Angeles OrtegaChief Executive OfficerLeadership
Margie ThirlbyInterim Managing DirectorFundraising
Denyse AirheartDirector, Business PathwaysBusiness Pathways
Alyssa BakerPostsecondary & Workforce Readiness CoordinatorCareer Pathways
Bri BarnesStudent Services CoordinatorFundraising
Lauren BrownDirector, Career PathwaysCareer Pathways
Kevin BurdiDirector of FinanceFinance
Marcia DavissonBusiness Consultant and InstructorBusiness Pathways
Lesley Del RioCareer Pathways TrainerCareer Pathways
Martin DiazFront Desk Admin/ReceptionistAdministration
Nancy EnriquezProgram Marketing CoordinatorProgram Support
Dina EscobedoExecutive AssistantFundraising
Andy FigueroaBilingual Business ConsultantBusiness Pathways
Kasey HerndonProgram Support ManagerProgram Support
Nishana JohnHuman Resources & Administration ManagerAdministration
Javier MartinezCareer Pathways RecruiterCareer Pathways
Tammy MulliganChief Operating OfficerAdministration
Katey OrrEvaluation CoordinatorProgram Support
Louis PantalacciAccounting SpecialistFinance
Kimberly PeñaCareer NavigatorCareer Pathways
Evelyn PerezProgram Support SpecialistProgram Support
Michael PerezCareer CoachCareer Pathways
Daniela Ramirez AriasOperations CoordinatorBusiness Pathways
Allie RasmussenCareer Pathways ManagerCareer Pathways
Georgia ReaganProject Director, Financial Services PathwayFundraising
Sonya RodriguezAccounting Specialist IIFinance
Jamie RothSenior Manager of Resource DevelopmentFundraising
Ana SanchezBilingual Business ConsultantBusiness Pathways
Kimberly TraunerGrants ManagerFundraising
Ben WarnerNavigator, Business PathwaysBusiness Pathways
Angeles Ortega is the CEO of Mi Casa Resource Center. Prior to joining Mi Casa, she served as Director of Advancement at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. In her role, she was responsible for ensuring annual and long-term funding for the Museum. Additionally, she worked for the U. S. Census Bureau in both the Denver and Charlotte, North Carolina Regions.
Ms. Ortega brings Nonprofit Leadership experience from serving as Executive Director of the Latin American Coalition, a social service organization serving the needs of the Latino community in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Region. Originally from Mexico, she studied Languages at the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, México, and Nonprofit Management at the University of Nevada-Reno. In 2009 she earned an MBA from Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. In 2016 she graduated from the Latino Leadership Institute at Denver University.
Angeles Ortega serves in several community boards including the Denver Art Museum Audience Alliance, The Ricardo Flores Magon Academy. Angeles is a Fellow of the William Friday Leadership Initiative, a graduate of Leadership Charlotte class XXI, American Leadership Forum, and the Latino Leadership Institute.
Angeles has received several awards including Hero of Democracy, Charlotte Observer, The Business Journal’s Diversity Catalyst award, NAACP Legal Defense Fund Community Service Award, Hispanic Elected Official’s Community Service Award, Community Service Award, La Noticia Newspaper.
As Interim Managing Director, Margie works with the Mi Casa board and staff to help manage day-to-day operations, support the leadership team and staff engagement, and advise the board with development strategy and the current CEO search.
Margie is the owner of the Thirlby Company LLC , a coaching and consulting business that helps leaders and organizations experience joy and achieve transformative personal and professional growth. With 12 years of executive leadership experience, Margie has a unique perspective of having worked with hundreds of nonprofits, corporations, and community organizations.
Most recently, Margie served as the executive director of Reading Partners Colorado, working to deliver one-on-one literacy instruction to over 3,300 low-income students in Denver. Prior to moving to Denver, Margie served for seven years as the executive director for Rebuilding Together (Seattle), a national low-income housing organization. Margie also held national leadership roles for both Reading Partners and Rebuilding Together.
In Denver, Margie is a volunteer board member for Rebuilding Together Metro Denver, an appointed member of the Tony Grampsas Youth Services Board (CDHS), a recent graduate of Leadership Denver, and a proud volunteer at Reading Partners. Margie graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) as an English Major and Media Studies Minor, and received her Nonprofit Management certification from the University of Washington (Seattle). Margie is a professional life coach trained by iPEC, a top ranked program accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
Denyse Airheart is the Director of Business Pathways at Mi Casa Resource Center. She oversees the strategic advancement of the Business Pathways Department, a department that supports entrepreneurs through all stages of business development helping them explore, launch, and grow their business through bilingual training, consulting, access to capital, and holistic support services. Denyse joined the Mi Casa familia in 2019 after relocating to Denver, Colorado with her family. She previously worked with the City of Maricopa in Arizona as the Director of Economic Development where she expanded the City’s business attraction and retention efforts, provided site selection services, business resources to budding and expanding entrepreneurs and marketing and branding.
Alyssa Baker is the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Coordinator as part of the Career Pathways team. She works supporting the design, implementation, and evaluation of training programs for youth. Alyssa received her Bachelor’s Degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish and earned her MEd in Educational Leadership, Renewal, and Change. After teaching 8th grade, Alyssa saw the need for supporting learners in a more holistic way and is excited to do that as part of the Mi Casa family. She is passionate about empowering and giving a voice to Denver’s underserved populations.
Bri Barnes is the Student Services Coordinator at Mi Casa Resource Center. Bri’s background is in non-profit & higher education. She supports participants of Mi Casa with navigating higher education & helping them get back to school. She believes that education can be the pathway to success for many & enjoys breaking down barriers to create equity within higher education. Her role at Mi Casa allows her to bring both of her passions together in one position & she enjoys helping people create new pathways for themselves & their families.
Lauren Brown is the Director of Career Pathways at Mi Casa Resource Center. She is responsible for the strategic advancement of the Career Pathways department, including Mi Casa’s work to connect youth and adults to successful education and employment. Prior to joining Mi Casa in 2010, Lauren was a community organizer in Mexico City, where she led community-driven, empowerment-based programs for over two years. As an active member of many alliances and coalitions across the Denver metro area aimed at increasing opportunity for underserved populations, Lauren is passionate about supporting all people on their own pathway to opportunity.
Kevin Burdi, CPA is the Director of Finance for Mi Casa Resource Center. He joined Mi Casa in early 2019. Kevin has worked solely with nonprofit organizations since graduating from Siena College with a B.S. in Finance, and subsequently earning his Master’s in Accountancy from American Public University. Previously, Kevin worked as an auditor gaining extensive experience in all aspects of U.S. GAAP audits, employee benefit plan audits and Uniform Commercial Guidance audits in the nonprofit industry. Kevin is also proficient in the preparation of Federal Form 990 for tax-exempt entities. Kevin is passionate about using his knowledge to contribute to the success of Mi Casa as a whole, as well as its valuable programs and participants. He strives to continue to ensure Mi Casa is accountable and transparent and remains an invaluable resource in our community.
Marcia Davisson is a business consultant and instructor at the Women’s Business Center at Mi Casa Resource Center. She provides 1 on 1 consulting for underserved business owners and entrepreneurs and teaches several of Mi Casa’s business courses. Marcia has extensive curriculum development, training, and marketing experience in the hospitality industry – opening hotels and restaurants around the world. Her focused expertise in Culture and Leadership development, spanned from local clients to International Fortune 500 Companies. She had led Training & Development teams in hundreds of New Store Openings- from coffee shop to luxury hotels. Marcia is passionate about empowering individuals to grow and challenge themselves.
Lesley Del Rio
Lesley Del Rio is a Career Pathways Trainer at Mi Casa Resource Center. She brings a background in community engagement and experience in lesson facilitation to her role. She is fluent in Spanish and brings her passion for advocacy to the Financial Services Trainings. Lesley loves facilitating trainings and is passionate about supporting and helping empower community members to reach their potential.
Martin Diaz is the Receptionist at Mi Casa, as part of the Admin/Development Team at Mi Casa Resource Center, he is the first person you meet or speak with when coming into or calling Mi Casa RC. Martin will answer your questions and get you to the right person and program group to get you on your path to improvement and success. Martin joined the Mi Casa familia in 2019 after working at several other organizations in the supply chain field for major metals distributors and sugar cooperatives in CO. He also volunteered with several nonprofits like United Way – Metropolitan Chicago school mentor programs, the Chicago Latino Network and CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategies with the Chicago Police Dept.) for 15+ years. He brings his passion for community service and compassion for his fellow residents, from the Windy City to the Mile High!
Nancy Enriquez is the Program Marketing Coordinator at Mi Casa Resource Center. She is responsible for the coordination and implementation of MCRC’s marketing strategy and works closely with the Business Pathways, Career Pathways, and Development teams to market Mi Casa’s programs. Nancy joined the team in December 2019 after earning her Master of Science in Marketing degree from the University of Denver and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Denver. Nancy is passionate about marketing and serving underserved communities in Denver.
Dina Escobedo is the Executive Assistant to the CEO at Mi Casa Resource Center. As a seasoned assistant, Dina enjoys creating partnerships with her leaders, team, and community. Before coming to Mi Casa Resource Center, Dina gained her experience working for C-level executives in fast-pace corporate offices in Los Angeles and recently in Denver. At each corporation, Dina would find herself volunteering with her corporate office’s philanthropy team. Realizing the social and economic impact her contributing hours were affecting her community, volunteering on weekends and days-off became the norm for her. In 2019, she felt compelled to transition out from corporate into non-profit. She loves contributing her skills towards Mi Casa Resource Center’s vision: We envision a community where all people have the power to achieve their economic goals and realize their dreams.”
Andy Figueroa is a Bilingual Business Consultant as part of the Women’s Business Center at Mi Casa Resource Center. He provides 1-on-1 consulting for underserved entrepreneurs and business owners. Prior to joining Mi Casa in 2013, Andy worked as a Program Manager for the Secretary of Education in the state of Michoacán, Mexico. Andy holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and is passionate about education and community development. He loves Mi Casa and its mission and believes in the power of education to advance family prosperity.
Kasey Herndon is the Program Support Manager serving our Business and Career Pathways Programs. She contributes to overall program development and oversees organizational operations including marketing, evaluation, partnerships, and recruitment. Kasey has an extensive background in program development, evaluation, database management, and leadership. She earned her Master of Nonprofit Management degree from Regis University and is passionate about serving and advocating for underserved communities and people of color.
Nishana John is the Human Resources & Administration Manager at Mi Casa Resource Center. She coordinates all human resources activities, including hiring, onboarding, employee relations, and benefit administration. Nishana joined Mi Casa in 2015 after having volunteered with the organization for nearly two years. Nishana received her MS in Organizational Leadership and is passionate about helping organizations build success relationships with their greatest asset – their people. Her volunteer time helped her see the impact of Mi Casa’s work in the community and aligned with her need to give back to the community.
Javier Martinez is the Career Pathways Recruiter at Mi Casa Resource Center. Javier joined the team in August of 2019 and has been working directly with individuals to assist them with in education and employment. In addition to being a point of contact for workshops and classes, Javier works with each participant to identify their goals and develop a customized plan to reach their career goals through the resources available at Mi Casa. Javier has a Sociology degree and has spent time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. He is enthusiastic and passionate about helping community members reach their career goals and fulfill their dreams.
Tammy Mulligan is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Mi Casa Resource Center. Tammy joins Mi Casa with a strong background in nonprofit leadership, both as a staff member and a board member. Her passion is working with organizations that offer opportunities to those who are ready to take the next step forward. Before joining Mi Casa, Tammy 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 has 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.
Katey Orr is the Evaluation Coordinator at Mi Casa Resource Center. She manages program impact evaluation across the organization, provides data for grant proposals and reporting, and administers Mi Casa’s Salesforce database. Katey first came to Mi Casa in 2016 as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and joined the Mi Casa familia full-time in 2018. She developed her passions for social and economic justice, public service, and data-based arguments while earning Bachelor Degrees at Rhodes College and North Carolina State University.
Louis Pantalacci is the Accounting Specialist. As part of Administration department at Mi Casa Resource Center, he is responsible for receiving, organizing, and processing various accounting transactions including accounts payable, accounts receivable, and contracts. Louis joined Mi Casa in 2018 after he spent four years working in the for-profit industry. He made the transition to the nonprofit sector since it is a more suitable environment for his passion – serve people. He knew Mi Casa would be a great place to contribute in people’s life in Denver community.
Kimberly Peña is the Career Navigator on the Career Pathways team at Mi Casa Resource Center. She supports participants on their own unique career path to meet their goals, utilize their strengths, and navigate barriers. Kimberly joined the Mi Casa team in February 2019 after working internationally in Nicaragua and Dominican Republic in a leadership program for youth. She is excited to use her bilingual skills in English and Spanish and is passionate about continuing her advocacy for social and economic justice to expand opportunities for participants. Kimberly studied Social Work and Economics as a first-generation scholar at Colorado State University.
Evelyn Perez is the Program Support Specialist for Mi Casa Resource Center. She assists program support in the areas of evaluation, marketing, partnerships and outreach/recruitment. When she’s not at Mi Casa Resource Center she is in class pursuing her degree in Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University.
Michael Perez is the Career Coach as part of the Career Development team at Mi Casa Resource Center. He is Bilingual, has a BBA in Human Resource Management, and is vehement about connecting job seekers and employers to create synergy. Prior to joining Mi Casa, Michael served as an Employment Counselor with BakerRipley where he provided one-on-one coaching and career development training as part of a program with the Office of the Attorney General of Texas. Michael joined Mi Casa in 2019 after moving to Colorado from Texas and is thrilled about helping his community and supporting all peoples to achieve and exceed their employment and economic goals.
Daniela Ramirez Arias
Daniela Ramirez Arias holds the position of Business Pathways Operations Coordinator at Mi Casa Resource Center. In her capacity she oversees the everyday operations; including classes, events, workshops and consulting sessions. Daniela received her Law Degree from the University of Manizales, Colombia and has ample experience assisting diverse groups focused on legal issues and everyday procedures from the private and the public sector. As a staunch supporter of nonprofits and her community work in Colombia, it was inevitable for Daniela to have volunteered with various organizations in Colorado. As a team member of Mi Casa Resource Center, Daniela looks forward to supporting and making a meaningful contribution in her community.
Allie Rasmussen is the Career Pathways Manager at Mi Casa Resource Center. Prior to joining MCRC, she worked at a nonprofit providing direct services including food and rental assistance. That experience made her passionate about career development and a strengths-based style of working with participants. She is passionate about ensuring all people have access to quality information, opportunities and support as they work towards their goals.
Georgia Reagan is the Project Director for the Financial Services Pathway. She brings nearly 10 years of experience in higher education, instruction, admissions, student supports, and Career and Technical Education while supporting first-generation college students, immigrant students, and adult learners. In her role as the Project Director, she works closely with Mi Casa’s Financial Services Training team, Community College of Aurora, and Metropolitan State University to recognize and transfer prior learning into stackable credentials that lead to certificates, diplomas, and career advancement. Georgia is passionate about educational equity, career development, and innovating higher education.
Sonya Rodriguez is the Accounting Specialist II as part of the Administration department at Mi Casa Resource Center. She is responsible for receiving, organizing, and processing various accounting transactions including accounts payable, accounts receivable, contracts, and payroll. Sonya joined the Mi Casa familia in 2003 after spending a decade in a corporate banking environment. She is passionate about giving back to the community and joining Mi Casa has helped her find meaningful ways to give back.
Jamie Roth is the Senior Manager of Resource Development at Mi Casa Resource Center. Her role at Mi Casa is to devise and implement a revenue strategy to support the organization’s growth and meet the needs of vulnerable community members in Colorado. She comes to Denver from Chicago where she supported programming for youth and families with workforce, education, and social emotional learning services. She moved to Denver two years ago to pursue her Master of Public Administration which will be completed in May. Jamie is passionate about supporting community voices and thinking strategically to break the cycle of poverty
Ana Sanchez is a Bilingual Business Consultant and instructor at the Women’s Business Center at Mi Casa Resource Center. Ana has extensive experience in business ownership, entrepreneurship, marketing, communications and public relations. Most recently, she worked as the Deputy Administrator of Operational Services at the Government of Puerto Rico’s Department of Family Affairs. Prior to this, she was the President and Owner of Ani Cooks where she designed unique dining experiences to promote networking opportunities for individuals. Ana has also worked for multiple years with the Foundation of Puerto Rico and the Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico in support of Economic development efforts. Ana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia College, PR.
Kimberly Trauner is a Grants Manager at Mi Casa Resource Center. As part of the Resource Development Team, she manages proposals and reporting for Mi Casa’s foundation, corporation, and government partners. Before joining Mi Casa in 2020, Kimberly worked as a teacher in Santiago, Chile and the Strategic Initiatives Officer at a nonprofit in Washington, DC working to end child labor in global supply chains. Kimberly is passionate about giving people the skills and opportunities they need to succeed in their own way, and is proud to support that work in her home state of Colorado.
Ben Warner serves as a Navigator on the Business Pathways team at Mi Casa Resource Center. He is responsible for accompanying participants as they start or grow their own businesses, providing support and connections to resources in the community. Prior to joining Mi Casa in June of 2020, Ben lived in Mexico City and worked at a shelter for Central American migrants. He is passionate about issues of social justice and immigration, and he has spent time on the U.S.-Mexico border to witness the effects of U.S. border policies. Originally from Wisconsin, Ben is excited to be living in Colorado and is eager to use his Spanish skills to support individuals in the Denver area.