CRC MAIN: 303.623.1540 or 800.516.6284

CRC Board of Directors

Mary Zanotti

CRC Board Vice Chair

Executive Director, Colorado Youth for a Change

Pat Greer

CRC Board Secretary

Assistant Professor, University of Denver

Leslie Baldwin

Grants Manager, Boettcher Foundation

Jaclyn Lensen

Senior Communications Officer, The Colorado Health Foundation

Brigid McRaith

Chief Executive Officer, Mile High Youth Corps

Aaron Miltenberger

Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of the San Luis Valley

Lorni Sharrow

Attorney, Moye White LLP

Chantal Unfug

Director, Division of Local Government

Jodi Walker

Executive Director, Kids At Their Best

CRC Team

Maria Fabula

President & CEO

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Since 2013, Maria has served as President & CEO of the Community Resource Center (CRC). Maria believes in the power of the nonprofit sector to drive meaningful change and promote health and justice in our communities.

With over two decades of experience leading the social sector to become more transparent, community-driven and collaborative, Maria has spent her career connecting government, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to improve the community. Maria works closely with individuals, their teams, and organizations to build trust, create a space for open dialogue, and harness the power of change.

Maria’s visionary leadership has led to milestone improvements at CRC including the transformation of the Rural Philanthropy Days program, addition of AmeriCorps VISTA and State/National programs, acquisition of the Colorado Participation Project and the Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange.  Since 2013, CRC’s budget has grown from under $500K to over $3 million, CRC’s staff has grown from 5 to 18 team members and CRC’s impact across the state of Colorado has been felt at every corner.

Appointed in 2014 to the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, Maria served as the Commission Chair from 2018 to 2020.  Maria was recognized as “Who’s Who in Impact Investing” by the Impact Finance Center and Denver Business Journal in 2017 and 2018 and is an Everything DiSC® Certified Facilitator.

Elizabeth Berkeley

Program Coordinator

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Elizabeth Berkeley is the Program Coordinator at Community Resource Center, working with hundreds of rural nonprofit leaders across the state to strengthen their organizations and communities. After getting a Masters in Public Health with a focus on Community Health Sciences Elizabeth pursued health education at the YMCA of Chicago. She has spent 6 years teaching nutrition, cooking, gardening and healthy lifestyles to students of all ages with a focus on personal development and social emotional learning. The energy and passion she brings to her work is demonstrated by her contagious enthusiasm to work with and help others. As the Program Coordinator she is dedicated to providing the best programming to all Colorado communities.

Megan Carter

AmeriCorps Program Coordinator

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Megan is the AmeriCorps Program Coordinator with Community Resource Center, working to support nonprofits and community groups across Colorado to build their capacity through AmeriCorps service. Megan has a background in statistical analysis and specializes in Industrial and Organizational psychology as well as experimental social psychology. Megan is an AmeriCorps VISTA alumni and enjoys creating the same transformative opportunity for others to participate in national service as they experienced themself.

Rebecca Gorrell

Chief Program Officer

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Rebecca brings nearly 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, advocacy, fund development, and adult education to CRC.  Prior to joining CRC, Rebecca served as Executive Director of the Colorado Participation Project and held roles with Seniors’ Resource Center and Regis University.  She is a contributor to the Colorado Nonprofit Association’s Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence and was recognized by the Denver Business Journal in 2018 as a Who’s Who in Impact Investing. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Regis University.

Hannah Hostak

AmeriCorps Program Manager

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Hannah Hostak is the AmeriCorps Program Manager, currently supporting the COVID Containment Program which mobilizes 75 AmeriCorps State and National Members to help the state of Colorado respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Hannah first became involved with CRC in 2016 serving in a year-long placement as their AmeriCorps VISTA Leader. She returned to CRC to help launch a short-term state-wide contact tracing summer VISTA program, the first of its kind, in May 2020 and is delighted to rejoin the team in a full-time capacity. Prior to this role, Hannah managed an intermediary AmeriCorps VISTA program in Northern Colorado that focused on education, economic opportunity, and healthy futures. Before 2020, her life outside of work included going to concerts, music festivals, and eating great food at restaurants. Now she spends most of her time crafting or enjoying the outdoors.

Alex McHenry

Community Engagement Program Manager

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Alex brings over ten years of experience in the fields of education, leadership, and community engagement. As the Community Engagement Program Manager, Alex oversees CRC’s civic engagement programs including the Participation Project and The Root Causes Network helping nonprofits to build and strengthen their advocacy efforts. While born and raised in Denver, Alex has spent the majority of her adult life moving around the US and abroad, including living in Kenya and Malaysia, and she is happy to once more be settled in the sunny state of Colorado. Alex has a masters’ degree in conservation social science and is passionate about working at a systems level to tackle complex social issues. In her free time, Alex can be found hiking, playing volleyball, or exploring one of Denver’s many thrift stores.

Sofia Rodriguez

Event Coordinator

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Sofia is the Event Coordinator with Community Resource Center, working to support several of the programs that CRC has to offer. Most of Sofia’s work focuses on the Education Program and the Nonprofit Leadership and Management Program. Sofia graduated from The University of New Hampshire with a degree in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability. Sofia recently packed up her car and moved out to Denver in the summer of 2019. In her free time Sofia enjoys hiking, knitting, cooking, camping, and soaking up the Colorado sunshine.

Brad Strong

Chief Operations Officer

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Brad began his career as a teacher, college instructor, and trainer while living and working in remote communities in the Arctic, Micronesia, and Africa. With a passion for social and emotional learning, Brad transitioned to the nonprofit sector and worked at an international development organization.   Through his work in education and international development, Brad led capacity building initiatives with nonprofits and ministries of education in Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East. More recently, Brad was the Executive Director for a mentoring agency in Toronto before moving to Colorado.  In Colorado, Brad was the founding Executive Director for Mentor Colorado, the statewide mentoring partnership before starting the Wheelhouse for Nonprofits and joining the Community Resource Center.

Andrew Schwartz

Executive Coordinator

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Andrew is CRC’s Executive Coordinator, supporting the President & CEO in several administrative, fund development, and fiduciary capacities. Andrew was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and attended Colorado College where he majored in political science. At Colorado College, Andrew served as the chair of the Political Science Advisory Committee and co-chair of the Democratic Dialogue Project, bringing together students from CC and cadets from the Air Force Academy to engage in social and political discussion. After graduating from CC, Andrew spent two years as a member of El Pomar Foundation’s Fellowship Program, where he directed six of the Foundation’s community stewardship programs and assisted with the Foundation’s distribution of more than $24 million in grants.

Andrew loves reading books about the U.S. Supreme Court, collecting records, going to independent movie theaters, and fly fishing. In 2017, he guided at a remote fly fishing lodge in Iliamna, Alaska.

Nellie Stagg

Director of Rural Programs

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Nellie Stagg is the Director of Rural Programs at Community Resource Center, working with hundreds of rural nonprofit leaders across the state to strengthen their organizations and communities. Nellie has a background in rural programmatic management, nonprofit capacity building, and data informed decision making. A proud AmeriCorps NCCC alumni, Nellie understands the value of national service and the impact it can have on individuals, organizations, and communities. As a former Program Officer with Serve Colorado – the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, Nellie brings the unique perspective of having been a grant maker overseeing a portfolio of rural and developing programs across the state. When not driving across Colorado, she can be found at the library, in a makerspace, or in the garden.

Anna Toth

Program Coordinator

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Anna is from Arlington, Virginia and graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Anna is the Program Coordinator for the Community Resource Center, in this role she supports the VISTA Program and the Participation Program. Previously, Anna served as the Regional Engagement Associate Americorps VISTA with CRC. Anna also has prior experience as the Research Assistant for the National Association of State Boards of Education, as well as the Development and Donor Relations intern with Selah Freedom. Anna is very excited to bring the skills and experiences that she has acquired to this role in order to best support CRC.

Americorps VISTA Members

Ermina Lee

Regional Engagement Associate

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Ermina is our newest Regional Engagement Associate and hails from Portland, Oregon, where she graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Biology. There, she gained experience in nonprofit communications and outreach, working to promote health equity through the Black Girls Equity Alliance. She also worked as a research assistant at the University of Pittsburgh Hillman Cancer Center, which furthered her skills in data analysis and synthesis. As an AmeriCorps VISTA, she is excited to use data to increase the capacity of rural nonprofits in Colorado, serving as a community ally. When not at work, Ermina loves hiking and is excited to adventure all over Colorado!

Chris Ma

Donor and Volunteer Engagement Associate

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Chris Ma grew up in China and is now a Colorado resident who majored in English Education at Guizhou Education University in China. She has professional teaching and administration experience and until recently was CRC’s Events & Training Volunteer. We are happy to have her as our Donor & Volunteer Engagement Associate VISTA. In her free time, Chris loves singing with friends at KTV (Chinese Karaoke Bar), reading at home and writing book reviews. Her experience volunteering at an elephant camp in Thailand made the elephant her favorite animal; she looks forward to traveling there again.

Marissa Sanchez

Social Media and Marketing Associate

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Marissa is from Lubbock, Texas and graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising. She moved to Dallas, Texas and spent two years working for various lifestyle and product brands doing social media marketing and content creation. Now as an Americorps Vista, she has now uses those skills to promote capacity building here at Community Resource Center. When she’s not here at CRC, you can find her checking out the vibrant Denver music, art, and dance scene.

CRC Interns

Kaya-Damali Malik-Knights

Advocacy Intern

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Kaya-Damali Malik-Knights (she/her/hers) is a 2020-21 Advocacy Intern; this internship serves to accompany her learning at the University of Denver as she pursues her Masters of Social Work. With a B.A. in French and minor in Chemistry from Howard University, she hopes to use her skills and appreciation for a wide range of subjects to relate and advocate for folx from all walks of life. Her background mainly involves work with youth—teaching at Breakthrough Collaborative throughout high school and working as a resident advisor at an international ballet academy in DC during her senior year at Howard. In her free time, you can find her eating popcorn, playing the Sims, or jamming to afrobeats, soca, or dancehall.

Thea Kohout

Advocacy Intern

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Thea is in her final year of the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work program. She is interested in connecting the values of social work to big-picture thinking, strategizing, and problem-solving for marginalized communities. Thea holds her Bachelor’s degree in Women’s & Gender Studies and was drawn to social work by the possibilities of being able to advocate for women and the LGBTQIA+ community from a perspective of social justice. Thea was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and has been living in Denver for almost seven years. She and her partner have two dogs, a cat, and a small backyard fruit tree orchard, and spend their free time playing music together and finding swimming holes across the state.

Timothy Postlewaite

Advocacy Intern

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Timothy is an Advocacy Intern with the Community Resource Center.  Most of his intern work supports the Participation Project and CRC’s voter engagement work.  Born and raised in Colorado, Timothy received his B.A. in English in 2016 from Metropolitan State University of Denver; his Paralegal Certificate in 2019 from Metropolitan State University of Denver; and is currently working on his Master of Public Administration through University of Colorado Denver.  In his free time, Timothy enjoys spending time with friends and family, taking long, aimless cruises in his wheelchair when the weather allows for it, and doing volunteer work for the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition.

CRC Volunteer Spotlight

Betty Allen-Parrish

Colorado Grants Guide® Research Volunteer

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.