CRC MAIN: 303.623.1540 or 800.516.6284

CRC Board of Directors

Pat Greer

Board Chair

Assistant Professor, University of Denver

Leslie Baldwin

Board Vice Chair

Grants Manager, Boettcher Foundation

Jaclyn Lensen

Board Secretary

Senior Communications Officer, The Colorado Health Foundation

Lorni Sharrow

Board Treasurer

Attorney, Moye & White, LLP

Lee Wheeler-Berliner

Managing Director, Colorado Workforce Development Council

Aaron Miltenberger

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

Jodi Walker

Executive Director, Kids At Their Best

CRC Team

Kristen Ashworth (she, her, hers)

Civic Engagement Program Coordinator

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Kristen Ashworth (she/her/hers) is a Civic Engagement Program Coordinator working with the Participation Project and Root Causes Network. Kristen recently graduated with her Masters in Social Work at MSU Denver. Kristen is passionate about LGBTQIA+ rights, reproductive justice, education rights, healthcare rights, and voting rights. In her free time, she loves to hike, read, play in the snow (because winter is her favorite season), listen to music/play the violin/sing, bake/cook, and spend time with friends, family and partner.

Elizabeth Berkeley (she, her, hers)

Grants Guide Manager

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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 (they, them, theirs)

AmeriCorps Program Manager

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Megan is an AmeriCorps Program Manager with Community Resource Center, working to support nonprofits and community groups across Colorado to build their capacity through national service. Megan holds a degree in Psychology from Ohio University where they first found their love for nonprofit work through local advocacy and grassroots organizing. Megan is an AmeriCorps VISTA alumni and enjoys creating the same transformative opportunity for others to participate in national service as they experienced themself. In their free time they like to hike, roller skate, paint, and spend time with their friends and loved ones.

Maria Fabula (she, her, hers)

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.

Tracie Fletcher (she, her, hers)

Operations Manager

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Natalie Georgalas (she, her, hers)

Rural Action Network Program Coordinator

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Natalie joined Community Resource Center as the Rural Action Network Program Coordinator after finishing a year of service as the Regional Engagement Associate VISTA with CRC. Natalie is originally from Ohio where she graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Economic, Education, Development, and Sustainability with a focus on international and community development. She is excited to bring her experience with community development and rural communities to the CRC team. When not at work, Natalie can be found cooking, roller blading, or going to concerts.

Rebecca Gorrell (she, her, hers)

Chief Program Officer

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Rebecca brings 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, leadership development, adult education and advocacy to CRC.  Rebecca has spent the majority of her career working to bring people together to do their good work better. She is passionate about the role of nonprofits in civil society, and is a fierce advocate for community-driven change. Prior to joining Community Resource Center in 2015, Rebecca served as Executive Director of the Colorado Participation Project, a nonprofit building advocacy capacity within human service organizations to engage their communities in elections and civic life, bringing the organization to CRC’s portfolio in 2016. Rebecca has held fundraising, business development, and program 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 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.

Desiree Henderson (she, her, hers)

Regional Event Coordinator

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Desiree Henderson is the Regional Event Coordinator at Community Resource Center.  Desiree is based in Cortez, CO and helps plan events for the Rural Action Network.  Desiree is from southwest Colorado and has worked in the performing arts and non-profit communities there since 2008. She is passionate about providing opportunities for the underserved youth communities to develop leadership skills and expand community through the arts.

Heather Holladay (she, her, hers)

AmeriCorps State and National Program Manager

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Heather is an AmeriCorps State and National Program Manager supporting CRC’s newest program, Colorado Healthcare Corps. Originally from Atlanta, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Health from Georgia College & State University. She has a background in national service, serving as an AmeriCorps member on trail crews in Colorado and Montana and eventually working as a Program Coordinator for Utah Healthcare Corps, a program of community health workers who reduce barriers to care by addressing social determinants of health. Heather has also spent time working in reproductive health, STI and HIV prevention, and COVID-19 response. In her free time, she loves gravel biking, hot yoga, reading nonfiction, and eating burritos. Heather is excited to represent CRC from the high desert of Durango.

Azucena Holland (Estrada) (she, her, hers)

Compliance Manager

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Azucena was born in Mexico and migrated to the United States with her family at the age of four. Her father wanted to give her and her sibling the educational opportunities that they might not have had otherwise. She grew up in a small town called Swink in Southeast Colorado. There she attended Swink School from kindergarten to her senior year. Azucena is a first-generation college student. She received an Associate of Science and an Associate of Arts from Otero College and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration through Adams State University. Her career background is in healthcare administration, human resources, and finance.

She is a VERY proud mother of an 18-year-old son. She recently got married and has three other bonus young adult children. She loves chocolate, red wine, food, and dogs (especially labs)! She enjoys camping, fishing, CrossFit, cooking, and spending time with her family! She comes from a large family and really enjoy their many family gatherings.

Azucena is excited to continue to grow in her career in the nonprofit sector and is extremely excited for this opportunity and to represent CRC in the Southeast Region of Colorado!

Abe Kaul (he, him, his)

Finance Coordinator

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Abe serves as CRC’s Finance Coordinator. In this role, he helps coordinate the monthly financial statements of CRC and CRC programs, deals with the account payable and account receivable, and helps to coordinate the operations of CRC. Abe was born in Chicago, spent a few years in Miami before moving to Seattle, and finally to Denver in 2014; he has lived in all four time zones in the U.S. mainland. Abe received his B.A. from Linfield University and majored in Political Science and minored in History and Creative Writing. He then received his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law where he served as the Vice-President of the North American South Asian Law Students Association and helped plan and run their national conference in Washington D.C.  After Abe was done with school, he worked on political campaigns before moving to Denver to work for a political research firm for the 2014 Election Cycle.  Before starting at CRC, Abe worked at the Center for Legal Inclusiveness doing work in operations and finance. 

Abe loves the Denver sunshine, a nice change of scenery from the gray of Seattle, and enjoys reading, hiking Colorado’s beautiful trails, going to museums, and debating politics with his friends. 

JoAnn Lopez (she, her, hers)

Director of Billing and Compliance

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JoAnn Lopez ( she, her, hers) is the Director of Billing and Compliance for the Colorado Health Care (CHC) Grant. JoAnn brings twenty plus years of experience in administration of both the fiscal and programmatic side of federal, state, and local grants. In her past positions she has always worked with diverse populations in mind ensuring that all programs are- developed to ensure the success of students and or clients. She feels it is always important to continue implementing new plans and programs to accomplish an organization’s objectives and meeting the needs of the underserved and marginalized populations. She has an M. S. in Adult Education and Training and Master Certificate in Integrating Technology in the classroom or training environment her undergraduate is in Accounting and Financial Management. JoAnn’s personal values and experience include the ability and willingness to stand up for beliefs, opinions, and know when to persuade and when to follow.

TC McCracken (she, her, they)

Human Resource Manager

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TC McCracken is the Human Resource Manager for the Community Resource Center.  She has leadership experience working in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.  All her roles focus on supporting others.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Master of Education. She brings CRC decades of experience in the fields of Marketing, Education, and Human Resources.  She doesn’t count the years, instead she focuses on doing what she loves, providing support and enthusiasm to the communities she serves.  She is honored to serve those at CRC creating opportunities, tools, and strategies to develop nonprofits and community groups to strengthen Colorado.  Outside of work, she enjoys jogging at a slow pace, performing with sketch and improv teams, writing heartfelt stories, and telling hopefully funny jokes.

Alex McHenry (she, her, hers)

Director of Civic Engagement

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Alex brings over ten years of experience in the fields of education, leadership, and community engagement. As the Director of Civic Engagement, 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.

Tammy Mulligan (she, her, hers)

Chief Operating Officer

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Tammy Mulligan is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Community Resource Center. Tammy joins CRC with a strong background in nonprofit leadership, both as a staff member and a board member. Her passion is working with organizations to offer opportunities to those who are ready to take the next step forward. Before joining CRC, Tammy served as the COO at Mi Casa Resource Center.  Her focus was leading nationally recognized programs in micro entrepreneurship and workforce development for low income minority community members combined with strong finance, HR and administration efforts.  Prior to that she served as the Executive Director of Denver Urban Matters (DenUM) for 15 years. Her work was focused on revenue growth, program evaluation, leadership development, and inclusivity efforts. In 2017 she led DenUM through a successful merger and spent time consulting with small organizations on operations, project management, and strategic opportunities. Tammy’s board service includes Denver’s Welfare Reform Board, Community Shares of Colorado, Colorado Participation Project, and numerous others all focused on helping individuals and organizations move forward.

Katy Pepinsky (she, her, ella)

Director of GrantCorps

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Katy Pepinsky (she/her/ella), Director of GrantCorps, works to build the capacity of Colorado nonprofits to access and manage public and private grant funds. Katy started with CRC in June 2022. Prior to her current position, Katy worked as the Executive Director of a youth services organization in La Plata County. For over twenty years, she has worked with a diverse array of non-profit and service organizations to help build more resilient communities including La Plata Youth Services, Cooking Matters Colorado, Growing Partners of SW Colorado, Mercy Hospital, Peace Corps, and Colorado State University Extension. A native of Bloomington, Indiana, Katy holds a master’s degree in Extension Education from Colorado State University and a Professional Non-Profit Management Certificate, from Fort Lewis College. Katy lives in Durango and enjoys reading, gardening, practicing yoga, and exploring the rural rivers and trails of the Southwest with her two kids, husband, and dog. Katy is also fluent in Spanish!

Katy Sawyer (she, her, hers)

Director of National Service

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Katy Sawyer brings the perspective of having working in grassroots nonprofits in development countries as well as national nonprofits in the US to her role as the Associate Director of AmeriCorps Programs. Katy’s passion for national service began during her own AmeriCorps service. After graduating from Tufts University, Katy spent over 10 years working with Jumpstart, a national early childhood education organization, gaining experience in program management and development, AmeriCorps programs and funding, nonprofit fundraising and board management, and national campaigns. Deciding to combine her professional skills and experiences with her love of (and degrees in) international relations and Spanish, Katy moved to Nicaragua to work with organizations providing supplementary educational opportunities to children in Granada. Katy was excited to discover CRC and move to Colorado. In her free time, Katy can be found hiking and delighting in seeing snow again after five years in the tropics.

Casey Shivers (she, her, hers)

National Service Training Specialist

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Casey is CRC’s National Service Training Specialist, supporting Colorado’s COVID Containment program that mobilizes national service members serving remotely across the state to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Casey received her undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine from John Brown University, where she was also captain of the women’s basketball team. She then moved from Arkansas to Colorado and received her Master’s degree in Transpersonal Ecopsychology from Naropa University. Casey comes to CRC with over ten years of experience in the health care industry, where she created programming for addiction treatment facilities, fire departments, and professional sports teams. Casey most recently served as an AmeriCorps State and National member, herself, at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment where she served as a case investigator and contact tracer, preventing the spread of COVID19 in Colorado communities. In her free time, Casey enjoys taking road trips, doing anything outside, drag performers, reading comic books, and watching competition reality shows.

Nellie Stagg (she, her, hers)

Senior Program Director

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Nellie Stagg is the Senior Program Director 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.

Tracie Sullivan (she, her, they)

Assistant Director of AmeriCorps State and National

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Tracie Sullivan serves as the Assistant Director of AmeriCorps State and National for CRC and is supporting the newly launched Colorado Healthcare Corps program. Tracie brings over 10 years of versatile experience in the non-profit sector, with a most recent focus on assisting healthcare non-profit focused organizations to mobilize their patient communities help change state and federal laws to provide more accessible and affordable healthcare for all. She has a background in government affairs and advocacy, volunteer management, strategic programmatic design and project management. She started her career as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Boston, MA and loved her year of service, leading her to seek out a mission and impact driven career path. Tracie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and a Master of Arts degree in Community Development and Planning. Outside of the office, she can be found exploring new trails, hikes, and national parks with her partner and Aussie pup.

Anna Toth (she, her, hers)

AmeriCorps 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 an AmeriCorps Program Coordinator for Community Resource Center, in this role she supports the AmeriCorps VISTA Program through member recruitment, onboarding, support, and more. 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 Community Resource Center.

Tayah Wheeland (she, her, hers)

Executive Assistant

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Tayah Wheeland is the Executive Assistant at Community Resource Center. She is originally from Berkeley, California and received a master’s degree in International Affairs with a focus in environmental policy from UC San Diego. She has studied four foreign languages and worked, lived or travelled in more than 20 countries. Tayah has more than 10 years of experience in administrative roles in the private, public and non-profit sectors and has done volunteer work for non-profit organizations as a Spanish-language translator. In her free time Tayah loves visiting new places, going on picnics, hiking, watching documentaries, cooking, and making jewelry.

Americorps VISTA Members

Will Matuska (he, him, his)

Statewide Social Media and Marketing Associate VISTA

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Will is joining CRC as our Statewide Social Media and Marketing Associate VISTA. He is from Central Minnesota and studied Environmental Studies and Communication at Saint John’s University, a small liberal arts school in Minnesota. Will worked and studied in Bosnia Herzegovina and South Africa and interned at organizations like the Great Plains Institute, Vermont Law School’s Institute for Energy and the Environment, and Minnesota Public Radio. He is looking forward to helping build the capacity of people and nonprofits and sharing their stories. When he isn’t at work, you might find Will playing ping pong, listening to Pinegrove, climbing, or contemplating how his knees will hold up training for a marathon.

CRC Interns

Ash Cano (she, her, ella)

Advocacy Intern

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Ash Cano (she/her/hers) is an Advocacy Intern working with the Participation Project and Root Causes Network. A disabled Veteran, mother, and full-time grad student, she is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work at University of Denver. Ash is passionate about grief education, intersectionality, and death with dignity advocacy. In her free time Ash enjoys hiking, painting, afternoon tea, and watching horror movies.

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.