordinator

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Emily began her nonprofit career in 2013 gaining valuable skills and experience in nonprofit fund development, program management, and organizational capacity building. She has successfully written over $2 million in awarded grant funding, implemented a comprehensive marketing toolkit, and organized multiple community events in rural and urban settings. She has a B.A. in International Studies with a focus in Conflict Resolution from Earlham College, and is passionate in serving individuals and communities to increase their self-sufficiency and overall quality of life. Emily has worked closely with an array of diverse individuals including highly vulnerable refugee populations, rural-based nonprofit professionals, and young-urban professionals. She is a graduate of the Elevate Denver leadership program, and is a committee co-chair for the Denver Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. When she is not working, you can find Emily exploring Colorado, performing improv, dancing to live music, or testing new food recipes.

Americorps VISTA Members

Hannah Hostak

VISTA Leader

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Hannah is a recent graduate of Juniata College in Pennsylvania where she studied Peace and Conflict Resolution. Last year, she served in an AmeriCorps State and National program called Colorado Reading Corps of Larimer County which was a very gratifying experience. Hannah is excited to return to her home of Denver, Colorado as the CRC VISTA Leader. She was drawn to CRC primarily because of the opportunity for professional development and in particular the VISTA Leader position to develop teamwork and leadership skills. Hannah looks forward to supporting the rural VISTAs as well as the VISTAs here in Denver in any way possible. In addition to service, Hannah enjoys being creative, spending time with her family, attending music festivals, camping, soccer, playing the bassoon, and she is hoping to join a community orchestra in the future.

Holly McKissick

Rural Outreach and Evaluation Associate

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Holly grew up in Mankato, Minnesota and went on to be a Golden Gopher at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities; she graduated with a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering degree. She hopes to use her problem-solving skills learned from engineering to eventually effect change in the intersection of public health and medical devices/technology. Learning about the nonprofit sector from CRC’s perspective will be a wonderful experience for Holly, who hopes to earn a Master of Public Health degree after her time as a VISTA. Holly sees the mountains as her “happy place” and is excited to explore Colorado (and laugh in the face of the comparatively easy winters!). When she’s not in the office, Holly can be found hiking, biking, playing the piano or guitar, cheering on the Minnesota Wild, golfing, laughing at cat or dog videos, or crafting.

Elon Roe

Marketing Associate

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Elon grew up in rural Alaska and moved to Spokane, Washington to study Economics at Whitworth University. He focused on economic development, environmental conscious investing, and was heavily involved in the Whitworth Student Investment Club. After graduation he served as the Career Coordinator VISTA at Spokane Falls Community College, where he worked to connect at risk youth with career mentors and job exploration internships. While serving he also worked as the volunteer coordinator connecting over 200 students to career based volunteer opportunities. This is Elon’s second term as an AmeriCorps VISTA and he is looking forward to continue his work in the nonprofit sector. He is new to Colorado and is excited to explore the many hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing, and roller blading opportunities present.

Lyndsey Williams

Communications Associate

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Lyndsey was born and raised in Northwest Arkansas. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology and History from the University of Arkansas in 2015. Following graduation, Lyndsey decided that she wanted to use the skills and interests she had acquired to explore the nonprofit world. This began with a year of direct service with AmeriCorps in Alamosa, CO at the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley. She was so enthralled by the inner-workings of the Food Bank Network that she sought after another year with AmeriCorps. Lyndsey is not only very excited to serve with CRC and build skills related to nonprofit development and communication, but she’s also looking forward to getting acquainted with Denver and all it has to offer.

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.

CRC Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Gretchen Van De Carr

CRC Board Chair

Founding Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps

Maggie Frasure

CRC Board Vice Chair

Consultant

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

National Field Director, Nonprofit VOTE

Margie Joy

Executive Director, Pioneers Hospital Foundation